Since 1995, Big Lake Missions Outreach has provided hot homemade meals five days a week; food pantry, including household items, clothing and hygiene items; help for victims of fires; bibles, holiday baskets and an annual toy giveaway.
Big Lake Missions Outreach of Okeechobee, is a finalist in the Organization of the Year – Okeechobee category, in the 211 Helpline awards.
211 Helpline is a non-profit organization, servicing all the Treasure Coast & Palm Beach County. 211 is a confidential, non-judgmental helpline available 24/7 to individuals who find themselves in a situation without knowing whom to contact in order to obtain the information, referrals or answers to the problems they are facing. 211 is essentially the "gateway" to all the other health, human service and governmental organizations in the community.
The Non-Profit Awards event will be held on May 1, 2014, at the PGA Country Club in Port St. Lucie, 951 SW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL.
The award ceremony will honor the hard work and dedication of agencies in the communities.
For more information, visit www.211treasurecoast.org/awards.
Congratulations Mary Anne and Bruce, you certainly deserve this recognition.
CUSTODIAL SEXUAL BATTERY
James Hoult Causier, age 39
1465 SE 23 Street
In custody-$175,000.00 bond
Open House Party Leads to Altercation with Serious Injuries.
On Sunday, March 2, 2014, at approximately 4:35 a.m., the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office responded to 10579 NW 4 Avenue, Okeechobee Little Farms, Okeechobee, Florida. Upon arrival deputies were advised that an altercation had taken place and a sixteen year old victim was run over by a truck.
According to witnesses, all parties involved had been at an open house party, located in the Okeechobee Little Farms neighborhood, earlier Saturday evening. An argument ensued, and the subjects left the party. After some time, the two parties encountered one another again. An altercation ensued which ultimately led to the victim being ran over by an F-150 Ford pick-up.
The sixteen year old victim was flown to Lawnwood Regional Hospital, where he is in serious but stable condition.
This case is still under investigation. No further information to be released at this time.
During the week of February 8, 2014, through February 20, 2014, Motor Unit Deputy Sheriff Adrian Rogers, conducted an operation within the neighborhoods of Okeechobee. This operation was to increase the awareness of drivers of the speed limits and traffic laws in residential neighborhoods.
The weeklong operation yielded (40) warnings and (11) citations. This will be an ongoing operation throughout Okeechobee County.
Undersheriff Noel Stephen stated of the operation, "We will continue to work on improving the safety within our residential neighborhoods for our residents. These awareness campaigns are an attempt to educate residents of the posted speed limits that are one of the biggest complaints in almost every neighborhood. Our one man traffic unit is dedicated to that endeavor and does a wonderful job but is only one man. We hope that these types of campaigns will be productive and effective."
Beware of scams
Scammers continue to target everyone, regardless of age, gender, education or income level. Scams can cost people a lot of money and cause a great deal of distress.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office has received numerous complaints of possible scammers in Okeechobee County.
Follow these golden rules to help protect yourself and your family from scams.
- If it looks too good to be true—it probably is.
- Use your common sense: the offer may be a scam.
- ALWAYS get independent advice if an offer involves significant money, time or commitment.
- Remember there are no get-rich-quick schemes: the only people who make money are the scammers.
- Do not agree to offers or deals straight away: tell the person that you are not interested or that you want to get some independent advice before making a decision.
- NEVER send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.
- Check your bank account and credit card statements when you get them. If you see a transaction you cannot explain, report it to your credit union or bank.
- Keep your credit and ATM cards safe. Do not share your personal identity number with anyone. Do not keep any written copy of your PIN with the card.
If you feel you have been a victim of a scam, contact the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, (863)763-3117.