Fugitive Returned to Okeechobee to Face Charges
Conrad Anthony Thitchener, age 46
On September 22, 2014, Thitchener was transported by the U.S. Prison Transport from Poughkeepsie, New York
to the Okeechobee County Jail to face the following charges:
(4) counts-Forcible Sexual Battery, Victim Over 12 Years of Age
In addition, Thitchener was arrested on an unrelated warrant for Criminal Mischief-$1000 or More
Thitchener fled Okeechobee County prior to an arrest being made. He was later apprehended in New York.
Bond will be set at first appearance.
Sheriff May said of the arrest, "When you commit a crime like Mr. Thitchener is alleged to have committed, there is no running and hiding. We will go anywhere to bring someone back to answer these charges. We're thankful to the police in New York for apprehending him and we will let the Criminal Justice System take its course."
A sobriety checkpoint was conducted by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, along with members of the Okeechobee City Police Department and Florida Highway Patrol, on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. in the 500 block of Highway 70 East in Okeechobee.
In all, 190 vehicles passed through the zone. There was one arrest for DUI; three misdemeanor drug arrests; one arrest for a separate criminal offense; Twelve citations for non-moving/moving offenses; ten warnings issued; one Driving While License Suspended citation; two criminal citations for no valid driver's license; three criminal citations issued for Possession of Marijuana Under (20) Grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Expired Tag for More than a Year; three warnings issued for various offenses and two citations issued for moving related offenses.
MOBILE METH LAB, TWO ARRESTED
Bruce Douglas Bolling, age 51
James W. Smith, age 25
Sheriff Paul C. May is proud to announce the "Employees of the 2nd Quarter" of 2014.
Five employees were recognized for the second quarter of 2014. There are four categories for which employees may be recognized: Administration Employee, Citizen Volunteer, Detention Deputy and Law Enforcement. The recipients are as follows:
Administration Employees –Jason Knapp and Joseph Smith
Citizen Volunteer – Morgan Lumpkin
Detention Deputy – Sgt. Iris Marrero
Law Enforcement – Cpl. Randy Thomas
Jason and Joseph were nominated by Lt. Brad Stark. "Both have been busy with renovating the computer system throughout the agency. Joseph has just recently taken care of issues with the cellular phone backup system and installed programs that have been needed by investigations. Both Jason and Joseph are easy to contact and pleasant to talk with while discussing technical issues", stated Lt. Stark.
Morgan was nominated by Lt. Scott Deloney who stated, "Mr. Lumpkin and the other volunteers of More 2 Life have worked hard to help reach the inmates of the Okeechobee County Jail. His program has been so well received by the inmates that Mr. Lumpkin comes in more than once a week so that all the inmates are able to attend. I want to say thanks to Morgan Lumpkin who tries to help and hopefully reach at least one person. If more people were like him this world would be a better place."
Iris was nominated by Cpl. Stacy Ellerbee. "I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Sgt. Marrero for her outstanding work performance that she reflects on a daily basis during her tour of duty. Sgt. Marrero is a Sergeant that is often referred to as a "Working Sergeant". Sgt. Marrero projects a positive attitude that promotes teamwork throughout the jail and by this she influences staff to project a similar outlook on their job assignment," stated Cpl. Ellerbee.
Randy was nominated by Captain Gary Bell who stated, "I would like to take this time to commend Randy on a case that was a domestic call that was serious in nature. His quick thinking and use of a skill that he learned resulted in the arrest of a person that deserved just that. It's always a pleasure when I hear of one of our own using good sense and thinking a plan out and then carrying out that plan. Thanks for the good work and Stay Safe."
Congratulations to all of you.
On July 19, 2014, the Florida Fallen Peace Officer Bass Tournament was held at Lake Okeechobee Scott Driver Boat Ramp. On behalf of Crappy Jack's Bait & Tackle, we would like to thank Tin Fish Grill for their donation of $450.00 in gift certificates for the anglers in 1st thru 10th place and 1st and 2nd Big Fish.
In addition, thank you to the following businesses: Original Equipment, W&W Lumber, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreen's, Car Quest, St. Lucie Battery & Tire, Tire Kingdom, Tires Plus, Los Cocos, Advanced Auto, Brown Cow Sweetery, Sign Guy, Golden Corral, Pueblo Viejo, Dunkin Donuts, Publix, Parrott Island Grill and Geechee Mons.
Thank you to the Glades County Sheriff's Office for lending their grill and to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office for cooking.
Lastly, thank you to all the anglers that participated and everyone that came out to support this event. All monies raised were donated to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund for Florida fallen officers and their families.