The Board of Directors of the Skip Bryant Memorial Fund would like to take this opportunity to thank the community and all supporting businesses that sponsored or donated to the 21 years of successful golf tournaments. The Board also thanks all participants and volunteers that helped annually. All of these people made it possible for the fund to award (61) children of law enforcement/firefighters with scholarship assistance in the amount of $200,640.00. These same efforts offered aid, in their time of need, to (85) law enforcement/firefighter families in the amount of $94,231.91. The fund has been awarding scholarships and aid funds since 1992 when it was formed. It is names in honor of Skip Bryant who died in the line of duty November 8, 1991.
The Board voted to change the operation of the fund to only include aid in their time of need, to law enforcement/firefighter families. In the past several years, the fund-raising part of the effort has become increasingly labor intensive. In order for the fund to still remain in operation, scholarships will no longer be awarded. The annual golf tournament will not take place. But the fund is still tax deductible and will accept donations. Fund-raisers will occur from time to time as needed. The Board will still operate and meet as usual making decisions on aid disbursements.
Current scholarship recipients will receive a two semester payout. This will give them a year to look for and obtain other scholarship assistance. Sheriff May was quoted as saying that this was very generous and he had not heard of this being done by any other organization.
Current Board members are Sheriff Paul C. May, Undersheriff Noel Stephen, Okeechobee City Police Chief Denny Davis, CPA Mike Costopoulos, and Virginia (Ginny) Bryant. On behalf of the current Board members, we would like to thank each and everyone for their continued support of the Skip Bryant Memorial Fund. Questions, concerns or suggestions can be directed to these individuals.
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BROWN HAIR; BROWN EYES
6835 SE 88 TRAIL
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
Carpenter was convicted of two counts- Att. Sexual Battery on Minor and Lewd & Lascivious Victim Less Than 12 YOA, Offender Over 18 YOA, on 3/21/2012 in Dade County, Florida. The victim was a minor. If you have any questions regarding this bulletin, contact Michele at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office at 763-3117, extension 5100 or website http://www.fdle.state.fl.us
Okeechobee County K9 Officers Retire
Two of Okeechobee's finest-- and furriest--have retired from the department. Of the six K9 Officers at the Sheriff's Office, two are leaving active duty. K9 Officer Rex and K9 Officer Ruby are now retired.
Officer Rex is retiring after more than 9 years with the department, after an extremely successful career with his handler, Detective Rick Voss. Rex has had a productive career in both drug and suspect apprehensions. Rex together with Detective Voss, made hundreds of narcotic arrests and have seized well over $10,000.00 in US currency. He also assisted in more than thirty criminal apprehensions which also included nine bites. Rex will join the Voss family as their pet upon his retirement.
Officer Ruby has worked with her handler, Cpl. Donald Ellis, for the past ten years and has had a productive career in assisting with numerous narcotic and criminal arrests related to narcotic finds.
Officer Ruby will spend her retirement as Cpl. Ellis' family pet.
The bond between a handler and K9 partner is inexplicable. While deputy partnerships are clearly important, that between a K9 and his officer take on a different dimension.
The Working Dog
My eyes are your eyes,
to watch and protect you and yours.
My ears are your ears,
to hear and detect evil minds in the dark.
My nose is your nose,
to scent the invader of your domain.
And so you may live,
my life is also yours.
Sheriff May said of the retirements, "We appreciate all that K9 Ruby and K9 Rex have done for the Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Okeechobee County. Together they have apprehended some really bad people and stopped a lot of dope from being sold on the streets, sometimes to our children. I thank Detective Rick Voss for K9 Rex and Cpl. Don Ellis for K9 Ruby. They will be almost impossible to replace. I wish them the very best in their retirement and hope that their retirement is a long one."
FUGITIVE IN CUSTODY IN POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
45-year old Conrad Anthony Thitchener AKA Michael Anthony wanted in connection with raping a woman on December 23, 2013, is now in custody in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Thitchener had been wanted for questioning in the case, but left Okeechobee County on January 2, 2014. Warrants for four counts of Sexual Battery, Kidnapping and Battery were issued for his arrest.
On May 13, 2014, Thitchener was taken into custody by the Poughkeepsie Police Department in conjunction with the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force. Circumstances surrounding his apprehension are unknown at this time.
Thitchener will be extradited to Okeechobee, Florida, at a later date to face these charges.
No further information to be released at this time.
Sheriff Paul May said of the arrest, "I am very happy that this man is in police custody and I appreciate the cooperation of the Poughkeepsie Police Department, the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force. I have confidence that our criminal justice system works and this man will be put away for a long, long time."
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office with the help of the Okeechobee County Fire Rescue, Okeechobee City Fire Department and the Community Health assessment team of the Florida Department of Health was able to bring an awesome event to the student body of the Okeechobee high School on Friday May 9th. The event began for the sophomores in the gym attending a presentation by Mrs. Renee Napier. Renee's daughter Meghan was killed by a drunk driver years ago and now Renee travels around encouraging youth not to drink and drive and the importance of making good decisions.
While that was happening there was a "Mock Crash" set up in the football field, for the juniors and seniors. The vehicles were provided by Action Auto salvage, the performers were provided by Mrs. Debbie Raulerson's drama classes, the helicopter was provided by aero med.
The scene was set that the crash occurred just as prom ended. The driver of vehicle #1 was drunk and caused the crash. There were 8 performers total. 1 was dead, 2 were critical, and the rest were walking wounded. D/S Dixon and D/S McKinley were the investigators.
We would like to thank Brian Sell with Florida Department of Health CHAT (Community Health Assessment Team) group and his assistant Linda Hazellief, Karl Holtkamp and all involved with Okeechobee County Fire Rescue and Okeechobee City Fire; and most importantly the staff at the High School.