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Mr. Angelo

Mr. Angelo Mario Masi, age 97, died on May 28, 2018. Sheriff Stephen remembered that Mr. Angelo had been coming to the Okeechobee County Jail since he began his career with OCSO. Sheriff Stephen also remembers that he or one of the other deputies would go to Mr. Angelo’s house every Sunday before day break and pick him up and bring him to the jail where he would preach the Gospel to the men, women and juveniles that were in jail. The deputies would then take him to the Boy’s School where he would preach the Gospel to the boys incarcerated and then late in the afternoon, they would take him home. Most everybody in Okeechobee, at one time or another, probably saw Mr. Angelo walking. I myself p

Friday Eve

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention… Good morning, it’s Friday Eve! Have a great day. Michele Bell, PIO

Help Find John Boy

This is John Boy, a MinPin; he has been missing for approximately one week from the area of SE 8th Avenue (behind Royal’s Furniture, 70 East). John Boy belongs to an elderly couple who miss him very much. Please help John Boy find his way home!

Step outside

Sometimes you just need to step outside, get some air and take in the beauty… Thanks Aux. Lt. Keith Pearce for sending me this pic to share. I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday! Michele Bell, PIO

Chief Buck Farrenkopf

Okeechobee City Police Department Honor Guard Officer Mike Jordan and Sgt. Skip Eddings along with Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard D/S Brant Harden and D/S Quinton Speed pay last respects to (Retired) Okeechobee City Police Department Chief Rehmund “Buck” Farrenkopf. A graveside service with military honors was conducted on May 25, 2018 in the Florida National Cemetery at Bushnell, Florida. Michele Bell, PIO

Be a magnet

Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you… Happy Tuesday! Michele Bell, PIO

Beautiful in the sky

Had to share this pic of a rainbow from the other day. It was sent to me by 7 year old Cooper Nash, son of Lexi and Deputy Sheriff Jack Nash. Thanks Cooper, it’s beautiful!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Date: May 25, 2018 Contact: Debra Engle, CEO (772) 489-4726 Free Mental Health Awareness Education at IRSC May 30 Suncoast Mental Health Center and IRSC are hosting their 4th annual Brown Bag Lectures on mental illness in our community during Mental Health Awareness Month. Suncoast Mental Health Center and Indian River State College will once again host the popular Brown Bag Lectures on May 30, 2018 at the main campus in the Koblegard Student Union from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The community, students, mental and behavioral health professionals and others interested in this topic are encouraged to attend. A campus map may be found by visiting For the last 4 years t

State Preparing for Torrential Rain, Severe Flooding This Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 24, 2018 CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE (850) 717-9282 Gov. Scott: State Preparing for Torrential Rain, Severe Flooding This Weekend TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott received a full update on Invest 90L from the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The Governor will continue to be in constant communication with state and local emergency management officials and state agency leaders to ensure the state is prepared to respond to any potential impacts from Invest 90L. Governor Scott said, “With the National Hurricane Center (NHC) now advising that Invest 90L has an 80 percent probability of tropical development over the ne


As you graduate tonight Okeechobee Brahmans, just remember, your studies might be over. But, the process of learning will never end. Congratulations to each of you! Michele Bell, PIO

It's Friday!

(I’ll post this early as many of you will begin your travels today) As you gather with family and friends this weekend for BBQ’s, pool parties, the beach or wherever you are, please take a moment to remember why we have Memorial Day. Please remember all Veterans that made sacrifices so that we may have our Freedom! THANK YOU VETERANS, past, present and future. The Administration offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. Be safe. Don’t drink and Drive! Michele Bell, PIO


When it comes to life the critical things is: whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude… Have an outstanding day! Michele Bell, PIO

Quilts of Honor

Saturday, May 19th, 2018 was National Armed Forces Day. Freedom Ranch is the host for this annual event in Okeechobee County. This year four deputies from the Sheriff’s Office received a Quilt of Honor. What is a Quilt of Honor, you ask? The journey began in 2005 made up of volunteers that provide patriotic quilts to those service members touched by war. Several quilts were given over the years and in April 2010, the passion and mission for providing comfort and healing to our warriors and veterans had grown and Quilts of Honor was formed, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing healing, loving quilts to those who have served in harm’s way protecting our freedoms. Quilts of Honor ar

Thank you trainers

An appreciation luncheon was provided for the OCSO trainers after the completion of the 2017-2018 In-Service Law Enforcement block training. Sheriff Noel E. Stephen stated, “We are using our experienced officers to make our current officers better prepared for any and all situations. This saves money while conducting the necessary training. This is a benefit to the officers, me as the Sheriff and our community!! “ Thank you trainers for your excellent teaching skills. Michele Bell, PIO Back row-K9 D/S Matt Crawford 3rd Row-D/s Jack Nash, Detective Mark Margerum, Detective Dale La Flam 2nd row-D/S Justin White, Cpl. Matt Hurst, Sgt. Michael Hazellief Front row-D/S Ryane Ammons and Cpl. Kristi


Life is like a camera… Focus on what’s important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives, And if things don’t work out, Take another shot… Have a wonderful Wednesday! Michele Bell, PIO

Employees of the 1st Qtr. 2018

Employees of the first quarter of 2018 Warrants Clerk Krystal Payne was chosen as the administrative employee of the quarter. Detention Deputy Justin White was chosen as detention deputy of the quarter. Detective Jose Garduno was chosen as the law enforcement officer of the quarter. Enjoy your day off...... Congratulations to each of you!


Appreciate the simple things and be thankful… Have a wonderful Tuesday! Michele Bell, PIO


The Citizens on Patrol (COP) has been credited numerous times with being a primary factor in decreasing crimes such as theft, burglaries and auto theft. COP’s provide a visible presence in the community while fostering partnerships with local businesses and residential areas, to identify and expand opportunities to deter criminal activity and reduce crime. Now, with over 30 members, the Citizens on Patrol Program is making a positive impact in Okeechobee County. Members help to deter crime by patrolling in their cars and on foot patrol. On Sunday, May 20, 208 at approximately 10:53 am, COP’s Jim and Beverly McVeigh were conducting house checks in the area of Oasis Village. The McVeigh’s n


Yes it’s Monday already, but we’ll make it. Start your week off with one small positive thought this morning and it will change your whole day… Have a great day! Michele Bell, PIO


The winning ticket was chosen yesterday after the OCSO Law Enforcement Memorial. Congratulations to the winner, Chuck Hershey of Ft. Pierce, Florida.

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