Three food service workers were fired and arrested for spitting into food.
On Saturday, April 27,2019,two uniformed,on-duty deputies stopped at the Highway 55 Restaurant for dinner.
It was later discovered that three employees had conspired together to spit in the deputies food. An anonymous person notified the owners of Highway 55 of the food tampering. The owners immediately viewed video footage that confirmed the accusations of the trio. All three were immediately fired and the Okeechobee City Police Department was contacted. The owners of the establishment were quite upset and have been cooperating to the fullest extent in this matter.
Detectives Bettye Taylor and Bill Saum investigated the case and after reviewing video footage and interviews,16-year old Molly Spearow, 17-year old Alex Armstrong and 17-year old Logan Pope, all high school students, were each charged with Florida Anti-Tampering Act- Food, a 1st Degree Felony and Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO), a 3rd Degree Felony.
All were transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Sheriff Noel E. Stephen stated,"There is no excuse for actions such as this and will not be tolerated." The deputies were notified and treatment is not required at this point.