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Inspiring Okeechobee: Shirlean Graham’s heart overflows with love

Serving others has always come naturally to Shirlean Graham, and she says although it really wasn’t intentional, she has always found herself in the type of job that involved helping people in one way or another.


Local leaders fear potential disaster if Lake O’s level is pushed lower

CLEWISTON — Concern is growing around Lake Okeechobee that those pushing for rethinking the 12-to-15.5-foot lake levels that have been the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) guideline for years, fully intend to establish a new low target level of 10.5 feet during the driest part of the year.


Homeless man carrying massive snake rattles Florida beach town

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - Talk about a scary -- and scaly -- visitor. A rattlesnake was thrown into the back of a Florida police car Monday morning after a homeless man was spotted carrying the nearly 8-foot reptile around Jacksonville Beach.


Florida Correctional Officer arrested on multiple charges

GRACEVILLE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A Florida correctional officer is behind bars according to the Florida Department of Corrections. They say correctional officer Holly Haessig was charged with multiple counts of unlawful compensation as a public servant, the introduction of contraband into a correction


Florida man accused of pointing red laser at sheriff’s helicopter

A Florida man was arrested early Sunday after authorities said he shined a red laser at a sheriff’s helicopter that was circling overhead to observe a controlled fire. Brian Harting, 48, allegedly admitted to pointing the device at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office helicopter but claimed he did n


Legends among us: The last Lone Ranger

OKEECHOBEE — Sometimes in life, you have surreal moments. There are those unexpected moments that last a lifetime. This is my reflections of one of my moments locked within my heart.


Humans: The most ‘harmful invasive’ of all? Human waste adds millions of pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen to Florida’s ecosystems

OKEECHOBEE — For decades, South Florida has been plagued by harmful invasive plants and animals that wreak havoc on the native ecosystems. Waterways are choked with hydrilla, originally imported from Asia for aquariums. Melaleuca, imported from Australia in a misguided plan to “drain the swamp,” gro


Weekned rewind: Family says two bikers involved in fatal I-4 crash were friends; Steven Tyler cancels on Strawberry Festival; Florida senator secures $1 million of state budget for wife's employer; and more

Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com you may have missed over the weekend. The two bikers involved in fatal I-4 crash were friends, victim's family says.


Helicopter finds body of missing Florida mom

COCOA, Fla. (WESH) - The body of a missing mother of four has been found in a remote area of Osceola County, deputies confirmed. "She didn't deserve this at all. She was the most innocent of souls. She was always willing to help. She was always just naturally bubbly," Sh'Mika Scott-Devoe said.


AP to stop trucking solid waste to Okeechobee

AVON PARK — The city’s solid waste will be staying closer to home after a cost analysis showed added costs negated the savings from trucking the trash to the Okeechobee landfill.


Florida Inmates Use Carjacking Skills to Rescue Baby From Locked Car

A.k.a. "The Redemption of Florida Man." A couple in Florida experienced every parent's worst nightmare when they realized that they locked both their 1-year-old child as well as their keys inside their Chevrolet Tahoe, reports ABC 11. Fortunately for them, some of the inmates working on a nearby med


JetBlue passenger gives birth to baby boy on flight from Puerto Rico to Florida

JetBlue has a surprise in store for its “youngest customer to date.” On Saturday, the airline confirmed that a passenger had given birth to a baby boy aboard Flight 1954 between Puerto Rico to Florida, and even hinted that the aircraft – which is coincidentally named “Born to Be Blue” – will soon be


Florida boy, 11, arrested after confrontation following refusal to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

LAKELAND, Fla. — An 11-year-old boy in Florida refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, later became disruptive and ended up getting arrested earlier this month. The boy is a sixth grader at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland. He was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center, charge


Disney World offering 'Discover Disney' deal for Florida residents

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) - Walt Disney World has brought back a popular deal for Florida residents that allows them to "Discover Disney" at a cheaper price. The "Discover Disney" ticket deal lets Florida residents purchase a three-day ticket for just $175 plus tax - that's about $59 a day. You can add a


Florida father shot in neck while throwing house party for his children, deputies say

OAK HILL, Fla. - A Florida father was shot in the neck early Sunday morning during a house party he was throwing for his teenage children, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.


Confusion over how to implement restoration of Florida felons' voting rights

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - Now that convicted felons have been given the right to vote in Florida, one lawmaker said some criminals would undoubtedly have that right revoked. Legislators are struggling to implement Amendment IV which was approved overwhelmingly by voters last November.


DUI manslaughter suspect back in Highlands County

SEBRING, Fla. (FOX 13) - A man charged in connection with a deadly crash in 2017 in Highlands County is now behind bars. Samuel Tucker was the driver of a Maserati Ghibli that crashed on State Road 17 in the early morning hours of June 24, 2017.


Okeechobee takes steps toward having armed guardians

In an effort to increase the safety of local schoolchildren, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office and the Okeechobee County School Board have decided to participate in the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which was included in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Act in March 2018. Pa


Sexual predator arrested for failing to register

A sexual predator was arrested Monday, Feb. 11, and charged with failing to register his whereabouts. According to the arrest report issued by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), David Emrick, 60, had absconded from his last known address in rural Branford and moved to Okeechobee without


2 die in separate crashes Saturday

LAKE PLACID — Two men died Saturday in separate crashes on Highlands County roads. An Immokalee man died Saturday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Placid Lake Boulevard. Uriel Martinez, 22, died in the passenger seat of a 2000 Ford F150 that was traveling north on Placid Lakes Boulevard at 10:48