Okeechobee city council member arrested - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

Okeechobee city council member arrested

  • Fox 29 Daily HeadlinesMore>>

  • Senator denied entry to see Florida child migrant facility

    Senator denied entry to see Florida child migrant facility

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:11 PM EDT2018-06-20 03:11:33 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:39 AM EDT2018-06-20 14:39:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson). U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, center and congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, right, were denied entry by security into the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Homestead, Fla.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson). U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, center and congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, right, were denied entry by security into the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Homestead, Fla.
    Florida lawmakers barred from visiting a Miami-area facility housing children who entered the U.S. illegally.More >>
    Florida lawmakers barred from visiting a Miami-area facility housing children who entered the U.S. illegally.More >>
  • Venomous caterpillar sends teen to emergency room

    Venomous caterpillar sends teen to emergency room

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 7:09 AM EDT2018-06-20 11:09:22 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 7:43 AM EDT2018-06-20 11:43:56 GMT

    Logan Pergola learned a valuable lesson. Beware of caterpillars especially the furry ones.

    More >>

    Logan Pergola learned a valuable lesson. Beware of caterpillars especially the furry ones.

    More >>
  • Lawyer: Police think slaying of XXXTentacion was random

    Lawyer: Police think slaying of XXXTentacion was random

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:11 AM EDT2018-06-19 04:11:00 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:12 PM EDT2018-06-20 03:12:09 GMT
    (Miami- Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation Department via AP). This undated mugshot released by the Miami- Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation Department shows rapper XXXTentacion. Authorities say troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion has been fatal...(Miami- Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation Department via AP). This undated mugshot released by the Miami- Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation Department shows rapper XXXTentacion. Authorities say troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion has been fatal...
    Investigators in Florida say they don't have a motive and have made no arrests in the death of troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion.More >>
    Investigators in Florida say they don't have a motive and have made no arrests in the death of troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion.More >>

A council member for the city of Okeechobee is facing criminal charges for hurting a woman preventing her from calling 911, according to an Okeechobee Police report.

Deputies with the Okeechobee Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael “Mike” O’Connor on May 24 on a warrant from police for threatening a victim or witness and battery. The Okeechobee city attorney is advising the governor to suspend O'Connor because it is a felony arrest.

Surveillance video from O’Connor’s gun store allegedly captured O’Connor pushing and grabbing the woman during an argument inside the store. The woman called 911 but O’Connor shoved her into a cabinet and ripped the phone from her hand, the report states.

Dispatchers say they heard the woman screaming for help and O’Connor yelling at her. State records show O'Connor is the owner of Mike's Okeechobee Guns.

O’Connor asked deputies while he was being taken to the jail if his arrest stems from the video investigators obtained, the report states.

“I guess I shouldn’t have given it to her then,” O’Connor reportedly told a detective. Details of the investigation and contents of the video have not been released yet.

"It appears the incident complained of is a domestic matter, unrelated to Councilman O'Connor's office and duties with the city of Okeechobee," Okeechobee City Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca said in a letter addressed to Governor Rick Scott. He said the city is not advocating a position, but the city attorney advises Scott suspend O'Connor.

O’Connor has served on the Okeechobee City Council since 2009, and also served from 1993-1997, according to the Okeechobee News. His term is set to end in November 2020, according to the city.

Scripps Only Content 2018

Powered by Frankly

1100 Banyan Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.