Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

New AP fire rating may save residents money

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 -

— Some Avon Park homeowners will be saving money now that the city’s fire rating has been upgraded.

LPPD: Robbery suspect may be linked to others

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 -

— A man arrested this week in connection with the April 4 robbery of a Hispanic man is also being investigated in connection with two other robberies of Hispanic men earli...

Sheriff’s department gets new vehicle, rifles through federal program

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 -

— Two weeks ago when a man held a woman hostage and threatened to kill responding officers, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team brought its MRAP armored veh...

Man accused of having marijuana growing operation

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 -

— Authorities arrested a Lorida man after discovering 51 marijuana plants on his property, according to an arrest affidavit released Thursday.

HRMC: Hackers may have stolen patient information from doctors’ offices

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 -

— A limited amount of information regarding patients seen at physicians’ practices and clinics affiliated with Highlands Regional Medical Center may have been obtained ...

Judge delays decision on request to move Doty trial

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 -

—A Highlands County circuit judge has delayed a decision on whether the trial of one of the principal defendants in the murder trial of Aaron Doty should be moved outside of H...

Cops: Writing more tickets won’t solve traffic, budget problems

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 -

— For Susan Greene Gossick, a Highlands County resident posting on Facebook, the idea of law officers issuing more speeding tickets on U.S. 27 to reduce accidents and increas...

SPD: Resident hides in bedroom; suspected burglar rummages through home

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 -

— A woman told Sebring police she hid in her bedroom as a suspected burglar rummaged through her house, according to reports released Tuesday.

County could get $6 million affordable rental project

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 -

— Plans for a $6.5 million, 44-house affordable rental housing development are moving forward, an Avon Park housing official said Monday.

New laws mean more investigators and different ways of investigating child abuse

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 -

— During the four years that Destin Bailey has worked as a child protection investigator in Highlands County, she has typically juggled 20 or more cases at a time, she said Mo...

Tracks, software help deputies nab burglary suspect

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 -

— After someone burglarized an Avon Park Lakes house, a K-9 led deputies to a house where they not only arrested a suspect with some of the stolen property, but they also ma...

‘2nd Round of Beer’ to benefit museum

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 -

— Linda Crowder, the executive director of the Children’s Museum of the Highlands, doesn’t drink beer. And until last year she had never attended a craft beer fe...

Channel dredge project moves forward

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 -

— A long-awaited project to dredge the channel between Lake Jackson and Little Lake Jackson could begin as early as next spring. Residents living...

Should Sebring let pet dogs run in parks?

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 -

— For years, downtown Sebring business owner and events promoter Lora Todd has searched for ways to bring people downtown.

Crash ties up traffic for hours, leaves motorcyclist with serious injuries

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 -

— A motorcycle driver who suffered head trauma in an accident with another vehicle on U.S. 27 on Tuesday was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers.

Dozens of cattle get loose after cattle trailer overturns

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 -

­­— As Highlands County’s agricultural deputy, Fred Tagtmeier sometimes deals with situations where cattle get outside of fences.

Doty defendant asks that trial be moved

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 -

— One of the two principal defendants in the murder case of Aaron Doty is seeking a change of location for the trial, saying both traditional and social media publicity would ...

Homeless coalition gets new home

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 - — An organization which aids the homeless and those nearing homelessness recently faced the challenge of finding a new home.

Camper Corral may move south

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 -

— Land for a planned housing development that never materialized may become the new home for Camper Corral, a year after lightning sparked a fire that damaged the business...

Sebring supports county tax extension

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 -

—The Sebring City Council Tuesday endorsed extending a Highlands County sales tax for 15 years.

Community throws weight behind clown school

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 -

—In the aftermath of the recent vandalism of windows at the American Clown Museum and School in Lake Placid, it wasn’t the capture of the perpetrators that made Alb...

WSVFD: Sun ‘n Lake fire protection going smoothly

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 -

— Most likely, West Sebring Volunteer Fire Department would be happy if the majority of Sun ‘n Lake residents feel like Linda Kegley does about fire protection a year a...

County engineer against golf carts on Avon Park Lakes streets

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 -

— The goal of accommodating the disabled and keeping people safe on the street may come to a head Tuesday when the Highlands County Commission meets.

Volunteers help National Weather Service during severe weather

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 -

– On a stormy day, Jeff Bronsing may look outside his window and see a small funnel cloud, hail or severe lightning.

Some downtown businesses stay open later Thursdays

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 -

— It was a lonely place Thursday evening at Captain Ron’s Mercantile store in downtown Sebring.

Donations of school supplies sought

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 -

— At least, so far, the Boys and Girls Club of Highlands County is doing good in receiving donations of school supplies that will be given out later this month, said Woodraun ...

Dumping of unwanted pets increasing in parks, elsewhere

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 -

— When Highlands County Humane Society employees found Murphy, a mixed-breed dog, abandoned a year ago at the organization’s shelter, the canine was emaciated and suffe...

Program allows children to learn about being park rangers

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 -

—Evan Spark and Raenbow Bright became park rangers this past week, but you probably won’t see them warning people about violating park rules or clearing trails for visi...

Woman accused of stealing $100,000 from law firm

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 -

— A Sebring woman has admitted to stealing more than $100,000 from her employer’s trust account for clients, according to a warrant affidavit released Monday.

Man hit by car in road rage incident apparently saved his girlfriend

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 -

— A man, who authorities say was hit by another vehicle after a road rage incident, apparently saved his girlfriend from being struck by the driver, according to a report relea...

Lodge receives warning about gambling, authorities say

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 -

— The Lake Placid Moose Lodge No. 2374 has received a warning, authorities said, about reportedly allowing at its facility illegal gambling activities that apparently incl...

Benton: SO seeking to prevent jail suicides

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 -

— When Scott Wilkie was incarcerated last year, he was interviewed by various jail employees involved in the booking process and he provided conflicting information on whether...

Man, woman accused of shoplifting for fake refunds

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 -

— A man and a woman have been accused of stealing items from Lowe’s and then returning the merchandise to get refunds, according to a report released Friday.

Prosecutor: Principal suspects in Doty slaying won’t face death penalty

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 -

— It was on June 9, 2012, that Aaron Doty attended a party hosted by Kenneth Felipe Jr. and Jonathan Ray Rodriguez.

Inmate expressed no desire to commit suicide, sheriff says

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 -

— A man found deceased in the Highland County jail Monday morning had asked to be isolated from other prisoners, Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton said Tuesday.

Agero to increase workforce to around 600 during the next year

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 -

—A business that takes calls from people who need roadside assistance plans to hire 100 more employees during the next year, its local director said Monday.

Events succeeded in bringing people to downtown, organizers say

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 -

— For most downtown store owners, there’s simply not enough time to operate their businesses and plan events, said Beverly Branam, owner of Galleria 301.

Lake Placid man recalls being an engineer during the Apollo 11 mission

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 -

— When Apollo 11’s lunar module landed on the moon to the excitement of people all over the United States, it was the culmination of years of hard work by many peo...

Man accused of burglarizing business

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 -

AVON PARK — Surveillance video led to the arrest of a suspect in the burglary of an Avon Park business on June 9, according to a report released Wednesday.

Sheriff’s office arrest man for suspected grow houses

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 -

— After deputies found 37 marijuana plants and $8,000, the wife of a man arrested said that as far as she knew her husband earned a living by cutting lawns, according to an arr...

Some criticize timing of a planning director layoff

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 -

— For most of the past three decades, George Hensley sat in front in the Sebring City Council meeting room, as either a councilman or a mayor.

Suspect’s statement regarding murder led to upgraded charge

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 -

— When authorities first arrested a suspect in connection with the death of a former Avon Park High School star football player, the intention was to charge him with second-de...

Grand jury indicts two on murder charges

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 -

— A Highlands County grand jury has indicted two men in connection with different murder cases.

Man charged with neglect of infant

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 -

— Earlier this year, authorities arrested a man and his girlfriend after Florida Hospital reported they brought a 4-year-old boy with injuries to the medical facility.

Doty trial scheduled for January

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 -

— Prosecutors will seek to try together the two principal suspects in the murder of Aaron Doty, Assistant State Attorney Steve Houchin said Monday.

City eliminates planning director position as of Oct. 1

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 - SEBRING — Sebring Planning Director Jim Polatty’s vacation may end with an unwelcome surprise.

New children’s museum director chosen

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 -

— When Cheryl Matthews becomes director of the Children’s Museum of the Highlands in September, she’ll have some big shoes to fill, she acknowledged Friday.

Mother charged with neglect of infant

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 -

— A mother was charged this week with neglect of an infant boy, three months after being accused of neglecting a 4-year-old boy who was discovered to have stomach injuries, ac...

Veteran unhappy with VA medical care services

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 -

— After an Avon Park resident served from 1984 to 1988 at the U.S. Air Force at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, she said, she began to feel a lot of pain.

Manager accused of stealing money from restaurant

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 -

— A manager of a Lake Placid area restaurant, who apparently felt he was underpaid, has been accused of stealing nearly $30,000 from the eatery during a 13-month period, a...

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