Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014

Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

Man claims he robbed store to pay probation costs

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 -

— An Avon Park teenager who told authorities he robbed a convenience store clerk to get money to pay his $500 probation fine will spend the next 10 years in prison, a judge de...

Sebring Thunder event to be held this weekend

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 -

— Thousands of car enthusiasts are expected to show up downtown during this weekend’s fifth annual Sebring Thunder event.

2 moms get prison for kids’ deaths

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 - — Two mothers who each had a child die as a result of neglect will both serve more than a decade in prison, a judge decided Monday.

Law library rededicated, gets some TLC

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 -

— About two years ago, Circuit Judge Angela Cowden “saw the sweetest old couple,” standing next to the door of the law library in the Highlands County Courthouse...

Zombies sought for Terror Trail event

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 -

SEBRING — Calling all zombies — or even wannabe zombies.

Sheriff’s Office gets its own robot

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 -

— It doesn’t talk and it doesn’t move its head like some robot out of a science fiction movie. But it can serve as the eyes and ears for a human under some circu...

Highland County residents remember Sept. 11

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 -

­— When terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, Michael Noel was supervising a customer service center with 80 employees in Mia...

Suspects in shootings of deputy marshals plead guilty to drug charges

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 -

— About seven months before a drug raid led to two deputy U.S. marshals being shot, investigators intercepted a telephone conversation involving plans to buy three kilograms o...

Authorities say 9/11 had lasting impacts on law enforcement

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 -

— Thirteen years later, the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, continue to impact law enforcement, authorities said Tuesday.

Driver arrested on multiple charges

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 -

— At least for one Highlands County resident, not having a valid driver’s license has had apparently little effect on whether he drives or not.

Community garden dedicated

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 -

— Carol Morrison and Luisa Ross could practically fill the produce section of a grocery store with what they’re growing at the community garden that was dedicated Tuesd...

Sapling from World Trade Center survivor tree to be planted at school

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 -

– When Ellie Brinling of Sebring visited the World Trade Center memorial she was impressed by the so-called survivor tree.

Sex offenders failing to comply with registration laws, deputy says

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 -

— As laws get tougher, Highlands County continues to have sex offenders who are failing to comply, a Highlands County Shriff’s Office deputy said Monday.

Some say more traffic enforcement needed in school zones

Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 -

­— During the seven years that Ray and Susan Stopar have lived near Woodlawn Elementary School, they said they’ve seen plenty of cars appear to be speeding ...

Divisions remain over medical marijuana

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 -

— During the more than 15 years since a Highlands County woman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she’s suffered partial blindness, sharp pain, insomnia and a lack ...

Sandy’s restaurant to move back to Circle

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 -

— For years since the development of the mall and other businesses, the trend has been more restaurants opening on U.S. 27.

Council refuses to fund downtown event proposal

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 -

— A year ago, the Sebring City Council provided $14,000 to help fund downtown events, aimed at bringing more people to the central business district.

City council poo poos allowing dogs in parks

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 -

— There was a lot of talk about dog poop at Tuesday night’s Sebring City Council meeting.

Authorities say shoplifting suspect resisted arrest

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 -

— A shoplifting suspect who repeatedly tried to resist deputies ended up being arrested on numerous charges, according to a report released Wednesday.

Couple upset with Glades, sheriff’s office employees

Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 -

— As Derrick Bartlett and his wife, Julie, sat in their home office on Aug. 26, they were surprised to hear banging on the wall of their home, Derrick Bartlett recalled days l...

Cops: Tracking software limited in finding stolen items

Monday, Sep 1, 2014 -

— The idea of having theft-tracking software on cellphones and computers may help reassure people worried about having their devices stolen.

Sebring downtown property values may be stabilizing

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 -

— It might come as a surprise during a time of economic slowdown and generally decreasing property values, but some people have raised concerns about property values and taxes...

Police say body cameras could help to resolve citizen complaints

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 -

LAKE PLACID — For Lake Placid Police Officer Mitch Cooper there’s little doubt that if the officer involved in the Ferguson, Mo., shooting incident wore a body camera the si...

Surviving the summer doldrums

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 -

— During the past year, there has been changes to the Olympic Restaurant, one of the oldest continuously open eateries in Highlands County.

Man, woman arrested in connection with burglary

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 -

— A man and a woman fitting the descriptions of burglary suspects were arrested, according to a report released Thursday.

Man accused of assaulting woman

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 -

— An Avon Park man was arrested after a woman said he forced her to perform a sexual act on him, according to a report released Thursday.

Doty case defendants expected to be re-indicted, tried at the same time

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 -

— A Highlands County grand jury will likely return one indictment Thursday against the two principal defendants in the killing of Aaron Doty, Assistant State Attorney Steve Ho...

Man accused of assaulting girlfriend, deputy

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 -

— After being arrested in a domestic assault case, a man attacked a Highlands County deputy and threatened to kill him, according to a report released Wednesday.

Ex youth baseball group treasurer faces more charges

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 -

— The former treasurer of Avon Park Baseball Inc., who was arrested in June on charges of grand theft and fraud, is facing more charges, according a document released Monda...

Electric co-op estimates $1 million in electricity stolen each by pot growers

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 -

— These days you won’t find a marijuana production surcharge on Glades Electric Cooperative bills.

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.

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