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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

Authorities: Parents could face responsibility for teen house parties

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 -

— Whether a former Highlands County Sheriff’s Office detention deputy bares any criminal responsibility for a party at her house where three people were shot last week ...

Man sentenced to life on robbery charges

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 -

— A Lake Placid man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of armed robbery and other charges, a judge decided Monday.

Accidents bring attention to senior driving

Monday, Mar 30, 2015 - — When it comes to senior drivers, one size doesn’t fit all, says Joann Ulm, who is in her 80s and continues to drive.

Saving animals

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 -

— At the Highlands County Humane Society, there are happy events where a family adopts a dog or cat that’s needed a home for months.

First arrest made after party where three shootings occurred

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 -

— The first arrest has been made in connection with a party last week in which three attendees were shot.

Building market gaining steam in Highlands

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 -

— In the next several months, Ursula Canter will be moving from her house in the Harder Hall area to a smaller home in Vantage Pointe.

All tied up

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 -

SEBRING — Jeremy Freeze, who commented on Facebook, was caught in a situation faced by many people Tuesday afternoon as he drove home.

Three injured during party at home of former deputy

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 -

— Three people received non-life threatening gunshot wounds during a party at the residence of a former Highlands County jail deputy who resigned from her job last year, acc...

More child porn charges filed against man

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 -

— A former South Florida State College employee arrested last year on child pornography charges had on his computer a cartoon with the caption: “My girlfriend is like m...

Convicted robber sentenced to life in prison

Monday, Mar 23, 2015 -

– A man convicted of participating in a home invasion robbery will spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge decided Monday.

Race chow goes beyond hot dogs and hamburgers

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 -

— At Trouble on Turn 3, the food being prepared Friday for campers was a little different than one might expect at 12 Hours of Sebring fan encampments.

Urn of pet ashes found at car wash An unusual find, but not an unusual practice for animal owners

Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 -

— When Largo, a Chow mix, died about five years ago, Lori Lockhart never thought about burying her beloved pet that she had raised from when he was a puppy.

City seeks to spur downtown residential development

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 -

— The Sebring City Council on Tuesday took the first step in an initiative to spur residential growth in downtown Sebring.

Fans attend Sebring race for decades

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 -

— When the winning race car comes across the finish line at the 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, long-time fan Frank Morrison plans not to be very far away.

Police chief may replace arrested youth ministry co-founder on board

Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 -

— Lake Placid Police Chief James Fansler is expected to be appointed to the Children’s Services Council of Highlands County.

Poverty initiative to focus on education

Friday, Mar 13, 2015 -

— With Highlands County having a high rate of people stuck in poverty and low-wage jobs, an effort is being made to break the cycle, said Jeffrey Roth, director of the Champio...

Authorities say steps can be taken to lower chance of elderly exploitation

Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 -

— As Charles Young’s mother and her husband grew older, family members noticed they showed signs of dementia, he recalled this week.

Youth program retains public support despite arrest of co-founder

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 -

— Despite the arrest of a youth ministry program’s co-founder, the community has continued to rally around the STR8 UP Youth Ministry.

Proponents say experimental aircraft safe, despite recent accidents

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 -

— For some unfamiliar with experimental aircraft, that name may give them a misleading first opinion about the safety of the planes, says John Rousch, a local pilot.

Woman accused of stealing money, jewelry from Alzheimer’s patient

Monday, Mar 9, 2015 -

— A woman hired as a caregiver stole nearly $14,000 in cash and jewelry from an Alzheimer’s patient, according to a report released Monday.

Argument preceded woman’s killing, suspect says

Monday, Mar 9, 2015 -

— A man charged with killing a 65-year-old woman told authorities that he and the victim had an altercation and they had been drinking before the incident happened, according ...

Child porn suspect charged with sexually assaulting 5-year-old

Monday, Mar 9, 2015 -

— A 45-year-old man accused a year ago of possessing child pornography now has been charged with sexually assaulting and inappropriately touching a 5-year-old girl, according ...

Infections, deaths six years ago brought to light in Highlands County

Friday, Mar 6, 2015 -

— When 70 people were exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Highlands County and 15 people died in 2008-2009, the newspapers contained no screaming headlines. The same w...

Party barge damaged on way to race

Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 -

— When Bruce Sallet and Jimmy Meier began coming to the 12 Hours of Sebring car race more than 30 years ago, they had a lot more hair and a lot less gray.

City Council endorses Harder Hall contract

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 -

— For decades, Harder Hall, the once grand hotel and golf resort that attracted celebrities, has remained vacant and facing an increasingly uncertain future.

Pilot in airplane crash identified

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 -

SEBRING — When Donald Adams’ experimental aircraft crashed 40 feet from a Spring Lake Home Monday, it may have been Adams’ experience as a pilot that allowed him to avoid striking any one of numerous...

Majority of Sebring council favors Harder Hall offer

Monday, Mar 2, 2015 -

— A majority of Sebring City Council members say they like the $2.5 million offer to buy Harder Hall, although it would leave the city with about $900,000 in debt.

Plane crashes in Spring Lake backyard, pilot killed

Monday, Mar 2, 2015 - UPDATE: The deceased pilot of a fixed wing single engine experimental airplane that crashed Monday in Spring Lake has been identified as 76-year-old Donald Adams by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

Man accused of selling calves he didn’t own

Monday, Mar 2, 2015 -

— A man charged in connection with the theft of three horses last year now faces accusations he sold cattle he didn’t own, according to a warrant released Monday.

Court denies killer of state trooper a new trial

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 -

— If Joshua Altersberger had been sentenced by a jury for murdering a state trooper, jurors may have heard testimony that at a party Altersberger laughed at the way Florida Hi...

Sebring High School’s theater program is on the move

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 -

Those who think that Sebring High School theater students only perform traditional plays on a stage at the school would be wrong.

Judge refuses to lower sentence for convicted dog fighter

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 -

— A judge on Thursday stuck by his decision to sentence a convicted dog fighter to 25 years in prison plus 30 years probation.

Killers of Aaron Doty sentenced to life

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 -

— After calling the two convicted murderers of Aaron Doty hypocrites, cowards and cheaters, Circuit Judge J. Dale Durrance on Thursday sentenced them both to two consecutive t...

Sebring makes list of beautiful towns

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 -

— When a London-based web site contracted Jensen Beach resident Audra Clemons to write about the 10 most beautiful towns in Florida, it didn’t take long to think about ...

Crime dropped, but murders increased in 2014, sheriff says

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 -

— It took more than a week for authorities to identify a man with a head injury who was found on a dirt trail last March behind Lupita Grocery Store south of Lake Placid.

Firefighter wins award third year in a row

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 -

— In the more than 17 years a Sebring firefighter has been recognized as firefighter of the year, no one had received the award twice.

Man sentenced to 25 years on dogfighting, animal abuse charges

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 -

— For Brooke Ferguson Kent, a 25-year-old prison sentence issued Tuesday for a Highlands County man convicted of animal cruelty and dog fighting is merited.

Local residents use web site to raise money for many causes

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 -

— When the trial of two men accused of murdering Aaron Doty in 2012 was moved to Bartow last month, his family had to deal with the cost associated with going to Bartow, along...

A sometimes lonely job

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 -

— As Highlands County Deputy Steven New drove east on Highway 70 recently, he passed few homes, with the scenery being mostly farm land.

Local home builders say sales are improving

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 -

— As Brad Milsaps stood in the living room of a new model home in Highlands Ridge subdivision, he touted the modern design inside, roomy bathrooms and a view onto a golf cours...

American Legion program helps returning vets

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 -

— When veterans return from distant places where they have served their country, they may have challenges finding a place to live or a job and dealing with medical issu...

Man arrested in Sebring for 20-year-old Texas murder charge

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 -

Nearly 20 years ago, a Round Rock, Texas, man reported that he found his wife not breathing in a hot tub at their residence.

Defendant in Doty murder case gets probation

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 -

— More than two and a half years after Aaron Doty was brutally beaten and then burned alive, the Highlands County Circuit Court cases surrounding the killing are coming to an ...

Mom says injured toddler may be partially paralyzed

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 -

— A 23-month-old girl who authorities say is the victim of abuse may be partially paralyzed, her mother said Tuesday.

Officer recognized for patience, commitment

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 -

— When a mentally disturbed woman thought people were involved in a conspiracy against her, Sebring police officer Tommy Haralson didn’t just dismiss her concerns.

SO: Couple arrested after child suffers head injury, bite marks

Monday, Feb 16, 2015 -

— A man and a woman were arrested after a 23-month-old girl suffered a head injury, bruising and bite marks, according to a warrant released Monday.

Sheriff won’t seek re-election

Monday, Feb 16, 2015 - — When Susan Benton started working at the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office about 34 years ago, women weren’t allowed to be patrol deputies, she recalled ...

Cyclists test the limits of their abilities

Friday, Feb 13, 2015 -

SEBRING — Even though he’s a colon cancer survivor, he is 63-years-old and has only two joints in his knees, Bob Thornton isn’t satisfied with having traveled 191 miles on his bicycle 12 hours...

Florists prepare for biggest day of their year

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 -

— It was still two days before Valentine’s Day, but Chris Ray couldn’t wait any longer to buy nature’s beauty to show love for his girlfriend.

Father, daughter, do their part in fighting crime

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 -

— Eleven years ago, Richard Morey, who is a Lake Placid police captain and South Florida State College’s law enforcement training coordinator, didn’t think i...