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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

Highlands County property values increase

Friday, May 29, 2015 -

— For the second year, Highlands County taxable property values have increased, apparently marking an end to the long downturn.

Victim shot after stealing marijuana from suspect

Thursday, May 28, 2015 -

— For stealing marijuana from a fellow employee at a Sebring industry, Thomas Bernard Nelson paid with his life, according to a warrant affidavit released Thursday.

Pool safety emphasized after death of toddler

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 -

— Nearly a quarter a century ago, Victoria Tretter experienced the same type of loss and tragedy as the mother whose 18-month-old toddler drowned last weekend in a family swim...

Baby died of natural causes

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 -

— A baby whose mother was charged with child neglect died from an infectious disease, according to an autopsy released Tuesday.

What to do about Highlands County traffic?

Sunday, May 24, 2015 -

— When it comes to Highlands County driving habits, intersections and other factors that might lead to accidents, there’s no shortage of opinions.

Languages present issues in courtroom

Friday, May 22, 2015 -

— Normally the room where a jury deliberates is one of the most restrictive locations of any.

Crime dropped in Highlands County in 2014, statistics show

Thursday, May 21, 2015 -

SEBRING — Crime dropped almost across the board in Highlands County during 2014, following a statewide trend and generally surpassing it.

Woman charged with falsifying records

Thursday, May 21, 2015 -

SEBRING — A former family case manager supervisor for a social service agency dealing with foster children and children at risk for neglect or abuse may have falsified records to boost statistics, according to a w...

Local officials disagree with military-style police gear executive order

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 -

— Two top Highlands County law enforcement officers say President Barack Obama’s executive order aimed at curbing militarization of local policing isn’t good for...

Father suspected of child neglect put on administrative leave

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 -

— A father accused of neglecting his 22-month-old daughter has been placed on administrative leave from his job at the Highlands Youth Academy, a spokeswoman for the Florida D...

Prom of a lifetime

Monday, May 18, 2015 -

— When Sarah Griffith arrived Saturday at the Sebring Hills Clubhouse in a formal dress, she had never dressed up before and had never attended a dance, much less a prom.

Father, girlfriend charged after child suffered injuries

Friday, May 15, 2015 -

— A woman who reportedly did not like her boyfriend’s 22-month-old daughter was arrested after the child was observed with numerous injuries, according to a warrant a...

Rule of law, Magna Carta, celebrated at Law Day event

Thursday, May 14, 2015 -

— For 75 years, Cuba has had in place a Constitution similar to the United States, yet despots have ruled the country, said Jorge Labarga, chief judge of the Florida Supreme C...

Murder suspect arrested in New York waives extradition

Thursday, May 14, 2015 -

— A suspect in the shooting death of a 25-year-old man Saturday has waived extradition and will be brought back to Highlands County from New York state where he was arrested ...

Highlands County honors fallen officers

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 -

SEBRING — Against a backdrop of controversial shootings by officers in different states, Highlands County residents on Wednesday honored the memory of law officers who died in the line of duty last year and before...

AP residents may see drop in fire assessment

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 -

— For the second year in a row, Avon Park residents may see their fire assessment drop.

More than $21,000 raised to help girl mauled by dog

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 -

— Through the efforts of the Bruce L. Simpson AMVETS Post 21, Sebring Police Chief Thomas Dettman, the Champion for Children Foundation and others, $21,484 has been raised to ...

Authorities continue looking for person of interest in murder

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 -

— For Kaytee Adkins, the slaying of Thomas Bernard Nelson is a lot more than just another name in the media about someone being murdered.

Improving public safety or causing an unnecessary expense

Friday, May 8, 2015 -

— When addresses along Lakeview Drive were changed several years ago with the idea of making it easier to find residences, City Councilman John Griffin said, he notified a lot...

Second phase of expansion underway at Humane Society

Thursday, May 7, 2015 -

— Earlier this year, the dogs at the Highlands County Humane Society got new homes at the shelter. The same should be true for the cats by the end of this year.

Police officer recognized for saving man’s life

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 -

— When earlier this year, Sebring Police Officer Maribel Garza entered a mobile home, she noticed a man whose skin had turned pink on the floor and a generator running nearby....

Making U.S. 27 safer

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 -

— When Highlands County Commissioner Don Elwell asked residents Monday evening whether the speed limit should be lowered in Avon Park to 35 miles per hour, or to 45 miles per ...

Woman seeks help through pizza order

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 -

— When Pizza Hut in Avon Park received an order online, instead of responding by delivering pizza, employees called the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

Woman accused of stealing $1 million pleads no contest

Monday, May 4, 2015 - — A woman accused in 2013 of stealing nearly $1 million from a medical practice has pleaded no contest to several felony charges and is expected to receive 10 years i...

Businesses say season was good for them

Friday, May 1, 2015 -

— At Linda’s Books and Cafe, business was excellent during the snowbird season, especially during the beginning of it, owner Linda Tucker said Friday.

Meth becoming an increasing problem in Highlands County, authorities say

Friday, May 1, 2015 -

— When it comes to illegal drug use and sales, methamphetamine is becoming an increasing problem in much of the United States, as well as Highlands County, an official with th...

Local student gets invited to attend national science event

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 - — While most children remain content playing with toys, Tucker Babbitt loved to take them apart and reassemble them.

Monday storms bring hail, fires

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 -

— When it rains, it pours was true Monday night in more than one way for the West Sebring Volunteer Fire Department.

Fingerprints dating back to the 1920s to be digitized

Monday, Apr 27, 2015 -

— After Highlands County deputies arrested Fred Burns on July 16, 1931, they were in for a little bit of a surprise.

Harder Hall buyer seeks more time to review purchase

Monday, Apr 27, 2015 -

— A prospective buyer for Sebring’s historic Harder Hall needs more time before making a final decision, a city official said Monday.

Deputies get recognition for good work

Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 -

— When a man suspected of stealing a truck fled Highlands County deputies and went to his mother’s house, he was probably surprised to find a deputy there waiting for h...

Airport continues to grow, add jobs

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 -

— When it comes to new jobs in Highlands County, lately the Sebring Regional Airport has been the hot bed of activity.

Community rallies to help young girl mauled by dog

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 -

— When Morgan Douberley visited the Champion for Children Foundation office this week, she smiled and laughed.

Utility purchase help keep rates down, Sebring utility director says

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 -

—If the city of Sebring ultimately purchases the abandoned Country Club Utilities, it won’t be the first such system the city has bought.

SFSC ranks high in graduation rate

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 -

— South Florida State College student Alexis Clamen is looking forward toward completing her education and entering the world of business, she said Tuesday.

Doty case defendant gets five years in prison

Monday, Apr 20, 2015 -

— A woman who was on probation for helping the killers of Aaron Doty flee to Orlando will serve five years in prison, a judge decided Monday.

Keeping Highlands beautiful

Monday, Apr 20, 2015 -

— For Christy Reed and others involved in fighting illegal dumping and littering in Highlands County, it’s a neverending battle.

City resolves issue affecting purchase of Country Club Utilities

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 -

— An issue that could have affected the city of Sebring’s purchase of Country Club Utilities has been resolved, officials say.

Man holds child as shield while ransacking dwelling, authorities say

Friday, Apr 17, 2015 -

— A man apparently angry over being evicted from a residence threatened to kill a 4-year-old boy if the child’s parents tried to stop him from ransacking the reside...

Cops investigate incidents involving adults and children

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 -

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office is investigating four separate incidents in which adults acted suspiciously toward children either heading home or going to school.

Auxiliary officers, part time officers in Highlands County get full training

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 -

— In the wake of an accidental fatal shooting by an Oklahoma reserve deputy sheriff, authorities here expressed confidence in the standards required for law enforcement office...

Work begins on park near Circle Theatre

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 -

— Decades ago, Fisher Sauls and his employees served everything “from soup to nuts,” at Fisher’s Restaurant, his son, Eugene Sauls, a former Sebring mayor...

Former deputy had inappropriate conversations with several inmates, records show

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 -

— A former Highlands County detention deputy arrested on charges of child neglect was socially involved with four prisoners, both during and off duty, according to an internal...

‘Will You Marry Me?’ surprise

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 -

— When Bonnie Zoghbi went to see a movie in Colorado, she watched what turned out to be a fake trailer about a young couple in love. Then, according to, her date, Ma...

Authorities say former deputy was actively involved in party where three were shot

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 -

— A former Highlands County jailer encouraged minors to drink alcohol and became intoxicated herself during party where three people got shot last month, according to a warran...

Man charged with shooting another man, vehicle

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 -

—A man fired shots into a Buick occupied by two adults and two small children and later fled from police, according to an arrest report released Monday.

Vision plan underway for airport, Spring Lake area

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 -

— Residents, planners, Highlands County officials and others will be working on a vision for future growth of the area around the Sebring Regional Airport and Spring Lake duri...

Giving back Company employees donate time at Boys and Girls Club

Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 -

— When the United Way held its Day of Caring in Highlands County, Annett Bus Lines, a charter bus service, couldn’t participate.

Former deputy arrested in connection with house party

Friday, Apr 10, 2015 -

— A former Highlands County detention deputy was arrested Friday and charged with child neglect, several weeks after a party at her residence that ended with three peop...

Military vehicle enlisted into forest service

Thursday, Apr 9, 2015 -

— In years past, the former light military tactical vehicle may have carried soldiers and cargo into war.