Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

‘She was very well loved’

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 - — In front of Brewster’s Coffee House, is a bicycle adorned with flowers and the letter K attached to it. There’s a place where people can leave cards.

Woman died from drug intoxication and bite wounds, autopsy indicates

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 -

— Three pit bulls once owned by a man who went on a shooting spree in his neighborhood likely contributed to the cause of a woman’s death in a pasture, according to rep...

New laws take effect today

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 -

— Laws targeting sex offenders, human traffickers and burglars, among others, will take effect today.

Six months after fire, boat manufacturer up and running

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 -

— Six months ago, Pat Kent was welding at a local boat manufacturing plant when he looked at a nearby building and saw that “smoke was just rolling out of it,” h...

Man accused of battering pregnant girlfriend

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 -

— A man who is accused of knocking his pregnant girlfriend to the ground and then punching her, apparently stopped doing so after another man holding a gun insisted that he le...

Repeat customers

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 -

— Drew Eli Fellin’s name isn’t spelled like the type of crime called a felony, but over the years the 32-year-old man has been charged and convicted with numerou...

Hydrants painted pink to raise awareness of breast cancer

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 -

— After fire hydrants were painted pink in Okeechobee County to raise awareness of the battle to find a cure for breast cancer, children started asking their teachers why that...

Man charged with misrepresenting himself as an attorney

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 -

— A disbarred attorney who spent time in prison for operating a Ponzi scheme has been charged in Highlands County with two counts of unlicensed practice of law and cont...

Sebring committee to look at proposals to improve neighborhoods

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 -

SEBRING — For much of the history of the Community Redevelopment Agency, the focus has been mostly on downtown and businesses.

It’s in the mail

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 -

— When a person designated as a sexual predator moves from one location to another in Highlands County or into Highlands County, Deputy Cara Moseley is out knocking on...

Woman accused of using infant to shield herself from Taser

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 -

— A woman is accused of using an infant child as a shield against a deputy who was pointing a Taser at her because she was resisting arrest on a warrant, according to ...

Man suspected of misrepresenting himself as an attorney

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 -

— Prosecutors were expected this afternoon to charge a Boca Raton man with misrepresenting himself as an attorney in a criminal case.

Man sentenced to life plus 60 years for abuse of child

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 -

— A man who claimed that a 5-year-old girl wanted to have sex with him will spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge decided this week.

Sebring man remembered for his ability to engage others

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 -

— For the family of U.S. Army specialist Harley Henry Reynolds, it wasn’t easy to travel to Italy to attend his military funeral.

Local prosecutor wins statewide award

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 -

— You probably won’t find Assistant State Attorney Gary Ellis in a Highlands County courtroom seeking justice for a murder victim or a victim of another violent crime....

Sebring doctor survives airplane crash

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 -

— A Sebring doctor survived a single-engine airplane crash earlier this week in Alabama without receiving any injuries, according to news reports.

Stores hope that tax savings will spur appliance sales

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 -

— Trudie Corley spent part of Thursday morning helping her son, Bill Corley, buy a new refrigerator at Sears in the Lakeshore Mall.

Shelter scrambles to save dumped puppies

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 - — On Wednesday the four Chihuahua puppies played together in the office at the Highlands County Humane Society shelter.

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...

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...

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