Monday, Jan 26, 2015

Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

Prosecutor: Desire to see a fight led to murder

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 -

— A beating that led to the murder of Aaron Doty stemmed from the desire of two men accused of killing him to see a fight at a party, a prosecutor told jurors Friday.

Jury selection continues in murder trial

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 -

— In the fourth day of jury selection for two men accused of murdering Aaron Doty Thursday, attorneys edged towards selecting a jury, but had trouble finding the final three ju...

Day 3 of jury selection begins

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 -

At the end of the day yesterday, 11 jurors were seated preliminarily.

Jury selection will resume tomorrow

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 -

As of 5:30 p.m., 11 jurors have been preliminarily been seated.

Jury selection plods along in Doty murder case

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 -

— Jury selection in the trial of two men accused of murdering Aaron Doty seemed to be moving at a backwards pace Wednesday afternoon.

The process is slow today

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 -

Jury selection seemed to be moving at a backwards pace Wednesday afternoon.

Afternoon developments

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 - Two more seated jurors have been struck. The woman who became ill was sent home, but will return Thursday.

Court on recess for lunch

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 -

Court is at lunch. No new jurors have been seated.

Courtroom happenings

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 -

Two bailiffs helped a seated juror leave the courtroom. She appeared to be ill.

Status of jury selection

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 -

Attorneys have preliminarily seated one more juror. Right now, 10 have been preliminarily seated: eight women and two men. Preliminarily seated jurors can still be struck.

Questioning of jurors continues

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 -

Yesterday’s panel of prospective jurors has been used up. Defense attorney’s are asking whether jurors automatically think the defendants, Felipe and Rodriguez, are guilty after hearing the indictment.

Jury selection resumes

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 -

As jury selection continued this morning, one female juror, who was seated yesterday, indicated she is having problems making childcare arrangements; she will likely be excused.

Nine jurors seated

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 -

As of 7:30 p.m. nine jurors have been seated in the Doty murder trial. Three more jurors are needed, plus alternates — the number of alternates needed is not known at this time.

Polk County jury selection begins in Doty trial

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 -

— Jury selection, which began Tuesday in the trial of two men accused of beating Aaron Doty at a party and then burning his body while he was still alive, got off to a s...

No jurors selected yet

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 -

Questioning of the first 13 prospective jurors continues. Three of those prospective jurors were eliminated for cause, with reasons including that the jurors would suffer financial hardship because of the expectation tha...

Defense questions jury panel

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 -

Defense attorney Fraser is questioning the jury panel. So far none have been picked or excused.

Court on break

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 -

Court is now taking a break for lunch.

Jury selection underway

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 -

About 50 prospective jurors are now in the courtroom. The pool is estimated to be around 100.

Motion to sever trials denied

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 -

Judge J.Dale Durrance denies motion to sever trials after Assistant State Attorney Steve Houchin says both were involved in beating Aaron Doty, loading him on to a pickup truck bed and pouring gasoline on him. Defense at...

How fast will jury selection go?

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 -

Spoke to Assistant State Attorney Steve Houchin on the way into the courtroom this morning and asked if jury selection could be completed today. He felt that it most likely will go into tomorrow; with one defendant it co...

Jury selection in Doty murder trial starts today in Polk County

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 -

— Jury selection for the trial of Kenneth Felipe Jr. and Jonathan Ray Rodriguez will begin about 9 a.m. today in Polk County Circuit Court, Assistant State Attorney Steve Houch...

County real estate sales increase in 2014

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 -

— In a few days, Amy Hall, her husband and three young children will be moving from Bradenton to Lake Placid.

Music and flying converge at airport expo

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 -

— For years, John Zapp Sr. flew to aviation events and met up with other pilots who were also musicians.

Judge moves Doty murder trial to Polk County

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 -

— After continuing problems in finding an unbiased jury in Highlands County, a judge Wednesday moved the trial of two men charged with murdering Aaron Doty in 2012 to P...

Jury selection moving slowly in Doty trial

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 -

— The process of finding potentially acceptable jurors in the trial of two men accused of murdering Aaron Doty in 2012 slowed considerably Tuesday, as many prospective ones sa...

Jury selection continues in Doty case

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 -

— Jurors in the trial of two defendants accused of brutally murdering Aaron Doty will see videos of some of the beating that authorities said helped lead to Doty’s deat...

Piggin’ Out

Friday, Jan 9, 2015 -

— Instead of fighting fires Friday, Lt. Steve Kempe of the Avon Park Fire Department was at Fireman’s Field heating up a smoker to 600 degrees to precook some ta...

Bill seeks to require unanimous vote for death penalty suggestion

Thursday, Jan 8, 2015 -

— After Joshua Lee Altersberger was convicted in 2009 of murdering Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Sottile, the jury agreed with many in the community that he deserved...

Roundabout planned for fourth phase of Sebring Parkway expansion

Thursday, Jan 8, 2015 -

— A roundabout is planned for the expansion of Sebring Parkway, but not at the location referred to by Sebring City Administrator Scott Noethlich at a City Council meet...

Police officers play Santa for burglary victims

Wednesday, Jan 7, 2015 -

— As with any burglary call, Sebring police officer Daniel Cordero interviewed the victim and took a report in a case last month.

Gay marriage comes to Highlands County

Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 -

— John Mansky and Tim Vogel held hands and looked into each other’s eyes Tuesday as notary Linda Blackwell proclaimed: “We are gathered here to witness the marri...

‘It was definitely a touching experience’

Monday, Jan 5, 2015 -

— Sebring police officers Sean Bueford and John Garrison were among thousands of police officers Sunday who paid their respects to slain New York City Police Officer Wenjian L...

Doty trial jury selection set to begin Jan. 12

Monday, Jan 5, 2015 - — More than two years after Aaron Doty was brutally beaten and then burned to death, the two men accused of being the killers are scheduled to be tried next week.

Air expo continues to fly high

Friday, Jan 2, 2015 -

– Eleven years ago the idea of a U.S. Sports Aviation Expo at the Sebring Regional Airport turned out to be the right idea at the right time.

First baby takes his time arriving at hospital

Friday, Jan 2, 2015 -

— Korbin Marcus took his time when coming into the world, ending up being the first baby of 2015 born at Florida Hospital.

Sebring officers to attend NYC police officer’s funeral

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 -

— When the funeral is held for slain New York City police officer Wenjian Liu Sunday, Sebring police officers John Garrison and Sean Bueford will join thousands of other law o...

Bill would help law enforcement in child sexual abuse cases, authorities say

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 -

— When law enforcement investigates allegations that an adult has sexually abused a child, sometimes there’s no physical evidence corroborating the allegations, Highlan...

Family of pilot named on Sebring woman’s bracelet located

Monday, Dec 29, 2014 -

— It didn’t take long for Mary Ingoglia to become attracted in the 1960s to her first husband, Thomas Patterson Hanson, she recalled Monday.

Dead of Winter event to raise money for Humane Society

Friday, Dec 26, 2014 -

— If you visit the Humane Society animal shelter in January, you might encounter the evil nutcracker, the zombie choir or the sugar plumb fairies that have gone bad. And they ...

Community shows support for law enforcement

Friday, Dec 26, 2014 -

— In the wake of law enforcement officers being murdered in New York and Florida, a small group of Highlands County residents observed a moment of silence Wednesday for...

Local children get Christmas shopping spree

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014 -

— Walking down the aisles of Kmart in Lakeshore Mall a day before Christmas, 11-year-old Jaheim Taylor struggled with finding something to buy.

Families receive gifts from Sebring Police Department

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 -

— As 2014 progressed, Marcus Rockmore and Vilma Rodriguez set aside money for their six children.

Head of youth ministry released from prison

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 -

— When Saverio “Sammy” Donato Telesco, the founder of a youth ministry in Lake Placid, was arrested earlier this month for violating conditional release f...

Developer outlines plans for historic hotels

Monday, Dec 22, 2014 -

— Real estate agent Madge Stewart remembers pleasant times visiting the restaurant at the Santa Rosa for lunch.

Children receive gifts at Boys and Girls Club

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 -

— Hank Willis loved the remote controlled truck he received as a present Friday during the annual event in which members of the Boys and Girls Club of Highlands County recei...

Former lawman accused of forgery, submitting fake documents

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 -

— A former DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit supervisor has been charged with submitting false documentation to be certified disabled and receive dis...

Some former Cuba residents say upgrading of relations is a good idea

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 -

— Having left Cuba when he was 9 years old, Ario Salgueiro doesn’t think much about the country anymore, years later.

Woman wants to find family of soldier who died serving country

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 -

— For nearly 50 years, Sebring resident Brenda Edwards has often thought about a man she’s never met. She’s never heard his voice or saw his photo.

City agrees to buy County Club Utilities

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 -

— Sebring City Council members gave preliminary approval Tuesday evening to purchasing Country Club Utilities.

We Want To Know: Christmas memories

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 - We would like to hear your memories of a really special Christmas. Contact Jay Meisel at (863) 386-5834 or

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