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Sunday, Jul 05, 2015

Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

New felony circuit judge appointed for Highlands County

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 -

— For Assistant State Attorney Courtney Lenhart, getting a new judge is like getting a new teacher.

Hail, strong winds cause damage

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 -

— Strong winds, rain, lightning and hail were part of a storm Wednesday evening that knocked down trees, damaged some awnings and signs and left more than 500 residents withou...

Rescued dogs ready for adoption

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 -

— It was on May 9 when a woman, who doesn’t want her name used, and a friend traveled from Hardee County to Sebring because the friend wanted to possibly buy a couch at...

Riding high

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 -

— At the family arena, Aldyn Ashton rides one of her horses, disembarks while the animal is still moving and ties a goat.

Fireworks dealer to retire after 42 years

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 -

— After this year, a familiar sight every July 4 for decades will be gone from Lake Placid.

Local singer wins trip to California

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 -

— Local singer Cammie Lester just keeps on winning.

Suspect caught Thursday has served numerous sentences in prison

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 -

— A man with the nickname “Wild Bill,” who was arrested Thursday after fleeing on a golf cart and on foot, is familiar with the criminal justice system, acco...

Lake Placid community helps family who lost home in fire

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 -

— Community efforts are underway to help a family whose house burned down earlier this week.

Illegal turtle sales raising concerns

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 -

— When undercover law enforcement officers met in April with suspects at the Wal-Mart parking lot in Sebring, the focus wasn’t illegal drugs.

Fire destroys Lake Placid home

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015 -

— A fire that may have been started by a child playing with a lighter on Tuesday destroyed a house off Henscratch Road.

Woman gets prison time for stealing from attorney

Monday, Jun 22, 2015 -

— For years, as far as Alison Copley knew everything was OK financially at her law firm.

How safe is it to eat out?

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 -

– Every week, Rich and Michele Roberts eat lunch at the Fairmount Café.

Lorida volunteer fire chief charged with possessing child porn

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 -

— The Lorida Volunteer Fire Department chief was arrested after admitting he has collected child pornography videos over a number of years, according to an arrest report relea...

Newsom Eye & Laser Center opening in the next month

Thursday, Jun 18, 2015 -

— Dr. T. Hunter Newsom’s latest vision for the continuing growth of his ophthalmology center is about to become reality.

Sebring to allow ducks as pets

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 -

— It was about a year ago that a friend of Sebring resident Inez Szodruch told her that she bought some ducks, but that she found caring for them was beyond her. The woman tol...

Sebring, Spring Lake approved for state funding

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015 -

— They’re not a sure thing, but projects to improve street lighting in Sebring and prevent possible flooding in Spring Lake have taken a step forward.

DCF removing more children from homes

Monday, Jun 15, 2015 - — The number of children in Highlands County removed from their homes increased by more than 60 percent after the Florida Department of Children and Family Services ad...

Child sexual abuse cases don’t develop out of ‘thin air,’ detectives say

Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 -

— A mere accusation that someone sexually abused a child doesn’t automatically result in the accused being arrested on child abuse charges, investigators said Friday.

Highlands may have above average rain

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 -

— It may feel a little bit wet for people living in south Highlands County.

Sebring airport serves as meeting place for experienced piliots

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 -

— For Betty Williston, the flight from Winter Haven to Sebring Wednesday was a lot calmer than one she took a few years ago when her plane lost its engine.

Accessory in Doty murder case charged with violating probation

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 -

— A man placed on probation in relation to the Aaron Doty murder case has been accused of violating his probation, according to a probable cause affidavit released Wednesday.<...

Fire damages former church building

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 -

— The building that once served as a church on 605 State Road 66 may have never looked like it from the outside, but it served the purpose, a church employee recalled Tuesday....

Helping children in need

Monday, Jun 8, 2015 -

Sebring Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 4300 has donated $3,042.82 to the Champion for Children Foundation to help pay for additional surgery for Morgan Douberley, 6, who was mauled by a dog on Aug. 27, 2014. Othe...

FHP: Driver, 28, dies in Sunday vehicle rollover

Monday, Jun 8, 2015 -

— Highlands County is on track to have about the same number of traffic fatalities this year as 2014, with a 28-year-old Lake Placid man becoming the 12th person this year to...

Galaxy, Iphone remain at top of cell phone list

Friday, Jun 5, 2015 -

— There are some new features available, but the types of cell phones that garner the most enthusiasm remain the same, according to some who sell those products.

Some say that social media may affect reporting of child sexual abuse

Thursday, Jun 4, 2015 -

— In relation to a recent case involving a Highlands County man charged with sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl, those commenting on Facebook conduced a spirited debate.

Longtime director of advocacy center plans to leave

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015 -

— A few years ago, authorities helped a mother and a young girl, who had been abused, move to another state.

Sebring City Council moves forward toward sale of Harder Hall

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015 -

— The Sebring City Council took the next step Tuesday evening in what council members hope will result in the sale of Harder Hall.

Fire destroys mobile home

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015 -

— A resident of a mobile home destroyed by fire late Tuesday afternoon was arrested on the scene after authorities found a syringe in her possession that tested positive f...

Woman to face tightly controlled life after serving 10 years in prison

Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 -

— At least for the next 25 years — and possibly much longer — Sebring resident Marlie Joann Westervelt won’t be living the life of a millionaire.

Harder Hall purchase may come sooner than expected, representative says

Monday, Jun 1, 2015 -

— Potential buyers of Harder Hall who are looking at transforming the once-historic hotel into a living facility for the elderly may finalize the purchase sooner than expected...

Web-based company offers deals on theater tickets

Sunday, May 31, 2015 -

— On Friday, if a moviegoer showed up at B&B Theatres in Sebring Fairmont Square, a ticket for “Poltergeist” might cost $10 at the box office.

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.