Son accused of carjacking car from mother
SEBRING - A man is facing charges after being accused of pushing his mother and stealing her car, according to a warrant affidavit released Monday.
Vincent Paul Fiore, 29, 2713 Oak Beach Road, Sebring, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with third-degree grand theft, carjacking and burglary of a conveyance.
The arrest came after the mother reported that while she was helping her son get his vehicle, which was stuck in sand near Henscratch and Lake Josephine roads, they got into an argument, the affidavit said.
The mother reported that her son "pushed/shoved her in her chest area, forcing her backwards," the affidavit said.
She told deputies he then took her car and a dog, valued at $1,000, that was inside the car, the report said.
Woman accused of selling drugs, passing fake money
SEBRING - A Sebring didn't go very far when she allegedly passed counterfeit bills, according to an arrest report released Monday.
Tiffany Monquie Hawk, 42, 1605 Penny Ave., Sebring, was arrested Aug. 9 by the Sebring Police Department and charged with two counts of petit theft, eight counts of uttering a false bank bill, not or draft, possession of a false bank bill, check, draft or note, possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver within 1,000 feet of a designated area, possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The report accused Hawk of obtaining change for counterfeit bills at her employer, Arby's, and at adjacent businesses, Dunkin Donuts and Captain D's.
Employees said that Hawk came into Captain D's, purchased food and paid with a $100 bill, which was not questioned because they knew she worked at Arby's.
At Arby's, Hawk cashed two $100 bills and received $20 bills, the report said. When an employee noticed the $100 bills appeared to be fake, Hawk agree to return the $20 bills, but as it turned out she apparently replaced those bills with other counterfeit bills, the report said.
Police also investigated a case of counterfeit bills being passed at Captain D's, the report said.
When police went to arrest Hawk, they found cocaine packaged in baggies in her car and marijuana, the report said.
Man charged with illegal gun possession
LAKE PLACID - A Lake Placid man apparently made no attempt to conceal that he illegally possessed guns, according to a report released Monday.
Ralph Edward Thompson, 41, 495 Arhie Summers Road, Lake Placid, was arrested on a warrant by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with possession of a short-barreled weapon and two counts of possession of ammunition or a firearm by a convicted felon.
The arrest came after a witness saw Thompson standing near a road and holding guns, the report said.
A background check showed that Thompson had two prior felony convictions of aggravated battery, the report said.