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Marijuana sale leads to two arrests at barber shop

AVON PARK - A barber and another man were arrested after an undercover purchase of marijuana in the proximity of Magazine Ready Barber Shop, according to reports released Friday.

Marvin Lamonte Lawton, 37, 2720 W. Stryker Road, Avon Park, a barber, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with tampering with evidence.

A second suspect, Gregory Mike Perry, 46, 530 Illinois Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with sale/distribution of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a church and possession of drug equipment.

An undercover buyer who bought marijuana for $50 identified Perry as the seller, but when searched Perry did not have the money, the report said.

Another person told authorities that Lawton gave him the $50, the report said.

Lawton was accused of handing off the $50 after realizing it was part of law enforcement investigation, the report said.

Man arrested on fraud, theft charges

SEBRING - A Sebring man is accused of using someone else's identification information to create a bank account and then depositing counterfeit money orders into the account, according to warrant released Friday.

Charlton Tierry Blain, 27, 225 Grand Prix Drive, Sebring, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with second-degree grand theft, criminal use of personal identification information and uttering a false bank bill, note, check or draft.

The arrest came after two men reported that someone had used their personal information to create a bank account, the warrant said.

The warrant said that after the account was created, several counterfeit money orders were deposited into it.

Lake Placid police continue investigating burglary

LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid police are seeking information to help make arrests in the Dec. 12 burglary of the Fiesta Food Market on North Main Avenue, according to a press release from Police Chief James Fansler.

Burglars entered the business around midnight that night and took money and other items, the press release said.

A reward is being offered in the case. Anyone with information should call the Lake Placid Police Department at (863) 699-3757. They can remain anonymous by calling Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-8477 or by going on the Internet to www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.

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