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Highlands County teen arrested for impersonating officer, making traffic stop
LAKE PLACID, Fla. (WFLA) – An 18-year-old from Lake Placid was arrested for conducting a traffic stop on a victim riding an ATV on a paved road. According to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, detectives were given a video on Jan. 4 of a December incident recorded by the victim.
Have you been pulled over by this teen? Highlands Co. deputies want to talk to you
A Highlands County teen found himself in hot water after deputies said he impersonated an emergency official and made a traffic stop. Harrison Howes, 18, was driving a black Ford Explorer with red flashing lights mounted under the mirrors and was wearing a shirt with a fire rescue emblem on it when
Florida driver's licenses could soon be stored on smart phones
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida could become one of the first states to allow electronic versions of driver’s licenses. The licenses would be stored on cellphones as proof of identification.
Million dollar Hole-in-one shootout on tap
AVON PARK — The South Florida State College (SFSC) Foundation will host its Second Annual Million Dollar Hole-in-One Golf Shootout at Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club with qualifying rounds taking place on Thursday, Jan. 17, Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The final round will
Polk County Sheriff: ‘Deviant’ Mexican National Arrested For Felony Sexual Abuse of a Child Under the Age of 12
It gets worse… Polk County Sheriff said Calderon blamed the child for the abuse and told investigators “hell I don’t know” when they asked him “how many times he committed a specific type of sexual battery.”
Avon Park woman charged with vehicle theft
AVON PARK — An Avon Park woman has been charged with stealing a vehicle from Cape Coral. Misty Ann Proffitt, 37, of Avon Park, was arrested on Sunday by a deputy from the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office. Proffitt was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle.
City agrees to support MLK Day, for less than request
AVON PARK — City Council members voted unanimously Monday to support Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities at $2,000, a lower amount than requested. Arnold Davis of the non-profit, Avon Park Community Awareness, had requested approximately $2,600 for the events next Monday, for such items as a boun
Register for Heartland Senior Games
Those wanting to take part in the 2019 Heartland Senior Games bowling, mah jongg or cycling must submit their registrations by January 31. For snowbirds who have just returned or for other seniors who are a little forgetful, the deadline for golf, euchre, shuffleboard, table tennis, horseshoes and p
Sheriff's deputy resigns after fight at Florida strip club
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida sheriff's deputy has resigned after being arrested on charges that he battered a couple at a strip club. An internal affairs report says 33-year-old Dwight Robinson quit his job at the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office two days after the July 3 incident at Scores.
Accused fraud scheme ringleader ran operation from prison
A state prisoner has been accused of being the ringleader of an eight-person fraud group that worked together to scam two companies from Lakeland and Clearwater a total of $104,798.65.
Video: Florida man chased down by horses while eluding arrest, deputies say
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - After being approached by authorities on a roadway, a Florida man took off on foot and was chased down by horses before arrest, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
Council wants Fisher to repay pay
AVON PARK — Council members want to see if they can compel former Avon Park City Manager June Fisher to repay alleged over-payment of her salary. Interim City Attorney Gerald Buhr said the city may have a case regarding her remaining pay, since Fisher got up from her chair during the council meeting
Citizens concerns should be heard
This week marks the sixth anniversary of the death of one of my best friends. He was killed in a car accident on U.S. 27 in Avon Park. It was at Lake Damon Drive and U.S. 27; January 2013.
Florida man used 'Fortnite' to target teen for sex, and there could be 20 more victims: authorities
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — The massively popular "Fortnite" game served as a platform to connect a 41-year-old South Florida man to a teen and lure them into possible sexual activity, authorities allege.
School Board conducts campus walk throughs
SEBRING — With their walking shoes on Tuesday and Wednesday, the members of the School Board of Highlands County took their annual tour of every district campus. Present on the walk-through tours to check the needs of the campuses were Superintendent Brenda Longshore, Assistant Superintendent of Bus
Parent charged in carry gun on elementary campus
SEBRING — A 39-year-old man was arrested at Cracker Trail Elementary School Wednesday morning and charged with carrying a firearm on a school campus, a third-degree felony and violation of the concealed carry statutes, a misdemeanor.
Infant killed, 4 hurt in crash caused by unlicensed driver
HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. - A three-month-old boy died on Monday after a crash on Sunday in Highlands County that also seriously injured four others. Troopers said the baby, identified as Javier Alvarez of Fort Pierce, was rushed to a hospital after the crash on SR-70 but died a day later.
State Road 70 takes another life
LAKE PLACID – The stretch of road on State Road 70 near the curve at County Road 721 is becoming synonymous with fatalities. Florida Highway Patrol confirmed the death of 3-month-old Javier Alvarez, of Fort Pierce, in a press release on Thursday. The crash took place on Jan. 13 and the baby was pron
863 Bar, Grill opens in Placid Lakes
LAKE PLACID — If you live within the 863-area code, a new restaurant is calling to you. Appropriately, it’s called 863 Bar, Grill, & Banquets, located at 3601 Placid Lakes Blvd., in the Placid Lakes subdivision, just southwest of the Town of Lake Placid. Specifically, you’ll find it on the grounds o
Florida Man Who Killed Man After Touching His Truck Wins On ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law
MIMS, Florida – A Florida man who punched a man during an argument over whether or not the man touched his truck was released from custody after prevailing on Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law defense.