News Update for 7/23/24

A single vehicle crash on Sparta road on Sunday afternoon claimed the life of an 80-year-old Sebring man. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the man was driving a sedan east on Sparta road just west of the intersection of Charlotte drive around 3:08 PM. After leaving the roadway, the sedan entered the western grass Continue reading

News Update for 7/22/24

Broadband internet is a step closer to be being provided in Highlands county. County Commissioners voted last week and approved a request to award IBT Group USA a 4.5 million contract to complete the project. In addition, the county seeks a private wide area network to be established so that county wide facilities can maintain Continue reading

News Update for 7/19/24

A Highlands County Jury reached a unanimous verdict of Guilty of second-degree murder Thursday morning in the case of Johntravious Perry. Perry was accused of murdering his 16-year-old cousin Dre’Sean Williams after an egg fight turned violent. Williams was shot and killed at an Avon Park car wash on December 1st 2020. Security videos and Continue reading

News Update for 7/18/24

The state has rested its case against Johntravious "Tray" Perry after two days of grueling witness testimony. Perry is on trial for the murder of his cousin , 16-year-old Dre’Sean Charlie Williams at an Avon Park car wash on December 1st, 2020. According to reports, a friendly raw egg fight between Perry and the victim Continue reading

News Update for 7/17/24

Convicted Mass murderer Zephen Xaver was back in court Tuesday afternoon for a disposition status conference before Judge Angela Cowden administers his final punishment. The death penalty was recommended for Xaver by a jury on June 26th for the murders of 5 women at a Sebring Sun Trust Bank in 2019. Before his final sentence Continue reading

News Update for 7/16/24

The Superintendent race is down one candidate as of Sunday evening. Donald Ridgeway announced that he is withdrawing from the race leaving two candidates- incumbent Brenda Longshore and former District School administrator, Chris Doty. Ridgeway’s announcement stressed that his supporters should vote for change and that his initial goal for joining the race was because Continue reading

News Update for 7/15/24

On Friday, two Avon Park men were charged with a host of drug related charges. Len Schlotter, 62, and Timothy Scott, 60, were each charged with the sale of methamphetamine, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, knowingly rent structure to sell drugs, and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. The charges stem Continue reading

News Update 7/12/24

Skeletal remains were discovered yesterday afternoon in Avon Park at an abandoned residence on Memorial Drive. The remains were reportedly found by a group of local boys that entered the residence to play. Reportedly, the remains found still had clothes and were found next to a sleeping bag and other items indicating that the person Continue reading

News Update for 7/11/24

The historic Kenilworth Lodge is involved in yet another lawsuit. The current lawsuit was filed by a former owner against two current owners and an alleged third owner. Former owner Mark Stewart initially filed a lawsuit on March 27th and it was refiled on June 20th. Stewart’s lengthy 75-page complaint, names the defendants as Monier Continue reading

News Update for 7/10/24

A Polk County man accused of video voyeurism may have more victims. The sheriff’s office announced yesterday it has identified three more victims of Winter Haven’s Domingo Rivera Velez. The 43-year-old was arrested two weeks ago for video voyeurism against a 15-year-old girl, and he was re-arrested Monday for video voyeurism and possession and production Continue reading