Accident near Frostproof this morning has caused traffic delays throughout the morning. A News tipper reported a semi-tractor-trail rig jacknifed then overturned on Highway 27 at the Avon Park Cutoff road.
Both northbound lanes of 27 have been blocked since the pre-dawn hours.
No accident details or reports of injuries have been released.
Matters at the Avon Park Airport will be on the minds of city council members when they meet tonight in regular session. They first will hear a report from consultant Lowell Clark – he’s received an unsolicited proposal from Florida Airport Management. That group wants to run the airport and establish a large-scale hemp growing program there.
Council members also receive a staff report on the Airport Coronavirus Grant Program.
In other action, the council will hear from the Central Florida Regional Planning Council on the establishment of a new zoning classification in the City of Charm and will look at the purchase of new water meters for the city.
Some heavy weather moved through Highlands County yesterday. Despite lightning, winds and quite a bit of rain – no serious damage was reported here. Authorities say there were some tree limbs down and outside furnishings blown about – but that was it.
The storm brought hail into Hardee County and roads were blocked by downed trees in 20 locations in Polk County.
A Polk County man is facing charges that he killed his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son. Lakeland Police say they have charged 30-year-old Alegray Jones with aggravated manslaughter.
Detectives say Jones was babysitting the boy while his mother worked. Jones summoned her home, saying the boy was not waking up. The boy was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.
An autopsy showed he was beaten to death. Police say Jones confessed to beating the boy for urinating on the couch. The names of the boy and his mother were not released. It could not be determined if Jones has an attorney.