News Headlines 6-23-21

Another day, another shooting on Avon Park’s south side. A 17-year-old male was shot yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Hal McRae Blvd. and Delaney Ave. in Avon Park. He was transported to an area hospital. The Sheriff’s Department would appreciate any help you can lend – if you saw something or know something, contact Detective Kelly at 402-7250. Anonymous tips can be left via the HCSO smartphone app or at Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-80-226-TIPS. They’re also looking for help in that Sunday night shooting where two other victims ended up in trauma centers and hospitals. Again – anonymous tips via the free app, or at 1-800-226-TIPS.

Anyone out there want to buy a good, used City Hall? The Sebring City Council was due to look at letters of interest to purchase the current City Hall Building in advance of the city offices relocating to the former Wachovia Bank building on North Ridgewood after renovations. Deadline for responses was June 14, but the city got crickets – no response. The property includes two structures, a tennis court and three parking lots. Next step may be to put the place up for sale with a specified asking price.

The fellow charged with bilking homeowners in Spring Lake out of thousands of dollars in uncompleted driveway and other home repair work has filed documents saying he’s not guilty of scamming his neighbors. Daniel Merrill is the former maintenance and project director for Spring Lake, and Sheriff’s Detectives say Merrill took money from Spring Lake homeowners for driveway repaving, repairs and culvert work. In some cases, work began but wasn’t finished; in others, it never started. Merrill is charged with ten counts of grand theft and another of scheming to defraud. His alleged victims included Spring Lake District Manager Joe DeCerbo.

While most golf fans were watching the US Open, a local golf star took her tournament by storm over the weekend. Sebring’s Kendall Griffin won the Florida State Womens’ Amateur Golf Tournament in Palm Coast on Sunday, defeating two opponents in match play on Sunday. Kendall’s now a three-time winner in the Florida State Golf Association – she won the state Girl’s title as a teen in 2013, and the stroke play championship in 2019. She was a perennial top ten presence in local tournaments as a ten, and has been playing her college golf at LSU.