News Update 12/19/18

Sebring police are investigating another shooting incident. It occurred shortly after 8:30 last night at the intersection of Lemon Street and Martin Luther King jr Boulevard in the city’s Washington Heights neighborhood.
A woman was struck in the lower back by a bullet. She was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Authorities are asking anyone with information on the incident to call the Sebring Police Department.

Like the city of Avon Park, it appears the city of Sebring is getting ready to buy a building. The Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency reportedly has a contract on the old First Union Bank building on Ridgewood Drive across from the Fire Station. The 2-story, 20,000 square foot structure would go for $325,000.
Sebring Mayor John Shoop has called for a joint workshop between the CRA and city council to discuss how to use the building. Options would include everything from using it as a city hall, to renting it out to a non-profit organization.

An 82-year-old Lake Wales woman died yesterday in a traffic accident east of the Crown Jewel of the Ridge.
Polk County Sheriff’s reports indicate Olga Cedeno may have had a medical episode prior to the crash – which occurred on Highway 60 in East Lake Wales. Witnesses said she was driving erratically before leaving the road and hitting a tree. Apparently, she never hit the brakes.

A second Polk County man has been sentenced to life in prison for a fatal home invasion.
21-year-old Joseph Gomes-Brandon Jr. was sentenced yesterday. He was convicted last month of first-degree murder.Gomes-Brandon was one of three men charged in the May 2016 fatal shooting of 21-year-old Tyler Macklin.
One of the men, 22-year-old Dylan Kindred, testified that he drove Gomes-Brandon and 23-year-old Jonathan Felix to Macklin’s home. Kindred says he waited in the car while Felix and Gomes-Brandon kicked in the door and attacked Macklin.
Felix was previously sentenced to life in prison following a first-degree murder conviction. Kindred faces armed robbery charges and testified without a plea agreement in place.