News Update fo 9/4/20

A domestic dispute call led to a high speed chase for Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies last night. The incident apparently started on on Shore Road in Avon Park. Lawmen chased 62-year-old Richard Crenshaw south, around the traffic circle then into Sun-N-Lake.
Crenshaw reportedly abandoned his vehicle after it was disabled by stop-sticks. He finally was arrested by K-9 Kevlar who put the bite on him after a short foot chase. There were no other injuries.
Crenshaw was taken to the Highlands County jail.

Two people were injured yesterday when a couple of vehicles colleded north of Lake Placid. The mishap occurred shortly after noon at the intersection of Higway 27 and Lykes Road,
The force of the impact caused one of the cars to overturn. Officials say two patients were transported and one refused care. Florida Highway Patrol officials have released no details on the incident.

The latest Coronavirus test numbers released by the Florida Department of Health show there have been 8 additional positives, and 81 negatives added to Highlands County’s ongoing count.
Of the 18,778 tests administered locally – 16,914 have been negative with 1854 positive cases recorded.
There have been 198 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 69 deaths have been tied to the corona virus here since numbers started being kept.

The Avon Park city council got good news and bad news last night. On the good side, it appears that the city will be getting a break on insurance for their employees. Staff told the council it was “a very strong renewal.”
In other action, it appears they have to send a proposal to tear down the Wild Building to the city’s Planning & Zoning board for a recommendation before they can raze it. Apparently, the P&Z Board will look at the issue next week.
City attorney Gerald Buhr told the council it is a procedural issue.

Former Sebring city councilman Buddy Whitlock has passed away. A Sebring native, Whitlock served two terms on the council, but might best be known as a co-founder of the Sebring Thunder car show held annually around the Circle in Sebring.

The Vet Jam end of Summer Fest is slated for tomorrow and Sunday. That event will be held at the Moose Lodge on Highway 98 South of Sebring with two days of live music, food and fun.
A poker run will be held as well, The event is free and open to the public.

The city of Frostproof will be kicking off the Labor Day weekend tomorrow evening. The Frostproof Celebraton will held at Henderson Field beginning at 5pm.
In addition to bands and a live DJ, organizers say there will be familoy games and activites and some buskers. “Pyro Joe,” a fire eater will be making an appearance. A long list of food trucks and other vendors also are slated to be there.
They say, to date, Frostproof has cancelled none of their activities – and are looking forward to a Christmas parade they are describing as huge.