News Update for 1/13/20

A 42-year-old Lake Placid man has died in a traffic crash. Florida Highway Patrol officials say Kenny Lee Jenkins of the Caladium Capital was westbound on State Road 70, approaching County Road 29 when he hit a cow.
The big rig hit a guardrail, a fence and a tree. Troopers say Jenkins apparently was not buckled up and was thrown from the cab. Traffic in the area has been impacted since shortly before midnight.

It looks to be a long session for the Avon Park city council this evening. Among other things, Highlands County officials Benjamin Dunn and Eric Longshore are slated to address the council about Highlands County’s handling of the building department for the City of Charm.
Allegations surfaced at a recent meeting that despite violations of city code “nothing was done.” The council also will hear several requests for festivals – including one for more money to finance the Martin Luther King Day observance.

There reportedly were some fireworks at the Second Amendment gun show in Sebring over the weekend. According to reports, one of the organizers of the show went out to talk to anti-gun protesters at the entrance to the fairgrounds about vandalism to one of their advertising banners at the site.
However, when he tried to take a picture, one of the elderly women allegedly slapped the phone out of his hands. Law enforcement officers were summoned and charges in the incident now are pending.

A man was shot dead by a driver he confronted for following too closely on a Polk County road. According to reports, the victim was driving a pick-up truck in front of an SUV.
The SUV driver told Polk Sheriff’s detectives the truck driver came to a sudden stop and got out to curse him for following too closely. The SUV driver said the truck driver threatened to kill him and the passenger, making him fear for his life, so he grabbed a gun from his glove compartment and opened fire.

While Highlands County commissioners debate about a resolution to support the constitutions of the United States and the State of Florida, Commissioners in Okeechobee reportedly have voted for a resolution on the Second Amendment. They have become the latest to declare themselves a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. The idea is to assert the right to keep and bear arms.
Highlands County commissioners voted 4-1 against such a resolution, with only Commissioner Arlene Tuck voting for it.