News Update for 1/21/21

Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a shooting incident. It happened last night on E.O. Douglas Street in the Washington Heights neighborhood east of Sebring. They are releasing few details, save that the victim had to be airlifted to a trauma center.
No names have been released and it is unclear what prompted the incident.

Highlands County firefighters were called out to the Sun ‘N Lake Improvement District yesterday to rescue a man who had become entangled in an underground sewer grinder. Units from Desoto City responded to the call on Edgewater Drive.
It took them an hour and a half to dismantle the machine and pull the contractor out. He was airlifted out to an unnamed medical center.
There’s no indication on how the man got into the predicament. His name has not been released.

Highlands County school officials will wrap up day one of their annual walk-thru program of local facilities this afternoon, with visits to Cracker Trail Elementary, Fred Wild Elementary, Sebring High School as well as the Kindergarten Learning Center and the Academy at Youth Care Lane.
They toured Lake Placid schools this morning. The rest of the facilities will be up for review tomorrow.
Many of the facilities had light use last year, as students were put on internet learning due to the Coronavirus situation. That program was halted following reports of poor academic performance by many of the youngsters.

There was a brief safety closure yesterday at the Lake Placid High and Middle School Campus. Officials took the action after observing somebody through the fence there.
Highlands County Sheriff’s School Resource officers corralled the interloper – who turned out to be a student who was late for class.
Officials say the situation was resolved quickly and classes resumed without further incident.