News Update for 1/4/21

Polk County Sheriff’s officials say the third suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the weekend attack on a Florida Fish & Wildlife conservation commission officer near the border of the River Ranch Hunt Club and the Avon Park Bombing Range.
Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies assisted Polk county and a cadre of other officers in looking for the men. Arrested at the scene and charged were Michael Amalfi and Lazaro Millan – both of Miami. The thrid suspect, Rodrigo
Alberto Mata LaRosa of Hialeah has been found and arrested in South Florida.
Authorities say the FWC officer was treated at Lakeland Regional and since has been released.

One person was injured in a Saturday accident in the south end of Highlands county. Reportedly, a pickup hit a cow. The truck then slammed into a tree on Sheppard Road near Venus. The driver was hurt – but the cow was killed. Apparently the cow was one of a half dozen that were loose on the road.
Later, one person was taken to the hospital when a pickup went out of control and overturned on Highway 27 near Sun ‘N Lake.
No names or other details are yet available.

It was back to school today for thousands of Highlands County youngsters as they return their first day in the classroom for 2021. Motorists are advised to slow down and take care in school zones, and to watch for kids walking or riding their bikes home from school.
Youngsters are cautioned to look out for traffic and to be careful as they exit busses and head home.

The Frostproof city council will gather this evening for their first session of the new year. They’ll again look at planning a scaled-back barbecue event for the month of April. Among other things they’ll decide on a budget for the event.
It looks like the city may be getting some help with Dunham Field – members of the Frostproof Youth Ball organization say they want to fix the place up.