News Update for 1/5/21

Highlands County commissioners got an update on the Coronavirus vaccination program this morning. They learned that appointments for the number of vaccines allocated to the county were filled up in a matter of minutes. In fact, there were 35,000 views to the website in just a couple hours.
Highlands County Health Department representative Penny Pringle told the commission that to date, there have been no reactions to any of the vaccinations to this point.

Local residents protesting what they say are fraudulent presidential election results are gathering today for a flag wave on Highway 27. It’s being held at the intersection of Bayview Street near the Sebring Square shopping plaza from 11 -til – 1PM.
President Donald Trump has charged there were election irregularities on a national scale – especially in the states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada and Arizona. A giant protest rally has been planned for tomorrow in Washington, DC.

Police in Lake Placid say a young lady from St Petesburg earned herself the “Need For Speed-ing Ticket” award yesterday morning. Officers reportedly captured the unnamed motorist’s speed at 104 in a 55 mph zone as she drove along US 27 in the Caladium Capital.
In a social media post on the incident, they say the award comes with a visit to the luxurious Highlands County Court system where she will most likely be asked to depart with some her hard earned cash.

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.