News Update for 10/1/18

A lot of action in Avon Park. Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives are at the scene of the Hess gas station on Highway 27 – trying to unravel the circumstances surrounding a shooting incident. The victim had to be airlifted out – his name and condition have not yet been released.
A man with a gun got cash last night from the Chevron station in Avon Park. That incident occurred about 8:30 last night.
Described only as a black male, the man took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled into the night. No injuries were reported.

It looks like it may be a while before Republican Greg Steube finds out who he will face in the race for the District 17 Congressional seat. His opponent, April Freeman, died unexpectedly last month. Democrats were to have picked a successor over the weekend – but have been stymied.
Florida statute prohibits several possible wannabe’s from running. So, a hearing is set for today before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich.
Democrats charge that the law is unconstitutional and states cannot set standards for federal elections.

Today October 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year for Highlands County. It also marks the ten independent fire assessment district officially being combined into a single countywide district.
At tomorrow’s Highlands County Commission meeting, Commissioners will be asked to approve a new department name, new logo and a myriad of job descriptions that need to be developed as part of the consolidation.
The program is underwritten by a new fire assessment for the county that will be part of this year’s tax bill for businesses and residents in the county.

There were no serious injuries this past weekend when two aircraft collided on the runways at the Sebring Regional Airport.
According to reports, it appears one was on the ground and the other was landing when they came together. Highlands County Emergency Medical Services and the Desoto City Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident.

Two men were injured when a small plane crashed near Bartow. Polk County Sheriff’s officials say the single-engine Piper went down in Lake Hancock as it traveled between Lakeland and Boca Raton.
The Pilot – a Valrico man, was taken to the hospital for observation. His passenger was treated and released. There’s no word on what caused the plane to go down.