News Update for 10/14/21

Highlands County sheriff’s officials now say they believe the body found yesterday at Sun ‘N Lake south may be that of Maximilian “Max” Martinez. He was reported missing Sunday.
Martinez was last reported having been dropped off at Tabby’s Bar & Grill in Lake Placid – but apparently never made it inside the establishment.
Sheriff’s detectives currently are working with the District 10 Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death and a positive identity.
Anyone with information in regards to the case is asked to call the Highlands County Sheriff’s office.

Avon Park soon may be growing again. Without comment, the Avon Park city council has given approval to a housing development to go in on the north end of town. Dubbed “The Oaks at Avon, 120 single family homes are slated to go in on the 47 acres off Gaster Road.
Developers apparently have abandoned plans for a 300-bed adult congregate living facility which previously had been part of the project. They say now that the zoning has been approved, construction should begin “fairly quickly.”

Highlands County Sheriff’s officials say a new scam is making the rounds locally. Apparently, there is a text being sent out to people, asking them to verify the status of their OVID-vaccination for their driver’s licenses.
The idea is to convince you that you can have proof of vaccination embedded into your driver’s license. They then ask you to cick a link where you are asked for additional information.
This is the key that lets them in to your finances and problems for you. Authorities say of you receive such a text – ignore it – IT IS A SCAM.

There are no classes today or tomorrow for students in Highlands County school system. That means youngsters may be out playing or riding their bicycles during school hours.
Motorists are advised to be alert and watch for children at play.