News Update for 10/15/18

It appears that some people think that this year’s large election ballot means extra postage for those who are voting by mail. Not so, says Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg. Posts on social media allege that normal postage would fail to get the ballot back to the supervisor’s office for tabulation.
Ogg says that simply is not the case, had extra postage been required, she would have noticed that fact in several areas, so that voters would be aware.

A woman was seriously injured and traffic on Highway 27 was snarled for hours when a van and a motorcycle collided. The incident occurred Saturday, at the entrance to the Desoto Plaza.
The force of the impact reportedly knocked the woman off the bike. Police say she was not wearing a helmet. The woman reportedly was flown to Lakeland Regional Hospital by the Aeromed helicopter. No names or other details have been released.

Police say they’ve taken someone into custody after online threats were made against two South Florida schools. Davie police said that officers will be present today on the campuses of Nova High School and Nova Middle School, following the social media threats posted on social media on Sunday. Police said they believe there will be “no further threat” and students are safe to return to school. They did not provide details about the threat or the suspect.

Authorities have recovered the bodies of a man and his 7-year-old son a day after they were swept away by the current while fishing on the St John’s River. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office officials said that deputies were alerted Saturday afternoon when 36-year-old Eric Smart and his son Derrick were swept in the river. Authorities say a man was spotted trying to swim back with a boy in his arms.

President Donald Trump plans to visit hurricane-devastated Florida and Georgia today. The president declared a state of emergency for Georgia late Sunday. Meanwhile, the mayor of Mexico Beach, Florida, is holding out hope for the 250 or so residents who stayed behind when Michael struck. Mayor Al Cathey says search-and-rescue teams in the beach town already have combed areas with the worst damage.