News Update for 10/24/18

Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies continue to look for a man wanted in connection with a Pennsylvania murder case. Timothy Tireik Pough reportedly has been spotted in the Avon Park area recently.
The 20-year-old Pough reportedly has made threats to shoot his girlfriend, who lives here in Highlands County.
Pough’s criminal history includes convictions for robbery, grand theft, burglary, fleeing to elude and driving with a suspended license. Sheriff’s officials say he should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

Early voting begins locally for the off-year elections tomorrow and Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg says – so far – things are going well. Ogg says to date, her office has received almost 5800 vote by mail ballots.
She says there still is time for people to request mail-in ballots. The deadline for that is October 31st. Early voting will start tomorrow and will run from 8:30AM to 4:30PM each day.
Ogg says she strongly encourages every voter to acquire a sample ballot and have it pre filled, bring it with them to vote, it is a long ballot. Those are available -along with other information – on the Supervisor of Elections website at

Florida Democrat gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has asserted he paid his way on trips to Costa Rica and New York City that are now the focus of an ongoing ethics investigation, but newly released documents appear to contradict the Tallahassee mayor. Text messages, video, pictures and other documents surrounding the trip were turned over Tuesday to the state’s ethics commission that is probing the trips due to a complaint filed by a local businessman and persistent critic of Gillum.

The candidates for Florida governor are scheduled to debate for the second and final time, three days after their first testy encounter. Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum will meet Wednesday night at a community college near Fort Lauderdale.

Electric utility providers in the Florida Panhandle say they’re hoping to have nearly all power restored to customers by early November, roughly a month after the area was hit by Hurricane Michael. Gov. Rick Scott announced the goal Tuesday.

An escaped Georgia inmate who claimed to be his twin brother when he was arrested in Florida is heading back to prison. The Miami Herald reports that a Miami-Dade circuit judge ordered 63-year-old Raul Prado be returned to Georgia.