News Update for 10/5/18

It’s here. The Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce “Business Expo” will be held today at the Jack Stroup Civic Center on the Shores of Lake Jackson. Residents will have an opportunity to find products ranging from retail shopping to entertainment, travel agents to financial planners, and staffing agencies to insurance agents.
The expo will run from 9am until 3pm. It is free to the public and there will be food trucks on site for the hungry.

Lake Placid Police officials say their department has been busy over the past 30 days or so. During the month of September, officers conducted 106 traffic related contacts. Of those 106, 44 citations and 62 warnings were issued. Of the 44 citations: 7-speeding 12-Moving violations 12-Non-moving 7 Criminal 1-DUI 5-Seat Belt.
The report says officers in the Caladium Capital have made 23 arrests for DUI so far this year.

There’s a full slate of events tomorrow here in Highlands County, On the Circle in Downtown Sebring tomorrow morning will be the White Cane Awareness Walk. There will be demonstrations by the Highlands County Sheriff’s K-9s and other activities. That will commence Saturday at 10am.
South Florida State College will host the inaugural First Responders’ Showcase. On tap there will be tours of the SFSC Criminal Justice Training Academy as well as Drone, SWAT and fire demonstrations. That’ll run Saturday 9-1.
Tomorrow evening in Sebring is a free concert as Abide 365 performs on North Ridgewood Drive. Music will start Saturday evening at 6:30.

A Winter Haven man reportedly has threatened to shoot senators who don’t support Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Polk County Sheriff’s officials say 53-year-old James Royal Patrick Jr. was arrested yesterday and charged with making written threats to kill or injure.
Investigators say they received a tip about threatening posts Patrick made on this Facebook page. He threatened Democrats and “weak Republicans” who might oppose Kavanaugh.
Investigators say Patrick admitted to making the Facebook posts but denied plans to carry out the threats.
Patrick was booked on $500,000 bail.

A Lakeland city commissioner reportedly fatally shot a customer during a dispute over a hatchet inside the Army Navy surplus store he co-owns.
The incident occurred at the Vets Army Navy Surplus Store in Lakeland. Police spokesman Gary Gross said in an email that officers found 50-year-old Cristobal Lopez lying face-up just outside the door. He died at the scene.
Gross said witnesses told investigators Lopez entered the store with his father. While the older man was making a purchase, Commissioner Michael Dunn saw Lopez trying to steal a hatchet. Dunn asked if he was going to pay the item, a confrontation ensued and Dunn fired a gun, striking Lopez.
A criminal investigation is underway. Dunn took office on the Lakeland City Commission in January.