News Update for 11/23/20

This is Thanksgiving Week, meaning there’s no school for Highlands County youngsters this week. Motorists need to be aware that there may be increased traffic of boys and girls on foot or riding their bicycles during the day.
Students will return to class this coming Monday.
Just a reminder, detours will be starting today on Ridgewood Drive in downtown Sebring as work begins on taking down the old Nancessowee Hotel. That work could take as much as two weeks to complete.

Several automobile accidents in the area have resulted in injuries – and one has claimed a life. Two cars collided at Highway 27 & Bell Street in Avon Park last night about 9:00. One person was transported from that one.
One person had to be flown out yesterday afternoon from a dirt bike accident off County Road 621 in the Highland Park neighborhood. There were no injuries Saturday night in a single vehicle rollover accident off Old State Road 8 near Venus.

In Hardee County, a man was killed when he was struck by two successive vehicles. Florida Highway Patrol reports say the victim was walking in the eastbound travel lane of State Road 64. He first was hit by a car driven by a Sebring woman, then a second vehicle, driven by a Wauchula woman hit him.
The man has not yet been identified. Charges are pending.

A weekend cookout turned into work for Lake Placid firefighters. According to reports, a grilling accident caused a blaze that spread to a carport and a vehicle parked nearby. No injuries were reported. The nature of the “gilling accident” and a dollar damage estimate has not yet been released.

Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies were presented with a conundrum this weekend – What to do when they had a search warrant that could not wait – and everybody in the home has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit, donned Hazmat suits and served the warrant. So far, officials have not said exactly where the incident occurred or if anyone was taken into custody.