News Update for 12/16/19

It could be a spirited meeting at the Highlands County commission tomorrow, as commissioners consider a resolution to make Highlands a Second Amendment sanctuary county. Some controversy has erupted over the idea of backing the Constitution, with some residents on social media opposing the idea.
The move first was enacted in Lake County and has been taken up by several other counties – including Wakulla, Sarasota and Okechobee. It comes in reaction to so-called red flag laws, where guns can be confiscated on the basis of complaints and concerns expressed to law enforcement agencies.

It was a busy weekend for Highlands County fire and rescue personnel. Nobody was seriously injured early yesterday morning when a car went out of control and overturned near the intersection of Fawnwood and Moonglow streets. That’s in Sun ‘N Lakes South of Lake Placid. The driver refused transport to a hospital.
Later, a semi-tractor trailer rig burned to the ground at County Road 721 and Wheeler Road near the Caladium Capital. So far, no details have been released as to the cause or what he was carrying. Damage has been estimated at $100,000.

Units from the West Sebring and Desoto City fire departments were called to a house fire on Pine Tree Lane Saturday night. They termed the fire at the double-wide manufactured home “stubborn.” It apparently began underneath the home as part of a heating problem.
Apparently the smoke alarm went off and the occupant was able to get out safely. Damage in that one was set at $40,000.

It appears at least some of the organizers of the annual Martin Luther King observance in Avon Park may be tiring of the effort. Community activist Arnold Davis appeared before the Avon Park city council, and asked if the city would be willing to take over the administration of the annual observance.
Council declined, saying they had no event planner or other such ability. They did indicate the city had budgeted $2,000 for expenses – far above the $700 requested. They also cautioned Davis that organizers would need to come up with special event insurance for the January celebration.

Surveillance video from a convenience store shows just badly a thief IN mULLBERRY wanted some Pepsi. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office released a video that shows 49-year-old Gabriel Tillman walk into a convenience store, grab a Pepsi and try to leave without paying.
The cashier quickly locked the door so Tillman was trapped. The video shows Tillman punch and push the door several times. Then he steps back and charges into a few times. When that doesn’t work, he grabs a fire extinguisher and slams into against the door. The cashier finally opened the door.
A deputy arrested him a few blocks away drinking his Pepsi.