News Update for 12/17/19

Highlands County sheriff’s officials say they have arrested a Hill-Gustat Middle School student and charged with a pair of felony counts. According to reports, the 12-year-old had made a post on an Instagram account indicating the school -quote- “was gonna get shot up.”
The youngster has been charged with making a written threat to kill or injure, and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. He was turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

By a 4-1 vote, Highlands County commissioners turned back a Resolution that would have made Highlands a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. Only commissioner Arlene Tuck – who introduced the resolution – voted for it.
Those voting against the measure – Ron Handley, Don Elwell, Jim Brooks and Gregg Harris all pledged their allegiance to the constitution nonetheless.
Elwell offered to introduce a resolution supporting the entire Constitution, but was stopped by Handley, who chairs the commission.

There were no serious injuries, but traffic was tied up for better than four hours yesterday on Highway 70 when a tractor-trailer rig overturned. Officials say the semi was carrying recycling goods and dumped quite a bit of diesel fuel into the nearby drainage ditches as the result of the crash.
Although a guardrail pierced the cab, the driver was not badly injured. His name has not been released. Cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Law enforcement officials say a car reportedly hit a pole out in Spring Lake last night. The mishap occurred shortly after 9:00 on Duane Palmer Blvd. How many people were involved and the extent of injuries has not yet been released.