News Update for 2/25/20

The Avon Park city council will officially say hello to new City Manager Mark Schrader when they meet tonight in regular session. Schrader started work in the City of Charm this past Monday.
Council members tonight will hear about a new building proposed to house the Church Services Center, will mull over landscaping beautification of the mile long mall and talk over illegal street vending and what to do about that problem.

Highlands County Sheriff’s officials say the Office of the State’s Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit has come to a decision on a January 19th shooting involving a Highlands County Sheriff’s deputy.
State’s Attorney officials have reviewed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s investigation and determined that the actions of the deputies involved “were justified under Chapter 776, Florida Statutes.
No additional action regarding these officers is expected in connection with the case. 43-year-old Dustin Nealis was shot and killed in what was described as a hostage-taking incident.

NEWS 2/24/20 BF

A West Palm Beach man was seriously injured this morning when the car he was driving slammed into a semi-truck. Florida Highway Patrol officials say 31-year-old Leonardo Gutierrez Rubian was eastbound oh State Road 70, when the semi-truck made a left turn onto Highway 27. He was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital.
Troopers say the color of the light at the intersection remains under investigation.
Last night there were two separate accidents on Highway 27. One West of Sebring near Sparta Road. Another occurred in Avon Park on 27 near West Pleasant Street.
No names or other details have yet been released on any of those mishaps.

A number of fires kept local units busy as well. A fire at a house on Lancaster Road reportedly did $30,000 damage over the weekend. Units of West Sebring and Avon Park responded to that one.
Later there was a brush fire that scrambled units from the Desoto City station and crews from the Florida Forest Service.
No injuries were reported in either incident.

Nearly everybody has heard of the 9-1-1 emergency phone number. Now, there’s an alternative to call when there’s a problem that that does not quite rise to the level of an immediate emergency.
2-1-1 is a nationwide service provided by the United Way which offers access resources for assistance with everything from paying bills to job training – and even help for victims of online fraud and identity theft.
You can access the 2-1-1 service via a phone call, text, chats and email.