News Update for 2/4/19

Highlands County firefighters began Burn Awareness Week working. Units from Sun ‘N Lake South, Venus and Lake Placid were called out to quell the flames at a brush fire. No word on what may have started the blaze off County Road 731 near Castle Rock Road.
There have been no injuries reported nor damage to any structures.

The Avon Park city council will gather tonight for a special meeting. That session was postponed last month in respect to the victims of the SunTrust Bank shooting in Sebring.
Council members are expected to look at items dealing with the city charter, the Community Redevelopment Agency, street signs and lighting.
They may also pick up a number of items raised at last Monday’s regular session – including the Brickell and Wild buildings as well as ethics training for council members.

The Sebring Strong Survivors’ fund picked up some steam over the weekend – topping $75,000 in donations to the families of the victims of last month’s shooting at the SunTrust Bank building in Sebring.
It appears they have backed off their original goal of a million dollars and now have set the mark at $500,000. It may be found on the Go Fund Me dot com web page at Sebring Strong Survivors Fund.
Donations and comments to the site continue to come in – the last one was early this morning.

Investigators in Orange Park say a traffic stop ended with a sheriff’s deputy fatally shooting a man. A Clay County Sheriff’s deputy reportedly requested backup after stopping the man Sunday night. Deputy Christopher Padgett tells the newspaper a canine officer arrived at the scene and the man in the vehicle that had been stopped pulled a gun. Padgett says the deputy then shot the man.

Firefighters say dozens of animals are dead following a fire at an Orlando animal sanctuary. Orange County Fire Rescue officials report that the fire broke out early Monday at Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary near Orlando. In a series of tweets, fire officials said the owner of the animal rescue was asleep in an upstairs bedroom when he was awakened by peacocks squawking.

A Weston software company is being purchased by a California private equity firm for $11 billion. Ultimate Software announced Monday that it’s being purchased by San Francisco-based Hellman & Friedman.