News Update for 4/29/19

It’s not bad yet, but we are receiving information that the harbingers of the spring love-bug season are beginning to appear. The so-called “honeymoon flies” make their appearance in spring and fall, and don’t seem to be of much use, save to provide business to area car washes.
You’ll see them on highways as they are attracted to decaying vegetation and exhaust fumes. The annual flights last about a month.

Local firefighters were busy over the weekend. Units from Desoto City and Leisure Lakes were called to a structure fire on State Road 66. When they got there they found a shed fully involved in flames.
They say the homeowner was able to rescue some of his chickens before firefighters arrived. It appears the structure was a total loss. Cause said to be a malfunctioning fan.
Desoto city units also worked to quell the flames under some power lines off Highway 98. The Florida Forest Service brought in a dozer to help them get to that one. Cause on that one has not yet been determined.

Highlands County Sheriff’s officials say they still are looking for help from citizens to try and find out why somebody shot into an apartment house on Aaron Drive in Lake Placid. One man was injured in the incident.
Authorities say the victim was in the shower when several rounds came through the bedroom window. He was hit in the shoulder – a woman inside the building escaped injury.
Anyone with information on the matter is asked to call the Highlands County Sheriff’s office.

A Hardee county youth apparenlty was killed when she was struck by a vehicle south of Zolfo Springs. Florida Highway Patrol officials say a pick-up being driven by 29-year-old Christopher Ferrell was backing out of a residence when his trailer hit a year-old girl.
She was taken to AdventHealth Wauchulla where she expired. Her name has not been released. Charges in the incident are pending further investigation.