News Update for 6/17/19

Polk County Sheriff’s officials say a Sebring woman apparently was struck and killed near Lakeland. Authorities say 22-year-old Kara Fay Hanvey was found in a grass median along US Hwy 92 East early yesterday morning.
Preliminary investigations point to a hit and run accident, however, an autopsy is slated for later today to determine the exact cause of death.
In the meantime, Polk officials are looking for witnesses who may have seen something that might help with their investigation.

There were no apparent injuries, but power was out and the roadway was closed for better than two hours in the Lake Letta area yesterday, when a car took out a couple of utility poles on State Road 17 south of Avon Park.
The downed power lines started a small brush fire, which was extinguished by Highlands Lakes Volunteer firefighters. Duke Energy reportedly has re-set the poles.
The driver of the car reportedly was gone when Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene.

Authorities say a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy shot a woman who was fighting with her adult daughter. 76-year-old Linda Wages was recovering Monday at a Polk County hospital.
The sheriff’s office says a witness called 911 Saturday after seeing Wages and her 47-year-old daughter fighting inside a car. When a deputy arrived, the daughter said Wages had a gun. The deputy says Wages ducked down at some point, making him believe she was about to shoot him or the daughter. The deputy fired and hit Wages at least once in the side
Investigators didn’t find a gun in the car. The daughter told deputies that Wages claimed she had a gun in her purse just before their fight. Wages faces battery and other charges.