News Update for 6/21/22

Highlands County commissioners this morning voted to take further action on the fire assessment. Under its provisions, there will be a seven percent increase for each of the five categories. The bottom line is a $700,000 increase in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
they also voted to expand a couple of their complexes. First, they’ll spend some $97,000 for land located off George Boulevard near the Agri-Civic Center.
They also approved a $70,000 purchase of property off Commerce Avenue near the Highlands County government center in Sebring.

Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a series of local dirt bike thefts.
According to reports, thieves are looking for people outsde the area who are trying to sell the mahchines over social media.
The way it works is, once the deal is brokered, the criminals convince the seller to deliver the motorcycles here to Highlands County. They then ask for a test ride, and take off with the motorcycles – never to return.
Authorities are asking anyone with information on the scam to call the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office at 402-7200 – all tips will be kept confidential.

Fire ravaged a mobile home out by Desoto City yesterday. Units from West Sebring and Desoto City responded to the blaze in the home off Gould Road around 9:30. No injuries were reported – although a dog reportedly had to be rescued during the course of the fire.
Cause of the blaze is said to have been electrical in nature. No dollar damage estimate has been released.

Lake Wales police believe they may have found some suspects in a rash of construction site thefts. Officers have arrested a Lake Wales couple identified as 36-year-old Robert Albritton and 35-year-old Kristina Kaew Morrison.
The pair was discovered leaving a construction site off the Old Scenic Highway with lumber in their truck. The pair has been charged with trespassing and theft. The investigation is continuing.