News Update for 6/24/22

An early morning traffic stop in Highlands County has reseultd in death for a Labelle man. After recieving a call about a wrong way driver on Highway 27, Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a van near the Sun ‘N Lake South community.
During the stop, the driver of the vehicle. identified as 68-year-old Robert McNamara, reportedly approached the deputy with a pistol-grip style shotgun. He then reportedly fired a round at the deputy, who then returned fire.
Deputies attempted to administer first aid without success. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The two deputies involve in the incident have been placed on administrative leave pending further identification.

It’s been hot. Now authorities say, it’s going to get hotter. Highlands is part of a multi-county heat advisory stretching south from Tarpon Springs. According to reports, temperatures during the day could easily top 110-degrees combined with high humidity.
Residents are advised to stay inside as much as possible – out of the sun, drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room.
Those who do work or spend time outside are urged to take special precautions. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing, when possible, schedule frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
The heat warning will run from 11:00 this morning until 7:00 tonight.

Despite the heat, officials of the Florida Forest Service say that there is little danger of wildfire here. The new Keech-Byrum drought index shows that Highlands – and most of