News Update for 6/26/19

While Highlands County Sheriff’s officials continue to investigate a pair of weekend homicides, Sebring police say they had a shooting incident overnight.
It happened around 11PM near the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd and Lemon Street. Because of weather conditions, the victim had to be taken by ambulance to a hospital.
No names or conditions have yet been released. The suspect remains at large.
Meanwhile, law enforcement officials say finding witnesses or people with information on any of the cases has been difficult – making it hard to find and prosecute the perpetrators.

Fires kept units busy in Highlands County yesterday. Firefighters from Highlands Lakes were called to contain the flames off North C Hill Road in Avon Park. Apparently a homeowner’s burn pile got loose and turned into a brush fire.
It wasn’t very large, but authorities say the 97-degree heat made fighting the flames much more difficult.
A brush fire at the back of Sun’N Lake charred about five acres yesterday afternoon. A number of homes were evacuated for a time while they fought the flames. They say a short but heavy rain shower helped.
A lightning strike apparently started that one.
Last night, volunteers from Venus and Sun ‘N Lake South quelled a half-acre brush fire off Rucks Dairy Road. No property damage or injuries reported in that one.

Sebring police have released details on a motorist whose truck slammed into the marquee sign at the Fairmount Cinema Square earlier this week. Reports indicate that 45-year-old Scott Simmons apparently had a medical episode just prior to the incident.
Southbound on Highway 27, Simmons’ big silver pickup veered off the road, across the lanes of Highway 27 North, down an embankment and into the sign. He subsequently was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

While USA Today continues their 10Best Series, the Mobile One 12 Hours of Sebring is in a duel for the top spot in the best motorsports event. Brielfly last night, Sebring had moved ahead of the Indy 500 but this morning had dropped back to numnber two.
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