News Update for 6/27/19

Sebring police now say they are investigating another shooting in the City on the Circle. This one happened yesterday at the Citrus Terrace apartment complex. No names or other details have yet been released.
Tuesday night, a man was found shot at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King jr. Blvd and Lemon Street. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment.
Detectives are trying to determine whether or not the two incidents may be related. Authorities say they still are looking for witnesses or anyone with information on either of the incidents.

Avon Park city council members are looking at the possibility of municipal inspection of rental properties. The ordinance originally was designed to look at the conditions of some houses which were being used as ersatz migrant labor camps within prohibited zoning designations.
It was repealed in 2014 by a previous council.
Avon Park city attorney Gerald Buhr says he will have a tentative ordinance ready for council review by their next meeting.

School’s out for the summer – meaning the Highlands County School Board is planning for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year. Board members now have approved modifications to the Student Code of Conduct. The omnibus changes include provisions for drug testing, immunizations, discipline review procedures and the dress code among other things.
They also approved a number of recommendations for personnel – however, three board members had to recuse themselves from voting on four of the hires, due to conflicts of interest.

The US Sport Aviation Expo may be gone, but a team sponsored in the annual Air Race Classic has left their mark. The “South of the Border” Team finished 10th overall in the grueling 2500 mile air rally that started in Jackson Tennessee and ended up in Welland, Ontario – near Niagra Falls.
Jo Alcorn and Gretchen Jahn flew a Cessna Skyhawk 172 R in the competition.

A Polk County man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for beating another man to death during a fight.
26-year-old Shaquille Jadon Mothersill was sentenced after pleading no contest last week to manslaughter. He had been facing a second-degree murder charge and possible life sentence.
Lakeland police say 59-year-old Edwin Quinones was fatally beaten last October.
Mothersill told officers after his arrest that he had been playing with his dog when Quinones struck him with a metal crutch. Mothersill said he punched Quinones in retaliation and then continued to punch and kick the other man while he was on the ground.