News Update for 6/28/19

There’s a new name on the Highlands County convention center. It now will be known as “The Alan Jay Arena.” The popular local car magnate purchased the naming rights earlier this year – and temporary signage now is in place.
The facility, at the Highlands County fairgrounds, has housed events from concerts to graduation ceremonies and is the home to the annual Miss Highlands County pageants.
Reportedly, more permanent signage is set to go up soon.

According to reports, Sebring police have made an arrest in connection with a Wednesday morning shooting incident at the Citrus Terrace Apartment complex.
Joe Cecil Mack III was booked into the Highlands County jail. Reportedly, he has been charged with shooting into an occupied conveyance and discharging a firearm within a residential area.
Meanwhile, police continue to look for information as to who may have shot a man Tuesday evening near the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King jr. Blvd and Lemon Street. That incident remains under investigation.

The Avon Park fire assessment is under discussion, and it appears at least some members of the council are inclined to bump it up. The levy originally was designed to help those who pay no property taxes because of homestead exemptions, to help shoulder some of the burden of municipal government.
The current $80 per household residential fee, coupled with charges to businesses, support less than half the fire department budget. It could be raised as high as $140 per residence with proportionate increases to businesses.
They are set to consider the measure again at their next regular session.

In Polk County, deputies there are conducting a death investigation, but may have found the perpetrator. Early yesterday, dispatchers received a call in reference to a human body found in the water near an alligator.
The man’s remains were on property owned by the Mosaic company in Fort Meade. The body was pulled from the canal, An alligator has been captured and reportedly is in the custody of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
So far,there’s no information regarding the cause of death, the man’s identity, or how long the man had been deceased.
An autopsy is slated to be conducted to determine that.

A Frostproof man has been convicted of culpable negligence – a misdemeanor – in connection with a 2017 fatal traffic accident. 33-year-old Jarrod Witt Lee had been charged with vehicular homicied in connection with a head-on collision that killed Philip Brown.
Circuit Judge Larry Helms ruled that Lee could remain free on $50,000 bond until his sentencing on $50,000 bond.