News Update for 7/12/21

Highway 98 east of Arbuckle Creek was closed in both directions for several hours this morning following a fatal car crash there. Florida Highway Patrol officials have refused to release any details about the mishap.
It is known the accident occurred near the Gator Shack restaurant around 2:00 this morning. Witnesses report it appears to have been a head-on collision.

A multi-car tangle on the Sebring Parkway is causing cars to be detoured. That one occurred near the Gardenview interchange shortly before 10:20 this morning.

There were some tense moments but all ended peaceably in a standoff situation in the Venus area over the weekend. According to reports, 32-year-old Jesse Lee Jon Frazier barricaded himself inside a mobile home on Recreation Drive Saturday as Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies tried to serve an arrest warrant.
After an unsuccessful negotiation, deputies reportedly lobbed teargas canisters inside the residence. Frazier then surrendered.
In addition to the warrant, Frazier was charged with resisting arrest and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

An accident yesterday on Desoto City Road south of Sebring claimed a life. According to reports, a car driven by an unidentified Sebring woman went out of control near the intersection of Roanoke Street and slammed into a concrete pole.
A passenger in the car, identified only as a 24-year-old Sebring man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Avon Park city council members will discuss how some new state laws may affect the City of Charm when they meet tonight. One is the ability for residents who make code enforcement complaints to remain anonymous, the other regards home-based businesses.
In other action, the council will hear about the removal of Asbestos from a couple of local buildings and a planned Model Airplane Event.

Highlands County commissioners will wind up their Town Hall-style meetings tonight to explain the upcoming county budget. Tonight’s session is a make good from last Tuesday. That meeting was postponed as Tropical Storm Elsa passed by.
County officials say many people don’t know how the budget process works and it might be hard for regular citizens to understand.
The meeting will be held tonight beginning at 6:00 in the Highlands County Government Center in Sebring.