News Update for 7/30/21

Highlands County sheriff’s detectives are in the midst of a death investigation. Reportedly, a body was located yesterday inside a derelict motor home on West Peel Street in Avon Park.
The body apparently had been in the motor home for quite some time. Deputies reportedly made the find after being called to a next door mobile home on the report of a suspicious incident.
The remains have been sent to the District 10 Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death. Detectives now are working to determine the identity of the deceased.

The city of Avon Park has come in to a bit of cash – they now have to figure out how they will be allowed to spend it. Earlier this month the city received some $1.8 million from the American Rescues Act. The challenge is to find ways to shoehorn expenses into one of the many line items that will be permitted for reimbursement.
Among them are public health expenses, public safety and replacement of lost services.
In all, the city is in line for more than $3.6 million in federal money to help them deal with the coronavirus.

First there were none, now there are five. Two Avon Park city council incumbents reportedly have thrown their hats in the ring for re-election to the board. After initially refusing to say, senior councilwoman Brenda Gray now has announced she will seek re-election as will Maria Sutherland – who is in her first council term.
They join challengers Michelle Mercure, Brittany McGuire and Bernice Taylor, who filed back on Wednesday. Qualifying goes on through August 6th. The election will be November 2nd.

Sebring police now say that shooting we told you about on Oak Street earlier this week apparently was a failed carjacking. According to reports, a woman was sitting in her car when she was approached by five men wearing hoodies and masks. While they were attempting to get her purse and keys, a struggle ensued.
The victim was able to get her personal firearm and fire a shot, which sent her assailants scattering. Apparently, nobody was hit by the round. Police say the matter still is under investigation.