News Update for 7/8/21

A candle left unattended is being blamed for a fire in Lake Placid that caused around $10,000 damage. Units from Placid Lakes and Highlands Park were called to the house on Martinique Avenue NE.
Authorities say one room was involved when units arrived at the scene – but it quickly was knocked down. There was significant smoke damage throughout the structure – but no injuries were reported.

There were no serious injuries but traffic was tied up for quite a while when a car and a truck collided yesterday morning on State Road 70. Florida Highway Patrol Reports say the car, driven by a Cape Coral woman, pulled out to pass slower traffic and ran head on into a tractor trailer rig.
The 37-year-old woman reportedly was buckled up and suffered minor injuries. No charges in the incident are listed.

Highlands County commissioners will wind up the process of explaining the upcoming budget to residents this evening. A “Town Hall” style meeting is slated for 6:00 at the Government Center in Lake Placid.
A session was held last night in the Community Center in Avon Park. The inaugural meeting in Sebring was cancelled Tuesday as the outer bands of Tropical Storm Elsa swept through the area – that has been rescheduled to this coming Monday evening at 6..
The county’s first budget workshop will be next Tuesday morning at 9:00.

Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman wants YOU! Officials at the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office say they are seeking volunteers to assist the Uniform Patrol function as Civilian Volunteer Patrol members.
The CVP will be a uniformed position but non-paid and non-sworn. It will require volunteers to operate sheriff’s vehicles and attend training classes to familiarize themselves with departmental procedures.
Duties will include funeral escorts, property checks and traffic direction among other things.

Another happy ending to a dog story. Animal Control Services reportedly found that dog with a bucket on its head down in the Lake Placid area. It remains unclear how they corralled the animal, but they captured the dog and removed the open-ended plastic bottle from its head.
It now has been taken to the Humane Society of Highlands County as they either locate an owner or put the dog up for adoption.
Authorities say despite its ordeal – the Cur Dog doesn’t seem the worse for wear.