News Update for 8/19/19

Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Lake Placid man yesterday following an unusual incident. They first got a call from an individual saying their life was in danger and were parked in front of the Sheriff’s Office in Sebring.
They weren’t.
However, following up on the vehicle description the caller gave authorities, they found a similar vehicle in Avon Park. The driver fled a traffic stop and pursued the vehicle down Highway 27, finally deploying stop sticks. The chase ended up in front of the Highlands County Jail.
They arrested and charged 37-year-old Juan Manuel Ramerio with multiple traffic offenses and misuse of the 9-1-1 system.

Rain has been pounding the area over the past several days – now some flooding has set in. Highlands County Sheriff’s Officials are advising motorists on State Road 66 to watch out for high water – especially in the area of Payne Road.
They have had a few minor traffic incidents there this past weekend including at least one single car rollover. So far, no injuries have been reported.
Hardee County officials have reported flooding near Griffin Road in their county as well. That was under water in a couple of spots between Popash Road and the big curve.
Authorities say even if you’re not in an accident, high water may cause damage to your vehicle.

It will be a short-handed Highlands County commission meeting tomorrow. Two of the five commissioners will be absent. Nevertheless, the remaining three will see a financial presentation that could have an effect on the upcoming budget, they also will consider some land use changes.

The Highlands Fire & EMS Foundation is working out details with the Sebring International Raceway for a first-of-its-kind event. The Highlands County Fire Rescue 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and Walk is planned for September 29 at the pit structure at Sebring International.
Each participant will climb or walk the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. The idea is to honor the New York firefighters, police officers and first responders who raced to the scene when airliners were rammed into the twin towers.