News Update for 8/26/19

A Lake Placid woman was killed early this morning when she was hit by a truck. Florida Highway Patrol reports say 42-year-old Jolene Nichole Braswell was walking along Highway 27 near the intersection of Anderson Street, when she was hit by a pickup.
The Ford F-150 was being driven by 26-year-old Chelsea Whitmore of Venus. She was not injured.
Traffic was snarled in the area for a time while the scene was cleared. Charges in the incident are pending further investigation.

Avon Park city council members will have a busy schedule this evening. They first will meet as the Community Redevelopment Agency. On that agenda are a number of pending items including an update from consultants LaRue Management and planning for the city’s Christmas Decorations.
They then will convene the regular city council meeting.There they will discuss the status of city-owned property recently vacated by Jana Concrete, a discussion of activities by the Boys & Girls Club and how many early voting days the city wants to pay for in this off-year election cycle.

Investigators are looking for information on a couple of weekend shootings. Highlands County Sheriff’s officials say a young man was shot while walking on South Delaney Avenue in Avon Park yesterday.
The victim was airlifted out – no word on their condition. Deputies brought out the dogs but were unable to find a suspect.
Friday, there was a shooting incident at Lemon Street and Martin Luther King jr. Boulevard in Sebring. Police there say the victim has not been cooperative.
Anonymous tips my be submitted to Heartland Crimestoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.

One person was killed and another seriously injured Saturday in a traffic crash south of Sebring. Florida Highway Patrol reports say a pickup being driven by Christopher Clarkson was southbound on Highway 27 and slammed into the back of a car at the intersection of State Road 66 and US 98.
The driver of the car, a 66-year-old Lake Placid woman, was killed. Her name has not yet been released. A passenger in the truck, Kimkie Molina was seriously injured. She was taken to Highlands Regional. Charges in the incident are pending.

It will be a rare Monday morning session for Highlands County commissioners this morning. They will be holding a workshop to see if they can pare down their budget for the upcoming fiscal year – or will raise taxes on residents. Assessments already will be going up inasmuch as property values are increasing.
Expected to be up for discussion today are Fire/Rescue adjustments – among other things. One big ticket item will be how much of the bill taxpayers will foot so that county employees will be provided insurance.
This morning’s meeting gets underway at 9am.