News Update for 9/16/21

The Alan Jay Automotive Network has been acquired. It was announced yesterday that LMP Holdings has bought a major portion of the Alan Jay Group. LMP, an American-based automotive retailer deals both in site-built and e-commerce sales. They reportedly have acquired an 85-percent interest in the Alan Jay operation.
Over better than a quarter century, that has been developed into a dozen dealerships for the Alan Jay Network.
Officials say nothing locally will change, with all the dealerships and principals remaining the same.

Sebring Police and Highlands County sheriff’s deputies have made a couple of arrests in connection with a murder investigation. Salvador Cruz and Lorenza Stevenson were picked up in connection with the case.
A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed on back on September 5th. His body was found in the yard of a home on Beverly Ave off Kenilworth Blvd.
No motive has been released. The arrests come as the result of work by Sebring Police detectives. The 18-year-old Cruz and 17-year-old Stephenson have been charged with first degree murder.

Avon Park city council members have given their stamp of approval to their $38.6 million dollar budget for the upcoming fiscal year. That includes a number of new employees, an interlocal agreement with the Highlands County sheriff’s office and a hike in health care coverage.
To underwrite the budget, the millage will be going up. Property taxes will increase from .989 mils to 2.24 mils – or $2.40 for each $1,000 of taxable property valuation in the City of Charm.

One person was injured and traffic was snarled for a time yesterday when two trucks collided north of Lake Placid. This mishap occurred about 5:30 near the intersection of Highway 27 and Cloverleaf Road.
Florida Highway Patrol officials have not released details of the mishap, but apparently one of the trucks went over on it’s side.

Polk County sheriff’s have identified the person found slain yesterday in an orange grove off Lewis Griffith Road near Grove Road 31 near Lake Wales.
Authorities say the remains of 21-year-old Tyrell Bell of Kissemmee were found there by grove workers. Bell had been shot to death. Polk officials say they are looking for help from the public to determine why, and who did it.

The city of Lake Wales may soon be divesting itself of its museum operation. City commissioners in the Crown Jewel of the Ridge reportedly are considering turning the operation of the Lake Wales Museum over to an independe4nt group of “Friends of the Museum.”
The group would get the facility for a dollar a year lease with some $150,000 annually in municipal funding. Commissioners discussed the idea yesterday during a workshop session.