News Update for 9/22/21

Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives are in search of Taureaun Thompson. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to his apprehension. The 25-year-old Thompson is wanted in connection with an attempted homicide.
He is being sought in connection with an incident that occurred back on Sept. 11th where a man was shot in Avon Park. Thompson is described as a black male, 5’4″ tall, 193 pounds with brown eyes and close-cropped brown hair.
Anyone with information as to Thompson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

Highlands County School officials say there’s increased law enforcement at Avon Park High School. Apparently, last night an online post was made with a picture of a bathroom stall on social media with a message to students not to come to school today.
The bathroom pictured had black stalls. However, the school does not have bathrooms that match the one in the picture. The posting has been investigated and it was determined that this was not a credible threat to the school.
Authorities say making threats against a school is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

One person was injured yesterday in a single vehicle accident on the Panther Parkway between Sebring and Avon Park.
Apparently, a pickup went out of control on the traffic circle there. The truck went through a swale and hit one of the metal utility poles. No names or other information has been released.

It’s that time of year and it appears animals are on the move around Highlands County. First, a large Florida Brown Bear was spotted by a security camera in a residential area near Hammock Road and County Road 635.
Another camera caught a Florida Panther walking around near the Bird Streets just east of Sebring. Residents are cautioned to secure their trash cans and keep an eye on wandering pets.

Highlands County commissioners last night sailed through a budget approval meeting. Among other things, they inked an 8.55 mil property tax rate to help underwrite the county’s $157.3 million dollar budget.