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Charges dropped against one murder suspect
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — The State Attorney’s Office has dropped charges against one of the two men being sought in connection with a double shooting in Avon Park that left a … Find out how to read more online.
Former Youth Academy staff arrested
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Three former Department of Juvenile Justice/G4S Highlands Youth Academy administrators have been arrested on multiple felonies for failing to report crimes at the facility, including staff having sex … Find out how to read more online.
Man acquitted of molestation charges
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
SERING — A Highlands County jury deliberated for about two hours Thursday before acquitting a man accused of molesting two girls on all charges. David Eugene Rickett, 35, was being … Find out how to read more online.
Florida Hospital dedicates ‘Serenity Garden’
Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — Fanning off humidity and shading themselves from bright sunlight, visitors got their first walk through Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center’s Serenity Garden on Wednesday. “Our hope is that … Find out how to read more online.
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Program partners with public to fight crime
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — When the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office investigated a string of BB gun shootings of car and business windows recently, detectives visited businesses and watched security videos. From those videos, detectives gleaned enough information to identify the vehicle involved. Eventually, … Find out how to read more online.

‘Nuisance’ ordinance moving forward
Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKE PLACID — Issues such as trash along town roads, clotheslines and even a local homeless person have raised the need in Lake Placid for an enforceable nuisance ordinance. The Lake Placid Town Council voted Monday to set the ordinance … Find out how to read more online.

Man accused of attempted murder
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:30AM
AVON PARK — A Highlands County man is accused of shooting a gun at a vehicle occupied by his ex-girlfriend and another man, according to a warrant released Friday. Frazier Lee Carpenter, 36, of 510 N. Irvington Road, Avon Park, … Find out how to read more online.

Trial continues in molestation case
Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:30AM
SEBRING — A jury was expected to begin deliberating Thursday afternoon in the Highlands County Circuit Court case of a man accused of molesting two juvenile girls, ages 9 and 15. Regardless of the verdict, David Eugene Rickett, 35, faces … Find out how to read more online.

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State, National and World News
Recalls this week
Sat  Aug 19 2017 01:19AM
BABY RATTLES DETAILS: BRIO soft hammer baby rattle toys. They have a wooden handle with a white plastic teething ring at one end and a red, yellow, white and green hammer head at the other end. BRIO is stamped on … read more.

A midday rally fades as sporting goods stocks are penalized
Sat  Aug 19 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped in the final minutes of trading Friday and ended a rough week with more losses. Bad news from sporting goods retailers weighed on the market. A day before, stocks had taken their biggest … read more.

US: Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists
Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:24PM
BC-ML--United States-Iraq, 2nd Ld-Writethru,599 US: Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists AP Photo WX108 Eds: Updates with quotes, detail. With AP Photos. By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Senior U.S. military leaders said Friday … read more.

Report: Driver in Barcelona attack was killed in Cambrils shootout
Sat  Aug 19 2017 01:19AM
BARCELONA, Spain — The alleged perpetrator of this week’s Barcelona van attack was shot early Friday along with other terrorists in Cambrils, newspaper El Pais and other media reported Friday, citing police sources. The reports did not name the suspect … read more.

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