Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

Prosecutor hopeful some murder cases will be tried next year

Monday, Nov 30, 2015 -

With more than 10 murders cases pending in court, prosecutors hope some of those cases will go to trial next year.

Black Friday shoppers crowd stores

Friday, Nov 27, 2015 -

As Rosie Silva walked around Sears Thursday night, she said it was the first time in five years she’s been part of the early Christmas season shopping frenzy —...

New youth facility provides treatment for substance abuse, mental health issues

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 -

Youth from various parts of the United States and from all over Florida are coming to a location outside Sebring that was originally the site of a golf resort.

Big Brothers Big Sisters gets new coordinator, board members

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 -

— In past years, Shawn Beumel has worked as a teacher in Highlands County and a manager for the Florida Department of Children Services.

Food, fellowship and giving back

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 -

— At home, Tisha Lockwood cooks Thanksgiving dinner every year for 15 to 20 people.

Eat your turkey and do some shopping

Monday, Nov 23, 2015 -

— When the doors open Thanksgiving at some stores, don’t expect to see Denise Morales looking for bargains.

Highlands County crime decreases, statistics show

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 -

— Following a statewide trend, crime in Highlands County decreased in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2014, according to statistics recently release...

In the shoes of Alzheimer’s patients

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 -

— Karen Lewis, who has had family with Alzheimer’s disease, decided Wednesday to participate in the Virtual Dementia Tour, designed to allow her to know what itȁ...

Mother and baby recovering after accident

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 - Sebring resident Giovanny Gabriel Garcia was expecting to become a father, but not under the circumstances and time that it occurred, he said this week.

Judge denies bail for murder suspect

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 -

— A woman who saw her boyfriend fatally shot testified in court Monday that she tried to flee, but the accused killer shot her several times.

Man gets jail for stealing calves, hiding them in car trunk

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 -

— Earlier this year when a deputy made a traffic stop in Avon Park, he became concerned when he heard a kicking noise coming from the trunk, Assistant State Attorney Courtney ...

Humane Society cats move to new home

Monday, Nov 16, 2015 -

— Bruiser the cat gave Highlands County Humane Society staff members a run for their money when they tried to put the feline into a pet carrier.

Facebook fundraising event helps struggling coffee shop

Friday, Nov 13, 2015 -

— At Brewster’s Coffee Shop Thursday evening, the business was so brisk that employees had to take down names and track down customers to deliver their beverages.

More than just photos in a textbook

Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 -

— In a departure from her usual day in the classroom, fifth-grader Madi Cornell on Thursday saw wildlife and nature captured by a photographer.

Public plaques, monuments preserve memories

Friday, Nov 6, 2015 -

— Those who enjoy camping or hiking at Highlands Hammock State Park can thank Margaret Shippen Roebling, whose memory is preserved there.

Residents opine about road projects, needs

Friday, Nov 6, 2015 -

SEBRING — Robert Layne, general manager of Positive Medical Transport, believes that many of the road problems can be solved through use of “common sense.”

Homeward bound

Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 -

— As Judy Spiegel, president of the Humane Society of Highlands County, prepared last week for Terror Trail, she had a surprise.

City of Sebring to look at fire, police salaries

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015 -

It’s almost like advertising a party, but having no one come.

Diamond returned, man accused of stealing dog

Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015 -

When Pamela Mitchell returned home on June 12 after shopping, she soon became heartbroken, she said earlier this year.

Woman sentenced on fraud charges; faces new charges

Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015 -

A woman, who was sentenced Monday on charges related to insurance fraud, is facing new charges.

Law enforcement officials wary about open carrying of weapons

Monday, Nov 2, 2015 -

— For Tiffany Lowry, there’s no doubt that allowing open carrying of firearms is a good idea.

Vigil remembers those who died from drug addictions

Friday, Oct 30, 2015 -

— After having taken her own journey toward a brighter life, Heather Sparks joined more than 30 people Thursday in illuminating the darkness in memory of those who died from d...

Sebring police review response to 911 bomb threat calls

Thursday, Oct 29, 2015 -

— The Sebring Police Department is reviewing its response to 911 calls of a bomb threat last week after an eye clinic president called it “unacceptable” in a let...

Art festival will feature new, established artists

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 -

Sebring High School senior Seth Bowman creates pen and ink art, but that’s not all he plans to display this year at the Highlands Fine Arts & Crafts Festival on S...

Public opinion sought for road improvement ideas

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 -

— State and local planners are working to develop road improvement priorities for the next several decades, and residents have opportunities to help shape those plans.

Sebring bomb threat suspect faces federal charges

Monday, Oct 26, 2015 - — A man possessing explosives threatened to bomb one eye clinic and placed an incendiary device on the roof of another, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S....

Lake Jackson dredging project to begin

Friday, Oct 23, 2015 -

— A long-sought project to dredge the channel connecting Lake Jackson and Little Lake Jackson may have an unexpected benefit: helping to move forward the city’s sale of...

Neighbor says man arrested in explosives incident acted oddly

Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 -

— A man arrested Wednesday after being discovered with explosives had previously seemed to be a bit “off the wall,” a neighbor said Thursday.

Explosive devices detonated by bomb squad

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 - — A report of a possible burglary on Wednesday led to the evacuation of several businesses, the discovery of explosives, the closure of a portion of U.S. 27 for hours,...

Program designed to make county Alzheimer patients and families safer

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 -

— An initiative to make Highlands County more friendly to people with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia and their families will begin within the nex...

Police asking for public’s help in identifying murder suspect

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 -

— Photos taken from grainy surveillance footage appeared to be of little help Tuesday as Sebring police continued to seek information that could lead them to a suspect in the ...

Investigation continues into store robbery, murder

Monday, Oct 19, 2015 - Only three minutes before a clerk at a Sebring convenience store was fatally shot Saturday, Jessica Carter rang up sales at the same cash register, she recalled Mond...

Judge refuses to return dog in abuse video to owner

Friday, Oct 16, 2015 -

— Hershey, a pit bull who had his 15 minutes of unwanted fame on a video that went viral on Facebook earlier this year, appeared excited Friday as he was being moved from High...

Traffic tickets generally on downward trend

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 -

When a Lake Placid police officer stops someone for speeding, that doesn’t always mean that the driver will get a citation.

New owner says he saved dog that veteran wants returned

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 -

— Earlier this year, Sebring resident Arthur Holland was looking for a German shepherd.

Study supports police using body cameras

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 -

LAKE PLACID — When Lake Placid Police Detective Stuart Troutman handles road patrol, he said, the body camera he has attached to his clothing protects him in a different way than the other law enforcement tools wi...

Veteran hopes new owner will return lost dog

Monday, Oct 12, 2015 -

— When Ed Wilber returned to the United States about two years ago after serving with the military in Iraq, he faced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and adjusting to life as ...

Technology complicating stalking, domestic violence abuse

Sunday, Oct 11, 2015 -

— These days, stalking isn’t just someone being followed or the stalker physically breaking into a home, according to a speaker at a domestic violence symposium on Fr...

Where do traffic fines go?

Friday, Oct 9, 2015 -

– Those who pay traffic fines probably don’t know their money is used to help troubled teens, train law enforcement officers, juvenile justice employees and social work...

Sebring approves tax-abatements for vacant downtown hotels

Thursday, Oct 8, 2015 -

— Projects to rehabilitate two long-vacant historic downtown hotels and make improvements to a museum received a boost from the Sebring City Council this week.

Girl Scouts raise awareness of cancer, help family

Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015 -

Nearly three years after 11-year-old Denali Botolino died from pancreatic cancer, his grave still lacks a headstone.

Bill would make texting while driving a primary violation

Monday, Oct 5, 2015 -

— Shannon Toohey Mosley, an Avon Park resident, strongly supports the idea of making texting while driving a more serious offense,

Antiquated laws remain on the books

Friday, Oct 2, 2015 -

SEBRING — The law is the law, but some laws on the books may be less the law than other laws.