Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

Memories of a different era in law enforcement

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 -

— At a time when a new and larger Highlands County Sheriff’s Office is being built, Jean Crist Willis remembers a different era. If the new building were being construc...

Campaign begins to create memorial wall near raceway

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 -

— For Sebring City Councilman Lenard Carlisle, plans to create a memorial park on Sebring Regional Airport property has special significance.

Fire department internship program bears fruit

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 -

— Frustrated over the dearth of qualified firefighter applicants, Sebring Fire Chief Brad Batz last year convinced the Sebring City Council to approve an internship program.

Twenty five veterans will head to Washington next month

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 -

For Paul Hinman, a Highlands County resident and Vietnam veteran, an upcoming opportunity to visit the Vietnam Wall Memorial will be bittersweet.

Sebring PD takes steps to prevent future thefts

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 -

Modern technology has forced the Sebring Police Department to change the procedures it has in place for handling money.

Victim of hit-and-run recovering

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 -

Brianna Fuentes, the 3-year-old victim of a hit-and-run accident Saturday, is recovering, family members say.

Local cyclists to support cancer-related nonprofit

Monday, Apr 25, 2016 -

— Bicycling long distances isn’t anything new for local resident Kevin Shutt.

Brush fires rip through Sun ‘n Lake, Avon Park Estates

Friday, Apr 22, 2016 -

— Dozens of firefighters mobilized Friday afternoon to battle brush fires that ripped through isolated areas of Sun ‘n Lake Sebring and Avon Park Estates.

Musical event to help care center that helps the poor

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 -

— Earlier this week, local resident Brian Ragsdale sought help from a doctor for leg tremors and other problems that affect his legs and arms.

City Council approves Country Club Utility purchase

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 -

The Sebring City Council agreed Tuesday to finalize the purchase of the Country Club of Sebring Utilities system, a little more than a year after the former owner abandoned ...

Oldest pending murder case may go to trial in May

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 -

For the Council family of Avon Park, the Christmas of 1991 brought a special present.

Bank robbery suspect arrested

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 -

— A man who is suspected of robbing SunTrust Bank on April 13 entered Harbor Community Bank Monday wearing the same clothing as the SunTrust Bank robbery suspect, according to...

Alert bank customer helps police find SunTrust bank robbery suspect

Monday, Apr 18, 2016 -

— Even though it has been 18 years since Sebring resident Gwen Bradford retired as a captain at the Miami Police Department, she evidently hasn’t lost the skills she ga...

Memorial service scheduled for Woman’s Air Service Corps member

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 -

SEBRING — A memorial service will be held Monday, April 18, for Barry Smith, one of the first women ever to pilot a military aircraft.

Boy Scout cabin, land may be sold

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 -

— A few years ago, the log cabin near Eucalyptus Street and Sebring Parkway bustled with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts who held meetings in the facility.

Ex police chief secretary now accused of stealing from the city of Sebring

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 -

— Vicki Hicks, the former administrative assistant to the Sebring police chief who was accused Friday of stealing about $62,000 from the city, said in a text message that ...

People fight to save dogs with only hours to live

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 -

In a set of kennels at Highlands County Animal Control, there’s Gaffney, Gabby, Gaelyn, Gabe, Gail, Gabrio, Gala, Gage and Galan.

Authorities search for bank robber

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 -

Authorities continued searching late Wednesday afternoon for a man who entered SunTrust Bank at Schumacher Road and U.S. 27 around 9:14 a.m., threatening to detonate a bomb ...

Boy Scouts recognize Sheriff Benton

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 -

At times they may have disagreed on budget matters, but County Commissioner Don Elwell Tuesday night praised Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton for her service with the S...

Synthetic marijuana making a comeback, authorities say

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 -

— In years past, teenagers or other users would go to convenience stores and buy what was called synthetic marijuana.

Student got stun gun from sister, authorities say

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 -

— A Sebring High School student charged with attacking another student last week with a stun gun got it from her sister, Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton said Monday.

Online legal services present challenges, bar association president says

Friday, Apr 8, 2016 -

— When people come to attorney Christine Senne in Lake Placid for legal services, it’s not unusual for them to hire her for one part of the job, she said.

Unemployment rate continues to drop in Highlands County

Friday, Apr 8, 2016 -

— For the past two years, Byron Kilpatrick, 18, has been looking for a job without a lot of success.

Council favors increasing fire assessment

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016 -

Homeowners in Sebring could see their fire assessment increase $10 a year, as a result of a City Council vote Tuesday.

Symposium provides information to seniors

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016 -

For Halley Wilson, attending the Senior Symposium Wednesday was a chance to get information.

Family of slain trooper to attend state Supreme Court hearing

Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016 -

— Family members of slain trooper Nick Sottile are expected to be present today when attorneys for his killer argue their latest appeal before the Florida Supreme Court in Tal...

A little discomfort for a lifesaver

Monday, Apr 4, 2016 -

— Sebring police officer Maribel Avalos is willing to accept some discomfort during the next several summer months while wearing a bulletproof vest.

SFSC course focuses on cyber security

Sunday, Apr 3, 2016 -

These days, it’s none too infrequent that stories of massive data breaches are reported.

Unusual marriages

Friday, Apr 1, 2016 -

If you enter Building 10 of Sebring High School with the intention of visiting an art teacher with the last name of VanDam, it would understand...

Man charged with multiple burglaries

Friday, Apr 1, 2016 -

— A Sebring man has been arrested in connection with 10 burglaries that occurred in the Lake Josephine area around Jan. 29, according to warrants released Friday.

iPhones present challenges in investigations, authorities say

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 -

What does a national security case involving terrorists and a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office investigation involving cellphones belonging to a teacher and a studen...

Little Theatre to perform ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Monday, Mar 28, 2016 - — When a black man was wrongly accused and tried for raping a white woman in the South in the 1930s, none of the characters — not even his attorney in the fictio...

Seven students receive civil citations for sexting

Friday, Mar 25, 2016 -

— Seven Lake Placid Middle School students have been served with civil citations after they were accused of sexting, authorities said Friday.

Sheriff’s office defends security changes

Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 -

— Other than those involved in the criminal justice system, most never see the holding cell area situated between the courtrooms.

Improvements under way at two city parks

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 - When installation of new playground equipment is completed in the next two weeks at Mary Toney and Veteran’s Beach parks, the playgrounds won’t be your f...

Reports detail investigation of teacher

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 -

Authorities are investigating whether a teacher already charged with having sex with a 14-year-old male student may have had inappropriate relationships with other students,...

Sheriff tightens security regulations at courthouse

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 -

Up until recently, long-time Sebring defense attorney Bill Fletcher said that during court sessions he would be allowed to enter a holding cell area to relay plea offers to ...

Family seeking help for son with cancer

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 -

— Up until less than two weeks ago, Dean Palmo, 15, led a life similar to many other teenagers.

Fewer unruly race fans may be the result of more visible security

Friday, Mar 18, 2016 -

— As Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. David Stewart patrolled the Sebring Raceway Friday morning, a group of fans that included women, dressed in dark robes ...

Mayor recognizes police employees

Friday, Mar 18, 2016 -

— When Sebring Police Officer Maribel Avalos responded to an attempted suicide call, she put herself in jeopardy to save a man in a mobile home, Sebring Police Chief Tom Dettm...

Is a text message a public record?

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 -

— Some people who call Highlands County Commissioner Don Elwell on his phone may get a voice-mail message that he’s unavailable, but if he’s in a meeting he migh...

Organization adopts plan for road projects in Highlands County

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 -

— Improvements to State Road 70 and U.S. 98 in Highlands County are part of a long-range transportation plan adopted Wednesday by the Heartland Regional Transportation Organiz...

Gates to 12 Hours of Sebring race open today

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 -

— When the Sebring International Raceway gates open at 5:30 a.m. today, Mike Bobar Sr. will join hundreds others for the 64th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, which end...

Florida presidential primary is today

Monday, Mar 14, 2016 -

— After a busy early voting period for the presidential primary, those who didn’t cast a vote can do so today.

Electric vehicles gaining interest

Friday, Mar 11, 2016 -

— When Sebring area resident Nancy Owen gets in her car, she doesn’t turn on the ignition. Everything in her car, including the air conditioning, comes on automatically...

Doty case accessory released after probation violation

Friday, Mar 11, 2016 -

— An accessory in the murder case of Aaron Doty was released from the Highlands County Jail after being given credit for time served.

New directional signs may come to downtown Sebring

Thursday, Mar 10, 2016 -

— Visitors to downtown Sebring who want to find the Highlands County Courthouse, the Highlands Art League or some other venue may find that easier to do so by the end of the y...

Man charged with causing accident near U.S. 98

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2016 -

An argument that started over a woman having a Gatorade bottle in her lap led to two-car accident on U.S. 27 near State Road 66 that left several people injured and a portio...

Woman disputes details in arrest report

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2016 -

A Sebring woman charged with child neglect disputed the allegations this week and maintained that the conditions of her home were not nearly as bad as what was portrayed in ...

Separate circuit court cases garner guilty pleas

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2016 -

A woman accused of keeping an elderly man a virtual prisoner and a man accused of theft plead guilty in separate cases this week in Highlands County Circuit Court.