Meisel, Jay

Highlands Today

Renovation makes sea services museum more accessible

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 -

— When they joined the military, there wasn’t a lot those who served the country couldn’t do.

County not ready for pot civil citations

Monday, May 23, 2016 -

If police stop someone in Orlando and they have a small amount of marijuana, they may not be headed to jail.

Judge suspends man’s driver’s license for 2014 accident that killed teen

Friday, May 20, 2016 -

— If all had gone as planned, Kaytlyn Cooper’s family would have proudly watched next weekend as she received her diploma at Sebring High School.

Residents say cat colony disturbs community

Thursday, May 19, 2016 -

— A colony of feral cats in the Sebring Square Shopping Center was in the news recently after reports that the owners of Sebring Square planned to have the cats removed or tak...

Sebring city council OK’s change to pension system

Thursday, May 19, 2016 -

— Facing difficulties finding and retaining qualified firefighters and police officers, the Sebring City Council has reversed course on pensions from a decision made more than...

Community pitches in: United Way holds annual Day of Caring

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 -

— At Heartland Horses and the Handicapped, the horses Wednesday enjoyed their exceptionally clean homes.

Three more suspects arrested in shooting incident

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 -

— Authorities have arrested three more suspects and were looking Tuesday for two more in connection with a shooting incident last Saturday that impacted people attending a &...

Fallen officers remembered during service

Monday, May 16, 2016 -

— For Liz Sottile, it doesn’t get easier each year that she attends the annual Peace Officers’ Memorial Day ceremony.

Authorities say Saturday shooting unrelated to ‘Stop the Violence’ event

Monday, May 16, 2016 -

— An argument apparently led Saturday to people firing guns, leaving a 5-year-old and a 20-year-old woman injured, according to an arrest report released Monday.

Council’s parents: ‘We have a sense of closure’

Friday, May 13, 2016 -

— The parents of a former Avon Park High School footall star said the conviction and sentencing of their son’s killer has finally given them closure.

Council murder trial Day 3: Jurors questioned but no mistrial declared

Thursday, May 12, 2016 -

— The man accused of killing a former Avon Park High School football star told authorities he had no reason why he did it.

Juror questioned during third day of murder trial

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 -

A judge and attorneys questioned a juror about allegations that she spoke with someone about the case outside the court before the first-degree murder trial of Javon Moses ...

Don’t fall for ‘IRS’ scams, authorities warn

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 -

— A Highlands County man on probation, fearful of being arrested, recently showed up at the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office with money.

Man charged with former football player’s slaying will be tried this week

Monday, May 9, 2016 -

— Opening arguments and testimony in the trial of a man accused of killing a former football player were expected to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Highlands County Circuit Court....

Not OK with 401K

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 -

Three years after a contentious decision to change the retirement plans for firefighters and police officers, the Sebring City Council on Tuesd...

Seeking shelter

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 -

— It was around 5 p.m. Monday in an area near the rear of the Sebring Square Shopping Center.

Report indicates numerous people

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 -

Numerous people saw a Hill-Gustat Middle School teacher and a 14-year-old male student acting inappropriately, but no one seemed to be aware of the extent of the relationshi...

No criminal charges filed in school inquiry

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 -

— The long-term status of two top administrators in the Highlands County school district remained in question Tuesday after the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office decide...

Lake Placid woman searches for answers about birth mother

Monday, May 2, 2016 -

— Growing up in an Italian family, blonde-haired Michelle Lynn Morgan Pickering noticed she didn’t have some of the physical characteristics often associated with I...

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...