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Woman accused of squatting in Lake Placid home

SEBRING - A 23-year-old woman, who was allegedly squatting in a Lake Placid home, was charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling Saturday after someone observing her leaving the house, according to an arrest report by he Highlands County Sheriff's Office.

Tracee Ann Brown, of 1820 Lake Josephine Drive, Sebring, told authorities that she did not enter the home.

The victim, who said she lives at the home for about one month out of the year, said she did not know Brown, the arrest report adds.

"The victim stated the residence is secured and she is not familiar with the defendant," the arrest report states.

Authorities found Brown's personal items at the home and it appeared as though she was living there, the arrest report states. Brown told authorities someone may have placed her things at the home from a neighboring house where she previously lived, the arrest report states.

Tuesday morning, Brown remained in Highlands County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

Traffic stop yields drugs, authorities say

SEBRING - A traffic stop led Highlands County Sheriff's office deputies to methamphetamine Friday, according to a Highlands County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

A deputy stopped at pickup traveling west on Mike Kahn Road when he reportedly saw that the driver and front-seat passenger were not wearing their seat belts, according to an arrest report.

Kevin Eugene Gendron, 50, of 6032 Mike Kahn Road, Sebring, who was the front seat passenger, was allegedly observed to make "an abrupt furtive movement towards the passenger side window and then towards the center compartment, as if he was removing something from his pocket," the arrest report states.

Deputies allegedly found methamphetamine lying on the seat and in a prescription-style container, along with a cylinder shaped device to inhale the drug, the arrest report states.

Gendron was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession and/use of drug equipment.

Deputies find marijuana in a safe box, arrest report states

SEBRING - Deputies who executed a search warrant at a Sebring home Friday found more than 20 grams of marijuana and a syringe with methamphetamine, according to a Highlands County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Brian Lee Sisson Jr., 23, of 1628 Wightman Ave., Sebring, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession and/use of drug equipment, according to the report.

The drugs were allegedly found in a safe box and Sisson was wearing the key to the box in a lanyard around his neck, the report states.

Authorities found 21.9 grams of marijuana in a jar, approximately 152.8 grams of marijuana in a Ziplock bag and a syringe contained less than 1 gram of meth, the arrest report adds.

According to Highlands County Jail records, Sisson also was charged Saturday with battery and resisting an officer without violence.

He remains in Highlands County Jail on no bond for the Saturday charges and $3,500 for the drug-related charges.