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Mother struck child's legs with broom and pipe, authorities say AVON PARK - A woman struck her child's legs numerous times with a broom and a metal pipe because she didn't like the way the child spoke to her, according to an arrest report released Monday. Ruth Enid Archeval, 39, 10 E. Adams St., Avon Park, who insisted she was only disciplining her child, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with cruelty toward a child, abuse without great harm. The arrest came after deputies learned that during the argument between Archeval and her daughter, Archeval got a broom and struck the child on her legs until the broom broke, the report said.
Archeval then retrieved a metal pipe and struck the daughter on her leg, the report said. The mother told authorities that she wouldn't tolerate her daughter's behavior and would go to jail if she had to, the report said. Man accused of stealing CDs LAKE PLACID - A Lake Placid man was arrested after being accused of stealing 60 music CDs from under a neighbor's porch, according to a report released Monday. Marvin Thomas Underwood Jr., 37, 1626 Ceaderbrook St., Lake Placid, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office on a warrant and charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, grand theft and dealing in stolen property. The arrest came after a man in July reported the theft, but was able to recover the stolen property from a co-worker who bought it from a heavy set, bald man, the report said. The victim told police that the description fit that of Underwood, who lived near him, the report said. Man accused of threatening woman with gun SEBRING - A Highlands County man threatened his live-in girlfriend with a gun, while attempting to strangle her, the woman told authorities, according to a report released Monday. Cortez Marvis Paul, no age or address provided, was arrested Sept. 2 and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and felony battery. His girlfriend reported that Paul held a gun to her head and then pressed his hand on her throat, to the point where she couldn't breath and was about to pass out, the report said. After she kicked him, he released her, she told authorities.