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Second person arrested in connection with house burglary AVON PARK - A second suspect was arrested Monday in connection with a June burglary of an Avon Park residence, according to a report released Tuesday. Tye Morgan Albritton, 20, 1015 W. Bell St., Avon Park, was arrested June 2 by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with giving false information to a pawnbroker. The homeowner had reported that someone broke into her residence and stole earrings valued at $450, a Wii gaming system valued at $150, a laptop computer valued at $1,500 and other items, according to a report.
The homeowner told investigators that she suspected her daughter, Dori Burke, was involved. Subsequently Burke was arrested. Burke told authorities that she gave items from the home to Albritton so he could pawn them. Woman charged with assaulting husband during argument over pizza SEBRING - A Sebring-area woman was arrested Monday after her husband told authorities that during an argument over pizza she sprayed him with insecticide, according to a report released Tuesday. Maria Seibert, 68, no address given, was arrested Monday and charged with battery on a person 65 years old or older. Seibert had initially told authorities her husband struck her with a vacuum handle during an argument over ordering pizza. But the husband told investigators that during an argument he walked away from his wife and she followed him, a report said. After she followed him, she sprayed him with insecticide and threw several items at him, the husband told police. The husband said he used the vacuum handle to try to knock the bottle of insecticide from her hand. Woman arrested on drug charges LAKE PLACID - The situation apparently went from bad to worse for a woman after she was stopped by the Florida Highway Patrol Sept. 6 on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident, according to a report released Monday. Samantha Marie Cherry, 24, 417 Leslie Drive, Hallandale Beach, ended up being arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug equipment. The arrest came after a deputy responded to help a trooper, the report said. The deputy had a K-9 unit member smell for presence of illegal drugs and the dog alerted the deputy to the presence of drugs, the report said. The deputy's search of the car ended up with the discovery of a bag containing cocaine, the report said.