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Woman accused of using credit card fraud to get calls from incarcerated boyfriend LORIDA - A Lorida woman ended up in jail herself after being accused of using credit card fraud to receive calls from her boyfriend, who was incarcerated in the Okeechobee County jail, a report released Monday said. Misty Laurae Willis was accused of making transactions using a credit card belonging to her aunt and uncle in order to receive the calls, according to a report released Monday. Willis, 35, 2500 Van Horn, Lorida, was arrested on a warrant and charged with petit theft, eight counts of obtaining property by fraud and illegal use of a credit card.
The investigation leading to the arrest began in 2012 when a man and a woman were notified of fraudulent charges to their credit card and told authorities that their niece, Willis, was a potential suspect. Willis received eight calls between June 22, 2012, and Nov. 19, 2012, that were paid for by charges to the credit card, the report said. Those calls came from Willis' boyfriend, who was in the Okeechobee County jail, the report said. Husband wife, accused of burglarizing residence SEBRING - A husband and wife have been accused of stealing items valued at more than $20,000 from a residence, according to a report released Monday. Amy Elizabeth Brotons, 41, and Andres Benjamin Brotons, 34, both of 5905 Thunder Road, Sebring, were arrested and charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, second-degree grand theft and dealing in stolen property. An arrest report also noted that Andres Brotons was on pretrial release on charges of resisting an officer without violence, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. The latest arrest came after a man reported that someone broke into his house and stole televisions, jewelry, clothing, An investigation led to the determination that some items put outside the home of the Brotons for garbage pickup were stolen during the burglary, the report said. Man accused of battery and burglary SEBRING - A Highlands County man broke into a house, battered his girlfriend and kicked out a window in a patrol car, according to an arrest report released Tuesday. Timothy Michael Ellis, 56, no address given, was arrested Monday by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with battery, criminal mischief and burglary with battery. Witnesses told investigators that his girlfriend left their residence because of disagreements and that Ellis came to the house where she was staying and entered, without permission. Ellis was accused by a witness of dragging his girlfriend onto a couch, dragging her off the couch and then down a hall before leaving, the report said. After being arrested, Ellis allegedly kicked out a rear window of a patrol car, the report said. Man accused of driving under the influence, fleeing SEBRING - A Sebring man was arrested after leading police officers on a chase and crashing his vehicle into an orange grove, according to a report released Tuesday. Mark Alden Wheeler, 39, 101 Eastview Road, Sebring, was arrested Monday and charged with leaving the scene of a crash, driving under the influence, driving under the influence resulting in property damage, fleeing, driving while license suspended or revoked, possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug equipment and refusal to submit to a test. The arrest came after an officer saw Wheeler drive through more than one red traffic light or stop sign, the report said. After Wheeler crashed into the grove, officers found on him pills and a pipe with cocaine residue.