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Couple accused of tampering with electric box SEBRING - A husband and a wife were arrested after getting almost $500 of electricity without paying for it, according to a report released Friday. Stephen Dean Shane, 50, and Misty Diane Shane, 48, both of 2534 Gresham St., Sebring, were arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with third-degree grand theft and unauthorized connection to utility equipment. The couple's electricity had been shut off by Glades Elective Cooperative in September because they had not paid their bill, the report said.
An employee of Glades Coop determined that even though their service was disconnected, they were still getting electricity because the electric box was tampered with, and copper wires diverted the electricity from the meter, the report said. Sexual predator accused of failing to register AVON PARK - A man convicted twice of illegal sexual contact with a child between the ages of 12 and 15 between 2001 and 2007 was arrested last week on a warrant after being accused of failure to register, according to a report released Friday. Channie Lehemiah Donald, 31, 1907 N. Terrapin Road, Avon Park, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with failure of a sexual predator to re-register. The warrant said that Donald was convicted on Dec. 5, 2002, of lewd/lascivious battery involving a child between the ages of 12 and 15 and on Nov. 27, 2007, of lewd/lascivious molestation involving a child between the ages of 12 and 15. Donald recently got off probation and was told he must report within 48 hours to the Highlands County Sheriff's office to re-register, but failed to do so, the report said. Man arrested on domestic abuse charges AVON PARK - A man was arrested on numerous charges after his live-in girlfriend accused him of choking her, threatening her and her family and cutting her with a knife, according to a report released Wednesday. Robert Anderson Smith, 25, no address given, was arrested Oct. 21 and charged with battery, felony battery, false imprisonment involving an adult, false imprisonment involving a child, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief and child abuse. The arrest came after the girlfriend reported she was taking a shower when he asked to be let into the bathroom and she opened the door, the report said. She told authorities that after she got back in the shower he placed his left hand on her neck and threatened to choke her, the report said. Smith then demanded to know why she wouldn't answer her cell phone, the report said. When she told him the phone was off, he grabbed the phone, threw it on the ground and pressed it with his heel, the report said. He then threw the cell phone into the shower, the woman reported. The woman said later Smith demanded that she and the child go shopping with him, the report said. He threatened to kill her if she wouldn't go, she told deputies. During the drive, Smith repeatedly tried to interfere with her driving, the woman told police, adding he also made numerous threats against her and her family. The also reported that Smith gagged her and at one point tried to cut her throat with a knife, the report said. When she tried to block the knife, he cut her hand, the report said. Woman arrested on shoplifting charge SEBRING - A 31-year-old woman was arrested Oct. 22 after being accused of going on a small shopping spree, but not paying for the merchandise, according to a report released Thursday. Laura Marie Lind, 533 Ranchero Drive, Sebring, was arrested Oct. 22 and charged with third-degree grand theft, trespass, and violation of probation. The arrest came after a Wal-Mart security officer saw Lind put in her car about $124 worth of toys, $236 worth of small items, including clothing and a doll house valued at about $159, before attempting to leave without paying for the items,, the report said. When the security officer confronted her outside, it was discovered she also had about $229 worth of razors and refill cartridges, the report said.