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Man accused of firing gun in apartment

SEBRING - A man was arrested Dec. 8 after a woman accused him of shooting a gun in an apartment, according to a report released Monday.

Travis Jay Lester, 28, 419 Grapefruit Ave., Apt. 9B, Sebring, was arrested Dec. 8 by the Sebring Police Department and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and shooting a missile into a dwelling, vehicle, building or aircraft.

The arrest came after police responded to a disturbance at an apartment and a woman told them that Lester threatened her, the report said.

"She said Lester then pointed a gun at her and told her she couldn't leave the residence, until she gave him his methamphetamine," the report said. "She said Lester then pointed the gun at the ground and fired a single shot."

Man accused of domestic abuse and child neglect

SEBRING - A man was accused Dec. 6 of striking a woman numerous times and preventing her from leaving a residence, according to a report released Monday.

Steven Andrew Acevedo, 24, no address given, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charge with battery, false imprisonment and child neglect.

The arrest came after the woman reported Acevedo struck her numerous times, leaving abrasions on her face and arms, the report said.

She said she was only able to leave the residence where that occurred after Acevedo fell asleep.

Authorities discovered that Acevedo was sleeping in the same bed as a 5-month-old child and accused him of doing it in a negligent way, the report said.