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Men arrested on drug charges

SEBRING - If you're planning on transporting illegal drugs in your car, it may be a good idea to make sure that your car's head and tail lights are working.

In separate incidents, authorities arrested two men on drug charges after stopping their vehicles because tail or headlights were out.

Jonathan Chapman, 21, 5640 Edgewater Terrace, Sebring, was arrested Dec. 7 by the Sebring Police Department and charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug equipment.

In the second incident, Jerry Wayne Stephenson, 58, 3804 Hoyt Ave., Sebring, was arrested Dec. 8 by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug equipment and violation of probation.

Chapman was arrested after a police officer noticed his front left headlight wasn't working and stopped his vehicle, according to a report.

Police got permission to search the vehicle and discovered that Chapman had cocaine in his hand and a pipe used to smoke cocaine in the car.

In the second incident, a deputy stopped Stephenson's vehicle because the tag light was out and the vehicle was going 50 miles per hour in a 40 miles per hour zone, the report said.

A search of the car resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine and a pipe used to smoke it, the report said.

Woman arrested on battery charge

SEBRING - A woman was arrested after being accused of stabbing her boyfriend with a knife, according to a report released this week.

Brynna Maxine Williams, 61, no address given, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The arrest came after her boyfriend told deputies that she stabbed him with a 12-inch butcher knife with an 8-inch long blade.

He said he went to sleep on the couch because Williams was sleeping on the bed with their two dogs, a Labrador and a husky, the report said.

During the night, the man woke up and saw Williams standing over him with the knife, the man told deputies. He told them that Williams then stabbed him, the report said.