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SO: Driver who ignores stop sign found with drugs

SEBRING -Authorities say a driver who was flagged down for not stopping at a stop sign in Sebring Saturday was found to have marijuana and methamphetamine on him.

Casey Roy Peoples, 25, 502 Bottlebrush Ave., Lake Placid, was driving a Ford Ranger eastbound on Lemon Street, Sebring, when a Highlands County Sheriff's Office deputy noticed he did not stop at a stop sign, a sheriff's office report states.

Peoples' SUV smelled of marijuana, the deputy wrote in the report, and he was found with bags containing less than 20 grams of marijuana, a jewelry-style bag with methamphetamine and a hypodermic needle, the report adds.

He remained in Highlands County Jail Monday afternoon on $2,000 bond.

Apparently drunk man hits disabled brother, authorities say

AVON PARK -A 57-year-old man is in hot water for reportedly punching his disabled 60-year-old brother in the face over toilet paper, authorities say.

Stephen Heney's brother told authorities that Heney was in his bedroom banging on the door Saturday, according to a Highlands County Sheriff's Office report.

When the victim went to check on Heney, he reportedly was "irate" over not having any toilet paper and hit him three times on the left side of his face, the report adds.

The victim had some "minor bruising," authorities say, and Heney appeared to be drunk and "belligerent" with law enforcement authorities and jail staff, the report adds.

Heney, who was charged with abuse of elderly and disabled without great harm, denied hitting his brother.

Man charged with cocaine possession after traffic stop

LAKE PLACID - The passenger of a white Nissan caught the attention of authorities Friday when the driver was found backing down a road in Lake Placid "at a high rate of speed" as they were doing surveillance in an area with a "known drug residence," authorities say.

Douglas Mason Frith, 52, 509 Bright Hill Ave., Lake Placid, reportedly was found with crack cocaine and was charged with possession of cocaine, a Highlands County Sheriff's Office report adds.