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Men charged in connection with shooting incident

LAKE PLACID - Two men have been arrested in connection with an incident in which occupants of one vehicle fired gunshots into another vehicle, according to a report released this week.

James Lee Brady, 29, of 1306 E. Cypress St., Arcadia, and Bobby Lee Young, 35, 806 S. Monroe Ave., Arcadia, were arrested March 22 by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and both were charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, discharge of a weapon from a vehicle and shooting a missile into a dwelling, vehicle, building or aircraft. Brady also was charged with possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon.

The shooting apparently stemmed from an earlier incident in Arcadia that involved someone being stabbed, the report said. At least one of the occupants in the vehicle shot at may have been involved in that incident, the report said.

Later, when that one person and several others were traveling, another vehicle began following them, the report said. The vehicle began passing, but slowed down and five to six shots were fired into the other vehicle, the report said.

When authorities in DeSoto County located the vehicle from which the shots were believed to have been fired, Brady sat down and began wiping his hands on the ground, apparently trying to get rid of gunshot residue, the report said.

So-called friend accused of stealing check, cashing it

SEBRING - A so-called friend who a man allowed to stay at his residence was not empty-handed when she left, according to a report released this week.

Kristy Lee Chavis, 40, of 4822 Fourth St., Sebring, the so-called friend, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with third-degree grand theft, petit theft, forgery or alteration of a document and uttering a false instrument.

The victim had reported that a check was stolen from his residence and was later cashed for $326, the report said. He also told authorities that his name was forged on the check.