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Steak knife threat turns into arrest

—A murder/suicide scare between a live-in couple April 27 ended up with authorities arresting both of them for domestic violence aggravated assault because they blamed each other for threatening each other with a steak knife, authorities said.

Rhononda Daniell Meyer, 35, and Russell John Hunter, 53, were reportedly under the influence of alcohol, when it happened, a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office report states.

Meyer reportedly called authorities, complaining that during an argument, Hunter got the knife and threatened to kill her and himself, the report states.

She tried to calm Hunter down, she told authorities, and told him to go to bed, the report says. The knife was thrown behind the bed when deputies arrived, Meyer reportedly told authorities.

Hunter, on the other hand, told deputies that Meyer had said the things she said he had, the report states, and then hid the knife behind the bed.

Authorities found the knife, and since they could not determine who the primary aggressor was, arrested them both, the report states.

Hunter remained in Highlands County Jail on no bail Monday, while Meyer also was still in custody with bail set at $5,000.

Cyclist with active warrant faces drug charges

—A 33-year-old bicyclist who reportedly had an outstanding warrant for nonpayment of child support from Sarasota County ended up facing drug charges after a deputy flagged him down April 26, a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office report states.

Robert Richard Boothe, 5700 Oak Bend Ave., Sebring, was reportedly cycling with headphones on and against oncoming traffic, the report states.

Authorities reportedly found two crack cocaine rocks in a cigarette pack, along with two pipes, the report adds.

He was charged with possession of cocaine and drug equipment. He remained in Highlands County Jail Monday on $2,570 bail.