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SO: Traffic stop yields lewd battery on a minor suspect

— A driver who authorities stopped Saturday for driving a car with an expired license plate gave a false name to the Highlands County sheriff’s deputy and then reportedly had a warrant for lewd battery on a minor, a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office report states.

Humberto Molina Alvarado, 26, 2704 Woodruff Heights, Avon Park, was charged with misdemeanor fraud/impersonation and giving a false ID to a law enforcement officer; lewd battery and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license charge.

The report states Alvardo gave a different name when he was stopped and told authorities the car belonged to his girlfriend and he had never been arrested before. When his girlfriend arrived on the scene, the deputy learned Alvarado’s real name from her and arrested him after he found the outstanding warrant in the system, the report states.

Central Dispatch “confirmed” the warrant, which was issued for a lewd battery charge on a victim between 12 to 16 years of age, the report states. Alvarado remained in Highlands County Jail Monday on a $15,750 bail for the three charges.

SO: Passenger faces drug charges

— A Highlands County Sheriff’s Office deputy who flagged down a vehicle Sunday for not stopping at a stop sign reportedly found marijuana in a cigarette wrapper, small pieces of green leafy substance throughout the vehicle, a burnt cannabis cigar, cigar wrappers and baggies, a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office report states.

Stephen Bryson Williams, 18, 3505 Par Road, Sebring, reportedly was in the front right passenger seat, the report states.

He surrendered a bag with more marijuana and two yellow prescription Clonazepam pills, the report states, when the deputy asked him if he had any illegal substances to declare. The deputy informed him, the report states, that if they were found on him at the jail he would be charged with introduction of contraband.

The report does not say what happened to the vehicle’s other occupants.

Williams was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and misdemeanor charges of marijuana and drug equipment possession.

Passenger faces drug charges, deputies say

— Another passenger in a car, this one stopped in Sebring on July 4th, also faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug equipment charges, authorities said.

A Highlands County Sheriff’s deputy flagged down the car for not stopping at a stop sign.

The deputy smelled marijuana from the car, the report said. Upon searching it, the deputy found marijuana and a white-colored pill, which turned out to be Alprazolam, the report states.

Joshua Jermaine Hodges, address and age not provided, was charged. The report does not state what happened to the driver.