New2s Update for 12/6/23

Units from Desoto City, Placid Lakes and Leisure Lakes were called to a structure fire off Max Avenue in Sebring early this morning.
Reportedly, two occupants of the home were able to escape the blaze after a smoke detector awakened them.
No cause was listed, but the fire has been deemed deemed accidental, no injuries reported. The Red Cross is assisting the homeowner.

Highlands County sheriff’s officials are looking for a man named “Tree.” The suspect is wanted in connection with the robbery of a woman at an AnyTime Teller Machine at the Avon Park location of the Heartland National Bank.
Neither the name of the suspect or the victim have been released, but the suspect is described as a six-foot tall, thin black male. At the time he was wearing a black sweatshirt, black pants, and a green beanie.
Law enforcement officials are asking anyone with any information on the incident to contact them. They say all details will be kept confidential.

Highlands County commissioners held a workshop yesterday where they discussed the proliferation of mobile homes in the county. The public was not allowed to speak, but county staff produced a number of “experts” on the subject.
During the hour and 40-minute session, commissioners learned that the county currently has more than 14,000 mobile home lots and is zoned for the addition more than 4,600 mobile homes – either on individual lots or in parks.
Commissioners were told their strategic planning should include diverse housing solutions with a wide angle view on the community’s development.

A teenager is dead after a crash in Polk County. Lakeland Police say a 15-year-old boy was riding his bike to Central Florida Aerospace Academy yesterday morning when he was hit by a school bus. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
There were eight passengers on the Schools of McKeel Academy bus, but no one onboard was hurt. A GoFundMe page identified the teen as Jaxon Crabtree. Over 100 people have already donated about eight thousand dollars for funeral and medical expenses.

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