News Update 3/27/23

A Placid Lakes man was shot and killed this past weekend in what authorites are calling a neighborhood dispute. Highlands County Sheriff’s officials say the 62-year-old victim reportedly had become embroiled in a heated argument with his 72-year-old neighbor about driving across his yard.

When deputies arrived at the scene, the victim was found dead on the front lawn of his Thurman Avenue home. Apparently, this was not the first confrontation between the two men.
So far, no names have been released and no arrests have been made.

Sebring police still are on the lookout for 28-year-old Charles Javarius Hipps – in connection with a shooting last week in the City on the Circle. Hipps, also known as “CJ,” is wanted for the wounding of a man at “The Spot,” a business located near Martin Luther King jr Blvd and Lemon Avenue in the Wahington Heights neighborhood.
Police say there is a pending charge against Hipps for attempted second degreee murder in the incident. Anyone with information as to Hipps’ whereabouts is asked to call the confidential Tips Hotline.

Another brushfire over the weekend. Units from West Sebring were called out to extinguish the flames in a wooded area off Arbuckle Creek Road across from the Maranatha Village. They contained the blaze quickly.
There were no injuries and no structures were threatened. Cause of the fire has not been released.

Avon Park city council members will get together in regular session this evening. Among other things, they’ll hear from a group who wants to develop 13 acres off South Marshal Avenue into what is described as 116 affordable laborforce housing units.
Apparently they will be asking to as many as 10 units per acres to make it work.
In other action, they’ll hear from Hobe Sound attorney Matt Davis. He wants to address the council about the deteriorating condititions at the Lakeside Historical Cemetery on the city’s southside.

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