News Update for 7/20/21

The search for Domonique Rakeem Graham is over. He was reportedly apprehended in Orange County yesterday by agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The 30-year-old Graham was being sought in connection with a shooting incident on Sturgeon Avenue west of Sebring Monday night.
One youngster inside the vehicle was hit by a bullet and a second injured by debris after Graham allegedly opened fire on a truck during a domestic dispute.
He is facing counts of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated battery, shooting into an occupied conveyance, and child neglect. Reportedly, Graham has not yet been returned to Highlands County.

They’re doing crack repair out at the Sebring International Raceway. Apparently, a four million dollar machine was brought in to do the mending on the historic 3.74 mile circuit. Track officials say they hope the work will bring another five years of life to the fissures in the raceway.
Work is scheduled to wind up today, just in time for the Sports Car Club of America’s “Summer Heat Track Event” and the US Drift Circuit’s “Fun in the Sun” activities both slated for this weekend.

More work is scheduled on Phase Four of the Sebring Parkway, aided by another infusion of tax dollars. At their meeting this week, Highlands County Commissioners approved the acceptance of some $1.1 million in federal monies.
That cash comes as part of a Housing & Urban Development Economic Development Initiative Grant Agreement. The money will help in the planning, design, and required National Environmental Policy Act clearance and approvals for the roadway.

Hardee County Sheriff’s officials have a capture to report. They found fugitive Aaron Matthew Fuston hiding in the back yard of a home in the Wauchula Hills subdivision
Fuston has warrants for: Attempted second Degree Murder, Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Firing a Weapon in Public. He was taken into custody without incident.
The homeowner said they had been unaware of the activities, and woke up to an army of officers in their yard.

A Polk County man will spend decades behind bars for what prosecutors call a senseless tragedy. Winter Haven’s Jorge Britton was sentenced yesterday to 40 years for a crash that killed two Pinellas County men two years ago on I-4.
Investigators found he was going over 150 miles an hour when he rear-ended the car the victims were in. The 36-year-old was convicted on charges that include vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter. The State Attorney’s Office says this lengthy prison sentence should serve as a warning to anyone who makes the reckless decision to drink and drive.

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