News Update for 8/23/22

It’s Primary Election Day. it’s a time Republicans and Democrats will pick their standard bearers for the November General Election. However, there also are races that will be decided on today’s ballots.
Republican incumbent Highlands County Commissioner Kathy Rapp is facing a challenge from former commissioner Don Elwell for a seat on the commission.
Highlands County School Board incumbent Bill Brantly is going against newcomer Reece Martin in District 4 while incumbent school board member Jill Compton-Twist is facing Nicole Radonski on today’s ballot in District 5.
Mail-in ballots continue to arrive at the supervisor of elections office putting the total at over 11,000 ballots in early voting. More than 2,000 individuals already have cast their ballots today at the polls – making for better than 20-percent of the electorate turning out for this year’s primary
All polls will be open until 7pm today.

An early morning high speed chase resulted in the recovery of a stolen van and the arrest of a seven-time convicted felon. Deputies spotted the vehicle, which reportedly had been re-painted since it was stolen from a Sebring home this past weekend. Deputies attempted a traffic stop, which was unsuccessful. They finally boxed it in just off Valerie Boulevard.
Arrested was 23-year-old Justin Dylan Jeremiah Cusson of Lake Placid. He faces multiple counts including grand theft auto, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and fleeing to elude.

The father of a Polk County murder victim doubts police arrested the right man. Winter Haven Police announced on Sunday that Bernard Footman was arrested last week for a shooting last month that killed 26-year-old Demetrick Brown.
The 47-year-old Footman is Brown’s great-uncle. Brown’s father is also Footman’s nephew, and he said yesterday he doesn’t believe Footman did it. Police Chief David Brannon says he understands how Brown’s father feels, but detectives have to follow the evidence.

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