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Man charged with drugs, sex with minor
Fri  Feb 5 2016 04:27PM
SEBRING — A missing 13-year-old girl’s visit to the hospital led deputies to arrest and charge a 23-year-old man with lewd and lascivious behavior. Deputies also charged Anthony Pearson of … read more.
Recycling rehashed: County, company say solution not far away
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Both county administration and solid waste hauler representatives said Tuesday they are close to resolving a proposed recycling contract. They just haven’t gotten there yet. “I hope to … read more.
Airport CRA extends sunset date
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — Successful civic and industrial expansion has spawned some reorganization in both Avon Park and Sebring. Sebring Regional Airport asked for and got an extension of its Community Redevelopment … read more.
Marshall: County commission doesn’t respect constituents
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Tonya Marshall wants county commissioners to be grateful and respectful to those who elected them. One of the main reasons she decided to run for County Commission … read more.
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Man charged with battery by strangulation
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:34AM
VENUS — A man who allegedly tried to strangle a lover who was leaving him now faces several charges, including battery by strangulation. Roy Lee Melvin, 39, of Kulwicki Drive in Venus was arrested Saturday and is still in the … read more.

Aviation Expo director resigns; new dates eyed for 2017
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
SEBRING — The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will begin plans for 2017 with a new director as Jana Filip has moved on to new opportunities and increased family time. “SRA appreciates Jana’s dedication to the event for the past five … read more.

HCSO: Man hit woman with piece of asphalt
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
AVON PARK — A man listed in arrest reports as a certified corrections officer has been arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a weapon. Arrest reports allege that Adrian Calvin Williams, 23, of Avon Park hit a 23-year-old woman … read more.

More sewer problems on Southside of Avon Park
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
AVON PARK — Reports of a sinkhole forming Tuesday afternoon in a neighborhood to the south of Lake Tulane proved to be more stink than sink. The hole, that was slowly growing to the eastern shoulder of South Cummings Avenue … read more.

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Bill would put a stop to red-light cameras
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — A bill that would bring the use of red-light cameras to a screeching halt received narrow support in a Senate committee Thursday after the sponsor argued cities and counties use the traffic enforcement devices to raise cash rather … read more.

UCF hit by data breach involving Social Security numbers
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — The University of Central Florida says a hacker has gained access to 63,000 Social Security numbers belonging to former and current students and workers. UCF President John Hitt said Thursday in an online letter that school officials … read more.

Lottery winner must pay former boyfriend part of winnings
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
SANFORD (AP) — Jurors say a central Florida woman who won $1 million lottery jackpot must pay $291,000 to her former boyfriend, who had claimed he gave her the money to buy the ticket. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the … read more.

Central Florida man faces felony littering charge
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS (AP) — A central Florida man is facing felony littering charges after a contracting firm hired by Seminole County spent nine hours cleaning more than 31 tons of trash from his home. Seminole County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Alan … read more.

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