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‘Traumatized’ woman injured in attack by man who trashed apartment in Lady Lake

A “traumatized” woman suffered injuries in an attack by a man who trashed an apartment in Lady Lake. Officers were called this past Thursday to the Cove Apartments on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 after the woman’s mother became concerned when her daughter did not show up for work, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department. The mother could not reach her daughter on her cell phone and the daughter did not answer the door of her apartment, so the mother called the phone of her daughter’s boyfriend, 29-year-old Kenly Nicolas. The daughter answered Nicolas’ phone and told her mother she would be coming out of the apartment. Police were on the scene when the daughter came out, and she was “very shaken up, upset, scared” and got into her mother’s vehicle. The woman was “traumatized and fearful,” the report said.
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‘Deplorable’: Man Tased by Mount Dora police sergeant speaks out

MOUNT DORA, Fla. — A man who was Tased by a Mount Dora Police Sergeant is only talking to Eyewitness News. John Stevens will likely die in prison if he’s convicted for any of the long list of felony charges he faces, including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude, leaving the scene of a crash and driving while license canceled suspended or revoked.
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Pedestrian hit by car on US 17-92 in Maitland, police say

MAITLAND, Fla. – A person was hit by a car Tuesday afternoon along U.S. Highway 17-92 in Maitland, according to the police. Officers said the crash happened near Sybelia Parkway, and all southbound lanes of 17-92 are blocked while officers investigate. [TRENDING: Florida expands Bright Futures scholarship eligibility. Here’s...

Wildwood man apprehended with marijuana cigars hidden in shoe

A Wildwood man was apprehended with marijuana cigars hidden in a shoe in his vehicle. Jaquan Baker James, 26, was driving a gray Honda four-door vehicle shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday when he was pulled over for having an expired decal on his license plate while driving near the intersection of Interstate 75 and State Road 48 in Bushnell, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. When a deputy approached the vehicle during a traffic stop, the “odor of marijuana” was detected.

Trucker who failed to show up at Georgia destination found and arrested at Pilot in Wildwood

A trucker who failed to show up at his destination in Georgia was found and arrested at the Pilot service center on State Road 44 in Wildwood. Sumter County sheriff’s deputies responded to a welfare check at about 2 p.m. Sunday at Pilot where they found the 2021 Mack truck bearing Tennessee license plates. It was towing a 53-foot tandem trailer bearing Georgia license plates.

Bicyclist hit, killed by vehicle in Maitland

MAITLAND, Fla. — A vehicle struck and killed a bicyclist in Maitland on Tuesday, officials say. The crash happened on North Orlando Avenue in the late afternoon. One southbound lane on 17-92 is shut down while Maitland authorities investigate. It's not yet known what caused the crash, but updates...

Halifax Humane Society's Pets of the Week for June 30

Two dogs and two cats have been featured as this week's Halifax Humane Society Adoptable Pets of the Week. The first dog is Heath, a 2-year-old mixed breed dog with a white and black coat. He would do best in a household with no small children. His adoption fee is $70.

Huey Magoo’s Now Open in Winter Garden

Huey Magoo’s – the “Filet Mignon Of Chicken®” – celebrated its newest franchise store with the grand opening recently in Winter Garden. President and CEO Andy Howard announced the newest Central Florida location. Huey Magoo’s Winter Garden is the 28th restaurant opening system-wide spanning six states, with over 225 franchises currently sold in 10 states.

Member of Kling Towing family calls for ‘personal’ tow truck after rear-end collision

A member of the Kling Towing family called for his “personal” tow truck after causing a rear-end collision. Ryan Scott Kling, 31, of Weirsdale, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence following the crash Friday night in Eustis in which his white SUV rear-ended a red Chevy passenger car driven by a man traveling with his 6-year-old daughter, according to an arrest report from the Eustis Police Department. They were not injured.

Accident involving bicyclist closes parts of U.S. 17-92 in Maitland

LAKE MARY, Fla. - Southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 17-92 are shut down in Maitland due to a crash reportedly involving a pedestrian or bicyclist. Traffic is being diverted at Mayo Ave. following the incident which is said to have happened around 4 p.m. We are monitoring the situation in a live stream in the video player above, and we also have a crew headed to the scene to gather additional information. WARNING: The video is live and unedited. Viewer discretion is advised.