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18-month-old boy found in Winter Garden retention pond dies, police say

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – An 18-month-old boy died after being found in a retention pond Monday afternoon, Winter Garden Police Department Capt. Scott Allen said. According to police, the boy was found in the pond near Lakeview Avenue and Story Road after his babysitter — the boy’s aunt — went to the bathroom and came out to find him gone.
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Leesburg woman nabbed on DUI charge after wreck

A 32-year-old Leesburg woman was charged with DUI after a two-car crash Sunday night near the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 441 and Sleepy Hollow Road. The Leesburg police officer who responded to the scene observed two vehicles with minor damage. Since there were no injuries and it was raining heavily, both drivers agreed to relocate to the nearby RaceTrac. While on the way to the gas station, one of the vehicles was unable to stay in its lane and collided with a Department of Transportation sign in the median, according to the police report.
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NBA forward speaks at right-wing conspiracy conference

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac hasn’t played since tearing his ACL in the NBA bubble during the 2020 season, but he continues to make his presence known off the court. On Saturday, Isaac spoke at the ReAwaken America Tour in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, an event that features far-right extremists, conspiracy theorists, and Donald Trump loyalists. Isaac promoted his book titled “Why I Stand” and was invited to speak about his reasons for standing during the national anthem in 2020 and his more recent refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Lady Lake commissioner changes vote on apartments at Spanish Springs

The Lady Lake Commission has voted to reconsider apartments at Spanish Springs Town Square. Commissioner Ed Freeman on Monday called for his fellow commissioners to reconsider the topic at the June 6 meeting. The commission on May 2 voted 3-2 to reject The Villages’ plan for apartments at the former...

DeSantis eyes state takeover of Disney’s special district

CNN — After stripping Disney of its special governing powers last month, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis now says that he wants the state to take over the government body that has overseen the entertainment company’s Orlando-area theme parks for half a century. DeSantis, a Republican, told reporters Monday...
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Lightning Strikes Iconic Disney World Ride, Astounds Guests

Lightning has struck the iconic Walt Disney World Resort ride and landmark, Spaceship Earth, during an Orlando thunderstorm. Wow! Lightning strikes spaceship earth during Kristen & Adam’s live stream on Streaming The Magic #disneyparks #spaceshipearth #lightningbolt #Epcot. Commenters on Twitter weighed in with shocked emojis. Meanwhile, on Facebook, the...

Look: Magic Johnson Reacts To Celtics' Huge Win Sunday

The Boston Celtics are heading to the Eastern Conference Finals after knocking off the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 today. And Lakers icon Magic Johnson was right there to congratulate his longtime nemesis. Taking to Twitter, Magic posted a series of tweet congratulating the Celtics on their success. He started...

Man living in Disney’s Golden Oak Community wins Florida’s Mega Millions

A man who lives in Walt Disney World‘s Golden Oak community has just won the Mega Millions Lottery, according to WFTV Channel 9. Fifty-one-year-old David Messer is a resident of the Golden Oak Community at Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort. Golden Oak is a resort-style community that “offers whole ownership of custom single-family homes at the Walt Disney World Resort.”

America First CD 9 candidate Scotty Moore gets boost from Mark Meadows

Moore's in a crowded Republican field seeking a shot at Democratic Rep. Darren Soto. Republican congressional candidate Scotty Moore picked up support from former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at an Orlando fundraiser for his bid to win in Florida’s 9th Congressional District. Meadows, a former North...

Rodent ‘rub marks,’ roaches cited among 4 Central Florida restaurant shutdowns last week

Four Central Florida restaurants received emergency orders to shut down in the week of May 8-14, according to data from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Orange County Chuck’s Wagon at 60 E. Main St. in Apopka shut down on May 9. Officials found 11 violations, three of which were a high priority. Those violations included an expired business license, rodent ...
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Man steals tractor-trailer, crashes it on highway in Volusia County, deputies say

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A tractor-trailer crashed on Interstate 4 Friday afternoon after it was stolen in Deltona, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Reports show a witness near the RaceTrac gas station at 407 Deltona Blvd. saw a man in orange-green swim trunks — later identified by deputies as Jeremy Gastineau, 42 — climb into the tractor-trailer before driving off toward I-4.

Villager arrested near Panera at Spanish Springs after alleged attack on live-in lady friend

A Villager was arrested near Panera at Spanish Springs after an alleged attack on his live-in lady friend. Michael Makay, 57, who lives on the Historic Side of The Villages, was found in his golf cart Friday night near Panera as officers were investigating a report he had attacked his live-in girlfriend, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department.

Florida Gov. DeSantis says the State of Florida will take over services provided by Reedy Creek; promises debt won’t fall to the taxpayers

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke in Sanford, Florida, on Monday, once again promising Floridians that they will not incur Walt Disney World‘s debt when the state dissolves Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District in July 2023, hinting that the legislature may have a few things up its sleeve to prevent it from happening.