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Owner of Cody’s in The Villages opening restaurant at neighboring retirement community

The owner of Cody’s Original Roadhouse in The Villages is opening a new restaurant at a neighboring retirement community. Allen and Amy Musikantow, owners of the Cody’s locations at Lake Sumter Landing and Brownwood Paddock Square, are opening another Cody’s near On Top of The World in Ocala. The restaurant will be located just west of 80th Avenue, on the north side of SW Highway 200/College Road.
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Man suspected of killing daughter’s boyfriend dies after medical episode at Lake County Jail

A man suspected of killing his daughter’s boyfriend has died after suffering a medical episode at the Lake County Jail. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that 57-year-old James Carlton died Thursday at a local hospital. He suffered a medical episode the previous day and was transported by ambulance from the jail. The sheriff’s office did not have specifics about the cause of death.
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1 shot in Orlando apartment complex, police say

ORLANDO, Fla. — One person was shot in an Orlando apartment complex Sunday evening, police said. It happened around 7:05 p.m. at Bella Vita Apartments. A victim was found on scene with an injury that was not life-threatening. The victim was not full cooperating with authorities, police said. The...

Lovelorn Iowa woman to escape prosecution after intoxicated outburst in The Villages

An apparently lovelorn Iowa woman is poised to escape prosecution in connection with an intoxicated outburst in The Villages. Ledah Renee Paysen, 55, of Ames, Iowa was allowed June 23 to enter into a pre-trial intervention contract in Sumter County County. She must seek a substance abuse evaluation. She was also ordered to 15 hours of community service, though she can buy out at a rate of $10 per hour. If she completes the terms of the contract, the criminal case will be dropped.

FHP arrests couple on charges of possession and drug trafficking

MICANOPY, Fla. (WCJB) - An Orlando man and another woman are in jail for possession and drug trafficking charges. 29-year-old Ladarius Stephenson and 49-year-old Angel Godwin were pulled over near Micanopy on I-75 for speeding. Stephenson’s young son was in the car as well. When troopers searched the vehicle...

ANOTHER Airline Will Offer Nonstop Flights to Orlando Soon

If you live in the U.S., you have a few options: you can fly or you can drive. However, if you live in Europe, you pretty much HAVE to fly, but at least there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to airlines. Now, though, ANOTHER airline will soon offer flights from Europe to Orlando.

Orlando police investigating shooting at Bella Vita Apartments

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando police responded to the scene of a shooting Sunday evening. The incident happened at the Bella Vita Apartments on the 4700 block of Cason Cove Drive. Police say they responded at 7:05 p.m. and found a victim with a non-life-threatening injury at the scene. The...
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PHOTO REPORT: Universal Orlando Resort 6/28/22 (Surprisingly Low Crowds, Painting at Future Shrek & Donkey Meet and Greet, Indominus Rex Prize, and More)

It’s another beautiful day here at the Universal Orlando Resort. Despite the fact that we found large crowds entering through security this morning, it was surprisingly quiet in the parks. The crowds at security were very misleading. We prepared for the worst, but it was really quiet once we...

Celebrating the 4th of July in Apopka: Everything you need to know

The City of Apopka will host its annual Fourth of July celebration next week at the Apopka Amphitheater. The event will include fireworks, food, and a concert performance for a night of family-friendly fun. The musical guest this year will be C’Nergy Music, an Orlando-based band known for their variety...

AustinsArmy#: GoFundMe account for injured firefighter surpasses $40,000

It's been almost four days since Apopka Fire Department Firefighter/EMT Austin Duran suffered a traumatic injury, but on Sunday, good news arrived on two fronts. First, Sierra Duran, Austin's sister, announced the first series of surgeries were successful on the GoFundMe page she set up to raise funds for Austin and the Duran family.

Democrat Mark Caruso drops from HD 38, eyes Winter Springs mayoral run

Caruso concluded he has better chance to impact quality-of-life issues at the local level. Democrat Mark Caruso has withdrawn his candidacy from House District 38 in Seminole County, saying he intends to run for Mayor of Winter Springs instead. Caruso, a former police officer, security guard, prison guard, and whistleblower,...
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Red Hot & Boom returns after two-year hiatus

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – For the first time since 2019, Red Hot & Boom in Altamonte Springs returned to Cranes Roost Park. The annual 4th of July celebration had a full lineup of artists and fireworks to accompany the festival. Local vendors got their chance to participate, as well.

'Standing with him': Apopka Fire finds special way to support firefighter in ICU

Apopka, Fla. - Apopka firefighters found a special way to support one of their own who is fighting in the ICU after a serious injury. Apopka Firefighter Austin Duran was seriously injured on the job Thursday when a 4,500 lbs sand trailer fell on him. His firefighter family came up with a way to show their support for him by creating a workout dedicated to him that they call do together in his honor.