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Man flees to hotel rooftop in The Villages after allegedly pointing gun at woman

A man fled through a window to the rooftop of a hotel in The Villages after allegedly pointing a gun at a woman. Law enforcement responded at about 5 p.m. Monday to the Comfort Inn & Suites on Avenida Central where 23-year-old Jimero Lee Von Jackson of Ozark, Ala. pointed a Taurus G2C 9mm semi-automatic handgun at a woman in a guest room, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department. Jackson had struck the woman several times and choked her. The altercation was witnessed by an out-of-state party over a video call, the report said.
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Woman charged with battering and pouring beer on drunk boyfriend

A 40-year-old Leesburg woman was arrested after she allegedly battered her live-in boyfriend while he was drunk and in bed. Sara Marie Hensley was charged with simple domestic battery after the incident, which happened early Tuesday evening at a residence on Oak Avenue where she and the victim live. The victim told a Lake County sheriff’s deputy that he and Hensley have been living together as a couple for about seven years.

Wildwood man arrested after ‘hollering for girls to come outside’

A Wildwood man was arrested after Sumter County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a location where he was “hollering for girls to come outside.”. Deputies responded in the wee hours Thursday morning to the area of County Road 230A and County Road 205A where 24-year-old Ryan Kirkland Hill was “hollering for girls to come outside” but there were no girls present and they were apparently something which he had imagined, according to the arrest report. Hill had been carrying a plastic tote bag and dropped a ziploc bag which contained methamphetamine.
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13-year police veteran becomes new Tavares police chief

TAVARES, Fla – The city of Tavares is getting a new police chief, officials said Thursday. Sarah Coursey, a 13-year police department veteran was appointed police chief of the city of Tavares by John Drury, the city’s administrator, according to a news release. [TRENDING: Florida’s Freedom Week: Here’s...
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US 41 widening forces KFC in Inverness to close

In June 2019, the Inverness KFC off U.S. 41 North was completely renovated inside and out to bring it up to modern standards. Today, it’s closed. And soon, it will be razed. The restaurant, along with other properties, was in the way of the one-mile widening of U.S. 41.

20-year-old man arrested with stolen gun after report of negligent discharge

A 20-year-old man was arrested with a stolen gun after a report of a negligent discharge in Leesburg. Leesburg police officers were investigating a negligent discharge of a firearm on Monday at a residence located in the 900 block of West Dixie Avenue when one of the officers made contact with 20-year-old Walter Gaines Jr., who volunteered that he had learned the firearm had been reported stolen after he came to possess it.

Leesburg man admits to stealing lumber to build barn

A Leesburg man who admitted to stealing lumber from a construction site is apparently building a barn in his back yard. Walter Joseph Tomon, 49, of 41437 Sunset Drive, was charged with grand theft from a posted construction site, a third-degree felony. He’s being held without bond in the Lake County Jail due to the fact he was already out on bond for a prior arrest for possession of narcotics and tampering with evidence.

Ocala man jailed after being accused of climbing on top of female victim and choking her

A 21-year-old Ocala man was arrested after a female victim accused him of climbing on top of her and choking her with both hands. On Wednesday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office corporal responded to a local residence in reference to a verbal altercation. Upon arrival, the corporal made contact with the female victim and a man who was identified as William Trevor Jurgens.

Tavares Police Department announces new police chief starting in August

TAVARES, Fla. — On Thursday, the Tavares Police Department announced the new police chief set to begin the position in August. John Drury, the Tavares City Administrator, made the announcement that 13-year TPD veteran, Sarah Coursey will serve as the 23rd police chief of the department. "I am confident...

Backroom Briefing: On a Road to Nowhere?

Local-government opposition continues to build against an extension of Florida’s Turnpike that state lawmakers promoted as helping with future growth and hurricane evacuations. The Citrus County Commission on Monday backed a “no-build” stance as it considered four proposed options for extending the turnpike northwest from Wildwood, where the toll...

Fourth appeal filed in the fire fee case

A fourth appeal of the court ruling involving $80 million in refunds to Ocala Utility customers has been filed, this time by a resident in a unique situation. He is both a class member of the group that sued Ocala over fire fees and was a lawyer with the firm that defended the city during the long-running dispute.
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Crews fight Marion County bus fire in Belleview, officials say

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Crews are trying to figure out what sparked a bus fire in Marion County Wednesday night, fire officials reported. Marion County Fire Rescue responded to the bus fire on Interstate 75 near mile marker 341 in Belleview at approximately 10:45 p.m., reports show. [TRENDING: Florida’s...

Women’s Expo fosters empowerment, inspires passion

Those seated in a classroom listening to Ocala Police Department Major Angy Scroble were rapt as she talked about personal safety and offered tips about awareness of your environment and paying attention to details, such as tag numbers, when using a ride service. Scroble shared incidents from her life that,...