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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.
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Ocala woman arrested after being accused of stealing multiple items from Winn-Dixie

A 44-year-old Ocala woman with prior theft convictions was arrested after a local grocery store accused her of stealing multiple items. On Saturday, June 25, two Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies were inside the Winn-Dixie located at 7131 N Highway 441 in Ocala when a manager approached them in reference to a shoplifter. The manager advised that a woman, identified as Teresa Lee Ball, was walking around the store and had allegedly placed items into her purse.
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Man with disabled vet license plate jailed in road rage incident in The Villages

A man with a disabled veteran license plate was jailed in a road rage incident in The Villages. Nicholas Webster Taylor, 37, who lives at the Lake-Sumter Apartment Homes on County Road, 466, was arrested Friday night on charges of battery following an alleged attack on a 70-year-old man driving a gray transit van in the vicinity of Morse Boulevard and San Marino Drive, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Ocala restaurant among Yelp’s top 100 in Florida

A restaurant in Ocala was recently recognized by Yelp as being one of the top 100 restaurants in the state of Florida for 2022. Yelp released its first guide to the top 100 Florida restaurants last week, and the final rankings were determined by utilizing the total volume and ratings of reviews between January 1, 2017, and April 13, 2022, according to the company’s website.

Villager in golf cart arrested on DUI charge after drinking beer at Sonny’s

A Villager in a golf cart was arrested on a drunk driving charge after drinking beer at Sonny’s BBQ at Lake Sumter Landing. Roger Edmond Gagne, 72, who lives at 811 Orchid St. on the Historic Side of The Villages, was driving a red Yamaha golf cart when he was called Friday evening to La Grande Boulevard and La Plaza Parkway, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department. Gagne had been called to the scene to pick up an acquaintance involved in an unrelated accident.

Man who regularly preaches at police station arrested in damage to lampposts

A man with a criminal history who regularly preaches at a police substation in Wildwood has been arrested after allegedly damaging lampposts. Glenn Ladale Thompson, 44, of Wildwood, was booked Friday at the Sumter County Detention Center on a charge of criminal mischief. Bond was set at $2,000. Officers discovered...

Missouri man arrested after alleged attack on woman at Motel 6 in Wildwood

A Missouri man was arrested after an alleged attack on a woman at Motel 6 in Wildwood. Sumter County sheriff’s deputies were called at 1:29 a.m. Sunday to the motel on State Road 44 where they found a woman in the outside parking lot, according to an arrest report. She said she had been in a room standing at the foot of a bed when 60-year-old Scott McManigal of Harrisonville, Mo., kicked her in the face. She had suffered a small cut to the upper lip.
Citrus County Chronicle

Burglaries, thefts, vandalisms report: June 27, 2022

Here are the reported burglaries, thefts and vandalisms (criminal mischiefs) released Monday, June 27, by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office:. Residential burglary, 6:51 a.m. June 24, off of Wadsworth Avenue, Beverly Hills;. Commercial burglary, 8:51 a.m. June 24, off of School Avenue, Lecanto;. Vehicle burglary, 2:02 p.m. June 24,...

Man on motorcycle dies in Hernando County crash, troopers say

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — At 10:38 a.m. Sunday, a man on a motorcycle died after crashing into a fence in Brooksville, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release. The 60-year-old man was driving westbound on Powell Road, west of Falcon Ridge Trail, and reportedly drove off the road before the motorcycle overturned and crashed into the fence.

Brazen Bash event being held this week for Marion County’s youth

An entertaining and educational event for the community’s youth is heading to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion this week. The Florida Department of Health in Marion County’s BRAZEN team is holding its Brazen Bash 2022 on Thursday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the pavilion (2232 NE Jacksonville Road in Ocala).

Legendary coach Brent Hall dead at 83

Brent Hall, the legendary high school football coach who taught his champion-winning ways to two generations of Marion County boys, died last week. He was 83. Hall, who gained acclaim after coaching Forest High to back-to-back state championships in 1974 and 1975, had a storied coaching career across Florida. He also coached Jefferson High School (Monticello) to a state championship in 1966 — a team that included future NFL Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood.

Wildwood leaders place moratorium on new outpatient drug treatment clinics

No new outpatient drug treatment clinics will be allowed to open in Wildwood for nearly a year under a moratorium enacted Monday night by the City Commission. Under the resolution approved unanimously, the moratorium will extend until May 23, 2023. At least 10 substance abuse and addiction treatment centers currently are located in Wildwood.

2022 – 06/29 – Charles ‘Chuck’ D. Sullivan

Charles “Chuck” D. Sullivan of Oxford, Florida (formerly of Salem) passed away on June 24, 2022. He was born in Brubaker, Illinois November 2, 1935, to A.L. Sullivan and Mary (Thompson) Sullivan. He is survived by two sons, Charles B. Sullivan and Robert D. Sullivan, both of Florida....

Ocala resident shares thoughts on need for growth

I can see the concern for the small city that I have now called home for the last five-plus years. But let’s consider this: is the city small? In the five years that I’ve lived in Ocala, we’ve brought in big businesses that include FedEx Ground, Auto Zone, Amazon, and Dollar Tree.
Citrus County Chronicle

Sound Off calls from Saturday, June 25

(Re Friday, June 24’s front-page story, “Report: City in ‘good financial health,’” “Inverness receives high marks on annual audit”): It seems like the city of Inverness has got everything going on the right decision; lower millage rate, but yet the city is doing great. The city of Crystal River needs the manager like Inverness. The one we have now, certainly we are not saving no money. They just want, want, want more and more and more.