Lake County, FL

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.

Orlando Health South Lake Hospital Recognized For Commitment To Reducing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

CLERMONT – Orlando Health South Lake Hospital has received the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Silver for implementing hospital-wide best practices and educating parents and caregivers on sleep safety to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). A recognition conferred by Cribs for Kids, a national organization that advocates for the standardization of safe sleep practices in alignment with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines, the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification confers recognitions at a bronze, silver and gold level.

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.

11 Great Neighborhoods: Lake Nona South

Since Tavistock Group acquired the 600-acre Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in 1996, the company has prioritized health, education and technology while developing the community. Tavistock Senior Managing Director Rasesh Thakkar says every nook and cranny of the neighborhood was considered to ensure these things were embedded in Lake Nona life. The community offers free fitness classes to residents, a bike-sharing program, a community garden and 44 miles of trails. In fact, 40 percent of Lake Nona’s 11,000 acres is green space. It’s also home to the U.S. Tennis Association’s National Campus, which offers free lessons for children 10 and under, as well as adult programs and high-performance training. “If you get that mix of health and wellbeing, education and technology right, what naturally falls out of it is inspiring human beings,” he says. The community is packed with gathering spots, Boxi Park being one of the most popular, with anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 people visiting on a weekend evening, Thakkar says. The open-air park contains several restaurants operating out of repurposed shipping containers, a stage for live music and a playground. Like Chicago’s striking artwork The Bean, some of Lake Nona’s art structures exist to give it a sense of place. Greeting residents at the entrance to the Lake Nona Town Center is Disco, an eye-opening 35-foot-tall Labrador Retriever made of reflective stainless steel. “Lake Nona’s best friend” was designed by JEFRE, a local artist. Another community landmark is The Beacon, a six-story column displaying art and interactive images, such as snow falling during Lake Nona’s winter celebration.

This Is the County in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area with the Most Deaths from COVID-19

More than 1 million Americans have died from COVID-19 – more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined. In the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan area, located in Florida, a total of 6,664 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 272 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, […]

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Announces Largest Fentanyl Bust In County History

Above (L to R): Cliff Johnson, Andrew Woodruff, Charles Carter | All photos via Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Lake County authorities have arrested numerous people and confiscated staggering amounts of contraband amid a four-month investigation into what has turned out to be the largest fentanyl bust in the history of the county, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
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Lake County to continue free meals program during 2022-23 school year

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – Despite no longer qualifying districtwide to receive funding for a free meals program, Lake County Schools announced it will continue the program into the 2022-23 school year, providing free breakfasts and lunches to all students. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 has a Community...

Authorities Say The Greatest Fentanyl Haul Ever Found In Lake County Resulted In Dozens of Arrests

FLORIDA’S LAKE COUNTY – The largest fentanyl bust in Lake County history, according to deputies, involved the discovery of a nearly $300,000 drug trafficking operation and the booking of 27 people on drug-related charges. Operation “Sneak-A-Peak” started in February after authorities claimed to have learned more about three guys who were crucial to the operation. Three men, Cliff “Sneak” Johnson, 40, Charles “Cuz” Carter, 50, and Andrew “Smurph” Woodruff, 37, are charged with trafficking and dealing a variety of drugs of Mexican origin.