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Squatter living in tent with dog arrested at abandoned home
A squatter living in a tent with a dog was arrested at an abandoned home in Oxford. Deputies were called at about 7 p.m. Monday to the home on County Road 106 where they found 26-year-old Faithe Mariyah McCullough of Atlanta, Ga. in a tent in a shed with her dog, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
Villager arrested after allegedly creating nightmare for her neighbors
A 77-year-old Villager has been arrested on a charge of stalking after allegedly creating a nightmare for her neighbors. Suza Barr of the Village of Santo Domingo was arrested Wednesday by Sumter County sheriff’s deputies after an investigation into her activities. Neighbors said they began to be terrorized by...
Savor the Spice: Wildwood's Trio of Top-Tier Mexican Restaurants
This article presents a guide to three remarkable Mexican restaurants in Wildwood. Have you had the chance to dine at any of these establishments? If yes, we'd love to hear about your experiences in the comments section below.
Speeding 20-year-old nabbed with marijuana in Wendy’s parking lot
A speeding 20-year-old driver was nabbed with marijuana in a Wendy’s parking lot. Abigail Marie Smith of Oxford was driving a blue Hyundai Tucson SUV at about midnight Wednesday when she was caught on radar traveling at 61 miles per hour in 40 mph zone on State Road 44 near the intersection with Interstate 75, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. A traffic stop was initiated in the parking lot of the fast food restaurant on State Road 44.
Popular, Highly Rated FL Asian Buffet Shut Down By A State Inspection With 36 Violations
Florida Buffets can arguably be a great way to enjoy a wide variety of courses and choices for a price that offers no surprises. Many people don't eat much on the day they're dining at a buffet so that they can sample the dishes and desserts guilt-free.
Villager arrested during search for drunk pedestrian
A Villager was arrested during a search for a drunk pedestrian on Wednesday in the Village of Amelia. A deputy was taking part in the search for the drunk pedestrian at about 9:30 p.m. when he happened upon 57-year-old Paul David Stone of the Audrey Villas in the area of Allenwood Loop and Odell Circle, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. Stone said he was looking for his brother.
Deputies arrest suspect with marijuana in van tied to New York church
Deputies arrested a suspect with marijuana in a van tied to a church in New York. Ken Archer, 52, who was born in Guyana and now lists a Jamaica, New York address, was driving the blue Econoline van with an expired New Hampshire license plate when he was pulled over at 9:47 a.m. Saturday at State Road 44 and Interstate 75, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. The traffic stop was initiated because it was raining and the van’s headlights were not illuminated.
Belk employee living beyond means poised to escape prosecution in theft case
A Belk employee who admitted she was living beyond her means is poised to escape prosecution in a theft case. Phek Hua Ng James, 52, of Leesburg, this week in Lake County Court was allowed to enter into a pre-trial intervention contract which will permit her to avoid prosecution on charges of theft and fraud. The contract calls for her to perform 40 hours of community service and pay fines and court costs. If she completes the terms of the contract, the case will not be prosecuted.
Sumter County Residents May Experience Cell Service Disruptions, Alternate Emergency Contact Methods Provided
AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile customers have reported disruptions in their cell phone, internet, and landline services. This situation could affect emergency calls to 9-1-1. However, Sumter County's 9-1-1 service, which includes fire, EMS, and the Sheriff’s Office, has not reported any issues. The county urges residents to dial 9-1-1 for emergencies. If calls fail, they should try texting 9-1-1.
Driver with multiple DUIs arrested after causing rear-end collision
A driver with multiple drunk driving convictions was arrested after causing a rear-end collision. A woman was stopped in traffic at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the traffic light at U.S. Hwy. 27/441 and Rolling Acres Road when she was rear-ended by a pickup driven by 67-year-old Lonnie Cantrell of Belleview, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department. The woman told police she suspected Cantrell had been drinking.
Facebook tip leads to arrest of suspected skip scanner at Walmart
Deputies have apprehended a suspected skip scanner at a Walmart store in The Villages. Austin Allen Ford, 25, of Lady Lake, was driving a black 2000 GMC when he was pulled over Monday near Trailwinds Village in Wildwood. During the traffic stop, it was determined that Ford was wanted in connection with a Jan. 25 theft case at Walmart at Sarasota Plaza.
Walkers have a right to enjoy paths without being endangered
Most of us use the cart paths for getting around in our golf carts. Many of us use the pathways for walking and biking as well. We all have a right to enjoy these paths without the danger associated with speeding carts, unsafe passing, or abuse such as middle fingers given us for simply being out there doing what we enjoy. Just this morning we were walking on a divided portion of pathway with very little place to get over and a driver passed by us at a very high rate of speed followed by his middle finger. This is simply not acceptable action on our pathways. How about a little bit of courtesy out there? What is so important for retired folks that they cannot be respectful of pedestrians. Yes, this means slow way down when encountering pedestrians on the pathways. Or if you can get over to the far side of an open path safely, then do so.
Wildwood man charged with voter fraud after elections official lodges complaint
A Wildwood man has been charged with voter fraud after an elections official lodged a complaint against him. Christofer Frederick Patrick, 54, is facing a felony charge of voter fraud as a result of the complaint from Sumter County Supervisor of Elections William Keen. Patrick, who is a convicted felon,...
Food safety and employee hygiene violations force closure of restaurant
Food safety and employee hygiene violations forced the closure of a restaurant in Leesburg. Numerous violations were found Friday at the Ichiban Buffet located at 10301 U.S. Hwy. 441, forcing the closure of the restaurant, according to documents on file with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The...
Get Ready to Sizzle at Leesburg’s Blues ‘N Q Event on Saturday
Mark your calendars because Leesburg’s Blues ‘N Q event is happening Saturday, February 24 from noon to 4:00pm, at Towne Square in historic downtown Leesburg. It was rescheduled from last Saturday due to inclement weather. This sizzling event will feature live blues music from acclaimed artists David Julia,...
Florida's biggest and oldest flea market has been around for 50 years and is 35 acres big
In the heart of Florida lies a hidden gem that's been a haven for bargain hunters and treasure seekers for over 50 years. Welcome to Webster's Westside Market, the largest and oldest flea market in the Sunshine State. Spanning a massive 35 acres, this flea market is not just a shopping destination but a vibrant community where memories are made, and unique finds are discovered.
These Inverness, FL based Dogs are the latest up for adoption and in need of a good home
Have you been contemplating pet adoption, or simply love perusing adorable pets? A myriad of delightful pets are available for adoption at various animal shelters in the vicinity of inverness..
We shouldn’t all be punished for the actions of one person
I have been a Villages resident for three years and my main source of fun is playing Texas Hold’em with hundreds of other villagers. That was ended this week when Mr. Rohan summarily suspended those games at Laurel Manor. He first suspended all games on Sundays because a new Villager, decided to become angry enough that law enforcement had to be called. No charges were made and this is the ONLY time there was an incident like this in my three years of playing cards. There are HUNDREDS of Villagers who play these games each week including many disabled seniors who are unable to play golf or any other recreational sport. Mr. Rohan, please don’t punish us all for the actions of one person. We all would like to spend our last years having fun playing this game.
Iowa man driving truck with N.C. license plate arrested after traffic stop
An Iowa man driving a vehicle with a North Carolina license plate was arrested after a traffic stop on U.S. 301. Trent Allen Schnedler, 55, of Waterloo, Iowa, was driving a white Ford pickup at about 8 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. 301 at Huey Street when he was pulled over because a trailer he was towing did not have a license plate, according to an arrest report from the Wildwood Police Department.
Leesburg Feb 20 Weekly Crime Report: 46 Incidents and 17 Crime Stories
Leesburg Feb 20 Weekly Crime Report: 46 Incidents and 17 Crime Stories. During the last week, Leesburg reported a total of 46 crime cases, with the most common incidents being categorized as 'Other' and 'Suspicious Situation', each constituting 11 cases. This was followed by 'Disturbance' with 7 cases, 'Theft' with 6, 'Assault' with 5, 'Trespass' with 3, 'Vandalism' with 2, and finally 'Arrest' with only 1 case. It is noteworthy that the 'Other' category, which includes instances such as 911 hang-ups and missing person reports, tied with 'Suspicious Situation' as the most frequent crime type. In comparison, more serious crimes like 'Assault' and 'Arrest' were less common, indicating a relatively lower level of severe criminal activity in the place. Nonetheless, the presence of these serious crimes, even at a lower frequency, underscores the need for continued vigilance and proactive measures to ensure public safety.