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Bicyclist caught with drugs after running stop sign in Leesburg
A Tavares woman sought for violating her probation was arrested after a deputy found drugs on her when he pulled her over on her bicycle in Leesburg. Amy Marie Trayer, 37, was charged with possession of fentanyl and methamphetamine, along with violating her probation for possession of narcotics equipment. She was stopped by a Lake County sheriff’s deputy around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday when she failed to stop at a stop sign while turning south from Lockwood Street onto South Haines Creek Road, according to the sheriff’s office arrest report.
Cheap gas lures in plenty of customers at new 7-Eleven
Cheap gas lured in plenty of customers at the new 7-Eleven on Friday on the Historic Side of The Villages. Unleaded gasoline was selling for less than $3 per gallon at the gas station and convenience store at the corner of U.S. Hwy. 27/441 and Griffin Avenue. The new 7-Eleven...
Driver’s nervous behavior tips off police in meth bust
A Fruitland Park man was arrested after his nervous behavior during a traffic stop tipped law enforcement off to the drugs in his possession. Geoffrey Michael Crane, 29, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after he was stopped around 1:20 a.m. on U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg. An officer on patrol saw Crane make a suspicious movement towards the floorboard when he saw the patrol car, according to the Leesburg Police arrest report.
Deputies: Central Florida school employee batters multiple people, including child, at restaurant
WEIRSDALE, Fla. — An employee for a Lake County high school was arrested for allegedly harming two children and others at a restaurant this week. Daniel McCaw, 45, was arrested on Tuesday at a restaurant in Marion County. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, McCaw is an employee at Leesburg High School.
Man jailed after offering marijuana to auto parts store employee
A Leesburg man with prior drug convictions was arrested after offering marijuana to an Advanced Discount Auto Parts employee. Jonathan Mark Powell, 47, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia after his arrest at the store at 2010 N. State Road 19. Police responded around 1:40 p.m. to a report of a man being on the property since 8 a.m., according to the Eustis Police arrest report.
Suspect who can’t speak English arrested in price tag swap at Walmart
A suspected thief who cannot speak English has been arrested in a price tag-switching incident at Walmart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages. Lynn Thu Wun, 30, of Lady Lake, entered the store at about 1 p.m. Thursday and was observed by the store’s loss prevention officer as he removed the UPC bar code from an air mattress, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. He selected a brown futon bed priced at $178 and placed the $126 UPC bar code from the air mattress over the bar code for the futon bed. He went to the self-checkout and purchased the futon bed at the lower price. He was taken into custody when he left the store. The arrest report noted he does not speak English.
Nervous repeat offender arrested with metallic knuckles stashed in purse
A nervous repeat offender was arrested with a bag full of drugs and metallic knuckles stashed in her purse. Stephanie Shannon Kilby, 37, was spotted Tuesday afternoon leaving “a residence known to the Fruitland Park Police Department to be prevalent with the use and distribution of illegal narcotics.” When approached by an officer, Kilby, who was arrested in April at Home Depot in Lady Lake, appeared to be “nervous.”
High-speed chase in Marion County ends with SUV crashing into home
OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - A family’s home in Marion County is unlivable after a woman fleeing from sheriff’s deputies crashed into the house. On Thursday night, when Marion County Sheriff’s deputies noticed a white SUV speeding nearly 30 miles over the speed limit. They say they tried...
Homeless man from Leesburg found sleeping on bench in The Villages
A homeless man from Leesburg was arrested Wednesday evening after police found him sleeping on a bench with narcotics in his pocket in The Villages. Police responded to a report of a man, later identified as 29-year-old Derius Lashane Dabney, laying on a bench for three hours around Drake Drive and Kramer Court, according to an arrest report form the Fruitland Park Police Department.
Standing up for the gate attendants
In response to the post “Money is being wasted on gate attendants.” Gate attendants do more than raise/lower the gate arms. Unfortunately, I no longer have a copy of the job description but if one wishes to verify what I’m saying it’s easy enough to do so. Aside from their obvious duties the gate attendants may need the income. Additionally while traveling on Morse Boulevard recently I was surprised to see a gate arm in an unlikely spot and that particular gate would have benefited from lights on the gate arms and brighter colors as the original poster of “money being wasted” suggested. While foot traffic can easily walk around gates the gates they do deter people in vehicles from selling things door to door.
Suspected trespasser arrested after hiding under child’s bed
A Leesburg woman was taken into custody by Lake County sheriff’s deputies early Monday evening on a warrant issued eight months ago. The warrant alleged that 20-year-old Jasmine T. Linzy had entered a residence in Lady Lake and concealed herself between a child’s bed frame and a window on Sept. 28. The homeowner observed Linzy in the juvenile’s bedroom and took a time stamped photograph which clearly identified Linzy who had previously been trespassed from the residence.
Sawgrass is not a square and it’s overpriced
I am in agreement with the recent Villagers’ comments about the expansion and growth of homes. We no longer have a theater in Brownwood Square or Spanish Springs so we are forced to take our cart or vehicle to Lake Sumter Landing or go out of The Villages to attend a movie that is overcrowded. Sawgrass is not a square and can only accommodate a small crowd. The food and drinks served indoors are overpriced and food not cooked to the Villagers’ request, example, the burgers are only prepared well done. We seem to be losing amenities while increasing Villagers who are renting or snowbirds.
Physical therapist in The Villages enters plea in Rolling Acres Road fatality
A physical therapist in The Villages has entered a plea in a hit-and-run crash that killed a woman on Rolling Acres Road. Tara Rene Schiessle, 31, of Lady Lake, has pleaded not guilty to charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury and filing a false insurance claim. Schiessle, a Lake Centre for Rehab physical therapist assistant, remains free on $42,000 bond which was posted by her parents.
Inmate beaten in Florida prison seeks justice after state drops charges against former officers
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Otis Miller calls the court and prison system "unjust." He now doubts the officers fired and charged following his beating in July 2019 at the Lake Correctional Institution will ever be punished. Last October, the state formally dropped the charges against the officers. It all...
Arlene forms as first tropical storm of the season. Here’s what to expect
ORLANDO, Fla. – Tropical Depression 2 has become Tropical Storm Arlene as it continues to linger off Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. The system is expected to bring more rain to the Orlando area. The storm is located about 265 miles west of Fort Myers and was moving...
Man and woman found dead in apparent murder/suicide in The Villages
A man and woman have been found dead in an apparent murder/suicide in The Villages. Sumter County sheriff’s deputies responded at 10:03 a.m. Tuesday to 635 San Pedro Drive in the Village of Rio Grande for a well-being check. While checking the residence from the outside, deputies spotted a person laying on the floor inside the home. Entry was made into the residence where a man and a woman were discovered deceased from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. The sheriff’s office indicated it appeared to be a murder/suicide.
Eaton’s Beach staffers restrain man who threw chair and went berserk
Staffers at a popular beachfront restaurant were forced to restrain an apparently intoxicated man who allegedly broke a chair and attacked an employee as well as two children. The staffers at Eaton’s Beach in Weirsdale on Tuesday afternoon held down 45-year-old Daniel Paul McCaw until Marion County sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene. Several 911 callers had alerted law enforcement about the chaotic scene unfolding at the restaurant at Lake Weir. They said the Leesburg High School employee was “out of control.”
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Leesburg man busted with drugs after leaving RaceTrac
A Leesburg man was arrested for drug possession after law enforcement stopped him for a missing tag light when he left a RaceTrac in Eustis. Police spotted a red 2005 Toyota SUV with only one working tag light leaving the RaceTrac parking lot located at 2850 South Bay Street at 12:12 a.m. Wednesday, according to an arrest report from the Eustis Police Department.
Driver found passed out at wheel of BMW on Morse Boulevard
A driver was found passed out at the wheel of a BMW on Morse Boulevard in The Villages. A caller reported at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday that the black BMW 528I was parked in the right hand lane of Morse Boulevard south of Bonita Boulevard and the driver was passed out behind the wheel, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
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