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Deputies release videos of suspect accused in seven Lake County arson cases

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - Video released Friday shows a suspect who is accused in a string of arson cases in the Umatilla area, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the person in the video is wanted for questioning and is seen in the video breaking into a Sunoco gas station.


Eustis native Michael Ray gets first ACM nomination

EUSTIS — Rising country music star and Eustis native Michael Ray received his first ACM Awards nomination Wednesday. Jimmie Allen, Luke Combs, Jordan Davis and Mitchell Tenpenny are competing against Ray for New Male Artist of the Year.


Library pulled from Tavares performing arts center plans

TAVARES – The Tavares City Council this week decided not to include a new library in its plans for a performing arts center in the downtown area but to instead expand the library at its current location on North New Hampshire Avenue.


Georgefest kicks off with carnival, music and food

The 117th edition of Georgefest got off and running Friday when thousands of people flooded downtown Eustis for the carnival, fireworks, music and food to celebrate our first president's birthday. Georgefest resumes Saturday morning with a patriotic pup Dog Jog at 9:30 a.m. beginning at the corner o


Florida man charged in death of grandma found in maggot-infested bed

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been charged after his 87-year-old grandmother died and authorities said her bed was filled with live maggots. Brevard County Sheriff's deputies say Allen Arias brought an unresponsive Anita Arias to the hospital last month. The woman was covered in bed sores


Weekend Glance: Highs in the 80s, soul food and Eustis Georgefest

YOUR FORECAST: This weekend features warmer temperatures with a chance of rain Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will feature highs in the mid-80s. SOUL FOOD FESTIVAL: Chow down on some delicious fare from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Rohan Recreation Center in the Villa


Florida cop disciplined after suspects caught on camera fondling each other on trip to jail

A Florida police department has disciplined an officer for allowing two shoplifting suspects he was transporting to jail cuddle, kiss and perform sex acts on each other, according to a report.


Now and Then: In 1911, Georgefest featured a boat parade

EUSTIS— George Washington’s birthday celebration in Eustis — dubbed Georgefest — is the longest-running festival celebrating the birthday of George Washington in the state and the second-longest ongoing festival of its kind in the United States.


UPDATE: Lakeland flight instructor dies after aircraft crashes into Winter Haven home, deputies say

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - A flight instructor has died after a plane crashed into a home in Winter Haven on Saturday, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Lakeland flight instructor James Wagner, 64, was identified by deputies as the victim who died in the crash.


Planes, Trains, BBQ & Blues Event

The City of Tavares’ eleventh annual Planes, Trains, Barbeque & Blues Event will be held Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 at Wooton Park in downtown Tavares. The event features two air shows including the first twilight airshow at sundown, $5 train rides brought to you by the Royal Palm Railway, classic ca


Eustis wants to see Lee's values live on with team

EUSTIS — Preseason practices for the Eustis High School baseball team look no different from what any other area program is doing as it prepares for the upcoming season. Hitters are taking batting practice in nearby batting cages, while pitchers are getting loose in the bullpen and position players


Cops: Man who fled police in car chase turns self in

TAVARES — A Leesburg man turned himself in after giving Tavares police the slip in a car chase a few weeks before, according to a report. Jeremy Jenkins, 25, had a warrant out for habitually driving without a license, and at one point posted a picture of himself driving to Snapchat, where he is frie


Villages resident dies after contracting West Nile virus, health officials say

SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. - A resident of The Villages died after contracting West Nile virus. The Sumter County Department of Health told Channel 9 on Friday the person, who was not identified because of privacy laws, was infected in the county.


Florida billionaire among men sought on charges of soliciting prostitution

VERO BEACH, Fla. — A billionaire is among the more than 100 men being sought on charges of soliciting prostitution in a major Florida operation targeting human trafficking. Florida Today reports John Childs, 77, is the subject of a warrant. He has not been arrested yet.


Chat with a veteran: Mark Triton

Enlisted or drafted? Enlisted. I wanted to go into electronics, but they wouldn't let me because I am colorblind. What did you do in the service? oceanography and weather. Why was it important? The aircraft can't fly if they don't know the weather, and they have to have the barometric pressure in or


On Tap: Georgefest storms into Eustis for the 117th time

The 117th edition of Georgefest marches into downtown Eustis this weekend with a carnival, fireworks, parades and music festival to help celebrate our founding father's birthday.


Dozens Arrested in Massive Sex Trafficking Busts in Florida

A massive sex trafficking bust spanning multiple Florida cities resulted in nearly 50 arrests and 175 warrants being issued, authorities said. Officials with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office said 171 arrest warrants were issued this week, and at least 45 suspects were arrested as part of the


What could be next for the Florida massage parlor workers?

On Friday, Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.


NEW: Motorcyclist killed, passenger injured in West Palm wreck on Florida's Turnpike

WELLINGTON — A motorcyclist was killed and his passenger critically injured in a wreck early Saturday on Florida's Turnpike. Florida Highway Patrol authorities say Matias Rasuk, 25, lost control of his 2010 Kawasaki ZX100 while heading south shortly after 12:30 a.m. near mile marker 94, west of Okee


The First-Ever All-Inclusive Resort in the Florida Keys Is Now Open (And It’s Just as Dreamy as You’d Expect)

Anyone who’s ever done the drive down the Overseas Highway knows the pure magic of the Florida Keys. Just a quick jaunt from Miami, the string of tropical islands boasts charming B&BS, towering palms, coral reefs, and striking 360-degree water views (AKA the makings of a dream beach vacation).