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64-year-old motorcyclist killed in Lake County crash

Dwain Haymond A 64-year-old motorcyclist died at the scene of a crash Sunday night in Lake County. Dwain Haymond of Eustis had been riding a 1986 Harley-Davidson at 8:45 p.m. on Seagrape Avenue at Honeysuckle Street near Lake Tracy when he was ejected from the motorcycle, according to a report from

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2018-03-19 14:31:35

Sumter jail employee charged with giving inmate contraband

BUSHNELL - A Sumter County Jail employee was arrested Monday for bringing contraband into the facility, authorities say. According to a Sumter County Sheriff's Office report, Detention Support Specialist Kimberly McSwain, 47, of Groveland, was accused of giving at least one inmate food, cigarettes a

DAILY COMMERCIAL - 2018-03-19 18:30:33

Wildwood man headed to state prison after arranging for sex with 13-year-old girl

John Francis D'Aiuto Jr. A 66-year-old Wildwood man is heading to state prison after arranging in 2016 for sex with a 13-year-old girl who turned out to be an undercover law enforcement officer. John Francis D'Aiuto was sentenced last week in Lake County Court. He was ordered to serve 33 months with

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2018-03-18 22:35:27

Convicted sex offender lands in jail after eviction from local RV park

Joshua Dean Bush A convicted sex offender landed in jail after his eviction from a local RV park. Joshua Dean Bush, 39, had been living at the Lake Deaton RV Park in Wildwood until he was recently evicted due to "issues with park tenants," according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2018-03-19 20:30:29

Winn-Dixie closing numerous Florida stores as parent company announces restructuring

The parent company of Winn-Dixie has announced that 94 stores will be closed as as part of a restructuring plan. None of the Winn-Dixie stores in The Villages are impacted. Two Winn-Dixie stores in Ocala will be closed by April 30, according to an announcement from Southeastern Grocers. Following i

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2018-03-18 12:30:29

Mandatory boil-water notice issued for Leesburg residents

LEESBURG - Crews in Leesburg were working Saturday to repair a water main break in the water distribution system connected to the elevated water tower located on North College Street between West Main Street and High Street. A mandatory boil-water notice is in effect for any home or business that e

DAILY COMMERCIAL - 2018-03-18 21:04:47

Lake County history: Did you know?

A 65-acre wooded parcel of land sitting quietly on the southern shore of Lake Griffin was once part of the 160-acre tract settled in 1843 by Leesburg's first homesteader, Thomas Robertson. Another more famous settler was Evander Lee who was the property's third owner. But for the past 100-plus years

DAILY COMMERCIAL - 2018-03-18 19:00:00

Jailer arrested after allegedly providing food, cigarettes, chewing tobacco to inmate

Kimberly McSwain An employee of the Sumter County Detention Center was arrested Monday morning after an investigationrevealed she had supplied food, cigarettes and chewing tobacco to an inmate. Former Detention Support Specialist Kimberly McSwain, 47, of Groveland was arrested Monday morning on a ch

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2018-03-19 20:31:17

Polk City man killed in 2-vehicle crash

POLK CITY - Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a fatal crash involving two vehicles Saturday at 5:21 a.m. on Commonwealth Ave. (SR 33) at Van Fleet Road, near Polk City. Jeffrey Felts, 60, of Polk City, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, Trenton Knight, 20, of Polk C

THE LEDGER - 2018-03-19 03:27:21

$100M project planned for Dixie Avenue in Leesburg

LEESBURG - Coming to a busy stretch of Dixie Avenue near you: A $100-million-plus development with a hotel, restaurant, townhouses, medical offices, retail, and an assisted-living facility with a memory unit. Venetian Isle Developers LLC hopes to start moving dirt on the 50-acre-plus site next to th

DAILY COMMERCIAL - 2018-03-18 13:00:00

Two dead in fatal car crash on I-4 near Lake Mary

Lake Mary, Fla. - Two people are dead after a fatal car crash happened on I-4 westbound near Lake Mary Sunday morning. Florida Highway Patrol reports the crash happened at 5:00 a.m. on mile marker 98. The driver of a Toyota Camry, 24 year old Estrellita Galarza was driving behind another vehicle he

NEWS965.COM - 2018-03-18 20:19:00

Argument ends with man shot in stomach

An argument that later turned physical led to the arrest of a man who authorities were told shot another man in the stomach early Saturday morning. The victim was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center with a non-life threatening injury and is expected to survive. Michael Bernard Shell, 26, was arre


Business owners killed in murder-suicide at Orlando bar

Two people were killed in a murder-suicide at Mezcal bar in Orlando Friday night, officials said. Orange County deputies were called out to Mezcal bar around 11:12 p.m. for reports of gunshots inside the bar. There, deputies found a man and a woman suffering from gunshot wounds. Deputies later said


Motorcycle rider killed in Eustis crash, troopers say

EUSTIS - Troopers responded to a crash that involved a single motorcycle Sunday at about 8:45 p.m. in Eustis. The crash occurred on Seagrape Avenue and Honeysuckle Street and the motorcycle rider was pronounced deceased on scene, according to a report. EUSTIS - Troopers responded to a crash that inv

DAILY COMMERCIAL - 2018-03-19 03:06:54

Man Lying in Road Struck and Killed

New Port Richey, Fla. (970 WFLA) - A man lying in a roadway died after a minivan struck and killed him Friday night, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Troopers had not identified the 29-year-old man killed on Bougenville Ave. near Raffia Dr., nor did they know why he lay in the roadway when the 2003


Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing four people, crushing cars

MIAMI - A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing at least four people, officials said. First responders recovered at least four bodies from the scene, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Do


Eustis police looking for missing man with neurological conditions

EUSTIS - Police are looking for a missing and endangered adult who suffers from neurological conditions. Richard Dwayne Spooner, 20, left his home on Fahnstock Street in Eustis around 7:15 p.m. Thursday. He was last seen walking south on Fahnstock toward Lakeview Avenue. Spooner is a white, 6-foot-2


Possible explosives in truck shut down Clermont highway

CLERMONT, Fla. - Both lanes of Highway 50 in Clermont are shut down Friday evening as authorities investigate possible explosives in an abandoned truck, according to a news release. City officials said the abandoned truck was found in the Sonny's Restaurant parking lot at 1500 E. Highway 50. The ro


Villager arrested in attack on woman over parking spot at doctor's office

Russell Bowser A Villager has been arrested in an attack on a woman over a parking spot at a doctor's office. The woman ran frantically into an "Employees Only" entrance at Family Physicians Office on U.S. Hwy. 441 in The Villages as she was being chased by 66-year-old Russell Bowser of 1208 San Jua


Wanted man arrested after traffic stop

A police officer stopped Anthony Manning after he ran a red light A convicted felon with a warrant was arrested by an Ocala police officer on Wednesday when the vehicle he was driving ran a red light, according to police. Officer Shawn Sigler was in his patrol vehicle at the intersection of Southwes