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Leesburg man arrested in attempted carjacking, shooting

Leesburg – Police arrested a man accused of shooting an elderly Leesburg resident during an attempted carjacking Monday morning. Desmond Franquel Smith, 31, of Leesburg, was picked up by officers around midnight on Ruby Street in Tavares. Lake County Jail records indicate he has a lengthy criminal h


Cops: Leesburg woman attacks camper, battles neighbors

LEESBURG — Police arrested a Leesburg woman Monday morning for allegedly attacking a woman’s camper and then turning on her neighbors when they began to take notice. Amy Lynn Gordon, 47, is being held on a $47,000 bond after she allegedly attacked a woman's camper with a small metal flag pole at 284


Naked Florida woman takes on 6 lanes of I-95

If you’ve lived in Florida long enough, you’ve seen some things on Florida’s roadways: mattresses, missiles and more. So a naked woman, kind of sashaying across six lanes of Interstate 95 near Flagler Beach in broad daylight shouldn’t surprise us.


Man shot after refusing to hand over keys, Leesburg police say

LEESBURG, Fla. - A victim was shot Monday morning after refusing to hand over his keys to an unknown man, according to the Leesburg Police Department. Police said the victim was in a Save-A-Lot parking lot in the Southside Shopping Center when a man in a hooded sweatshirt approached him and demanded


Woman speeding through Wildwood jailed after check shows no Florida license ever issued

An Ocala woman was arrested early Saturday morning after being stopped in the parking lot of Darrell’s Diner on U.S. Hwy. 301. A Wildwood Police officer pulled over a gold passenger car driven by Carmeisha Yakira Skinner for traveling at 60 mph in a posted 45 mph zone. A background check revealed th


Leesburg Regional Medical Center offering newest technology to detect breast cancer

Mammograms just got more comfortable at Leesburg Regional Medical Center. That’s because the hospital has collaborated with GE Healthcare to bring the next generation in 3-D mammography technology to patients. The new equipment, named the Senographe Pristina, offers a faster, quieter exam with great


Florida man called police reporting he paid for sex, but got scammed

WEST PALM BEACH,Fl (WFLA) - West Palm Beach police say a 50-year-old homeless man called the cops to report that he paid for sexual activities that he never received. According to WPTV, Jon Sengul told them he offered four people $500 for one or more of them to come to his hotel room and have sexual


Florida bill would require soliciting prostitution include 10-day mandatory sentence

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WFLA) - The Florida House criminal justice subcommittee has approved a bill that would now require any person convicted of soliciting prostitution serve a mandatory 10-day jail sentence.


Florida’s ban on texting while driving may get tougher on violators

The Senate version, which was approved by the Judiciary Committee, would shift texting while driving from a “secondary” offense to a “primary” offense. Currently, police can only cite motorists for texting if they are pulled over for other reasons.


AVOID AREA: Police investigate shooting in Leesburg

LEESBURG, Fla. - Officers are investigating a shooting at Southside Plaza, the Leesburg Police Department said. Officials are asking that people avoid the area. The circumstances surrounding the shooting have not been released.


Lady Lake woman arrested after erratic driving attracts attention of law enforcement

A Lady Lake woman was arrested after her erratic driving attracted the attention of law enforcement. Christina Kittelson Coy, 41, had been driving a gray Chevy SUV at 10:46 p.m. Saturday on County Road 229 in Wildwood when a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy noticed she kept driving on the center doubl


Surveillance video released in wake of shooting during Wildwood ‘block party’

Surveillance video has been released from a shooting that occurred during a “block party” in Wildwood that left three people wounded. The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office responded at 2:40 a.m. Saturday and shut down westbound State Road 44 as crime scene technicians investigated the scene.


8-year-old killed in hit and run crash in southwest Florida

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — 8-year-old Layla Aiken died in a hit and run crash Monday morning. It happened on NE 3rd Avenue and NE 19th Terrace while she waited for the school bus with her two older brothers.


Leesburg's Skate World expanding on new site, will also offer bowling, mini golf, laser tag

LEESBURG — A new large family entertainment complex with a boutique-style bowling alley, roller skating rink, bumper cars, laser tag arena, mini-golf course, electric go-cart track and a restaurant could open as early as September now that the project has garnered approval from city commissioners.


Eustis Housing Authority gets High Performer designation

EUSTIS — The Department of Housing and Urban Development has designated the Eustis Housing Authority as a High Performer for the administration and management of its public housing program.


‘Person of interest’ detained in shooting of 80-year-old man at shopping plaza

Leesburg police say they have a “person of interest” in custody in connection with a failed carjacking attempt Monday morning that left an 80-year-old man with a gunshot wound.


Woman known for battle with father over his home in The Villages lands behind bars

A woman known throughout The Villages for a dispute with her 82-year-old father over his home in The Villages spent part of the weekend behind bars. Susan Elizabeth Newman, 42, of Lady Lake, was arrested Saturday night at a home in Wildwood and charged with battery. Newman was released from the Sumt


Another judge to oversee Markeith Loyd's first murder trial in September

ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orange County judge has set Sept. 30 as the date of Markeith Loyd's first murder trial after denying the state's motion to proceed to trial without further delay under Florida's new victim's rights law.


Lockout lifted for Orange County schools after suspected robber caught, officials say

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Three schools were placed on lockout Tuesday due to police activity in the area, Orange County school officials said. Officials said Olympia High School, Chain of Lakes High School and Windy Ridge K-8, were placed on lockout, which has since been lifted.


Safety Is The Common Bond Among Cyclists, Motorists And Residents

A Cycling Safety Forum was held on March 20 at Minneola City Hall. The purpose was to inform residents of laws related to cycling, best practices for both motorists and cyclists and the current safety concerns related to cycling in the South Lake community. The forum also gave cyclists, motorists an