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Man shot after argument escalated into shooting, Leesburg police say
LEESBURG, Fla. - An argument between two men ended with gunfire Monday morning, Leesburg police said, which caused a temporary lockdown at a high school and nearby day care center.
Leesburg commissioners unanimous in slashing city’s building permit fees
In a move that’s likely to encourage future growth, Leesburg commissioners voted Monday night to drastically reduce the city’s building fee structure. The plan calls for a 25-percent reduction in the fees and makes Leesburg one of the most affordable cities in Lake County for developers and builders
Felon impersonates officer during carjacking in Lake County, deputies say
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - A felon pretended to be an off-duty police officer so that he could steal a man's vehicle early Tuesday morning, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.
Cook at World of Beer arrested after pulled over in car with expired Pennsylvania tag
A cook at World of Beer in The Villages was arrested Monday night after he was pulled over in a car with an expired Pennsylvania tag. Cameron Mitchell Smith, 26, of Leesburg, at 11:53 p.m. was driving a white Cadillac with an expired registration and insurance which had been canceled when he was pul
Shooter released as authorities weigh charges in killing
LEESBURG — An argument at a home at 1700 W. Main St., erupted into a fatal shooting Monday. Kevin L. Williams, 28, was killed in the confrontation. Police identified the man who fired the handgun as Darrell K. White, 29.
Employee arrested at Tire Choice in The Villages given chance to escape prosecution
An employee of Tire Choice in The Villages arrested earlier this year after attempting to steal tires will have a chance to escape prosecution in the case. Lawrence Leland Wise III, 21, of Belleview, had been arrested June 12 at the Tire Choice location on the Historic Side of The Villages after fou
Southern Oaks ER Department in Permitting Stage
Central Florida Health earned strong applause a little more than a year ago during a Villages Homeowners Advocates meeting at the announcement to build an emergency department in the Southern Oaks region.
Details come to light surrounding abrupt departure of Wildwood police chief
An Oct. 21 electrical fire that severely damaged the Wildwood police station may have harmed more than just the building. In its aftermath, three members of the police department’s command staff are leaving, possibly due to a dispute with City Manager Jason McHugh over employee health testing.
Uber driver faces DUI after taking passenger on wild ride, police say
EUSTIS, Fla. - An Uber driver is facing charges after police say he took a passenger on a wild ride in Lake County that ended in a crash. According to the Orlando Sentinel, William Nieves picked up a passenger early Saturday in Mount Dora.
Clearwater police search for missing 10-year-old boy
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Clearwater Police Department is asking for the public’s help finding a missing 10-year-old boy. Police say Joshua Breon could be on South M.L.K. Jr. Avenue near Lake Bellevue or on Hawkins Street near Tilley Avenue.
Man living with grandmother in The Villages sentenced after pair of drug arrests
A 30-year-old man living with his grandmother in The Villages has been sentenced after a pair of drug arrests this year. Matthew Phillip Beaton was arrested this past August after he was found sleeping in a Villages Property Management truck at Lake Sumter Landing. He was found to be in possession o
Unbeaten Bishop Moore basketball on road vs. defending champion Leesburg
Facing a tough boys basketball district stretch on the road this week, unbeaten Bishop Moore will lean on the efforts of a deep roster that’s adapted on the fly and found ways to win so far this season.
Lake County commissioner diminishes journalist's accomplishments with a watered-down version of history
The late Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall, a notorious racist, has been in the news a good bit since the 2013 book called “Devil in the Grove” won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.
Wildwood woman armed with scissors arrested after alleged attack
A Wildwood woman armed with a pair of scissors was arrested after an alleged attack on a man at a home they share. Kelli Marie Rasberry, 31, was arrested on a charge of battery Saturday night at her home on County Road 155, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
Serial shoplifter from Summerfield arrested twice in same day
A serial shoplifter from Summerfield was arrested twice in a single day on charges of retail theft. Gladys Marie Griffin, 45, was arrested at 2:25 p.m. Saturday at Kohl’s in Tavares where she concealed $308 in merchandise in a bag and attempted to leave the store without paying for it, according to
Armed felon on the run arrested after his car collides with water pipe
An armed felon on the run was arrested after his car collided with a water pipe in Wildwood. Darrell Antonio Walker, 32, of Leesburg, had been at the wheel of a blue Toyota shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday when he pulled out of the Circle K at 1001 S. Main Street, according to an arrest report from t
Drunk Florida Uber driver picks up passenger, crashes car, police say
EUSTIS, Fla. (WESH) - An Uber driver was arrested Saturday after police said he drove drunk to pick up a passenger and then crashed during the ride. William Nieves, 32, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing and eluding and DUI with property damage, according to an arrest affidavi
Villager arrested at his home after attack on another man witnessed by deputy
A Villager was arrested at his home after an attack on another man was witnessed by a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy. The deputy had gone at 8:14 p.m. Sunday to the home of 55-year-old Robert William Wyatt at 1807 San Luis Lane in the Village of Tierra del Sol South, according to an arrest report. T
12-year-old boy struck, killed in Leesburg
LEESBURG, Fla. - A 12-year-old boy died after he was struck by an SUV while crossing State Road 44 Tuesday evening, according to the Leesburg Police Department. Authorities said Tyler Khargie was standing in the center of the road, which is a two-way left turn lane, as he was waiting to cross SR 44
NWS confirms second tornado touched down Sunday in Hillsborough County
WIMAUMA, Fla. – The National Weather Service confirmed a second tornado touched down over the weekend in the Tampa Bay area. A tornado around 4:21 p.m. ET Sunday caused tree and minor structural damage near Carlton Lake Road and State Road 674 Northeast, according to the NWS. The Wimauma tornado is