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Wad of funny money turned into sheriff’s office in The Villages

A Groveland man traveled to The Villages to turn in a bag of counterfeit money he found. The 59-year-old man, who lives in the 800 block of Oak Drive in Groveland, went to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office’s South District Office, located at 8230 SE 165th Mulberry Ln., with $1,800 in counterfeit $1


Driver airlifted from crash that shut down U.S. Hwy. 27/441 near RaceTrac

A driver was airlifted early Thursday morning from the scene of a crash that shut down U.S. Hwy. 27/441 near RaceTrac in Lady Lake. James Cody Foster, 28, of Pine Mountain, Ga. had been at the wheel of a white 2000 Ford at about 5 a.m. when his vehicle collided with a red 2016 Jeep utility vehicle,


Search under way for golf club thief who struck store near The Villages

Sumter County sheriff’s detectives are searching for a man whole stole a $500 driver from a local golf store recently. The thief reportedly went into Johnny’s Birdie Golf, located at 8590 E County Road 466 just outside The Villages, on April 9 and stole a TaylorMade M6 Driver. The man, shown in phot


JUST IN: Man accused of multiple arsons in Lake County arrested, deputies say

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - A man accused of intentionally setting multiple fires in North Lake County was arrested Thursday, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said Altoona resident James Bennett, 48, was arrested at his home following months of investigation of a string of arsons.


Welcome to Paradise in The Villages

Check out this palm tree in all its glory. It looks so beautiful with the blue sky shining brightly in the background. Photo courtesy of Bob Deraska. Do you have photos of The Villages that you would like to share? Share your photos with us and we will share them with the community. Did you know we


Falcon Heavy's central core booster returns to Space Coast; booster damaged in landing

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — A wrecked rocket is drawing awed spectators to Port Canaveral. It's one of three rockets that launched last week on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy mission. The rocket landed safely on a ship, but didn't quite make it back to the port in one piece.


Spruce Creeker says Villages needs to clean up after sewage spill

Last Wednesday afternoon I took my dog for a run on one of Spruce Creek South nature trails. Up near The Villages sewer plant there was a large area that formed in a low spot filled with “stuff” that had flowed from a spill from the plant.


Homeowner in The Villages wins permission to stray from color palette for upcoming re-painting

A homeowner in The Villages has won permission to stray from the approved color palette for an upcoming re-painting at his residence. Kenneth Holland Jr. who lives at 1156 Mockingbird Lane in the Village of Fernandina made his case Wednesday morning before the Architectural Review Committee.


2 Florida middle school girls accused of plotting to murder students on 'hit list'

Two middle school girls in Avon Park, Florida, allegedly plotted to kill other students they had placed on a "hit list." The two students were taken into custody at Avon Park Middle School at the end of the day Wednesday, the Highlands County School Board said. A teacher had informed law enforcement


Homeowners in The Villages make pleas to remove problematic trees

Two homeowners pleaded for permission to get rid of problematic oak trees at their homes in the Village of Mallory Square. They won permission Wednesday morning after previously being denied by the Architectural Review Committee.


Fastest-growing metro in the nation? The Villages

The fastest-growing metro area in the United States is The Villages, the sprawling Central Florida retirement community where the population has ballooned by nearly 38 percent since 2010, according to data by the U.S. Census Bureau released early Thursday.


The FBI won't tell Florida officials which county election system may have been hacked by the Russians

Florida officials say the FBI wouldn't immediately tell them which county election system may have been accessed by the Russians after a report from special counsel Robert Mueller said the federal agency suspected hackers breached "at least one" county's computer network.


Woman taken by ambulance to Leesburg hospital after collision in The Villages

A woman was transported by ambulance to Leesburg Regional Medical Center after a collision Wednesday morning at Morse Boulevard and County Road 466A. The woman at about 7:20 a.m. had been traveling south on Morse Boulevard and attempted to turn left onto County Road 466A, according to the Sumter Cou


4 prison terms in federal drug case

A federal judge has sentenced four people to prison in connection with a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin throughout several counties, including Marion. Trini Thomas Jr., 35, of Wildwood; 41-year-old Georgiana Armenakis of Paisley; Derick Latrelle Woods, 28, of Belleview; and Jame


Great White Shark Weighing More Than 1,600 Pounds Spotted Off Florida Coast

Researchers say they have spotted Miss Costa, a 1,668-pound female great white shark, swimming in the Gulf Coast waters earlier this week. On Monday, the massive great white shark “pinged” near the Big Bend vicinity of the Gulf of Mexico at 10:34 a.m., OCEARCH, a global great white shark research or


Florida man hides drugs in his butt crack

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - A Port Charlotte man was arrested Wednesday after deputies found drugs in his car. That wasn't the only place he has drugs, though. TOP STORY: Woman hospitalized after car hits Banana Republic at Coconut Point.


Florida Grandma Uses Her Softball Skills To Bash Half-Naked Burglar's Head With Bat

A would-be burglar is in jail in Florida, with a gash on his head, after a 65-year-old slugger named Clarese Gainey whacked him on the dome with a baseball bat when he tried to break into her car early Sunday morning. WMC Action News 5 had the story:


Severe weather to arrive on Friday in Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Severe weather is coming to Central Florida on Friday. Fox 35 meteorologist Jayme King says to expect big weather changes on Friday afternoon and evening, as Central Florida has been outlined for severe weather risk.


Mount Dora Police Chief on Leave After Making Allegedly Offensive Comments

MOUNT DORA, Fla. — Mount Dora Police Chief John O’ Grady has been placed on paid administrative leave following “unacceptable” comments he allegedly made, says a city spokesperson.


14,000 pounds of marijuana, 3,660 pounds of cocaine offloaded in South Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded marijuana and cocaine with an estimated street value of $62.5 million dollars at Florida's Port Everglades on Thursday morning.