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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.
Driver from Ocala arrested after caught speeding on Main Street in Wildwood
A driver from Ocala was arrested after he was caught speeding on Main Street in Wildwood. Jonathan Renard Doby, 33, was driving a gray Ford passenger car at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday when he was pulled over for driving 61 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone, according to an arrest report from the Wildwo
Man arrested at popular restaurant one day after outrunning police at Brownwood
A man was arrested at a popular restaurant in The Villages, one day after outrunning police at Brownwood Paddock Square. Tabias Rydell James, 29, of Wildwood, had been pulled over at about 10 p.m. Monday near the Barnstorm Theater, according to a Wildwood Police Department arrest report. The officer
Bicycle clubs join with Wildwood community to brighten Christmas for needy children
Members of the Sumter Landing Bicycle Club, the Florida PANTHERS Tandem Club and The Village Bicycle Club joined with the Wildwood Police Department and Wildwood Elementary School to organize a giveaway of about 30 children’s bikes.
Man attempting to retrieve golf cart arrested in Village of Tierra Del Sol
A man attempting to retrieve a golf cart was arrested Sunday night in the Village of Tierra Del Sol. John Daniel Clark Howard, 40, of Lady Lake, had arrived in a 2000 Ford pickup at about 10 p.m. at the home of Robert Wyatt at 1807 San Luis Lane to retrieve the golf cart which is the subject of a ci
Wildwood signs off on new neighborhoods in Villages of Southern Oaks
Wildwood commissioners have approved plats for five new Villages of Southern Oaks neighborhoods and took other action regarding the massive development south of State Road 44. They voted to send two ordinances for state review creating a new land-use category of South Wildwood Commercial Mixed Use.
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.
Cars on lawn and clutter spur complaints about home in The Villages
Cars on the lawn, clutter and weeds have spurred several complaints about a home in The Villages. The home at 1013 Vermont Ave. in the Village of Orange Blossom Gardens was the subject of a public hearing Wednesday afternoon before the Village Center Community Development District Board of Superviso
Painful wait finally over as Wildwood Elementary student Abby undergoing much-needed surgery
The day has finally arrived. After a long, painful battle with Hereditary Chronic Pancreatitis and Gastro Paresis, 9-year-old Abigail “Abby” Lacayo sees relief in sight. That’s because the straight-A fourth-grade Wildwood Elementary student who has captured the hearts of Villagers and tri-county res
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
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
Former Hardee’s employee arrested after allegedly stealing $27,925 in night deposits
A former Hardee’s employee has been arrested after allegedly stealing $27,925 in night deposits. Stephanie Lee Adams, 39, of Bushnell, is accused of taking 13 deposits over three months from the restaurant at 404 S. Main St., according to an arrest report from the Wildwood Police Department. The dep
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.
Spending $12,000 to plant flowers is crazy
Why do we spend so much money on flowers throughout The Villages?. Use something that does not need to be replaced 2, 3 or 4 times a year. Use that money to do other items for all residents.
Villager who smuggled liquor into movie theater sentenced in Sumter County Court
A Villager who was arrested after smuggling liquor into a movie theater at Lake Sumter Landing has been sentenced in the case. Charles John Yahnke, 52, of the Village of Glenbrook, went Aug. 18 to the Old Mill Playhouse where a theater manager found him sleeping after the movie had ended. The manage
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.
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
Athletes dominate at Florida senior games
Athletes from The Villages and surrounding communities will have plenty of shiny new hardware to display at their homes this holiday season. Those athletes combined to win 380 medals — including 172 gold, 124 silver and 84 bronze — at the 2018 Florida Senior Games in Clearwater and Pinellas County,
Developer’s move back into golf courses clarified a bit in PWAC discussion
The Developer’s move back into the operation of golf courses in The Villages was clarified a bit during a discussion Monday at the Project Wide Advisory Committee meeting. The Developer several years ago had surrendered the operation of the golf courses to a private company, Golf Management Solution
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