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New Wildwood police chief calls for uniformity of police officers’ uniforms

Wildwood’s new police chief is calling for uniformity of police officers’ uniforms. “As the new chief of police, I was tasked with recreating the image and appearance of the department. The necessity of the change was clearly evident due to the fact that officers had previously been allowed to choos


Wendy’s on track to open this summer at Trailwinds Villages on County Road 466A

A new Wendy’s restaurant is on track to open this summer at Trailwinds Village on County Road 466A in Wildwood. “This restaurant will have bold curb appeal and features a compelling design—inside and out,” said Joe Godbey, CEO Gold Coast Holdings Restaurants. “It’s very different from what our custo


Time to stand up to Sumter County commissioners

Villagers love their pets but we are having a difficult time trying to get Sumter County changed to a no-kill facility. There is a meeting at Colony Recreation Center on the 23rd at 5:00 with Sumter commissioners who have been exceptionally hostile to the Villagers at previous meetings. Lake County


Hurricane Michael Upgraded to Rare Category 5 Months After It Ravaged Florida Panhandle

(MIAMI) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, only the fourth to make recorded landfall in the United States and the first since 1992.


Neighborhood battle heats up over garage addition in The Villages

A neighborhood battle is heating up over a garage addition in The Villages. Martin Eisner, who owns three homes in The Villages, received approval from the Architectural Review Committee for the addition to his garage at 2370 Five Forks Trail.


Storms in South kill girl in North Florida, bring tornado threat

ATLANTA (AP) — A strong storm system barreling through the South on Friday killed an 8-year-old girl in Florida and threatened to bring tornadoes to large parts of the Carolinas and southern Virginia.


Colonial Dames honoring Baker House in Wildwood with historic marker

The Baker House will soon be home to a new historical marker. The Timucua Chapter of the Colonial Dames of 17th Century will be presenting the honor on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. at the 130-year-old house, which is located at 6106 County Road 44A in Wildwood.


Southern Gourmet & Cafe in Leesburg closing

LEESBURG – A downtown Leesburg staple is shutting its doors. Southern Gourmet & Café is closing at the end of this month. “It’s sad to shut the place down,” said owner Tom Frost. “But we’re really doing a great thing.”


Siakam has 30 points, Raptors top Magic 98-93 for 2-1 lead

ORLANDO, Fla. — Pascal Siakam had 30 points and 11 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 16 points and the Toronto Raptors held off the Orlando Magic 98-93 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series.


Florida deputy reassigned after video shows him punching teen in the head

A Florida deputy was reassigned Friday after cellphone video showed him punching a teenage boy in the head during an arrest. Broward County Sheriff's deputies were called to a Tamarac shopping plaza about a large group of students who were fighting, according to an arrest report from Thursday. After


Tornado confirmed near Tallahassee, severe storms headed toward Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. - Don’t forget your umbrella! The weekend is set to get off to a stormy start with strong to severe storms forecast to roll into Central Florida Friday afternoon and evening.


Florida middle school girls arrested after teacher discovered their plans to kill nine people, police say

Two female students at a Florida middle school were arrested this week after a teacher discovered their plans to kill at least nine people, police say. The teacher reportedly became suspicious when she noticed the two 14-year-old girls acting "hysterical" while looking for a folder at Avon Park Midd


8-year-old Florida girl dies after tree falls through house during Friday's storms

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - The Leon County Sheriff's Office reports that an 8-year-old girl has died after a tree fell through a house during Friday's storms. It reportedly happened just after 8 a.m. on Old Woodville Highway.


California 'house of horrors' parents sentenced to life in prison

The California “house of horrors” parents who abused and tortured 12 of their 13 children were sentenced to life in prison Friday with the possibility of parole after 25 years.


Florida man charged with threatening to kill three Democratic lawmakers

A Florida man was charged Friday with threatening to kill three Democratic members of Congress, federal prosecutors said. John Kless, 49, called the Washington offices of Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Reps. Eric Swalwell of California and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan on Tuesday and left a series o


Additional sex charges filed against Summerfield man

Authorities have added additional charges against a 33-year-old Summerfield man who has been at the Marion County Jail since January awaiting trial on two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation of a child.


Summerfield man finds out broken down pickup wasn’t stolen after all

A Summerfield man called Marion County sheriff’s deputies for help last week after he thought his broken down pickup truck had gone missing. The 62-year-old man, who lives in the 14900 block of SE 32nd Terrace Rd., told deputies he parked his truck at the Advanced Auto Parts store at 17350 SE 109th


Man arrested in Tennessee in fatal shooting outside downtown Orlando nightclub

ORLANDO, Fla. - A man was arrested Thursday evening in Tennessee in connection with a January fatal shooting outside a downtown Orlando nightclub, the United States Marshals Service said.


Lightning strike suspected cause of apartment fire in Lake County

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - The Tavares Fire Department said a lightning strike is the suspected cause of an apartment fire in Eustis off Ruleme Street. The Fire Department posted photos on social media showing firefighters examining the damage.


Fierce thunderstorms expected in Lake County

LEESBURG — Lake County and the rest of Central Florida is expected to be pummeled by a line of fierce thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening, forecasters say. Kevin Rodriguez, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne, said the storms will be accompanied by heavy rain and wi