• Dump Truck Crashes Into Overpass Causing Traffic Backup on I-75
  • Dump truck crash closes stretch of I-75 in Sumter
  • Leesburg man arrested in armed robbery after multi-county pursuit
  • Buried Body in Groveland Identified
  • Shootings in Groveland and Clermont this Week Appear to be Related
Traffic was backed up and diverted off of Interstate 75 after a dump truck collided with an overpass near Lake Panasoffkee.

Dump Truck Crashes Into Overpass Causing Traffic Backup on I-75

LAKE PANASOFFKEE, Fla. – Motorists traveling northbound on Interstate 75 Wednesday morning were delayed after a dump truck struck an overpass on the Interstate causing traffic to back up for more than seven miles according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. The incident occurred at approximately 4:05 a.m. when 60-year-old Robert Givens was traveling in his 2007 Mack 700 dump truck with the dump bed raised on Interstate 75 in the center…

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Dump truck crash closes stretch of I-75 in Sumter

WILDWOOD, Fla. – A stretch of Interstate 75 remained closed Wednesday after a dump truck – with its bed raised — struck an overpass earlier in the morning. The crash occurred just after 4 a.m. in the northbound lanes of 75 in Wildwood, at the County Road 514 overpass. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, Robert Givens, 60, of Wildwood, was heading north with the bed raised, which struck…

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Leesburg man arrested in armed robbery after multi-county pursuit

OCALA, Fla. — Police captured a suspect from an Ocala armed robbery late Tuesday evening after he led officials on a multi-county chase in a stolen pickup truck. Willie Williams IV, 29, of Leesburg, was found in a residential neighborhood in the 900 block of Newman Drive, a couple blocks north of Amscot on U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg with the help of a K-9 from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office….

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Buried Body in Groveland Identified

GROVELAND, Fla. – Sheriff’s officials on Tuesday identified the body found buried in a rural area of Groveland on Saturday as missing 23-year-old Essence Owens, of Orlando. Owens’ body had been discovered in a shallow grave behind a vacant home at 16420 Douglas Road by a visiting Realtor and potential buyers, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. John Herrell said an autopsy was conducted, but they have yet…

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Shootings in Groveland and Clermont this Week Appear to be Related

GROVELAND, Fla. – An occupied Groveland home was riddled with bullets Monday night in a case believed to be connected with a shootout between two vehicles one day earlier in Clermont. Groveland police detective Jack Gunter said officers responded to the 1035 Sandhill St. home in the Cranes Landing subdivisions just after 9:30 p.m. Monday to reports of multiple shots that had been fired into the residence. Officers discovered bullet…

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Tavares man charged with DUI manslaughter

TAVARES – An 81-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday morning on a DUI manslaughter charge stemming from a fatal motorcycle crash in Tavares earlier this year. A test came back this week reportedly showed the alcohol content level of James Hubert Osburn almost twice the legal limit, according to a probable cause affidavit. Osburn, of Tavares, remained in the Lake County jail late Wednesday morning in lieu of $30,000 bail…

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State Attorney: No Charges Will be Filed Against Lake Minneola High Principal

MINNEOLA, Fla. – The Lake Minneola High School principal will not be charged for apparently moving too slow to report an alleged inappropriate relationship between her band director and a male student. Linda Shepherd-Miller had learned from a parent in mid-June that Jon North, one of the school’s teachers and band director, possibly had a relationship with a student, according to a letter released Friday by Walter Forgie, supervisor of…

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Lake County Collects Household Hazardous Waste in Eustis and Lady Lake

TAVARES — Lake County Solid Waste is encouraging Lake County residents to dispose of unwanted household hazardous materials in a safe and environmentally conscious way at the following two collection events: Thursday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. – noon at the Lady Lake Convenience Center, located at 1200 Jackson St., in Lady Lake. Thursday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. – noon at the Eustis Square Shopping Center parking lot, located at 218 W. Ardice Ave., Eustis. Representatives…

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LakeXpress Launches New Responsive Website

TAVARES, Fla. — To better serve Lake County’s growing suburban population which is increasingly opting for public transportation, the county has launched a new, more responsive LakeXpress website at www.ridelakexpress.com. The site’s re-design offers a consistent user experience across multiple platforms including mobile devices, tablets, and desktop computers. The “Trip Planner” function integrates with Google Transit to enable patrons to get directions on the LakeXpress fixed route system; while a custom-built interactive…

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