• Car theft suspect found sleeping in vehicle
  • Leesburg man arrested in weekend bank robbery
  • Umatilla tornado confirmed by National Weather Service
  • Three suspects charged in string of vehicle burglaries
  • Water distribution site is open for Astor residents beginning today

Car theft suspect found sleeping in vehicle

APOPKA, Fla. – After finding a stolen vehicle on Saturday, police reportedly didn’t have to look far for the suspect. Jonthan Virgilio Serrano, of Orlando, was charged with grand theft auto shortly after Eustis police reportedly found him sleeping in the car. According to an arrest affidavit, an official at Dealer Services in Apopka reported that sometime during Hurricane Irma, someone broke into the dealership and stole two vehicles as…

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Leesburg man arrested in weekend bank robbery

LADY LAKE, Fla. – Police apparently didn’t believe a bank robbery suspect’s story that the money in his wallet had come from gambling at a casino. Brandon Jerome Hooks, 33, of Leesburg, was charged Sunday with robbery after Leesburg police said they determined he was the man who held up a Wells Fargo in Lady Lake the day before. According to an arrest affidavit, an unknown man walked into the…

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Umatilla tornado confirmed by National Weather Service

UMATILLA — Police Chief Adam Bolton said he knew it was a tornado that tore through his city Sunday – leaving damaged rooftops of Umatilla Inn and Umatilla Elementary School among its destruction. But on Friday, his suspicions were confirmed. According to a press release issued by Lake County spokeswoman Elisha Pappacoda on Friday, the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado, with estimated peak winds from 95-100 mph, formed…

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Three suspects charged in string of vehicle burglaries

CLERMONT – Three suspects dressed in all black and carrying backpacks were arrested early Friday morning after police reportedly discovered the trio had burglarized several vehicles in Clermont. According to a Clermont police press release, officers responded to the area of Verde Ridge about 3:25 a.m. to a “suspicious persons” call of a group fitting the description and walking in the neighborhood. Clermont police Sgt. Shane Strickland said the three…

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Water distribution site is open for Astor residents beginning today

TAVARES — Lake County has opened a point of distribution for water for Astor residents at the Astor Boat Ramp, 55400 Butler St. until 7 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. tomorrow. The limit is one case of water per household. Water is for Astor residents only; identification may be required. Ice is not available. A voluntary evacuation order remains in effect for the Astor and Lake George…

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Lake County Firefighters Rescue Astor Residents and Pets

ASTOR, Fla. – Lake County firefighters rescued two Astor residents and their pets after they became trapped in their home due to flooding. The residents, who were under a volutanry evacuation, decided to try to weather out the storm at home with their dogs. The firefighters managed to rescue the couple and their dogs and safely take them to a shelter for Astor residents. The images taken of the incident…

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Sumter suspects charged with burglary during ‘state of emergency’

WEBSTER, Fla. – Two suspects accused of kicking in the door of a Sumter County home Tuesday evening to steal hurricane supplies were arrested on charges of burglary during a “state of emergency.” Ricky Aron Bentley, 35, and Kassandra Michelle Stewart, 25, both of Bushnell, also were charged with property damage. According to an arrest affidavit, Sumter County sheriff’s deputies responded to 72 County Road 663 in Webster just before…

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SWAT arrest armed Leesburg man after 5-hour standoff

LEESBURG, Fla. — An armed Leesburg man was arrested Tuesday after barricading himself for about 5 hours from law enforcement. Charles Stanley Byers, 57, reportedly had pointed a gun at his employer, which sparked the standoff, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Byers was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and resisting arrest. According to an arrest affidavit, the victim told deputies he was driving beside the airport…

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DCF Announces Release of Food Stamp Benefits Within 48 Hours for Hurricane Irma Preparation

FLORIDA – The Department of Children and Families announced on Wednesday it will be releasing food stamp benefits early to help benefit recipients prepare for Hurricane Irma. “Attention: To help families prepare for Hurricane Irma, SNAP benefits for the month of September will be released within 48 hours for customers who have not already received them.” The statement above was posted on the Department’s website Wednesday. Florida residents who have not received…

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DCF Monitoring Hurricane Irma to Determine Early Release of Food Stamp Benefits

FLORIDA – While Hurricane Irma makes her wy toward the Sunshine State, many residents are struggling to prepare by stocking up on water and non-perishable foods. However, some residents who rely on Food Stamps are wondering if their benefits will be released early as DCF did last year during Hurricane Matthew. The Department of Children and Families website announced in a notice that there has not been a decision whether…

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