Tavares man charged with DUI manslaughter

August 9, 2017

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

August 6, 2017

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

August 5, 2017

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

August 4, 2017

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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Leesburg Woman Arrested for Grand Theft After Stealing Scratch Off Tickets

August 4, 2017

LEESBURG, Fla. – A former Circle K employee was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a manager discovered that she had taken several scratch-off tickets without initially paying for them and using the winnings to pay for the tickets later. Leesburg Police responded to the Circle K located at 900 S. 14th St. shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday in response to the complaint. A store manager told officers that while watching security footage…

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Sumter County Humane Society Hosts “Adopt One, Save Two” Event

August 4, 2017

LAKE PANASOFFKEE, Fla. – When you adopt one pet you are really saving two – the pet you adopted and the one that takes its place in the shelter. The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County is striving to reach a goal of 1100 animals rescued this year by August 19. Why August 19? It’s “International Homeless Pet Day,” a day intended to raise awareness of the plight of homeless and abandoned animals….

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Plea Deal Made in Armed Robbery Case, Suspects Now Set for Murder Trial

August 3, 2017

EUSTIS, Fla. –   On Wednesday, prosecutors decided not to try one suspect and made a plea deal with another in an armed robbery case from last year in which they tried to rob the victim of his medication. But the two suspects, Nikko Brown, 20, and Devante Allen, 24, still face murder charges in a separate shooting death. In the plea deals made at the Lake County courthouse, according…

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Eustis man found not guilty in rape of autisic child

August 2, 2017

TAVARES, Fla. — A Lake County jury apparently believed a Eustis man had nothing to do with blood found in the diaper of a 4-year-old autistic child he was changing last year. Or least there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him. Ronald Justin Howard walked out of his sexual battery trial late Tuesday a free man after jurors found him not guilty. Howard, 25, could have faced life in prison without…

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