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…


Man Responsible for Killing Family in 2015 Lake County Accident Finally Arrested

July 21, 2017

PALM BEACH, Fla. – A man who was responsible for three deaths in Lake County back in 2015 has finally been caught and arrested according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release. Troopers arrested 26-year-old James Geoffrey Dameron when he attempted to flee from troopers on the Florida Turnpike in Palm Beach County on Tuesday. Troopers and Seminole County Deputies located Dameron traveling southbound on the Turnpike in a white Mercedes SUV…


Troopers Arrest Twins with Stolen Car and Identities

June 8, 2017

LAKE CITY, Fla. – Troopers arrested twins after spotting a stolen vehicle in the Busy Bee Gas Station parking lot Tuesday afternoon and found more than just a stolen vehicle. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, a Trooper spotted a vehicle in the Busy Bee parking lot located at 4772 US 41 that matched the description of a vehicle that had been reported stolen on May 30 out of Ft….


Lake County Emergency Management urges residents to prepare for a busy hurricane season

June 2, 2017

TAVARES — Officials predict an above-average hurricane season this year, and Lake County Emergency Management is reminding residents to take steps now to help keep their families safe during severe weather. The National Hurricane Center forecasts between 11 and 17 named Atlantic storms and five to nine hurricanes, with four being major, developing from June through November. “This year’s hurricane activity is expected to be higher than usual, and we…


Troopers Search for Hit-and-Run Suspect in Citrus County

March 21, 2017

CRYSTAL RIVER – Troopers are searching for a suspect involved in a hit-and-run incident which left a Homosassa man in serious condition Monday night according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. The victim, identified as 19-year-old Philip Studnicka, was walking eastbound in the bicycle lane on West Fort island Trail near US Highway 19 when he was struck from behind by a vehicle, the report stated. The vehicle did not…


Pedestrian Killed on Hwy 441 After Being Struck by Vehicle

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January 20, 2017

OCALA – A pedestrian was pronounced dead after being struck by a vehicle Thursday afternoon on US Highway 441 in Ocala according to a  Florida Highway Patrol report. According to the report, 28-year-old Christopher Wright was walking in the southbound lane of Highway 441 in the direct path of oncoming traffic when 33-year-old Grace Baker was traveling southbound in her 2016 Mada CX-9. Baker was unable to see Wright in time…


Annual tree giveaway to be held in honor of Arbor Day

January 5, 2017

TAVARES — In honor of Arbor Day, the Lake Soil & Water Conservation District is giving away bare-root tree seedlings at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. The event, held in partnership with the Florida Forest Service, will be hosted at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Center Discovery Gardens Classroom, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. Available tree varieties will include Dahoon…


Man Arrested After Kidnapping a Lyft Driver

January 3, 2017

ORLANDO – Troopers arrested a man after allegedly kidnapping a Lyft driver against her will early Tuesday morning according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. FHP Trooper Franco reported that they were driving out of the parking lot of the FHP station near Semoran Boulevard and Kalmia Drive when a car approached and a woman exited the vehicle stating that she was a Lyft driver and was in fear for her life. According to…