Mass Shooting Plot at Villages Charter Middle School Foiled

Villages Charter Middle School
January 27, 2017

THE VILLAGES-   Two students that attend the Villages Charter Middle School were arrested on Thursday after officials learned of their plot of a mass shooting at the school. On Tuesday, school officials and the resource officer were notified about a rumor that was circulating through the student body which stated that there was going to be a mass shooting planned by a student at the school and was expected to happen…


Man Arrested After Altercation Leaves Wal-Mart Employee Unconscious

A Lady Lake man was arrested after an altercation with a Wal-Mart employee ends with the employee unconscious on the ground.
January 23, 2017

LEESBURG – A Lady Lake man was arrested Sunday afternoon after an altercation with a Wal-Mart employee left the employee unconscious according to police reports. According to the report, Leesburg Police responded to the Wal-Mart located at 2501 Citrus Boulevard (US Hwy 441) in Leesburg just after 2:30 pm on Sunday in reference to a battery on an employee. When officers arrived, they found the Wal-Mart employee laying on the ground unresponsive….


Man Arrested for Dealing Meth Bonds out, Back in Jail Next Day

December 22, 2016

FRUITLAND PARK – A man who was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine (meth) on Tuesday is back behind bars just one day after posting bail. Shawn Rutig, 32, was arrested Tuesday during a raid on a Fruitland Park home that was believed to have been a chop shop. During the raid, Rutig was arrested and charged with possession of meth, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and possession of…


4 Arrested in Fruitland Park for Meth Dealing and Running a Chop Shop

December 20, 2016

FRUITLAND PARK – Lake County deputies arrested 4 people in Fruitland Park early Tuesday morning after discovering the suspects were using their home as a chop shop and to deal methamphetamine according to a press release. Deputies began their investigation after receiving a call from a Lady Lake woman who stated that her ATV that was stolen was located online being sold at a home on Eagle’s Nest Road in Fruitland…


Man Killed in Deputy Involved Shooting in Fruitland Park

picciola road deputy involved shooting
December 7, 2016

FRUITLAND PARK – One man is dead after an incident that occurred on Picciola Road in Fruitland Park according to deputies. Lake County deputies responded to a hit-and-run call near Fruitland Discount Beverage, a gas station commonly referred to as JR’s by locals. When deputies arrived, witnesses stated that a vehicle crashed into the store and then into another vehicle. The suspect, later identified as  49-year-old Wayne Donald Dorsey, reportedly attempted…


Lake County Hosts Investiture Ceremony for Newly Elected County Commissioners

Lake County officials host investiture ceremony
November 20, 2016

TAVARES – The Lake County Board of County Commissioners will be hosting an investiture ceremony and reception where the newly elected county commissioners will be sworn in. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd at the Lake County Administration Building located at 315 West Main Street in Tavares at 9:00 am in the County Commission Chambers. During the ceremony, re-elected Timothy I. Sullivan (District 1) and newly-elected Wendy R….


Fruitland Park Cafe Owner Passes at 65

Owner of Fruitland Park Cafe passes at 65
November 18, 2016

FRUITLAND PARK – For many that knew Steve Fussell he was a caring, friendly, and generous member of the Fruitland Park community. Fussell passed away in the early morning hours on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Most people knew Steve from his restaurant, Fruitland Park Cafe, owned by him and his wife, Niki. Customers would come and enjoy friendly conversations with him at his restaurant while also…


Lake County Prepares for Hurricane Matthew after Gov. Scott Declares State of Emergency

Hurricane Matthew
October 4, 2016

LAKE COUNTY – Governer Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Matthew which is expected to reach the Florida coastline sometime Thursday night. According to the latest projection shown by, Hurricane Matthew, which is currently a category 4 hurricane, is expected to travel along the East coastline of Florida. Although Matthew is expected to be about 150 miles from shore, heavy rains, winds, and possible flooding are…


Woman Loses Home in Fruitland Park Fire

Fruitland Park Fire Citrus Circle
October 3, 2016

FRUITLAND PARK – Another fire claimed the home of a Fruitland Park woman Monday evening. The blaze started at 3822 Citrus Circle in the county side of Fruitland Park at approximately 6:00 pm. Firefighters from The Villages, Lake County, and Leesburg Fire Departments arrived on scene and quickly got the fire under control but the double-wide mobile home was already lost. According to firefighters, the only occupants in the home at…


Fruitland Park Police to Open New Substation in the Moyer Recreation Center

Fruitland Park Police Substation
September 29, 2016

FRUITLAND PARK – The Fruitland Park Police Department announced that they will be opening their new substation at the Moyer Recreation Center located at 300 Moyer Loop in The Villages. According to a Fruitland Park official, the station will serve as the new office for Lt. Erik Luce as well as several volunteers who will help answer questions from citizens and man the phones to assist callers and direct them to the…