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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Clermont Home Invasion Suspects Arrested After One Dies

July 31, 2017

CLERMONT, Fla. — Officials have identified the 22-year-old suspect shot by a tenant during an armed home invasion Sunday morning. Aswad Emmanuel Velazquez of Sanford died at Celebration Hospital in Kissimmee, shortly after he was taken there by his three co-suspects, said Sgt. Fred Jones on Monday, a spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Isiah Velazquez, 19, who is Aswad Velazquez’s brother, as well as Tareak Ilarreza, 18, and Lawrence Omar Alexis, 22,…

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Lake County Animal Shelter to open Sundays for adoptions beginning in August

July 31, 2017

TAVARES — In an effort to continue the Lake County Animal Shelter’s upswing in adoptions, the shelter will be open on Sundays for adoptions only beginning Aug. 6. Located at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, the shelter’s Sunday hours will be 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., staffed mainly by dedicated volunteers. “Increasing hours in just one of the many ways we are working to make visiting the shelter a more pleasant and…

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Lake County Transit announces changes to Route 1 service in Leesburg

July 31, 2017

TAVARES — To improve public bus service at key locations in Leesburg, Lake County Transit is announcing service enhancements to its LakeXpress Route 1. Route 1 Eastbound Leesburg Regional Medical Center is now a timed point location. Bus drivers will remain at the stop to pick up passengers and depart at the scheduled time. Route 1 Eastbound and Westbound Passengers will benefit from a reduced arrival and departure time at Lake-Sumter…

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Park-goers invited to explore Ellis Acres Reserve and other parklands in August

July 25, 2017

PAISLEY, Fla. — Lake County Parks & Trails is offering free, guided events during the month of August, many of which highlight the unique natural resources of Ellis Acres Reserve in Paisley. The property encompasses nearly the entire western shoreline of Lake Akron and lands west to County Road 42. Many species of wildlife have been observed at the site including the Florida black bear, sandhill crane, white-tailed deer, Sherman’s fox…

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Fourth Man Arrested in Connection to Biker Gang Shooting During Bikefest

July 24, 2017

NAPLES, Fla. – The fourth man suspected of being involved in a shooting that occurred during the Leesburg Bikefest that ended in the death of David Donovan earlier this year was located and is now in custody according to a Leesburg Police Department report. The Lake County State Attorney’s office issued an arrest warrant for four suspects, reportedly believed to be members of The Outlaws motorcycle club, after the suspects were allegedly…

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HS/SPCA of Sumter In Need of Cat and Kitten Food Donations

July 22, 2017

LAKE PANASOFFKEE, Fla. – The Humane Society/SPCA is urgently requesting support from its community with donations of dry cat and kitten food and canned food for the increasing number of rescued cat and kittens in addition to supporting their “Kibbles” pet food assistance program. This program currently helps feed approximately 175 felines of eligible low-income families throughout Sumter County. Financial contributions can also easily be made by check or securely at hsspca.org….

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