Two teens critically injured in collision in Citrus County

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Two teens were critically injured in a collision Monday evening in Citrus County. Sean Baxter, 19, of Inverness was driving a Ford pickup truck northbound on U.S. 41 approaching East Live Oak Lane, while Daniel Leahan, 57, of Deland was behind the wheel of a Chevy pickup truck that was stopped in traffic in the center […]

Driver dies after being ejected from vehicle on I-75

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A driver died early Monday after being ejected from his vehicle on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County. Michael Eric Wedden, 47, of Gibsonton was driving a 2004 Jeep Wrangler northbound on I-75 near milepost 240 when his vehicle departed the roadway for unknown reasons, according to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report. The vehicle overturned on the […]

27-year-old passenger dies in Lake County crash

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A 27-year-old passenger died Sunday morning following a car crash in Lake County. Lauren Luckie, 26, of Deland was driving a 2007 Honda SUV eastbound on State Road 44, while 57-year-old Steven Lamar of Deland was driving a 2008 Hyundai westbound on SR- 44, according to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report. For an unknown […]

Gov. Scott announces two license-free fishing weekends in June

Fishing buddies at Lake Miona in The Villages

Gov. Rick Scott has announced that June 3 and 4 will be a license-free saltwater fishing weekend, and June 10 and 11 will be a license-free freshwater fishing weekend for Florida residents and visitors. On these weekends, a fishing license is not required. “License-free fishing weekends are the perfect opportunity for Floridians and visitors to […]

Child discovered when sheriff’s deputies bust drug house in Tavares

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Detectives with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Bureau concluded a two-month investigation Friday morning when they served a search warrant on a suspected drug home in Tavares. Detectives, with assistance from the Tavares Police Department, initiated the investigation in March after receiving numerous complaints from citizens in the area who suspected that drugs […]

Heavy equipment damaged by vandal at On Top of The World

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Heavy equipment owned by a construction company was damaged by a vandal at On Top of The World retirement community in Ocala. When an employee of Grady Construction arrived for a job Wednesday morning at On Top of The World, he discovered the damage to a front-end loader. The seat was slashed and two gauges […]

Lake County continues budget workshops in June

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The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is continuing its budget workshops for Fiscal Year 2018 on various topics related to governmental operations. The following budget workshops have been scheduled for the month of June, but are subject to change: Tuesday, June 6 o   Economic Growth o   Public Works  • Tuesday, June 20 o   Budget […]

Gov. Scott signs legislation to cut $180 million in taxes

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Gov. Rick Scott this week signed HB 7109, which cuts taxes by $180 million for Florida families and businesses. This brings the total amount of taxes cut since Governor Scott has been in office to more than $6.7 billion. “I’m proud to sign this legislation today that cuts more than $180 million in taxes for […]