Florida Highway Patrol warning aggressive drivers to think twice

Through March 9, the Florida Highway Patrol commercial vehicle enforcement troopers will be taking part in the safety campaign Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT). The campaign seeks to educate motorists about the dangers of aggressive driving around large trucks and reducing commercial motor vehicle related crashes. To keep motorists safe on Florida roads, Troopers […]

Deltona woman killed when vehicle leaves I-4 and strikes tree

A Deltona woman was killed early Wednesday when her vehicle left Interstate 4 and struck a tree in Seminole County. Vanessa Rivera, 29, was driving a 2001 two-door Acura east on I-4, in the area of Mile Marker 96, but failed to maintain a single lane, according to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report. Rivera crossed […]

McDonald’s in Marion County forced to shut down after eight flies discovered in food preparation area

A McDonald’s restaurant was forced to temporarily shut down last week after eight flies were discovered in the food preparation area. McDonald’s on Williams Street in Dunnellon was shut down on Feb. 15 after an inspector found three high-priority violations at the restaurant, according to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. “Stop Sale […]

Dunnellon High School teacher arrested after allegedly inappropriately touching student

Chester Pacana

Marion County Sheriff’s Office detectives on Monday arrested 34-year-old Chester Pacana for lewd and lascivious molestation on a student at Dunnellon High School. A 15-year-old female victim reported the offense to the assistant principal who relayed the information to the MCSO School Resource Officer on campus. The victim told authorities that Pacana had inappropriately touched […]

Brandon woman claims $1 million Florida Lottery prize from scratch-off

The Florida Lottery announced Monday that Deborah Harvey, 65, of Brandon, has claimed a $1 million prize in the $5,000,000 “Gold Rush Doubler” Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. Harvey chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $745,000.00. She purchased her winning ticket from Publix, located at 3461 Lithia Pinecrest Road in […]

Dunnellon man dies in three-car crash in Citrus County

A Dunnellon man died Sunday evening in a three-car crash in Citrus County. Matthew Canning, 29, of Inverness was driving a 2000 Jeep Cherokee northbound in U.S. 19 in the inside lane south of West Arber Court, while 45-year-old Albert Funari Jr. of Dunnellon was driving a 2004 Nissan Xterra northbound on U.S. 19 in […]

Land O’ Lakes woman killed when vehicle leaves I-75 and hits tree

A Land O’ Lakes woman was killed Saturday evening when her vehicle left Interstate 75 and hit a tree in Hillsborough County. Kimberley Sue Fish, 45, was driving a 2016 Chevy SUV northbound on I-75 north of Valroy Road when for reasons unknown, her vehicle departed the roadway onto the outside shoulder and collided with […]

President Donald Trump to hold rally in Florida this weekend

President Donald Trump is coming to the Sunshine State this weekend. He will appear at a rally that begins at 5 p.m. Saturday in the AeroMod International hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport. Doors will open at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule. People seeking the free tickets are asked to provide their name, cellphone […]

Deputies arrest suspect in armed robbery at McDonald’s in Bushnell

George Preston Brown IV

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies arrested one of the suspects involved in an armed robbery Wednesday night at McDonald’s in Bushnell. At 11:45 p.m., Sumter County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a McDonald’s located at 2195 W County Road 48, where an armed robbery had occurred. The victims stated two suspects approached three clerks, who were outside on a […]