Joe Biden brings help and headaches to Charlie Crist

News broke on Monday that Joe Biden will head to South Florida on Monday, Oct. 13, to campaign with Charlie Crist — and that’s a mixed bag for the once-and-would-be-future governor of Florida. With November looking like a low turnout election, Crist needs to get out the Democratic base. That won’t be an easy task. […]

New poll has Florida Cabinet incumbents running over Democratic rivals

All three Republicans holding Florida Cabinet offices — Attorney General Pam Bondi, CFO Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — enjoy big leads over their opponents, according to a Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) survey out Monday. In the attorney general’s race, the Florida Chamber of Commerce-affiliated poll shows Bondi with a commanding lead […]

Allen West returns to Florida politics, backs Curbelo against Garcia

At an event in Washington, D.C., on Monday, former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., announced he was backing Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, the Republican nominee running against U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., in November while the Democrats fired away. West, a favorite of the tea party movement who has left the door open […]

Amendment 2 fight moves to Florida airwaves

With five weeks to go until the general election, the battle over medical marijuana turned to Florida’s airwaves on Monday as proponents and opponents of Amendment 2 launched new TV ads. Amendment 2, which needs 60 percent support on the November ballot to be added to the Florida Constitution, expands medical marijuana usage in the […]

South Lake High School, Clermont Middle School evacuated after bomb threat

Bomb threats Monday morning forced the evacuation of South Lake High School iand Clermont Middle School. Students were moved to the football field while Lake County deputies conduct their search. “At approximately 8:15 our office was notified that a bomb threat had been called in to South Lake High School. Currently our deputies (including School Resource and Patrol) […]

21-year-old Clermont man killed in Lake County accident

A 21-year-old Clermont man was killed in an accident at 2 a.m. Saturday in Lake County. Markie Conley was a passenger in a car driven by 21-year-old Stanley Evans of Groveland. Evans’ Nissan Altima was traveling northbound on Lee Road approaching the intersection of State 50 when the accident occurred, according to a report from the Florida Highway […]

Suspect apprehended in shooting at Ocala liquor store

Benson Kinney

A 49-year-old man is being held at the Alachua County Jail, suspected of gunning down a man Friday at an Ocala liquor store. Police were called at 6:45 p.m. Friday to A & A Discount Beverage at 2331 NW 10th St. in Ocala. Ezekiel Tuggerson, 27, was fatally wounded. He was transported to Munroe Regional […]

Ocala mother arrested after child riding in pickup bed injured

Wendy Cauchi

An 8-year-old child suffered serious injuries Thursday afternoon while riding in the bed of a pickup truck driven by the child’s mother. Wendy Lynn Cauchi, 37, of Ocala is facing a charges of driving under the influence and DUI with property damage and serious bodily injury as a result of the accident which happened at […]