Lady Lake Citations April 10-14, 2014

• Kristie Lynne Mattieu, 19, was ticketed on a charge of equipment violation, at 5:20 a.m. April 13 at U.S. Hwy. 27/441at Hartsock Sawmill Road. • Susan Yvonne Taylor, 56, was ticketed on a charge of no proof of insurance at 9:20 p.m. April 11 at U.S. Hwy. 27/441 at E. Hermosa St. • Luke S. Rado, 71,was ticketed on a charge of no registration … [Read more...]

Driver ticketed after accident in Publix parking lot

A Villager was ticketed on a charge of improper backing after an accident at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Publix on Bichara Boulevard in The Villages. Philip J. Colca, 70, was cited after his car began backing out of the parking space entering the travel lane and failed to see a vehicle driven by Robert Andrews of Lady Lake. Colca's vehicle struck … [Read more...]

Fruitland Park man caught with $38,000 in car after high-speed chase

Jason Champt

Jason Champt, 27, of Fruitland Park, and Eliott Graham, 34, of Leesburg, were arrested just after 8 p.m., Wednesday along NW 27th Avenue in Ocala. Champt was driving and Graham was the passenger. Discovered in their car was $38,000 in cash, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Champt, apparently, changed lanes without using a turn … [Read more...]

Wildwood man behind bars after chase at speeds up to 130 mph

Travis Weaver

Travis Weaver, 31, of Wildwood, will face one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer; one count of driving while license suspended, revoked, canceled, or disqualified; and one count of driving under the influence. Weaver was booked into the Marion County Jail at 5:10 a.m. Thursday. The incident started when a deputy saw … [Read more...]

Wildwood man arrested for eluding police

A 22-year-old Wildwood man was arrested by Fruitland Park police Saturday on a felony charge of fleeing or attempting to elude police officers. Dennis Lee Yerber Jr. was driving 60 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to the arrest report. When the police officer activated his lights, Yerber did not stop. When he finally pulled over, Yerber told … [Read more...]

Fruitland Park man charged with marijuana possession

Justin Langley

A 20-year-old Fruitland Park man was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia on Sunday. The arrest was made by Fruitland Park police at Grays Airport Road and U.S. Hwy. 27/441. Justin P. Langley was driving a truck when he was pulled over by police officers. During the traffic … [Read more...]

Man arrested for driving while license suspended

Gregory Martin

Fruitland Park police arrested a 31-year-old Howey In the Hills man at 3:55 p.m. Monday on a charge of driving while license suspended. Gregory Martin was arrested at U.S. Hwy. 27/441 and Eagles Nest Road. He was transported to the Lake County Jail and issued a court date of April 30. … [Read more...]

Villager charged with not paying for taxi ride

Kevin Joseph Boudreau

A 35-year-old Villager was arrested after he allegedly would not pay a taxi driver after getting a ride home from a Leesburg bar. Kevin Joseph Boudreau got a ride to the Crestwood Villages in The Village of Duval from A-1 Taxi at 2 a.m. Friday from Jesse Black's Saloon in Leesburg, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff's … [Read more...]

Villager charged with taking items from Beall’s

A Villager was arrested on a shoplifting charge after allegedly taking items from Beall's Department Store at 3659 Wedgwood Lane in The Villages. The incident happened Sunday afternoon. Daniela Ceracche, 62, allegedly attempted to take $188 worth of items from the store without paying for them, according to the arrest report from the Sumter … [Read more...]

Ocala police arrest woman who entered Publix without pants

Ocala police looking for woman who entered Publix without pants

A woman wearing no pants who entered an Ocala Publix last week has been arrested. Desiree Taylor, 35, was arrested Monday at her Ocala apartment complex. The incident took place at about 2 p.m. April 8 at the Publix at 5400 SW College Road in Ocala. Watch the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RGJQ7fFYFc The store manager … [Read more...]

Belleview man arrested on animal cruelty charge after dog fight

Wayne Gibson

Wayne Gibson, 35, of Belleview, was arrested by Marion County sheriff's deputies around 9:30 p.m. Friday, along S.E. 116th Street in Belleview. Witnesses say Gibson was walking his pit bull on a leash. Gibson made his way to a backyard that’s about a three minute walk from his residence. Witnesses say Gibson let go of the leash and ordered the … [Read more...]

Couple arrested on drug charges with three-year-old in back seat

Christina Eliscard

A Lady Lake man and Leesburg woman were arrested Thursday afternoon on drug charges while a three-year-old child was in the back seat of their vehicle. Florida Highway Patrol pulled over a bright pink Chevrolet truck at 1:52 p.m. on State Road 44 approximately 1.5 miles east of State Road 93. The vehicle was clocked at 69 miles per hour in a 60 … [Read more...]

26-year-old in golf cart arrested in Villages on drunk driving charge

Timothy Brian Harper

A 26-year-old from Maryland was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving under the influence in a golf cart. Timothy Brian Harper of Hagerstown, Md. was arrested after he was spotted in a golf cart at 2:50 a.m. on Morse Boulevard at Madero Drive, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. The report indicated … [Read more...]

Woman arrested in theft of nearly $2,000 in items from Belk

Susan Cortis

A 56-year-old Michigan woman was arrested on a charge of grand theft after allegedly taking nearly $2,000 worth of items from Belk on Bichara Boulevard in The Villages. Susan Carol Cortis of Chesterfield, Mich. is accused of stealing purses, cosmetics, sunglasses and other items from the store Wednesday afternoon, according to a Lady Lake police … [Read more...]

Wildwood man arrested on charges of trespass, resisting arrest

Lyndon Ford

A 25-year-old Wildwood man was arrested on charges of trespass and resisting a law enforcement officer Monday morning. Lyndon Antwan Ford was at a property on Dade Avenue in Bushnell which he was forbidden to be at, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.  When a deputy arrived at the scene, Ford acknowledged that … [Read more...]