Naked man with marijuana arrested in Village of Mallory Square


A naked man with marijuana and drug paraphernalia was arrested Wednesday night in the Village of Mallory Square. Sumter County sheriff’s deputies went to a home in the 400 block of Monetta Lane at 7:23 p.m. to serve a warrant on 19-year-old Kevin Lynn Bailey. When deputies arrived, Bailey was naked. When they escorted him […]

Sumter County expected to welcome 3,000 new residents next year


For the 12th consecutive year, Sumter County commissioners approved a budget with a property tax rate less than or equal to the rollback rate. They adopted a $202-million budget Tuesday night for 2016-17 with a property tax rate of $5.59 per $1,000 assessed valuation. The budget is about 5.5 percent less than last year’s budget […]

Second suspect tracked down in drugging, sexual assault of woman

William Lolley

A second man has been arrested in the weekend drugging and sexual assault that sent a local woman to Leesburg Regional Medical Center. William RC Lolley, 29, of Oxford, was arrested Tuesday by Sumter County sheriff’s deputies on charges of aggravated battery and larceny. He was released Wednesday morning on $10,500 bond. Previously arrested in […]

Banned Villager arrested on warrant after showing up at entertainment office

Richard Hendricks

A 79-year-old Villager banned from all Villages’ facilities was arrested on a warrant Wednesday morning after an unwanted appearance at The Villages Entertainment Department office. Richard Hendricks was taken into custody at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Annex at Morse Boulevard and County Road 466. Hendricks, already arrested four times this year in Lake County […]

Trailer stolen from Orange Blossom Opry

The Orange Blossom Opry entertainment venue in Weirsdale.

A trailer valued at $2,000 was stolen sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning from the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale. Roger Beyers, of Beyers Funeral Home, recently bought the trailer from a Villager, but the trailer was still in the Villager’s name as the transfer hadn’t been processed, according to an incident report from […]