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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Villager arrested after dispute with neighbor over dogs in Village of Pennecamp

Lori Jo Matthews

A 60-year-old Villager was arrested after allegedly barking at her neighbor’s dogs in a dispute in the Village of Pennecamp.

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies were called Sunday afternoon to Horizon Run after Lori Jo Matthews began barking at her neighbor’s dogs who had been let outside to relieve themselves, according to an arrest report. Matthews then entered the dog owner’s property and began yelling at her about the dogs, the report indicated. Matthews allegedly slapped the woman after she was told to leave the property.

Matthews, who appeared to have been drinking, denied involvement in the incident. She attempted to enter her lanai as deputies were speaking to her. She refused to obey deputies’ commands and resisted arrest. Deputies were forced to take her to the floor of the lanai where she was handcuffed. An ambulance was called to the scene to medically clear her.

She was arrested on charges of battery and resisting arrest. She was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center on $2,000 bond.

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