61.9 F
The Villages
Thursday, October 28, 2021

Son of 96-year-old Villager arrested after guns and drugs found in home

William Verticelli

The son of a 96-year-old Villager was arrested after guns and drugs were found stashed in her Village of Palo Alto home.

A month-long investigation by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Squad culminated in the arrest Wednesday afternoon of 64-year-old William John Verticelli and 42-year-old Amy Louise Sizemore.

A search warrant was executed at 3:17 p.m. at the home of Verticelli’s mother at 1949 Palo Alto Ave.

The sheriff’s office had received numerous complaints of suspicious persons, suspicious activity and suspected drug activity.

Methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in the home along with a sawed off/short-barreled Ithaca 37 Featherlight 12-gauge shotgun and a Remington Model 1100 12-gauge shotgun and numerous articles of ammunition. Two more guns, another Ithaca 37 Featherweight 12-gauge shotgun and a lever-action Sears and Roebuck 30-30 rifle were found in a safe along with numerous rounds of ammunition.

1949 Palo Alto Avenue

Also recovered was a Gatorade bottle containing a hardened white substance around the bottom. It appeared it had been used for the manufacturing of methamphetamine, consistent with clandestine laboratory operations. Discovered in a lunchbox were lye, coffee filters, empty baggies, a breathing tube, and a baggie containing a crystal-like substance suspected to be ammonia nitrate. Within the cabinet along the south wall of the garage, a bottle of Rooto (Sulphuric Acid) and a bottle of liquid lightning drain opener were found.

Verticelli was arrested on multiple drug and weapons charges. He was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center on $64,000 bond.

Amy Sizemore

Sizemore, a Summerfield resident, had arrived with Verticelli at the home in a maroon Chevrolet truck. She was found to be wanted on a felony warrant out of Marion County. She was also driving on a suspended license.

Deputies were at the home for more than three hours, witnesses said. Someone was removed from the home on a gurney and neighbors believed it may have been Verticelli’s elderly mother.

Verticelli’s parents bought the home in 1996. His father died in 2001.

Verticelli was arrested this past August after a K-9 alerted on a golf cart in which he had been traveling. He was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. 

In 2015, deputies were forced to taser Verticelli at the Palo Alto postal station. He was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

In 2017, another Village of Palo Alto drug house was raided resulting in several arrests. Law enforcement moved in after an uproar among the neighbors.

More Headlines
Stories in and around The Villages, Florida

The Villages, Florida

Letters to the Editor
Opinions submitted by residents in and around The Villages

Florida’s surgeon general should resign immediately

Florida’s Democratic Party chairman contends the state’s surgeon general should resign immediately.

Do delays at Rialto Theater have something to do with apartments?

A Village of Silver Lake resident who appreciated the short drive over the bridge to see movies at the Rialto Theater, wonders what is happening at the movie theater.

Larry Moran finally got something right

A Village of Virginia Trace resident, in a Letter to the Editor, concedes that Larry Moran was correct about something in a recent submission to the Villages-News.com Opinion page.

Praising Trump is the only thing that unites Republicans

A resident of The Villages, in a Letter to the Editor, contends the only thing uniting Republicans is praising former President Trump or accusing Democrats of being socialists or communists.

Political discussions at swimming pools in The Villages

A Village of Summerhill resident weighs in on the hot topic of political discussions at swimming pools in The Villages.

The Villages, Florida