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Frustrated Villagers want answers about COVID-19 testing site at the polo fields

Consternation boiled over this week as exasperated Villagers sought answers about the UF Health Coronavirus drive-through testing site at the polo fields.

Letters

Your dog is your responsibility

A Village of Bonnybrook resident urges her fellow Villagers to take responsibility for the dogs.

Amenity fees and the right thing to do

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Fernandina resident offers an idea about what should be done about the collection of amenity fees.

Around Florida

DeSantis vows fixes to online system overwhelmed by unemployment claims

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced plans to rapidly repair the online system Floridians are using to file for unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 crisis.

Obituaries

Richard B. Dodge

As the City of St. Petersburg (FL) administrator, Rick Dodge led the efforts to attract the Salvador Dali Museum, a major league baseball park, and win an expansion franchise, the Tampa Bay Rays.

Health

Singer-songwriter David Olney died onstage of heart attack

The death of singer-songwriter David Olney, who suffered a heart attack and died while performing onstage, reminds us of the value of knowing CPR. Dr. Gabe Mirkin offers his thoughts.

Business

Wal-Mart limiting number of customers inside stores amid COVID-19 outbreak

A major chain store with locations in and around The Villages has made a sweeping change that will impact customers amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

No justice in death of Villager as DUI suspect remains on the run

Lori Dudley
Lori Dudley

This week marks three years since a Villager riding a motorcycle was struck and killed by a hit-and-run suspect.

Lori Dudley, 54, on Aug. 20, 2016 had been riding a motorcycle at U.S. Hwy. 27 and Tally Road in Leesburg when she was struck by a 1997 Saturn station wagon. She later died at Leesburg Regional Medical Center.

The man who had been at the wheel of the Saturn, Jose Omar Azua, was arrested as a result of the crash. However, he posted $35,000 bond and skipped a subsequent court appearance. He hasn’t been seen since.

Dudley had been thrown to the windshield of the vehicle and then rolled to the ground. A witness said the Saturn kept going.

Jose Omar Azua
Jose Omar Azua

When Azua was initially located down the road, he was not in the vehicle. He was talking on a cell phone. He claimed he had not been driving.

An investigator stated that Azua “had the distinct odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath” and that he was “clearly intoxicated.” He would not consent to a blood draw and no witness could specifically place him at the wheel of the Saturn at the scene of the accident. He was released.

Azua voluntarily showed up Aug. 22, 2016 at the Leesburg Police Department. He spoke little English and required an interpreter. Eventually he admitted he had been driving the Saturn, had consumed several beers and indicated he kept going because he “was scared.”

Though he remains on the run, Azua, now 36 years old, continues to face charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. Should he be apprehended, he would almost certainly be returned to Lake County.

Azua has had a number of driving-related offenses in Lake County:

• In December 2011, Azua had been sentenced to probation on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

• In May 2016, he was fined $173 and ordered to attend traffic school after he was cited on a charge of failure to yield to oncoming traffic.

• In May 2014, he was cited when he failed to yield as a pedestrian.

• In September 2011, he was fined after he was ticketed for speeding. He had been ticketed for speeding earlier that year, but was able to attend traffic school to avoid conviction.

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No tee times after 4 p.m. at any golf course in The Villages

Starting Wednesday, April 8, all Championship and Executive Golf Courses will close at 4 p.m. following the last tee time.

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Opinions

Dr. Trump hawks outlandish ideas

Villager Miles Zaremski, writing in an Op-Ed, says Dr. Trump is hawking some outlandish ideas and what hangs in the balance is only our lives.

Crime

Wildwood police seeking help in locating stolen older-model Chevy pickup

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Belleview man popped on multiple drug charges after ramming deputy’s patrol vehicle

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