Woman arrested in raid at home in The Villages lands back behind bars

Amy Sizemore

A woman arrested earlier this year during a raid at the home of a 96-year-old woman in The Villages has landed back behind bars.

Amy Louise Sizemore, 42, was booked Monday at the Sumter County Detention Center on a warrant charging her with failure to appear.

She had been at the wheel of a maroon truck April 10 when she and a passenger, 64-year-old William John Verticelli, arrived at his mother’s home at 1949 Palo Alto Ave., in the Village of Palo Alto.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Squad had been looking into suspicious activity at the home and that day found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia 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.

William Verticelli

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 charges that day and has since been lodged without bond at the Sumter County Detention Center.

He has a lengthy criminal history which includes an arrest last year 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.