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The Villages alleges rogue salespeople stole customer information

The Villages is alleging salespeople who went rogue still have sensitive spreadsheets containing customer information important to the highly successful sales arm of Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Letters

If we don’t follow the rules The Villages will look like tacky town

A Villager contends that if we don’t follow the rules The Villages will look like “tacky town.” Read her Letter to the Editor.

Villager troubled by email from ARC member

A Village of St. James resident, in a Letter to the Editor, says he is troubled by an email from a member of the Architectural Review Committee.

Around Florida

Leesburg firefighters honored for life-saving efforts on teenager injured in vehicle crash

Two Leesburg firefighters have been honored by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children with a 2019 Life Saving Award.

Obituaries

Edward Irving Heath

Ed Heath was a member of Kiwanis and served as president of chapters in Maryland and Maine before retiring and moving to Del Webb Spruce Creek Golf and Country Club in Summerfield.

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

‘Rides of March’ car show coming to Phillips Buick GMC

The second annual "Rides of March" car show is coming to Phillips Buick GMC next week.

Suspect arrested in theft of nearly $57,000 from Fenney Grill in The Villages

A suspect has been arrested in the theft of nearly $57,000 from the Fenney Grill in The Villages.

Eric Simanton, 36, was arrested Tuesday on three felony counts of fraud and larceny in a case in which he claimed he was trying to salvage his failed marriage.

The Fenney Grill

Eric Simanton

Last year, Simanton obtained the payroll checking account number from the only restaurant at the far southern end of The Villages and used it to siphon $56,910.88 from the restaurant’s bank account through a series of more than 300 transactions, according to an arrest report from the Wildwood Police Department. During a recorded interview with a detective, Simanton admitted he had used the money to pay household bills, insurance, electricity and credit cards. He said he knew it was wrong and did so to stay in a “failed marriage.”

Last year, Simanton and his wife divorced, according to documents on file in Marion County Court. That same year, he was also the subject of a missing person’s bulletin issued in 2019 by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Eric Simanton last year had been the subject of a missing person investigation.

In addition, Simaton was arrested last year when he allegedly tried to pass a bogus check in the purchase of a home in Marion County. Simanton told law enforcement at the time he had attempted to buy the house to “impress” his ex-wife and he was doing “everything to stall (her) from leaving him,” according to an arrest report.

Simanton was arrested when he was 21 in Orlando when he tried to pass a fraudulent check for more than $1 million. At the time, he claimed he was a member of the wealthy Johnson & Johnson family.

Simanton was booked Tuesday on $55,000 bond at the Sumter County Detention Center.

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The Villages alleges rogue salespeople stole customer information

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Villagers’ son arrested after allegedly exposing his sexual organs near school bus stop

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