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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.

Woman who stopped for beer jailed after hitting bicyclist near Fenney

Constance Perkins

A woman who stopped for beer was jailed after her car struck a bicyclist in the Village of Fenney area.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday about a vehicle hitting a bicyclist in the vicinity of U.S. 301 and Warm Springs Avenue. A check revealed the bicyclist had been knocked to the roadway and suffered minor injuries. The bicycle sustained about $100 in damage.

Witnesses followed a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Constance Marie Perkins of Ocala as she traveled to a gas station where she purchased two cans of beer and put them into a trunk, according to an arrest report.

Perkins claimed she had not seen the bicyclist and was “unaware” she struck anyone, the report said. The passenger side of her vehicle had about $2,000 in damage.

Perkins’ eyes were “red and watery” and she “smelled strongly” of an alcoholic beverage, the report said.

She struggled through field sobriety exercises and provided breath samples that registered .156 and .145 blood alcohol content.

A check revealed that Perkins is on probation. She had been placed on probation in 2017 after ripping off an 81-year-old patient at The Villages Rehab in Lady Lake. Perkins had been working at the time as a CNA at The Villages Rehab.

She was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. She was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center, where she was being held without bond due to the probation violation.

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

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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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