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Monday, April 19, 2021

Summerfield man spotted talking to himself at closed grocery store jailed

Michael Amico

A Summerfield man was jailed Sunday night after he was spotted talking to himself as he walked through the parking lot of the Pedro Grocery Store.

Sheriff’s deputies made contact with 26-year-old Michael Philip Amico at the store, located at 16460 County Road 475. He at first appeared to be getting upset but then spontaneously uttered that he had “a point of heroin” on him, a sheriff’s office report states.

Amico agreed to let deputies search him and they located a small plastic bag containing a brown powdery substance that field-tested positive for heroin. The bag containing the drug weighed .5 grams, the report says.

Amico, who lives at 1810 S.E. 178th Lane in Summerfield, was transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. He was being held on $5,000 bond and his next court date hasn’t yet been set, jail records show.

Proposal could end firefighters’ response to medical calls in The Villages

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Newly opened pizzeria traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy

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Community Standards counts on residents to report violations in The Villages

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Proposal could end firefighters’ response to medical calls in The Villages

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Newly opened pizzeria traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy

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Villager facing charge of restroom peeping loses round in court

A Village of Chitty Chatty man accused of peeping in a public restroom lost a round last week in Sumter County Court.

Opening date announced for barbecue restaurant at Magnolia Plaza 

An opening date has been announced for a new barbecue restaurant coming to Magnolia Plaza in The Villages.

Convicted sexual predator takes up residence in Village of Alhambra

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Get the facts right on server shortages at restaurants

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Great article on the labor shortage at restaurants in The Villages

An Ocala reader, in a Letter to the Editor, points out that the restaurants in the area aren’t the only businesses dealing with staffing shortages.

Greta Thunberg will testify in Congress on Earth Day

In a Letter to the Editor, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Chapter-The Villages expresses excitement about Greta Thunberg’s upcoming testimony before Congress.