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News from around the state of Florida as reported in The Villages, Florida. Stories from around Florida, including Lake, Sumter and Marion counties, as well as areas in north, central, and south Florida. Stories on Villagers’ lives and activities throughout the communities and the state. News for state-wide government, policies, events and happenings.

Umatilla High school student jailed in bizarre plot to have her parents killed

A Umatilla High School student is behind bars after being accused of stealing money from her parents and trying to hire two people to kill them.

Heavily armed Secret Service agents raid Leesburg home on federal warrant

Secret Service agents, Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and Leesburg Police officers swarmed a home in a Leesburg subdivision on Monday morning.

Leesburg Police officer battles flames and pulls man from burning truck after crash

A Leesburg Police officer is being lauded for pulling a man from a burning pickup truck Thursday night after a single-vehicle crash.

Leesburg commissioners revamp city’s Planning and Zoning Commission with new faces

Leesburg commissioners gave the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission a makeover Monday night with three new members and an alternate.

Leesburg Commission blesses plan for SunAir Aviation to expand at airport

Leesburg commissioners approved a plan Monday night that will allow SunAir Aviation to expand its footprint at Leesburg International Airport.

Sumter sheriff seeks help nabbing bandit who stole groceries from Bushnell Wal-Mart

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating a bandit who recently stole items from the Bushnell Wal-Mart.

Lake County sheriff’s deputy indicted on civil rights violations in shooting of unarmed woman

A Lake County sheriff’s deputy resigned Wednesday after being indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice and charged with civil rights offenses.

Leesburg Wawa finally taking shape as building’s steel frame put in place

The Leesburg Wawa is finally taking shape – something area residents have been waiting quite some time to hear.

Lake County sheriff seeks driver who slammed into business and broke waterline

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in nabbing a driver who caused several thousand dollars in damage to a Tavares business earlier this month.

Leesburg Fire Rescue seeks grant for equipment to help firefighters avoid heart disease

Leesburg Fire Rescue is seeking a grant to purchase physical conditioning equipment that will help reduce the risks of associated cardiovascular disease for its firefighters.