A Lake County deputy sheriff on patrol late Friday night pulled a vehicle over in Minneola for an improperly lit license tag. Upon pulling the vehicle over, the deputy made contact with the driver, 36-year-old Robert Regan of Groveland, and a 16-year-old female.
The Florida Department of Health in Lake County in collaboration with the Lake County School Board will offer immunizations at the following schools for students who will enter 7th grade in the 2014/2015 school year...
Haley Lazo has been invited to compete in the National American Miss outstanding youth program as a Florida State Finalists. Competing in NAM will give Haley the opportunity to expand her leadership and communication skills on a completely different level than she ever has before. It will also give her an opportunity to be involved with NAM’s community involvement project which donates more than 20,000 children’s books and countless school supplies to local libraries, literacy programs, schools, family shelters all across the nation.
Donald Otis Williams was convicted in 2013 of kidnapping, robbery and the first degree murder of Ms. Janet Patrick of Leesburg. Mr. Williams kidnapped Ms. Patrick from a shopping center, her body was discovered several days later in Polk County.
Bring work gloves and join Lake County Park Rangers in Florida's battle against invasive plants in observance of National Invasive Species Awareness Week from 8:30 -10:30 a.m. March 8 at Lake May Reserve, County Road 44A, Eustis. At approximately 136-acres, Lake May Reserve’s native landscape consists of xeric oak hammock and a mix of upland scrub, pine and hardwood forested areas, features citrus groves and the property’s centerpiece, the 20-acre Lake May.
Lake County will hold a public meeting regarding safety improvements consisting of the design of a roundabout at the intersection of County Road 561 and County Road 455 south of Astatula. The public workshop will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 13 at the Olive Ingram Community Building, 25029 County Road 561, Astatula.
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Lake County Public Safety Department, city of Groveland officials and members of the Groveland Fire Department ceremoniously signed an automatic aid agreement to combine emergency resources on Feb. 24 at Groveland’s Fire Station 94 on Cherry Valley Trail. The goal of the agreement is to speed up emergency response times for residents living in unincorporated Lake County and within the city.
During the early morning hours numerous cars in Lake County were vandalized where windows appear to have been shot out with a BB or pellet gun. Just before 4 am on February 22, 2014 a newspaper delivery person reported seeing several car windows smashed out in the area of Sailfish Ln in Fruitland Park.
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is hosting two free "Closing Your Seasonal Home" programs in March to help residents prepare for long departures.
Shortly after midnight on February 19, 2014 patrol deputies attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle near Walmart in Mount Dora. The vehicle refused to stop and fled to the address of 3684 Cactus Lane Mount Dora. Deputies were able to detain the occupants of the vehicle, Phillip Whitehead, age 54 and Joannie Hammers, age 45. During the investigation deputies discovered items used to manufacture methamphetamine in the suspect’s vehicle.
The Florida Department of Health in Lake County is celebrating 125 years of public health during 2014 with educational and commemorative events. The state Legislature created the State Board of Health on February 20, 1889, in response to a yellow fever epidemic in Jacksonville , and Dr. Joseph Yates Porter from Key West became Florida ’s first State Public Health Officer. Yellow fever in Florida was eradicated in 1905.
The Oakley Big Bass Tour will make a splash in Lake County March 1 - 2 for the Harris Chain Big Bass Classic. Based at the Hickory Point Recreational Facility, 27341 State Road 19, Tavares, the open format tournament will offer amateur anglers the chance to compete for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes during the weekend event.
With a chance of severe weather approaching this evening, the Lake County Public Safety Department would like to remind residents about the importance of owning a battery-powered, tone-alert NOAA weather radio.
The Lake County sheriff’s Cyber Crimes Unit recently concluded a week-long operation in conjunction with other member agencies of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force targeting those seeking children online for sexual activity. The operation, dubbed “Be Mine,” netted 22 arrests as detectives posed as children, or parents of children, in various online chat forums.
Ross Dickinson, Interim Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Lake County has issued a rabies alert for the Leesburg area of Lake County. This is in response to a raccoon which tested positive for rabies on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
All residents and visitors in Lake County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Lake County.
Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Tournament will kick off the season with the first leg of the Florida State Championship on the Harris Chain of Lakes. The two-day event, held on Jan. 24 and 25, is a national qualifier for the 2014 National Championship to take place in September at Lake Washington in Greenville, Miss.
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is hosting an educational program that focuses on improving bone health, reducing the risk of fractures and improving balance. The three-part series called “Build Your Bones,” will be held Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – noon on Jan. 14, 21 and 28 at the Lake County Extension Office, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.
Lake County Property Appraiser Carey Baker is making it easy for new homeowners to save on their property taxes! Baker’s office has released an incredibly simple online tool for new homeowners to file for Homestead Exemption. We say “File for Homestead online today. Save money tomorrow. It’s that easy!” Baker stated. That is also the catch phrase used on the Property Appraiser’s website www.lcpafl.org for directing new homeowners to file using the new online application.