Local News

  • Four arrested for theft

    Sumter sheriff’s deputies arrested four men in connection with the theft of 2007 Honda motorcycle and an enclosed trailer from Hernando County. On May 1, at approximately 11 a.m. sheriff’s deputies were investigating a burglary complaint in the 4100 block of C.R. 721 in Webster. During that investigation, information was developed that the stolen property from this burglary as well other stolen property may be at 3882 S.E. 108th Lane Webster.

  • Save a drop

    Tadpole legs were popping out, butterflies were flying around and children were squealing last Friday at Webster Elementary School for Save-A-Drop Day.
    Teachers Lynn Thomas and Peggy Furtado spent the day moving from group to group as students worked at various outdoor stations, participating in the annual educational day.

  • Police: Woman had sex with youth

    A Webster woman was arrested last week for having sex with a 17-year-old boy.
    Melanie K. Cornell, 34, was arrested April 27 by sheriff’s deputies and charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
    The victim is a youth whom Ms. Cornell had befriended, according to a sheriff’s office report. The sexual contact occurred at her Webster residence and was discovered after the victim’s mother found suspicious text messages between the two on a cellular phone.

  • DEP arrests 3 for illegally dumping hundreds of tires

    Following a three-month investigation, the operators of a former waste tire hauling business south of Webster were arrested last week by state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officers for illegally dumping hundreds of tires.
    Cecil Creech Sr., 37, Bushnell, Charles Steven Creech, 40, Webster, and Lori Ann Creech, 39, of Georgia, were each charged with littering – commercial dumping under the Florida Litter Law, according to a DEP arrest report. Charles Steven Creech was additionally charged with resisting or obstructing an officer without violence.

  • County may restrict newspaper sales

    County Administrator Bradley Arnold recently asked commissioners for their input on how to limit access to newspapers and other publications in county buildings and properties.
    County staff produced written options that include limiting what newspaper or newspapers can be sold on county properties or banning newspaper sales altogether. Newspaper restrictions apply to “free” newspapers and paid publications that are for profit, according to Arnold.

  • SCARC funding cuts reversed

    SCARC, Inc., a Sumter County agency providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities recently dodged a financial bullet aimed at cutting “provider funding” when the governor and lawmakers agreed to fund a $30 million fiscal-year deficit in the state’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) budget.

  • Crime victims remembered

    The names flashed across the screen – there was Joyce Bullock, Adrian Mobley, Laura Vickers and dozens of others, all victims of homicide, vehicular homicide, domestic violence or some other tragic crime.
    And all were being honored last week at the annual Victims’ Rights Ceremony for 2011.
    This year’s event was moved from in front of the historical Sumter County Courthouse into the training room of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Administration building in Bushnell.

  • Mom gets prison sentence

    A Lake Panasoffkee woman last week was sentenced to four years in prison for lewd and lascivious battery on a 14-year-old boy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
    Angela Holt, 31, pled guilty in a plea agreement to both charges and also was sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation, according to Sumter County court records. She was credited with nine months already served in jail.

  • Accident devastates family

    Cory Heding, of Bushnell, is one of those guys who always had a set of wheels – and riding his motorcycle was as natural as riding a bicycle would be to most people.
    Because Heding is an experienced rider, the motorcycle accident that recently landed him in critical condition and fighting to keep his left leg came as a complete shock to his family, according to his sister, Colleen Cason, of Center Hill.

  • County employees: No tweeting, no kidding

    Incorporating intermittent visits to personal Internet social networking sites while at work is reportedly common fare for many employees.
    However, Sumter County workers logging on to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and any other personal social networking sites during business hours or using county equipment would do so in violation of the county’s social media policy, according to new guidelines approved by county commissioners Tuesday, April 12.