Local News

  • Reported tornado, high winds cause storm damage

    Rough weather has been in the forecast at least three times in the past week, with high winds, heavy rains and at least one reported tornado.
    Last Wednesday, March 30, the storms began in the afternoon.
    It was “later afternoon, around 4 p.m. when it really started cutting loose,” said Sumter County Public Works Director Scott Cottrell.
    National Weather Service meteorologist Charlie Paxton said there was a report of at least one tornado. At 4 p.m. it was reported three miles southeast of Lake Panasoffkee.

  • Man rams car into home

    A Bushnell man was arrested on four counts of aggravated assault after he drove his pickup into a Lake Panasoffkee residence nearly striking two young girls in his path during an altercation with his girlfriend, according to the sheriff’s office.
    “The suspect suddenly stopped his red Chevy S10 in front of the house; he was told to leave, but according to witnesses, he said, ‘watch this,’ and took off toward the victims with his tires spinning,” said Lt. Bobby Caruthers, sheriff’s spokesman.

  • 2 indicted for murder

    Two Wildwood men were indicted last week on charges of premeditated murder and robbery in connection with the January murder of Wildwood resident Richard Len.
    Last Wednesday, March 30, a Sumter County Grand Jury convened and indicted Leonard Antonio Massey, Jr., 22, and Gerald Devon Patterson, for Len’s murder.
    Authorities believe Len’s death was the result of a “drug debt,” according to sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Hofecker.

  • On the chew!

    They’re back, with a vengeance.
    Many homeowners throughout Sumter are getting an up close look at nature at its chewiest as caterpillars swarm on the outsides of their houses and in their trees and plants.
    Bushnell resident Toni Fay is just one homeowner trying to deal with the infestation.
    “Their disgusting this year,” she said. “I keep spraying them and beating them off the house, I’m starting to lose my mind. Everybody’s complaining about them.

  • With honor

    “Da-da!” 3-year-old Jadon exclaimed from the front row of the First Baptist Church of Bushnell.
    Around him, others saw the photos of Army Pfc. Michael C. Mahr and thought: Friend, husband, brother, buddy, uncle.
    “The one thing we all called you,” the slideshow concluded, “is our brave hero.”
    Pfc. Mahr, 26, of Homosassa, was laid to rest Monday at Florida National Cemetery following a somber ceremony in an outdoor pavilion known as the Hall of Heroes.

  • Pfc. Michael C. Mahr Funeral
  • 2nd Annual SSHS Raider Pride Football Trout Invitational

    Saturday, April 30, 2011

    Camp-n-Water @ Homosassa Springs, FL

    Tournament Contact Information: Inman Sherman (352) 793-9769 or Richard Helms (352) 303-9523



    Tournament Entry Fee: $120.00 per boat ($55.00 for Tournament Prize Money, $10.00 for Longest Trout)

    Contestants Names:





  • Hero Highway for fallen soldier

    You are invited to honor the service and sacrifice of local hero Arnmy Pfc.  Micahel C. Mahr as the community creates a "Hero Highway."

    Every man, woman and child is encouraged to show their support for this fallen local soldier and his family by respectfully lining the highway along the parade route to Florida National Cemetery.

    For more, see the attachment here.

  • Two men arrested in bank fraud operation

    The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has completed a 15-month investigation that led to the arrest of two suspects — John Gaglioti, 36, and Kenneth Wasiewicz, 46, on charges of organized fraud and uttering a forged instrument.
    The pair deposited a number of checks, including a counterfeit lottery winnings check, between two local banks, according to a sheriff’s office press release. They would then withdraw the money from the accounts before it was discovered there was no money to cover the withdrawals.

  • Arrests made in rental fraud

    The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office culminated a twenty two month long fraud investigation with the arrest of two suspects. Former owner-operators of First Village Rental — Christopher W. Norris, 46, and his wife, Danyell Norris, 37, have been arrested and each are facing one count of Organized Fraud.