Local News

  • Cold cases

    This is the eighth story in a series of stories featuring 12 unsolved murders contained in the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case File. During the upcoming weeks, the Sumter County Times will publish information about each of the murders.

     The letter they received last year is almost as frustrating as the 31-year-old murder case they’re still trying to solve.

  • Courthouse to get facelift

    The paint on the window trim at the historic Sumter County Courthouse in Bushnell is weathered and peeling.

    But that’s not the only sign of age at the courthouse that dates back to 1913. The plumbing’s old, the electrical system is out of date and incapable of handling the electric demands of modern-day equipment.

    But county commissioners plan to rectify problems with the historic structure. Included in the county’s proposed 2010-11 fiscal year budget is a $4-million expenditure to renovate the building and erect new signage.

  • Sumter State Champs!

    Sumter's 16 and Under Dixie Youth laid claim to the "state champs" title this week in Chipley Florida. The players took two victories in the same day and ended the tournament as the state team. For more on the tournament, see the July 28th edition of the Sumter County Times.

  • Jury foreman talks about snake trial

    “They were responsible for the safety of a two- year-old who could not provide for her own safety and they had every opportunity to have understanding that there was some kind of risk involved in having such a large animal that could, even under the most remote of circumstances, it was possible that that child could be injured. And it was their duty to make sure that there was no possibility that a two-year-old would be either bitten or in any way harmed by such a large animal.”

  • County seeks Villages for development job

    If approved by county commissioners and voters, economic development for Sumter County would become the responsibility of The Villages during the upcoming 2011-12 fiscal year while the Chamber of Commerce will be out $16,000.
    The proposals are just several included in the budget proposal submitted to the County Commission for consideration by County Administrator Bradley Arnold.


    There’s no photograph of Addie Torrance and very little evidence in her case file at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office – only a few photos of her home after it was destroyed by fire.
    What investigators do know is that someone murdered the 89-year-old Webster resident.
    They broke into her home in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 17, 1979, doused the place with old gasoline and set it ablaze. Authorities were alerted to the fire about 4:55 a.m.

  • 43 pets taken

    A South Sumter family voluntarily gave up 43 cats and dogs last week to animal care providers when the pets became too much for the family to deal with.
    All told, 18 dogs and 25 cats were removed from the home by representatives of the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County.
    The animals are being cared for at the Humane Society facility in Sumterville. “We’re getting them ready for adoption or foster housing,” said case investigator Sheri Evans.

  • Cops swarm rolling meth operation

    The Sumter County Special Investigations Squad, crime scene analysts, Sumter County Fire and Rescue and a disposal team from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office swarmed a vehicle in The Villages last Friday morning when they discovered chemicals and devices for the manufacture of methamphetamines inside.

  • Boundary dispute ends in arrest

    A boundary dispute led to the arrest of a Center Hill man last week when he threatened to shoot two men he believed were clearing his property.
    Aaron C. Bass, 32, was arrested Thursday, July 14, for aggravated battery with a firearm. He was placed in the Sumter County Detention Center with bond set at $7,000.
    The incident started when members of a land clearing crew called 911 fearful that the suspect was going to shoot them, according to a sheriff’s office report.

  • Guilty verdict on all three charges

    Jurors deliberated for less than two hours Thursday before finding an Oxford couple guilty of manslaughter, murder in the third degree and child abuse in the death of two year-old Shaiunna Hare.