Today's News

  • Shooting case unsolved, clues needed

    Sumter County Sheriff’s Office detectives are still seeking information as they continue to investigate the Oct. 17, shooting death of Rhea Moore in Royal.
    Moore, 29, was shot about 8:30 p.m., during an outdoor card game under a canopy on County Road 235 near the Royal Community Center, according to sheriff’s Lt. Bobby Caruthers. But, investigators aren’t sure if she was shot intentionally or if she was an innocent bystander.

  • Investigators seeking cause of death

    Sumter County Sheriff’s Office investigators are hoping that toxicology reports will provide some clues in the death of a missing man whose remains were discovered last Wednesday.

    Lamar Crawford, 36, of Hohenwald, Tenn., was reported missing on Nov. 8, according to a report from the sheriff’s office. His remains were found in the Lake Panasoffkee Wildlife Management Area, south of SR 44, by hunters who reported their find to officers.

  • Man charged with indecent exposure

    A landscape worker in The Villages claimed he was only trying to get a bug out of his clothing but was charged last week with indecent exposure and voyeurism after an incident in the women’s restroom at the Laurel Manor Recreation Center.
    Lorenzo  Adan Ramirez, 28, Tavares, was arrested Nov. 17, in Tavares, by Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies, according to that agency’s online detention center records. He was arrested on Sumter County warrants charging two counts of voyeurism. He was released on a $2,000 bond a few hours after his arrest.

  • For what it's worth
  • Sideor named Lake Sumter president

    Lake-Sumter State College’s District Board of Trustees have picked Dr. Stanley Sideor to be the college’s sixth president

    The announcement came last week during the Oct., 28, board meeting.

  • National Cemetery plans ceremony

    The Florida National Cemetery Joint Veterans Committee (JVC) will sponsor the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Florida National Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.
    Don Hahnfeldt, USN (Ret), chairman Sumter County Commission will be the guest speaker.
    Steve Jerve of WFLA News Channel 8 (Tampa) will be the master of ceremonies.

  • Child abandoned as suspect flees

    An armed robbery suspect abandoned an eight-month-old child inside a vehicle last week as he attempted to flee on foot from a squad of law enforcement officers pursuing him, according to a sheriff’s office report.

    Jermaine Raynard Simmons, 36, of Bushnell, was arrested last Thursday in Bushnell after five members of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Squad and Criminal Investigation Division apprehended him, according to a sheriff’s office report.

  • Police: Threat of abduction of child

    Sheriff’s investigators are warning residents of an attempted abduction of a 3-year-old boy outside a Bushnell business on Saturday and they are hoping someone may know the suspect.

    The child was playing outside the Razor Sharp Edge, hair salon, at 221 N. Florida St., between 11 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. when the alleged abduction attempt happened, according to sheriff’s Lt. Bobby Caruthers.

  • Murder clues needed

    As investigators continue to seek clues in the recent shooting death of a Wildwood woman, a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

    Rhea Moore, 29, died on Oct. 17 after being shot during an outdoor card game that day being played under a canopy on County Road 235 near the Royal Community Center.

    Moore was participating in the game bout 8:30 p.m. when she was shot once in the back, according to sheriff’s Lt. Bobby Caruthers.

  • Robbery suspect arrested, deputy threatened

    A robbery suspect was arrested Saturday after fleeing from a deputy that he reportedly tried to run over.
    Tommy L. Green Jr., 34, Wildwood, was arrested for armed robbery, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.
    Greene was apprehended in Hillsborough County by the Plant City Police Department, according to a sheriff’s office report. He was in possession of a stolen vehicle at the time of his arrest.