http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Cops: Robbery suspect puts gun against clerk's head http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/cops-robbery-suspect-puts-gun-against-clerks-head <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0159.jpg" alt="Surveillance video of robbery suspect taking money for the store." title="Surveillance video of robbery suspect taking money for the store." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A female store clerk was threatened with a gun to her neck during a Sunday morning store robbery at Beville&rsquo;s Corner, according to a sheriff&rsquo;s report.<br /> It was just after 2 a.m. on Aug. 23 when the Circle K clerk &ldquo;was on the west side of the store, inside, in front a drink cooler, trying to decide what to drink,&rdquo; according to Sumter sheriff&rsquo;s Lt. Bobby Caruthers.<br /> &ldquo;Someone entered the door, she turned around and she was confronted by a black male displaying a firearm and pointing it at her.&rdquo;<br /> Soaring fire protection rates anger residents http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/soaring-fire-protection-rates-anger-residents <p> Western Sumter County resident John Gilbert was in for a shock this summer when he got the bill to renew his homeowners insurance.<br /> In June, Gilbert&rsquo;s insurer notified him that renewal of his homeowner&rsquo;s policy would cost him $2,200 annually.&nbsp; That figure was almost three times more than what he had been paying to insure his home in Jerry Taylor Landing.<br /> And, he&rsquo;s blaming his insurer and Sumter County for the giant hike in fees.<br /> Road construction abounds in Sumter http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/road-construction-abounds-sumter <p> If you traveled lately around the Bushnell and Lake Panasoffkee areas or traversed Sumter County on Interstate-75, it&rsquo;s likely you have encountered road construction.<br /> And, it appears you&rsquo;ll likely be seeing it for a while. Work began last fall on a 13-mile section of the Interstate from the Hernando County line north to County Road 470 and is scheduled to be completed in winter of 2016.<br /> Work started on another section (Lake Panasoffkee to the Florida Turnpike) this spring and is to continue until the summer of 2017.<br /> SECO tips on weathering Erika http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/seco-tips-weathering-erika <p> As of 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Erika is a tropical storm with sustained winds of 40 mph.&nbsp;The storm is moving west at 18 mph and is currently located east of the Leeward Islands.&nbsp; Tropical storm force winds extend over 100 miles from the storm&rsquo;s center.&nbsp; The NHC forecast model is projecting Erika to make landfall as a hurricane <a href="http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at5.shtml?5-daynl?large#contents">Monday morning </a>in Florida.</p> Animal Services re-opens http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/animal-services-re-opens <p> The Sumter County Animal Services kennel at Lake Panasoffkee reopened Friday after being closed almost five weeks due to a parvovirus outbreak among dogs being held there.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Since parvo was first observed in a family of five pups and a female parent on July 11, only Animal Services personnel have been allowed in the facility. And, they were using strict sanitation procedures to prevent spreading the typically fatal canine disease outside of the kennel.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Florida Cemetery event http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/florida-cemetery-event <p> The placing of a floral wreath and the playing of taps Sunday morning in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, commemorated the anniversary of the official end of hostilities in World War II.</p> <p> Cemetery staff and volunteers on Sunday hosted the ceremony as part of the World War II 70th Anniversary Commemorative Weekend in coordination with the &ldquo;Keep the Spirit of &rsquo;45 Alive&rdquo; organization</p> Horse of a special breed http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/horse-special-breed <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/duke_boy.jpg" alt="Duke gets a bath when he was still working, but on “vacation” at Allmond’s home.He loved attention, especially from kids." title="Duke gets a bath when he was still working, but on “vacation” at Allmond’s home.He loved attention, especially from kids." align="left" hspace="6" width="69" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&ldquo;I knew the minute he walked in the door - I knew there was something special,&rdquo; said Amy Allmond of Duke, a standardbred horse that became a part of the Orange County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office mounted patrol. Allmond manages the 10-horse stable and lives in Bushnell.<br /> Police: Elderly exploitation warning http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/police-elderly-exploitation-warning <p> Sumter County Sheriff&rsquo;s officers warn there are individuals out there who want to defraud, steal from and otherwise take advantage of families&rsquo; most vulnerable elderly members.<br /> And, they cite a couple of recent Sumter County arrests as examples.<br /> Late last month, a Lake Panasoffkee caregiver was arrested on criminal charges stemming from her alleged theft of more than $100,000 from an elderly Alzheimer&rsquo;s victim&rsquo;s trust account. The victim is the suspect&rsquo;s own mother, according to Sheriff&rsquo;s Lt. Bobby Caruthers.<br />