http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Sumter weathers Irma http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/sumter-weathers-irma <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1505148860342.jpg" alt="TAMMY FORE/Special to the Times Wildwood Shopping Center experienced damage from Hurricane Irma, as the eye passed over Sumter County, early Monday morning. Winds battered homes and businesses around the county. Response personnel are assessing damages around the county. " title="TAMMY FORE/Special to the Times Wildwood Shopping Center experienced damage from Hurricane Irma, as the eye passed over Sumter County, early Monday morning. Winds battered homes and businesses around the county. Response personnel are assessing damages around the county. " align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> After days of anticipations and build-up, Sumter residents weathered Hurricane Irma early Monday morning, as the eye wall passed directly overhead. &nbsp;The winds picked up after 6 p.m. Sunday night, intensifying as the storm moved north, until what was left of the eye crossed over Sumter County, sometime after 2 a.m., battering homes, businesses and communities.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Residents were left without power and Internet services and hundreds of trees were downed around the county with flooding in some areas.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Panasoffkee double shooting, home invasion http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/panasoffkee-double-shooting-home-invasion <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pics.jpg" alt="Chaz Allen Harrison" title="Chaz Allen Harrison" align="left" hspace="6" width="53" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> A Sumter County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office (SCSO) investigation of a purported home invasion and double shooting in Lake Panasoffkee continued this week with one of the wounded arrested on drug and firearm charges.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> A preliminary investigation revealed that there was an altercation between two men after one of them came to the home armed with a firearm, according to early reports from the SCSO. During the physical altercation, shots were fired resulting in gunshot wounds to both men.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Bushnell, Wildwood set bans on medical marijuana facilities http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/bushnell-wildwood-set-bans-medical-marijuana-facilities <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/medical_marijuana.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Patients in the Bushnell area will apparently have to seek a supply of medical marijuana elsewhere with Bushnell City Council&rsquo;s initial vote of approval on Thursday, Sept. 7, of a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Wildwood Commissioners late last month had a first reading and public hearing on a medical marijuana facility ban for their city, and its subject to final approval during a second hearing on Monday, Sept. 25.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Dancing with local stars http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/dancing-local-stars <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/doug_and_dance_partner_0.jpg" alt="LassiterWare CEO Doug Childers and former Dancesport champion, Anastasiya Abramenko, participated in the 12th Annual Stepping Out for Education dance competition, a fundraiser for the Educational Foundation of Lake County." title="LassiterWare CEO Doug Childers and former Dancesport champion, Anastasiya Abramenko, participated in the 12th Annual Stepping Out for Education dance competition, a fundraiser for the Educational Foundation of Lake County." align="left" hspace="6" width="74" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> &ldquo;This was a lot of work, but an amazing experience! &nbsp;It is always an honor to be a part of something that gives back to the community, especially when the focus is on education,&rdquo; said local resident and LassiterWare CEO Doug Childers of his participation in the July Stepping Out for Education dance competition.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Police Report posted to the Times Sept. 14, 2017 http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/police-report-posted-times-sept-14-2017 <div id="cke_pastebin"> Tuesday, Sept. 5</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Ralph Olin Barry, 48, Center Hill, arrested for four counts each larceny and possession or use of drug equipment.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Drug bust in Panasoffkee, six arrested http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/drug-bust-panasoffkee-six-arrested <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/drug_bust.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> The Sumter County Sheriff&rsquo;s SWAT team last week rounded up six individuals &ndash; most apparently from one family - in a Lake Panasoffkee neighborhood on a variety of drug-related charges.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The arrests came as the SWAT team about 6 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 30, served a search warrant on an Olive Palm area property, according to information from the Sumter County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office (SCSO).&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Wildwood student dies in vehicle crash http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/wildwood-student-dies-vehicle-crash <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/teen.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <div id="cke_pastebin"> A thirteen-year-old Wildwood Middle High School student died Thursday, Aug. 31, in a Marion County crash that also claimed the life of a Lady Lake man.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Taquoia Schroeder was a passenger in one of three vehicles involved in the collision about 9:20 p.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. She was not wearing a seatbelt and, according to local media accounts, was apparently thrown from the car in which she was riding after it struck a pickup truck.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Governor's office on Hurricane Irma as of 4:35 p.m. Sept. 6 http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/governors-office-hurricane-irma-435-pm-sept-6 <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/irma.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /><p> <strong><u>EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUNCTIONS BY STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM</u></strong></p> <p> <strong><u>EVACUATION NOTICES/ORDERS</u></strong></p>