http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml/todaysnews/rss.xml en Taking aim, but when to fire? http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/taking-aim-when-fire <p> It looks like a simple traffic stop until it turns into an extremely dangerous situation.<br /> A deputy stops a car connected with a reported crime. The driver is out of the car and on the ground, hands behind his head. But, suddenly, a passenger springs from the car and runs away with a sheriff&rsquo;s deputy ordering him to stop.<br /> Then, it gets really scary. The fleeing passenger abruptly turns, raises a handgun and heads back toward the deputy. The deputy fires multiple times, ending the threat.<br /> Raiders rally against cancer http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/raiders-rally-against-cancer <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/relay_1_-_copy.jpg" alt="Malia Little and Jose Rivera were two outstanding &quot;Relaying Raiders,&quot; according to teacher and group sponsor, Karen Cloud. The students raised funds in various ways, including selling purple links for a quarter each. Each of the links was done in honor of someone who has battled cancer. " title="Malia Little and Jose Rivera were two outstanding &quot;Relaying Raiders,&quot; according to teacher and group sponsor, Karen Cloud. The students raised funds in various ways, including selling purple links for a quarter each. Each of the links was done in honor of someone who has battled cancer. " align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> The band was playing on the stage, the giant image of a cruise ship was stretched across the front of the gym and hundreds of South Sumter High School students were seated on the bleachers, with the cheerleaders taking center stage.<br /> While it could have been a typical pep rally, at any high school, this was the day for a Raider rally - a Raider rally against cancer.<br /> This was the day to calculated just how much they were putting into the battle, donating it to the American Cancer Society for things like research and patient needs.<br /> Home bust ends in illegal drug, gun operations http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/home-bust-ends-illegal-drug-gun-operations <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/viewimagefull.aspx_.jpg" alt="Christine Fender " title="Christine Fender " align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> An operation involving trading stolen guns for illegal drugs was busted Monday afternoon when Sumter County deputies, assisted with information by Levy County sheriff&rsquo;s officials, converged on a Bushnell residence.<br /> The Sumter County Sheriff&rsquo;s SWAT team descended on the residence in the 4400 block of U.S. 301 N, searching for drugs and stolen guns.<br /> Penrod found guilty of murder http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/penrod-found-guilty-murder <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/penrod.jpg" alt="Ralph Harold Penrod" title="Ralph Harold Penrod" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> A murder case that had baffled law enforcement officers for almost a year back in 2013 finally came to an end last week when a Sumter jury found Ralph Harold Penrod guilty of the second-degree murder of Martha Jane Wever.<br /> Last Thursday, after several hours of deliberation, the jury rendered their verdict in the case against Penrod, 64, of Tavares. He will be sentenced at a later date.<br /> SECO, Bushnell clash over power http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/seco-bushnell-clash-over-power <p> The years-old clash about electricity utility service territory in the Bushnell area came to the forefront again last week as city residents debated the issue during a sometimes heated May 2 city council meeting.<br /> A number of residents, customers of both Sumter Electric Cooperative (SECO) and Bushnell&rsquo;s electric utility, spoke in support of the city&rsquo;s position or SECO&rsquo;s.&nbsp; And, many attending the meeting were outraged about recent newspaper advertisements by the Citizens for Cooperative Power (CCP) a political action group funded by SECO.<br /> Couple arrested, accused of deadly home invasions http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/couple-arrested-accused-deadly-home-invasions <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/decker.jpg" alt="Darren Decker" title="Darren Decker" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> Investigators from several agencies are still sifting through a cache of goods believed stolen by an Ocala couple suspected of burglarizing over 60 homes around central Florida.<br /> Darren Decker, 41, and his 44-year-old wife Jessica Baker were arrested Monday, April 18, during a traffic stop in Marion County on an arrest warrant stemming from a burglary that happened that day in Sumter County.<br /> They are being held without bond at the Sumter County Detention Center on charges of unarmed burglary and grand theft.<br /> Setting Dade park ablaze http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/setting-dade-park-ablaze <p> Smoke and flames billowed upward last Thursday in the pine flatwoods near Bushnell, but it was no wildfire raging in the woods.<br /> Instead, it was the handiwork of Florida Park Service specialists performing a controlled burn on about 22 acres of the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park. It&rsquo;s part of the cyclic maintenance of the park&rsquo;s woodlands and historic habitat, according to Park Manager Bill Gruber.<br /> Wildwood man dies in collision http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/wildwood-man-dies-collision <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/terribleaccident.jpg" alt="Wildwood resident Clayton Tripp, 84, died Monday from injuries he sustained in a Saturday morning crash on State Road 44. Tripp, was traveling westbound in a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu, just west of C.R. 44A, when an eastbound tractor trailer truck completed a u-turn in the path of Tripp’s vehicle, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Tripp then crashed into the trailer towed by Erwin Williams II, 32, of Springfield, Missouri. Tripp was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center where he died two days later. Williams was not injured. A passenger in Williams’ truck, Diane Tripp, 58, Ohio, was reported in serious condition at the Ocala hospital. Williams was ticketed for violation of right-of-way." title="Wildwood resident Clayton Tripp, 84, died Monday from injuries he sustained in a Saturday morning crash on State Road 44. Tripp, was traveling westbound in a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu, just west of C.R. 44A, when an eastbound tractor trailer truck completed a u-turn in the path of Tripp’s vehicle, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Tripp then crashed into the trailer towed by Erwin Williams II, 32, of Springfield, Missouri. Tripp was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center where he died two days later. Williams was not injured. A passenger in Williams’ truck, Diane Tripp, 58, Ohio, was reported in serious condition at the Ocala hospital. Williams was ticketed for violation of right-of-way." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" />