http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml/todaysnews/rss.xml en 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 /> Relay for Life this Friday http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/relay-life-friday <p> A purple world, plenty of fun and another round in the battle against cancer - it&#39;s this weekend as those participating in Sumter County&#39;s annual Relay for Life go &quot;Cruisin&#39; for a Cure.&quot;<br /> The event draws support from hundreds of residents, family and friends as they raise money for the American Cancer Society - money that can be used for anything from providing wigs and overnight stays for cancer patients to research in fighting the disease.<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" /> Earth Day celebration draws crowd http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/earth-day-celebration-draws-crowd <p> The Sumter County School District on Saturday joined with local industries, businesses and a number of organizations to boost students&rsquo; and citizens&rsquo; awareness of their environment during the ninth Annual Earth Day Celebration at the CEMEX mine in Center Hill.<br /> It was a day filled with &ldquo;hands on&rdquo; activities for the hundreds of youngsters attending the event along with entertainment from school music groups and plenty of free food provided by sponsors.<br /> Remembering crime victims http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/remembering-crime-victims-0 <p> There were no long drawn-out speeches, no marching of bands or playing of bagpipes last Thursday as a small crowd gathered at the Sumter County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office in Bushnell for a solemn reminder that every crime has at least one &ndash; and often more &ndash; victims.<br /> Car crashes into occupied school bus http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/car-crashes-occupied-school-bus <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bus_wreck_-_1.jpg" alt="A Sumter County School District bus with children on board was involved in an afternnoon wreck on April 6 in Center Hill. Sumter County Fire &amp; EMS, along with Rural Metro ambulance responded to the crash on C.R. 48 near the intersection with C.R. 558. No injuries were reported for the bus driver and the 13 students on the bus. The driver of a second vehicle was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The crash is under investigation. (Photo courtesy Sumter Fire and EMS)" title="A Sumter County School District bus with children on board was involved in an afternnoon wreck on April 6 in Center Hill. Sumter County Fire &amp; EMS, along with Rural Metro ambulance responded to the crash on C.R. 48 near the intersection with C.R. 558. No injuries were reported for the bus driver and the 13 students on the bus. The driver of a second vehicle was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The crash is under investigation. (Photo courtesy Sumter Fire and EMS)" align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> A Sumter County School District bus was struck April 6 in Center Hill while dropping off students, according to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report.<br /> The bus, traveling east on C.R. 48, was stopped near C.R. 558 shortly after 3 p.m. when the accident occurred, according to the report. None of the students or the bus driver were injured.<br /> Changes to U.S. 301 discussed http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/changes-us-301-discussed <p> Coleman residents and a few local officials on April 5 got a look at possible future U.S. 301 truck route corridors around the city during a presentation by consultants for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).<br /> In a &ldquo;Project Advisory Group&rdquo; meeting at the Trinity Baptist Church in Coleman, local citizens were informed that planners for FDOT&rsquo;s&nbsp; Amoha, Nebraska &ndash;based consulting firm would be recommending one of three possible corridors for a truck route through the rural farmlands and pastures just southeast of Coleman,<br />