Third suspect, 16 years old, arrested in shooting deaths of 3 teens in Marion County
16-year-old Tahj Brewton, who was at large for about a week following his and two other juveniles’ alleged involvement in the slaying of three teenagers found in the Ocklawaha area, has been arrested, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
Body found in trunk of burned vehicle in Lake County, deputies say
GROVELAND, Fla. – Deputies discovered a man’s body in the trunk of a burned vehicle near Groveland Saturday, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities received a call at 9:15 a.m. about a white SUV near Honeycutt Road and Tuscanooga Road. According to the caller she then observed a male run away from the vehicle. See it below: @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/KA7vvfSSqu — Brian Didlake (@News6Brian) March 27, 2021The fire department and deputies arrived and found the SUV with fire damage inside the vehicle. The body of Luther was found in the trunk of the SUV.
Groveland police looking for missing woman last seen in Orlando
GROVELAND, Fla. – Groveland police are asking for help finding a woman last seen in Orlando who has been missing for more than a month. Lori Crumpton, 41, was last seen Feb. 26 in the area of West Colonial Drive and Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando, according to a news release. She is known to frequent Groveland, Mascotte, Leesburg and Orlando, officers said. AdCrumpton is homeless and does not own a vehicle, officers said. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Groveland Police Department at 352-429-4166.
‘There’s a dead snake in there:’ Florida family finds serpent snarled up in dryer
On Thursday, the Pring family said they had a bit of trouble with their dryer, which was blowing an excessive amount of lint. Over the weekend, the family said they sought the help of Sea Star Air and Appliances to fix the dryer. News 6 caught up with Cobble from Sea Star Air and Appliances and he said this was something he wasn’t expecting. This is not the first-time News 6 has talked with the Pring family. The Pring family said they’ll be watching out from now on and possibly put mothballs out because they can’t clog the airway for the dryer.
Lake County’s vaccination site shuts down due to lack of supply
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Lake County said its Groveland Amazon site will be closed effective immediately due to lack of supply. The health department said the site is expected to be closed until Feb. 15. Site operations are set to resume once the location receives its next shipment, which health officials say should be early next week. TTY users can use 833-476-1031. AdThe health department said it will continue to schedule and administer second dose appointments at St. Patrick Catholic Church as well.
Demand for 2nd doses forces changes to Groveland vaccine site
GROVELAND, Fla – Two days after opening, a vaccine site at a Groveland Amazon distribution center will no longer offer first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Department of Health-Lake County released a statement Friday reading, “Due to overwhelming demand for 2nd doses, 1st doses will no longer be available at the Groveland Amazon site.”[TRENDING: Video shows deputy Tasing student | How to get the vaccine in Fla. | NASA tests new moon rocket]AdDue to overwhelming demand for 2nd doses, 1st doses will no longer be available at the @FLHealthLake #COVID19 Groveland Amazon site. Eligible residents interested in 1st doses can preregister at https://t.co/6zjL24SU7g to be contacted when an appointment becomes available. — Florida Health Lake (@FLHealthLake) January 29, 2021When the site first opened on Wednesday, the plan was to administer first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the morning, cutting off the first-come, first-served line once capacity was reached and then reopening exclusively for second doses in the afternoon. [MORE: Complete coronavirus coverage]Anyone who got their first shot at a Lake DOH site will receive a call with appointment information.
Vaccine event at Amazon center to open every weekday
GROVELAND, Fla. – Amazon teamed up with the Florida Department of Health-Lake County to administer vaccines to seniors on Wednesday. Vaccinations took place via drive-thru on a first-come, first-served basis at the Amazon distribution site in Groveland, which reached capacity about 40 minutes before the event began. “This site is first come first served and it’s open until further notice,” Aaron Kissler with FDOH Lake County said. Magdalena Contreras and her husband, Juan, drove from Pasco County to Lake County Wednesday morning to get their first shots. Health officials announced Wednesday that the center will be open Monday through Friday until further notice.
Groveland hosts simultaneous fireworks displays
GROVELAND – The City of Groveland didn't host a big Fourth of July celebration because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it did put on two dueling fireworks displays for residents to watch safely from their own homes. “In previous years, our tradition has been to gather for the best things the Fourth of July in Groveland has to offer: food, fun and fireworks,” Wilson wrote. They pinpointed two secret locations where they could set off the fireworks so everyone in the city can watch from their homes. The city estimates more than 21,000 people will enjoy the dueling fireworks display safely from their front porch or backyard. As the fireworks went up in Groveland, the same could not be said through much of Central Florida.
Operation Reach Out makes sure Groveland residents have safe, sanitized hands
GROVELAND, Fla. – Groveland city leaders are trying to ease their residents into a new normal built by the coronavirus pandemic, and their efforts include phone calls, free sanitizer and food. “The City of Groveland is the City with Natural Charm. Citizen Check-In LineApart from making sure residents have clean hands, city leaders also created a way for residents to feel supported through what’s called a Citizen Check-In Line. Since City Hall is closed, city leaders have invested in a Ring video doorbell at its entrance to assist residents who may stop by with questions. For more information on how the City of Groveland is committed to serving its residents, visit www.groveland-fl.gov.
Florida man found naked in car with girl he met on social media app, deputies say
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – A Groveland man was arrested after a deputy found him naked inside of a parked car with a 15-year-old girl, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said Michael McDole, 22, traveled to Winter Haven to meet the victim after the two made initial contact on the social media app Snapchat. The victim managed to sneak out of the house in the middle of the night, according to a news release. McDole was found with the teen early Sunday morning after deputies received reports of a suspicious vehicle in the area of 30th Street Northwest and Avenue F Northwest, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said an examination of text messages between the two revealed that McDole was aware that the girl was 15 years old.