Lake County detention deputy accused of supplying inmates with vape cartridges via trash bin
A Lake County detention deputy was arrested Tuesday and faces a contraband charge after his sheriff’s office alleges he stowed vape cartridges in a trash can for inmates to retrieve, according to his arrest affidavit.
Tavares man arrested for DUI, cocaine possession in Lake County crash that critically injures child, troopers say
A Tavares man faces charges of DUI with serious bodily injury and possession of cocaine after a crash that critically injured a child and sent another person to the hospital with serious injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
WATCH: Armed school ‘guardians’ train in Lake County to stop active shooter
The sound of simulated gunfire echoed through the hallways and classrooms of Tavares High School this summer as armed school district employees, known as guardians, practiced tracking down and stopping an active school shooter.
Lake County Schools offer COVID-19 vaccine to employees at least 50 years old
TAVARES, Fla. – Lake County Schools is offering the COVID-19 vaccines to district- and school-based employees who are at least 50 years old. Distribution of the Pfizer vaccine for eligible employees begins Wednesday and runs through Friday. [TRENDING: Massive fire breaks out at Orlando condo complex | 6 Dr. Seuss books canceled | Shaq, the big-time wrestler]The announcement comes one day after Florida Gov. AdThe vaccine is being given only to Lake County Schools’ eligible employees at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 6803 Old Highway 441 in Mount Dora, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. “We are thankful for the partnership we have with the Florida Department of Health in Lake County and are grateful to them and to Gov.
Victims slain while they slept, shooter then turns gun on himself, Tavares police say
Crime scene tape outside a home where three people were killed in a murder suicide, according to Tavares police. The victims later identified as James Delgiorno, 41, and Wendy Higgins, 39, were discovered Thursday morning in a home on Lakecrest Drive after Leesburg police requested a well-being check. Leesburg police were able to obtain his vehicle’s GPS data tracing it to Lakecrest Drive and Shorewood Drive near a home owned by Delgiorno. Leesburg authorities notified Tavares police of Mcguirl’s vehicle whereabouts and that Delgiorno and Higgins were likely inside the home. Police said they found Delgiorno and Higgins both shot to death in bed as though they had been sleeping.
‘It’s a tragedy:’ 3 dead in murder-suicide in Tavares, police say
TAVARES, Fla. – Three people were found dead at a Tavares home Thursday in what police are calling a double murder and suicide. Tavares police Lt. Sarah Coursey said officers responded around 9:15 a.m. following a Leesburg Police Department request to locate someone after they failed to show up to work. When officers went into the home, they found three people dead inside, two men and one female. “This is an isolated incident, it’s senseless, it’s sad, it’s a tragedy, but no danger to the community,” Coursey said. “We ask that you give the families respect and privacy during this difficult time,” Tavares police said in a tweet.
Suspect in Tavares condo shooting now facing charges in Winn Dixie shooting
TAVARES, Fla. – A man arrested for the shooting at the Rosewood condominiums is now facing charges for a shooting near Winn Dixie, according to the Tavares Police Department. Police said around 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 20 a 19-year-old man was shot in the back in an area near Winn Dixie on St. Clair Abrams Avenue and East Burleigh Boulevard. Isiah McNealy is facing charges of attempted felony murder, discharge of a gun in public, possession of a gun by a convicted felon, and attempted robbery with a gun. This past Friday officers arrested McNealy for the shooting at Rosewood condominiums on Dec. 23. According to officials, investigators were able to find several possible locations for Mcnealy in the Clermont, Groveland area.
UPDATE: Tavares police identify, arrest suspect in shots fired incident
TAVARES, Fla. – ***Dec. 26 Update***The Tavares police department arrested Isaiah Mcnealy for the shooting at the Rosewood condominiums. According to officials, investigators were able to find several possible locations for Mcnealy in the Clermont, Groveland area. ***10:59 p.m. Dec. 23 Update***Police identified the suspect involved in the shots fired incident around the Rosewood Apartments area in Tavares. ***Original***Officers with the Tavares Police Department are asking the public to avoid the area around the Rosewood Apartments after shots fired Wednesday night. [TRENDING: Florida women’s prison failed to protect inmates | Man wins $1 million on scratch off | Florida older residents next for vaccine]Police said an armed man is in the area that has fired shots.
Man who pistol-whipped Tavares store worker while wearing ‘Security’ hoodie arrested, police say
TAVARES, Fla. – A man who pistol-whipped a store employee during an armed robbery last week has been taken into custody, according to the Tavares Police Department. Police said Ahmad Isham was wearing a black hoodie with the word “Security” printed on it when he went to Dora Discount Beverage around 8:45 a.m. on Dec. 8 and hit a store employee on the head with a handgun. [TRENDING: Man shot by Daytona Beach police charged at officers | This is your best defense against skimming devices at gas stations | Raccoon in Christmas tree surprises Florida woman]Authorities released a surveillance image taken near the store around the time of the attack in hopes of identifying the culprit. On Friday, deputies in Marion County took Isham into custody on charges of armed robbery, aggravated battery and grand theft. “This violent offender is now behind bars where he belongs and hopefully for a long time,” police said.
Florida woman accused of choking girl, head-butting patrol car, deputies say
Crystal Allen, 35, came home Sunday and her husband says when he confronted her about a possible infidelity she attacked him. The victim said Allen threw things and hit him with a vase, boots and a chair. | Pilot killed in Fla. gyroscope crash]At some point a child in the home attempted to prevent Allen from beating the victim and that’s when deputies say Allen began attacking the girl. Allen is accused of choking the girl and scratching her neck, according to the report. She also slammed her head into the car window in an attempt to break it, deputies said.
Man wearing ‘Security’ hoodie pistol-whips Tavares store worker, police say
TAVARES, Fla. – A Tavares store worker was pistol-whipped Monday during an armed robbery, according to police. Tavares police say the robber walked into Dora Discount and demanded money. Police say the robber was wearing a black hoodie with “security” written in white letters. Investigators say the man should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Tavares police.
Operation Green Light: Lake County hosts driver’s license reinstatement days
TAVARES, Fla. – Lake County is hosting an event to help those with a suspended driver’s license or those nearing a suspension to save money on delinquent fines and fees. The Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller is hosting Operation Green Light, an annual event that helps accommodate payments and create payment plans to pay off outstanding fees. People can utilize the resources available from Operation Green Light between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.County workers can also accommodate payments over the phone. People are asked to call (352) 742-3846 or are encouraged to make payments online after coordinating payment terms with a payment clerk within Operation Green Light. For more information related to Operation Green Light, visit www.LakeCountyClerk.org/GreenLight or contact the Lake County Clerk’s Office at (352) 742-3846.
Lake County voters encounter computer glitch on Election Day
TAVARES, Fla. – Voters in Lake County ran into problems Tuesday morning shortly after polls opened in Florida on Election Day. “We identified a computer problem in some precincts that incorrectly identified some voters were not registered in that precinct,” said Alan Hays, Lake County supervisor of elections. “The problem was isolated immediately, and corrective action was initiated. The solution is being deployed and everything will be fine very shortly.”Hays said he appreciated the voters' patience as his agency worked to correct the issue, which was resolved before 8:30 a.m.For more election updates in Florida, click here.
Florida General Election Results for Lake County on Nov. 3, 2020
Find All Race Results HereTAVARES, Fla. – Some of the key races in Lake County include city council and commission seats. Check out all the Lake County races, including how residents voted for president, in the list below. Check all the races in Central Florida and statewide in the dropdown menu below, and get more information on the ClickOrlando.com Results 2020 page.
Florida General Election Results for Lake County on Nov. 3, 2020
Find All Race Results HereTAVARES, Fla. – One of the key races in Lake County include the seat for U.S. House of Representatives District 6. Check out all the Lake County races, including how residents voted for president, in the list below. Check all the races in Central Florida and statewide in the dropdown menu below.
Airbnb suspends Orlando area listings as part of ‘party house’ crackdown
ORLANDO, Fla. – Vacation rental giant Airbnb announced it has suspended 40 of its listings in Florida as part of a crackdown on party houses amid the coronavirus pandemic. Breit said the company banned house parties in late 2019, but the pandemic has pushed them to bring suspensions to the public. Competitor Vrbo told News 6 they also have strict rules in place for house parties. “It is a real responsibility to operate a vacation rental in a neighborhood with people living on both sides of it,” Breit said. Each company has its own hotline for neighbors to report house parties.
Florida police agency offers to test drugs for coronavirus
TAVARES, Fla. – The Tavares Police Department is offering to test narcotics amid the coronavirus outbreak. But Tavares police say people can stop on by and test their meth anyway. [RELATED: Coronavirus: CDC photo shows facial hairstyles that work best with masks | How to prevent spreading, contracting Coronavirus COVID-19]“With the rising health concerns associated with the Coronavirus, we are offering free testing of your drugs,” department officials said in a Facebook post. If those drugs test positive for, say, crack cocaine or meth, police might just arrest you for free, too. Note: Only medical professionals can test individuals for the coronavirus.
Groveland Four memorial unveiled in Lake County
TAVARES, Fla. – The Groveland Four memorial was unveiled Friday in Lake County. Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Ernest Thomas and Samuel Shepherd were wrongly accused of raping a white woman in Lake County in 1949. The Lake County men were accused under dubious circumstances. Ron DeSantis pardoned the men, and the Lake County Board of County Commissioners began planning the idea for a memorial. The granite memorial, posted in front of the Lake County Historical Museum, features a bronze plaque with a written account of the men’s ordeal.
Missing elderly woman located after car crash, deputies say
TAVARES, Fla. – A woman who went missing Saturday prompting a silver alert to be issued was located in Pasco County, officials said. According to authorities, Sarah Ellen Brian was involved in a car accident in Odessa and was transported to the hospital in good condition. Deputies were searching for 80-year-old Brian, who left her home at 26637 Cayman Drive in Tavares at 9 a.m. Saturday and hadn’t been seen or heard from since. Brian suffers from dementia and is on medication, deputies said.
Lake County boater finds teen’s body in Dead River
TAVARES, Fla. – An investigation is underway in Tavares after a boater found the body of a 19-year-old man in the Dead River, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the boater notified authorities after seeing the man’s body in the water near the Palm Gardens Marina around 1:45 p.m. Monday. Deputies said two other men then approached the security guard as he was wrestling with the gunman, forced him to the ground and handcuffed him. Zakee Grahai (News 6)After the robbery, two suspects were arrested in a swampy area on Burleigh Boulevard while two others got away, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said Hardwick’s body was found about three-quarters of a mile east of where the robbery unfolded.