Protect Yourself This Summer

By Chief Chris McKinstry

As our thoughts turn to relaxation and family fun this summer, keep in mind that thieves and burglars don’t take vacations from criminal activity. Stay vigilant about protecting yourself, your home, your belongings and your identity. Don’t let crime or weather ruin your summer fun.

The best advice is to stay alert. Be aware of what’s going on in your neighborhood. Never hesitate to report suspicious activity to law enforcement. If you notice activity at your neighbors’ house when you know they are away on vacation, call 911 immediately. Your tip might be the one that helps the Lady Lake Police Department catch a burglar. If you notice someone lurking around cars in a parking lot, phone in that tip. Teaming up and keeping the lines of communication open between law enforcement and observant residents is the best defense against criminals.

At home, lock your doors and don’t forget to arm your alarm systems if you have them. When you are out and about, lock your car doors and never keep valuables in plain view. It only takes a few seconds for a car burglar to grab your purse, wallet or cell phone from your car while you step away, even for a brief time.  Don’t make it easier for criminals by leaving a door unlocked. [Read more…]

Protect Yourself This Summer

By Chief Chris McKinstry

As our thoughts turn to relaxation and family fun this summer, keep in mind that thieves and burglars don’t take vacations from criminal activity. Stay vigilant about protecting yourself, your home, your belongings and your identity. Don’t let crime or weather ruin your summer fun.

The best advice is to stay alert. Be aware of what’s going on in your neighborhood. Never hesitate to report suspicious activity to law enforcement. If you notice activity at your neighbors’ house when you know they are away on vacation, call 911 immediately. Your tip might be the one that helps the Lady Lake Police Department catch a burglar. If you notice someone lurking around cars in a parking lot, phone in that tip. Teaming up and keeping the lines of communication open between law enforcement and observant residents is the best defense against criminals. [Read more…]

Press Release from Tallahassee – Hurricane Season

Tallahassee, Fla.—This year’s hurricane season is quickly approaching, and the Florida Department of Health encourages you to make preparations that can help ensure your safety should severe weather occur. In 2016 our state saw the first large-scale hurricane event in a decade. Every hurricane season should be treated as a serious threat, and taking simple precautions can help you stay healthy and safe when weather-related hazards impact the state.

“Last year’s active hurricane season served as a reminder about the importance of planning ahead for emergencies,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. Celeste Philip. “I strongly encourage everyone to have an updated emergency plan and an emergency supply kit that is specific to your needs and the needs of your loved ones.”

Here’s how you can prepare for the 2017 Hurricane Season: [Read more…]

MVP Athletic Club

MVP Athletic Club was honored May 10, 2017 as more than 300 local dignitaries looked on, receiving the 2017 Lake County Community Service Award for involvement and service in our The Villages – Spanish Springs Town Square, The Villages – Brownwood Paddock Square, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties and Lake County communities

The Lady Lake Police Department Is Ready For Hurricane Season. Are You?

“Those who have not learned from history are doomed to repeat it.”  That is especially true with hurricanes.   Even though forecasting methods and tools are improving year after year, people are still at great risk if they are not prepared.

Experience has taught us that the best thing to do before a hurricane is prepare, so you can be confident during a storm that you’ve done everything you can to keep your family safe. As your Chief of Police, I want you to know that during a hurricane, you can depend on the resilience and resourcefulness of the men and women of the Lady Lake Police Department.

As a local law enforcement agency, we work year-round with our local, county, state and federal partners to improve our response, cooperation and communication during hurricanes. Just as we at the police department plan for unexpected weather emergencies, there is plenty you can do to make yourselves, your families and your homes ready for hurricane season. Don’t wait for a storm to threaten. [Read more…]

The 2017 Legislative Session

By Senator Dennis Baxley

The 2017 Legislative Session has come to an end! We have worked hard to secure good policy for our constituents and the people of Florida. During our time in Tallahassee this year, some big issues were addressed: tax cuts, increased homestead exemption, more clarity on our self-defense and religious freedom rights, and increased funding for bright futures and higher education institutions.

This year, the legislature passed $180 million in broad based tax-cuts for Floridians. This includes a three day back to school sales tax holiday, a reduction to the business rent tax, a disaster preparedness sales tax holiday, and the elimination of sales tax on feminine products.

A bill was also passed that will provide significant tax savings for homeowners across Florida. The increased homestead exemption bill will proposes an amendment to the Florida Constitution to provide an additional homestead exemption of $25,000. Homestead property owners will receive an exemption from ad valorem taxes, except levies by school districts, for the assessed valuation greater than $100,000 and up to $125,000. If approved by Florida voters in November 2018, the amendment will take effect January 1, 2019. [Read more…]

Two Suspects Arrested In Weirsdale Double Homicide

MARION COUNTY, FL (May 18, 2017) – Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes Detectives identified Emanuel Angelo Tuggerson (B/M DOB: 8/11/1997) and Isaiah Ishmael Richard (B/M DOB:1/1/1997) as suspects in the homicides of Baily Zylo (DOB: 8/21/1998) and Andy Fockler (DOB: 8/14/1978) on January 29, 2017,  in Weirsdale.

Richard was located and arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and Tuggerson is at the Marion County Jail on unrelated charges, and will be served with an arrest warrant for these charges while in custody.

On January 29, 2017, deputies responded to 14241 SE 151st Place Road in Weirsdale after receiving a 911 call. Deputies discovered that an apparent home invasion robbery had occurred with two fatalities inside the home. 18 year old Bailey Zylo and 38 year old Andy Fockler were pronounced dead on scene.

Richard and Tuggerson are being charged with two (2) counts of Murder in the First Degree and are being held on no bond. At this time MCSO Major Crimes Detectives are still collecting information, we will release more information as it becomes available.

 

The Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society

The Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society of Lake County, FL  will host a  program on Eagle Watch  2 p.m.  Sunday May 7th at  Trout Lake Nature Center 520 E County Rd 44  Eustis, FL.

Shanwlei Breeding Eagle Watch Coordinator of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland, FL  and  volunteers will discuss  this 25 yr  citizen science program that monitors bald eagles in central Florida.   Volunteer training for Eagle Watch will be held in late summer.

Registration and refreshments will begin at 1:30 pm. the meeting is free and open to  the public.   Details:  www.oklawaha-audubon.com or call 407-230-5404

Lady Lake Chamber holds luncheon to introduce new Ambassadors

Lady Lake Chamber of Commerce held a luncheon to introduce all our new ambassadors. They now have 10 ambassadors and had a planning session and set into action their one year plan for the program.

President Susan Soltysiak spoke about what it means to be an Ambassador and Terri Friesner talked about why the chamber works for businesses

ALL THREE COUNTIES POST JOB GROWTH OVER THE MONTH AND YEAR

OCALA, Fla. (March 24, 2017) – Consistent with employment trends going back at least five years, the February jobless rate dropped over the month in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties.

According to today’s employment summary by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the unemployment rate for the CareerSource CLM region was 5.9 percent, down 0.7 percentage point since January and the same rate as one year ago.

Out of an expanded labor force of 200,814, there were 11,802 unemployed residents in the region, a drop of 1,396 over the month. While that’s 247 more than in February 2016, there were 189,012 people with jobs throughout the three counties, an increase of 2,676 since January and 6,045 more than a year ago.

Additionally, the DEO reports that the Ocala metropolitan statistical area (MSA) continued to hold the fastest annual job growth rate compared to all metros in Florida in professional and business services, at 11.1 percent. The Ocala MSA had the second fastest job growth rate in trade, transportation and utilities at 5.8 percent. [Read more…]