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Clermont woman gets 20 years for identity theft, fraud

A 39-year-old Clermont woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for stealing identities that netted her $4 million from fraudulent tax returns.

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Tuesday 10/21/2014
Groveland woman jailed for husband's alleged drugs
Posted: October 21, 2014

A 34-year-old Groveland woman reached out to police to complain about being battered and claimed the drugs in her house belonged to her husband, but she ended up in jail because of them.

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Monday 10/20/2014
Chronic absenteeism a problem at Lake County schools
Posted: October 20, 2014

Two months into the school year, 64 students at Leesburg Elementary School have missed six or more days of class, a situation the school’s principal calls “unconscionable.”

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Clermont police investigating shooting
Posted: October 20, 2014

Clermont police reported Monday afternoon that a 23-year-old black male had been shot in the leg along East Desoto Street.

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Law enforcement targeting teen texting
Posted: October 20, 2014

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and local enforcement agencies will be on heightened alert to enforce Florida’s ban on texting while driving this week during National Teen Driver Safety Week.

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Tips for Lake's new curbside collection system
Posted: October 20, 2014

Because of recent issues with Lake’s new curbside collection process, the county is offering residents tips on how to properly use the new county-issued trash and recycling carts.

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Thursday 10/16/2014
Red-light camera outsourcing targeted by court
Posted: October 16, 2014

In another wrinkle to the controversial use of red-light cameras in Clermont, an appeals court Wednesday said the city of Hollywood violated state law by relying on a private company to issue traffic citations to red-light runners.

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Clermont man found guilty in 2012 shooting death
Posted: October 16, 2014

A 24-year-old Clermont man was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday for his role in the shooting death of Jose Manuel Santos in 2012.

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
Lake County woman dies at Lowell Correctional
Posted: October 15, 2014

Two inmates at Lowell Correctional Institution, a women’s prison north of Ocala, have died in the past week. One of them was a Lake County woman

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Ex-Clermont city manager to head up St. Pete Beach
Posted: October 15, 2014

In January 2013, Al Minner and Wayne Saunders were both vying for the position of city manager in Port Orange.

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Tuesday 10/14/2014
Summit Greens traffic signal gets county OK
Posted: October 14, 2014

Lake County commissioners unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday with the city of Clermont to fund a traffic signal at N. Hancock Road and Diamond Club Drive.

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Monday 10/13/2014
Senior athletes compete for glory - and better health
Posted: October 13, 2014

Athletes – many of them from The Villages – lined up along the edge of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center pool in Gainesville, preparing to dive with arched backs into the crystal blue.

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Two Lake courses on Florida Historic Golf Trail
Posted: October 13, 2014

Two golf courses in Lake County are among 50 public-access courses across the state named to the newly created Florida Historic Golf Trail.

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Jimbo: Winston will play all season
Posted: October 13, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Coach Jimbo Fisher said Florida State's Jameis Winston has committed no crime and is adamant the quarterback will not miss any games this season due to an ongoing sexual assault investigation.

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Saturday 10/11/2014
EEOC rules against Mascotte in racial discrimination complaint
Posted: October 11, 2014

As of July, records show half-dozen lawsuits and formal complaints have been filed against Mascotte by former and current employees who say they have been wronged, discriminated against or harassed in one form or another by city officials.

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October school assessments dropped in Lake
Posted: October 11, 2014

Lake County Schools have immediately suspended benchmark tests to students in grades 7 through 11 to give teachers more time to adapt to the new Florida Standards.

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Thursday 10/09/2014
Teachers approve new contract
Posted: October 09, 2014

Lake County teachers voted in favor of the 2014-15 teacher contract Wednesday night, according to a press release from the Lake County Education Association.

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U.S. Congress District 10 candidates spar on foreign policy, budget issues
Posted: October 09, 2014

Both U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster and Democratic challenger Michael McKenna are conducting boots-on-the-ground campaigns, going door-to-door in Congressional District 10 to woo voters.

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Forum on medical marijuana set tonight at LSSC
Posted: October 09, 2014

An anti-substance abuse organization aimed at students will host a Town Hall forum tonight on the proposed state amendment to legalize medical marijuana.

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Monday 10/06/2014
Candidate forums scheduled in Clermont this week
Posted: October 06, 2014

South Lake residents who want to learn more about local and county candidates running for office before heading to the polls, will have a couple of opportunities this week to fulfill their wish.

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