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The Special Investigations Unit along with deputies from the Street Crimes Unit conducted phase one of Operation Bassville Park. The operational focus was to target known drug areas and dealers in an attempt to stem the flow of illegal narcotics in the designated area. As a result of the operation, detectives were able to arrest two known drug dealers from the area. An additional illegal narcotics arrest was made from the area for a total of three arrests. Listed below are the arrested parties, what they were charged with, and the circumstances for the arrest.

Nicholas Bradway was charged with DWLS (Habitual Offender), Flee/Elude, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Fentanyl, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of MDMA, Possession of Hydrocodone, Possession of Suboxone, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Surveillance units observed Bradway driving a silver Acura in the area of operation. Mr. Bradway is known to detectives for illegal narcotics and not having a valid driver’s license. A traffic stop was attempted on Mr. Bradway; however, he refused to stop and fled the area until he crashed into a tree along Carlton Court in Leesburg. Mr. Bradway was secured without incident. Detectives then conducted a search of the car, during which approximately 52 grams of methamphetamine, plastic baggies containing Fentanyl, Cocaine, MDMA, Hydrocodone pills, Suboxone pills, and numerous amounts of Drug Paraphernalia were located. Mr. Bradway had a one-stop-shop of illegal narcotics, which, based on the number of narcotics and packaging material, are indicative of illegal narcotic sales. Continue reading

Experience the 5th Annual Lady Lake Expo with the Lady Lake Chamber as the “Hostess with the Mostess”. Business people came from all over the area to promote their business, give out free gifts, lots of pens, business cards and trinkets like a miniature pen flash light. While people were streaming through, the businesses would ask them questions and introduce themselves to the public. Food trucks were available if you were hungry. Bill Bryan donated a large TV as a door prize.

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At the Experience Lady Lake Expo Bill Bryan Chrysler Dodge Jeep donated a large TV to raffle off. The winner of the 56 inch smart YV was Jennie Bumbu center. Top is Codie Smith, Nicole Clement on left and on right Sofia Mourgalien. The winner Jennie was really excited and jumping up and down. It was fun to watch someone win. Thanks Bill Bryan for your generosity!

Nothing but networking was a good event. Over 50 people attended. They had ten new people joining the networking event. It is always busy at the end of the year. A lot of discussion about businesses and what they are planning for the new year. Everyone sounded optimistic. Most were saying business is up and that is always good. As you can see by the smiles things are good. We will have more pictures next year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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The tenth annual Christmas in the Villages was held at the Wildwood Community Center. There was continuous Entertainment: Mark Shelton put on Elvis Christmas Show and Do Wop Music by Danny & Johnny. Grand Prize Drawing was at 3 pm. The first 100 people through the door were given free raffle tickets, a tote & door prizes. Of course there is always food. There were 100 venders with some free stuff and lots of information. Parking was free. If you missed this event it is held every year. Watch for an ad in this newspaper.

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Elvis Impersonator Mark Shelton is not just one of the best Elvis impersonators, he is an Army Veteran, Military Police, he has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice – Boston University, Commissioned Kentucky Colonel, Great Voice, great Music, Great Memories. Mark Shelton bringing you memories of Elvis. 802-274-8050

At Fakhoury Medical and Chiropractic Center, we would like to introduce you to our newest team member, Dr. Christopher Ruppel. We are so pleased to have him join our amazing group of Chiropractors. Here is a little of his incredible story that led him to follow his passion of serving:

“It is an honor and truly a privilege to begin serving the community here at Fakhoury Medical and Chiropractic Center in the Ocala and the Villages offices. Both communities are rich in prosperous, and hardworking Americans, who have made a vast array of accomplishments and sacrifices in their lifetime, creating the great state and nation we are afforded to live in today.

As I learn and grow to become a part of these beautiful communities, I hope to be able to share with you my passion to serve not only as a great Chiropractor here in Ocala and in The Villages, but also a referring physician to help guide you towards the care you need and most certainly deserve.

To begin developing my relationship with the beautiful people here, I find it would be fitting for me to share with you how and why I became to be so passionate about serving as a Chiropractic physician.  Continue reading

Past President Susan Soltysiak and Ambassador holding up our newspaper. Susan has been a great supporter of the Lady Lake Chamber and a friend to the newspaper. For the picture I could not help myself. Thanks, Susan for being a reader!

The Lady Lake Chamber had a ribbon cutting celebrating the Discount Beverage center.

Many attended from the Chamber; some 50 to 75 people circulated through the store. They had Poppy’s Food Truck serving Mexican Classics. The food was great and a wine tasting was greatly appreciated. They handed out swags; everyone was networking; there were photo opportunities. Visitors from all levels in the community attended and enjoyed the beverage center.  Chris and Alana say thank you for the Ribbon cutting and invited everyone to come experience her store and what it has to offer.


Detectives with the Lake County sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau, along with the City/County Investigative Bureau (comprised of the Eustis, Clermont, and Leesburg Police Departments), just concluded a two-day undercover sting operation targeting those who sell alcoholic beverages to underage consumers. Detectives used underage, undercover buyers as they visited various locations throughout the entire county this week.

A total of 106 businesses were visited during the operation, 20 of which sold to the underaged buyer. The types of businesses visited include convenience stores, liquor stores, supermarkets, and even some restaurants. Detectives charged all violators through criminal citations.

Attached are two separate lists, one that shows businesses that properly checked for identification and the other showing those that violated the law (click on the icons below). Continue reading

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