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Groveland Man Charged with Human Trafficking and Soliciting Teen Girls for Sex

Fruitland Park Man Charged with Sexual Battery on a Child

The Villages Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton Urge You to Eliminate Driving Distractions

Motorcyclist Killed in Umatilla Crash

Ex-Apopka Official gets Probation in Hit-and-run Crash

Former Marion County Firefighter Facing Trial for DUI Manslaughter

Tavares High School Athletic Trainer Accused of Drinking with Students

Man Arrested In Clermont For Allegedly Performing Lewd Act In Window

Man Seriously Injured After Truck Rolls Over Him In Fruitland Park

Lake County Man Accused of Molesting Girl

Man Arrested For Allegedly Scamming Leesburg Woman

Child In Critical Condition After Being Struck By Car In Wildwood

Eustis Driver Dies After Running Stop Sign

Electrical Meter Blamed for Sumter County House Fire That Injured Man And Killed Two Dogs

Motorcyclist Killed, Another Seriously Injured In Bushnell Crash

Hawthorne Man Killed in Fireworks Explosion

Man Attacked By Alligator in Sumter County

Put Safety First Memorial Day Weekend in The Villages

DUIs, Citations and Crashes Reported During Bikefest in Leesburg

Part 2: Top 10 Causes of Golf Cart Accidents (5-1)

The Villages Fastest Growing US Metro Area

Villages Residents Adding Seat Belts to Golf Carts

2 Killed, 2 Hurt After SUV Crashes Into Golf Carts in The Villages

Armed Motorist Arrested in Road Rage Incident

Emotionally Distracted Driving Leads to Collisions, Study Says

Part 1: Top 10 Causes of Golf Cart Accidents (10-6)

Clermont DayCare Director Charged with Child Abuse

Scams & Fraud Rampant in Central Florida

Sumter County Resident Duped in Sweepstake Scam

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Man Accused of Trying to Use Counterfeit Money

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Villages Man Killed in Beer Truck Collision

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Man Jailed for DUI After Driving Wrong Way on U.S. 27

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Couple Arrested in Sumter County on Drug Charges

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Wildwood Man Riding Lawnmower Killed in Crash with SUV

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Wildwood Man Accused of Molesting Two Children

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Wildwood Teen Arrested on Lewd Charges

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Two Men Arrested in Car Burglaries in The Villages

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Villages Resident Indicted for Bribery

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Man Struck by Speeding Car in Leesburg

A man who ran into his front yard to yell at a pickup truck driver who was speeding down Pala Verda Avenue, was hit by that same driver just 15 minutes later while putting out trash cans, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The man’s wife said her husband was taking out the trash at abou...

Woman Accused of Stealing Bank Deposit

A medical employee who dropped off a bank deposit from her job, allegedly drove off with a deposit that was left by another woman. The alleged theft took place earlier this month, however the accused, a 27-year-old Leesburg woman, was arrested Monday — the same day Leesburg police apparently ...

Senior Driving Safety in The Villages

Some people think that when you reach a certain age it is time for the car keys to be taken away. However, this is not necessarily always the case. To support senior driver safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration developed a Drive Well Toolkit for elder drivers and their families....

Soft Tissue Injuries: What You Need to Know in The Villages

The most frequently reported injuries in U.S. insurance claims are neck sprains and strains, also known as whiplash or soft tissue injuries, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These types of soft tissue injuries can cause you immense pain and cost you a lot of money. These inj...

The Dangers of a Rollover Crash in The Villages

Rollover collisions are among some of the most dangerous and deadly types of crashes on the roadways. They generally occur at high speeds and can leave victims with catastrophic or fatal injuries. Being prepared is key anytime you get behind the wheel, so understanding the risk factors associated wi...

Man Sentenced to 10 ½ Years for DUI Manslaughter

A 33-year-old man of Fruitland Park has been sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison for DUI manslaughter. The man was found guilty in mid-November of DUI manslaughter in a 2013 single-vehicle crash that killed his passenger and best friend, a 31-year-old Lady Lake man. His sentencing hearing took p...

Eustis Men Facing Federal Meth Charges

Two Eustis men and a Dade City man have been charged with possession of more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine by federal authorities. If convicted, the two Eustis men, 26 and  45, and the 41-year-old Dade City man could each face a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in federal prison, acco...

Two-Year-Old Killed After Being Hit by ATV Involved in Race

An ATV race in rural Wildwood turned fatal Sunday afternoon when one of the drivers apparently lost control, veered into spectators and killed a 2-year-old child, according to authorities. The accident happened while a 28-year-old Wildwood man was racing with other four-wheelers along County Road 2...

Man Charged with Ninth DUI Following Crash

A 49-year-old Minneola man was picked up on his ninth DUI charge after crashing into a car and injuring three people, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The man was previously arrested eight times for driving under the influence, according to reports. The man was charged with DU...

Girl Allegedly Raped by Couple While Watching ‘Frozen’

A Sumter County couple is accused of holding an under-age girl down and raping her while the three watched the Disney movie “Frozen.” A 52-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual battery of a victim between ages 12 and 16. A 32-year-old woman was charged with lewd and l...

Social Media Helps Officers Locate Hit-And-Run Vehicle

A vehicle suspected in the hit-and-run death of a 22-year-old Clermont pedestrian Monday night has been found due to social media, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Investigators were able to locate the black Honda Accord involved in the accident Tuesday night after someone phoned in a tip t...

Preventing a DUI Arrest During the Holidays in The Villages

The holidays are a festive time for celebrating. There are office holiday parties, neighborhood events and even just meetups with friends and family members at bars and restaurants to just relax. Having a few cocktails over the holidays is fine, but it is very important to remember not to drink and ...

Fugitive Wanted on Alleged Sexual Assault Charges Arrested in Lake County

A Colorado fugitive, who is allegedly wanted in the sexual assault of at least one underaged girl, was apparently found with another girl hiding in a camper in Howey-in-the-Hills, according to police. The 53-year-old of Sterling, Colo., was found in the camper on Citrus Valley Road on Sunday. He wa...

Travel Safety Tips for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and many people across the United States will be travelling home for the holiday. The long Thanksgiving weekend is actually one of the busiest travel times of the year. Sadly, with increased traffic on the roadways comes more car accident fatalities. The followi...

FBI Reports Violent, Property Crime Down in U.S.

According to a recent crime report by the FBI, property crime and violent crime are on the decline across the United States. According to an FBI press release, violent crimes in the United States dropped 4.4 percent between 2012 and 2013, which is the most recent year for which statistics are avai...

Court Sides with Engineering Firm in Clermont-Area Guardrail Crash

An appeals court Friday ruled in favor of an engineering firm despite questions about the design of a guardrail in a case stemming from a death in a 2008 crash on the Florida Turnpike near Clermont. The 5th District Court of Appeal directed a Lake County circuit judge to enter a judgment for Trans...

Three Arrested During Lake County Law Enforcement Halloween Operation

Lake County deputies were scouring several neighborhoods Friday night to check for probation violations by registered sex offenders participating in Halloween festivities, but they found no such violators. They did, however, make three arrests. According to a sheriff’s office spokesman, those...

Top 10 Causes of Golf Cart Accidents and What You Can Do to Prevent Them

Golf carts are a very popular mode of transportation in The Villages and the surrounding areas. With the use of golf carts on the rise in large or gated communities comes the increase of golf cart accidents. When not used properly, a golf cart can be just as dangerous as any other motor vehicle. Go...

Tavares Blocks Young Golf Cart Drivers

The Tavares City Council recently agreed to amend its golf cart ordinance to ban operators who don’t have a driver’s license. Mayor Robert Wolf and council member Robert Speaks both said they have witnessed too many youths driving recklessly around town on streets where golf carts are a...

Couple Accused of Having Sex in The Villages

Two people were arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly having sex in public in The Villages. According to a spokesman with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to El Camino Real in the Lady Lake section of The Villages at about 8:40 a.m., after receiving a call from som...

NHTSA Launches New VIN Search Tool for Auto Recalls

Millions of automobiles are recalled every year in the United States due to safety defects or noncompliance with federal standards. Unfortunately, a vast number of consumers are unaware of defect issues and fail to have their vehicles appropriately checked or fixed to remedy the problem. The problem...

Convicted Sex Offender Arrested for Violating Probation

A 26-year-old convicted registered sex offender who was the center of controversy in Clermont last year after he was given permission to live too close to where children congregate has been sentenced 40 months in prison on a probation violation. In a Lake County hearing this month, a judge found he...

Leesburg Commissioner Ticketed for April Crash that Killed Motorcyclist

About a week after the State Attorney's Office said it would not file criminal charges against Leesburg City Commissioner Jay Hurley for his involvement in an April crash that killed a motorcyclist, police announced Monday they have ticketed him in the accident. Hurley, 45, was cited for improper l...

Villages Doctor Accepts Plea Deal in Sex Case Settlement

A doctor in The Villages, who was accused of staring at a female patient during a vaginal exam and later sending her sexually explicit videos and texts, has accepted an agreement banning him from examining any more female patients permanently, according to documents filed Tuesday with the state Boar...

Tavares Police Arrest Man for Allegedly Filming Underage Exchange Students

A 78-year-old man has been charged with nine counts of video voyeurism and two counts of possession of child pornography, according to an affidavit of probable cause from the Tavares Police Department. The affidavit claims that the victim, a male German foreign exchange student living with the man,...

The Villages Motorcycle Accident Attorney :: One Killed, One Critically Injured in Lake County Motorcycle Crash

A 27-year-old Orlando man died and a 33-year-old Eustis woman was critically injured earlier this month in east Lake County after their motorcycle collided with a culvert and both passengers were ejected, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident occurred around 7:30 p.m. near the inte...

The Villages Golf Cart DUI Lawyer :: Villages Resident Accused of DUI Hit-And-Run on Golf Cart

A 39-year-old resident of The Villages, just days away from ending his conditional release from prison, is accused of a hit-and-run while driving a golf cart. The man remained jailed Wednesday on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and violating his conditional release. According to Lady L...

The Villages Injury Lawyer :: Be a Sensible Party Host this Fourth of July

The Fourth of July holiday is next week, which means pool parties, fireworks displays and family BBQ’s will be taking place all over The Villages and the surrounding areas. If you are planning on hosting your own Independence Day bash, make sure you are familiar with the list of potential con...

The Villages Criminal Defense Attorney :: Couple Arrested for Having Sex in Public in The Villages

A couple was arrested Monday night after police allegedly caught them having sex in the middle of the square at Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages. According to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, reports were received regarding two people having sexual intercourse just after 10:30 p.m. Mond...

The Villages Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer :: Winter Garden Man Accused of Having Sex with Underage Teen

A 19-year-old man was arrested last week for allegedly having sex with an under-aged girl he met on a social media website. The Winter Garden man was charged with lewd and lascivious battery on Wednesday. He has since been released from the Lake County Jail after posting a $5,000 bond. According t...

The Villages White Collar Crime Lawyer :: Lady Lake Woman to Be Sentenced in Federal Court for Villages ID-Theft Scheme

A 40-year-old Lady Lake woman who entered a guilty plea for her involvement in a "wide-ranging identity theft scheme" will be sentenced next month in federal court for making unauthorized use of at least 92 medical patients' Social Security numbers, according to federal prosecutors. According to th...

The Villages Drug Crimes Defense Attorney :: Four Women Charged with Manufacturing Meth in Lady Lake

Detectives with the Lake County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit responded to 4041 Azalea Way in Lady Lake on Tuesday to investigate a possible meth lab. The investigation resulted in the arrest of four women. Patrol deputies and investigators with the Department of Children and Families...

The Villages Injury Lawyer :: Passenger in Tavares Sea Plane Crash Suffers Minor Injuries

A seaplane crash in Tavares Thursday left a passenger suffering from minor injuries, according to Lake County sheriff's deputies. The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. in a wooded area behind the parking lot of Lake Idamere Park on County Road 448 in Tavares. Deputies at the crash site said that wit...

The Villages Auto Accident Attorney :: Lady Lake Man Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash in Sumter County

A Lady Lake man died from injuries he sustained after a truck in which he was a passenger was hit and overturned in a two-vehicle crash Saturday night in Sumter County, according to Florida Highway Patrol troopers. The 59-year-old Lady Lake man died at The Villages Regional Hospital, according to p...

The Villages Criminal Defense Attorney :: Two Men Arrested for Stealing Golf Carts

Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men Wednesday for allegedly stealing two golf carts valued at $11,000 and burglarizing a home.   The men, 31 and 34, face several charges, including grand theft, burglary and two counts of theft of a motor vehicle. On Feb. ...

The Villages Burglary & Theft Attorney :: Two Men Arrested Following Villages Break-ins

Two men have been arrested on prowling, burglary and other charges after they were allegedly spotted looking into the windows of various homes in The Villages. In addition to the above charges, the 22-year-old handyman from Lady Lake and the 19-year-old man of Weirsdale were charged with petit thef...

The Villages Wrongful Death Attorney :: Winter Garden Man killed in Freak Electrocution Accident

A Winter Garden man passed away  in a freak accident over the weekend when he was electrocuted after crashing his Hummer SUV into a power pole, according to Florida Highway Patrol troopers. The 21-year-old was travelling westbound on Cook Road near Schofield Road in Lake County aroun...

The Villages Criminal Defense Attorney :: DOJ Charges Clermont Man with Counterfeiting Apps

Four people, including a 22-year-old Clermont man, have been charged in the U.S. Department of Justice’s first lawsuits over counterfeit smartphone apps. In a press release this week, the Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman said, “These crimes involve the large-scale violati...

The Villages Criminal Defense Lawyer :: Police Discover 136 Marijuana Plants in Groveland Home

A Groveland police officer allegedly discovered 136 marijuana plants inside a Groveland home this week. Police are calling this the biggest grow house bust in the area in recent memory. The plants were apparently found inside a house at 1185 Singleton Circle, a rental property that was entirely re...

The Villages Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney :: Mount Dora Man Killed in Collision on U.S. 441

A 41-year-old Mount Dora doctor was killed the last week of December in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 441 that caused backups and delays in traffic for nearly eight hours, according to police. The doctor died from injuries suffered as a result of the crash. Leesburg police claim the man w...

The Villages Auto Accident Lawyer :: Tire Blowout on I-75 in Sumter County Results in 6 Injuries

A van carrying six passengers crashed shortly after noon on Tuesday on Interstate 75 in Sumter County. All six people were taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver of the van, a 44-year-old man of Federal Way, Washington, experienced a right rear t...

Villages Fraud & White Collar Crimes Lawyer :: Villages Resident Accused of Stealing $14K from 92-Year-Old Woman

A 59-year-old Villages resident was arrested Monday on fraud and larceny charges after she allegedly swindled more than $14,000 from a 92-year-old woman she was caring for. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the caregiver took the elderly woman to a bank in the Villages where sh...

The Villages Golf Cart Accident Lawyer :: Lower-Speed Golf Carts Catching the Eye of Numerous Villages Residents

Reportedly, there are thousands of residents in The Villages that are currently on a waiting list to get their golf carts, used as a primary source of transportation, made a little slower. Why is this? In the state of Florida, dropping a cart’s speed from 25 mph to 20 mph can make a huge diff...

The Villages Auto Accident Lawyer :: Four Injured in Rear-End Collision with Lynx Bus near Zellwood

Four people were injured, two seriously, after a car rear-ended a Lynx bus north of Zellwood on Monday. A 22-year-old Orlando man driving a 2010 Toyota struck the bus around 3:45 p.m. at a bus stop on Orange Blossom Trail at Robinson Street while the bus was stopped and letting off a pass...

The Villages Auto Accident Attorney :: Drivers Injured in Eustis School Bus Crash

A four-vehicle crash involving a Lake County school bus carrying 28 high school students sent two people to the hospital Tuesday morning. The crash occurred in Eustis on Thrill Hill Road near County Road 44-A at around 6:50 a.m. According to Florida Highway Patrol, a 53-year-old DeLand man was tic...

The Villages Wrongful Death Lawyer :: Understanding Medical Malpractice – One of the Leading Causes of Wrongful Death in Florida

Medical malpractice has become the third highest cause of death in the United States. Every year, around 200,000 people die as a direct result of careless or negligent actions made by doctors, nurses, lab technicians, physical therapists, pharmacies and hospitals. Statistics show that nearly 20,000 ...

The Villages Cruise Ship Injury Attorney :: First Lawsuit Filed Over Carnival Triumph Disaster

The first suit has been filed against Carnival Cruise Lines in regards to the engine fire accident that left thousands of passengers stuck for days at sea aboard the Carnival Triumph. This is the first lawsuit of what could be many. The suit was filed by one of the passenger...

The Villages Golf Cart Accident Lawyer :: Golf Cart Insurance on The Rise in The Villages

The cost of golf cart insurance is steadily rising in The Villages community. While traditional golf carts that do not go faster than 20 mph do not have to be registered or insured, the more popular higher-performing golf carts that travel up to 25 mph, have what many retirees consider exorbitant i...

The Villages Wrongful Death Lawyer :: Man Killed in Hang-Glider Crash

A 27-year-old hang glider from Illinois died Saturday following a crash on a Lake County airfield. Deputies claim something went wrong during the flight causing the hang glider to go down on the runway at a small airport in Groveland. The crash occurred around 3:20 p.m. The man was taken to South ...

The Villages DUI Lawyer :: Eustis Man Arrested for Fourth DUI – On a Bicycle

A 42-year-old Eustis man was arrested this week for his fourth DUI, this time after he apparently rode a bicycle while intoxicated. He was also charged with refusal to submit to a DUI test and was booked into the Lake County jail with bail set at $10,250. According to the arrest report, officers w...

The Villages Drug Crimes Lawyer :: Sumter County Undercover Drug Investigation Nets 25 Arrests

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office ended a six-month undercover drug bust Thursday morning that resulted in the arrest of about two dozen suspected dealers. The undercover bust, dubbed Operation Street Sweeper, came to a halt at noon on Thursday as more than 20 officers went door-to-door to s...

The Villages Automobile Accident Lawyer :: How You Can Avoid a Car Accident in The Villages

When travelling through The Villages, it is easy to feel safe and secure behind the wheel and totally at ease. Most of us don’t think about the possibilities of becoming involved in a car wreck before hitting the gas pedal. However, we hear about unfortunate accidents all the time and have pro...

The Villages Theft Defense Lawyer :: Tampa Man Charged with Burglary in Sumter County

A 44-year-old Tampa man, recently released from prison after serving a three year sentence for burglary and grand theft, has been charged by Sumter County police with new grand theft and burglary charges. At the end of last month, the man was arrested for grand theft of a motor vehicle and driving ...

The Villages Criminal Defense Attorney :: Burglaries Increase Sumter County Crime by 25 Percent

The increased number of burglaries at construction sites in Sumter County has boosted the crime rate in the county by 25.3 percent during the first six months of this year. While nonviolent offenses, such as burglary and larceny, were up, violent crimes such as assault, rape and robbery were in the...

The Villages Sex Crimes Defense Attorney :: Tavares Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Undercover Child Sex Sting

A 23-year-old Tavares man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison last month after pleading guilty to charges of attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. Court documents indicate the man responded to an Internet ad posted by an undercover police officer earlier this year. The ...

The Villages Injury Attorney :: Thanksgiving Safety Tips - Shop Smart on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

The Friday and Monday after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, are the most popular shopping days of the year. It is not uncommon for people to get caught up in the whirlwind of “deals” and throw caution to the wind, however it is important to be alert and take precaut...

The Villages Auto Accident Injury Attorney :: Teen on Horseback Struck by Pickup Truck in Lake County

Umatilla, FL – A 17-year-old girl was flown to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries Saturday after the driver of a pickup truck hit her and the horse she was riding on. According to troopers, the driver of a 1985 Ford pickup heading south on 182nd Avenue Road hit the horse from behin...

The Villages Personal Injury Attorney :: Clermont-Area ATV Accident Leaves One Teen Dead and Injures Another

A 16-year-old Ocoee boy was killed and a 14-year-old Clermont girl was hospitalized with serious injuries this week after an SUV crashed into one of their stalled ATVs in the roadway. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the pair was attempting to tow the unlit, stalled ATV from the road when a...

The Villages Personal Injury Lawyer :: Defective Security-Gate Arms in The Villages Could be to Blame for Damages to Residents Cars and Golf Carts

Whittel & Melton - Recently installed high-tech security cameras in The Villages are troubling some as the neighborhood tries to identify people who are apparently hitting the security arms at the gates and driving away. But that is not all. They also began posting footage of drivers coming i...

The Villages Criminal Defense Lawyers Whittel & Melton :: Two Store Clerks Nabbed in Sumter County Alcohol Sting

Two store clerks were arrested off warrants earlier this month for allegedly selling alcohol to a minor stemming from a sting conducted by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office to keep teens away from alcohol as high school homecomings approach. In an effort to reduce teenage drinking, the depar...

The Villages Criminal Defense Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Water Bottle Left at Crime Scene Links Wildwood Man to Multiple Burglaries

A 23-year-old Wildwood man was taken into custody this week after alleged DNA evidence linked him to several burglaries at a Wildwood storage facility on April 24. The man is accused of breaking into multiple recreational vehicles and stealing four televisions, a laptop, GPS, CB radio, cash an...

The Villages Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Clermont Woman Dies from Injuries Suffered in Lake County Motorcycle Crash

A 49-year-old Clermont woman died Tuesday from injuries she suffered in a motorcycle collision that occurred last week on State Road 44 in Lake County, just east of Eustis. The woman was riding as passenger on her husband’s motorcycle when his bike crashed into two other motorcycles around 11...

The Villages Sex Crimes Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Man Receives 20 Years for Distributing Child Porn and Child Molestation

A 30-year-old Wildwood man was recently sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography. He allegedly mentioned in an Internet chat that he was molesting a three-year-old child. The man pleaded guilty to the child porn charges on April 17, 2012. U.S. Immigration and Cus...

The Villages Injury Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: What Steps You Need to Take After Receiving a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Being diagnosed with mesothelioma can be overwhelming and leave you unsure of what to do next. You may be confused as to what mesothelioma actually is and how you got it. While medical treatment should be your primary concern, understanding your legal rights ensure that your family remains financial...

The Villages Motorcycle Accident Lawyers :: Sumter County Motorcyclist Killed in Leesburg Crash

A 71-year-old Sumter County biker was killed Saturday afternoon after colliding with a car in Leesburg, causing traffic on U.S. 441 to be shut down for three hours. The motorcyclist apparently struck a Chevy Malibu driven by a 75-year-old Leesburg woman. The biker was pronounced dead at the scene. ...

The Villages Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Motorcycle Passenger Killed in Summerfield Collision

A motorcycle heading south on U.S. 441 was struck from behind by a pickup truck Friday night killing the passenger and seriously injuring the driver. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the 2005 Harley Davidson was hit from behind by a 2010 Ford F150 around 6:40 p.m. The driver, a 71-year-old Sum...

The Villages Golf Cart Accident Wrongful Death Attorneys :: Villages Man Killed After Falling Out of Golf Cart

A 70-year-old man died Saturday evening in The Villages after falling out of a golf cart driven by a 65-year-old Villages resident. The driver was apparently executing a left turn into a roundabout when he hit a curb, causing the passenger to be ejected. The 70-year-old Villages man was rushed to ...

The Villages Criminal Defense Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Two Teens Charged in Robbery and Beating of Wildwood Man

Wildwood police arrested two teens Tuesday for allegedly beating a man during a robbery attempt and barging into an occupied home to hide. Police apparently responded to the disturbance around noon on Tuesday. They claim they found the alleged victim with a one-inch deep puncture wound in his left ...

The Villages Wrongful Death Lawyers Whittel & Melton :: Lake County Police Shoot and Kill Innocent Man Mistaken for Murder Suspect

Lake County police killed an innocent man earlier this month after mistaking him for an attempted murder suspect. They arrived at the man’s Leesburg apartment complex early Sunday morning around 1:30 a.m. and allegedly banged on his door. The man, who was not expecting any visitors at that t...

The Villages Injury Attorneys Whittel & Melton Share Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Motorcycle accidents in The Villages tend to be more disastrous than any Villages car accident. Biker accidents usually involve serious personal injuries or death and can be financially and emotionally devastating to victims and their families. Unfortunately, motorcycles offer limited protection to ...

Pit Bulls Pose Threat to Men, Women, Children and Pets :: Whittel & Melton

The debate over whether pit bulls are cold-blooded killers or just simply misunderstood has been recently reignited. Last month, an 8-month-old infant was killed by a pit bull in a San Diego apartment. A Milwaukee man suffered serious injuries a few weeks ago after a pit bull leaped from a second-s...

The Villages Personal Injury Lawyers Whittel & Melton Discuss Golf Cart Accident Injuries

Originally designed for golfers to save time and energy from having to walk across an 18-hole golf course, golf carts are now being seen utilized at airports and even in residential areas for easy modes of transportation. While golf carts may seem harmless, they actually cause thousands of injuries ...

The Villages Injury Lawyers Whittel & Melton Discuss Fourth of July Safety Tips

With the Fourth of July just days away, many people have plans to attend fireworks displays, barbecues and parties. While these activities can be fun, they can also be quite dangerous. Whether you are cooking out, camping, taking a boating trip or enjoying a pool party this Independence Day, it is i...

The Villages DUI Defense Lawyers Whittel & Melton :: Villages Neurologist Sentenced to Probation for DUI Charges

A 46-year-old Villages neurologist was sentenced to one year of probation after entering a guilty plea to DUI charges stemming from a traffic stop earlier this year in Fruitland Park. As a result of the plea deal, the woman will lose her license for six months and must undergo drug and alcohol trea...

The Villages Criminal Defense Lawyers Whittel & Melton :: Juror Misconduct Leads to Mistrial of Man Accused of First-Degree Murder

Juror misconduct has resulted in the mistrial of a man accused of shooting an Inverness man on the dance floor of an illegal after-hours club in Wildwood. The mistrial was asked for by the man’s defense lawyers on Wednesday after the juror allegedly brought his notes from the Sumter County co...

The Villages Auto Accident Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Villages Man Killed in Suspected DUI Accident

A 22-year-old Villages man was killed early Sunday after the vehicle he was riding in slammed into a lamp post. Investigators claim the 23-year-old driver was driving his 1999 Saab at a high rate of speed when he lost control on a curve. The car struck a median, a lamp post and a tree before coming...

The Villages Sex Crimes Lawyers Whittel & Melton :: Sumter Man Held without Bond Following Child Rape Accusations

A 67-year-old Sumterville man has been denied bail after being accused of repeatedly raping a child since she was in the 4th grade. The alleged assaults were discovered by a woman who went to check on her now 13-year-old cousin after hearing news of a school bus crash last Friday near Bushnell. She...

The Villages Auto Accident Lawyers Whittel & Melton :: Bus Bursts into Flames following Collision

A woman waiting at a Sumter bus stop along with 27 children on their way home from school happened to avoid injury Friday after a 1993 Oldsmobile slammed into their stopped bus, engulfing both vehicles in flames. The Oldsmobile, driven by a Webster man, became lodged beneath the bus and caught fire...

The Villages DUI Defense Lawyers Whittel & Melton :: Man Charged with DUI after Neighbor Places Call to Deputies

A 57-year-old Paisley, Florida man was charged with DUI Tuesday morning after a neighbor notified deputies that the man was apparently backing his pickup into trees and a fence in his own front yard. The neighbor claims the man was struggling to get out of his driveway for at least 15 minutes. A d...

The Villages Auto Accident Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: FHP Blames Deadly Collision on Tire Blowout

A Sumter County woman was killed and her passenger seriously injured Saturday evening following a one-vehicle wreck in Sumter County. The 64-year-old Center Hill, Florida resident was driving a 2008 Ford Taurus when a tire apparently blew out around 10:40 p.m. The Florida Highway Patrol believes th...

The Villages Criminal Defense Lawyers Whittel & Melton :: Fruitland Park Man Dodges Criminal Charges under Castle Doctrine

On June 20 a Fruitland Park man killed a 26-year-old man and convicted felon with a 20-gauge shotgun following a confrontation at his home. Prosecutors recently decided the act was justified. The deceased was apparently drunk and belligerent when he entered a 32-year-old man’s home, revisiti...

The Villages Automobile Accident Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Recent Wrecks in Sumter County Attributed to Slick Roads

The Florida Highway Patrol believes wet roads are to blame for a series of collisions in Sumter County that caused the northbound side of Interstate-75 to be shut down for nearly two hours Sunday. According to reports, FHP responded to a crash scene of 11 wrecks around 2:30 p.m. involving 27 cars. ...

The Villages Criminal Defense Lawyers Whittel & Melton :: Wildwood Man Accused of Firing Weapon in Drive-By Shooting

A 27-year-old Wildwood, Florida man is accused of firing a weapon at three people in a drive-by shooting that occurred last week. Reports indicate that no one was injured. The man apparently has three prior felony convictions, and was charged with three counts of aggravated battery, shooting into ...

The Villages Aggravated Assault Defense Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Store Owner Accused of Pointing Gun at Customer Complaining of Bed Bugs in Furniture

A 32-year-old co-owner of a Fruitland Park rent-to-own store was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm after allegedly pointing a gun at a customer who complained about receiving a sofa and loveseat with bedbugs. According to Fruitland Park police, a customer went into the sto...

The Villages Battery Defense Attorneys :: Man Accused of Striking His Girlfriend and Pummeling Her Car

A 48-year-old Fruitland Park man is charged with battery on a person over 65 and criminal mischief after he allegedly hit his 71-year-old girlfriend and damaged her vehicle. The woman claims she had just finished dinner with the man at a Leesburg restaurant when she decided to go somewhere else wit...

The Villages Personal Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton Discuss How to Choose the Right Car Accident Attorney to Take on Your Case

Any auto collision can feel traumatic despite the severity. Accident victims may feel angry that it wasn’t their fault, and could be suffering from painful injuries that require lasting medical treatment. Fighting with insurance carriers who will try and give you as little as possible for your...

The Villages Florida Felony and Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Developer of The Villages Pleads Guilty to Hunting Violations in Montana

The president and top executive of The Villages is scheduled to appear in a Montana court Tuesday to plead guilty to misdemeanor hunting violations in Big Horn County as part of a plea agreement to end felony criminal charges. The man was one of eight people charged last year for alleged illegal hu...

The Villages Methamphetamine Drug Possession Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Man Arrested After Alleged Meth Lab Uncovered in Oxford

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office and the Lake County Sheriff's Office SWAT unit allegedly busted an Oxford methamphetamine lab last Tuesday that resulted in the arrest of a 53-year-old man. Detectives allegedly executed two search warrants after receiving tips that methamphetamine was being manuf...

The Villages Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers :: Man Pleads Guilty to Charges Stemming from Sumter County Sting Mimicking NBC’s “To Catch a Predator”

A 29-year-old Plant City man was sentenced in a plea deal Tuesday for charges related to an undercover sex sting that yielded 22 arrests last year in Sumter County. The man allegedly traveled to a Wildwood home to meet what he believed was an uncle and his 14-year-old nephew for a sexual encounter....

The Villages Theft Defense Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Summerfield Man Accused of Being the “Ringleader” of Multiple Central Florida Burglaries

A 30-year-old Summerfield, Florida man was arrested by detectives from three law enforcement agencies last month for his alleged connection in a string of home burglaries. Police have accused the man as the ringleader of a three-man group that stole thousands of dollars’ worth of items in Ora...

The Villages Violent Crimes Defense Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: SWAT Raids Villager’s Home

A 59-year-old resident of The Villages allegedly barricaded himself inside his home Wednesday when Sumter County Sheriff’s officials arrived to arrest him for allegedly assaulting a woman. The man, apparently off his medication for an old brain injury, is accused of attacking a woman in her l...

The Villages Theft Defense Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Home Owners Blame Alleged Burglar for Stealing $9K Diamond Ring

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reported that a diamond ring worth an estimated $9,000 was allegedly taken from a home in The Villages last week. The owners of the home claim several rings and other jewelry valued at $12,280 were nabbed during the incident. Reports indicate the alleged bu...

The Villages Wrongful Death Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Villages Resident Killed by SUV While Waiting for Shuttle Launch

The Wrongful Death of a 70-year-old resident of The Villages occurred when a sport utility vehicle struck and killed the man while he crossed a Titusville street. He was visiting the Space Coast to see the launch of space shuttle Endeavour, which never launched due to technical difficulties. Accord...

The Villages Golf Cart DUI Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Man Driving Golf Cart on Roadway Charged with DUI

A Summerfield, Florida man operating a golf cart was arrested Monday for DUI after allegedly failing a field sobriety test. According to a police report, deputies were called to a Sally Beauty Supply after being notified of a robbery. Employees supposedly said a man acting strangely entered th...

The Villages, FL Golf Cart Injury Attorneys Whittel & Melton Warn all Golf-Cart Owners —Study Finds Golf-Cart Head Injuries are On the Rise

A new study by doctors at the Georgia Health Sciences University has shown that golf cart injuries are a leading cause of serious head trauma across the country. The study was published in June and identified a total of 68 patients treated for golf cart-related injuries from 2000 to 2009 a...

The Villages Golf Cart Injury Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Man Killed in Golf Cart Collision with Jeep

Within the last five years, nearly 10 residents at The Villages in Sumter County, FL have been killed in golf cart-related accidents. Injuries caused by golf cart and other recreational vehicle accidents can include amputations, fractures, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord paralysis and death...

The Villages Golf Cart Accident Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Man Pushing Golf Cart Killed in Accident

A 53-year-old Live Oak, Florida man was instantly killed after being hit by a car on Oct. 16 while pushing a golf cart along a Suwanee County road. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the man was pushing a 1990 EZ-Go golf cart when he was hit from behind by a 1999 Toyota sedan. The man was p...

Official Website of Whittel & Melton, LLC Launched

PaperStreet Web Design launches TheVillagesLaw.com, the official website of Whittel & Melton, LLC, located in central Florida.

The Villages, Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Woman Connected With Murder Arrested

A Lady Lake, Florida woman has been arrested for her connection in the January murder of a Wildwood, Florida man. A warrant for the woman’s arrest was obtained on March 7 after evidence indicated that her vehicle was used to allegedly transport the deceased man’s body to the backyard of...