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The driver of a semi hauling cows was not injured when the truck crashed on Interstate 75 Thursday morning, but 19 cows were killed. Photo: FHP
Central Florida News

Cows die, I-75 shut down after truck hits guardrail and overturns


Nineteen cows are dead after a truck hauling 83 of them crashed and overturned on Interstate 75 in Sumter County Thursday morning.  The driver, a Plant City man, was cited for careless driving. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say the driver fell asleep in the northbound lanes just south of the Florida Turnpike. The truck veered into the median and hit a guardrail. The driver was not hurt. But some of the cows got loose, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. I-75 was shut down in both directions for hours.
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After a threat on social media Monday, 604 students skipped school at Belleview Middle School in Marion County on Tuesday. Photo: Marion County Public Schools
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Hundreds skip school in Belleview after shooting threat; teen arrested


More than a thousand students skipped school at Belleview Middle and Belleview High in Marion County Tuesday after a threat on social media. And a 14-year-old Belleview High student has been arrested, accused of threatening a school shooting on Snapchat. Detectives say he posted a message Monday saying, “Belleview Middle and High shooting tomorrow.” The student created a new account, posted the threat, then reported it to the Sheriff’s Office. Marion County sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Bloom says the teen did not have access to guns and his motive isn’t clear. But the consequences are — dozens of worried parents called the Sheriff’s Office. “It had a big ripple effect,” Bloom said. “At Belleview High School alone, there were 470 students …
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In this image from video, attorney Kelly Mathis addresses the Lake County Commission on Tuesday. Image: Lake County Commission
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Lake County Commission delays vote on banning internet cafes


When it comes to public hearings to ban simulated gambling houses, the Lake County Commission knows when to hold ’em. And when to put them off until April. Sheriff Peyton Grinnell is urging commissioners to outlaw the game rooms in unincorporated Lake County. He says it would reduce crime, citing numerous break-ins, thefts, robberies and drug offenses. But Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis, who represents a company that provides software for internet cafes, told the commission there are other ways to address safety, like using off-duty deputies. “We think there are a lot of better solutions to closing down 15-plus businesses, with landlords not receiving rent, with 50 employees losing their jobs, but even more so, the hundreds and hundreds of …
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