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Scheduled Holiday Closings And Modified Garbage Pickup

LAKE COUNTY, Florida—Many local government offices are scheduled to close this week in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Lake County Government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday and county garbage pickup regularly scheduled for Thursday will be Friday and regularly scheduled pickup for Friday will be Saturday. This includes Altoona, Astor, Ferndale, Grand Island, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento and Yalaha. For more information, visit  https://lakecountyfl.gov/trash-recycling.

Most city government and town halls will be closed Thursday and Friday; this includes Clermont, Eustis, Fruitland Park, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Leesburg, Mascotte, Mount Dora, Tavares and Umatilla. Astatula, Lady Lake and Minneola are scheduled to close just on Thursday. Aligning with the county garbage pickup modified schedule; garbage pickup for Thursday will be Friday and pickup for Friday will be Saturday for most cities, except Lady Lake, Leesburg and Tavares.

Lady Lake’s and Leesburg’s garbage pickup will resume Monday and Tavares will resume Tuesday. 

Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty, Sentenced To 25 Years In Federal Prison

OCALA, Florida— The head of a major drug trafficking organization who was busted earlier this year was sentenced this week to 25 years in federal prison, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Devonne L. Walker, 36, of Lady Lake pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance a little over a month after being arrested in Leesburg by Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies on June 25, 2021. He was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton Jr. in Ocala federal court.

At the time of his arrest, Walker was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm, more than 260 grams of methamphetamine, more than 80 grams of fentanyl and a small amount of cocaine and marijuana.  

The evidence presented at Walker’s sentencing showed he was the leader and organizer of a Lake County drug conspiracy that imported more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine, 50 kilograms of both marijuana and cocaine and 1 kilogram of heroin between 2018 and 2019. Walker organized his accomplices in Phoenix, Arizona to ship the drugs to Florida and Walker would then distribute the dope to other dealers in Central Florida.

Two of Walker’s co-conspirators have also pleaded guilty and are awaiting their sentences. A third person has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go to trial January 2022.

The investigation was conducted by numerous agencies, including LCSO, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA,) the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant United State Attorney Michael P. Felicetta. 

Man Blocks Traffic In Lady Lake With Construction Site “Road Closed” Sign

The following story was previously published on Lake Legal News.

LADY LAKE, Florida — A man who is accused of swinging a board and a pipe at passing vehicles Thursday night near a busy intersection is being held in the Lake County Jail on $500 bond.

Lady Lake Police Department responded to U.S. Highway 441/27 near Hartsock Sawmill Road after numerous reports that a man was attempting to strike passing vehicles with a pipe and a board, backing traffic up to Eagles Nest Road in Fruitland Park, around 9 p.m. Thursday. When LLPD arrived, they observed Floyd Thomas Coburn Jr., 29, who is listed as homeless, standing in the middle of U.S. Highway 27/441 raising a 3-to-4-foot long pipe in the air, according to an arrest affidavit.

When police arrived, Coburn, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the arresting officer, dropped the pipe and began running and eventually sat down on a concrete barrier and was taken into custody.

Witnesses told police Coburn had also taken a “road closed” sign from a nearby construction area and placed it in the middle of the road blocking traffic; it was removed before police arrived.

Coburn was arrested for disorderly conduct and transported to the Lake County Jail. With the exception of 2014, Coburn has been booked into the Lake County Jail at least once every year since 2011.

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