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News from around the state of Florida as reported in Leesburg, Florida. Stories from around Florida, including Lake, Sumter and Marion counties, as well as areas in north, central, and south Florida. Stories on Leesburg residents’ lives and activities throughout the communities and the state. News for state-wide government, policies, events and happenings.

MADD honors Leesburg Police senior officer as department’s top DUI enforcer

A Leesburg Police senior officer was honored Friday by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Trio popped on bevy of drug charges after traffic stop in Leesburg

Two men and a woman found themselves behind bars after a recent traffic stop in Leesburg.

City of Leesburg announces closures and trash schedule for upcoming MLK holiday

City of Leesburg offices and facilities and the public library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Leesburg man nabbed on hefty drug charges after found passed out on porch

A 29-year-old career criminal who was found passed out on the porch of a Leesburg home is behind bars in the Lake County Jail on a bevy of drug charges.

Multiple fire departments battle suspicious blaze that heavily damages Leesburg church

Multiple crews from three fire departments battled a suspicious blaze at a Leesburg church on Friday night.

Longtime commissioner takes the helm as Leesburg’s new mayor

Longtime Commissioner Elise Dennison was appointed mayor of Leesburg on Monday night in her final year in office.

Leesburg Police K-9 officer lauded for nabbing bandit who stole downtown eatery’s tip jar

A Leesburg K-9 officer is being praised for quickly catching a thief who ripped off a tip jar from a downtown restaurant.

Leesburg Police nab man wanted for attempted murder in New Year’s Day raid

A bevy of Leesburg Police officers spent New Year’s night rounding up a 25-year-old man who was wanted on multiple warrants, including attempted murder and weapons charges.

Attorney General Moody pushes DEA to better account for illicit use of opioids

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has joined with five of her counterparts in pushing the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to better account for diverted opioid painkillers in setting its production quotas.

Lake County sheriff clears up rumors of horse slaughters in Sorrento area

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has responded to social media posts claiming horses have been slaughtered in the Sorrento area.