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New Program For Those Hooked On Highly Addictive Opioids Gives Users 'A Second Chance' MIAMI - As the opioid crisis continues to affect the lives of many people in South Florida, a new program is committed to giving those who abuse opioids a second shot at life. "It completely sequesters your brain.

IRS Agent Admits Giving Michael Cohen's Financial Records to Avenatti Federal prosecutors say an IRS investigator in California has admitted leaking confidential details of financial transactions by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to Michael Avenatti, lawyer for Stormy Daniels, NBC News reported. John C.

Actor Gary Sinise shares emotional visit with veterans in The Villages He was an hour late after getting tangled in a Central Florida traffic jam. "What a trip," Sinise said, sounding as cool as Lieutenant Dan, the character he played in "Forrest Gump." Around 11 a.m. he stepped on stage with co-host John Woodall before a sold-out crowd.

Mosquitoes will be topic of meeting in wake of Villager's West Nile Virus death Mosquito spraying will be the topic of meeting next week in the Village of Fenney in the wake of a resident's West Nile Virus death. Villagers are being urged to protect themselves from mosquitoes as a result of the 74-year-old resident's death in January.

Forecaster wanted his ashes released into a hurricane. His family found the perfect storm. National Weather Service Hurricane Research Division meteorologist Michael Black wanted his ashes released into a hurricane. His family and colleagues dropped his flag-wrapped ashes into Hurricane Michael.

Live square entertainment for Friday, Feb. 22 Tonight's Live Entertainment. Hayfire. Brownwood Paddock Square - 5:00 PM. Dance Express. Lake Sumter Landing Market Square - 5:00 PM. Paisley Craze. Spanish Springs Town Square - 5:00 PM.

Stressed out snowbird from Maryland arrested after crash near Pinellas Plaza A stressed out snowbird from Maryland was arrested after causing a crash near Pinellas Plaza in The Villages. Wildwood police responded to the scene of the accident at about 6 p.m. Tuesday on County Road 466A at Powell Road where a black Lexus driven by 52-year-old Elmira Ivanova Holland of North Potomac, Md.

Rhode Island visitor arrested after night out with family in The Villages A Rhode Island visitor who celebrated outdoor dining with family at Brownwood was arrested within hours of posting festive photos on Facebook. Carissa Marie Fratus, 35, of Johnston, R.I., on Monday night posted photos of her and an aunt and uncle dining at a restaurant at Paddock Square.

Villages resident jailed after allegedly pulling knife in altercation outside local bar A resident of The Villages was jailed after allegedly pulling a knife in an altercation outside a local bar. Jeffery Michael Boothe, 44, who lives at 2321 Sebring Saint in the Keystone Villas, was arrested at about 5 p.m. Wednesday outside the Shamrock Lounge in Leesburg.

Michigan man's dog quarantined after biting dog sitter in The Villages A dog sitter was bit by a Golden-Doodle left in her care by a snowbird who had to make a trip back to Michigan. The six-year-old Golden-Doodle named Finnegan was dropped off Saturday at the dog sitter's home on Granada Court in the Village of Del Mar, according to an incident report from the Lady Lake Police Department.

'I'm Looking for Justice': Hearing Postponed in I-95 DUI Manslaughter Case Several South Florida families will have to wait longer to bring their loved ones to justice after they were killed by an alleged drunk driver last year on Interstate 95 in Miami. Lionel Orrego faces charges of DUI manslaughter in the August 2018 crash that killed Alina Ghani, Eugene Benjamin, John Brady Garzon and Meryl Diaz.

NW Miami-Dade carjacker allegedly impersonates police officer, steals SUV - A carjacker has been accused of impersonating a police officer in Northwest Miami-Dade. The theft happened on Northwest 33rd Street and 32nd Avenue around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29. Surveillance video showed the man talking on his phone and walking up to a Ford SUV parked outside a store.

DeSantis Taps Four Appointees For Water Management Board Ron DeSantis on Thursday named four appointees to the nine-member South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, after he called last month for the prior board's resignation. DeSantis announced the selections during appearances in Naples and Stuart.

Bear Grylls could face fine after killing and boiling a frog Environment officials in Bulgaria are considering fining British adventurer Bear Grylls over an episode of his Running Wild series in which he killed a frog and boiled it on a camping stove.

Surveillance video captures attempted burglary of Cooper City home - Newly-released surveillance video captured some crooks trying to burglarize a Cooper City home. A Ring Doorbell Camera captured two men looking through the windows. The homeowner, who saw the duo peering in through the camera, activated the alarm, and the two ran away.

SunPass Customers With Transponders Will Have Bills Adjusted Down SunPass customers who have transponders will have their bill adjusted down, after many drivers reported that they were being overcharged. A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation confirmed Thursday that bills for those with transponders will be adjusted down.

US Violated Victim Rights in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Case: Judge Federal prosecutors in Florida violated the rights of victims by secretly reaching a non-prosecution agreement with a wealthy financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Man with loaded gun and no permit arrested at store in The Villages A man with a loaded gun tucked in his waistband was arrested after he was caught stealing at a store in The Villages. Police were called at about 2:30 p.m.

Police Impersonator Steals SUV in Miami-Dade Police are looking for a man who impersonated a cop so he could steal an SUV in Miami-Dade in an incident that was caught on camera. The incident happened back on Dec. 29 in front of a market on Northwest 32nd Avenue, Miami-Dade Police said Thursday.

Rotary Club will offer annual showcase at Wildwood Community Center The Rotary Club of The Villages-Noon will present its 10th annual Contractor Showcase and Lifestyle Show.

World's food supply under 'severe threat' from loss of biodiversity Plants, insects and organisms crucial to food production in steep decline, says UN.

Former Broward Prosecutor On Smollett Story Fabrication Allegations: 'It Sets Us Back' MIAMI - When someone is a victim of crime - many times, coming forward to tell their stories to police is not easy. With Empire actor Jussie Smollett now accused of fabricating his story of a racially charged, homophobic fueled attack, many fear it could have a chilling effect on true victims.

Vision Awareness Day Expo set at Eisenhower Recreation Center The 25th Annual Vision Awareness Day Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Eisenhower Recreation Center. There will be low vision exhibitors and speakers. It is free and open to the public. For more details call Donna Evans at 259-6570.

23 NY co-workers claim $437 million Mega Millions jackpot NEW YORK - A group of co-workers from New York City are now millionaires after they won the largest Mega Millions jackpot in the state's history. According to Mega Millions, the Jan. 1 pot, worth $437 million, is now being taken home by 23 co-workers.

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