The Villages, Florida has more golf cart crashes

January 2, 2018

According to there is another golf cart incident.

Golf cart driver asked if she’d been drinking replies ‘Of course, it’s New Year’s...

A woman driving a golf cart was asked by a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy if she’d been drinking and she replied, “Of course, it’s New Year’s Eve.”

Ronda Kae Ghioto, 58, had been traveling in the golf cart at about midnight when she ran a stop sign at the intersection of Old Camp Road and Old Mill Run, according to an arrest report.

After admitting she had been drinking, Ghioto was invited to participate in field sobriety exercises. She said she had undergone a hip replacement, but thought she could complete the exercises. She failed and at one point complained she had suffered a cramp.

She refused to provide a breath sample.

During the course of the investigation, the deputy learned that Ghioto had been convicted of DUI in 1995 and 2001 in Michigan. She also has an active warrant out of Ionia County, Michigan dated Jan. 3, 2007 on a charge of DUI.

She was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center. She was released after posting $5,000 bond.

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Lady Lake man arrested after allegedly stealing ex-girlfriend’s $13,000 tennis bracelet

A 50-year-old Lady Lake man was arrested after allegedly stealing his ex-girlfriend’s $13,000 tennis bracelet.

Michael Carlo Pernaselci was taken into custody Thursday afternoon on a charge of grand theft.

He and the woman had been living together in August at the Cove Apartments in Lady Lake when he a took the platinum bracelet adorned with diamonds and sapphire gems, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department.

When the woman discovered the bracelet was missing, she asked Pernaselci if she should report it. He told her that she likely left it somewhere and that it was “probably long gone,” according to the report.

However, Pernaselci later texted a photo of the bracelet to another woman.

He denied taking the bracelet. He said he did not have the photo or the text message due to storage issues with his flip phone.

He was booked at the Lake County Jail. Bond was set at $2,000.

14-year-old girl sexually attacked by Uber Driver


A 14-year-old girl was sexually battered by an Uber driver in Osceola County, Florida, deputies said.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said the girl requested an Uber driver to pick her up Wednesday in Kissimmee. The driver, David Pena-Melo, of Kissimmee, picked up the girl and asked her to sit in the front seat, deputies said.

The girl told deputies that Pena-Melo began to make sexual advances during the ride and then drove past the requested destination.

Pena-Melo pulled over on the side of a road near a wooded area and forced the girl to perform a sex act, deputies said.

Detectives said they met with Pena-Melo on Thursday and arrested him on a charge of sexual battery on a person older than 12, but younger than 18.

When reached by WESH 2 News Friday, an Uber spokesperson issued the following statement:

“We are appalled by what’s been reported, and our thoughts are with the family. This driver has been banned from Uber."


Re-opening a child custody case in Florida

August 4, 2017

Subject: Child custody

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For the court to consider re-opening a child custody case in the state of Florida the petitioning parent must have proof that the other parent is or has been taking part in behavior that is endangering the child.  An example of that would be a recent arrest for DWI, a domestic violence incident with his or her new spouse or significant other.  These are just examples of some issues that the court will take into consideration.  As for the second question:  “how does one become sole custodial parent?”  For this to happen you must make a very compelling case to the court it would greatly benefit the child’s welfare, safety and mental stability to reside with the petitioning parent.  This is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, relevant to getting child custody, retaining child custody or acquiring a positive outcome as well as have a verdict ruled in your favor.  I can get you moving forward.  I will work with your attorney to achieve this goal. If you do not have an attorney, I can guide you in the right direction for obtaining a lawyer that specializes in these types of cases.

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Credit card fraud by Ocala man-20-YEAR-OLD CHARGED WITH ORGANIZED FRAUD


Ocala, Florida — A 20-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he used stolen credit card numbers to purchase merchandise online from

Lowes Loss Prevention Officer, Rocky Eppolito, told Ocala police that an order had been placed online for a washing machine and water hoses in the amount of $613.98. The purchase was made on April 23.

The purchase was made with a credit card with the name Erin Maher, with an address in Franklin, TN.

Eppolito stated that Tyree Dennis arrived at the Lowes, located at 3535 SW 36th Ave., to pick up the merchandise shortly after the purchase was completed online.

While at the store, Dennis provided a copy of his Florida driver’s license.

On May 6, Eppolito said that the transaction was charged back to the store. The bank stated that the charge was fraudulent.

During the investigation, police also learned that Dennis had used a different credit card with the name Dan Flores, with an address in Colorado Springs, to purchase a dryer from Dennis picked up the dryer, valued at $319.93, from the Lowes located on Silver Springs Boulevard.

Dennis told police that the merchandise was sold on the streets, but claimed he did not benefit from the sale.

Dennis was arrested and charged with Organized Fraud. He was released from the Marion County Jail on a $2,000 bond.

Police do not know how Dennis obtained the credit card numbers.


IDENTITY THEFT-Woman buys 2 Audis in someone else's name

This woman bought 2 Audis in someone else's name with a fake ID, cops say

Updated on July 19, 2017 at 1:58 PM Posted on July 19, 2017 at 12:39 PM

By Rebecca Everett,For

WESTAMPTON TWP. -- Police are seeking a young woman who used a fake ID, but not to buy booze or get into a bar.

She bought two Audis in someone else's name at a combined cost of $85,397, according to Westampton police.

The victim, a Pennsylvania woman, had two lines of credit taken out in her name by the woman pictured, who used the fake ID and the victim's social security number.

Westampton police said they've identified the suspect's accomplice, Arthur McCoy, and arrested him when he allegedly tried to buy a third Audi in Mercer County, but they need the public's help identifying the female suspect. 

Police said the pair bought two vehicles --  an Audi A7 3.0 Prestige and a 2014 Audi Q7 SUV in two transactions on July 7 and 10 at the J&S Autohaus located at 1853 Route 541.

Both times, they presented fake Pennsylvania driver's licenses that used their photographs but had the personal information of two people who were victims of identity theft, police said. They had the female victim's social security number and other information that allowed them to get a line of credit to finance the vehicles, according to a release from police.

McCoy tried to purchase a third car at the J&S Autohaus dealership in Ewing Township July 14, but police said they arrested him there and recovered the 2014 Audi Q7 that the pair had previously bought.

The pair will face charges of identity theft and motor vehicle theft, police said.

Anyone with information about the female suspect pictured is asked to contact the Westampton Township Police Department Criminal Intelligence Division at 609-267-3000 ext. 144. 

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