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The Villages, Florida has more golf cart crashes

January 2, 2018

According to Villages-News.com 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.

Story by staff writer at Villages-news.com

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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.