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A local golf instructor is free on $3,000 bond following his arrest this week after an altercation with his teenage son over his failure to load the dishwasher.

Stephen Michael Wresh, 55, was arrested at his home on Willow Circle in Fruitland Park after his wife called 911.

Stephen Wresh is the golf pro at Continental Country Club.

The Continental Country Club golf pro had arrived at home Monday evening and was enraged that his 17-year-old son had not completed his chore of loading the dishwasher, according to an arrest report from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Wresh began yelling at his son and grew angrier when the teen walked away, headed toward his bedroom and locked the door. The teen then noticed that the cable wiring that connects his laptop to the internet was being pulled from the wall. Wresh then forced the bedroom door open and took the laptop.

Stephen Michael Wresh

The teen tried to go to his mother, but Wresh stood in his path and tried to put him in a headlock, the report indicated. The teen bit Wresh’s hand and was able to break free. He ran back to his bedroom, but Wresh followed him, pushed open the door and pushed his son on the chest, knocking him onto the bed. He grabbed the teen’s right hand and put him in a wristlock.

Wresh’s wife then called 911.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they spoke to Wresh in the driveway. The report noted that the odor of alcohol was detected on Wresh’s breath. He admitted that he had “chest bumped” and “body checked” his son.

He was taken into custody on a charge of domestic battery and booked at the Lake County Jail.

Wresh operates the Stephen Wresh Golf Academy at Continental Country Club in Wildwood.

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Harold Floody

A 77-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning after an alleged attack on a woman in the Village of Pinellas.

The woman called 911 at around 9:45 a.m. after she was shoved up against the kitchen sink by Harold Vincent Floody at their home on Apache Court, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. The woman had been cooking in the kitchen and Floody wanted her to come back to bed, the report indicated.

After he shoved her against the sink, he grabbed her by the wrists. When deputies arrived on the scene, the woman was leaving the house and said, “You shouldn’t have done that. “

Floody reportedly told the woman to, “Shut up and get into the house.”

The woman told deputies that Floody “has been getting more aggressive towards her as his drinking has increased,” the report said.

He was arrested on a charge of battery and booked at the Sumter County Detention Center where he initially was held without bond.

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A Villager has reported the theft of an iPhone 6 and charger from his golf cart while he played a round of golf here in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

The Village of Glenbrook man reported that on President’s Day he parked his golf cart at Orange Blossom Hills Country Club while he golfed at the Hilltop Executive Golf Course on the Historic Side of The Villages. He got in a golf cart with another golfer, according to an incident report from the Lady Lake Police Department. He left his iPhone on the charger in his golf cart.

When he returned to his golf cart around 2 p.m., the iPhone and charger were gone.

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Dawnette Dale Goldsmith

A Perkins Restaurant & Bakery employee was arrested while working the lunch shift at the eatery here in The Villages.

Dawnette Dale Goldsmith, 30, was taken into custody on a Sumter County warrant at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the restaurant on Bichara Boulevard.

She was booked at the Lake County Jail where she was being held without bond for violating her probation for driving a vehicle with no motor vehicle registration.

She also had been arrested in 2017 on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug equipment.

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Ian Uriah Rickman

A man was arrested Wednesday night at the Circle K at Southern Trace Plaza in The Villages.

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies were called to investigate a report of an impaired man on a bicycle at about 10:40 p.m.

A deputy located 36-year-old Ian Uriah Rickman of Lady Lake who happened to be wanted on a Lake County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a charge of methamphetamine possession. He was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and two glass pipes.

He was taken into custody and booked at the Sumter County Detention Center on $3,000 bond.

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Security cameras are missing from a local church in the wake of a popular Greek festival held there.

A member of the Parish Council at St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church in Belleview contacted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office this week after he discovered that the security cameras were missing.

The church hosted its annual Greek festival this past weekend on the church grounds.

Three cameras are missing and the brackets which had held them are damaged, according to the incident report from the sheriff’s office.

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The Rotary Club of The Villages-Noon will hold its annual Showcase and Lifestyle show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Wildwood Community Center.

Admission is free.

The event will feature vendors offering products including A/C and heating, banking, bathroom design-resurfacing/restoration/walk-in tubs, closet designs, construction and modifications, emergency medical treatment, estate sales, FHA, VA, & Reverse Mortgages, garage designs, garage doors, golf cart lighting and handyman services.

Learn more at http://www.rotaryclubofthevillagesnoon.org/

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Tisha Michelle Bryant

A woman wielding a crystal candlestick holder was arrested after an alleged attack on her live-in boyfriend.

Lake County sheriff’s deputies were called Wednesday morning to a home on Lake Unity Road in Fruitland Park where they arrested 34-year-old Tisha Michelle Bryant on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The attack on 52-year-old Lloyd C. Weidenhammer sent him to Waterman Hospital where he required eight staples to the head, according to the arrest report.

Lloyd Charles Weidenhammer

He was taken into custody on a charge of battery because he had head-butted Bryant during the altercation, the report indicated.

He was booked at the Lake County Jail on $3,000 bond.

Bryant was booked at the jail on $10,000 bond.

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Marsha Shearer

It used to be that the phase “only in America” was used in a positive and affirming way to set us apart from the rest of the world. What usually followed were statements encompassing the American dream – that anyone, with hard work and determination, can live a full and meaningful life and achieve their goals. Now you’d be wise to add the phase, “assuming you’re lucky enough not to get shot.”

Fact: In America, it’s 10 times more likely you’ll be killed by firearms than in any other developed country.  (The American Journal of Medicine)

Fact: The shooting in Parkland marked the seventh intentional school shooting since the start of this year.  There were an additional 11 instances when firearms were discharged on school property.  (NY Times, Washington Examiner)

Fact:  Of the 6,573 total shooting incidents in the US between 1 Jan 2018 and 14 Feb 2018, 1,827 people have died.  330 were officer involved incidents and 445 involved either home invasion or self-defense.  That leaves 5,798 incidents with no obvious legal justification.  These statistics are just for the past month and a half. (wwwgunviolencearchive.org.)

Fact: Since 1968, there have been 1,516,863 (that’s million) gun related deaths on US soil.  Since the founding of the Republic, there have been 1,396,733 war deaths beginning with the Revolutionary War and ending 14 Feb 2018.  More Americans have died by guns here at home than in all the wars and conflicts – combined. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Congressional Research Service with numbers updated by Politifact).

Fact:  There’s now more than 90 firearms per 100 residents and that number is growing. The US has by far the highest number of privately owned guns in the world.  Americans make up about 4.43% of the world’s population and own about 42% of all the world’s privately held firearms. (Pew Research Center)

Fact: Countries with strong gun control laws have fewer guns and fewer gun deaths per capita.  Even suicides go down when there’s reduced access to guns. (The American Journal of Medicine).  Guns do not make people safer.  More guns mean more gun deaths.

Fact:  Gun violence cannot be blamed on mental illness.  Other countries have rates of mental illness comparable to ours.  While up to 60% of mass shooters have psychological symptoms, factors such as alcohol and drug abuse, poverty, a history of violence and access to guns are much better predictors. (UNODC, Small Arms Survey via The Guardian).

Fact:  A review of 130 studies in 10 countries found that new legal restrictions on owning and purchasing guns are followed by a drop in gun violence.  (Epidemiological Reviews, 2016).

Fact:  In Florida, more regulations are required to buy certain nasal decongestants than an AR-15.  Yes, you actually have to register to purchase Sudafed and are limited to one package per purchase.

Fact: Want to get married?  Hope it’s not a shotgun wedding since you’ll have to wait a mandatory 3 days before your marriage license takes effect.  Or you can choose to partake in pre-marital counseling.  But there’s no cooling off period for purchasing a gun or any training required prior to or after purchase.

Fact:  If you want to buy more than a 25 lb. bag of fertilizer, you’ll have to register and be screened against a known terrorist watch list.  But anyone on a terrorist no-fly list can legally purchase a gun.

Fact:  The NRA is more powerful than any elected official.  The money they contribute to politicians, and the promise to primary a Republican member of Congress who doesn’t go along with their agenda, helps assure allegiance.  Politicians are bought and paid for.  The NRA has contributed 3.3 million to Rubio and 21 million, either directly or indirectly, to Trump.  Scott has ‘earned’ an A+ rating.

The Constitution grants the right to own guns but with all rights, come responsibilities.  Kids in kindergarten understand that concept.

So now what?  This time feels different thanks to the brave and articulate kids at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; they decided to proclaim to the world that they are more valuable than the right to own the product that mows them down. They refuse to accept that ‘it’s too soon to talk.’ They see ‘thoughts and prayers’ as worthless pabulum if action doesn’t accompany them.   

Americans may have reached a tipping point with the NRA and the politicians it supports, who care more about not upsetting their benefactor than preserving the lives of their constituents.  The 2nd Amendment should be well regulated – not abridged – by applying reasonable constraints on a product whose purpose is to kill.  Thorough background checks on all gun sales, wherever they take place, should be mandatory and licenses required to purchase.  Assault-like military guns should be banned.  A voluntary buy-back system could be established for the millions already in existence.  And laws need to be made at a national level so they apply equally everywhere.  Finally, restore the draconian cuts Trump made in the 2018 budget for mental health and school safety and expand both.

“Only in America” is a phase that exemplifies our exceptionalism.  We are a magnificent country unique in so many ways.  But government must meet its first obligation – to protect lives.  It will take a massive commitment to change a system that has morphed into an uncontrolled monster.  It’s past time we take back the future and make it safe for us and generations to come.  The place to start is with our elected representatives … and the ballot box.

Villager Marsha Shearer is a frequent contributor to Villages-News.com

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