James Combs’ The Hit List


  1. A man was arrested after using his son to steal more than $367 worth of items at the Mount Dora Wal-Mart. The man distracted a greeter while his son tried sneaking out the door with a cart full of merchandise. The lesson learned here: They should’ve attempted this at one of Wal-Mart’s competitors. Those stores make for easier “targets.”
  2. Two men from Lake County Fire Rescue helped rescue a barred owl that was stuck in the grill of a Dodge pickup truck. The owl was later transported to Avian Rehabilitation Center in Apopka and treated for a fractured tibia. Don’t worry, my feathered friend. Everything is going to be owl-right.
  3. A Tavares police officer had an AR rifle stolen from his marked patrol car parked in his driveway. Never fear, though. The suspect’s girlfriend said he only shoots blanks.
  4. A 25-year-old Belleview woman was arrested following a road-rage incident on U.S. Highway 301, where she hit another driver with a baseball bat. Road rage simply isn’t worth it. In this young woman’s case, she struck out big time. 
  5. In recent months, health inspectors temporarily closed two Mount Dora restaurants due to cockroaches. I really hope the wings they’re serving are of the chicken variety.
  6. A 65-year-old woman in The Villages had a court appearance after being in possession of 13 grams of marijuana. Good Lord! I think she should start a marijuana and coffee shop. She could call it Starbuds.

About the Author

Akers Media Group's James Combs has been a staff writer for several local publications since August 2000. He has had the privilege of interviewing some of Lake County's many fascinating residents—from innovative business owners to heroic war veterans—and bringing their stories to life. A resident of Lake County since 1986, James recently embarked on a journey to lead a healthier lifestyle. He has lost 60 pounds and walks nearly five miles a day. In his spare time, he enjoys target shooting, skeet shooting and watching his beloved Kentucky Wildcats!