It’s a Great Time To Buy A New Home

It’s a great time to buy a home as U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell again this week to its lowest level since November 2016.  Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan slipped to 3.55% this week from 3.60% last week.   The average mortgage rate for 15-year, fixed-rate home loans eased to 3.03%.  As always, shop around as rates from mortgage brokers can vary widely

Here’s the latest on that weather system that’s trying to develop over the Bahamas.  The National Hurricane Center says the low-pressure trough will continue to move towards the Florida peninsula while becoming a little better organized bringing some heavy rain, mostly to south Florida.  The system is then expected to turn and move to the northeast skirting the Georgia and Carolina coasts.  Again the system is not expected to turn into anything tropical that would affect us.

About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s overall job performance, according to a new poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.  Just 36% of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president; 62% disapprove.  Since Gallup began measuring presidential approval, Trump is the only president whose rating has never been above 50%.

A former star linebacker on Florida State’s 1993 national championship football team has been sentenced to 54 months in federal prison and must pay more than $1 million in restitution after pleading guilty earlier this year on tax fraud charges.Former FSU standout, Kenneth Alexander is the owner of Wizard Business Center, a Tallahassee tax preparation business. Authorities say Alexander prepared and filed false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service for various individuals between 2012 and 2016.

Yesterday’s Headlines:

Marion County authorities are looking to have a little chat with three thugs who are in jail in Pasco County.  Investigators believe 22 year old Carlos Hampton, 18 year old Quentin Augustus, and 21 year old Johnathon Floyd are the men responsible for an after hours burglary at the Rural King Store in Northwest Ocala on July 26th.  Store employees chased the suspects but not before they fled with multiple guns.  The three are in jail in Pasco on similar charges.  Police are also trying to identify a fourth suspect in the case.

The Florida Department of Corrections will only confirm that an investigation is underway following an incident Wednesday morning at the Lowell Women’s Prison north of Ocala.  Several corrections officers were involved and one prisoner was injured.  the DOC says that woman is receiving appropriate treatment.  The guards in question have been transferred to duties that require no contact with the prison population.

Fire Wednesday night destroyed a home in Ocala on NE 15th Court.  Ocala Fire Rescue was called to the scene shortly after 7 pm. where they found the house 50% engulfed in flames.  The home is a rental property and nobody was home, but two dogs in the building perished.  The cause is under investigation.

A Marion Count jury Wednesday found a Summerfield man guilty on charges that he molested a teenager back in August of 2017.  The jury took only a couple of hours to convict Viswanauth Somwaru on charges of lewd or lascivious battery and molestation.  The 48 year old will be sentenced on September 18th.

The Florida Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by a Florida sheriff struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking on a highway.  The agency’s report says 62-year-old Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast was traveling on U.S. 19 in an unmarked patrol vehicle around 9:10 p.m. Wednesday when he struck 59-year-old Ronnie Heath.  Troopers say the man died at the scene.  No charges have been filed.

Police say a 12-year-old Florida boy jumped from a moving vehicle to get away from a man after accepting a ride home from school with him.  Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said witnesses followed the white truck on Wednesday after seeing the boy jump out, eventually blocking it and detaining the driver until police arrived.  Twenty-six-year-old Timothy Miller is charged with kidnapping, child neglect and resisting arrest.