The Villages, Florida: Villager free on bond after brawl with husband over pickleball

Lan Augustus

A Villager is free on bond after a brawl with her husband over pickleball.

Lan Nguyen Augustus, 61, of the Village of Charlotte, was arrested at about 3:30 a.m. Monday on a felony charge of battery on a person over the age of 65, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Her husband had been lying in bed in the master bedroom when the couple got into an argument over a pickleball clinic being offered in The Villages. The couple went into the living room where “things began to escalate” and Augustus, who is 5 feet tall and weighs 110 pounds, punched him in the face, the report said. They moved to a bathroom where his Vietnamese-born wife punched him again.

The husband went back to the master bedroom, took pictures of his face and went to bed. He slept for about an hour before Augustus came into the bedroom to gather some of her things. She went to another bedroom and locked the door. Her husband tried to talk to her through the door. Augustus, who has participated with her husband in a prominent dance competition in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown, opened the door and pushed him back. She punched him and went to an office in the Designer home the couple purchased in 2014 for $367,300. She picked up a cup and “fearing for his safety,” he took it away from her, the report said. He wrapped his arms around her and placed her on the floor until she “calmed down.” They discussed the possibility of her going to a hotel for the night.

Lan Augustus is an artist.

While Augustus, who is an artist, was seated on the floor, she picked up a small metal easel and struck her husband’s foot two times. He went back to the master bedroom and called law enforcement.

When interviewed by a deputy, Augustus also said their argument started over pickleball. She said she left the bedroom and her husband followed her, trying to talk about the pickleball issue. She said she went into the garage to pick up a container so she could give herself a pedicure, but her husband blocked her re-entry into the home. She made her way into the home but when she went to get some water, he chest bumped her again. She finished her pedicure and went into the bedroom where her husband was sleeping.  She wanted to retrieve her cell phone and personal items so she could sleep in another bedroom. Her husband came to the door of that bedroom, which she opened. That’s when “another verbal altercation began at the threshold of the door that escalated into a physical altercation in the front hallway, where the victim chest bumped the defendant,” the deputy wrote in the report.

Augustus was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center where bond was set at $5,000. She was released at 12:34 p.m. Monday. 

THE BUZZ, March 1: “Tired of politics? Try pickleball. It’s the real deal” (You Can Skip the Rest :-)


Opinion in

“I’m not a Democrat or Carter Mondale fan, but read a Mondale quote which I wish Trump would abide by: “We told the truth, we obeyed the law and we kept the peace…”

Did you ever wonder if the woman, in SPCA ads, emotionally asking for donations to rescue dogs is pro abortion?

AOC graduated from Boston University with a BA degree in Economics? I certainly would not pay for my kids to go to that University if she’s an example of their Economics program.

Tired of all the political b.s.? Find a pickleball game near you. It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s sociable, It’s good exercise, and you’ll get hooked!

Previous BUZZ: “Don’t believe abortion is right? Then don’t have one. Otherwise butt out.” My BUZZ: Don’t believe gun ownership is right? Then don’t own one. Otherwise butt out.

If the wall doesn’t work, why does every Border Ranger I’ve seen interviewed say it does and wants the wall to go up. I’d add electricity.

Roger Stone, “the political operative and self-described dirty trickster…is the sixth Trump aide or adviser charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.” Where there’s smoke …

Strike 1: Doonesbury. Strike 2: Non-Sequitur. I will miss not having a daily newspaper for the first time in more than 50 years when the thought police throw Strike 3.

To the buzzer who is against the “wall” because there are better solutions. And they are…. What?

Let’s close down even more women’s health care groups like Planned Parenthood so the US can continue to have the highest rate of pregnancy-related deaths among developed nations.

There is a very simple way to avoid the abortion issue, and it’s free and easy-dont get pregnant-why can’t we promote that idea? Too old fashion? Please!

t’s long overdue, Congress must demand transcripts of conversations between Putin and Trump. It is in our national interest and security to know what was discussed, influenced, and agreed upon.

Buzzards, in 2018 less federal taxes were withheld for most, that means smaller refunds.People’s net pay increased. Get a clue as to how income tax works.

Bullying, threats, and calling out at H2GO meetings should stop. Comments are fine, bullying to get your way is not.

Just hope this Smollett fellow wasn’t simply a disciple of Miley Cyrus and now land himself a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame and a TV show of his own.

Buzzer who thinks increasing gun permit fees will reduce guns on streets: maybe legal guns but not the illegal. Those are the problem and their owners don’t get permits.

Ever wonder what percentage of federal Civil Service workers always vote for the Democrat candidate. Is it 70%, 80% or more? Such obvious hiring discrimination; time to file a Class Action lawsuit!”

North Dayton, Ohio: Pickleball Coming to Kroc Center

The new outdoor spray park isn’t the only thing coming to the expanded Salvation Army Dayton Kroc Center.

READ MORE: Dayton Kroc Center’s $6.7M expansion begins

As part of its $6.7 million expansion project, the Kroc Center is building a new outdoor recreation facility, which will have a soccer/lacrosse field, stands, a warehouse, concession stand and eight pickleball courts.

This might have you asking: What’s pickleball?

The lesser-known, but fast-growing paddle sport combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, according to the website of U.S.A. Pickleball Association (USAPA).

Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized (20×44) court with a modified tennis net and a plastic ball with holes. The court is used for both singles and doubles play.

The first player to score eleven points and lead by at least two points wins the game, according to the website of Pickle-ball, Inc.

MORE: Plans change for outdoor athletic facilities at North Dayton’s Kroc Center  

The sport was “created with one thing in mind: fun. It was designed to be easy to learn and play whether you’re five, eighty-five or somewhere in between,” the website of Pickle-ball, Inc. says.

Pickleball was invented in 1965 by Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum – three dads who created a new summertime activity to entertain their children, according to USAPA’s website.

McCallum said that the game was named after the Pritchard’s family dog, Pickles, who would chase and run off with the ball.

About 15,000 indoor and outdoor pickleball courts exist in the United States.

The sport has become competitive in recent years, attracting more than 2.5 million participants in the U.S., as well as some from Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Hemet, California: Two new pickleball courts open at Valley-Wide Diamond Valley Lake Park

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What the heck is pickleball? That is the question asked by many dignitaries attending the Friday, Feb. 22, dedication of Hemet’s newest pickleball courts at Valley-Wide Park and Recreation District’s Diamond Valley Lake Park. 

The Hemet-San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce presided over the dedication and official ribbon-cutting ceremony while players hit their wiffle balls back and forth over the nets on the two new courts just outside of the Valley-Wide Aquatic Center, 1801 Angler Ave. in Hemet. 

It was just minutes later that chamber chairman Lakshman Koka, interim Director Cyndi Lemke, Director Leonard Purvis and Allisha Paulk, field representative for 67th District Assemblyman Melissa A. Melendez, took up graphite paddles and a lightweight plastic wiffle ball to try their luck on one of the new courts. 

“Wow, this is just like ping pong,” Lemke said as she popped the whiffle across the net to Paulk, who missed the return much to her dismay. None of the dignitaries had ever played the sport previously. 

They quickly learned that wiffle ball is played on a court around one-third the size of a badminton court, using a modified tennis-style net, wooden or graphite paddles and a lightweight plastic ball. It contains elements of tennis, racquetball, badminton and table tennis. 

Scoring is much like ping pong with a first bounce required on serve or return. 

The game has become so popular across the country it wasn’t long before local players convinced the Valley-Wide Board of Directors to install the courts at the park. 

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Members of the Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce, Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District board members, pickleball players and other dignitaries join the ribbon-cutting ceremony, dedicating the two new pickleball courts at Diamond Valley Lake Community Park at 1801 Angler Ave. in Hemet.

Dean Wetter, the general manager of Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District, took to the microphone and said the sports’ popularity will have Valley-Wide build 10 more courts in area parks before long, bringing applause from those attending the event. 

He introduced board President Nick Schouten, who said he really didn’t know what pickleball was at first, but he played a few games and enjoyed it. Board member Jan Bissell said that Valley-Wide had just broken ground at the newest park at Fairview Avenue and Mayberry Street in Valle Vista where four more pickleball courts will be built.

Hemet police Chief Rob Webb, a representative from Congressman Raul Ruiz and many of the Valley-Wide staff were at the event along with pickleball ambassadors from the area. 

Wetter thanked the owners of Adame Landscape who constructed the new courts and maintain Valley-Wide parks. 

The pickleball courts are open during the regular Valley-Wide Diamond Valley Regional Park hours. 

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Johns Creek, Georgia: 4 New Pickleball Courts

Anyone for pickleball?

Johns Creek announced Wednesday that it has opened its four new pickleball courts at Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road.

City spokeswoman Edie Damann said the City Council approved $25,000 for the project from this year’s budget.

Pickleball, invented in 1965 in Washington, is a mix of badminton and tennis that has become popular among retirement-age folks.

READ Pickleball: a cross between several sports, and a hit with boomers

Two of the six tennis courts at Johns Creek’s Newtown Park were converted in February 2019 to four pickleball courts. (Courtesy of Johns Creek)

Damann said resident demand for the courts was obvious when the parks and recreation departmentasked.

“During the 2015 Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan process many residents expressed a desire for the city to have pickleball courts,” said the city’s recreation manager Kirk Franz in a news release.

The city converted two of the six Newtown tennis courts into four regulation pickleball courts. Alpharetta did something similar last year.

Johns Creek had temporary pickleball nets, paddles and balls set up under the Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater on a first come-first-served basis. In June 2017, the city said it expanded the program to Newtown “due to increased demand from residents.”

“Over time the city received numerous requests for more permanent pickleball courts and also for regulation size pickleball courts with a better playing surface,” the city said.

The USA Pickleball Association’s indicates that there are more than 150  locations to play the sport in Georgia. The organization also lays out the rules online if you’re interested.