Local News

  • SEAL killed in Iraq has local ties

    When Krista Joseph heard Tuesday morning that a Navy SEAL was killed in Iraq, she feared the worst.

    She had just spoken via FaceTime with her son, Charles Keating IV, on Sunday, said Joseph’s friend, Silvia Grillo.

    Joseph said he seemed tired but on task in Iraq.

    And then Tuesday morning’s fear became a sad reality.

  • Avian enthusiasts support bird rehab

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Spring weather marks nesting season for local and migratory birds in Central Florida. But new life means increased vulnerability, especially to threatened species. 

  • A new grand plan for city

    It’s just like City Manager Frank DiGiovanni and the Inverness City Council to rest on their laurels.


    Just the opposite, in fact.

    DiGiovanni has laid out a series of planned improvements to the city over the next three to 10 years that may include a new name and entrance for the city’s favorite park.

  • Local briefs 5/4/2016

    Homosassa woman killed in Arkansas crash

    A Homosassa woman was killed in a three-vehicle crash Monday night in northeast Arkansas.

  • COURT DIGEST: Motion to suppress hearing scheduled in dog-mauling case

    Part two of a motion to suppress evidence was scheduled Tuesday in the case of a Crystal River man accused of negligence which led to the dog-mauling death of his 2-year-old son.

    Christopher Louis Camejo Sr., 31, faces charges of third-degree murder and child neglect causing great bodily harm in connection to the death of his son, Christopher Joaquin Camejo.

  • Service to honor fallen officers

    Every year on May 15, Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, the Citrus County Chapter of the National Association of Retired Law Enforcement Officers (NARLEO) hosts a memorial service to honor fallen officers. This year’s service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 15, at Cooter Park in Inverness.

    Both the NARLEO and Citrus County Sheriff’s Office honor guards will be in attendance. The public is invited.

  • Panther death, litter recorded

    The 21st Florida panther death of the year was recorded Tuesday, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

    The uncollared 2- to 3-year-old male panther was found in Collier County on State Road 29 a quarter-mile north of the intersection with U.S. 41. The cause of death was collision with a vehicle.

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  • State Supreme Court urged to throw out death sentences

    TALLAHASSEE — With the fate of hundreds of Florida death row inmates in limbo, a group of former top judges and legal officials called on the state Supreme Court to impose life sentences on nearly 400 people now awaiting execution.

    The group, which includes three former state Supreme Court justices and two former presidents of the American Bar Association, filed a legal brief Tuesday in a case that could determine the fate of Florida’s death penalty.

  • Fire administration services explained

    Jim Kupcho

    Guest Column

    The Citrus County Staff Service Group provides support services for the Fire Department’s Fire Operations and the sheriffs law enforcement. The division is under the supervision of Capt. Kevin M. Purinton.

    As these articles are based on the fire services, I will concentrate on them.