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  • Husband, wife kept apart by sea of red tape

    Ray Ragolta wants a wife — his wife, Gilma.

    A Cuban native with dual citizenship, Ragolta met Gilma in Cuba during a visit to his homeland in 2010 and the two married June 28, 2012, on Ragolta’s birthday.

    They dreamed of being together in America, but it’s not simple or easy for a Cuban citizen to move to America.

  • Selling point

    It wasn’t surprising that Mike Kohan bought the Crystal River Mall in 2012.

    The Great Neck, New York, investor was known for buying older malls that have fallen on hard times.

    “I take distressed properties and try to revitalize them,” he has said.

  • Mold report generates mixed reviews at mall

    INVERNESS — Mike Ragan, owner of Now & Then Collectibles in the Crystal River Mall, has had enough. He put up a sign at the entrance of his store saying he is closing soon.

  • The ABCs of mold

    The very mention of mold causes the average person to cringe.

    When it’s found on bread, people quickly throw it out. When they see it on their shower curtain, they are careful not to rub against it. The discovery of mold at the vacant JCPenney at the Crystal River Mall has ramped up the discussion.

    • October 1990: The Edward J. DeBartolo Corp., at the time the most successful shopping mall developer in the U.S., opens the $60 million Crystal River Mall. It was billed as a prototype small community mall, with three anchors: Belk, Sears and Kmart. The mall’s unusual feature: a 65-foot high, tent-like fabric roof.
    • 1992: JCPenney became the fourth anchor.
    • 2006: Simon Properties LLC purchases the Crystal River Mall. Simon had merged with DeBartolo in 1998.
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  • After air and land hunt, Ocala man found under truck

    An Ocala man fleeing Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies Thursday night did not get far before being arrested and charged for his involvement in a domestic incident.

    Sgt. Cregg Dalton arrived first at about 11:27 p.m. Thursday to a house in Inverness, where a woman began to tell him how Shawn Michael Collins attacked her, according to Collins’ arrest report.

  • Wanted man back in Citrus jail

    A wanted Homosassa man of 12 years arrived back in Citrus County on Thursday to face charges in connection to a fatal hit-and-run crash in 2001.

    Patrick John Donovan, 39, is being held without bond at the Citrus County Detention Facility on a warrant for failing to appear to a June 2003 court hearing, according to his arrest report.

    Donovan’s hearing was related to the Nov. 11, 2001, crash, which took the life of 46-year-old Brian Stanford Willis, and injured Beverly Jo Bender.

  • A Sentinel in Memorium

    For 12 years, the white cross made from PVC pipe stood as a memorial to Joe Bertolo.

    He had been on his way to work on Jan. 5, 2004, heading north on U.S. 41 in Dunnellon across from the former Bentley’s restaurant, heading to the Rainbow River Club where he worked part time with the golf carts.