Local News

  • Officials remain watchful of storm

    Even with the dissipation of Erika on Saturday morning, officials are still anticipating heavy rainfalls for Florida within the next seven days as remnants continue to make its way toward the state.
    “There’s still a track. It’s going to be a rain event,” Citrus County Emergency Management Director Capt. Joe Eckstein said following a Saturday afternoon conference with state, local and national weather officials. “We could have a local 3 to 7 inches of rain ... that’s a potential worst-case scenario.”

  • Tropical Storm Erika begins to lose steam

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday as it skirted along the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included at least a dozen people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.

  • After three months, arrest made in Pine Ridge vandalism

    A teenager accused of causing more than $10,000 in damage at the Pine Ridge Property Owner’s Association in May was arrested on a felony charge of criminal mischief Thursday.

    John Nemeth Jr., 18, was the driver of a car seen in May 26 surveillance footage, doing doughnuts for 20 seconds in the association’s parking lot. The vandalism caused the lot to become uneven and required about $10,300 in repairs, Nemeth’s arrest report states.

  • Worker injured while working on hotel roof
  • POSTSCRIPT: John Young: Advocate for the homeless

    HOMOSASSA — Those who knew John Young knew him as a passionate, compassionate, tenacious and aggressive advocate for the hungry and homeless in Citrus County.

    Although he often came across as gruff, irritating and annoying, it was only because he cared about others and wouldn’t rest until he could find help for them — and for the past six or so years, he did it as a double leg amputee, confined to a wheelchair.

  • COURT DIGEST: Key Center victims following court case

    Clients of the Key Training Center crowded into Judge Richard Howard’s courtroom Thursday as crime victims to observe the progress of a felony case against a former employee of the nonprofit.

    Linda Elizabeth Rosenbaum, 28, of Dunnellon, has been charged with second-

    degree exploitation of the elderly or disabled. She was arrested in April, entered a plea of not guilty and is free on bond.

  • Inverness woman arrested for NY armed robbery

    New York investigators recently caught up to an Inverness woman connected to the armed robbery of a convenience store almost two years ago in central New York state.

    Kaitlin Marie Eldred, 22, was the fourth person arrested by Otsego County authorities in connection with the case. Eldred was arrested on charges of first-degree robbery and criminal use of a firearm in the first degree after investigations into the Dec. 26, 2013, robbery of the Pit Stop convenience store in Hartwick Seminary, New York, according to a news release.

  • Power pole work could end today
  • Watts enters guilty plea in spam case

    A Hernando man has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to send spam in connection with the international hacking forum known as Darkode.

    Dewayne Watts, 28, entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Pittsburgh before Judge Maurice B. Cohill. Sentencing has been set for Dec. 1.