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  • Prosecutors can’t find witness

    Authorities do not know the whereabouts of the alleged victim in a case that has brought charges of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm on two Crystal River teenagers.

    High school student Kyle Douglas Dutcher appeared in felony court for a status hearing Thursday flanked by his parents.

  • Rare chorus of applause echoes through courtroom

    A record may have been set Thursday in Judge Richard Howard’s courtroom.

    It was a typical session, with defendants facing charges ranging from driving with a revoked license to possession of methamphetamine to attempted first-degree murder.

    But scattered among the approximately 60 cases on the docket were numerous requests for early termination of probation.

  • CAIR sues gun shop owner


    Andrew Caplan

    Staff writer

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida (CAIR Florida) has filed a lawsuit against the owner of Florida Gun Supply for its “Muslim-free zone” policy.

  • BOCC sets Veterans’ Village timetable

    INVERNESS — A Crystal River physician has a timeline in place to develop an assisted living facility for military veterans on county-

    owned property adjacent to the Citrus County Resource Center in Beverly Hills.

    Dr. Paresh Desai has requested to lease 8 acres for $1 a year to develop the facility, which he said is a perfect spot for veterans who also receive services from the resource center.

  • Victims of Hernando crash identified

    The names of four of the five men who lost their lives in a two-car accident Monday morning in northern Hernando County were released Wednesday by the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Crash victims' status upgraded

    Various hospitals released the statuses of those involved in two car accidents from earlier this week.

    From Monday afternoon’s two-car crash on West Grover Cleveland Boulevard, which has taken the lives of three people: 

  • Bay captured by laser lens

    A community advocacy group that is poised to launch a funded pilot project to vacuum portions of King’s Bay’s canals scored a major coup last week — an Orlando-based survey and technology company donated more than $100,000 worth of data after mapping the entire 600-acre bay.

  • School board adopts tentative budget, millage rates

    dopted Tuesday a tentative budget and millage rates for the 2015-16 fiscal year, and the rates are showing a minor increase after years of belt-tightening.

    The millage rates were set at 4.9410, 0.7480, 1.5000 mills and are assessments for the required local levy, the discretionary fund and the capital fund, respectively. These combined rates are 1.97 percent greater than last year’s rolled-back rate.

  • Motorcyclist critical after wreck
  • Witnesses detail shooting and high-speed chase

    Witnesses provided details in court Wednesday about a March residential shooting incident and subsequent car chase that led to the arrest of Wayne Charles Washer, who faces nine felony counts, of which five carry potential life sentences.

    Washer, 48, of Crystal River, was in court for a bond request for a non-bondable offense, known as an Arthur hearing and conducted like a miniature trial with a higher standard of truth.