Local News

  • County briefs 8/21/15

    Crystal River

    Free dental clinic available Aug. 28

    Dr. John D. Hosner, DDS, is offering free dental services — routine fillings, simple extractions and emergency issues — from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. His office is at 1118 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River.

  • Despite rain, Forest Ridge Apartments on track

    The developer of a 119-unit senior apartment complex is still aiming at opening one of three residential buildings to renters sometime in September.

    Oscar Sol, owner of Green Mills LLC, said summer rainstorms have slowed work on the Forest Ridge Apartments, but not to the point of holding up occupancy plans.

  • Girl Scouts accepting new members

    TAMPA — Now that children have returned to school, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is inviting girls to join the fun and register for Girl Scouts. Providing countless opportunities for making friends, trying new things and exercising leadership skills through activities like building robots, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, playing sports, and more, Girl Scouts is an exciting way to engage girls all year. 

  • Hernando man charged in hacking case set for hearing

    Dewayne Watts of Hernando, one of 12 Americans charged in connection with the federal takedown of a hacking forum known as Darkode, is scheduled to be in federal court in Pennsylvania on Monday for a waiver and plea hearing.

    Watts, 28, also known by the online aliases m3t4lh34d or metal, was arrested in July on various charges relating to selling, sharing and trading sensitive information on Darkode, an online forum used by cybercriminals around the globe, according to federal officials.

  • Man accused of head-butting pregnant woman

    A Homosassa man was arrested Tuesday on a battery charge for allegedly head-butting a woman who was six months pregnant.

    While being questioned by a Citrus County Sheriff’s 

    Office deputy at a house in Homosassa, the woman said she got in an argument with Eric Russell Borgersen earlier in the day, according to Borgersen’s arrest report.

  • Mobile home burns near Hernando

    A mobile home was destroyed in a fire early Wednesday morning near Hernando.

    At about 5:30 a.m., Citrus County Sheriff’s Fire Rescue division firefighters from Inverness arrived to the 900 square-foot home on North Arkansas Terrace, which was fully involved in flames. The fire was burning for a while before 911 was called, according to a fire incident report.

  • State’s chief child advocate headlining fundraiser event

    Excitement is building among local supporters of the “Forever Ours” gala set for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, 

    Aug. 29, in the Magnolia Room at the Plantation Inn. Appearing as the keynote speaker at the black-tie event will be Zackary Gibson, Florida’s chief child advocate and director of the Office of Adoption and Child Protection. 

  • None badly hurt in rollover

    No one was seriously injured after a pickup truck overturned on top of a car Wednesday afternoon near Crystal River.

    A Florida Highway Patrol trooper said wet roads, bare tires and high speeds caused Dalton R. Owens to lose control of his gray Toyota Tacoma just before 4 p.m. Owens was westbound on County Road 486 east of the intersection with State Road 44 when an attempted lane change went awry.

  • Man accused of grabbing elderly woman by neck

    Accusations that an Inverness man grabbed a 68-year-old woman by the neck and shook her head led to his arrest early Saturday evening.

  • Driver identified in fatal crash

    The Florida Highway Patrol has released the identity of a woman who was killed early Monday morning after her SUV overturned and caught fire near Crystal River.