Local News

  • Jury rules against Adams in Fort Myers negligence suit

    A Lee County jury on Friday ended Scott Adams’ five-year auto negligence lawsuit from a traffic accident in Fort Myers in less than two hours.

    The jury ruled against Adams, a Citrus County commissioner, and in favor of a Michigan man who admitted his fault in a traffic collision that occurred July 10, 2010, on a busy intersection near Fort Myers Beach.

  • The Sheriff's Stars

    Diane Dobry

    For the Chronicle

    With 785 volunteers under the direction of Deputy Andy McEwen, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has the fourth largest number of law enforcement volunteers in the state offering support and assistance to sworn officers in serving the public. 

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  • Boil water notice extended

    A boil-water notice issued for Inverness residents has been extended.

    The city on Thursday advised residents via text message and its website that the notice will be in effect until water samples taken from the city system are clear of any harmful bacteria. The city will alert residents when the notice is withdrawn.

  • Environmental Academy takes crown in 'Jeopardy!'

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Buzzers blared Thursday night at the College of Central Florida as Marine Science Station Supervisor Earnie Olsen played the part of Alex Trebek for an evening of environmentally charged questions.

    High school students put their brains to the test, participating in Citrus 20/20’s Environmental Jeopardy! Competition, marking one of the final Save Our Waters Week (SOWW) events.

  • Forum talks shop on local water issues

    Water resources won’t be left high and dry after the Nov. 8 election based on comments during a forum Thursday night.

    Candidates who participated in the Save Our Waters Week candidate forum basically agreed on the issues, ranging from support for a ban on fast-release fertilizers to the removal of faulty septic tanks from coastal neighborhoods.

  • Fifteen years for gun thefts

    A man who pleaded no contest to the theft of dozens of guns from a Homosassa hardware store was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday.

    Brandyn Edward Cox made his plea Aug. 15 to Judge Richard “Ric” Howard on charges of armed burglary, grand theft, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, discharging a firearm in public and witness tampering.

    Howard sentenced 29-year-old Cox, of Lecanto, to the maximum of 15 years in prison as a habitual violent felony offender.

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  • In Levy, too, residents say they're 'at the mercy of FEMA'

    Levy County residents who sustained damage when Hurricane Hermine swept by on Sept. 1 should not hold their breath for a check from FEMA, say emergency management officials.

    FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, does not do things that way any longer. Since 2002, federal law has established a process for obtaining federal aid.

  • State attorney investigating alleged road-rage incident

    The State Attorney’s Office is investigating an alleged early September road-rage incident which led to the death of a Hernando man.

    An Ocala hospital contacted the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 6 about a patient, 46-year-old Chad Medeiros, who claimed he was injured in a road-rage incident that day off U.S. 41 near Inverness, the sheriff’s office said Thursday.