Local News

  • Tenants can withhold rent; there are rules

    Andrew Caplan


    Although a tenant may believe they are within their rights for withholding rent, they could be subject to an eviction if done improperly.

  • Homeowners must go through court to evict

    Andrew Caplan


    According to Florida law, if a landlord wants a tenant out of their home for violating the terms of a lease, they must go through the court system.

    A homeowner must post a three-day notice at the residence. If the problem has not been resolved by the end of the time frame listed on the notice, an eviction can be filed, which can cost over $300, before hiring someone to serve the documents.

  • For rent: A tale of risk and reward

    Andrew Caplan


    Debris littered floors. Trash strewn from room to room and across kitchen counters. Ripped carpeting and stain-covered walls.

    For Cory Winningham it’s a reminder every rental property is a risk.

  • Documents reveal preliminary details of fire pact

    Michael D. Bates and Jeff Bryan

    Staff writers

    INVERNESS — When Inverness City Manager Frank DiGiovanni tried to sell his idea of an independent fire department to his board at a special meeting Monday, he made no mention of a detailed staffing plan, the naming of a fire chief or support staff.

  • Scallop season starts Saturday in Citrus County

    Strap on your snorkels, Citrus County: It’s nearly scallop season.

    Open harvest of the tasty molluscs begins Saturday, June 27, and runs through Thursday, Sept. 24.

    The scallop season also broadly marks the peak of tourism for the west side of the county, so prepare for crowds.

  • Pool store employee charged with fraud

    Accusations of theft via fraudulent refunds led to Wednesday’s arrest of a Pinch A Penny pool store employee for scheming to defraud.

  • Murder suspect arrested in Crystal River

    U.S. Marshals and Citrus County Sheriff’s Office personnel arrested a 63-year-old man Thursday morning who was wanted for allegedly injuring his ex-wife and killing her boyfriend.

    According to the Winter Springs Police Department — the lead agency in the case — Michael Ross Friedman of Delray Beach was wanted for fatally shooting 49-year-old James McCarthy numerous times Wednesday at a Winter Springs home at 617 Osage Court.

  • Tepid turnout

    LECANTO — It was a Suncoast Parkway 2 public hearing all right. The signs said so.

    But absent were the raucous opponents and business leader supporters who have filled the halls of similar meetings in years past.

    About 400 people attended an open house and public hearing for the Suncoast 2 project that will connect U.S. 98 in northern Hernando County to State Road 44 just east of Crystal Oaks in Lecanto.

  • Sheriff’s office looking for pair of vandals

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for two vandals who caused thousands of dollars of damage May 27 at the Pine Ridge Community Center.

    According to the sheriff’s office, the two arrived at the center at 5680 W. Pine Ridge Blvd. and tore up blacktop, threw items on the tennis courts and knocked over garbage cans, benches and tables.

  • Details of Wednesday crash released

    More information on the Wednesday crash between a car and a retention wall in a parking lot of a Lecanto-area business has been released.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 95-year-old Kathryn H. Garland of Homosassa was turning right into a parking spot at Suncoast Dermatology & Skin at 525 N. Dacie Point.