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  • Spring Hill man leads police on bicounty chase

    Spring Hill resident Lewis Stanley, 47, was arrested Monday in the middle of a Citrus County intersection after leading two police agencies on a chase across two counties following a hit-and-run accident, according to his arrest report.

  • Pepper spray incident lands man in jail

    An Inverness man faces multiple charges after authorities say he entered a home early Tuesday morning and pepper sprayed a man. 

    A Citrus County Sheriff’s deputy responded a little after 1 a.m. to a home off East Tangelo Lane in Inverness. 

    A witness said Patrick Vincent Brill, 54, entered through an unlocked door, woke up another man and sprayed him with pepper spray, according to Brill’s arrest report. 

  • His dedication means others thrive

    If it weren’t for Mark Brunner’s random run in with Patrick Simon at a Youngstown State University fraternity house, Simon might never have become a teacher. 

    He might have never moved to Citrus County or worse, never met his wife.

    Simon credits Brunner, who worked in the district for nearly 30 years, as the one who convinced him to switch majors in college and lured him from Ohio to Lecanto Primary School as an art teacher.

  • Panther death, kitten recorded

    The 23rd Florida panther death of the year was announced Monday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    The 11-year-old female panther, known as FP162, was collected on May 6 by the National Park Service in Big Cypress National Preserve in Collier County. The suspected cause of death is intraspecific aggression pending a forthcoming necropsy.

  • Gas prices not budging off high

    Even though motorists are seeing gas prices at their highest average since October, there has been little movement at the pump.

    The national average increased 1 cent from last week and has remained above $2 a gallon for 53 consecutive days. 

  • Motorcyclist killed in crash

    A Homosassa man was killed Monday morning in a motorcycle crash on East Stage Coach Trail.

    Carles Ray Noe, 65, was driving a 2006 Honda motorcycle eastbound on East Stage Coach Trail at approximately 9:05 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve in the area of South Zanmar Drive, according to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report. Noe’s motorcycle left the road and traveled onto the south shoulder of East Stage Coach Trail, where it overturned, ejecting Noe.

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  • Fugitive caught after 13 years

    An ocean and a decade were not enough to separate Patrick John Donovan from justice.

    The Homosassa man was deported May 9 from London, England, after authorities overseas discovered he was wanted by INTERPOL, an intergovernmental police force headquartered in France.

    Donovan, 39, had an outstanding Citrus County warrant issued in 2003 for failing to appear at a court hearing in connection to a fatal hit-and-run crash from November 2001.