Local News

  • Judge sentences man to two consecutive life sentences


    Buster Thompson

    Staff writer

    Scott Brian Weiand’s 1988 abduction and murder of Gloria Ogles can be put to rest.

    Citrus County Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard on Thursday handed down a new sentence of two consecutive life sentences for Weiand, ending a family’s struggle to find justice for Ogles.

  • Morgan sues over medical marijuana law

    Brendan Farrington

    Associated Press

    TALLAHASSEE — The trial lawyer who led the effort to allow marijuana for medical uses in Florida filed a lawsuit Thursday against the state’s decision to ban smokable forms of the plant.

  • US warns North Korea after missile launch

    Julie Pace and Vivian Salama

    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The United States warned Wednesday that North Korea was “quickly closing off” the prospect of a diplomatic resolution to its provocations, as the Trump administration launched a government-wide effort to identify options for confronting Pyongyang following its unprecedented intercontinental ballistic missile launch.

  • Extreme summer heat wave hits Western states

    Clarice Silber and Angie Wang

    Associated Press

    PHOENIX — The first day of summer was expected to bring some of the worst heat the Southwest U.S. has seen in years, forcing flights to be canceled, straining the power grid and making life miserable for workers toiling in temperatures that could reach 120 degrees in Phoenix.

  • Citrus County Sheriff's Office Undersheriff Buddy Grant resigns

    Undersheriff Buddy Grant, on paid administrative leave during an internal investigation, resigned late today. Sheriff Mike Prendergast informed employees by email of Grant's resignation. For details, see Friday's Chronicle.

  • Clapper: US gov't 'under assault' by Trump

    Hope Yen

    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — American democracy is “under assault” on separate fronts from President Donald Trump and Russia, the former U.S. intelligence chief warned Sunday, expressing dismay over the abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey amid a probe into Moscow’s meddling in U.S. elections and possible ties with the Trump campaign.

  • All eyes on meeting of Trump, Pope Francis later this month

    Nicole Winfield

    Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — Oh, to be a fly on the wall.

    When Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump at the Vatican next month, the world will be watching how the Argentine “slum pope” interacts with the brash, New York billionaire-turned-​


  • Legislators reach state budget deal

    Gary Fineout

    Associated Press

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s top two Republican legislative leaders, negotiating in secret over the past few days, have reached a sweeping deal on a new state budget and other high-priority items ranging from public employee benefits to building a reservoir to deal with toxic algae discharges.

  • Gov. Scott gets 'liquor wall' bill

    Jim Turner

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — Owners of small liquor stores want Gov. Rick Scott to veto a measure narrowly approved by the House that would allow retail giants to stock liquor on the shelves alongside groceries and other goods.

  • School board not happy with state mandate allowing students to sit during pledge

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle


    Members of the school board began the process of altering the daily pledge of allegiance procedure Tuesday and they’re not happy about it. 

    The board is required to rewrite the policy in accordance with Florida Statute 1003.44 which permits, with written request by a parent, students to sit during the pledge without placing their hand on their heart.