Today's News http://www.chronicleonline.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Closed businesses concern residents http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/closed-businesses-concern-residents <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0708_nz_winn_dixie_meadowcrest.jpg" alt="Meadowcrest resident David Asher has lived in the Crystal River-area community for three years. He said he hopes another business will move into the vacant grocery store building, formerly a Winn-Dixie, at State Road 44 at Meadowcrest Boulevard. " title="Meadowcrest resident David Asher has lived in the Crystal River-area community for three years. He said he hopes another business will move into the vacant grocery store building, formerly a Winn-Dixie, at State Road 44 at Meadowcrest Boulevard. " align="left" hspace="6" width="166" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> CRYSTAL RIVER &mdash; A bank, grocery store and maybe a sit-down restaurant.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> That&rsquo;s pretty much all it would take for residents of Meadowcrest, near Crystal River, to be content, said David Asher, director of the Fox Hollow enclave, one of five separate communities within the long-established subdivision.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> With the closing of Winn-Dixie and SunTrust, the residents pretty much are down to a smattering of doctors&rsquo; and professional offices. That, at least, is something, Asher said.</div> Man guilty of molesting child http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/man-guilty-molesting-child <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0708_jason_rood_0.jpg" alt="Jason Rood - turned down plea bargain on Monday." title="Jason Rood - turned down plea bargain on Monday." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Taking the stand in his own defense did not work out well for Jason Ray Rood as he was found guilty Tuesday on charges of sexual battery on a person under&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4000015258789px;">age 12 and lewd and lascivious molestation on a child.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Sentencing is set for today by Judge Richard Howard.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Rood, 41, of Inverness, was arrested in May 2014 and charged with sexually molesting and violating a 5-year-old girl.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> No injuries in boat wreck http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/no-injuries-boat-wreck <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0708_nz_boat_crash.jpg" alt="A 23-foot cabin cruiser rests atop a sea wall Sunday morning on the Homosassa River near the area known as Hell’s Gate. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman officer Brad Stanley, the boat and its four passengers were following in line with other boats in Hell’s Gate. “It’s a very congested and windy area,” Stanley said. As the boat pulled off to the side to let other boats go through, it snuck up on a channel marker, which the captain tried to avoid by throttling around it. The back of the boat hit the marker, causing the captain to stumble, press down on the throttle and shoot the boat into the seawall. No injuries were reported, but there was major damage to both the boat and seawall. Alcohol was not suspected, and no charges were filed, Stanley said. " title="A 23-foot cabin cruiser rests atop a sea wall Sunday morning on the Homosassa River near the area known as Hell’s Gate. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman officer Brad Stanley, the boat and its four passengers were following in line with other boats in Hell’s Gate. “It’s a very congested and windy area,” Stanley said. As the boat pulled off to the side to let other boats go through, it snuck up on a channel marker, which the captain tried to avoid by throttling around it. The back of the boat hit the marker, causing the captain to stumble, press down on the throttle and shoot the boat into the seawall. No injuries were reported, but there was major damage to both the boat and seawall. Alcohol was not suspected, and no charges were filed, Stanley said. " align="left" hspace="6" width="139" height="85" /> Man arrested in underage sex case http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/man-arrested-underage-sex-case-1 <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0708_samuel_willie_taylor_iii.jpg" alt="Samuel Taylor III" title="Samuel Taylor III" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">A 22-year-old man from Inverness was arrested Monday on a lewd and lascivious battery charge after allegedly having sexual relations with a 12-year-old girl.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Accusations were made against Samuel Willie Taylor III on June 17 by a relative of the girl, who got upset after seeing Taylor and the girl holding hands on an Inverness street, according to Taylor&rsquo;s arrest report.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Interactive map points to beaches in state parks http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/interactive-map-points-beaches-state-parks <div id="cke_pastebin"> The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently unveiled an online interactive program aimed at locating public beaches and other amenities at state parks.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Dubbed the &ldquo;Florida Beach Access Guide,&rdquo; it also is available on an app for mobile devices.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Councilman makes final fire plea http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/councilman-makes-final-fire-plea <div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.4000015258789px;">INVERNESS &mdash; Inverness City Councilman Cabot McBride made a last-minute plea to his colleagues Tuesday evening to revisit a recently passed decision by the majority of the board to break ties with the county and begin steps to form an independent fire department.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Panel mulls awkward bike crossing http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/panel-mulls-awkward-bike-crossing <div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">A traffic safety team will be discussing some unfinished business this afternoon on a controversial bike trail crossing north of Inverness.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> According to the Citrus County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office, there were three bicycle-related crashes in June at the Withlacoochee State Trail crossing of North Independence Highway at the U.S. 41 intersection.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Boaters found near Homosassa http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/boaters-found-near-homosassa <div id="cke_pastebin"> Boaters reported missing Monday during a trip from Charlotte Harbor to the Florida Panhandle town of Carrabelle were rescued Tuesday 45 miles west of the Homosassa River.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Carrabelle residents Michael Forehand, in his late 30s, and Lisa Harris, 48, were picked up by U.S. Coast Guard crews after a Coast Guard aircrew spotted the 39-foot Sea Ray boat, which suffered engine failure, at around 7:35 a.m., according to a Coast Guard news release.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Forehand and Harris were in good health when found.</div>