Today's News http://www.chronicleonline.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Scallop season opens today http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/scallop-season-opens-today <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0625_nz_scalloping_dominant.jpg" alt="Raenee Franklin swims along the surface of the water Thursday off the coast of Citrus County where scores of boaters will search for scallops beginning today. Rick Burns watches from his boat." title="Raenee Franklin swims along the surface of the water Thursday off the coast of Citrus County where scores of boaters will search for scallops beginning today. Rick Burns watches from his boat." align="left" hspace="6" width="145" height="85" /> Task force backs I-75 fixes before taking parkway north http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/task-force-backs-i-75-fixes-taking-parkway-north <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0625_nz_i-75_task_force.jpg" alt="Members of the I-75 Relief Task Force listen at their meeting Friday in Williston. Task-force members forged a consensus that the state should expand I-75 before considering alternatives like an extension of the Suncoast Parkway." title="Members of the I-75 Relief Task Force listen at their meeting Friday in Williston. Task-force members forged a consensus that the state should expand I-75 before considering alternatives like an extension of the Suncoast Parkway." align="left" hspace="6" width="149" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> WILLISTON &mdash; Freeway upgrades first. Parkway extension second.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> That&rsquo;s the consensus of a group of elected and appointed officials representing six Florida counties grappling with what to do about Interstate 75 congestion between Gainesville and Tampa.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The I-75 Relief Task Force decided on a tentative plan that calls for upgrades to the freeway before entertaining thoughts of extending the Suncoast Parkway north to the Gainesville-Ocala area.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Eight local candidates elected without opposition http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/eight-local-candidates-elected-without-opposition-0 <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/massullo_ralph_3.jpg" alt="Dr. Ralph Massullo - Lecanto dermatologist new District 34 representative." title="Dr. Ralph Massullo - Lecanto dermatologist new District 34 representative." align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Dr. Ralph Massullo&rsquo;s first political campaign was a short one.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Massullo, a Lecanto dermatologist, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives District 34 without opposition. Qualifying for the ballot ended at noon Friday.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Release and catch http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/release-and-catch <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0625_a3_fish_caught.jpg" alt="Danielle Grizzle holds a spotted sea trout she’s set to release June 16 at the Marine Science Station in Crystal River as part of Coastal Camp Citrus. Duke Energy, in partnership with the school, released dozens of trout raised at the company’s Mariculture Center into the Salt River to help populate local waters. Earlier this week, an angler hooked Danielle’s 17-inch fish off Robert’s Island, about a quarter of a mile from where the fish was released. Roughly 30 students got to adopt and name a fish during the camp. Danielle is not much of an angler herself, said her mother Kathie Isaacson, but would like to be a marine biologist when she grows up." title="Danielle Grizzle holds a spotted sea trout she’s set to release June 16 at the Marine Science Station in Crystal River as part of Coastal Camp Citrus. Duke Energy, in partnership with the school, released dozens of trout raised at the company’s Mariculture Center into the Salt River to help populate local waters. Earlier this week, an angler hooked Danielle’s 17-inch fish off Robert’s Island, about a quarter of a mile from where the fish was released. Roughly 30 students got to adopt and name a fish during the camp. Danielle is not much of an angler herself, said her mother Kathie Isaacson, but would like to be a marine biologist when she grows up." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /> A sign of safety http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/sign-safety <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/062316a3_safeplace_k.jpg" alt="From left, Inverness City Fire Chief Joe Campfield, Councilman David Ryan, Councilwoman Jacquie Hepfer, city clerk Debbie Davis, with other Inverness city officials unveiling a “Safe Place, Safe Haven” sign at the corner of the Inverness Fire Station — the first in Citrus County and the first in the city of Inverness on Thursday. For more information: www.asafehavenfornewborns.com and 800-767-2229. Teens, text the word “safe” and your current location, street address, city, state to 69866 for immediate help." title="From left, Inverness City Fire Chief Joe Campfield, Councilman David Ryan, Councilwoman Jacquie Hepfer, city clerk Debbie Davis, with other Inverness city officials unveiling a “Safe Place, Safe Haven” sign at the corner of the Inverness Fire Station — the first in Citrus County and the first in the city of Inverness on Thursday. For more information: www.asafehavenfornewborns.com and 800-767-2229. Teens, text the word “safe” and your current location, street address, city, state to 69866 for immediate help." align="left" hspace="6" width="137" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">County residents have a new safe haven.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> On Thursday night, Inverness city leaders joined with the Inverness Fire Department (IFD) to christen the downtown fire station a Safe Place and Safe Haven.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Citrus gets first case of Zika http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/citrus-gets-first-case-zika <div id="cke_pastebin"> The Zika virus has hit home.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Citrus County on Friday became one of 24 Florida counties to have a confirmed case of the mosquito-borne virus. Every one of the 220 cases confirmed in the state have been travel-related; none have been locally acquired.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The identity and location of the Citrus County patient is not being released.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Man faces sexual abuse charges http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/man-faces-sexual-abuse-charges <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0625_-_don_allen_taulman.jpg" alt="Don Allen Taulman" title="Don Allen Taulman" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">An Ocala man was charged Thursday for having non-</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> consensual sex with a person with a mental disability.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> These allegations against 44-year-old Don Allen Taulman were reported Wednesday to the Citrus County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office, during an investigation out of Marion County by the Florida Department of Children and Families, according to Taulman&rsquo;s arrest report.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Pointing the way http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/pointing-way <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0625_a3_nz_signs_in_cr.jpg" alt=" MATTHEW BECK/Chronicle These signs at the corner of Northeast Third Street and Northeast Third Avenue in Crystal River are just a few of many signs in the city’s downtown pointing to area businesses. City officials with the Community Redevelopment Agency, who also serve on city council, approved the signage initiative in February 2015 for $15,000. The first batch of signs went up in July 2015. Business owners who want a sign of their own have to order and buy a $200 sign blade with the city, which installs and maintains them. For more information or to order a sign blade, call Crystal River City Hall at 352-795-4216, ext. 308." title=" MATTHEW BECK/Chronicle These signs at the corner of Northeast Third Street and Northeast Third Avenue in Crystal River are just a few of many signs in the city’s downtown pointing to area businesses. City officials with the Community Redevelopment Agency, who also serve on city council, approved the signage initiative in February 2015 for $15,000. The first batch of signs went up in July 2015. Business owners who want a sign of their own have to order and buy a $200 sign blade with the city, which installs and maintains them. For more information or to order a sign blade, call Crystal River City Hall at 352-795-4216, ext. 308." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" />