July 15, 2024

  • BREAKING: Former President Trump Injured in Assassination Attempt

    Tom Lemons, July 13, 2024 | Jul 13, 2024

    BUTLER, Pennsylvania – At least two people are confirmed dead, including the shooter, after an assassination attempt was carried out against former President Donald Trump during a campaign rally. Trump was struck on the right side of his head after several shots were fired in his direction. Secret Service immediately surrounded Trump and rushed him to an awaiting vehicle. The shooter was shot and killed at the scene. There are unconfirmed reports that a third attendee is in...

  • Hit-and-Run Driver Injures Elderly Woman Using a Walker

    Tom Lemons, July 13, 2024 | Jul 13, 2024

    HUDSON – The Florida Highway Patrol is asking for help in identifying a suspect in a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a pedestrian late Friday evening. According to officials, just after 10:00 p.m. Friday, a 2010-2011 Mazda was traveling southbound on Old Dixie Highway, south of Hudson Ave, when the driver struck a 67-year-old woman who was utilizing a walker. The driver fled the scene and did not notify authorities of the accident. The victim was transported to a...

  • Poor Turnout for Political Event May Have Been by Design, Voters are Demanding Change

    Tom Lemons, July 12, 2024 | Jul 13, 2024

    SPRING HILL – The seventh annual Politics in the Park event went off without a hitch last night at Challenger K-8 but only one thing was missing – voters. Every two years the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce hosts the usually packed event, where residents have an opportunity to talk to candidates face-to-face. Throughout the evening, each candidate has an opportunity to deliver a short speech in the auditorium in front of a normally packed house, but this time...

  • Vehicle Crash Injures One, Prompts Hazmat Response

    Tom Lemons, July 11, 2024 | Jul 12, 2024

    DADE CITY (HERNANDO) – Hernando County Fire Rescue responded to an accident with injuries this afternoon that resulted in a hazmat incident. According to officials, Fire Rescue responded to the area of Cortez Blvd and Olancha Road around 1:00 p.m. after a rear end collision caused Muriatic Acid to spill onto the roadway. The Florida Highway Patrol shut down the roadway until a Hazmat crew could remove the corrosive chemical. One patient was airlifted to a trauma...

  • Teen Charged with Possessing Child Porn, Suspected of Abusing 8-Year-Old Family Member

    Tom Lemons, July 10, 2024 | Jul 11, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of a teenager who they say was in possession of child pornography and sexually abused an 8-year-old family member. Officials say on June 16th, detectives received information 17-year-old Noah Smith had downloaded child pornography from the internet. A search warrant was served on the social media provider which revealed that Smith was in possession of 10 files containing child sexual abuse material....

  • Was Election Official's Decision Not to Disqualify Two Candidates Influenced by State Senator?

    Tom Lemons, July 9, 2024 | Jul 10, 2024

    FLORIDA – A Citrus County Commission candidate is fighting to stay on the ballot after a minor technicality prompted the Supervisor of Elections to disqualify him. Republican Jesse Rumson filed in June of 2023 to run against incumbent Holly Davis, also a Republican, in the District 5 Primary. On June 6th of this year, Rumson filed a Candidate Oath form but failed to check yes or no to the question whether he owed campaign finance violation fines. Supervisor of Elections...

  • ATV Ordinance Reversed in Unanimous Decision

    Tom Lemons, July 9, 2024 | Jul 9, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – Just over a year after it was passed, the Hernando Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) overturned an ordinance that prohibited anyone from operating an ATV on unpaved roadways. Commissioner Steve Champion led the effort after several Royal Highlands residents said the measure is overreaching, restricts basic freedoms, and allowed the Sheriff's Office to conduct traffic stops without probable cause. Commissioner Champion, who cast the only "No Vote" when the...

  • Conservative Groups' Open Letter to Congress on Inflation Reduction Act

    Tampa Free Press Wire, July 8, 2024 | Jul 9, 2024

    Dear Speaker Mike Johnson and Leader Mitch McConnell: President Biden's Inflation Reduction Act has been an across-the-board failure. The law arguably made inflation worse by wasting billions on progressive boondoggles such as "Green New Deal" tax credits that benefit China, electric vehicle giveaways, and bigger handouts to insurance companies and affluent families who enroll in Obamacare. The law imposed costly new taxes on U.S. businesses that employ millions of...

  • Report Shows Drop in Abortions Following 'Heartbeat Act'

    Tampa Free Press Wire, July 8, 2024 | Jul 8, 2024

    FLORIDA – A recent report by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration suggests a decrease in the number of abortions performed in the state. The data, released on July 1, 2024, shows 36,221 abortions for the 2024 year, compared to the previous month's tally of 32,081. However, it's important to note that these figures may not fully capture the impact of recent legislation. Florida enacted a 15-week abortion ban in July 2022, with exceptions for medical emergencies....

  • Three Vehicle Crash Involving Tractor Trailer Kills Motorcyclist

    Tom Lemons, July 7, 2024 | Jul 8, 2024

    WEBSTER – One person is dead, and two others injured in a multivehicle crash involving a tractor trailer. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Ford Expedition driven by a 69-year-old Winter Garden man was traveling westbound on SR-50 and ran a red light at SR-471. As a result, the driver struck the passenger side of a tractor trailer driven by a 58-year-old North Port man. Subsequently, the tractor trailer traveled into the southbound lanes where it collided with a...

  • Democrat Candidate Found Dead Inside Brooksville Home

    Tom Lemons, July 7, 2024 | Jul 7, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – Democrat Candidate for County Commissioner Kathleen Cummings has died, sources say. Fire Rescue responded to her residence on Winding Creek Drive after receiving reports that Cummings was discovered unresponsive inside her home on Saturday. Cummings taught 12th-grade English at Springstead High School and planned to return to teaching this fall. A close friend of Cummings, Carla Johns, tells R News, "Despite our political difference, Cummings was an amazing...

  • Beloved Fire Captain Dies in July 4th Boating Accident

    Tom Lemons, July 5, 2024 | Jul 5, 2024

    CITRUS COUNTY – Sad news to report out of Citrus County today, after a 4th of July boating accident claimed the life of a beloved Citrus County Fire Captain. Citrus County Fire Rescue released the following statement: It is with profound sadness that Citrus County Fire Rescue announces the passing of one of our esteemed training captains, Michael Fletcher, due to an off-duty boating incident that occurred in Crystal River on the night of Thursday, July 4, 2024. 42-year-old...

  • Heat Advisory Issued for Parts of West Central Florida

    Tom Lemons, July 5, 2024 | Jul 5, 2024

    FLORIDA – A heat advisory has been issued for portions of southwest and west central Florida, effective Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT. The National Weather Service (NWS) warns of dangerous heat conditions, with heat indexes expected to reach 112 degrees in some areas. High temperatures can lead to heatstroke, a serious medical condition that can be fatal if left untreated. Symptoms of heatstroke include high body temperature (above 103°F), confusion, disorientation,...

  • Teen Dies in Early Morning Crash

    Tom Lemons, July 5, 2024 | Jul 5, 2024

    LECANTO – A New York City man died early this morning after crashing into a light pole on South Lecanto Highway. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 19-year-old driver was traveling southbound, when just west of Black Diamond Circle, he lost control of his Nissan Altima, veered off the roadway, and struck a concrete light pole. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital, where he later...

  • Dash Cam Video of Arrest Tells A Different Story, Raises Doubts Over Probable Cause

    Tom Lemons, July 2, 2024 | Jul 5, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – On Sunday, R News reported the arrest of 43-year-old Jerry Dean Glisson, who deputies say fought with them while attempting to place him into custody. Recently acquired dash cam video may paint a different picture than what deputies say led up to the violent confrontation, which left Glisson with lacerations to the head and a swollen face. (ORIGINAL STORY) After reviewing the reports of every deputy on the scene and watching dash cam video from three patrol...

  • Commissioner Calls for Transparency, Demands Explanation For Using "Chinese Spy Cameras"

    Tom Lemons, July 1, 2024 | Jul 2, 2024

    HERNANDO – Cameras are everywhere and there is no expectation of privacy when you are outside and in a public area, but when the government uses spy cameras to track your every move, that's when people say it violates their right to privacy. That's exactly what Hernando County Commissioner Steve Champion said during a recent Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting regarding the use of surveillance cameras by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. The issue first came...

  • Woman Charged with DUI After Crashing into Occupied Residence

    Tom Lemons, July 1, 2024 | Jul 1, 2024

    SPRING HILL – The Florida Highway Patrol is reporting the arrest of a Spring Hill woman after she crashed her vehicle into a home on Autumn Road Sunday evening. According to reports, 29-year-old Ann Marie Estevez was traveling eastbound on Spring Hill Drive when she lost control of her car and crashed into a home located at 1370 Autumn Road. Two people were inside the home at the time of the crash, but officials say no one was injured. Estevez told Troopers that someone...

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