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  • Holiday Man Pleads Guilty to Charge Related to January 6th Protest in D.C.

    Tom Lemons, February 10, 2024|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    TAMPA – 1,313 demonstrators have been arrested, so far, since the massive protest that rocked Washington D.C. on January 6, 2020, and a Pasco man is the latest to plead guilty on a charge related to entering the Capitol. On Thursday, 37-year-old Ryan Yates of Holiday pled guilty to a charge of Civil Disorder and will be sentenced on June 12th. According to court documents, on Jan. 6, 2021, Yates entered the restricted area around the United States Capitol building and stood o...

  • Gun Used in Recent Shooting Allegedly Seen Passed Around on School Bus

    Tom Lemons, February 9, 2024|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – Yesterday, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis appeared in a rare in-person press conference alongside School District Superintended John Stratton to discuss incidents involving a firearm used by Springstead High School students According to Nienhuis, the chain of events started back on January 12th, when a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle at Mariner Cay Apartments. When the deputy approached the vehicle, the suspect who Nienhuis says was 1...

  • What's Killing Manatees in Hernando County?

    Tom Lemons, February 8, 2024|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    SPRING HILL – According to the latest Data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), only one manatee died in Hernando County last year, but just in the last thirty days, five manatees have been found dead in a small stretch of the Mudd River. Linda Farmer contacted R News after finding the dead mammals floating in the area of Mary's Fish Camp. Farmer says she has a few theories as to what is causing the deaths but until an investigation is complete, n...

  • School Bus Swarmed by Deputies After Student Claimed to Have a Gun, Switchblade, and Brass Knuckles

    Tom Lemons, February 7, 2024|Updated Feb 8, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – A sixth-grade Parrot Middle School student caused quite a stir on a Hernando County school bus yesterday after he claimed to have weapons in his possession. Several Hernando County Sheriff's Deputies swarmed the bus on a service road near Weeping Willow Street and Cortez Blvd yesterday, after reports that the child had made threats to harm other students. According to the original statement by officials, a student was overheard saying he would "bring a gun to s...

  • Bomb Discovered on Construction Site Near Brooksville - Tampa Bay Regional Airport

    Tom Lemons, February 6, 2024|Updated Feb 7, 2024

    UPDATE 6:04 P.M.: Officials have given the All Clear. Spring Hill Drive will reopen. BROOKSVILLE - Numerous Law Enforcement and Fire Rescue are on the scene of a construction site on Helicopter Drive, near the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport, where a WWII-era bomb has been uncovered. Spring Hill Drive is shut down between US-41 and California Street and nearby businesses are being evacuated. The airport will cease operations until the ordnance has been removed or...