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Articles from the February 25, 2024 edition

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  • Man Struck and Killed by Vehicle While Lying in Roadway

    Tom Lemons, March 1, 2024|Updated Mar 3, 2024

    ZEPHYRHILLS – One person is dead after an early morning pedestrian crash on Otis Allen Road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 59-year-old Zephyrhills man was traveling eastbound on Otis Allen Road in his Toyota 4Runner around 4:15 a.m. this morning. Just west of Sheppard Lane, the driver struck a subject who was lying in the roadway. The victim, a 37-year-old Zephyrhills man suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. An investigation is underway into why the m...

  • Numerous Vehicles Damaged in DUI Hit and Run Crash

    Tom Lemons, February 29, 2024|Updated Mar 1, 2024

    SPRING HILL – A Spring Hill man is behind bars this evening after officials say he crashed into five vehicles in the area of Spring Hill Drive and Mariner Blvd on Wednesday. According to reports, deputies responded to the four corners area around 5:45 p.m. after reports of a hit and run. Officials say 43-year-old Jonathan Pudelek rear-ended a vehicle at the intersection and then struck a second vehicle while attempting to drive away. Pudelek then struck two guy wires and t...

  • Suspect Changes Story After Confessing to Shooting Girlfriend in the Back of the Head

    Tom Lemons, February 29, 2024|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    SPRING HILL – The Hernando County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect in last night's execution-style murder that occurred in the Pristine Place gated community. ORIGINAL STORY According to officials, 61-year-old Roland Maurice Akins told investigators he was involved in an argument with his live-in girlfriend at their home on St. Ives Blvd. Akins claims the victim was holding a gun and when he took it away from her it accidentally discharged, striking the victim. P...

  • Man Shoots Girlfriend Execution Style Then Surrenders to Sheriff's Deputies

    Tom Lemons, February 29, 2024|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    SPRING HILL – An investigation is just getting underway into a fatal shooting that occurred late Wednesday evening in the Pristine Place gated community. Just before 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, dispatchers received a call from a resident on St. Ives Blvd who claimed a man approached them covered in blood and admitted to shooting his girlfriend. Numerous deputies arrived on the scene within minutes of the call and placed the suspect in custody without incident. Upon entering the r...

  • Sheriff Launches "Zero Transparency" Campaign While Demanding Hundreds of Millions from Taxpayers

    Tom Lemons, February 28, 2024|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – A presentation for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office's proposed $300 million Master Plan took place in front of the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday, leaving board members and county residents with more questions than answers. On Monday, R News "broke" the news of the nearly-year-old plan to rebuild the entire Sheriff's Office, which includes a new jail, shooting range, skid pad, and much more. We emphasize the word "broke" because not a single media o...

  • Sheriff Wants You to Pay $300 Million for "Master Plan" - Higher Taxes Inevitable

    Tom Lemons, February 26, 2024|Updated Feb 28, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – Last year, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office introduced a $300 million Master Plan to completely rebuild the Sheriff's Office. Something the Sheriff has never publicly touted, leaving the public virtually in the dark. At the same time, The Hernando Board of County Commissioners approved a 12.2% increase ($8.5 million) to the Sheriff's annual budget, totaling $77.9 million. All of which will inevitably result in higher taxes for Hernando County residents. D...

  • BREAKING - Body Discovered in Burned-Out Vehicle

    Tom Lemons, February 26, 2024|Updated Feb 26, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – A body has been discovered in a burned-out vehicle at a residence on Hancock Lake Road. According to sources, just after 4:00 p.m. today a Hernando County Sheriff's Deputy reported a vehicle fire at the 200 block of Hancock Lake Road. Prior to Fire Rescue arriving on the scene, the deputy reported observing a gas can in the front seat of the vehicle. Upon arrival, firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which was beginning to spread to a nearby wood line. U...

  • Another Foreign Exchange Teacher Arrested, Parents Concerned About Cultural Differences

    Tom Lemons, February 25, 2024|Updated Feb 26, 2024

    FLORIDA – Due to the shortage of qualified teachers in Florida, several school districts have opted to hire non-citizen foreign exchange teachers to fill the vacancies, but in light of recent arrests, some parents are starting to voice concerns over the safety of their children in public schools. The U.S. State Department's J1 visa program authorizes teachers from around the world to work in the United States for up to 5 years. Florida's Department of Education sanctions teach...