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Articles from the March 17, 2024 edition


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  • Sheriff Says "No Systemic Issues" with Multiple Missed Depositions as Transparency Wanes

    Tom Lemons, March 21, 2024|Updated Mar 24, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – Yesterday, R News broke the news of several deputies missing depositions in a recent homicide case. Those deputies and a detective could face jail time if a Judge doesn't accept their explanation of why they each ignored two subpoenas. Under pressure from the media, Sheriff Al Nienhuis released a statement this morning, asserting that the incident is isolated and there are no systemic issues with deputies ignoring subpoenas. Nienhuis says, "The Hernando County Sh...

  • Detective, Four Deputies, Could Face Jail Time if Held in Contempt

    Tom Lemons, March 20, 2024|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – Chief Judge Daniel B. Merritt Jr. could hold several Hernando County Sheriff's deputies and a detective in contempt of court if they can't explain why they failed to appear for depositions in a 2023 manslaughter case. According to court records, Deputies Mitchell Vesper, Chelsea Reid, John Longobardi, and Craig Milne all failed to appear for depositions on September 12, 2023, and again on December 20, 2023, in reference to State vs Regina Cassie Ritter. Detective...

  • Two Die in Late Night Residential Fire

    Tom Lemons, March 20, 2024|Updated Mar 20, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – Hernando County Fire Rescue is reporting a residential fire that claimed the lives of two people. Fire Rescue responded to the 19000 block of VFW Road just before midnight Tuesday after reports of a fully engulfed home. Witnesses reported that the home was possibly occupied by at least two people, but the fire was too intense for firefighters to make entry. After extinguishing the fire, rescuers discovered two victims near the front door who were attempting to e...

  • 2024 Blueberry Festival Cancelled

    Tom Lemons, March 19, 2024|Updated Mar 20, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – The annual Blueberry Festival that draws thousands of visitors to downtown Brooksville every year has been canceled, according to organizers. According to a statement by event organizer John Lee, "...the festival relies on attendance to make its finances whole. With competing festivals being organized within blocks of our location, it makes a risky undertaking even more risky." Lee goes on to say, "Brooksville is simply too small to host two successful f...

  • New Volunteers Sworn into Hernando County Fire Corps

    Tom Lemons, March 19, 2024|Updated Mar 19, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – Hernando County Fire Corps is an invaluable asset to Hernando County Fire Rescue, as they provide critical support to firefighters, especially during the hot summer months. Last night, HCFC swore in the following new volunteer officers: Left to right, Jan Parker, Secretary; Nathan Smith, Logistics Officer; John Thorton, Deputy Commander of Operations; Salvatore Rotella, Jr., Public Relations Officer; and Vince Montefusco, Training Officer. Not pictured: Dawn W...

  • Morale Declines as Tensions Grow Between Port Richey Police and Chief Robinson

    Tom Lemons, March 18, 2024|Updated Mar 19, 2024

    PORT RICHEY – Earlier this month the local Police Benevolent Association (PBA) passed a vote of no confidence over Port Richey Police Chief Cyrus Robinson and Captain Michael Koch but City Manager Matthew Coppler has yet to decide their fate. 11 of the 18 officers who voted in favor of no-confidence still say they cannot work under the current command. There are numerous issues, according to Port Richey Police Officers who wished to remain anonymous, but the most critical i...

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