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Indiana murder suspect Douglas Anthony Smith, 26, taken into custody in Florida


Wanted in indiana, murder suspect picked up here

An Indiana murder suspect is in custody after a Hernando County sheriff's deputy saw his car on State Road 50 on Monday night, authorities said. Douglas Anthony Smith, 26, of Highland, Ind., is wanted for questioning by the Highland Police Department in connection with the death of his girlfriend, 28-year-old Jacqueline Williams, according to a news release from the Hernando Sheriff's Office. Indiana authorities contacted the Sheriff's Office about 10:40 p.m. Monday with a tip that Smith might be driving through Hernando County in a black 2007 Chevrolet Impala. About 20 minutes later, Deputy Brian Stephens saw the Impala turning off State Road 50 to head north on Interstate 75 and followed Smith into Sumter County. A Sumter County sheriff's deputy then stopped Smith near mile marker 314 and took him into custody without incident.


Tax offices to close briefly Thursday

All Hernando County Tax Collector offices will be closed from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday for staff training. Offices are at Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Room 112, Brooksville; Westside Government Center, 7489 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill; and the tax collector's driver license office, 11319 Ponce de Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. For information, call (352) 754-4180 or send email to


For landscapers, certification training

The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, will offer training for best management practices certification for green industries from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 31. The workshop is for people working in the lawn, landscape, pest control and municipal grounds maintenance industries. Florida law requires that landscape professionals follow best management practices when using certain fertilizers. Licenses must be obtained by 2014. The cost is $25, which includes lunch and materials. Class size is limited; registration and payment are required by Monday. Call (352) 754-4433.

Today's picks

Spring Hill Regional Hospital Auxiliary nursing uniform sale: 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 666-8755.

Florida Classic Clusters dog show: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. Free admission; $5 parking. (813) 480-3975.

'Ridding Your Lawn of Weeds' horticulture class: 10:30 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 540-6230.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

Indiana murder suspect Douglas Anthony Smith, 26, taken into custody in Florida 01/17/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 8:13pm]
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