Saturday, May 26, 2018
News Roundup

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

BROOKSVILLE

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.

countywide

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 [email protected]

BROOKSVILLE

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. floridaclassicpark.com.

'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.

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No rain in sight: Fire fears force land closures in Arizona

No rain in sight: Fire fears force land closures in Arizona

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Updated: 1 hour ago

Police investigating shooting outside nightclub

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Updated: 1 hour ago
More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

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Updated: 3 hours ago
Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

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Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

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Quick action to slow traffic on Bayshore prompts call to do more citywide

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TAMPA — As city workers set up signs Friday establishing a lower speed limit on Bayshore Boulevard, neighborhood residents and transportation activists urged more steps to improve safety for pedestrians all across the city.The move is a good beginnin...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

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ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

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