Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Pasco County woman avoids jail time in animal cruelty charges

BROOKSVILLE — A Spring Hill woman who left 53 animals in the back of a moving truck last May will not spend any more time in jail. Frances Terry Evans, 52, pleaded no contest Wednesday to 53 counts of animal cruelty and was sentenced to one year of probation. Officials say Evans packed 50 cats in plastic containers with air holes drilled in the sides and three dogs into a U-Haul truck and attempted to hide them behind the Publix store at Mariner Boulevard and County Line Road. At the time, Evans was the subject of an ongoing investigation into animal hoarding at her home in Pasco County and planned to return for the animals after code enforcement officers completed a scheduled compliance check, officials said. Prosecutors sought a county jail sentence of 280 days — one week for each of the 40 animals that had to be euthanized because of their ill health, said Assistant State Attorney Basil Von Lashley. Hernando County Judge Kurt Hitzemann opted for probation in part because Evans, who spent 34 days in the Hernando County Detention Center before her release last week, does not have a criminal record in Florida. Hitzemann also forbade Evans from having pets during the duration of her probation, and she must pay $2006.94 in restitution to Hernando County Animal Services to cover the cost of euthanizing the animals and caring for the ones that survived.

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Troopers seek driver who ran from fatal crash in Trinity

Troopers seek driver who ran from fatal crash in Trinity

TRINITY — The Florida Highway Patrol said it is looking for a driver who ran from the scene of a fatal three-vehicle crash that took place Tuesday afternoon on State Road 54 at Duck Slough Boulevard.The crash took place at about 2:33 p.m., closing do...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Hernando County to start neutering feral cats

Hernando County to start neutering feral cats

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County will soon become a more cat-friendly community.The County Commission voted 4-0 Tuesday in favor of a policy to trap, neuter and vaccinate feral cats and return them to the wild. They hope to reduce the number of cats eut...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Days before graduation, crash kills Lakewood High senior, injures two others

Days before graduation, crash kills Lakewood High senior, injures two others

ST. PETERSBURG — A Lakewood High School student was killed and two others were injured when their car struck a tree just outside the campus on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.All three boys involved in the crash were 18 and seniors, officials ...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Rays-Orioles postponed, doubleheader planned for May 12

Rays-Orioles postponed, doubleheader planned for May 12

UPDATE, 6:06: The Rays will stay in rotation, so Faria will slide back a day and pitch Wednesday, vs. Cobb, and Archer will get an extra day's rest and pitch Thursday, against RHP Dylan Bundy.Also of note, Cash said 3B Matt Duffy (right hamstring str...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
Monday meeting may determine fate of Brooksville Police Department

Monday meeting may determine fate of Brooksville Police Department

BROOKSVILLE — Brooksville City Council holds a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday to consider an interlocal agreement proposal by Sheriff Al Nienhuis to take over law enforcement duties from the city police.The council has been struggling with an excep...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
He tried to rob two pharmacies. Both times he left empty-handed.

He tried to rob two pharmacies. Both times he left empty-handed.

TAMPA — Police are looking for a man who failed to rob two pharmacies last week.No one was harmed during the botched heists, but the man may be armed with a handgun, police said.Detectives on Tuesday released surveillance video that showed the man in...
Updated: 1 hour ago
FHP: Riverview motorcyclist critically injured in crash on I-4

FHP: Riverview motorcyclist critically injured in crash on I-4

TAMPA — A 41-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured in a Monday night crash on Interstate 4, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place at about 7:15 p.m. Cristobal Padilla, of Riverview, was riding a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle in...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Embattled Hernando County commissioner not present at Tuesday’s meeting

Embattled Hernando County commissioner not present at Tuesday’s meeting

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson was absent from Tuesday’s regular meeting, but he was still the subject of much conversation.Commissioners, stung by the nationwide publicity about Nicholson’s arrest last week on three prosti...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida’s small businesses need more skilled workers, survey says

Florida’s small businesses need more skilled workers, survey says

Florida small business owners say their top concern is a lack of skilled workers, according to a recent survey by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Workforce quality has been a recurring issue for small businesses, according to previous surveys. In th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
St. Pete police identify man wanted for stealing car — and baby

St. Pete police identify man wanted for stealing car — and baby

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are searching for a 19-year-old man accused of stealing a car left running with an 8-month-old baby left in the back on Monday.The baby was found unharmed by two WFLA-Ch. 8 journalists a short time later, according to St. Pete...
Updated: 1 hour ago