Prosecutors have dropped petty theft and criminal mischief charges against a Hernando County elementary school teacher who moved his mother-in-law's mailbox last year. Aaron C. Kinkaid, 43, never deprived Mary Bennett of her property when he uprooted her mailbox and moved it down the street on Dec. 10, and investigators couldn't prove that he damaged it, said Assistant State Attorney Deanna Cerbini. Mary Bennett and her daughter, Christina Easton, called deputies after Easton saw Kinkaid move the mailbox, according to a Hernando sheriff's report. Bennett is Kinkaid's mother-in-law; Easton is his sister-in-law. The two live next door to Kinkaid and his wife on Willow Bank Avenue, east of Brooksville. Kinkaid told deputies he moved the mailbox because Easton had looked in his mailbox the prior week. Easton denied that. The Kinkaids are both teachers at Eastside Elementary, though Aaron Kinkaid has been on unpaid leave since Aug. 14.
Covell runs for School Board
A second challenger for the District 5 Hernando County School Board seat has entered the race, hoping to unseat incumbent Cynthia Moore. On Friday morning, Nobleton resident Anna Liisa Covell filed for the seat, saying she believes the School Board needs some new blood. "I believe it is time for a change in attitude and time for a change in regime," she said. Covell, 63, co-owner of A.L. Covell Electric in Brooksville, said she was disappointed by the poor performance of many schools in the latest round of school grades. She said she has simple goals, with a mission of improving school performance and success and doing what is best for students. She said she would support teachers, provide clear and concise information to parents and be well prepared for meetings. Also in the District 5 race is Robert Neuhausen. Covell has made two unsuccessful runs for Hernando County Commission.
Budgets keep premiums low
Gov. Rick Scott, as well as thousands of other top-ranked state workers, could continue to pay low health insurance premiums in the coming year. Scott has pushed for four straight years to have all state workers, regardless of salary or position, pay identical amounts for health insurance. But both the House and Senate this week released initial budgets that would keep premiums at the same rate. There are nearly 200,000 people enrolled in the state health insurance program, but nearly 30,000 of them, including top officials in state agencies, legislative staff, as well as the governor and members of the Cabinet, pay the lowest possible rate. The budgets released this week would keep that rate the same: $8.34 a month in premiums for individual coverage and $30 for family coverage.
Motorcyclist, 28, dies in crash
A motorcyclist died Friday evening in a crash at Osprey Lane and State Road 54 in Pasco County, Florida Highway Patrol troopers reported. Matthew R. Parrish, 28, of Land O' Lakes, was riding his Suzuki motorcycle east on State Road 54 just before 6 p.m. As he approached the intersection, Carolyn Hilerio, 68, of Lutz, turned left in front of him, troopers said. Parrish tried to swerve, but crashed into the passenger side of Hilerio's Hyundai Sonata. Even though he wore a helmet, Parrish died at the scene, troopers said. Hilerio was not injured. The accident was still under investigation Friday night.