Saturday, September 22, 2018


Jack Evans, Times Staff Writer

Jack Evans is a 2018 summer intern for the Tampa Bay Times.

Hernando County Sheriff\u2019s Office 
This goat was among the horses, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks and 44 rabbits seized Tuesday by the Hernando County Sheriff\u2019s Office in an animal cruelty case.

Ninety animals seized Tuesday in Hernando County cruelty case

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando sheriff’s deputies seized 90 animals on Tuesday and arrested a woman on animal cruelty and animal mistreatment charges after people called with concerns about an ill horse.Crystal Robin Crawford, 46, was arrested but not...
Published: 09/19/18
Hernando County School District ? 919 N Broad St., Brooksville

School buses, technology updates and teacher recruitment on Hernando schools legislative agenda

BROOKSVILLE — Busing concerns, security technology updates and teacher recruitment efforts could headline the Hernando County School District’s concerns in Tallahassee next year. As the district’s legislative picture for 2019...
Published: 09/18/18
Photos by LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Diana Hohimer, 56, walks to the Aripeka post office to check her mailbox. Five years ago, the post office in the small town of Aripeka, on the Hernando-Pasco county line, closed. It was a hardhship for residents who fear it will be closing again.

What’s a town without a post office? Tiny Aripeka might be there again soon

ARIPEKAOne day last week, as she does every three or four days, Diana Hohimer left her double-wide trailer home at the back of Aripeka’s RV park to make the walk, a little less than a mile, to the post office. She passed the home of a woman,...
Published: 09/13/18
JACK EVANS   |   Times
A memorial for Keyton O\u2019Callaghan sits across  from where the 9-month-old died on Aug. 17.

There’s no norm for how hot-car death cases play out, advocates say. What does that mean for Spring Hill baby case?

SPRING HILL — It’s been nearly a month since a baby died after he was left in a hot car, and officials still have not said if anyone will face charges related to the boy’s death.History suggests an answer could come any day, according to an...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Hernando School Board approves budget with lower tax rates, no cuts to student services

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School Board signed off Tuesday on a $291 million budget that boasts a decrease in tax rates and no cuts to student services while increasing spending only slightly from last year.After what she called a period...
Published: 09/12/18
Waters from the Withlacoochee River creep onto Tarzan Street, a residential dirt road inside Talisman Estates in eastern Hernando County. The neighborhood was devastated by Hurricane Irma in 2017. MEGAN REEVES | Times

Hurricane Irma swamped east Hernando County last year. After a rainy summer, Withlacoochee River flooding could be even worse.

RIDGE MANOR — For most of his seven summers at his home on Cyril Drive, 71-year-old Ralph Cocchi could walk across his back yard, down four stair-steps and over the three big rocks that lead to the...
Updated one month ago
Hayley Avellaneda with a family portrait that includes her mother, Barbara Hume. Avellaneda is suing Pasco County, alleging that poor communication during a series of 911 calls resulted in her mother's death. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]

As they braced for Hurricane Irma, her mother collapsed. The help she called for never came.

LAND O’ LAKES — As Hurricane Irma lumbered north, a Cadillac sedan shot west, doing 80 mph toward the hospital. In the back seat, a man folded his 6-foot,1-inch frame over a dying woman.He kept doing what he’d done for the past half-hour,...
Updated one month ago
DIRK SHADD   |   Times

Compton, longtime Zephyrhills city councilman, defeats Sheriff’s Office administrator for Pasco judge seat

Kent Compton defeated Jeremiah Hawkes Tuesday in the race for Pasco County’s only contested judgeship. Nearly 59 percent of voters cast ballots for the former Zephyrhills city councilman.In a judicial race that forced candidates to stay away...
Updated one month ago
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Pasco deputies: Carload of teens shot BB gun at homeless people, chased them with car

HOLIDAY — A group of teenagers from Holiday and Port Richey was arrested early Saturday morning after deputies said they fired a BB gun at homeless people and chased them in a car.The teens — three 17-year-olds and a pair of 15-year-olds — were...
Updated one month ago
Rashid Ismail Saba (Hernando County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies: Doctor pushed woman down stairs while on duty at Brooksville hospital

BROOKSVILLE — Deputies last week arrested a doctor after they said he attacked his on-again, off-again girlfriend while on duty at Oak Hill Hospital in an incident that included him pushing her down the stairs. According to a statement from Access...
Updated one month ago