Gregory Darrell Wright must compose an essay on how to respond to ignorant speeches as part of his sentence for creating a disturbance during last month's Ku Klux Klan and skinhead rally. Wright, 26, of Hernando, pleaded no contest Tuesday to disorderly conduct. County Judge Gary Graham assessed Wright a $25 fine and ordered him to write the essay. During the rally Jan. 28 on the courthouse steps, Wright became upset at racial remarks that Klan members and skinheads made, records show. He became belligerent at a man watching the rally and ignored deputies' requests that he stop yelling at the man. Judicial Circuit to name judge in threats case INVERNESS - Officials from the 5th Judicial Circuit will decide which judge will preside over the trial of Henry Malcolm Ayers, the Crystal River shop owner accused of trying to have local business and political leaders killed. County Judge Gary Graham said Monday that he recused himself from the case because some of the alleged targets are his professional colleagues. Circuit Judge John Thurman stepped down Friday for the same reason. Ayers is charged with trying to hire a man to kill Sheriff Charles Dean, Circuit Judge William Edwards, state Rep. Dick Locke and three other men.
Waterfront owner seeks to own road, boat ramp CRYSTAL RIVER - The owner of Knox's Bait House and Bay Point Diving Center asked the City Council on Monday to give him NW Third Avenue.
In return, William Page said he would expand and maintain the boat ramp at the end of the road. The short street serves his businesses and the boat ramp. He added that he would agree to keep the ramp open to the public and guarantee free use for residents of Crystal River.
Page wants to widen the ramp so that two boats can be launched at the same time. Now, the line of boat trailers waiting to use the ramp sometimes extends onto U.S. 19, he said. The City Council decided to
have a work session to explore the proposal. No date has been set.
Neighbors help catch two burglary suspects INVERNESS - Members of Kensington Estates' Neighborhood Watch program helped authorities nab two men accused of home burglaries, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office reported Monday. The residents called authorities Monday when they saw two men in a gray Dodge pickup truck acting suspiciously near a neighbor's home, a news release said. Cpl. Dwight Giddens and Deputy Jeff Munday arrived and stopped a truck matching the description the Watch members gave. A search of the truck revealed a wallet, appliances and jewelry belonging to a Kensington Estates resident. Arrested were Sean P. Flanagan, 23, of Oklawaha, and James A. Summitt, 31, of Summerfield. Both men have a long history of theft and criminal activity, the Sheriff's Office reported. Summitt is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail in the Citrus County Jail, and
Flanagan was released on his own recognizance Tuesday.