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Doctor in car chase files innocent plea

Inverness doctor Robert LaCava has pleaded innocent to five driving-related charges stemming from a chase with police earlier this month. LaCava's attorney, Richard Fitzpatrick, filed written pleas instead of having the 41-year-old gynecologist appear Wednesday in County Court, records show. LaCava led four squad cars from the Inverness Police Department and Citrus County Sheriff's Office on a chase Feb. 9 through downtown Inverness, arrest records show. Authorities said the doctor drove faster than 50 mph as he wound through the Inverness Highlands section and downtown, until authorities finally stopped him on State Road 44 near N Independence Highway. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, and two counts each of fleeing and eluding an officer and reckless driving, records show. LaCava is scheduled to appear in court April 9.Burglary team

plagues Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE _ A group of "smash-and-grab" burglars has broken into eight buildings in Brooksville since Saturday, including the old courthouse. There also has been a burglary and a case of vandalism that appear to be the work of "more sophisticated" criminals, said Capt. Ray Schumacher of the Brooksville Police Department. In almost all cases, the burglars entered the buildings by breaking a glass door or window, and either entered through the broken glass or reached through to open a door or window. In most cases, little has been stolen, but $3,300 in cash and equipment was discovered missing Saturday night from the Brooksville Health Food Store, 1445 U.S. 41 S.