A roofer working on the new Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park visitors center set off a minor fire on the roof Monday afternoon that caused little damage, authorities said. A smoldering cigarette butt dropped by the worker erupted into flames that were doused with a garden hose, park manager Tom Linley said.
Search for woman ends when she returns
CITRUS SPRINGS _ A 29-year-old woman who disappeared Thursday morning after a fight with her live-in boyfriend returned to Citrus County on Monday. A detective from the Sheriff's Office met Cheri Ann Abramowich at the Greyhound bus stop in Crystal River at 1:45 p.m. The Sheriff's Office launched a search for the woman after discovering that the interior of her mobile home had been ransacked. Authorities say Abramowich had an argument with her boyfriend, Patrick Zykowski. He told deputies Friday he was the last to see her. Authorities say Abramowich was staying in Clearwater with friends and would stay at her mother's residence in Citrus County instead of returning to the home at 3231 Withlacoochee Trail that she shared with Zykowski.
DEP approves Florida Power request
CRYSTAL RIVER _ The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a permit to Florida Power Corp. to burn a byproduct of its oil generation process called "fly ash" in small concentrations at two of its four coal-powered plants at the Crystal River Energy Complex. With the new permit, granted last month, the company can burn up to 1 percent of the ash, which is created and captured from oil burned at another Florida Power plant in Pinellas County. Florida Power spokeswoman Melodye Hendrix said the company will save $200,000 to $300,000 in fuel costs.
OH, BABY: Hannah Harwell, 18 months, competed Sunday at the Citrus County Fair Baby Pageant.