Two men were injured Wednesday night after a high-speed chase in Homosassa ended with their car flipping several times, according to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. Investigators say Jacob R. Breeding, 18, of Homosassa and an unidentified 21-year-old Crystal River man led authorities on a chase north on U.S. 19 and onto Halls River Road, where the crash occurred. Breeding, who was driving, was in critical condition Thursday at Tampa General Hospital, said Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Larry Coggins. The passenger was in critical condition at Citrus Memorial Health System. Detective Chris Prus tried to stop the car as part of his investigation of a disturbance call at the Two Guys From Italy restaurant in Homosassa. The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
Judge recuses self in Halls River suit
Hernando County Circuit Judge Richard Tombrink Jr. has recused himself from the latest lawsuit involving the Halls River Retreat condominium project. Halls River Development Inc. filed a lawsuit in October alleging that the county's elimination of the mixed-use zoning category caused its property to decline in value by $3.5-million. Tombrink said he meets regularly with Assistant County Attorney Michele Lieberman as part of the Citrus-Hernando Inns of Court, an organization for attorneys and judges. Since Lieberman represents the county, the judge said he would step off the case to avoid "any possible suggestion or appearance of impropriety." Victor J. Musleh, the region's top judge, will assign a new jurist. Judge Jack Springstead in Hernando County and Judge Patricia Thomas in Citrus previously recused themselves.
Gary Goodman was the man standing at the far right in a picture of school officials checking out the new Renaissance Center in Thursday's Citrus Times. The caption misidentified him.