Pat Raia

DeSantis nixes mask mandates, lockdowns

[email protected]

Gov. Ron DeSantis vows that he will not issue new mask or lockdown mandates despite a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases statewide.

According to a Florida Department of Health (DOH) report published July 23, new cases of COVID-19 climbed to 73,199 during the week of July 16 through July 22, up from 45,884 for the week beginning July 9. New case positivity jumped to 15.1 percent., up from 11.5 percent for the week beginning July 9.

Louisiana man pleads guilty to sex with Spring Hill teen


[email protected]

A Louisiana man will spend 15 years in the Florida Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to having sexual relations with a minor. The guilty plea stems from the September 2020 arrest of Johnathan Rossmoine on multiple charges including Lewd and Lascivious Behavior with a victim between the ages of 12 and 16, Obscene Communication, Travel to Meet After Use of a Computer to Lure a Child.

DeSantis says Illegal border crossings bring crime & drugs to Florida

An influx of those illegally crossing the southern US Border is responsible for an increase in drug and other criminal activity in Florida, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis along with State Senate President Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby) visited Del Rio,Texas last weekend to meet with Florida law enforcement personnel on a mutual aid mission there.

Couple charged in retail theft spree

A couple is facing multiple charges after they were arrested for stealing fireworks and a hand tool from area businesses.

Hernando County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) Deputy Public Information Officer (PIO) Michael Terry said that the series of thefts began on June 27 when Joseph Blahous, 26, and 30-year-old Nicole Cawthron were allegedly observed stealing a drill from Rural King, 2468 Commercial Way, in Spring Hill.