Local and State

Governor Scott meet and greet at downtown Brooksville bistro

The Bistro in historic downtown Brooksville, owned and operated by Catherine Reeves is a popular gathering place. On Tuesday July 10, 2018, it was hopping with local officials and dignitaries in honor of special guest Governor Rick Scott who is on a campaign tour of small towns across the state in his bid for US Senate.  

County Commissioners and county staff members walked across Main Street during their lunch break to greet Governor Scott.  State Senator Wilton Simpson and Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis were also among those in attendance.  

July 10: 30 day traffic detour at County Line Road and Mariner Boulevard

Spring Hill, FL – Beginning Tuesday, July 10, a temporary detour will be in place directing traffic needing access to Mariner Boulevard from County Line Road in Hernando County. This closure is necessary to build the new westbound travel lanes through this intersection. Traffic will be directed to use Medical Boulevard and Quality Drive for approximately 30 days, weather permitting. Drivers are advised to remain alert to the changed conditions as motorists get used to traveling through this intersection.

Vice and Narcotics Search Warrant results in drug bust

WEEKI WACHEE- On 07-06-18, detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office Vice and Narcotics Unit and the SWAT team executed a search warrant at 14427 Mocking Wren Road, Brooksville.

Investigation revealed that two of the residents, Ryan and Michelle Fenters, were involved in the sale of illegal narcotics.

During the search of the residence, detectives located the following:

        5.8 grams of Dilaudid
        3.6 grams of methadone
        One firearm
        $1,610 in U.S. currency.

Hunters Lake tussock removal project comes to completion

At the June 26, 2018 meeting, Aquatic Services Manager Keith Kolasa presented a progress report to the BOCC on the year-long tussock removal project at Hunters Lake and the essential role that Pasco Hernando State College (PHSC) played. The tussocks are an invasive species, reducing the oxygen supply to the fish in some areas and creating hazards for boaters. 

RULING THROWS COLD WATER ON SMOKABLE POT CASE

July 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE --- Chiding a judge who sided with sick patients and saying plaintiffs likely won’t win on the merits of the case, an appellate court on Tuesday refused to allow smokable medical marijuana while a legal fight continues to play out.

 

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal came in a lawsuit initiated by Orlando trial attorney John Morgan and others who maintain that a Florida law barring patients from smoking their treatment runs afoul of a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.

Hernando County Sheriff's Office remembers Deputy John Mecklenburg

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office honored the memory Deputy John Mecklenburg on July 3, 2018.  Mecklenburg was killed in the line of duty, in the early morning hours, on July 3, 2011. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard stood guard at the Fallen Deputies Memorial located in front of the Sheriff’s Office headquarters on July 3, 2018 from 0700 to 0900.

Teachers, Unions Challenge New Law

July 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida teachers and unions filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the constitutionality of a new law that requires local unions to represent 50 percent or more of instructional personnel.

The law, which passed during this year’s legislative session and took effect Sunday, enacted a series of major changes in the public-school system.