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  • Pet lovers answer call to save animals

    Pet lovers answer call to save animals

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:13:40 GMT
    Area pet lovers have given 91 dogs, cats and kittens housed at the Hernando County Animal Services center new homes. And not a moment too soon. The latest adoptions occurred over a three day period, which ended Saturday, according to the county animal services' website. Last week, the call went out to the community to help save the animals from possibly being euthanized. At the time, Hernando County Animal Services officials said the shelter had exceeded its capacity, so all the animals need...
    Area pet lovers have given 91 dogs, cats and kittens housed at the Hernando County Animal Services center new homes. And not a moment too soon. The latest adoptions occurred over a three day period, which ended Saturday, according to the county animal services' website. Last week, the call went out to the community to help save the animals from possibly being euthanized. At the time, Hernando County Animal Services officials said the shelter had exceeded its capacity, so all the animals need...
  • Pregnant Inverness woman injured in shooting dies

    Pregnant Inverness woman injured in shooting dies

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:37:27 GMT
    Hernando County deputies were dispatched to the home in Brooksville just before 7 pm Saturday. Hernando County deputies were dispatched to the home in Brooksville just before 7 pm Saturday.
    A 25-year-old pregnant Inverness woman injured in an accidental shooting on Saturday has died.Katherine Lynn Hoover passed away just after 3 am Sunday morning at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.
    A 25-year-old pregnant Inverness woman injured in an accidental shooting on Saturday has died.Katherine Lynn Hoover passed away just after 3 am Sunday morning at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.
  • Pregnant woman injured in accidental shooting

    Pregnant woman injured in accidental shooting

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:15:28 GMT
    Hernando County sheriff's deputies are investigating the shooting of a five-month pregnant woman late Saturday.About 6:45 p.m. Saturday, theHernando County Sheriff's Office Emergency Communications Center received a call about a shooting at20079 Suncrest Drive in Brooksville.Sheriff's deputies and Hernando County Fire Rescue emergency units responded to thescene, where they found Kathleen Hoover with a head injury, a ...
    Hernando County sheriff's deputies are investigating the shooting of a five-month pregnant woman late Saturday.About 6:45 p.m. Saturday, theHernando County Sheriff's Office Emergency Communications Center received a call about a shooting at20079 Suncrest Drive in Brooksville.Sheriff's deputies and Hernando County Fire Rescue emergency units responded to thescene, where they found Kathleen Hoover with a head injury, a ...
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 14 -19

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 14 -19

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:38:43 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 14 to 19, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 14 to 19, 2014.
  • Adoption special extended in Hernando shelter

    Adoption special extended in Hernando shelter

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:46 AM EDT2014-07-25 08:46:42 GMT
    Hernando County Animal Services center is extending its Adoption Special to include all the dogs, cats and kittens at the shelter, county officials said Friday.
    Hernando County Animal Services center is extending its Adoption Special to include all the dogs, cats and kittens at the shelter, county officials said Friday.
  • Strangers help Hernando sinkhole victim move out

    Strangers help Hernando sinkhole victim move out

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:29 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:29:46 GMT
    Hernando County officials gave Linda Fisher until noon Tuesday to get everything out of her house on Eldridge Dr.
    Hernando County officials gave Linda Fisher until noon Tuesday to get everything out of her house on Eldridge Dr.
  • Geo experts to investigate Spring Hill sinkhole

    Geo experts to investigate Spring Hill sinkhole

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-07-22 11:57:02 GMT
    Hernando County engineers and contractors will return to a sinkhole on Elderidge Dr. Tuesday with specialized geotechnical equipment to investigate what's happening underground.
    Hernando County engineers and contractors will return to a sinkhole on Elderidge Dr. Tuesday with specialized geotechnical equipment to investigate what's happening underground.
  • How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

    How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:43:25 GMT
    A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photoA 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo
    Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area?
    Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area?
  • Spring Hill sinkhole swallows part of street, neighbors on edge

    Spring Hill sinkhole swallows part of street, neighbors on edge

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:31:46 GMT
    Some Spring Hill neighbors remain on edge as a sinkhole swallows part of their street.
    Some Spring Hill neighbors remain on edge as a sinkhole swallows part of their street.
  • County to evaluate Spring Hill sinkhole with contractor

    County to evaluate Spring Hill sinkhole with contractor

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:14 AM EDT2014-07-21 09:14:40 GMT
    Hernando County officials plan to assess the sinkhole that opened up on Eldridge Drive with a contractor on Monday. 
    Hernando County officials plan to assess the sinkhole that opened up on Eldridge Drive with a contractor on Monday. 
  • Freebies and deals on National Ice Cream Day, July 20, 2014

    Freebies and deals on National Ice Cream Day, July 20, 2014

    Sunday, July 20 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-07-20 19:41:56 GMT
    Carvel Facebook photoCarvel Facebook photo
    If you like ice cream, you should know that this Sunday, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day.We did some checking around and found some deals and freebies in honor of National Ice Cream Day. 
    If you like ice cream, you should know that this Sunday, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day.We did some checking around and found some deals and freebies in honor of National Ice Cream Day. 
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 7 - 12

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 7 - 12

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:57:30 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 7 to 12, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 7 to 12, 2014.
  • Workers throw away body mistaken for mannequin in Hernando dump

    Workers throw away body mistaken for mannequin in Hernando dump

    Friday, July 18 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-07-18 17:09:59 GMT
    West Hernando Transfer Station West Hernando Transfer Station
    Deputies are investigating human remains found in a bin at the West Hernando Transfer Station Thursday.
    Deputies are investigating human remains found in a bin at the West Hernando Transfer Station Thursday.
  • Which Tampa Bay county has the highest median household income?

    Which Tampa Bay county has the highest median household income?

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:09:56 GMT
    You clock in your time to bring home a paycheck and raise a family. But, how does your household income stack up against others?
    You clock in your time to bring home a paycheck and raise a family. But, how does your household income stack up against others?
  • Manatees seek refuge from cold in Crystal River

    Manatees seek refuge from cold in Crystal River

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-07-16 20:25:46 GMT
    With the drop in temperature, manatees in the gulf have made their way to the warm spring waters of Crystal River.
    With the drop in temperature, manatees in the gulf have made their way to the warm spring waters of Crystal River.
  • Hernando sex offender wanted on murder, robbery charges

    Hernando sex offender wanted on murder, robbery charges

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-07-15 22:04:40 GMT
    MOST WANTED: Hernando County Crime Stoppers are looking to track down 20-year-old Harry "June Bug" Delaine.
    MOST WANTED: Hernando County Crime Stoppers are looking to track down 20-year-old Harry "June Bug" Delaine.
  • Brooksville clinic honors abused puppy 'Savannah' with memorial

    Brooksville clinic honors abused puppy 'Savannah' with memorial

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-07-15 12:00:18 GMT
    A memorial honors Savannah. Animal Health Vet Clinic Facebook photoA memorial honors Savannah. Animal Health Vet Clinic Facebook photo
    The staff at the Animal Health Veterinary Clinic in Brooksville did everything they could to save the life of an abused 5-month-old puppy. But, her injuries were so severe, she could not be saved. Now, a memorial set up in the clinic's reception area honors Golden Retriever puppy "Savannah."
    The staff at the Animal Health Veterinary Clinic in Brooksville did everything they could to save the life of an abused 5-month-old puppy. But, her injuries were so severe, she could not be saved. Now, a memorial set up in the clinic's reception area honors Golden Retriever puppy "Savannah."
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 30 - July 5

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 30 - July 5

    Monday, July 14 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-07-14 23:10:41 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 30 to July 5, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 30 to July 5, 2014.
  • FIRST ON: Puppy found in Brooksville with extension cord around neck

    FIRST ON: Puppy found in Brooksville with extension cord around neck

    Monday, July 14 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-07-14 21:47:39 GMT
    "Savannah" was having seizures when she was found. Photo courtesy Animal Health Veterinary Clinic in Brooksville"Savannah" was having seizures when she was found. Photo courtesy Animal Health Veterinary Clinic in Brooksville
    A 5-month-old Golden Retriever puppy is fighting to stay alive after she was found with an extension cord tied around her neck and having seizures on the side of a Brooksville road.
    A 5-month-old Golden Retriever puppy is fighting to stay alive after she was found with an extension cord tied around her neck and having seizures on the side of a Brooksville road.
  • Detectives: Hernando pair smoked pot, broke into school, stole Fruit Loops

    Detectives: Hernando pair smoked pot, broke into school, stole Fruit Loops

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 8:25 PM EDT2014-07-10 00:25:01 GMT
    School surveillance image of the suspected Fruit Loop thievesSchool surveillance image of the suspected Fruit Loop thieves
    Two Hernando County men are in a heap of trouble with the law after detectives say they smoked pot and broke into a Spring Hill school. They then got an apparent case of the munchies and stole Fruit Loops cereal.
    Two Hernando County men are in a heap of trouble with the law after detectives say they smoked pot and broke into a Spring Hill school. They then got an apparent case of the munchies and stole Fruit Loops cereal.
  • Best, worst, 2014 entry-level salaries and jobs

    Best, worst, 2014 entry-level salaries and jobs

    Monday, July 7 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-07-07 22:24:17 GMT
    Do you know someone who is looking for an entry-level job?
    Do you know someone who is looking for an entry-level job?
  • Hernando woman fined $16,000 for mistreating 34 animals

    Hernando woman fined $16,000 for mistreating 34 animals

    Friday, July 4 2014 10:06 AM EDT2014-07-04 14:06:59 GMT
    One of 55 dogs removed from the home. One of 55 dogs removed from the home.
    A Spring Hill woman who was found living in a feces-ridden home with 61 animals has been cited for mistreatment of animals.
    A Spring Hill woman who was found living in a feces-ridden home with 61 animals has been cited for mistreatment of animals.
  • 911 call reveals efforts to revive Brooksville infant

    911 call reveals efforts to revive Brooksville infant

    Thursday, July 3 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-07-03 20:25:06 GMT
    911 recordings released on Thursday reveal the dramatic moments after a newborn baby was discovered in a Brooksville home in April.911 recordings released on Thursday reveal the dramatic moments after a newborn baby was discovered in a Brooksville home in April.
    911 recordings released on Thursday reveal the dramatic moments after a newborn baby was discovered in a Brooksville home in April.
    911 recordings released on Thursday reveal the dramatic moments after a newborn baby was discovered in a Brooksville home in April.
  • Many fireworks sold in Florida require customer signature

    Many fireworks sold in Florida require customer signature

    Thursday, July 3 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-07-03 19:25:14 GMT
    Technically, it's not legal to buy many of the fireworks sold.Technically, it's not legal to buy many of the fireworks sold.
    Technically, it's not legal in Florida to buy many of the fireworks sold.
    Technically, it's not legal in Florida to buy many of the fireworks sold.
  • Rip current risk in Tampa Bay area

    Rip current risk in Tampa Bay area

    Thursday, July 3 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-03 15:12:16 GMT
    Rip Current in Florida after Hurricane Jeanne Courtesy of Dennis Decker, WCM, NWS Melbourne, FLRip Current in Florida after Hurricane Jeanne Courtesy of Dennis Decker, WCM, NWS Melbourne, FL
    The National Weather Service is warning swimmers about a rip current risk in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties.
    The National Weather Service is warning swimmers about a rip current risk in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties.
  • Police: Brooksville woman gave birth in shower, put baby in trash

    Police: Brooksville woman gave birth in shower, put baby in trash

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 3:12 PM EDT2014-07-02 19:12:13 GMT
    Maria Castillo was charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child. Hernando Co. Jail booking photoMaria Castillo was charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child. Hernando Co. Jail booking photo
    A Brooksville woman is charged with aggravated manslaughter after investigators say she gave birth to a baby in the shower, then put the baby in a trash bag.
    A Brooksville woman is charged with aggravated manslaughter after investigators say she gave birth to a baby in the shower, then put the baby in a trash bag.
  • Tampa Bay pet owners advised to vaccinate dogs for parvovirus

    Tampa Bay pet owners advised to vaccinate dogs for parvovirus

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-07-02 16:39:41 GMT
    American Staffordshire Terriors are at higher risk, according to the ASPCA. Wikimedia Commons photoAmerican Staffordshire Terriors are at higher risk, according to the ASPCA. Wikimedia Commons photo
    Dog owners are being warned to vaccinate their pets for the potentially deadly parvovirus after a local Humane Society reported seeing an increase in infected pets.
    Dog owners are being warned to vaccinate their pets for the potentially deadly parvovirus after a local Humane Society reported seeing an increase in infected pets.
  • Tampa Bay roadside memorials can be places of emotion

    Tampa Bay roadside memorials can be places of emotion

    Monday, June 30 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-06-30 22:22:37 GMT
    On the side of a road in Spring Hill, the Gennusa family worked to place a small cross next to a large utility pole on Sunday.
    On the side of a road in Spring Hill, the Gennusa family worked to place a small cross next to a large utility pole on Sunday.
  • 4th of July gas prices highest since 2008

    4th of July gas prices highest since 2008

    Monday, June 30 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-06-30 13:37:06 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    If you're planning on taking a road trip this Fourth of July, it could wind up costing you more. AAA Travel is predicting gas prices to be the highest for the Independence Day holiday since 2008.
    If you're planning on taking a road trip this Fourth of July, it could wind up costing you more. AAA Travel is predicting gas prices to be the highest for the Independence Day holiday since 2008.

  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 2 - 7

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: June 2 - 7

    Friday, June 13 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-06-13 22:10:09 GMT
    We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 2 to 7, 2014.
    We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from June 2 to 7, 2014.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations 2013 to 2014

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations 2013 to 2014

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-06-11 19:23:05 GMT
    We were curious to find out which Tampa Bay restaurant received the most violations during a state inspection. So, WFLA.com did some digging through 2013 and 2014 inspection records and found one restaurant that received more then 100 violations.
    We were curious to find out which Tampa Bay restaurant received the most violations during a state inspection. So, WFLA.com did some digging through 2013 and 2014 inspection records and found one restaurant that received more then 100 violations.
  • Restaurant Buzz: Big changes at Panera, Glory Days Grill opens, fire at Joffrey's Coffee

    Restaurant Buzz: Big changes at Panera, Glory Days Grill opens, fire at Joffrey's Coffee

    Saturday, June 7 2014 10:05 AM EDT2014-06-07 14:05:35 GMT
     Hillsborough County firefighters put out a fire in a coffee roaster at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea. HCFR photo Hillsborough County firefighters put out a fire in a coffee roaster at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea. HCFR photo
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.

  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: May 26 - 31

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: May 26 - 31

    Friday, June 6 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-06-06 20:52:01 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from May 26 to 31, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from May 26 to 31, 2014.

  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: May 5 - 11

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: May 5 - 11

    Monday, May 19 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-05-19 15:04:11 GMT
    A lizard, rodent urine and droppings, live roaches, and ants in sugar were just a few of the problems that state inspectors found at Tampa Bay restaurants during the week of May 5-11, 2014.
    A lizard, rodent urine and droppings, live roaches, and ants in sugar were just a few of the problems that state inspectors found at Tampa Bay restaurants during the week of May 5-11, 2014.
  • Volunteer attorneys wanted to help veterans

    Volunteer attorneys wanted to help veterans

    Thursday, May 15 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-05-15 16:16:36 GMT
    Stetson University Veterans Law Institute photoStetson University Veterans Law Institute photo
    Stetson University College of Law is seeking attorneys to volunteer civil legal services to military members, veterans and their families as part of its Veterans Pro Bono Initiative Team.
    Stetson University College of Law is seeking attorneys to volunteer civil legal services to military members, veterans and their families as part of its Veterans Pro Bono Initiative Team.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 28 - May 2

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 28 - May 2

    Friday, May 9 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-05-09 22:00:50 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 28 to May 2, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 28 to May 2, 2014.

  • 2014-2015 Florida Hunting Season Dates

    2014-2015 Florida Hunting Season Dates

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:49:52 GMT
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released the following hunting dates for the 2014-2015 season.
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released the following hunting dates for the 2014-2015 season.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 7-13

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:47 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:47:28 GMT
    We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
    We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 7 to 13, 2014.
  • Search continues in Citrus for missing pilot

    Search continues in Citrus for missing pilot

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-04-09 22:33:24 GMT
    Theofore Weiss, 74, and his experimental aircraft.  Hernando Sheriff's Office Facebook photoTheofore Weiss, 74, and his experimental aircraft. Hernando Sheriff's Office Facebook photo
    More than 125 people turned out Wednesday morning to help with the search for a 74-year-old pilot who vanished during a flight from Marion County to Zephyrhills over the weekend.
    More than 125 people turned out Wednesday morning to help with the search for a 74-year-old pilot who vanished during a flight from Marion County to Zephyrhills over the weekend.
  • Cave diving at Eagle's Nest

    Cave diving at Eagle's Nest

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-03-19 19:55:16 GMT
    Cave diving at Eagle's Nest in Hernando county.Cave diving at Eagle's Nest in Hernando county.
    Eagle's Nest is considered an advanced dive location and is very dangerous.
    Eagle's Nest is considered an advanced dive location and is very dangerous.
  • Father, son die while cave diving in Hernando

    Father, son die while cave diving in Hernando

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-03-19 19:55:12 GMT
    A cave diving outing ended in tragedy in Hernando county on Christmas Day.
    A cave diving outing ended in tragedy in Hernando county on Christmas Day.
  • Floridians can earn money for reporting fraud

    Floridians can earn money for reporting fraud

    Tuesday, February 11 2014 10:45 PM EST2014-02-12 03:45:09 GMT
    If you can alert the state to almost any kind of fraud you could find yourself the recipient of some serious money.  
    If you can alert the state to almost any kind of fraud you could find yourself the recipient of some serious money.  
  • Hernando Commissioner says there's no science or policy to protect homeowners in 'Sinkhole Alley'

    Hernando Commissioner says there's no science or policy to protect homeowners in 'Sinkhole Alley'

    Monday, February 10 2014 5:15 PM EST2014-02-10 22:15:59 GMT
    File Photo: SinkholeFile Photo: Sinkhole
    Hernando County Commission Chairman Wayne Dukes says his county doesn't suffer the kind of catastrophic sinkhole collapses that claimed a man's life in Seffner, or swallowed a condo complex in Central Florida,and there is no science to predict when or where the next one might strike.
    Hernando County Commission Chairman Wayne Dukes says his county doesn't suffer the kind of catastrophic sinkhole collapses that claimed a man's life in Seffner, or swallowed a condo complex in Central Florida,and there is no science to predict when or where the next one might strike.
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