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  • Community reaches out to Spring Hill family after theft of lawn equipment

    Community reaches out to Spring Hill family after theft of lawn equipment

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:45 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:45:21 GMT
    Michael Depace wants to say "thank you" and give a huge hug to everyone that reached out after a thief stole $3,500 worth of lawn equipment from him.
    Michael Depace wants to say "thank you" and give a huge hug to everyone that reached out after a thief stole $3,500 worth of lawn equipment from him.
  • Convicted felon charged with murder in Brooksville mass shooting

    Convicted felon charged with murder in Brooksville mass shooting

    Saturday, August 30 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-08-30 23:01:59 GMT
    Mason III, 42, has an arrest record that goes back more than 20 years. Mason III, 42, has an arrest record that goes back more than 20 years.
    A career criminal with an arrest record that goes back more than two decades is facing three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with a mass shooting that occurred Friday night in Brooksville.As George June Mason III attempted to flee the crime scene just as law enforcement arrived he was struck by a pick-up truck.
    A career criminal with an arrest record that goes back more than two decades is facing three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with a mass shooting that occurred Friday night in Brooksville.As George June Mason III attempted to flee the crime scene just as law enforcement arrived he was struck by a pick-up truck.
  • Police: 3 dead in Brooksville shooting

    Police: 3 dead in Brooksville shooting

    Saturday, August 30 2014 12:51 AM EDT2014-08-30 04:51:46 GMT
    Brooksville Police say at least three people have been killed and a fourth person was flown to a hospital after a shooting at a home near Main Street on Friday night.
    Brooksville Police say at least three people have been killed and a fourth person was flown to a hospital after a shooting at a home near Main Street on Friday night.
  • Thief steals lawn equipment from struggling Spring Hill family

    Thief steals lawn equipment from struggling Spring Hill family

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-08-29 23:44:24 GMT
    Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.
    A thief stole a trailer full of lawn equipment from a home in Spring Hill overnight on Wednesday.Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.“I wanted to die. I really did,” he said.He used the lawn equipment to cut grass for free for people suffering from cancer and other serious health conditions.
    A thief stole a trailer full of lawn equipment from a home in Spring Hill overnight on Wednesday.Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.“I wanted to die. I really did,” he said.He used the lawn equipment to cut grass for free for people suffering from cancer and other serious health conditions.
  • Crist becomes Democratic nominee, rallies with Nan Rich planned

    Crist becomes Democratic nominee, rallies with Nan Rich planned

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:11:41 GMT
    Photo courtesy Florida DemocratsPhoto courtesy Florida Democrats
    Florida Democrats appeared poised Tuesday to select former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a nationally watched race that's part of an unlikely political comeback for Crist.
    Florida Democrats appeared poised Tuesday to select former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a nationally watched race that's part of an unlikely political comeback for Crist.
  • Brooksville man takes crazy mugshot after domestic dispute

    Brooksville man takes crazy mugshot after domestic dispute

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:49:26 GMT
    A Brooksville man appears to have needed some help taking a mugshot. He was arrested after a domestic dispute with his mother and hitting a dog, police say.
    A Brooksville man appears to have needed some help taking a mugshot. He was arrested after a domestic dispute with his mother and hitting a dog, police say.
  • Hernando County deputies respond to fatal shooting

    Hernando County deputies respond to fatal shooting

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:33:45 GMT
    The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting on Freeport Avenue in Spring Hill.
    The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting on Freeport Avenue in Spring Hill.
  • Hernando Sheriff's office has new K-9 deputy

    Hernando Sheriff's office has new K-9 deputy

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:02:07 GMT
    Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuisannounced Friday that the Hernando County Sheriff's Office has a brand new deputy."K-9 Justice" is a 14-month old German Shepherd and will be joining the K-9 unit. Corporal Stephen Miller, K-9 Unit Supervisor, will be his handler.
    Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuisannounced Friday that the Hernando County Sheriff's Office has a brand new deputy."K-9 Justice" is a 14-month old German Shepherd and will be joining the K-9 unit. Corporal Stephen Miller, K-9 Unit Supervisor, will be his handler.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 11 - 16

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 11 - 16

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:57:41 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 August 11 to 16, 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 August 11 to 16, 2014.
  • Target to extend store hours, hoping for younger shoppers

    Target to extend store hours, hoping for younger shoppers

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:25:55 GMT
    Target to expand store hours, hoping to attract younger, late-night shoppersTarget to expand store hours, hoping to attract younger, late-night shoppers
    More than 900 Target stores across the country will be extending store hours in an effort to accommodate late night shoppers, including more than 70 Florida retail locations.Target says that's what customers want and may be a way to get younger shoppers back in the store.
    More than 900 Target stores across the country will be extending store hours in an effort to accommodate late night shoppers, including more than 70 Florida retail locations.Target says that's what customers want and may be a way to get younger shoppers back in the store.
  • Voter confusion over Hernando website

    Voter confusion over Hernando website

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-08-19 21:54:20 GMT
    The VoteHernando.com website links voters to the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections website, which has a similar address: hernandovotes.com.The VoteHernando.com website links voters to the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections website, which has a similar address: hernandovotes.com.
    A website is causing some confusion in Hernando County in the days leading up to the primary election. 
    A website is causing some confusion in Hernando County in the days leading up to the primary election. 
  • Hernando woman offended after restaurant service dog dispute

    Hernando woman offended after restaurant service dog dispute

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 3:38 AM EDT2014-08-13 07:38:42 GMT
    Melanie Lisky and her service dogMelanie Lisky and her service dog
    Melanie Lisky said everything was going fine while out to dinner with two friends in July at the Chili's in Spring Hill at Commercial Way and U.S. 19.
    Melanie Lisky said everything was going fine while out to dinner with two friends in July at the Chili's in Spring Hill at Commercial Way and U.S. 19.
  • Devastation of Hurricane Charley remembered 10 years later

    Devastation of Hurricane Charley remembered 10 years later

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 8:35 PM EDT2014-08-13 00:35:46 GMT
    Wednesday marks a decade since Hurricane Charley hit Florida.
    Wednesday marks a decade since Hurricane Charley hit Florida.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 28 - Aug. 2

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 28 - Aug. 2

    Friday, August 8 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-08-08 21:53:07 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 28 to Aug. 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 July 28 to Aug. 2, 2014.

  • 47 dogs, 3 cats found living in feces and urine at Hernando home

    47 dogs, 3 cats found living in feces and urine at Hernando home

    Thursday, August 7 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-08-07 17:34:31 GMT
    A Hernando County Animal Services officer discovered 47 dogs and three cats living "deplorable" conditions amongst feces inside a Spring Hill home. Hernando Co. Sheriff's Office photoA Hernando County Animal Services officer discovered 47 dogs and three cats living "deplorable" conditions amongst feces inside a Spring Hill home. Hernando Co. Sheriff's Office photo
    A Hernando County Animal Services officer discovered 47 dogs and three cats living "deplorable" conditions amongst feces inside a Spring Hill home.
    A Hernando County Animal Services officer discovered 47 dogs and three cats living "deplorable" conditions amongst feces inside a Spring Hill home.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Foster parents needed for dogs removed from feces-ridden Hernando home

    EXCLUSIVE: Foster parents needed for dogs removed from feces-ridden Hernando home

    Thursday, August 7 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-08-07 17:34:27 GMT
    Friday morning, Palm Harbor's Suncoast Animal League removed the last of 47 dogs that were discovered in a feces and urine-ridden Hernando home on Tuesday.Friday morning, Palm Harbor's Suncoast Animal League removed the last of 47 dogs that were discovered in a feces and urine-ridden Hernando home on Tuesday.
    Friday morning, Palm Harbor's Suncoast Animal League removed the last of 47 dogs that were discovered in a feces and urine-ridden Hernando home on Tuesday.
    Friday morning, Palm Harbor's Suncoast Animal League removed the last of 47 dogs that were discovered in a feces and urine-ridden Hernando home on Tuesday.

  • Elderly Hernando shelter dogs go from unwanted to stars

    Elderly Hernando shelter dogs go from unwanted to stars

    Thursday, August 7 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-08-07 16:51:16 GMT
    Walter (left) and Marcie (right). Hernando Animal Services photoWalter (left) and Marcie (right). Hernando Animal Services photo
    Two elderly Hernando shelter dogs have gone from being unwanted to appearing in an online video series.
    Two elderly Hernando shelter dogs have gone from being unwanted to appearing in an online video series.
  • Pair arrested following shooting at Brooksville apartment complex

    Pair arrested following shooting at Brooksville apartment complex

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 8:42 PM EDT2014-08-06 00:42:05 GMT
    Detectives say Spikes was the shooter in Tuesday's incident. He is being held on a bond of $20,000.Detectives say Spikes was the shooter in Tuesday's incident. He is being held on a bond of $20,000.
    Two people were arrested Tuesday following a shooting that occurred in front of a Brooksville apartment complex.Jac'Quavyn Spikes, 21, and Shani Stokes, 24, are facing a variety of charges including discharging a firearm from a vehicle and possession of stolen property. Both suspects were booked into the Hernando County Jail.
    Two people were arrested Tuesday following a shooting that occurred in front of a Brooksville apartment complex.Jac'Quavyn Spikes, 21, and Shani Stokes, 24, are facing a variety of charges including discharging a firearm from a vehicle and possession of stolen property. Both suspects were booked into the Hernando County Jail.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 19 - 26

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 19 - 26

    Friday, August 1 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-08-01 18:44:14 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 21 to 26, 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 21 to 26, 2014.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.  
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