A few of the hottest tales from the week that was
Bartell Jr. seeks OK for kayaks, RVs at Halls River website
The property alongside the Halls River identified for the general public battle that came about 20 years in the past is returning for one more shot at growth.
This time, Pinellas County landowner F. Blake Longacre has Homosassa businessman Gary Bartell Jr. on his aspect — his dad and mom had been on the entrance line of that struggle.
Bartell, on behalf of Halls River Growth Inc., is in search of county approval for kayak leases, boardwalk and a 12-pad RV park.
“There actually isn’t any higher location for kayaks,” Bartell mentioned. “You’re proper across the nook from Homosassa Springs. It’s nice to kayak and canoe from that spot.”
Citrus County Sheriff’s Workplace makes largest drug bust in county historical past
A routine site visitors cease on Jan. 30 led to the most important ever seizure of methamphetamine and fentanyl by Citrus County sheriff’s deputies. Ricky Lee Pope, 56, of Citrus Springs, and his son, Justin Derrick Minor Pope, 32, of Hernando, had been stopped when the 2011 purple Camaro Ricky Lee Pope was driving did not cease at a cease signal.
A search of the automobile discovered quite a few medication and the 2 had been arrested.
Nevertheless, the day bought a lot worse for Ricky Lee Pope, a three-time convicted felon, when later that day CCSO deputies, armed with a search warrant, went to his home and located an array of medicine and weapons. Pope was charged a second time with a number of offenses, together with trafficking. His second bond was set at $169,000.
Airplane crashes at Crystal River Airport; no obvious accidents
The coed pilot of a small Cessna airplane was in a position to stroll away after crashing throughout takeoff on Jan. 31.
“It went nostril over and flipped into the drainage retention (pond),” mentioned Citrus County Hearth Rescue spokeswoman Cortney Marsh of the crash on the Crystal River Airport.
She mentioned there was no gasoline leakage from the crashed aircraft, no flames, or smoke, and the pilot, the one individual on board, bought out “with no obvious accidents.”
Neighbors glad to see Ozello home torn down
Employees employed by the county demolished David Walton’s home in Ozello on Jan. 29, 18 months after a neighbor filed a code grievance and a group of inspectors decided the home was unliveable.
The county’s choice to knock down the home couldn’t come quickly sufficient for neighbors and neighborhood residents as tales of suspicious exercise, threatening habits and uncooked sewage within the yard have bantered about for practically two years, residents say.
Ron Edwards, who lives down the road from Walton, mentioned he would have most well-liked Walton made the required repairs and cleaned up the property.
“I hate to see anyone get thrown out of their home,” Edwards mentioned. “However he’s had loads of probabilities.”
Postscript: Mike Scott: ‘He was a lot greater than Mike Scott Plumbing’
Though Mike Scott was finest often known as Mike Scott Plumbing, he was a lot greater than the enterprise that bears his identify. Above all else, he was a person who beloved his household.
The enterprise was at all times a method of offering for them and later, offering for the households of his staff.
“Everybody goes to speak about what an important legacy this man has left behind,” mentioned Mike Hinde, who’s married to Mike Scott’s daughter, Tracy. “They’ll say that he constructed an organization from nothing, with arduous work and dedication. … However I really imagine that if he was right here proper now and somebody requested him what was his legacy or what was his best accomplishment, he would smile, stick his chest out and say, ‘my household.’”
Mike Scott died Jan. 15 at age 69.
Lawsuit by former sheriff’s deputy begins; targets Prendergast, former sheriff, and former deputy
A civil trial pitting former Citrus County Sheriff’s deputy Heather Cogar in opposition to Sheriff Mike Prendergast, former Sheriff Jeff Dawsy and Cogar’s former boyfriend, former Citrus County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Hesse, started Monday in Tampa federal courtroom. Cogar is suing for sexual discrimination. Her legal professionals are portray the Sheriff Workplace as defending male deputies and the defending legal professionals are portray the plaintiff as a troubled former worker.
The case focuses on twice-fired and twice-demoted former deputy Cogar, who mentioned in her March 2018 lawsuit, that former Sheriff Dawsy and present Sheriff Prendergast confirmed a longtime sample of defending male deputies, and the shortage thereof when it got here to feminine sheriff’s staff.
Site visitors cease for tail mild and window tint violations result in felony weapon and drug arrest
Kara Ranay Younger, 40, of Weeki Wachee, faces expenses of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a managed substance (methamphetamine) after a routine site visitors cease on Jan. 25.
Contained in the automotive’s trunk, a Citrus County sheriff’s deputy discovered a loaded .38 caliber revolver inside a grey vinyl lunch field, which Younger mentioned belonged to her cousin; inside Younger’s underwear was a plastic bag with three smaller plastic baggage of meth, with a complete weight of 12.5 grams.
Faculty officers react to potential Hepatitis A publicity at Crystal River Major
College students and workers at Crystal River Major Faculty might have been uncovered to Hepatitis A.
Faculty administration on Jan. 30 despatched letters to households informing them of their baby’s potential publicity to the contagious and vaccine-preventable liver an infection after somebody reported that morning that an individual “who frequents the college campus” might have examined constructive for Hepatitis A, Citrus County Faculty District spokeswoman Lindsay Blair mentioned.
“We don’t know if anybody was uncovered, however we need to let dad and mom know,” Blair mentioned. “We strongly urge dad and mom and caregivers to get them and their youngsters vaccinated, nevertheless it’s not a compulsory injection to have to return into college, as of proper now.”
District crews, as a part of protocol, additionally started disinfecting the whole lot of Crystal River Major after college students left Thursday.
Man at heart of largest meth, fentanyl bust charged once more for tossing medication in jail
Ricky Lee Pope, the alleged proprietor of probably the most methamphetamine and fentanyl seized ever by Citrus County Sheriff’s Workplace deputies, was charged once more for making an attempt to cover extra medication in jail.
As he was being processed Jan. 31 on the county jail for his 20 felony narcotic and firearm expenses from Jan. 30, a surveillance digital camera recorded him taking a plastic baggie from his boot and throwing it throughout the consumption room, in keeping with his arrest report.
The bag contained 26.60 grams of meth, 1.four grams of heroin and zero.86 grams of cocaine.
These newest expenses elevated Pope’s complete bond quantity to $221,000.
Scorching subject of the week: A narrative in regards to the largest ever seizure of methamphetamine and fentanyl by Citrus County sheriff’s deputies prompted a lot of reader feedback on the Chronicle Fb web page.
Main the checklist of individuals providing kudos, Gladys P Kean wrote: “Holy cow, what a day. Nice work!”
Tami Corbin wrote: “Nice! they did their job. I nonetheless suppose our sheriff’s division doesn’t want a 28 million greenback funds. Take half of it and repair our roads, like that further 6-cent gasoline tax was speculated to do, just for a 12 months, however right here we’re a number of years later nonetheless with dangerous roads on this county. Give the opposite quarter to the general public college system.”
Not everybody was complimentary. Some, similar to Daniel Peet, mentioned it was simply luck that the deputies discovered medication throughout a site visitors cease. Peet wrote: “I’m failing to see how that is nice detective work or a dedication to medication off the road. Whereas I’m blissful to see these medication off the road, it was hardly powerful police work. Any choose of their proper thoughts would have allowed for a warrant based mostly on this (site visitors) cease … .”
Quote of the week: “No person needs to see resorts. No person needs to see condominium complexes. No person needs to see overgrowth on any river. Mr. Longacre grew to become open to what we wished and that’s when the connection grew to become very shut.” — Gary Bartell Jr., about Pinellas County landowner F. Blake Longacre’s change of plans for the 11-acre property he owns alongside the Halls River. Beforehand, he wished to construct a condominium resort, which some Homosassa residents vehemently opposed.
Excellent news merchandise of the week: College students at Crystal River Major Faculty are on a two-fold mission. First, as an “eco college” they’re amassing plastic bottle caps and lids to recycle to allow them to be good stewards of the planet and assist save the setting.
Along with serving to the setting, the plastic they’re amassing by way of the top of the college 12 months in Might might be used as foreign money to buy buddy benches constituted of recycled plastic for the playground, thus serving to children make pals, which finally helps the general emotional setting of the college.
The objective is to gather 650 kilos of plastic caps and lids by Might with the intention to commerce for 3 buddy benches, one for every playground.
How will you assist? Save your individual plastic caps and lids and produce them to the entrance workplace at Crystal River Major Faculty at 8624 W. Crystal St, Crystal River. Cellphone: 352-795-2211.