Michelle Elizabeth Salazar

Human Trafficking- Modern Day Slavery

Slavery was abolished in the U.S. in 1865 when the 13th amendment was ratified and adopted into our constitution. The 13th amendment states “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude… shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” So that means slavery no longer happens in our country, right? I mean have you ever actually met a slave in your lifetime? Or a slave-owner for that matter?

Teamwork leads to unusual drug bust

photography by Beth Anslow

200lbs of Marijuana seized from airplane

Some fast acting and lots of cooperation between local and federal agents led to the seizure of 197 pounds of marijuana in Brooksville late Monday night. Around 10:30 pm, The Department of Homeland Security Investigations Department alerted our Hernando County Sheriff’s Office of a suspicious aircraft entering the airspace over our county. By 10:45 pm, a sheriff’s deputy searching Brooksville-Tampa Bay regional airport spotted the 1979 Beech Baron Twin engine plane pulling into a hangar and the door shutting. Backup arrived shortly thereafter. Homeland Security showed up as well.

Review: Over the River and Through the Woods

Family, Faith, and Food are three important themes in Over the River and Through the Woods, a play by Joe DiPietro, and the latest show at Stagewest Community Playhouse. It’s a play about life and the struggle for independence and autonomy versus love of family and tradition. It’s about human nature, our idiosyncrasies, and the choices we make.

Addressing methamphetamine usage in Hernando County

HCSO PHOTO- Sheriff's Deputy holds drugs seized from a chop shop and meth house raided in September 2016.

It’s no secret- Hernando County has a huge Meth problem. It’s been growing rapidly and giving the county a bad reputation. A quick scan of local news headlines shows how prevalent this problem is. In December, a meth lab was found inside a local retirement community and a patient in the Intensive Care Unit of Bayfront Hospital was seen smoking meth in her hospital bed- while on oxygen. In January, a father and daughter team in Brooksville were arrested for meth-related crimes and the county had more than 10 separate arrests made for possession of methamphetamine.

Eat fat and lose weight?

Along with the New Year come the resolutions to get healthy and lose weight. If you’re like me, you have tried every diet imaginable. You probably think you have heard it all. Well, there may be something you might not have heard of. Did you know that fat can be good for you? The Ketogenic Diet is a low carb, low sugar, moderate protein, and high fat diet that turns your body into a fat burning machine. Most of us consume a lot of sugar and carbs which our keeps our bodies in a constant state of glycosis which basically means our bodies are burning off sugar, not fat.

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