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Efforts underway to reopen historic Richloam Post Office and General Store

Historic Richloam Post Office and General Store

An interesting item that came before the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Committee on December 12th, was the rezoning of a .16 acre portion of a 1 acre lot from Agriculture to PDP/NC (Neighborhood Commercial). The property is in the eastern portion of Hernando County in an area called Richloam. It's a few thousand feet south of Cortez Blvd on Richloam Clay Sink Rd.

Hernando EOC Cold Weather Alert

Hernando County Emergency Operations Center

The National Weather Service is monitoring the potential for rainy and cold weather throughout the Florida peninsula this weekend. A strong cold front will move through the area on Friday night into Saturday, bringing widespread rainfall and possibly thunderstorms.

• Hernando County is expected to receive approximately 1.25 inches of rain throughout Friday and Saturday.

Target store burglarized, suspects still at large


On Jan. 4, 2017 at 2:32 a.m., the Sheriff's Office was notified about a burglary in process at the Target store located at 4401 Commercial Way in Spring Hill.

Witnesses stated that four males were inside the store taking items and placing them into a BMW sport utility vehicle that was parked directly in front of the store.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene at 2:33 a.m. The first unit arrived on scene at 2:36 a.m, however the suspects had already fled the scene.

Twins born in two different years


New Mom, Geraldine A. holds daughter Yullianna left and son Zane right. Photo courtesy of Oak Hill Hospital.

Spring Hill, Florida (January 2, 2017) – Proud mom Geraldine A. delivered twins born in both 2016 and 2017. On December 31, 2016, at 11:43 pm baby girl Yullianna came into the world. She was followed by her brother Zane on January 1, 2017, at one minute after midnight. Yullianna weighed 7 pounds even and Zane weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces. Geraldine is doing fine. Both children were delivered at Oak Hill Maternity Suites by Dr. Mohammed Tabbaa, MD. Cheryl Collito, CNM was the attending midwife.

County’s $4.15 million Utilities Building (former Times Building) in need $116,505.00 partial roof replacement

times building

In August of 2015, the Hernando County BOCC agreed to purchase the Tampa Bay Times building on Highway 50 for $4.15 million to consolidate the Utilities Department offices. In the December 13, 2016 BOCC meeting a request was brought by Budget Manager Pamela Lee for $116,505 to perform a partial roof replacement of the building. The roof replacement is in addition to the $140K in Air Conditioning Repairs that were approved at the May 24, 2016 meeting.

Medical Marijuana Moratorium in City of Brooksville


The Brooksville City Council held their first reading, and issued a second reading and approval for a later date, of a medical marijuana ordinance on Monday December 19.

The ordinance, known as Ordinance Number 869, states the need for a moratorium on the issuing of any permits and licenses for the growth, distribution and sale of medical cannabis. The ordinance was presented by the assistant city attorney Cliff Taylor, and it called for the moratorium to be in effect for one year.

U.S. Marshals Capture Hernando County Man in California Wanted on Warrant


Anthony Mariarossi, 32

On 12-28-16, the U.S. Marshals Service took Anthony Mariarossi, 32, into custody in California on a Hernando County warrant for Sexual Battery on a Child by a person in Custodial Authority.

The warrant for Mariarossi has been active since July 2015 and attempts to locate the suspect were previously unsuccessful.

HCSO Arrest Summaries 12/19/16- 12/25/16


An arrest is not a conviction.

Thayer, Lynne Marie
YOB: 1955
Arrested on 12/19/16 at 1485 Commercial Way in Spring Hill
Charges: retail theft 1 ct
Altered the tags so that items scanned in cheaper than actual price
Bond: $1000
Court date: 1/11/17

Banks, Stacey J
YOB: 1986
Arrested on 12/19/16 at 1485 Commercial Way in Spring Hill
Charges: retail theft 1 ct
Altered the tags so that items scanned in cheaper than actual price
Bond: $1000
Court date: 1/11/17


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