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WEEKI WACHEE – A pedestrian suffered traumatic injuries this evening after he was struck by a car while crossing Cortez Blvd at Deltona Blvd.

UPDATE: 11:41 P.M. – Officials now say Brooksville Fire Chief David Freda and Brooksvile Fire Captain David Murdock have been arrested.

The following is a statement from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office regarding the case against all three suspects:

As a result of a seven-month investigation stemming from allegations of misappropriation of funds at the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department (HBVFD), detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit, working closely with members of State Attorney Brad King’s office, have made three arrests.

It should be noted, earlier this year, the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department was dissolved. Hernando County Fire/Rescue now provides services to Hernando Beach residents.

Today, detectives effected arrest warrants on the following three former Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Chiefs.

Current City of Brooksville Fire Chief and former HBVFD Chief David Freda W/M was arrested at 10:30 p.m. at the 7-11 at County Line Road and US 19 as a result of a traffic stop.

Current City of Brooksville Fire Captain and former HBVFD Chief David Murdock W/M was arrested from his secondary place of employment, Bayfront Health Dade City.

Current FEMA employee and former HBVFD Chief Travis Morris W/M was arrested from the Hernando County Emergency Operations Center.

Charges are as follows:

– David Freda
– Organized Fraud More than $50,000 (1st Degree Felony)
– Bond – $25,000

– David Murdock
– Organized Fraud More than $20,000 (2nd Degree Felony)
– Bond – $15,000.

– Travis Morris
– Organized Fraud More than $50,000 (1st Degree Felony)
– Bond – $25,000

EARLIER REPORT:

BROOKSVILLE – A former Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department Chief is charged with Fraud over $50,000 and more arrests are pending, according to sources.

BROOKSVILLE – A pair of neighboring businesses are planning to host a public event this weekend in celebration of the National Anthem and American Flag.

SPRING HILL – A four vehicle crash injured at least two people at Mariner Blvd, just south of Northcliffe Blvd.

BROOKSVILLE – The Sheriff’s Office has identified 44-year-old Anthony Wallace as the man shot to death  by police in the Trillium Subdivision yesterday afternoon.

BROOKSVILLE – Fire Rescue is on the scene of a possible fatality, after sources say a utility worker was electrocuted while working on or near power lines.

BROOKSVILLE – Fire Rescue is on the scene of an accident involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd and Shayne Street.

BROOKSVILLE – A theft suspect who was booked into the Hernando County Jail today, literally has “guilt” written all over his face.

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