Major-leaguer, series pitches Lanier dies at 91

Published February 1, 2007

Dunnellon resident Hubert "Max" Lanier, a former pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals and other teams, died Tuesday (Jan. 30, 2007) at age 91. Mr. Lanier pitched 12 seasons with the Cardinals, including the 1942 and '44 teams that won the World Series. Mr. Lanier also played with the New York Giants and St. Louis Browns and later managed in the minor leagues. Mr. Lanier's son, Hal, also was a major-leaguer. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Roberts Funeral Home, 19939 E Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Child welfare agency moves

The lead state-contracted agency that administers child welfare services in Citrus County and the rest of Department of Children and Families District 13 will be moving into a new office. Beginning today, Ocala-based Kids Central Inc. will be consolidating its three Ocala locations into one at 2117 SW Highway 484, which is the Marion Crossing Center at Interstate 75 and County Road 484. The move is expected to be completed by Monday. In the meantime, officials said that all of the agency's systems will be out of service, which includes phone lines, the Web site and e-mail. But on-call cell phones and others will remain working. After the move, the agency will keep its current phone number, (352) 873-6332.

Resort says checks are part of scam

Hundreds of fraudulent checks went out over the weekend with the Riverside Resort's name and bank account information, according to the resort's owner. People across the country received $3,500 checks earmarked as a sweepstakes giveaway from Riverside LLC of Homosassa, owner Gail Oakes said. But the checks were forged and illegally reproduced. "This kind of scam has put small businesses right out of business. ... It's horrible," she said. "There are so many victims, and yet it's a crime that nobody can do anything about." Letters with the checks also asked recipients to wire money to a bank account in Canada, Oakes said. Citrus sheriff's detectives and the FBI are investigating, according to Oakes. Meanwhile, Oakes said she's asking people to send her copies of the fraudulent checks and trying to get the word out through www. scamalert1.homestead.com.

Title company sues Sky Development

One of Florida's largest title insurance underwriters has filed a foreclosure lawsuit against Sky Development Group, seeking more than $3.5-million. In a complaint filed in Citrus Count Circuit Court Wednesday, Florida Title Co. alleges that Sky failed to pay a $3.5-million loan. The suit asks a judge to foreclose 87 Citrus Springs lots that Sky still owns, according to county records. Collateral for the loan included "all of Sky's general intangibles, personal property, accounts, equipment, inventory, deposits, chattel paper, instruments, documents, books and records, and goods," the suit says. The lawsuit is the latest in a string of legal actions filed across the state against the South Florida company, which is at the center of an FBI real estate fraud investigation.