Memorial Day

memorialTo Honor Our Veterans Living and Fallen

A Memorial Day Celebration will be held at the Old Homosassa Veteran’s Memorial on

Monday May 25, 2015 at 2 p.m.

The ceremony will be presented by VFW Post 8189 and American Legion Post 166.

The Memorial is located on Yulee Drive across from Homosassa Elementary School. Parking is available on the school grounds.

A get together will follow at the VFW Post 8189 located at:

8856 W Veterans Dr. Homosassa, FL 34448 The VFW Post is located  across from the Crystal Harley Davidson Dealer,. Post phone is352-795-5012. Food and drinks will be available.

Everyone is encouraged to come out and honor our veterans.          Any questions contact Cynthia at 352-628-6481 or

Up date on Hit & Run

This happened in 2001… and he is still at large…. WHY?

Wanted: Patrick John Donovan
County: Citrus
Investigators: Corporal Leo Wells and Sergeant Leland


FryePatrick John Donovan was driving a red F-150 Ford Pickup truck on SR 55 in Citrus County Florida. He was driving the vehicle faster than other traffic and weaving from one lane to the other. This Ford Pickup Truck ran into the rear of a 1998 CMC Motorcycle that was blue in color. The driver of the motorcycle was killed on impact and the passenger was ejected losing her left leg and arm. The pickup fled the scene southbound on SR 55. Investigation led to the residence of Donovan and evidence was discovered showing that he had repaired the vehicle and destroyed evidence. He was arrested and charged with Vehicular Homicide, Leaving the scene of crash with injuries and death. This subject bonded out of jail and fled the area. Investigators have been searching for him since 2001. There are outstanding warrants through Citrus County, he is shown as a wanted person on FDLE’s Website and also Interpol.If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Patrick John Donovan please contact Corporal Leo Wells at 352-754-6767 or at or E-Mail FHP.


UP DATE to today:

From: Cynthia []

Sent: Monday, December 08, 2014 8:48 AM
To: Grant, Buddy

Subject: Can you help us

Hi Buddy

Hope this finds you well.
Hope you don’t mind you being my go to guy but know your help is so appreciated.
I have been involved with a hit and run since 11-11-01 and can’t let it go.
Can you tell me if there are limits on the extradition for Patrick J. Donovan


What are the chances of CCSO cold case squad looking into this?
I’m in touch with Brian’s family and know this haunts them and Beverly every day.
Can you help?

The Chronicle did a front page yesterday morning. If you can’t open above link go to and read “Citrus Driver still sought”
Anxiously waiting your reply.
Have a great day

Cynthia Holden
Center for Victim Rights, Pres.
Proud Air Force Veteran, Vietnam Era.


From: “Grant, Buddy” <>
Date: December 9, 2014 at 9:39:24 AM EST
To: Cynthia <>

Subject: RE: Can you help us


I looked into this a bit. Because it is an FHP case and we would not step into it without a request from FHP. However, the US Marshalls are involved and that is the same group we would turn to for help in this case. They have a fugitive task force that look for this type of person. I found a note in the file from 2013 where he was located in England and we are following up to determine why he was not extradited back then. When I get more info I will let you know. I will add that the Marshalls that work on these cases are very good.

Thank you, as always contact me with any other questions.



Welcome Home Veterans

Operation Welcome Home Veterans is a local organization that throws a party for the local men and women in the military when they return home from serving overseas. This is for our military that live in Citrus County. With the help of all of the veterans organizations in our area we make them welcome when returning home after their deployment, it’s the least we can do to say thank you for their service.

These parties are hosted by Operation Welcome Home Veterans and VFW, American Legion, and other local veterans groups, at their facilities, and all are invited to attend to say thank you.

Next year Citrus County veterans will be celebrating the anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam. We will be having the grandest of all welcome home celebrations for all who served in Vietnam, and their friends and families.

On May 2nd, 2015. there is going to be a parade down main street in Inverness to say “Welcome Home” and “Thank You for Your Service”, to all of the men and woman that served in Vietnam.

May 1st, to May 3rd. Liberty Park, in Inverness will be filled with activities for the whole family to enjoy. There will be fun and activities for every one. The traveling replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial will be their on display along with a Cobra chopper on the ground to look over, and we will have a gift for every Vietnam veteran there. This beautiful commemorative coin will be presented to every Vietnam Veteran that visits the Wall on the day of the parade.

If you would like to purchase a coin now, they are available at the Operation Welcome Home web site. Your purchase will help defray the cost of giving one to every Vietnam Veteran at the celebration.




Every one in Citrus County is invited to help say thank you. A weekend of activities for the entire community is planned to help us celebrate the end of the war, and to say welcome home to all those that served, in Vietnam, the way they should have been welcomed home back those many years ago.

Blazing the trail, Eager to serve

In Their Words: Blazing the trail

Eager to serve, vet joins WAVES early

Monday, September 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm

C.J. Risak
Citrus County Chronicle

eager to serve


Florence McCann served her country in the U.S. Navy WAVES during World War II. The Inverness resident stays active in a number of veterans’ organizations, both local and national.

Like so many Americans, Florence McCann couldn’t wait. So she lied.

McCann was 18 and, after graduating from South Hills High School and receiving a vocational school diploma outside of Pittsburgh, she wanted to get involved in the war effort. The year was 1943 and McCann had her sights set on becoming part of the WAVES, or Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, a newly formed division of the U.S. Navy.

They started the WAVES in ’42,” McCann said. “I wanted to get away from where I was, which was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was an orphan from the time I was 11.”

McCann was raised by her stepmother, a contentious relationship she wanted to end. “To join the WAVES, you had to be 20 with parent or guardian consent, 21 without,” she said. “So I found a baptismal certificate and changed my birth date.”

Her reason for joining: “I saw the ad for ‘Join the Navy’. It wasn’t to see the world because we weren’t allowed out of the country.

But I just needed to get away from here and do something with my life. It was just let me see what I can do to help,” she said. “We needed people to take over jobs so the men can go and fight. I thought, OK, I’ll do that if I can.”

McCann would go through a similar type of training that men endured, including boot camp at Hunter College in the Bronx, New York City.

From boot camp I went to Oklahoma A&M, which is now Oklahoma State,” McCann said, with the idea to learn to “do office work the Navy way.”

Now 90 and living in Inverness, McCann would spend nearly three years in the WAVES, serving her entire enlistment in Washington, D.C. As well as her various office duties, she was often called upon to join her fellow WAVES for inspection drills, marching for such dignitaries as Eleanor Roosevelt.

I was in the Bureau of Ships Research Development Office,” she said. “I did have to take dictation. My commander would come and say ‘I want a letter written to so-and-so, saying such-and-such. I would type it up and give it to him for his signature.’”

It wasn’t until 1942 that the U.S. military had evolved at least somewhat to involve women in their ranks, with the creation of both the WAVES and the WACs (Women’s Army Corps, originally known as the WAACs, or Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps). By the end of World War II, nearly 90,000 women volunteered for duty with the WAVES and another 150,000 would serve with the WACs.

Both units served with distinction and capably fulfilled their duties, which included “take over jobs so men can go and fight.” Indeed, Gen. Douglas MacArthur referred to the WACs as “my best soldiers,” adding that they worked harder, complained less and were more disciplined than men.

The WAVES were officially disbanded in 1948, when they were absorbed into the regular Navy. The WACs would stick around until 1978, when women finally became a part of the Army.

Still, being in any branch of the military service as a woman in the 1940s had its stereotypes.

When people hear I was in the service, they automatically say, ‘Nurse?’” McCann said. “The only nursing I ever did (in the WAVES) was after the service.”

Although recognizing the necessity of allowing women into the service, the Navy in the early stages of World War II was not yet equipped to handle the situation.

They (housed) us at the Navy Receiving Station in Anacostia,” she said. “This was a row of barracks that went off a main hallway. We were in the last one down, the rest were all guys. There was no covering on the windows, it was one big room and there were bunk beds.

The only thing they did (for privacy) was, dumb, on the last male building they put Bon Ami on the inside of the windows to cover them up.”

Trying to cloud the vision in the men’s barracks next door by using a household cleanser was not a viable solution, particularly since that temporary covering could easily be removed with a fingernail. The problem was resolved when the Navy took over portions of hotels throughout D.C., with McCann and many of her fellow WAVES bunking at one of those. She would also be housed for a time at American University.

We had an officer in charge, we had a curfew,” she said. “We had everything you had in the regular Navy excepting if it was a room for one, there were two people in it. That’s the way they doubled up and everything.”

There was also a lack of adequate office space at the start of the war.

We were bused in at night,” she said. “Where people worked during the day, we would work at night.”

The Navy Department had buildings set up next to the Washington Monument; McCann would walk past the White House every day on the way to work.

She met husband Bob when he was on leave from his aircraft carrier, the Block Island, in January 1944.

McCann would later have six sons and a daughter, and she remains active in several veterans associations, including the American Legion and the Veterans of Underage Military Service (VUMS). In October 2013, McCann would take a trip back to D.C. on the Honor Flight.

To see the people who came out to honor us, it was really awesome,” she said.

It was an honor that was well earned. As McCann said, the work she and the rest of the WAVES did was imperative.

It was necessary,” she said. 

Personal Hygiene items for the Troops Needed

 Personal Hygiene items for the Troops Needed

We are collecting personal hygiene items to be sent overseas to our troops. Everything from toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, toothbrush, shaving cream, Chapstick, mouthwash, deodorant, q-tips, lotion, etc. Hand games, search-a-word, soduku, crossword, cards, are also welcomed. They can be dropped off at 96.7/ Citrus 95 Studios located at 964 S. Crystal Glen Dr Lecanto, Fl. 352-746-9596. Or, you can call Cynthia (Bring Bowe Home Project) to meet up during the week at 352-628-6481.


There is a mouse in the house…

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.

“What food might this contain?” The mouse wondered.

He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed this warning :

There is a mousetrap in the house!” The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me.  I cannot be bothered by it.

“The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray.. Be assured you are in my prayers.

“The mouse turned to the cow and said, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.”So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap,

.. . . Alone.. . .

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house — the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it. It was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital. When she returned home she still had a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup. So the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient: But his wife’s sickness continued.
Friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock.

To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. But, alas, the farmer’s wife did not get well… She died. 

So many people came for her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them for the funeral luncheon.

And the mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall
with great sadness.So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and you think it doesn’t concern you, remember —

When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life.
We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

One of the best things to hold onto
In this world is a FRIEND.

The Center is founded by a female veteran and operated
as a charitable non profit corporation

If you are not part of the solution
You are part of the problem

Stanko in Hernando county jail…

Nick Stanko, the scam artist we have been after for several months was jailed last month for crimes against elders.

Stanko asked the court for a lowered bond so he could get out of jail and thanks to the Center the Judge said no…That’s how the advocates works. As representative for the victims Cynthia was notified of the action on the case and she made the victims aware of the up coming hearing. They showed up at the hearing and had a chance to tell their side of the story, the judge decided to not lower his bond. As of today he is still in jail with a $50,000 bond thanks to the victims, and Cynthia being at the hearing.

That’s the way the system is suposed to work…

Thank you Cynthia and all of the victims that where there and spoke up to help keep this guy from scaming more people…

Victims of Violent Crime Can Apply for Victim Compensation

The Center for Victim Rights  Assists Innocent Victims of Violent Crime to apply for victims compensation and to be made aware of their rights as victims.

victims compensatiomA criminal does not care…….if you are young or old, what color you are, if you are rich or poor, who you voted for or if you voted at all, what religion you practice or if you practice one, EVERYONE is a potential crime victim.

There is a too little known program in every state, Victim Compensation, that is available to assist innocent crime victims with:

+ medical
+ dental
+ counseling
+ dental
+ lost wages
+ out of pocket expenses
+ burial ex
+ abuse
+ murder
+ more
The criteria to qualify:
+ report the crime within 24 hours
+ cooperate with law enforcement and the prosecutor
+ file a timely application (one year, two with cause)
+ be innocent of wrongdoing
+ have an expense or loss not covered by insurance or another public benefit program
+ never been charged with a forceable felony
There is also a special $500 vandalism and property loss/damage fund for those over 60 and/or disabled.
The application is available online at The Attorney General’s web site.
If you have questions contact Cynthia, The Center For Victim Rights, at 352-628-6481 or  Additions information can be found at our web site,
These are FREE services and NATIONWIDE!
Cynthia Holden
No one can do everything BUT everyone can do something

Help for stolen bike:

Help for stolen bike:

Don’t know if you saw this in the chronicle BUT the boy’s brother contacted me after seeing this in the paper. I am meeting with them tomorrow to do the paperwork but they will be getting a new bike and a lock! I got 2 calls from people willing to donate a bike.

Article as published in th e Citrus County Chronicle:

Saturday’s paper (Feb. 6), Sound Off contained an item on a boy’s bike being stolen from his front yard. The boy has Down syndrome.

Under victim compensation he may be entitled to have his bike replaced at no cost.

The Center for Victim Rights is available to help with the process. This is a free service. Call Cynthia at (352) 628 6481.

Any crime victim having questions can also call the above number.

Cynthia Holden

Center for Victim Rights


The family of Frederick “Pete” Allen, Jr. would like to thank Citrus County for the out pouring of care and concern after I called in to “sound off” on how a three-wheel-bike was stolen from our car port.

“Pete”, who has Down Syndrome, uses the bike to maneuver his way though the Oasis Trailer Park we live in several months during the winter.

After the ‘sound off’ column was in the Chronicle a ‘letter-to-the editor” was sent in by victim advocate, Cynthia Holden, asking the family to get in touch with her, which we did.

Cynthia came to our home, helped us to fill out the application for victim compensation, picked up the police report for us, and included the necessary paperwork in order to get his helmet, basket, and light replaced.

Many people called wanting to make a donation and one lady was willing to donate a bike.

It is such a heart warming feeling to have so many people reach out to help us and not ask for a thing in return.

We will be returning to N.Y. in a few days but will be back next spring, bike in tow. Thank you all again, from the bottom of our hearts. Gary and Carol Mills.

Crime definitions in Florida

victims_photo_1The following are some terms and their definitions that will help you understand the Judicial System:

PROSECUTOR: Every criminal case is handled by an Assistant State Attorney who is a lawyer. The job of the Assistant State Attorney is to prosecute those who break the laws of the State of Florida.

VICTIM: A victim of a crime is someone who has suffered psychological, physical or financial harm because of direct criminal actions by someone else.

WITNESS: A witness is someone who may know something about a crime that has been committed. The slightest information about a case may be important for successful prosecution. Please contact the State Attorney’s Office if you are harassed or threatened because you are a witness on a criminal case. If the State Attorney’s Office is closed, contact your local law enforcement agency.

DEFENDANT: The defendant is the person who is charged with committing a crime.

DEFENSE ATTORNEY: A defense attorney is someone hired by the defendant or appointed by the court to defend and protect the constitutional rights of the accused.

SUBPOENA: A subpoena is a Court Order directing you to be present at the time and place stated. PLEASE READ YOUR SUBPOENA CAREFULLY. In the next few months you may be subpoenaed to testify at:

a) State Attorney Investigation: The Assistant State Attorney must decide whether there is sufficient information to take a case to trial. Although you may have already told everything you know to a Law Enforcement Officer, it may be necessary that the attorney here it from you under oath.
b) Deposition: Florida law gives the attorney for the defendant the right to interview all witnesses in the case after the charges are filed. The defendant’s attorney will ask you questions which you must answer truthfully. An Assistant State Attorney will be with you during your deposition. You also have the right to request the presence of a Victim Advocate.
c) Trial: In most cases, the defendant will plead guilty or no contest before trial. However, in some cases, the defendant will go to trial and you may be required to testify in court.

VICTIM/WITNESS COUNSELOR: The State Attorney’s Office has Victim/Witness Counselors available to assist you through the judicial process. Please feel free to contact them with any questions you may have about the judicial process, your rights as a victim or witness, and any medical or social services you may require. If you are required to come to the State Attorney’s Office or Courthouse, the Victim/Witness Counselor is available to discuss with you any questions you may have about transportation, childcare, courtroom attire or parking. Please discuss your needs with them.