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Silver Alert issued for missing Inverness woman

Carol McHugh
Please be on the lookout for a missing endangered adult Carol McHugh.
 
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Community leader's death inspires new crime prevention initiative

LEFT: Billy Shuler of Homosassa. RIGHT: Tony Maresca.
Justice, closure and, now, a new crime prevention tool brought on by lessons learned from a 2014 missing person case involving a retired minister in Homossassa.
 
Billy Shuler, 69, of Homosassa loved collecting rare coins, but went missing after making contact with a man about a possible coin collection purchase. But Shuler never returned home.
 
He was well-known in his community and was nicknamed the “coin dealer." Those who knew Shuler said he was a man who would go out of his way to help others.
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Region’s jobless rate drops below 5%

OCALA, Fla.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Week May 14-20

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with a representative from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners have proclaimed the week of May 14-20 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Week in Citrus County.
 
Law enforcement officers of Citrus County play an essential role in safeguarding rights and freedoms of Citrus County. 
 
They risk their lives daily to ensure each citizen can live in a safe and secure environment.

BOCC proclaims May 15-21 CERT week

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from the Citrus County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT.)
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on May 9 proclaimed the week of May 15 - 21 as Community Emergency Response Team Week in Citrus County.
 
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) exist in Florida and throughout the United State to respond to emergency situations within the community such as hurricanes, tornados, fire and flooding. 
 
Citrus County CERT volunteers are trained to respond in their neighborhoods when Police, Fire and EMS resources are being used at capacity and may not be available for hours or days depending on the ext

Garage fire claims family vehicle

An early morning fire in a garage attached to a Pine Ridge home was destroyed in the early morning hours. 
 
Citrus County Sheriff Fire Rescue was dispatched at 3:47 a.m. to 3163 W. Daffodil Drive to put out the fire.
 
Pine Ridge Engine 20 arrived on scene at 3:54 a.m., where they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage.

Students find leaky toilets

Sarah Cunningham’s 5th grade class of Hernando Elementary
In celebration of the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative, Citrus County Utilities challenged 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms to test home toilets for leaks in the third annual Classroom Leak Detection Challenge.
 
Twenty-nine classes from six schools tested 593 toilets using dye tablets provided by the utility. 
 
 “The students were surprised to learn that toilet leaks occur within the tank and bowl, not necessarily outside the toilet (leaking water on the floor),” said Forest Ridge Elementary 5th grade science teacher Kathy Kopp.
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Woman's Club celebrates 100-year anniversary

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from the GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald on May 9, 2017)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed May 9, 2017 as the 100-year anniversary of the General Federation of Woman’s Club of Inverness (GFWC).

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness has been working for the betterment of Citrus County since 1917 and has been responsible for many educational firsts in Citrus County including the establishment of the first library and Parent Teacher Association (PTA). 

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BOCC proclaims May as Older Americans Month in Citrus County

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from the Citrus County Senior Programs and local community centers. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald on May 9, 2017)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on May 9 proclaimed the month of May as Older Americans Month in Citrus County.

Older Americans richly contribute to our community. What it means “to age” has changed – for the better. Citrus County is committed to supporting older adults as they take charge of their health, explore new opportunities and activities, and focus on independence.

For Fire Services, It's back to the future

Members of Citrus County Fire Services are sworn in on Oct. 1, 2011 to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. At far right is then-Fire Chief Larry Morabito (Photo by Robby Douglas)

Six years after calling on then-Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy to take over fire services from the county in 2011, the Citrus County Commission has called it back into the fold.

The commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday during a special meeting to take fire services back, after complaining they had received little or no information that board members had requested.

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Deputies looking for missing Pasco County man

Jeremy Miles Crayton

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking the whereabouts of 29-year-old Jeremy Miles Crayton.

Crayton, a black male, was reported as missing on May 8 from Pasco County.

A Burgundy Ford Explorer, with right front-end damage, was found on the Citrus County side of Dunnellon, on that same night. Crayton was driving that vehicle at the time of his disappearance.

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Work begins on Ozello Trail Bridge Hurricane Hermine repair

The first bridge west of John Brown Drive on Ozello Trail will have intermittent, minor repair work done over the next 30 days.
 
Drivers are asked to use caution, as there will be flagmen in the area and one-lane traffic when work is in progress.
 
Daly Zilch has been hired as project contractor to repair the damage from Hurricane Hermine. Call Public Works Engineer Mark Shroder at 352-527-5443 if you have questions or need more information.
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Homosassa man killed after crashing into billboard sign

The Florida Highway patrol says a Homosassa man was killed on Saturday after his vehicle struck a billboard sign and he was ejected.
 
The man has been identified as Wilmer Hager, 29.
 
The Florida Highway Patrol said that the incident occurred at about 12:15 a.m.

Authorities seek sexual battery suspect

Jeremiah "Cherokee" Rowe
The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate Jeremiah “Cherokee” Rowe regarding an active warrant for felony capital sex battery, victim under 12 years of age. 
 
He is 5’9” tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Telephone Reassurance volunteers wanted

The Nature Coast Volunteer Center is looking for volunteers to join the Telephone Reassurance Program team. Do you like talking on the phone? Would you like to volunteer from home?

County gets national honors for permitting

National Association of Counties (NACo)

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Driver arrested following pursuit may be linked to Lecanto death

The driver of a truck who led Citrus and Marion County deputies on a pursuit before being apprehended in Marion County may be linked to the death of an elderly man in Lecanto.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said today that the truck belonged to Jamews Thomas Roman, 73, of 5281 W.
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Inverness man faces sex charges

Michael Horton
Michael Horton, 27, of Inverness, is facing lewd and lascivious charges stemming from an alleged Friday evening event in Inverness.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said Horton tried to grab a 15-year-old female with the intent of a having a sexual encounter with her.

2 teens dead, 1 injured in Friday car crash

Two teenageers have died and a third hospitalized following an accident on Friday evening near Champion Point.
 
The FHP said Saige Summer Fields, 18, was driving north on U.S.

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