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Floral City man shot after brandishing gun at deputies

Sheriff's Office starThe Citrus County Sheriff's Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are sorting out what happened today when a Floral City man was shot by a CCSO deputy.

Deputies had been called to try to help the man, Douglas Veltman, 58, when Veltman produced a gun and was then shot by a deputy when Veltman refused to show his hands and put down the weapon.

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Arrest made in Tuesday’s double shooting, fire off Cardinal

William Gonsisko, 59, of Lecanto. Initially charged with 3 counts of attempted murder (October 18, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday announced an arrest in the double shooting and arson on Tuesday afternoon off Cardinal Lane.

Arrested was William Gonsisko, 59, of Lecanto, who has been charged with three counts of attempted murder. He also faces  pending charges for arson, armed robbery and hitting a female victim with a shovel.

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Gunfire, house fire reported off Cardinal Lane

Citrus County deputies help work traffic on Tuesday afternoon after being called to the scene of a house fire and a report of gunfire on Gilbert Terrace off Cardinal Lane. CCSO photo on October 17, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday reported that Emergency personnel were on scene of a shooting and house fire at  7089 Gilbert Terrace in Lecanto Gilbert Terrace, off Cardinal Lane in Homosassa.

Just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the CCSO received a call about a shooting that had just occurred at the residence.

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State adds more sex charges for former worship director

Chad RobionsonCitrus County Sheriff’s detectives on Tuesday tacked on 41 additional sex charges to former worship director Chad Robison’s arrest this past summer.

Robison, a 36-year-old former employee at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto, was arrested in July on several sex charges, including video voyeurism and lewd and lascivious exhibition.

Man reported missing since Sept. 21

Paul Johnson

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts Paul Johnson.

He is a 53-year-old white male, 5’10” tall, 170 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Although Johnson has not been seen since Sept. 21, he has been in touch with his girlfriend. He will not reveal his whereabouts, authorities have said. He does suffer from various medical conditions, and does not have medications in his possession.

The Sheriff's Office suggests he may be enroute to Cocoa Beach, or there is a remote possibility he may have headed to Merrimack County in New Hampshire.

CMH recognized as Regional Hospital of Year

Citrus Memorial HospitalCitrus Memorial Hospital was recently recognized by Mended Hearts as a Regional Hospital of the Year.

The Southern Region encompasses seven states and Puerto Rico, and serves 46 chapters of the heart disease support group.

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FHP seeking hit-and-run driver in Lecanto fatal accident

Hit-And-Run signThe Florida Highway Patrol is seeking help in identifying and locating a suspect involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred Friday night in Lecanto.

Citrus County Sheriff's office deputies assisted troopers with the accident that occurred at the intersection of West Southern Street and South Fairland Terrace in Lecanto at approximately 10:20 p.m. Friday.

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Withlacoochee River seen slowly receding

The Withlacoochee River has been reported as slowly receding.

However, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Monday reported, river flood warnings are still in effect.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, the River at Holder was reported at 8.75 feet. This portion of the river is still now at the “minor flood” stage. 

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County workshop eyes tweaking Land Development Code

BOCC sealThe Citrus County Commission on Tuesday began the first in a string of workshops that look to improve the county's Land Development Code.

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Trump signs emergency declaration for Florida

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Nate beginning on October 7, 2017 and continuing.

Possible flooding seen in county

Caution: Possible Flooding
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Saturday said that signs have been placed indicating possible flooding in Homosassa and Crystal River.
 
So far, signage  is being placed at Sutton and Ozello by county road maintenance due to water. 
 
There was also water over the road at State Park and Seminole (signs being placed there as well), and also the area of NW 19th Court off NW 15th Street in Crystal River. Crystal River public works has already placed permanent signs there.
 
 

Two arrested in child neglect case

Robert Burdette, 25 and Casey Rocco, 24, both of Homosassa (September 29, 2017)

A Homosassa couple has been arrested and are facing charges of child neglect.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Friday said that deputies had responded to a home in Homosassa after a neighbor called in a well-being check on two small children.

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Emergency lane closures on U.S. 19 in Homosassa

Traffic signHomosassa Springs, FL (8:30 a.m.) – Due to work associated with filling a void under the highway, U.S.

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BB&T bank robbery suspect now in custody

John Goff

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday that the serial bank robber responsible for several bank robberies in surrounding counties, including Citrus, is behind bars in Hernando County with several arrest warrants stacked against him.

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Withlacoochee water level continues to rise

Flooding is expected at the Withlacoochee River near Dunnellon and Floral City (Sheriff's Office photo on September 23, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office reported on Saturday that, due to rainfall and other factors caused by Hurricane Irma, the Withlacoochee River water level continues to rise. 

Homosassa man reported missing

Ryan McClellan

Have you seen this missing man?

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking the whereabouts of Ryan Michael McClellan.

McClellan is 33 years old, 5’6” tall, 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has not been heard from since Sept. 16. He is not at his home in Homosassa. He may be in his 2003 Silver Jeep SUV, with Florida tag 3903VD.

If you see McClellan, or know of his whereabouts, please call Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and ask for Major Crimes, at 352-726-1121. If you wish to give information anonymously, please contact 1-888-ANY-TIPS.

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FEMA disaster teams working in Citrus County

A FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team interviews storm survivors. (Courtesy photo by FEMA.gov)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has Disaster Assistance Survivor Teams (DSAT) working in two areas in Citrus County.

Sheriff offers computer access to storm victims

Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast (CitrusDaily.US photo)For those residents who don't have access to computers, but who need FEMA aid, the Sheriff's Office has offered three locations  where residents can go online to apply for aid.

Fish kill reported on Withlacoochee River

A fish kill and possible sheen on the water were reported being seen on the Withlacoochee River near the end of Turner Camp Road. (Photo provided by Citrus County Sheriff's Office)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Monday was made aware of a fish kill and possible sheen on the water on the Withlacoochee River near the end of Turner Camp Road.

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