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Deputies looking for suspected TV shoplifter

This man is accused of having stolen two TV's from the Lecanto WalMart on August 16, 2017, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said.
Do you know this man? 
 
He is said to have stolen two 36" TVs from the Lecanto WalMart on Aug. 16. 
 
He is a white male, approximately 6' tall, 170 pounds and was wearing an orange and black hat, a black t-shirt with "Fast N Loud" written on the front of the shirt in orange letters, dark colored shorts and tennis shoes. 
 
He has tattoos on his forearms and both legs.
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Rogers resigns, takes post in Hernando County

Jeff RogersCitrus County Deputy Administrator Jeff Roge

County lays out gas tax expenditures ahead of budget

Pumping gas

There has historically been a lot of discussion of what has, and has not, been done with Citrus County's Gas Tax revenues.

In this month's issue of Citrus Link, Citrus County's monthly newsletter for county residents, the county breaks down the use of the tax in a concise report for Citrus County residents.

County struggles with mandatory garbage collection

Universal garbage collection
The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday seemed to take a softer stand on the issue of mandatory garbage collection.
 
Discussion among commissioners ranged from topics about the possibility of using a regional landfill based on a study recently completed -- but deemed by Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan to be useless since the plan will not be used -- to space left in the county's landfill to flow control.
 
"I think competition is good. I believe we need to have flow control," Carnahan said.
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Kinnard asks commission to change process for sale of county-owned land

Citrus County Commissioner Jeff KinnardThe county has made it no secret that it wants to get rid of excess county land as soon as possible and at a good price.

But County Commissioner Jeff Kinnard said on Tuesday that the way the county has gone about it is a process that is flawed.

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Commissioners: No new sales tax

BOCC sealEvery time the Citrus County commission meets, there's always someone speaking at the "Open to the Public" dais trying to get commissioners to raise money for road resurfacing by instituting a one-cent sales tax.

The answer to that from county commissioners at every meeting is "no," and it was no different at Tuesday's commission meeting.

Apollo Beach woman drowns while scalloping in Crystal River

Citrus, County, news, Florida, Crystal River, drowning

On Monday evening, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) contacted the Citrus County Sheriff's Office about a drowning that occurred earlier in the Gulf.

The CCSO was told that 47-year-old Tammy Barth and her husband Mark Barth, from Apollo Beach, had been scalloping in Crystal River all day.

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Detectives investigate racial slur on Citrus Hills Home

This blurred-out racial slur was spray painted across one site of a home in Citrus Hills, the Sheriff's Office said (August 18, 2017).

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case involving a racial slur spray-painted in large letters on the side of a home in Citrus Hills.

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Citrus County's July unemployment rate at 6.2 percent

OCALA, Fla. (Aug. 18, 2017) – The unemployment rate for the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion held at 5.3 percent in July, which was 1.1 percentage point lower than the region’s rate of 6.4 percent one year ago. Out of a labor force of 199,816, there were 10,557 unemployed.

Significantly, that’s 2,016 fewer unemployed and 4,555 more working than in July 2016.

CR 491 Road construction debris recycled, repurposed

Nothing is going to waste during the CR491 road widening project (August 2017)

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Nothing is going to waste during the CR491 road widening project, officially named; County Road 491 Phase I Roadway and Regional Storm Water and Utility Improvements Project. 

Thanks to project contractor Commercial Industrial Corporation (CIC), the project has become a “best practices” for construction debris repurposing.

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Hackers take down appraiser websites in Citrus, Manatee

This notice was posted on Monday following a hack attack at property appraisers' web sites in Citrus and Manatee counties (August 14, 2017)
The Citrus County Property Appraiser's website and Manatee County Property Appraiser were hacked on Monday.
 
It is thought that Iranian hackers took down the sites, and some media have reported that the two sites had an image with the words, "Hacked" and "Hacked by Iranian Hackers."
 
"You may have seen that our Property Appraiser website has supposedly been hacked," wrote Citrus County Property Appraiser Les Cook on the appraiser's facebook page on Monday night. 
 
"The issue is being addressed and we hope to have our page back

Two county water-quality projects get state funding

Wastewater area

Under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced a suite of 40 projects that will receive $50 million from the Fighting for Florida’s Future budget to improve water quality, reduce nutrient loading, recharge water supply and protect habitat in Florida’s iconic spring systems.

This includes a state investment of more than $9 million to protect springs in Southwest Florida, including Aripeka, Weeki Wachee, Kings Bay, Crystal and Rainbow springsheds.

Domestic violence incident ends in attempted murder charge

Marco Antonio Johnson, Jr., 24, of Crystal River
At 4:09 on Monday, deputies were dispatched to a home in Crystal River in reference to a well-being check. 
 
When they arrived, they found the victim, Erica Adrianne Calculli, 24, of Crystal River, in a bedroom unresponsive with head injuries. She was transported to a regional trauma center, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said.
 
Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit responded to assist in the investigation as to what happened.
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County works out space needs requirements

BOCC SealThe Citrus County Commission and the county's constitutional officers were able to make headway on Thursday in working out space needs to handle needs into the future.
 
Commissioners called the end result of the process "historic."
 
The need for more, or different, space by the sheriff's office, court system, Guardian Ad Litem, the Board of County Commissioners, Supervisor of Elections and Clerk of Courts has been a hot-button issu

Progressive Amateur Golf Tour forming

Golf BallCrystal River -- The Citrus County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) announces the first Progressive Amateur Golf Tour, a professi

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'Save Ozello' effort targets rezoning push

No Rezoning sign for The Village at Pirate’s Cove in Ozello

Ozello, FLA. -– "Yard Sign Army" donated 50 “No Re-zoning” yard signs to the "Committee to Save Ozello."

The signs went quickly at the Committee’s June 17 meeting.

The yard signs are intended to amplify residents’ objections to a Tennessee developer’s application to rezone property from residential to commercial in order to build a multiuse complex.

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Team effort secures grant for Sugarmill Woods landscape project

Sugarmill Woods logo

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Citrus County Administrator Randy Oliver was notified by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on July 18 that Citrus County’s requested funding of the State Road 700 (U.S. Hwy 98/West Ponce De Leon Boulevard) landscape project was approved for $395,000. 

'Blessings' and 'Feed The Kids' programs supported by United Way

Pictured are, from left, United Way’s CEO, Amy Meek and COO, and Meghan Pitzer. Amy and Meghan are shown packing Blessings’ bags. (July 2017)

Inverness, FL (7/17/2017) –- Citrus County Harvest has been awarded $40,000 by United Way of Citrus County. It is the largest grant to be received by Harvest since the creation of their Blessings program in 2009.

“The United Way grant will help fund two programs in the 2017-2018 academic year,” said Grace Hengesbach, Harvest’s Executive Director.  

Sabal Trail gas flowing from Alabama to Florida

Sabal Trail Project

LAKE MARY, Fla. –- Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC (Sabal Trail), a joint venture of Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP), NextEra Energy, Inc., and Duke Energy, announced today that on July 3, 2017, it placed into commercial service its pipeline system and facilities from Alexander City, Alabama, to the Central Florida Hub in Kissimmee, Fla.

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Search warrant yields meth finds in Inverness

Steven Lockyer, 55, of Inverness

Early this morning, members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) executed a search warrant at 2187 S. Border Ave in Inverness.

Deputies with the TIU’s Intelligence Led Policing (ILP) Squad received information that the owner of the home, Steven Lockyer, 55, of Inverness, was actively dealing in methamphetamine.

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