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CHS teacher attends Duke Energy-sponsored science event in Colorado

Amanda McKenna (right), a science teacher at Citrus High School in Inverness, examines insects from a water-quality testing activity at Keystone Science School’s Key Issues Institute on June 23. Duke Energy sponsored 14 Florida teachers to attend the STEM education-focused training, along with 19 other teachers from across the country. Duke Energy has sponsored 116 teachers from its seven-state service territory to attend KSS over the past 20 years who have implemented innovative STEM concepts in their loca
Citrus High School teacher Amanda McKenna this year was invited to a special training session in Colorado, thanks to a grant from Duke Energy.
 
McKenna joined 13 other Duke Energy-sponsored teachers for five days of training in Keystone, Colo.
 
Since 1976, Keystone Science School, or KSS, has taught scientific principles and leadership skills to young people, teachers, and community members through engaging hands-on field experiences.
 
Because today's youths are our future leaders, KSS developed interactive science education p

TOP VIDEO: Jim Bitter Bridge

Citrus County commissioners and members of the public joined together to honor a deceased local icon by putting icon Jim Bitter's name on the Halls River Bridge in Homosassa.

Former Presbyterian worship leader arrested on sex charges

Chad Robison, 36, of Hernando
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office announced today the arrest of a former worship director on several sex charges, including video voyeurism, and lewd and lascivious exhibition.
 
Arrested was Chad Robison, 36, of Hernando, who was worship director at Seven Rivers Presbyterian from 2011 to 2017.
 
At a media news conference in Lecanto today, Sherif Mike Prendergast said that Citrus County detectives started this case back in May when a coworker discovered "inappropriate videos" on Robison’s laptop that he had left at work.

Altrusa celebrates centennial

Citrus County's chapter of Altrusa International is celebrating Altrusa Centennial Month. (July 11, 2017)
Citrus County's chapter of Altrusa International is celebrating Altrusa Centennial Month.
 
Altrusa International of Citrus county, Inc. was chartered in 1985 to improve the quality of life in the community through service projects, to show positive membership growth, and to increase public awareness of Altrusa in Citrus County.
 
Citrus County Altrusa members have provided thousands of service hours to the community, while Altrusa International volunteers have provided more than a million house of service to other communities around the world.
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Halls River Bridge keeps name, but also honors environmental activist

The late Jim Bitter of Homosassa

Homosassa's Hall's River Bridge will still be called that, but there will be a second sign that honors longtime environmental activist Jim Bitter.

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Accused burglars caught red-handed in Crystal River

LEFT: Christian Wein, 38. RIGHT: David Paul Curry, 46.
Two men were apparently caught red-handed on Monday morning as sheriff's deputies responded to a burglar alarm alert at Natalia's Restaurant, 771 N.E. 5th St. in Crystal River.
 
According to the arrest report, a deputy responding to the alarm spotted a suspicious vehicle behind the business with a towel covering the license plate of a red Ford Escape.
 
Also inside were Christian Wein, 38, of 2850 N. Crede Avenue #25, and David Paul Curry, 46, of 2714 N. Reynolds Ave. in Crystal River.
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Water district acquires Rainbow River Ranch property

Rainbow River

Purchase made in partnership with Nature Conservancy

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) has closed on the purchase of the environmentally important Rainbow River Ranch.

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Career criminal arrested after counterfeiting crime spree

A counterfeit money trail ended on Monday with the arrest of an Inverness woman.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said that Teresa Hare, 46, of 1505 S. Mohican Trail in Inverness, now faces multiple fraud charges after using numerous fake bills at several local businesses throughout the county.

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CCSO detectives earn honors

Two Citrus County undercover narcotics detectives honored

Two Citrus County Sheriff's Office detective have been selected for special honors by the Florida Narcotics Officers Association.

Both serve in the CCSO's Tactical Impact Unit (TIU).

The TIU regularly fights drug use in Citrus County, by executing search warrants, arresting offenders and seizing large quantities of illegal drugs.

TIU Sgt. Ed Blair nominated the detectives to Region III of the Florida Narcotics Officers’ Association for Region III Officer of the Year awards. The names of the two undercover detectives are being withheld to protect their identities.

Goodworth announces retirement from fire service

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue Fire Chief and Public Safety Bureau Chief Jim Goodworth
Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue Fire Chief and Public Safety Bureau Chief Jim Goodworth on Wednesday announced his intent to retire, effective Aug. 4, 2017.
 
Goodworth has been in the public safety arena for more than 34 years.
 
"It is with much consideration and a heavy heart that I am submitting my intent to retire," Goodworth's resignation letter said. "I love my job and I love the family I work with. That family was extended on Oct. 1, 2011, as Fire Rescue joined the Citrus County Sheriff's office.
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County seeks donations for animal shelter

Donate food to me now !Due to an unexpected influx of animals, the Citrus County Animal Shelter is asking the community for help by donating gently used towels, flat sheets and bath mats.

These donations will be used to keep the cats and dogs in a clean and comfortable environment.

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Elderly Inverness woman charged with animal cruelty

A total of 34 cats were taken from this Inverness home, and the owner was charged with animal cruelty. (June 26, 2017)
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Division on Monday charged an elderly Inverness woman with animal cruelty and took her 34 cats.
 
It all started Monday when deputies were dispatched to a house on East Iona Lane after the homeowner, Barbara Smith, 75, called an electrician to do some work on her home.
 
When the electrician came to her house - they refused to do the work due to the unsanitary conditions inside the home, which is when the Sheriff's Office got involved. 
 
Animal Control units were called, along wi
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Flight from Ocala ends in Inverness man's arrest

Michael Gordon Crabtree
An Inverness man was arrested Monday night, after being pursued from Ocala by a Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy.
 
Arrested was Michael Gordon Crabtree, 57, of Inverness, who was reported to have been operating his vehicle without proper registration.
 
Crabtree's arrest report said that a pursuit began in Ocala by a Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies, and then crossed county lines, at which time Citrus County deputies fell in behind the chase. 
 
During the Citrus County part of the pursuit, Crabtree made a right-hand
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Prendergast reorganizes Sheriff's Office

TOP RIGHT: Major Danny Linhart and Sheriff Mike Prendergast. BELOW, RIGHT: Major Elena Vitt and Sheriff Mike Prendergast. (CCSO photos on June 22, 2017)
Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast today announced he has reorganized the sheriff's office.
 
Prendergast said his changes took effect immediately.
 
The move comes shortly after former Undersheriff Buddy Grant was placed on administrative leave after an anonymous complaint was filed against him and an internal investigation proceeds.
 
"I have evaluated what's best for the community we serve and how best to keep our officers safe," said Sheriff Prendergast in a media news release today.
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Animal cruelty tip leads to arrest of Inverness couple

Ryan James McLean, left, and Deana Marie Feldman.
A tip about possible animal abuse led to the arrest Saturday of an Inverness couple, and the seizure of 36 dogs.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said that Ryan McLean, 26, and Deana Feldman, 47, both of 3866 S. Alpine Ave.
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Sheriff's Office looking for missing teen

Shauna Mariah Carpenter
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is looking for a 17-year-old missing teen.
 
She is Shauna Mariah Carpenter, described as 5-foot-6 inches, weighing 135 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes.
 
She was last seen in the city of Hernando.
 
Anyone who has any information about her is asked to call the Citrus County Sheriff's Office at (352) 726-1121 and ask for "Major Crimes."
 
Those who wish to give information anonymously can call Citrus County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY-TIPS, or go to

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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