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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.

Ressler to resign from charitable foundation

Debbie Ressler will be resigning from the Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation (CCCCF).

Debbie L. Ressler

County residents urged to conserve water

Citrus County citizens are being urged to voluntarily reduce water consumption while drought conditions continue. 

Citrus County Democratic Party opens HQ in Crystal River Mall

The Citrus County Democratic Party opened their headquarters at 591 Crystal River Mall on Saturday, April 22.

The headquarters is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Voter registration, vote by mail ballot requests, FL Voting Rights Restoration Amendment petitions and volunteer activities will be available during these hours.

Law Week in Citrus County April 24-28

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with Citrus County Bar Association representatives. (April 11, 2017)
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on April 11 declared April 24 through 28, 2017 as Law Week in Citrus County.
 
Law Week is an occasion of public acknowledgement of our Nation’s heritage of Justice, Liberty and Equality under the law. 
 
Promoting public understanding of the roots of our freedom is an important component in the civic education of the citizens of the United States, and of the citizens of Citrus County.
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Citrus teen sought by Sheriff's Office

Hannah Grace Hatley, 14, of Homosassa. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office on April 19, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Hannah Grace Hatley, 14.

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Veterans and the Veterans Service Office

I want to use this article to talk about an issue that should be addressed as it affects approximately 28,000 veterans and their families -- the issue is our veterans service office.
 
The Veterans Service Office -- what the Veterans Service Office does for us and the challenges that they face in being able to provide services that directly deal with the Federal Veterans Administration, a task that they alone have a unique ability to do above o

Severe weather ends for county; cooler, drier days ahead

Citrus County has wrapped up two days of severe weather, and what lies ahead, the National Weather Service (NWS) said, are cooler and drier days.
 
The turbulent weather began on Tuesday, when the county was placed under tornado warnings twice, first at 5:56 p.m. and again at 9:43 p.m., by the NWS.

Sword-wielding man stabs woman to death

Eric Huffman, 41, of Hernando
A gruesome case of apparent rage surfaced on Sunday in Hernando and ended with the murder of a woman and the suspect arrested and charged with the crime.
 
Just before 10:30 on Sunday, Citrus County deputies responded to a home on East Benjamin Street after receiving a call that a woman was being stabbed.
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