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Robbery at Sunoco gas station in Hernando

Citrus County deputies are actively looking for a man who robbed attacked a clerk at a Sunoco gas state in Hernando and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
 
The Sheriff's Office said Thursday that just before 8 p.m. deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the gas station located at 1211 N. Florida Ave. in Hernando. 
 
Detectives said a white male walked into the store and threatened the clerk for money. No firearm was brandished, the Sheriff's Office said. There was a struggle between the suspect and clerk.
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Cops looking for drive-by shooting suspect

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is looking for suspect in a drive-by shooting on Thursday in Beverly Hills.
 
The sheriff's office said that deputies responded to 407 S. Jefferson St.

Smith named chair of workforce consortium

OCALA -- Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith has been named chairman of the Citrus Levy Marion Regional Workforce Consortium.
 
Smith, of Inverness, served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2010-2016 and is a US Army veteran whose 20 years included Operation Desert Storm.
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Pursuit ends in crash, Ocala man's arrest

AT RIGHT: Patrick Vasi Jr., of Ocala. BELOW, RIGHT: Deputies stand over the wreck of a car said stolen by Patrick Vasi Jr. in Wildwood. The chase began near Independence Highway and ended at West Norvell Bryant Highway and North Forest Ridge Boulevard. (February 11, 2017) [ Click photo for larger image ]
A 27-year-old Ocala man was arrested after leading deputies on a pursuit on Saturday in the area of North Independence Highway and North Florida Boulevard in a vehicle stolen from the Wildwood area.
 
At the end of the chase and crash, Patrick Vasi, Jr. of 10850 SW 105th Ave. in Ocala, was arrested on several charges.
 
At about 5:05 p.m.

4 stabbings at Crystal River pond lead to arrest

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office (
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Fire, smoke damage Hernando mobile home

A mobile home fire on Friday night caused extensive damage to a Hernando residence.

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Another early morning search warrant nets two drug arrests

LEFT: Heather Jacobs. RIGHT: David Downs.
Citrus County deputies arrested two Hernando residents early Friday morning after a search warrant yielded evidence of  manufacturing meth.
 
Arrested were David Downs, 52, of Hernando and Heather Jacobs, 37, also of Hernando.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office conducted a search warrant at 373 Joshua Court in Hernando after detectives learned the residence was being used to manufacture methamphetamine, the Sheriff's Office said.
 
The search revealed more than 1/4-ounce of crystal methamphetamine, liquid methamphetamine (over
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Water supply authority honors Damato

Nick Nicholson, right, Hernando County Commissioner and WRWSA Vice-Chairman, recognizes Commissioner Emeritus Dennis Damato
By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer
 
Citrus County Commissioner and BOCC Chairman Scott Carnahan will continue to represent Citrus County on the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority in 2017, along with newcomer Commissioner Jeff Kinnard

Two separate search warrants yield total of 4 arrests

FROM LEFT: Top row: Elishia Key, Tanner Ricard. Bottom row: Ciera Jenkins and Jonathan Velasquez. [ Click photo for larger image ]

Four people -- two in Inverness and two in Beverly Hills -- were arrested on Thursday morning after separate search warrants turned up drugs and paraphernalia, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff's Office's Tactical Impact Unit, and the SWAT team and East Community Crimes detectives first served a search warrant at 4210 S Plumtree Terrace in Inverness.

Woman sentenced in 2016 infant abuse case

Valerie Ann Reed

A woman arrested and charged with the abuse of a child and a number of drug charges was sentenced on Tuesday in to 10 years in prison.

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Floral City man faces multiple charges after desperate 3-county chase

A Floral City man fled from law enforcement officers and ended up crashing in Citrus County after leading officers on a chase through Sumter, Marion and Citrus counties. (CCSO photo on February 7, 2017)
A Floral City man who fled through three counties on Tuesday is in the Citrus County jail facing a host of charges he amassed during that chase.
 
Douglas Martin was a passenger in a 2003 Toyota sedan that had been stopped at about 12:31 p.m.

Smoke damages Inverness mobile home

A mobile home in Inverness on Monday sustained smoke damage during a fire in the early evening hours.
 
There were no injuries reported.
 
Citrus County firefighters arrived at 7:36 p.m. to 3711 E. Nugget Lane, and found the single-wide mobile home with light smoke inside the structure.
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Smoke detector saves lives

A working smoke alarm on Friday night is credited with saving a Floral City family.
 
Firefighters arrived to find a mobile home at 10040 S. Arabian Ave. with fire coming from the porch area. 
 
Firefighters from three engines quickly put out the fire. Firefighters said that all occupants were able to get out of the house because of a working smoke alarm.
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Sheriff Prendergast tallies drug crimes efforts

On display are items seized during January 2017 dug-related crimes

Sheriff Mike Prendergast on Friday reported the results of January 2017's crime-reduction initiatives related to drug crimes.

"Everyone in the agency knows that fighting the drug problem in our community is a top priority," Sheriff Prendergast said. "From our Tactical Impact Unit to our patrol deputies, everyone is focused on a strategic attack to arrest those who are selling drugs, using drugs and promoting a culture of illegal drugs in Citrus County.

"I wasn't kidding when I said we are going to hit this issue hard, and we will not give up."

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3 arrested at suspected Homosassa drug house

Suspects at the scene of an alleged drug house in Homosassa await further processing by Citrus County deputies (PHOTO: CCSO on February 2, 2017)
Citrus County detectives on Thursday arrested three Homosassa residents following the execution of a search warrant at 6381 South Canna Lilly Ave.
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Beverly Hills woman faces meth charges

Lisa Padilla
On Tuesday morning, narcotics detectives with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office conducted a search warrant at 6 South Monroe St.
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Pedestrian dies in Homosassa accident

A 38-year-old man was killed on Wednesday morning in the area of South Suncoast Boulevard and Dixieland Street in Homosassa
 
The Florida Highway Patrol said the Harold Buskirk III was lying in the road when he was struck by a pickup truck with a utility trailer, and then by a tractor trailer.
 
The FHP said
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Cooling fan failure causes reroute of 911 center

The failure of a cooling fan on Sunday caused an equipment failure when it didn't come on when it should have.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said on Monday that the incident impacted the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office 911 Communications Center's call Center in Lecanto.
 
The CCSO had a backup plan for just such an emergency, the Sheriff's Office said. The 911 call center opened up a backup 911 center until the problem was resolved.
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CCSO apprehends Homosassa robbery suspect (updated)

Tiffany S. Rosier

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office has apprehended a female suspect in connection with a Homosassa robbery that occurred on Friday night.

The warrant had been issued earlier for Tiffany S. Rosier, 47, a black female, who was believed to be armed.

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Missing Floral City toddler found in dense brush

Lainey Bramlett, 3, was lost but now is found. (CCSO photo on January 28, 2017)
What began with a search on Saturday ended with a find as deputies and volunteers scoured a densely wooded Floral City area for a missing 3-year-old girl.
 
Lainey Brammlett was playing on an electronic four-wheeler with her family on several acres of property at 9891 E.
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