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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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Citrus County makes investment in tourism

The Citrus County Commission has raised the county’s 3 percent Tourism Development Tax (TDT) to 5 percent

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) made a big investment in tourism this week.

Commissioners voted on Tuesday to raise the county’s current 3 percent Tourism Development Tax (TDT) to 5 percent.

Defendant in Beverly Hills infant abuse case sentenced

Skyler Wade Bennett
Skyler Bennett was sentenced on Thursday to 25 years in the Department of Corrections by Judge Ric Howard for Aggravated Child Abuse, Cultivating Cannabis, Manufacturing of THC, Possession of Cannabis more than 20 grams, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia.
 
This is the case from April 2016, when deputies responded to a home in Beverly Hills regarding an injured 3-month-old infant girl.
 
An investigation revea
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Bank robbery suspect apprehended in Dunnellon

Brent Edward Bevil
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Thursday afternoon that suspected Homosassa bank robber Brent Edward 

Teaching old dogs new tricks

CCA inmates are given the opportunity to work with dogs which are homeless or have been abandoned by their families.
By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer
 
The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) Inmate Dog Training Program gives both the inmates and dogs participating in the program, a new “paw-spective” on life.
 
In partnership with Citrus County Animal Services, select dogs are chosen to participate in an eight-week basic obedience program a
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Dunnellon robbery suspect caught in Marion County

Akeem Jackson, 27, of Dunnellon
A suspect who is said to have robbed an Internet Cafe on Wednesday in Dunnellon is now behind bars in Marion County after he got involved in a hit-and-run in Marion County, and was subsequently arrested.
 
Akeem Jackson, 27, of Dunnellon was jailed in Marion County, and faces charges there and in Citrus County.
 
Citrus County deputies on Wednesday began investigating the robbery, w
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Kitchen elected VP of Tampa regional council

Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer
 

Citrus County Commissioner Ron Kitchen

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County names new Engineering Division director

Randall S. Olney
By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer
 
Citrus County Department of Public Works has named Randall S. Olney, P.E., as the new Engineering Division Director.
 
Olney started in his new position on Monday.
 
Olney graduated from University of Florida with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
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Region’s jobless rate dips to 5.9%

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2017) – The jobless rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion area was 5.9 percent in December 2016, down 0.2 percent over the month and the same as the region’s rate a year ago.

Warrant issued for man believed to be bank robber

Brent Edward Bevil
A warrant has been issued for a Homosassa man in connection with the robbery on Friday of the Bank of America in Homosassa on Suncoast Boulevard.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is looking for the whereabouts of Brent Edward Bevil, 38, of Homosassa, who is wanted for felony armed robb
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Two arrested during SWAT drug search

Terry Gaitor, left, and Faith McRae. Both live in Beverly Hills.
The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team served a search warrant for drugs on Friday at 9 S. Desoto Street in Beverly Hills. 
 
This is the second drug search warrant investigation at the house in the past three months, the Sheriff's Office said.
 
The resident of the home, Terry Gaitor, 44 of Beverly Hills, was arrested again Friday morning on drug charges.
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Search on for Homosassa bank robber

Suspect identified n the robbery of the Bank of America in Homosassa on Suncoast Boulevard.
The Sheriff's Office said a man walked into the Bank of America on Suncoast Boulevard shortly after 2 p.m. and robbed the bank.
 
CCSO investigators are actively looking for the suspect. No word if the suspect displayed a gun.
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Markers installed at Hells Gate in Homosassa

Citrus County has been working closely with the United States Coast Guard for the past several months to improve the navigational waterways of the Homosassa River.

One of the improvements suggested was to install “informational” markers at Hells Gate notifying boaters of the narrow channel ahead.

On Wednesday, Citrus County completed the installation of these “informational” markers. New pilings and signs were installed on both ends of Hells Gate to notify boaters of the narrow channel ahead.

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Altercation leads to shooting, crash

Citrus County deputies are unravelling a mystery at a Circle K in Inverness where an argument on Sunday led to a shooting and a traffic crash.
 
Shortly after midnight on Sunday, deputies responded to a call at the Circle K in Inverness at 1224 N U S Highway 41.
 
The Sheriff's Office said that victims Bryan David Sharp, Sr., 49, of Inverness, and his wife, Tammy Lynn Sharp, 45, were
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Transit offers new program for senior residents

The Citrus County Transit’s Transportation Disadvantaged Advisory Board has approved a new option for residents 60 years of age and older.
 
The new program invites any resident that is age 60 and older to get a free pass to ride the Deviated Fixed Route, and have a discount on the Para Transit service.

Fire damages Inverness home

A fire just before 7 a.m. on Monday damaged the home of William and Rhonda Scheiterle, owners of the Misty Meadows Blueberry Farm.

No injuries were reported.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue responded at 6:54 a.m. to the structure fire at 8795 E. Grey Lane. Firefighters found a single-story home with moderate black smoke coming from all of the eaves. Firefighters confirmed all occupants were out of the home, and also disconnected the power and gas.

Citrus County legislative delegation hears public input

Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan, foreground, right, speaks to state Rep. Ralph Massullo, background left, and state Sen. Wilton Simpson.
Citrus County's Legislative delegation convened on Friday in the County Commission's chambers to hear suggestions about how they can help county groups and individuals during their terms in the state Legislature.
 
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