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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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Brush fires pop up in Crystal River area

The burning of the middle of a pine tree is called the Widowmaker.

On Thursday afternoon, Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to two separate brush fires near Penn Drive off of U.S. 19 in Crystal River.

Florida Division of Forestry and the Crystal River Fire Department responded to assist.

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TOP VIDEO: Prendergast sworn in

Mike Prendergast has been sworn in as the new Citrus County Sheriff. He takes over from Jeff Dawsy, who served the county from 1997 to 2017.

A capacity crowd showed up at the Old Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness, Florida, to witness the swearing-in ceremony and to hear the sheriff's thoughts on the Sheriff's Office. (January 3, 2017)

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Prendergast sworn in as new Citrus Co. sheriff

Judge Patricia Thomas (foreground) swears in Mike Prendergast as the newest Citrus County Sheriff as his wife, Naomi, looks on. Prendergast replaces 20-year veteran Jeff Dawsy as sheriff.
Swearing in a new sheriff is like opening a new book, according to incoming Citrus County Sheriff Mike Pendergast.
 
Referring to the service given to the county's residents for 20 years by outgoing Sheriff Jeff DawsyPendergast said, "As we close the book on a career of service, selflessness and significant sacrifice, I'm excited to begin a new book with new chapters filled in by this team (Citrus
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Nugent honors county veterans

Al Harrison, Constituent Liaison for Congressman Rich Nugent, presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Citrus County Veterans Service Officer Kimberly Menster on behalf of the congressman during a ceremony at the Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness. The certificate recognizes the office’s hard work and dedication to the veterans of Citrus County. (December 22, 2016)
Al Harrison, Constituent Liaison for Congressman Rich Nugent, presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Citrus County Veterans Service Officer Kimberly Menster on behalf of the congressman during a ceremony at the Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness. 
 
The certificate recognizes the office’s hard work and dedication to the veterans of Citrus County. (December 22, 2016)
 
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Beverly Hills burglaries believed solved

Michael Acevedo
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Thursday announced they have arrested a man accused of burglarizing two Beverly Hills businesses.
 
Arrested was Michael Acevedo, 32, also of Beverly Hills, who was charged with burglaries to the New China Restaurant and Hungry Howies.
 
The arrest was made after investigation into the burglaries, which included initiating the reports, getting good video footage, collecting evidence and identifying a su
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Motorcyclist critically injured

A motorcyclist was critically injured Wednesday afternoon after crashing into a utility trailer attached to another vehicle near Homosassa.
 
The Florida Highway Patrol identified the man as Rene Cruz Jr., 26, of Homosassa.
 
According to the

Citrus fugitive captured in Manatee County

Jesse Prive, 32, of Floral City

A man wanted in connection with several stabbings in Floral City in the early morning hours on Sunday is now in custody.

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Roommate stabs trio, flees

Jesse Prive, 32, of Floral City
Citrus County deputies are looking for a man said to have stabbed three people in a Floral City home at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday.
 
The Sheriff's Office is looking for Jesse Prive, 32, who is now wanted on two counts of attempted murder.
 
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Floral City residence off U.S. 41 after receiving a report of a stabbing at the home.
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City firefighter earns state distinction

FROM LEFT: Fire Chief Joe Campfield, Gronn Morgan, Inverness Firefighter, Mike Tucker, Director of BFST and Charlie Frank, Coordinator with BFST. (December 20, 2016)
Inverness, Fla.
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Citrus County unemployment creeps upward

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's (DEO) unemployment numbers released on Friday showed Citrus County's unemployment rate the third worst in the state during the month of November.

Library system director shines in Tallahassee

Citrus County Library System Director Eric Head is pictured with Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee.

Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

On November 29, 2016, by invitation from Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott, Citrus County Library System Director Eric Head attended a Community Leadership Dinner at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee.

Homosassa garage fire causes moderate damage

A fire in a garage around noon on Monday at 5365 W. Minuteman St. in Homosassa caused moderate damage to the home there.

There were no injuries reported.

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue units arrived on scene to find the single-family block-construction home with fire and smoke coming from the home's attached garage, and 60 percent involved.

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Inverness gas station robbed on Sunday

Video surveillance photo of suspect in robbery of Marathon gas station and convenience store in Inverness. (December 11, 2016)

Citrus County deputies responded to an armed robbery on Sunday at about 7:30 p.m. at the Marathon gas station on Arbor Street and County Road 581 in Inverness.

The suspect brandished a large knife and got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect was wearing a black-and-white dirt bike-type mask, sunglasses, reddish brown gloves and either a brown or camo hoodie.

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Saturday mobile home fire hospitalizes occupant

A singlewide mobile home was destroyed early Saturday morning by fire at 6590 W. Arter St.
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Deputy charged with domestic violence

A Citrus County deputy was arrested on Saturday and charged with domestic violence.
 
The Sheriff's Office said that the deputy was Cogar, 25, of Hernando, a three-year veteran of the CCSO.
 
According to the CCSO, deputies responded to a home in Inverness at which the alleged physical

Deputies looking for gun store burglars

<em>Surveillance photos of the burglary and robbery of Florida Gun Supply on Pine Street in downtown Inverness. (December 6, 2016) CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER PHOTO
Citrus County deputies are looking for one or more suspects in the robbery on Tuesday of the Florida Gun Supply on Pine Street in downtown Inverness.
 
dDeputies responded to the store at approximately 6:46 a.m. after an unnamed individual reported a suspicious incident at the store.
 
Deputies determined that there had beenUpon responding to the call, deputies arrived, they discovered there had been a burglary.
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Withlacoochee Trail parking lot opened in Floral City

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday celebrated the official opening of the Withlacoochee State Trail Floral City Parking Lot.
 
BOCC Chairman Scott Carnahan, Commissioner Ron Kitchen, Commissioner Jeff Kinnard and past Commissioner Rebecca Bays hosted the ribbon cutting event attended by representatives from; Hernando Co
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