Woman found dead in Crystal River Motel

John Richard Lagnos
Citrus County deputies on Sunday questioned a person of interest in connection with a Floral City woman's death on Saturday at the Crystal River Motel.
Deputies were called to the Crystal River Motel before noon after motel staff found a  deceased female.
When deputies arrived, they found 30-year-old Leucretia Eileen Roberts, Floral City, had died under suspicious circumstances. Detectives are investigating to determine what happened.

Elderly Homosassa man dies in crash

An 88-year-old Homosassa driver was killed after his vehicle hit a palm tree on Monday morning.

The Florida Highway Patrol accident report says that Richard H. Turner, 88, was driving northbound on Suncoast Boulevard near West Green Acres Street in the inside lane when he lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons.


Dawsy welcomes Prendergast to CCSO

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy swore in Sheriff Elect Mike Prendergast as a member of the agency today as he works toward a smooth transition on January 3, 2017 when Prendergast is officially sworn in as Sheriff. (CCSO photo on November 28, 2016)

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy swore in Sheriff Elect Mike Prendergast as a member of the agency today as he works toward a smooth transition on January 3, 2017 when Prendergast is officially sworn in as Sheriff. (CCSO photo on November 28, 2016)


Burning vehicle found with body inside

Linda Steve of Crystal River

Citrus County detectives are investigating what is being called a suspicious death in Crystal River in which a fatality was involved.


Man climbs Ozello water tower, but can't get down

An unidentified man on Saturday afternoon climbed the Ozello water tower in Crystal River and had to be rescued by Citrus County Fire Rescue (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office on November 26, 2016)

Citrus County Fire rescue on Saturday rushed to rescue a man who, after climbing the Ozello water tower, couldn't get back down.

BOCC honors utilities dept. for EPA award

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Citrus County Utilities and the Water Resources Department.

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Nov. 15 acknowledged receipt of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Promotional Partner of the Year award for Citrus County Utilities’ water conservation program at their regular meeting.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Citrus County Utilities with a 2016 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award as a leader in saving water for future generations. Citrus County Utilities was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference on Oct. 6 for promoting water efficiency and WaterSense in 2015.


Alert Citrus: New emergency notification system

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is now working with Everbridge, the worldwide leader in unified critical communications, to keep residents, staff and emergency personnel safe and informed with quick and reliable emergency notifications and public service announcements via "Alert Citrus".

BOCC: Farm-City Week Nov. 16-23

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Hernando-Citrus County Farm Bureau. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald, BOCC Public Information Officer on Nov. 15, 2016)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Nov. 15 presented a Proclamation proclaiming Nov. 16-23, 2016 as National Farm-City Week in Citrus County. 


County's unemployment rate treads water in October

Citrus County's unemployment rate for October 2016 is unchanged at 6.8 percent from September's number, according to job numbers released on Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

At that level, the county occupies the fifth-highest spot in terms of unemployment ranking among the state's 67 counties.

Road resurfacing issue paves way for discussion

Scarcely had three new county commissioners taken the oath of office and been seated on Tuesday than Citrus Springs residents brought complaints to the open to the public portion of the commission meeting accusing the county of not doing enough to repave their residential roads.


Truman Boulevard reopens after water break swallows car

A water main break in Beverly Hills caused a huge hole in front of 11 Truman Blvd. in Beverly Hills. A vehicle was stuck in the hole up to its doors, and then was completely engulfed. (PHOTO: CCSO on Nov. 14, 2016)

A portion of Truman Boulevard in Beverly Hills has reopened to traffic.

On Monday, a water main break ended up swallowing a car.

Temporary repairs have been made, Citrus County Road Maintenance reports. Permanent repairs to the road surface will be scheduled for a later date. The water main is owned and operated by Rolling Oaks, a private utility.

If you have any questions, you may reach the Road Maintenance Office at 527-7610.


Nov. 15 is recycling day

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of Keep Citrus County Beautiful. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald on Nov. 1, 2016)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed Nov. 15 as Citrus County Recycles Day.

The Nov. 1 BOCC proclamation reads, "The citizens of Citrus County treasure the God-given natural resources of our waters, earth and air, that are interconnected essential elements of our physical situation which we share with wildlife and the beauty of our abundant plant life.


Fitch upgrades Citrus County’s bond rating

On Wednesday, Fitch, New York announced Citrus County Bond Rating has been upgraded to AA from AA- for the Issuer Default Rating (i.e. General Bond Rating) and to AA- from A+ for capital improvement and non-ad valorem revenue bonds.

Election Day 2016 voting returns bring a few surprises

Mike Prendergast celebrates his victory in Inverness with friends, family and supporters after being elected Citrus County Sheriff. (Nov. 8, 2016).

Election Day in Citrus County on Tuesday had a few surprises after voters had their say at the polls.

Sheriff's Office looking for Internet cafes robbers

Surveillance photos of suspects in Internet cafes armed robberies in Dunnellon (Nov. 5, 2016)

DUNNELLON -- The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is looking for three suspects who held up two different Internet cafes and their patrons at gunpoint on Saturday night on Dunnellon Road.

The robberies occurred at about 9 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said on Sunday.


Home invasion suspect, accomplice arrested

Dustin Spangler, left, of Hernando, and Mandy Duncan, of Beverly Hills

A home invasion suspect and his alleged accomplice were arrested on Thursday in Sumter County.

Arrested were Mandy Duncan, 27, of Beverly Hills, and Dustin Spangler, 30, of Hernando, who were both charged in connection with the Oct. 10 home invasion in Citrus Hills.

Spngler and Duncan are facing charges of home invasion and battery on a person 65 years of age or older. The pair was taken into custody by Sumter County deputies after a Citrus County Sheriff's Office investigation into a home invasion led straight to him.

Campbell sentenced to 25 years

John Carson Campbell

John Carson Campbell, 30, of Homosassa, has been sentenced to a total of 25 years in the Department of Corrections for aggravated battery w/ a deadly weapon, robbery- strong arm, and aggravated assault w/ a deadly weapon.

This was following guilty verdicts from a Jury Trial in Judge Ric Howard's courtroom from a prior date. Campbell was convicted of beating a man with a handgun in 2015, causing serious injuries.


Sheriff's Office advises Hernando residents to lock up

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is advising Hernando's residents there have been an increase in property-related crimes off of Hwy 41 in Hernando in the area of Dearborn Drive and Overdrive Circle.

The suspects are targeting sheds, vehicles, RVs and residences during the early morning and afternoon hours.


Home inversion supect captured in Sumter County

Dustin Ray SpanglerDustin Spangler, who was wanted for a home invasion that occurred on Oct. 10 in Citrus Hills, was apprehended in Sumter County Thursday afternoon.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday that Charges will be forthcoming and will be released on Friday.


Sheriff's Office continues investigation into home-based drug sales

Lisa Padilla, left, and Deborah Wiedel.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office continues to focus on drugs being sold from homes.

The CCSO Tactical Impact Unit on Thursday announced two more people who were arrested in separate investigations of drug sales allegedly made at their residences.



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