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Pleasant Grove Elementary School teacher facing marijuana charges

Kimberly Hellenburg

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday morning arrested a Physical Education teacher at Pleasant Grove Elementary School and charged her with selling and possessing marijuana.

Kimberly Hellenburg, 55, was arrested on active Citrus County arrest warrants, the CCSO said

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Sheriff's Office looking for missing/runaway

Antonio Cutrona

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for Antonio Cutrona, a 17-year-old white male runaway juvenile.

Antonio is 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighs 165 pounds. He has blond hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing red sweat pants, a t-shirt, and a blue jacket. He was last seen in Homosassa, on Dec. 30, 2017, around noon. It is possible that Antonio may be in Hudson, in Pasco County Florida.

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Suspect dies following emergency call for violent mental disorder

A Floral City man died after he resisted efforts to help him by Citrus County deputies. PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office. (January 5, 2018)Citrus County deputies responded to 8801 East Wind Court in Floral City at 4:30 a.m. this morning after family told 911 dispatchers George Rogers, 36, was violently harming himself.

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Sheriff's Office finds missing teen

Joshua Napoleon, 17, now at home
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Monday night said that a teen reported as missing earlier in the day has been found and has reunited with his family.
 
Seventeen-year-old white male named Joshua Tyler Napoleon's disappearance followed an argument with family members, the CCSO reported.
 
He was last seen at a residence off Sandpiper Drive in Inverness, and left on foot about 11:45 a.m.
 
Deputies and many other units ook for Joshua throughout the day in an area near the Inverness Golf and Country Club.
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FWC charges 3 in connection with shark-dragging video

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Sheriff's Office locates 4 missing children at Chassahowitzka

These four children were found safe, albeit a little chilly, by fishermen in the area of the Chassahowitzka Campground. Nature Coast EMS made sure the children were properly warmed. (December 9, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Saturday reported a happy ending for four children that went missing from the Chassahowitzka Campground earlier in the day.

All children were reported in good condition.

The children were found by nearby fishermen on the Chassahowitzka River. They are okay; however, three of the four are showing signs of hypothermia and are being treated by Nature Coast EMS.

"I want to thank the wonderful people of this great community for all of their support during this ordeal," said Sheriff Prendergast.

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Deputies looking for 4 missing children at Chassahowitzka camp

These children went missing in a wooded area of Chassahowitzka. Deputies need your tips. Call 911 if you see them. Click image to see larger photos. (December 9, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office Patrol, Aviation, K-9, Volunteer Bloodhound units and FWC are currently searching the Chassahowitzka Campground in Homosassa for four missing juveniles who are believed to be somewhere in the woods.

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Pine Ridge issue resurfaces at commission meeting

"No Trespassing" sign

The cause of some Pine Ridge residents on Tuesday resurfaced before the Citrus County Commission.

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County charges Sheriff's Office with lack of transparency during audit

BOCC SealThe Citrus County Commission on Monday put the Citrus County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) in its political cross-hairs, blasting the Sheriff's Office for not being transparent during a recent audit examining transactions pertaining to the Sheriff's Office and its stewardship of fire services.

Autopsy shows skeletal remains that of missing man

Ryan McClellan

Citrus County Sheriff's deputies are looking for more information after discovering the skeletal remains on Saturday in Homosassa of a man reported missin

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Sheriff's Office issues scam alert

Scam Alert artworkThe Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday said it wants to alert county residents to a scam that appears to be active in our county.

FHP updates vehicle info in hit-and-run fatal

Hit-And-Run signThe Florida Highway Patrol is seeking help in identifying and locating a suspect involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred on Friday, Oct. 13 in Lecanto.

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Longtime Citrus County 'most wanted' arrested in Thailand

Stephen Bishop Hall

By Heather Yates, 
CCSO Community Relations Director

Floral City man shot after brandishing gun at deputies

Sheriff's Office starThe Citrus County Sheriff's Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are sorting out what happened today when a Floral City man was shot by a CCSO deputy.

Deputies had been called to try to help the man, Douglas Veltman, 58, when Veltman produced a gun and was then shot by a deputy when Veltman refused to show his hands and put down the weapon.

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Arrest made in Tuesday’s double shooting, fire off Cardinal

William Gonsisko, 59, of Lecanto. Initially charged with 3 counts of attempted murder (October 18, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday announced an arrest in the double shooting and arson on Tuesday afternoon off Cardinal Lane.

Arrested was William Gonsisko, 59, of Lecanto, who has been charged with three counts of attempted murder. He also faces  pending charges for arson, armed robbery and hitting a female victim with a shovel.

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Gunfire, house fire reported off Cardinal Lane

Citrus County deputies help work traffic on Tuesday afternoon after being called to the scene of a house fire and a report of gunfire on Gilbert Terrace off Cardinal Lane. CCSO photo on October 17, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday reported that Emergency personnel were on scene of a shooting and house fire at  7089 Gilbert Terrace in Lecanto Gilbert Terrace, off Cardinal Lane in Homosassa.

Just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the CCSO received a call about a shooting that had just occurred at the residence.

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State adds more sex charges for former worship director

Chad RobionsonCitrus County Sheriff’s detectives on Tuesday tacked on 41 additional sex charges to former worship director Chad Robison’s arrest this past summer.

Robison, a 36-year-old former employee at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto, was arrested in July on several sex charges, including video voyeurism and lewd and lascivious exhibition.

Man reported missing since Sept. 21

Paul Johnson

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts Paul Johnson.

He is a 53-year-old white male, 5’10” tall, 170 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Although Johnson has not been seen since Sept. 21, he has been in touch with his girlfriend. He will not reveal his whereabouts, authorities have said. He does suffer from various medical conditions, and does not have medications in his possession.

The Sheriff's Office suggests he may be enroute to Cocoa Beach, or there is a remote possibility he may have headed to Merrimack County in New Hampshire.

FHP seeking hit-and-run driver in Lecanto fatal accident

Hit-And-Run signThe Florida Highway Patrol is seeking help in identifying and locating a suspect involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred Friday night in Lecanto.

Citrus County Sheriff's office deputies assisted troopers with the accident that occurred at the intersection of West Southern Street and South Fairland Terrace in Lecanto at approximately 10:20 p.m. Friday.

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Withlacoochee River seen slowly receding

The Withlacoochee River has been reported as slowly receding.

However, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Monday reported, river flood warnings are still in effect.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, the River at Holder was reported at 8.75 feet. This portion of the river is still now at the “minor flood” stage. 

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