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Possible flooding seen in county

Caution: Possible Flooding
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Saturday said that signs have been placed indicating possible flooding in Homosassa and Crystal River.
 
So far, signage  is being placed at Sutton and Ozello by county road maintenance due to water. 
 
There was also water over the road at State Park and Seminole (signs being placed there as well), and also the area of NW 19th Court off NW 15th Street in Crystal River. Crystal River public works has already placed permanent signs there.
 
 

Two arrested in child neglect case

Robert Burdette, 25 and Casey Rocco, 24, both of Homosassa (September 29, 2017)

A Homosassa couple has been arrested and are facing charges of child neglect.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Friday said that deputies had responded to a home in Homosassa after a neighbor called in a well-being check on two small children.

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BB&T bank robbery suspect now in custody

John Goff

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday that the serial bank robber responsible for several bank robberies in surrounding counties, including Citrus, is behind bars in Hernando County with several arrest warrants stacked against him.

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Withlacoochee water level continues to rise

Flooding is expected at the Withlacoochee River near Dunnellon and Floral City (Sheriff's Office photo on September 23, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office reported on Saturday that, due to rainfall and other factors caused by Hurricane Irma, the Withlacoochee River water level continues to rise. 

Homosassa man reported missing

Ryan McClellan

Have you seen this missing man?

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking the whereabouts of Ryan Michael McClellan.

McClellan is 33 years old, 5’6” tall, 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has not been heard from since Sept. 16. He is not at his home in Homosassa. He may be in his 2003 Silver Jeep SUV, with Florida tag 3903VD.

If you see McClellan, or know of his whereabouts, please call Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and ask for Major Crimes, at 352-726-1121. If you wish to give information anonymously, please contact 1-888-ANY-TIPS.

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FEMA disaster teams working in Citrus County

A FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team interviews storm survivors. (Courtesy photo by FEMA.gov)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has Disaster Assistance Survivor Teams (DSAT) working in two areas in Citrus County.

Sheriff offers computer access to storm victims

Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast (CitrusDaily.US photo)For those residents who don't have access to computers, but who need FEMA aid, the Sheriff's Office has offered three locations  where residents can go online to apply for aid.

Fish kill reported on Withlacoochee River

A fish kill and possible sheen on the water were reported being seen on the Withlacoochee River near the end of Turner Camp Road. (Photo provided by Citrus County Sheriff's Office)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Monday was made aware of a fish kill and possible sheen on the water on the Withlacoochee River near the end of Turner Camp Road.

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Mobile home burns in Hernando

Firefighters logoNo injuries were reported during a mobile home fire on Monday in Hernando.
 
Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue on Friday was dispatched to the structure fire at 7139 N. Nature Trail, where they found a single-wide mobile home with fire and smoke showing.
 
The structure was fully involved with fire. 
 
A defensive attack was initiated after home was confirmed unocupied.
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Deputies looking for bank robbery suspect

The BB&T bank at U.S.19 and South Venable in Crystal River is currently closed due to a robbery at about 4 p.m., the Citrus County Sheriff's Office reported on Wednesday.

The suspect went into the bank and demanded money from the teller. He fled on foot, and possibly got into the vehicle pictured below.

He is described as a white male in his late 20's or early 30's who, at the time of the robbery, was wearing dark pants, black hoodie and a black ball cap and sunglasses. He was last seen running toward Beall's Department Store in Crystal River.

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Gov. Scott declares pre-Irma State of Emergency

Hurricane Irma’s projected path as of Sept. 4, 2017.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in the state as rapidly growing Hurricane Irma, now a Category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall later this week.

Smoke alarms awaken Dunnellon resident just in time

Smoke DetectorWorking smoke alarms are credited with helping a Dunnellon resicent and her dog escape injury early Monday morning after a fire broke out in their home.
 
No injuries were reported.
 
Firefighters on Monday were called to the scene of a residential home fire at 2:59 a.m. at 4171 West Ranchetta St.
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Sheriff's Office still looking for missing woman

Carol McHughThe Citrus County Sheriff's Office is still looking for 72-year-old Carol McHugh, who went missing from her neighborhood

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Deputies looking for suspected TV shoplifter

This man is accused of having stolen two TV's from the Lecanto WalMart on August 16, 2017, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said.
Do you know this man? 
 
He is said to have stolen two 36" TVs from the Lecanto WalMart on Aug. 16. 
 
He is a white male, approximately 6' tall, 170 pounds and was wearing an orange and black hat, a black t-shirt with "Fast N Loud" written on the front of the shirt in orange letters, dark colored shorts and tennis shoes. 
 
He has tattoos on his forearms and both legs.
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Apollo Beach woman drowns while scalloping in Crystal River

Citrus, County, news, Florida, Crystal River, drowning

On Monday evening, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) contacted the Citrus County Sheriff's Office about a drowning that occurred earlier in the Gulf.

The CCSO was told that 47-year-old Tammy Barth and her husband Mark Barth, from Apollo Beach, had been scalloping in Crystal River all day.

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Detectives investigate racial slur on Citrus Hills Home

This blurred-out racial slur was spray painted across one site of a home in Citrus Hills, the Sheriff's Office said (August 18, 2017).

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case involving a racial slur spray-painted in large letters on the side of a home in Citrus Hills.

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Domestic violence incident ends in attempted murder charge

Marco Antonio Johnson, Jr., 24, of Crystal River
At 4:09 on Monday, deputies were dispatched to a home in Crystal River in reference to a well-being check. 
 
When they arrived, they found the victim, Erica Adrianne Calculli, 24, of Crystal River, in a bedroom unresponsive with head injuries. She was transported to a regional trauma center, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said.
 
Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit responded to assist in the investigation as to what happened.
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Search warrant yields meth finds in Inverness

Steven Lockyer, 55, of Inverness

Early this morning, members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) executed a search warrant at 2187 S. Border Ave in Inverness.

Deputies with the TIU’s Intelligence Led Policing (ILP) Squad received information that the owner of the home, Steven Lockyer, 55, of Inverness, was actively dealing in methamphetamine.

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Former Presbyterian worship leader arrested on sex charges

Chad Robison, 36, of Hernando
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office announced today the arrest of a former worship director on several sex charges, including video voyeurism, and lewd and lascivious exhibition.
 
Arrested was Chad Robison, 36, of Hernando, who was worship director at Seven Rivers Presbyterian from 2011 to 2017.
 
At a media news conference in Lecanto today, Sherif Mike Prendergast said that Citrus County detectives started this case back in May when a coworker discovered "inappropriate videos" on Robison’s laptop that he had left at work.

Accused burglars caught red-handed in Crystal River

LEFT: Christian Wein, 38. RIGHT: David Paul Curry, 46.
Two men were apparently caught red-handed on Monday morning as sheriff's deputies responded to a burglar alarm alert at Natalia's Restaurant, 771 N.E. 5th St. in Crystal River.
 
According to the arrest report, a deputy responding to the alarm spotted a suspicious vehicle behind the business with a towel covering the license plate of a red Ford Escape.
 
Also inside were Christian Wein, 38, of 2850 N. Crede Avenue #25, and David Paul Curry, 46, of 2714 N. Reynolds Ave. in Crystal River.
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