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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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Career criminal arrested after counterfeiting crime spree

A counterfeit money trail ended on Monday with the arrest of an Inverness woman.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said that Teresa Hare, 46, of 1505 S. Mohican Trail in Inverness, now faces multiple fraud charges after using numerous fake bills at several local businesses throughout the county.

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CCSO detectives earn honors

Two Citrus County undercover narcotics detectives honored

Two Citrus County Sheriff's Office detective have been selected for special honors by the Florida Narcotics Officers Association.

Both serve in the CCSO's Tactical Impact Unit (TIU).

The TIU regularly fights drug use in Citrus County, by executing search warrants, arresting offenders and seizing large quantities of illegal drugs.

TIU Sgt. Ed Blair nominated the detectives to Region III of the Florida Narcotics Officers’ Association for Region III Officer of the Year awards. The names of the two undercover detectives are being withheld to protect their identities.

Goodworth announces retirement from fire service

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue Fire Chief and Public Safety Bureau Chief Jim Goodworth
Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue Fire Chief and Public Safety Bureau Chief Jim Goodworth on Wednesday announced his intent to retire, effective Aug. 4, 2017.
 
Goodworth has been in the public safety arena for more than 34 years.
 
"It is with much consideration and a heavy heart that I am submitting my intent to retire," Goodworth's resignation letter said. "I love my job and I love the family I work with. That family was extended on Oct. 1, 2011, as Fire Rescue joined the Citrus County Sheriff's office.
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Elderly Inverness woman charged with animal cruelty

A total of 34 cats were taken from this Inverness home, and the owner was charged with animal cruelty. (June 26, 2017)
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Division on Monday charged an elderly Inverness woman with animal cruelty and took her 34 cats.
 
It all started Monday when deputies were dispatched to a house on East Iona Lane after the homeowner, Barbara Smith, 75, called an electrician to do some work on her home.
 
When the electrician came to her house - they refused to do the work due to the unsanitary conditions inside the home, which is when the Sheriff's Office got involved. 
 
Animal Control units were called, along wi
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Flight from Ocala ends in Inverness man's arrest

Michael Gordon Crabtree
An Inverness man was arrested Monday night, after being pursued from Ocala by a Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy.
 
Arrested was Michael Gordon Crabtree, 57, of Inverness, who was reported to have been operating his vehicle without proper registration.
 
Crabtree's arrest report said that a pursuit began in Ocala by a Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies, and then crossed county lines, at which time Citrus County deputies fell in behind the chase. 
 
During the Citrus County part of the pursuit, Crabtree made a right-hand
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Prendergast reorganizes Sheriff's Office

TOP RIGHT: Major Danny Linhart and Sheriff Mike Prendergast. BELOW, RIGHT: Major Elena Vitt and Sheriff Mike Prendergast. (CCSO photos on June 22, 2017)
Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast today announced he has reorganized the sheriff's office.
 
Prendergast said his changes took effect immediately.
 
The move comes shortly after former Undersheriff Buddy Grant was placed on administrative leave after an anonymous complaint was filed against him and an internal investigation proceeds.
 
"I have evaluated what's best for the community we serve and how best to keep our officers safe," said Sheriff Prendergast in a media news release today.
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Animal cruelty tip leads to arrest of Inverness couple

Ryan James McLean, left, and Deana Marie Feldman.
A tip about possible animal abuse led to the arrest Saturday of an Inverness couple, and the seizure of 36 dogs.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said that Ryan McLean, 26, and Deana Feldman, 47, both of 3866 S. Alpine Ave.
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Sheriff's Office looking for missing teen

Shauna Mariah Carpenter
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is looking for a 17-year-old missing teen.
 
She is Shauna Mariah Carpenter, described as 5-foot-6 inches, weighing 135 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes.
 
She was last seen in the city of Hernando.
 
Anyone who has any information about her is asked to call the Citrus County Sheriff's Office at (352) 726-1121 and ask for "Major Crimes."
 
Those who wish to give information anonymously can call Citrus County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY-TIPS, or go to

Search continues for missing Inverness woman

Carol McHugh, 72, was last seen wearing this walking outfit, the Sheriff's Office said.
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office and several other organizations on Saturday continued the search for 72 year old Carol McHugh from Inverness, who was reported missing on Thursday.
 
Search efforts on Saturday were hampered by severe weather with lightning.
 
From Thursday until Saturday, detectives have pursued every lead that has come in to the Sheriff's Office.
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Silver Alert issued for missing Inverness woman

Carol McHugh
Please be on the lookout for a missing endangered adult Carol McHugh.
 
Ms.
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