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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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Community leader's death inspires new crime prevention initiative

LEFT: Billy Shuler of Homosassa. RIGHT: Tony Maresca.
Justice, closure and, now, a new crime prevention tool brought on by lessons learned from a 2014 missing person case involving a retired minister in Homossassa.
 
Billy Shuler, 69, of Homosassa loved collecting rare coins, but went missing after making contact with a man about a possible coin collection purchase. But Shuler never returned home.
 
He was well-known in his community and was nicknamed the “coin dealer." Those who knew Shuler said he was a man who would go out of his way to help others.
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Law Enforcement Appreciation Week May 14-20

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with a representative from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners have proclaimed the week of May 14-20 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Week in Citrus County.
 
Law enforcement officers of Citrus County play an essential role in safeguarding rights and freedoms of Citrus County. 
 
They risk their lives daily to ensure each citizen can live in a safe and secure environment.

BOCC proclaims May 15-21 CERT week

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from the Citrus County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT.)
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on May 9 proclaimed the week of May 15 - 21 as Community Emergency Response Team Week in Citrus County.
 
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) exist in Florida and throughout the United State to respond to emergency situations within the community such as hurricanes, tornados, fire and flooding. 
 
Citrus County CERT volunteers are trained to respond in their neighborhoods when Police, Fire and EMS resources are being used at capacity and may not be available for hours or days depending on the ext

Garage fire claims family vehicle

An early morning fire in a garage attached to a Pine Ridge home was destroyed in the early morning hours. 
 
Citrus County Sheriff Fire Rescue was dispatched at 3:47 a.m. to 3163 W. Daffodil Drive to put out the fire.
 
Pine Ridge Engine 20 arrived on scene at 3:54 a.m., where they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage.

For Fire Services, It's back to the future

Members of Citrus County Fire Services are sworn in on Oct. 1, 2011 to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. At far right is then-Fire Chief Larry Morabito (Photo by Robby Douglas)

Six years after calling on then-Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy to take over fire services from the county in 2011, the Citrus County Commission has called it back into the fold.

The commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday during a special meeting to take fire services back, after complaining they had received little or no information that board members had requested.

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Deputies looking for missing Pasco County man

Jeremy Miles Crayton

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking the whereabouts of 29-year-old Jeremy Miles Crayton.

Crayton, a black male, was reported as missing on May 8 from Pasco County.

A Burgundy Ford Explorer, with right front-end damage, was found on the Citrus County side of Dunnellon, on that same night. Crayton was driving that vehicle at the time of his disappearance.

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Homosassa man killed after crashing into billboard sign

The Florida Highway patrol says a Homosassa man was killed on Saturday after his vehicle struck a billboard sign and he was ejected.
 
The man has been identified as Wilmer Hager, 29.
 
The Florida Highway Patrol said that the incident occurred at about 12:15 a.m.

Authorities seek sexual battery suspect

Jeremiah "Cherokee" Rowe
The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate Jeremiah “Cherokee” Rowe regarding an active warrant for felony capital sex battery, victim under 12 years of age. 
 
He is 5’9” tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Driver arrested following pursuit may be linked to Lecanto death

The driver of a truck who led Citrus and Marion County deputies on a pursuit before being apprehended in Marion County may be linked to the death of an elderly man in Lecanto.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said today that the truck belonged to Jamews Thomas Roman, 73, of 5281 W.
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Inverness man faces sex charges

Michael Horton
Michael Horton, 27, of Inverness, is facing lewd and lascivious charges stemming from an alleged Friday evening event in Inverness.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said Horton tried to grab a 15-year-old female with the intent of a having a sexual encounter with her.

2 teens dead, 1 injured in Friday car crash

Two teenageers have died and a third hospitalized following an accident on Friday evening near Champion Point.
 
The FHP said Saige Summer Fields, 18, was driving north on U.S.

Law Week in Citrus County April 24-28

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with Citrus County Bar Association representatives. (April 11, 2017)
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on April 11 declared April 24 through 28, 2017 as Law Week in Citrus County.
 
Law Week is an occasion of public acknowledgement of our Nation’s heritage of Justice, Liberty and Equality under the law. 
 
Promoting public understanding of the roots of our freedom is an important component in the civic education of the citizens of the United States, and of the citizens of Citrus County.
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