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Fire, smoke damage Hernando mobile home

A mobile home fire on Friday night caused extensive damage to a Hernando residence.

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Another early morning search warrant nets two drug arrests

LEFT: Heather Jacobs. RIGHT: David Downs.
Citrus County deputies arrested two Hernando residents early Friday morning after a search warrant yielded evidence of  manufacturing meth.
 
Arrested were David Downs, 52, of Hernando and Heather Jacobs, 37, also of Hernando.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office conducted a search warrant at 373 Joshua Court in Hernando after detectives learned the residence was being used to manufacture methamphetamine, the Sheriff's Office said.
 
The search revealed more than 1/4-ounce of crystal methamphetamine, liquid methamphetamine (over
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Two separate search warrants yield total of 4 arrests

FROM LEFT: Top row: Elishia Key, Tanner Ricard. Bottom row: Ciera Jenkins and Jonathan Velasquez. [ Click photo for larger image ]

Four people -- two in Inverness and two in Beverly Hills -- were arrested on Thursday morning after separate search warrants turned up drugs and paraphernalia, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff's Office's Tactical Impact Unit, and the SWAT team and East Community Crimes detectives first served a search warrant at 4210 S Plumtree Terrace in Inverness.

Woman sentenced in 2016 infant abuse case

Valerie Ann Reed

A woman arrested and charged with the abuse of a child and a number of drug charges was sentenced on Tuesday in to 10 years in prison.

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Floral City man faces multiple charges after desperate 3-county chase

A Floral City man fled from law enforcement officers and ended up crashing in Citrus County after leading officers on a chase through Sumter, Marion and Citrus counties. (CCSO photo on February 7, 2017)
A Floral City man who fled through three counties on Tuesday is in the Citrus County jail facing a host of charges he amassed during that chase.
 
Douglas Martin was a passenger in a 2003 Toyota sedan that had been stopped at about 12:31 p.m.

Smoke damages Inverness mobile home

A mobile home in Inverness on Monday sustained smoke damage during a fire in the early evening hours.
 
There were no injuries reported.
 
Citrus County firefighters arrived at 7:36 p.m. to 3711 E. Nugget Lane, and found the single-wide mobile home with light smoke inside the structure.
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Smoke detector saves lives

A working smoke alarm on Friday night is credited with saving a Floral City family.
 
Firefighters arrived to find a mobile home at 10040 S. Arabian Ave. with fire coming from the porch area. 
 
Firefighters from three engines quickly put out the fire. Firefighters said that all occupants were able to get out of the house because of a working smoke alarm.
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Sheriff Prendergast tallies drug crimes efforts

On display are items seized during January 2017 dug-related crimes

Sheriff Mike Prendergast on Friday reported the results of January 2017's crime-reduction initiatives related to drug crimes.

"Everyone in the agency knows that fighting the drug problem in our community is a top priority," Sheriff Prendergast said. "From our Tactical Impact Unit to our patrol deputies, everyone is focused on a strategic attack to arrest those who are selling drugs, using drugs and promoting a culture of illegal drugs in Citrus County.

"I wasn't kidding when I said we are going to hit this issue hard, and we will not give up."

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3 arrested at suspected Homosassa drug house

Suspects at the scene of an alleged drug house in Homosassa await further processing by Citrus County deputies (PHOTO: CCSO on February 2, 2017)
Citrus County detectives on Thursday arrested three Homosassa residents following the execution of a search warrant at 6381 South Canna Lilly Ave.
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Beverly Hills woman faces meth charges

Lisa Padilla
On Tuesday morning, narcotics detectives with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office conducted a search warrant at 6 South Monroe St.
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Pedestrian dies in Homosassa accident

A 38-year-old man was killed on Wednesday morning in the area of South Suncoast Boulevard and Dixieland Street in Homosassa
 
The Florida Highway Patrol said the Harold Buskirk III was lying in the road when he was struck by a pickup truck with a utility trailer, and then by a tractor trailer.
 
The FHP said
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Cooling fan failure causes reroute of 911 center

The failure of a cooling fan on Sunday caused an equipment failure when it didn't come on when it should have.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said on Monday that the incident impacted the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office 911 Communications Center's call Center in Lecanto.
 
The CCSO had a backup plan for just such an emergency, the Sheriff's Office said. The 911 call center opened up a backup 911 center until the problem was resolved.
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CCSO apprehends Homosassa robbery suspect (updated)

Tiffany S. Rosier

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office has apprehended a female suspect in connection with a Homosassa robbery that occurred on Friday night.

The warrant had been issued earlier for Tiffany S. Rosier, 47, a black female, who was believed to be armed.

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Missing Floral City toddler found in dense brush

Lainey Bramlett, 3, was lost but now is found. (CCSO photo on January 28, 2017)
What began with a search on Saturday ended with a find as deputies and volunteers scoured a densely wooded Floral City area for a missing 3-year-old girl.
 
Lainey Brammlett was playing on an electronic four-wheeler with her family on several acres of property at 9891 E.
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Defendant in Beverly Hills infant abuse case sentenced

Skyler Wade Bennett
Skyler Bennett was sentenced on Thursday to 25 years in the Department of Corrections by Judge Ric Howard for Aggravated Child Abuse, Cultivating Cannabis, Manufacturing of THC, Possession of Cannabis more than 20 grams, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia.
 
This is the case from April 2016, when deputies responded to a home in Beverly Hills regarding an injured 3-month-old infant girl.
 
An investigation revea
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Bank robbery suspect apprehended in Dunnellon

Brent Edward Bevil
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Thursday afternoon that suspected Homosassa bank robber Brent Edward 

Teaching old dogs new tricks

CCA inmates are given the opportunity to work with dogs which are homeless or have been abandoned by their families.
By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer
 
The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) Inmate Dog Training Program gives both the inmates and dogs participating in the program, a new “paw-spective” on life.
 
In partnership with Citrus County Animal Services, select dogs are chosen to participate in an eight-week basic obedience program a
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Dunnellon robbery suspect caught in Marion County

Akeem Jackson, 27, of Dunnellon
A suspect who is said to have robbed an Internet Cafe on Wednesday in Dunnellon is now behind bars in Marion County after he got involved in a hit-and-run in Marion County, and was subsequently arrested.
 
Akeem Jackson, 27, of Dunnellon was jailed in Marion County, and faces charges there and in Citrus County.
 
Citrus County deputies on Wednesday began investigating the robbery, w
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Warrant issued for man believed to be bank robber

Brent Edward Bevil
A warrant has been issued for a Homosassa man in connection with the robbery on Friday of the Bank of America in Homosassa on Suncoast Boulevard.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is looking for the whereabouts of Brent Edward Bevil, 38, of Homosassa, who is wanted for felony armed robb
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Two arrested during SWAT drug search

Terry Gaitor, left, and Faith McRae. Both live in Beverly Hills.
The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team served a search warrant for drugs on Friday at 9 S. Desoto Street in Beverly Hills. 
 
This is the second drug search warrant investigation at the house in the past three months, the Sheriff's Office said.
 
The resident of the home, Terry Gaitor, 44 of Beverly Hills, was arrested again Friday morning on drug charges.
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