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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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Citrus teen sought by Sheriff's Office

Hannah Grace Hatley, 14, of Homosassa. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office on April 19, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Hannah Grace Hatley, 14.

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Severe weather ends for county; cooler, drier days ahead

Citrus County has wrapped up two days of severe weather, and what lies ahead, the National Weather Service (NWS) said, are cooler and drier days.
 
The turbulent weather began on Tuesday, when the county was placed under tornado warnings twice, first at 5:56 p.m. and again at 9:43 p.m., by the NWS.

Sword-wielding man stabs woman to death

Eric Huffman, 41, of Hernando
A gruesome case of apparent rage surfaced on Sunday in Hernando and ended with the murder of a woman and the suspect arrested and charged with the crime.
 
Just before 10:30 on Sunday, Citrus County deputies responded to a home on East Benjamin Street after receiving a call that a woman was being stabbed.
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Woman uses social media to confess 'crimes'

This anonymous woman has posted confessions to a homicide and sex crimes on several social media websites. Citrus County detectives are asking the public to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY TIPS with any information about the woman. (CCSO photo on March 17, 2017)
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Friday said it was fully aware of a video posted on Facebook, and other social media sites, in which a woman confesses to a homicide that allegedly occurred in Citrus County, as well as various sex crimes.
 
Citrus County detectives have been looking into these claims since late last year, the CCSO said in a statement released on Friday. 
 
"We have spent many hours investigating the statements made by this individual, including detectives traveling out of state to interview her.

Suicide suspected in inmate death

Darren Decker
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is investigating what appears to have been an inmate suicide in the Citrus County Detention facility in Lecanto.
 
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Sumterville man's traffic stop yields major drug haul

Daniel Glenn Purvis
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday stopped a Sumterville, Fla., man's vehicle just before 4 a.m. for speeding just in front of the Sheriff's Operations Center.
 
What deputies found was a major drug stash inside the vehicle, weapons and money.
 
The Sheriff's Office said the driver, Daniel Glenn Purvis, 36, was aggravated and not being very cooperative. The deputies called K9 Deputy Indorato and his K9 partner Repo to assist. K9 Repo immediately alerted to the odor of illegal narcotics.
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Veterans Treatment Court seeks volunteer male mentors

Being a Veterans Treatment Court Mentor doesn’t take a lot of time… and it may change the life of a fellow vet. 
 
The unique piece about Veterans Treatment Court is the presence of volunteer veteran mentors for the participants. 
 
Male veterans are matched with male mentors and female veterans are matched with female mentors.

Sabal Trail incident leads to chase, suspect's death

Citrus County deputies, Marion county deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol were led on a wild chase from Marion to Citrus County after a man shot at a pipe in the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline. The man was stopped near Floral City, and when he engage deputies, he was killed in the process. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office on February 26, 2017).
Protests against the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline went to another level on Sunday when a man began shooting at the pipes in Marion County, and fled to Citrus County, where he died after being shot.

TOP VIDEO: Inverness-Fire Services pact

The Citrus County Commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner Ron Kitchen voting no, to OK a deal between the county's fire services division and the city of Inverness to enter into an "Automatic and Mutual Aid Agreement." 
 
County commission Chairman Scott Carnahan said the principle of the agreement had already been vetted by the city, sheriff and Fire Services Chief Jim

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