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Vehicle burglary turns ugly: Two gunmen rob, pistol whip owner

Robert Derek BersteinA car burglary on Sunday night turned ugly when the owner of the vehicle was confronted by the burglar and pistol whipped by the burglar and a


Masked men force way into home, rob occupants, friends

Two armed, masked men forced their way into a Citrus County home just after midnight today and first robbed the occupants, and then other friends who were later called to the home by the victims.

According to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to a home at South Suelynn Point shortly before 1 a.m. in response to a report of a home invasion.


Troubles with computer cause troubles with the law

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Father-son argument leads to attempted murder charges

An argument between a father and son on Thursday night ended up with the son being charged with attempted murder and the father airlifted to Tampa General Hospital.

The weapon was a Phillips head screwdriver, according to an arrest report from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

Arrested was Joseph Michael Rairick, 55. The victim was his father, John, 74, both of North Brighton Road in Lecanto.


Floral City man charged with video voyeurism, having hundreds of child porn pictures

A Floral City man has been charged with video voyeurism and possesson of hundreds of photos of child pornography.

Arrested on Monday was Kevin Edward Whitty, 48, of 8595 E. Hooker Place.

According to the arrest report, the investigation began with a complaint from the mother of two underage girls who found photos on a cell phone given as a birthday present to one of her daughters by Whitty of what she said was an underage girl posing in a provocative manner, wearing bikini bathing suits or very little clothing.

Children anxiously await annual 'Shop With A Cop' event

HOMOSASSA/INVERNESS - Thanks to the generosity of some big-hearted Citrus County businesses, organizations and individuals, 75 youngsters (and their families) have been selected to be a part of a very festive seasonal event come December.

Homosassa man faces 20 counts of sexual battery on minor

A Citrus County man is facing 20 counts of sexual battery on a minor, as well as showing pornographic materials to a young Homosassa girl.

Arrested on Friday was George Harrison Nussbaum, 38, of Homosassa.

The age of the girl is listed by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office as between 14 and 18 years.


Dunnellon man charged with child abuse of girl, 4

A Dunnellon man was arrested on Friday and charged with abusing a 4-year-old Dunnellon girl.

Arrested was Paul Preston Grenier Jr., 24, of 5328 W. Blade Lane.

According to the arrest report, a Citrus County detective was alerted to the case when shown photos by a Child Protective Investigator. A medical review of the child in Gainesville indicated injuries consistent with child abuse. The young girl said Grenier was the one who hit her, and told two witnesses she had been hit in the face and head.

Citrus County woman among 55 charged with Internet prostitution solicitation

A Citrus County woman is among 55 people charged with soliciting sex on the Internet by a multi-county task force.

Arrested was Theresa A. Kersey, 43, of 3107 N. Thornapple Terrace, Beverly Hills.

Kersey was issued a notice to appear for solicitation for prostitution.

All arrests were part of a law enforcement operation to catch prostitutes, who use popular websites to advertise services.

Emergency management director says to watch Ida

Citrus County Emergency Management Director Capt. Joe Eckstein said today residents should carefully track Tropical Depression Ida's progress.

Although it has weakened into a tropical depression, it could regain strength once it enters the Gulf of Mexico, he said.

Homosassa man charged with possession of child porn

Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a Homosassa man on Wednesday and charged him with possession of child pornography.

Arrested was Joseph Samuel Sullivan, 38, of 3430 S. Suncoast Boulevard.


Criminal 'travelers' attempt to shake down county residents

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives have received their first call from citizens asking about the legitimacy of asphalt pavers making the rounds in the region.

Criminals known as “travelers” roam the nation much of the year, posing as painters, roofers, sealers, tree trimmers and pavers.

Sheriff's 10-43 Show: 'Bad to the Bone'

Join host Heather Yates and special guest Deputy Thomas Beagan on the next Sheriff’s 10-43 show.

Beagan, a member of the Sheriff’s SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team explains the purpose and responsibilities of the unit in keeping the community safe.

The two also discuss the recent “Bad to the Bone” competition held in Ocala, in which the SWAT team took fourth place. A special video highlights the competition will be shown. Tune into the show to find out all of the details at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.


Missing, endangered man located in Inverness

INVERNESS - Deputies located 51-year-old Kevin Worrall today, just after noon, at his father’s home in Inverness.

Worrall was found to be safe, but had been listed as missing and endangered since Sunday, Oct. 11, when he was last seen at the Crystal River Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Worrall told deputies he had left the center unexpectedly in order to move in recently with his father.

Worrall’s name and information have been removed from the national database for missing persons.

Sheriff’s Office returns $273,610 to county coffers

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office today announced it's returning $273, 610 from its operating budget to county coffers.

The CCSO says that the monies were raised through fees,  such as those associated with serving civil process or fulfilling public records requests, or from savings realized by conservative measures taken on essentials like fuel consumption.

Specifically, the more-than-a-quarter-of-a-million dollars was garnered from the agency’s general fund ($142,109.55), as well as from its budget component for Judicial Services ($131,499.71).

Emergency drill planned for Nov. 5 at county resource center

You may not notice, but if you do, don't panic - it's just an exercise.

If you find yourself at the Citrus County Resource Center or VA clinic in Lecanto on Nov. 5, between noon and 4 p.m., you might notice police and emergency vehicles behind the resource center.


CCSO sets up Nov. 7 training day for handling emergencies, disasters

On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office will host a dynamic day of community partnership training at its Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 3549 Saunders Way, in Lecanto.

From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., residents will have a unique opportunity to learn more about how to best prepare and respond to an act of terrorism, a natural disaster or a man-made emergency.

When first responders are overwhelmed by massive disasters, such as 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina, citizens may be left to cope on their own for the first few hours or perhaps even longer.


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