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Retired NYPD officer charged with exposure

A retired New York Police Department deputy was arrested on Friday and charged with exposing himself while in a neighbor's yard.

Arrested was Thomas A. Gallagher Jr., 66, of Beverly Hills.

The arrest report says that shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Friday, Gallagher was seen performing a lewd act behind his neighbor's truck while wearing only a woman's skirt. The Citrus County Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for Gallagher's arrest, and he was handcuffed and taken to the county jail.

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CCSO looking for missing Crystal River resident

CRYSTAL RIVER - Citrus County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking for a 38-year-old Crystal River man who’s no stranger to disappearing from his North Chameleon Point residence for several days at a time.

However, just before 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Shaun Shopland signed himself out of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center against doctors’ orders, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

It appears he left the hospital on foot, traveling in an unknown direction.  If he ended up taking a cab, it’s unconfirmed at this time.
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Woman charged with attempted murder of Floral City husband

Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies on Wednesday arrested a woman for the attempted murder of her Floral City husband.

According to the arrest report, the woman, Melanie Orise Glass, 35, allegedly used plant food and pool chemicals to poison her husband's drinks.

The couple had been having marital problems, a divorce was in the works, Melanie had been seeing someone else and she had moved out of the Floral City home to 18042 S. Porsche Place in Spring Hill at the end of October, the arrest report says. She was arrested in Floral City.

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Sheriff's Office busts two Hernando grow houses

HERNANDO - Members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) served two search warrants and made three arrests on Thursday at separate, yet related, residences in Hernando.

What they discovered were two sophisticated grow operations yielding hundreds of quality, high-grade marijuana plants.
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Homosassa man arrested on child porn charges

A 32-year-old Homosassa man is in the Citrus County jail, charged with 19 counts of child pornography possession.

Arrested on Wednesday was Bradley Dee Mathews, 10 Boston Ivy Court.

According to the Sheriff's Office arrest report, the CCSO Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC) was investigating illegal downloading of what was believed to be child pornography, when investigation revealed a computer at Mathews' Internet address might be involved. The CCSO obtained a search warrant and went to Mathews' residence.

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Public asked to help find missing runaway youths

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding three young runaways.

Two of the runaways, Rachel Warren, 15, of Sugarmill Woods, and Vanessa Simmons, 17, of Crystal River are habitual runaways. A third runaway, Gabriel Ruiz-Cain, 16, of Inverness, is also being sought.

Warren is described as a is a white female, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 117 pounds.  She has long brown hair and hazel eyes. Simmons is a white female, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. She has blonde hair and brown eyes.
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Lecanto gas station robbed

Citrus County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating the robbery today of the Chevron gas station in Lecanto.

The CCSO says a black male entered the station at 5 p.m. at 2205 W. Norvell Bryant Highway.

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Monday's bomb scare appears due to computer glitch

A computer malfunction is thought to be the cause of a bomb scare on Monday in Inverness.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office reports that just before 8:30 a.m., dispatchers received a call that a computer at Inverness Medical Imaging (2105 Highway 44 W.) had displayed a message that alleged someone had brought a bomb in.

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Crystal River shooting case sent to State Attorney's Office

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Monday turned over the case involving a Dec. 14 shooting in Crystal River to the State Attorney's Office (SAO).

The victim – Larry Henriquez, 30, of Orange Park, Fla. – went to 2790 N. Reynolds Ave. in Crystal River, where an argument ensued. Henriquez knew the shooter, identified as Richard Carroll, 41, who is also the homeowner.

Henriquez was shot during the argument, and was later transported to Tampa General Hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening wound.

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Bomb scare in Inverness doesn't pan out

Citrus Daily has learned there was some kind of a bomb scare at 9 a.m. today at Inverness Medical Imaging.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office blocked off the building with patrol cars, and the fire department was staged at the automotive dealership next door, our source reported. Occupants of the building were released.

CCSO spokeswoman Heather Yates confirmed there had been a scare, but said it didn't amount to much. Citrus Daily is awaiting a report of the incident.

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Sun sets on day 2: Inmate still at large

Escaped inmate Terry DavisCRYSTAL RIVER - Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy has scaled back the search for escaped prisoner Terry Davis for the night.

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CCSO searching for escaped inmate

Terry N. DavisINGLIS - An inmate incarcerated at the Corrections Corporation of America jail in Lecanto escaped while in the custody of a Citrus County Sheriff's Office detective shortly after 1 p.m. today.

03, who was in jail for a multitude of charges ranging from grand theft to fleeing and eluding a police officer, escaped from custody in the vicinity of Allen's Bait & Seafood on Elkins Road in Inglis, and jumped into the Withlacoochee River to avoid apprehension.

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Sheriff's deputies look for drug store robbery suspect

Surveillance footage of a suspect who is said to have robbed a CVS Pharmacy today in Inverness.

Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies are looking for a man who attempted to rob a CVS Pharmacy in Inverness today.

Shortly after 8 a.m., a man entered the front door of the 24-hour CVS Pharmacy at 602 W. Main St. He went directly to the pharmacy counter, carrying a multi-colored gift bag, where he demanded "roxys" (roxicodone) and "oxys" (oxycodone), the narcotic pain relievers.

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Two Inverness men charged with Friday armed robbery

Left: Robert Key. Right: Christopher Hendrix Two Inverness men are in the Citrus County jail following charges stemming from an armed robbery on Friday night.

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Missing, disabled man returns home safely

Reported missingWith his whereabouts unknown since Monday, an outgoing, developmentally delayed St. Petersburg man returned to his home at Patton House unharmed last night.

Staff members at that facility called Citrus County dispatchers to alert them that 37-year-old Christopher Harris had arrived home on his own Thursday night.  Harris apparently had no realization that people were concerned about his well-being.

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Authorities seek missing, disabled man

Christopher Harris was visiting from St. PetersburgCRYSTAL RIVER - Citrus County deputies and other law enforcement agencies are searching for a developmentally delayed 37-year-old man named Christopher Harris, of St. Petersburg.

Harris, who lives at the Patton House in St. Pete, arrived by bus several days ago to visit his mother in Crystal River.

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Sheriff's Office busts Crystal River grow house

These marijuana plants were seized by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday at a Crystal River home. There were 37 plants in all.The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday arrested a Hialeah man, charging him with operating a marijuana grow house in Crystal River.

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Suspected human traffickers captured in Citrus County

Shortly after 1 p.m. today, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office assisted U.S. Customs & Border Protection agents in taking seven subjects into custody on possible human trafficking charges.

U.S. Border Patrol agents were attempting to pull over a van on County Road 48 just outside of Floral City when the subjects bailed out, heading westbound on foot.

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Victim identified in Monday shooting in Crystal River

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office today identified the victim in Monday's shooting in Crystal River.

He is Larry Henriquez, 30, of Orange Park. A hospital spokesperson at Tampa General described his condition today as "good."

CCSO deputies were called at 12:06 p.m. to 2790 N. Reynolds Ave. in Crystal River in response to a reports of shots fired there. Henriquez was injured in that incident. The shooter has been identified as the homeowner, Richard Carroll, 41.

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Man injured when shots fired in Crystal River

Citrus County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating shots fired at 12:06 p.m. today at 2790 N. Reynolds Ave. in Crystal River.

During the incident, a 30-year-old man was struck by a bullet and was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital.

The unidentified victim, who lists his address as in Jacksonville, has been of late been staying at several locations around Citrus County.

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