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Search on for Homosassa bank robber

Suspect identified n the robbery of the Bank of America in Homosassa on Suncoast Boulevard.
The Sheriff's Office said a man walked into the Bank of America on Suncoast Boulevard shortly after 2 p.m. and robbed the bank.
 
CCSO investigators are actively looking for the suspect. No word if the suspect displayed a gun.
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Altercation leads to shooting, crash

Citrus County deputies are unravelling a mystery at a Circle K in Inverness where an argument on Sunday led to a shooting and a traffic crash.
 
Shortly after midnight on Sunday, deputies responded to a call at the Circle K in Inverness at 1224 N U S Highway 41.
 
The Sheriff's Office said that victims Bryan David Sharp, Sr., 49, of Inverness, and his wife, Tammy Lynn Sharp, 45, were
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Fire damages Inverness home

A fire just before 7 a.m. on Monday damaged the home of William and Rhonda Scheiterle, owners of the Misty Meadows Blueberry Farm.

No injuries were reported.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue responded at 6:54 a.m. to the structure fire at 8795 E. Grey Lane. Firefighters found a single-story home with moderate black smoke coming from all of the eaves. Firefighters confirmed all occupants were out of the home, and also disconnected the power and gas.

Brush fires pop up in Crystal River area

The burning of the middle of a pine tree is called the Widowmaker.

On Thursday afternoon, Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to two separate brush fires near Penn Drive off of U.S. 19 in Crystal River.

Florida Division of Forestry and the Crystal River Fire Department responded to assist.

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Prendergast sworn in as new Citrus Co. sheriff

Judge Patricia Thomas (foreground) swears in Mike Prendergast as the newest Citrus County Sheriff as his wife, Naomi, looks on. Prendergast replaces 20-year veteran Jeff Dawsy as sheriff.
Swearing in a new sheriff is like opening a new book, according to incoming Citrus County Sheriff Mike Pendergast.
 
Referring to the service given to the county's residents for 20 years by outgoing Sheriff Jeff DawsyPendergast said, "As we close the book on a career of service, selflessness and significant sacrifice, I'm excited to begin a new book with new chapters filled in by this team (Citrus
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Beverly Hills burglaries believed solved

Michael Acevedo
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Thursday announced they have arrested a man accused of burglarizing two Beverly Hills businesses.
 
Arrested was Michael Acevedo, 32, also of Beverly Hills, who was charged with burglaries to the New China Restaurant and Hungry Howies.
 
The arrest was made after investigation into the burglaries, which included initiating the reports, getting good video footage, collecting evidence and identifying a su
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Motorcyclist critically injured

A motorcyclist was critically injured Wednesday afternoon after crashing into a utility trailer attached to another vehicle near Homosassa.
 
The Florida Highway Patrol identified the man as Rene Cruz Jr., 26, of Homosassa.
 
According to the

Citrus fugitive captured in Manatee County

Jesse Prive, 32, of Floral City

A man wanted in connection with several stabbings in Floral City in the early morning hours on Sunday is now in custody.

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Roommate stabs trio, flees

Jesse Prive, 32, of Floral City
Citrus County deputies are looking for a man said to have stabbed three people in a Floral City home at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday.
 
The Sheriff's Office is looking for Jesse Prive, 32, who is now wanted on two counts of attempted murder.
 
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Floral City residence off U.S. 41 after receiving a report of a stabbing at the home.
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Email scam alert issued

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has put out a warning to consumers regarding a company posing as the DHSMV and demanding payment

Homosassa garage fire causes moderate damage

A fire in a garage around noon on Monday at 5365 W. Minuteman St. in Homosassa caused moderate damage to the home there.

There were no injuries reported.

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue units arrived on scene to find the single-family block-construction home with fire and smoke coming from the home's attached garage, and 60 percent involved.

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Inverness gas station robbed on Sunday

Video surveillance photo of suspect in robbery of Marathon gas station and convenience store in Inverness. (December 11, 2016)

Citrus County deputies responded to an armed robbery on Sunday at about 7:30 p.m. at the Marathon gas station on Arbor Street and County Road 581 in Inverness.

The suspect brandished a large knife and got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect was wearing a black-and-white dirt bike-type mask, sunglasses, reddish brown gloves and either a brown or camo hoodie.

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Saturday mobile home fire hospitalizes occupant

A singlewide mobile home was destroyed early Saturday morning by fire at 6590 W. Arter St.
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Deputy charged with domestic violence

A Citrus County deputy was arrested on Saturday and charged with domestic violence.
 
The Sheriff's Office said that the deputy was Cogar, 25, of Hernando, a three-year veteran of the CCSO.
 
According to the CCSO, deputies responded to a home in Inverness at which the alleged physical

Deputies looking for gun store burglars

<em>Surveillance photos of the burglary and robbery of Florida Gun Supply on Pine Street in downtown Inverness. (December 6, 2016) CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER PHOTO
Citrus County deputies are looking for one or more suspects in the robbery on Tuesday of the Florida Gun Supply on Pine Street in downtown Inverness.
 
dDeputies responded to the store at approximately 6:46 a.m. after an unnamed individual reported a suspicious incident at the store.
 
Deputies determined that there had beenUpon responding to the call, deputies arrived, they discovered there had been a burglary.
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Woman found dead in Crystal River Motel

John Richard Lagnos
Citrus County deputies on Sunday questioned a person of interest in connection with a Floral City woman's death on Saturday at the Crystal River Motel.
 
Deputies were called to the Crystal River Motel before noon after motel staff found a  deceased female.
 
When deputies arrived, they found 30-year-old Leucretia Eileen Roberts, Floral City, had died under suspicious circumstances. Detectives are investigating to determine what happened.
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Elderly Homosassa man dies in crash

An 88-year-old Homosassa driver was killed after his vehicle hit a palm tree on Monday morning.

The Florida Highway Patrol accident report says that Richard H. Turner, 88, was driving northbound on Suncoast Boulevard near West Green Acres Street in the inside lane when he lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons.

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Dawsy welcomes Prendergast to CCSO

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy swore in Sheriff Elect Mike Prendergast as a member of the agency today as he works toward a smooth transition on January 3, 2017 when Prendergast is officially sworn in as Sheriff. (CCSO photo on November 28, 2016)

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy swore in Sheriff Elect Mike Prendergast as a member of the agency today as he works toward a smooth transition on January 3, 2017 when Prendergast is officially sworn in as Sheriff. (CCSO photo on November 28, 2016)

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Burning vehicle found with body inside

Linda Steve of Crystal River

Citrus County detectives are investigating what is being called a suspicious death in Crystal River in which a fatality was involved.

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Man climbs Ozello water tower, but can't get down

An unidentified man on Saturday afternoon climbed the Ozello water tower in Crystal River and had to be rescued by Citrus County Fire Rescue (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office on November 26, 2016)

Citrus County Fire rescue on Saturday rushed to rescue a man who, after climbing the Ozello water tower, couldn't get back down.

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