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Sheriff Dawsy honored by county commission

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy

Retiring Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy on Tuesday was formally recognized by the county commission for his years of service to the county.

He was honored during a special time of the meeting with a plaque, with the thanks of county commissioners.

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Floral City man faces sexual battery charge

Bobby Joe Greene

Bobby Joe Greene, 56, of Floral City, has been arrested and charged with sexual battery on an 8-year-old boy.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said on Friday that once detectives received a tip about the alleged offense, they worked literally around the clock until an arrest was made.

According to Greene's arrest report, the boy was under Greene's care. The boy is said to have told several of his relatives that Greene sexually abused him.

During a forensic interview with child services, the boy said Greene sodomized him.

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Man once shot in Citrus County on lam from Ormond Beach cops

Nicholas Dominic Dinovo

The man who police say robbed the Ormond Beach Wal-Mart, then stole a teenager's car at gunpoint, was shot four times by a Citrus County deputy in 2012 after the law enforcement officer said Nicholas Dinovo grabbed a gun from his waistband.

Deputies loking for home invasion suspect

Dustin Ray Spangler is a suspect in an Oct. 10, 2016 home invasion. (Oct. 28, 2016)

On Oct. 10, 2016 at approximately 9 p.m., a home invasion was reported to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

A warrant has been issued for white male suspect Dustin Ray Spangler. Spangler is 5’8” tall, approximately 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Homosassa home heavily damaged by fire

A Homosassa home on Thursday suffered extensive damage from a fire that appears to have started in the attic.

There were no injuries reported.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue responded at 10:31 a.m. to the structure fire at 6154 W. Monticello St. in Homosassa.

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'No Bullying' month observed in October

Community leaders, students, teachers, School Resource Officers, Explorers and more came together for Unity Day 2016. They all wore orange to fight against bullying. (CCSO PHOTO on Oct. 19, 2016)

An estimated 200 people on Wednesday gathered together at the Historic Courthouse in Inverness to show their unity against bullying.

And before that, on Oct. 11, the Citrus County Commission signed a proclamation making October National Bullying Prevention Month in Citrus County.

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Washer sentenced to 50 years

Wayne Washer

Wayne Washer, 49, of Crystal River, was sentenced to 50 years Department of Corrections collectively, with a 20-year minimum following guilty verdicts from a Sept. 16 jury trial.

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Dunnellon man sentenced in Gorney murder trial

Bryan Robinson, left, and Tyzick Wall.Tyzick Wall, 18, of Dunnellon was sentenced to 40 years for the 2015 murder of Stephen Gorney, 54, of Crystal

Suspect captured after alleged attempted murder

Michael Todd Marcum

Citrus County Sheriff's Office detectives have captured Michael Todd Marcum, 36, of Crystal River, regarding an incident that occurred Sunday morning around 9 a.m. at the B&B RV Park at 5096 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy in Lecanto.

CCSO: Beware of fraud, scams, price gouging

State and federal recovery officials encourage Florida residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals who may try to prey on survivors vulnerable due to the recent hurricanes.

Deputies make 3 Beverly Hills drug arrests

FROM LEFT: Christina Dalton, Terry Gaitor (background) and Faith Mcrae

Three people were arrested on Thursday during a search warrant served at a Beverly Hills home.

The Sheriff's Office SWAT team served the warrant at 9 S. Desoto St. after an investigation into narcotic sales allegedly occurring at the residence.

The search yielded several types of narcotics packaged for sale, along with a loaded .410-gauge shotgun. The main suspect of the investigation was Terry Gaitor, 45, who is a convicted felon with more than 60 prior arrests.

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Deputies looking for Citrus Springs home invasion suspect

Citrus Springs home invasion suspect

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is looking for a suspect in a Monday home invasion in Citrus Springs.

The CCSO was called out to the residence at about 9 p.m., and the femal victim told deputies that a male suspect forced his way into the home and robbed her.

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Goodbye Matthew: Local weather warnings canceled

Citrus County is no longer under a tropical storm warning. 

Hurricane Matthew continues to track north, away from Citrus County. 

While the county will still continue to get rain and some wind from Matthew's rain band, the impact to Citrus County will continue to get lower and lower as the day progresses.

With that, this is the last update for Hurricane Matthew.  The Citrus County Emergency Operations Center will be going back to a Level 3 Monitoring Status. 

All shelters have been closed, and citizens Information Lines are now closed.

One dead in mobile home fire

One person died in this Dunnellon mobile home on River Bend Road. (Oct. 5, 2016. PHOTO: Sheriff's Office)

One person is dead following a mobile home fire in Dunnellon.

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the structure fire with a victim trapped inside a residence off of River Bend Road, and firefighters found the home there 75 percent involved in flames.

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Residents, businesses: Register for disaster assistance

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco and Pinellas counties who were affected by Hurricane Hermine are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as they may be eligible for disaster assistance.

Drugs, guns, money seized in Citrus Springs search

Duane Dylan Starkey,

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office Tactical Impact Unit Narcotics Division on Tuesday arrested a man in Citrus Springs after executing a search warrant at a home there.

The TIU served a search warrant at 9909 N. Cherry Lake Drive in Citrus Springs regarding a complaint of ongoing narcotics sales at the home.

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Obama declares county disaster area

President Barak Obama has signed the disaster declaration which provides federal disaster assistance to the state of Florida to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Hermine during the period of Aug. 31 to Sept. 11, 2016.

The Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management will notify the community regarding the next steps sometime next week or possibly sooner.

Councilman calls for equity in law enforcement fees

Crystal River Councilman Andy Houston on Monday appeared before the Citrus County Commission calling for equity in law enforcement fees.

Sheriff's Office warns of new IRS scam

The Internal Revenue Service has issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake e-mails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Scott asks Obama for disaster declaration

Southeast Paradise Point Road and Southeast 2nd Court

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott on Monday requested that President Obama make a major disaster declaration for Florida due to severe storms and flooding that impacted communities and businesses throughout the state following Hurricane Hermine.

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