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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.

Alert Citrus: New emergency notification system

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is now working with Everbridge, the worldwide leader in unified critical communications, to keep residents, staff and emergency personnel safe and informed with quick and reliable emergency notifications and public service announcements via "Alert Citrus".

Election Day 2016 voting returns bring a few surprises

Mike Prendergast celebrates his victory in Inverness with friends, family and supporters after being elected Citrus County Sheriff. (Nov. 8, 2016).

Election Day in Citrus County on Tuesday had a few surprises after voters had their say at the polls.

Sheriff's Office looking for Internet cafes robbers

Surveillance photos of suspects in Internet cafes armed robberies in Dunnellon (Nov. 5, 2016)

DUNNELLON -- The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is looking for three suspects who held up two different Internet cafes and their patrons at gunpoint on Saturday night on Dunnellon Road.

The robberies occurred at about 9 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said on Sunday.

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Home invasion suspect, accomplice arrested

Dustin Spangler, left, of Hernando, and Mandy Duncan, of Beverly Hills

A home invasion suspect and his alleged accomplice were arrested on Thursday in Sumter County.

Arrested were Mandy Duncan, 27, of Beverly Hills, and Dustin Spangler, 30, of Hernando, who were both charged in connection with the Oct. 10 home invasion in Citrus Hills.

Spngler and Duncan are facing charges of home invasion and battery on a person 65 years of age or older. The pair was taken into custody by Sumter County deputies after a Citrus County Sheriff's Office investigation into a home invasion led straight to him.

Campbell sentenced to 25 years

John Carson Campbell

John Carson Campbell, 30, of Homosassa, has been sentenced to a total of 25 years in the Department of Corrections for aggravated battery w/ a deadly weapon, robbery- strong arm, and aggravated assault w/ a deadly weapon.

This was following guilty verdicts from a Jury Trial in Judge Ric Howard's courtroom from a prior date. Campbell was convicted of beating a man with a handgun in 2015, causing serious injuries.

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Sheriff's Office advises Hernando residents to lock up

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is advising Hernando's residents there have been an increase in property-related crimes off of Hwy 41 in Hernando in the area of Dearborn Drive and Overdrive Circle.

The suspects are targeting sheds, vehicles, RVs and residences during the early morning and afternoon hours.

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Home inversion supect captured in Sumter County

Dustin Ray SpanglerDustin Spangler, who was wanted for a home invasion that occurred on Oct. 10 in Citrus Hills, was apprehended in Sumter County Thursday afternoon.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday that Charges will be forthcoming and will be released on Friday.

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Sheriff's Office continues investigation into home-based drug sales

Lisa Padilla, left, and Deborah Wiedel.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office continues to focus on drugs being sold from homes.

The CCSO Tactical Impact Unit on Thursday announced two more people who were arrested in separate investigations of drug sales allegedly made at their residences.

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Two arrested, charged with selling drugs

Joan Jarvis, left, and Dorian Taylor

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office Tactical Impact Unit served two unrelated search warrants on Monday in reference to drug sales from residences within Citrus County.

The alleged sales took place in Inverness and Beverly Hills, the CCSO said.

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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