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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.

Amber Alert canceled for missing Williams children

Mason Williams, age 1 and Rylan Williams, age 3.The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Monday announced that the missing Williams children were located in Georgia and are safe and sound.

Amber Alert issued for missing children

ABOVE, FROM LEFT: Mason Williams, age 1 and Ryland Williams, age 3. BOTTOM, FROM LEFT: Ryan Williams and Stacey Williams. (PHOTO: CCSO on Sept. 18, 2016)

Citrus County detectives discovered new information today that led to an Amber Alert being issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for two missing children.

Rylan Williams, 3, and Mason Williams, 1, were taken by their mother out of the home of their custodial guardian on Saturday evening.  Rylan was last seen wearing a pink dress with no shoes, and Mason was wearing an orange shirt and a diaper.


Mother kidnaps children from guardian

Stacey Williams

A homeless woman on Saturday is said to have kidnapped her children from the home of the children's guardian in Lecanto.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said the incident occurred at about 5:45 p.m. on Saturday.


Suspect charged with Advance America robbery

Aaron Jabar Betsy

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office has arrested a suspect in connection with the Sept. 3 robbery of the Advance America business in Inverness.

Deputies on Friday arrested on Aaron Jabar Betsy, 36, of Citrus Springs on a probable cause warrant in connection with the case.


State honors Citrus Deputy in Tallahassee ceremonies

Citrus County Deputy Jonathan Behnen was presented with the Local Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award by Governor Rick Scott, First Lady Ann Scott and FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen in Tallahassee for the Florida Missing Children's Day ceremony. PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office. (Sept. 12, 2016)

Citrus County Deputy Jonathan Behnen was honored today as Local Law Enforcement Officer of the year in ceremonies today in Tallahassee.

Initial Hurricane Hermine damage estimates complete

Waters rise in Crystal River housing areas (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office September 2016)

The initial numbers for the damages to Citrus County from Hurricane Hermine were completed on Wednesday and forwarded to the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM).

The Citrus County Emergency Management said that Citrus County has identified approximately $102 million in damages, and has documented 2,694 homes and properties (commercial included) impacted by Hurricane Hermine.

Inverness merchant robbed at gunpoint

Suspect wanted in the robbery of Advance America in Inverness

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is looking for a gunman who robbed an Inverness merchant at gunpoint at about 10:40 a.m. on Saturday.

The CCSO said the robbery occurred at the Advance America store in the Citrus Plaza in Inverness.


CCSO fugitive uses mug shot for Facebook profile

Mack Yearwood

A Florida fugitive has been arrested after cops said he used a wanted poster with his mug shot for his Facebook profile picture.

Stuart police say they were able to track down the wanted man, Mack Yearwood, 42, this week thanks to his choice of a Facebook photo, Fox 29 Palm Beach reported Friday.

Storm Citizen Information Lines close

The Citrus County Citizen Information Lines are now closed. If you need further assistance, call the non-emergency line at #352-726-1121.

Fort Island Beach in Crystal River is badly damaged by Hermine, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said today.

The storm came ashore with fierce winds and heavy rain, knocking down the ramp and pier. The beach will be closed throughout the weekend. County officials will need to check the integrity of the pier to see if they can even repair it.


Beware of post-storm unlicensed contractors

During recovery from Hurricane Hermine Citrus County Government is reminding residents that hiring an unlicensed contractor is not safe, and it is against the law.

It may be tempting to try and get repairs made as quickly as possible after a storm, but the county is  urging residents not to be lured by unlicensed contractors.

County emergency agencies assessing storm damage

Crystal River City Hall

Citrus County's Emergency management agencies, county government and cities are assessing the aftermath of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Hermine.

As straggler rain bands pelt the county, the National Weather Service keeps posted a flood watch for the county until tonight, with the promise of widespread showers and thunderstorms.

County roadways were still clogged on Friday morning.


Hermine now a hurricane

Hurricane Hermine 2016

People from the Florida Panhandle down to the Tampa area braced Thursday for Hurricane Hermine, as it lashes the area with strong winds and potentially dangerous storm surge.

American Legion post donates to CCSO training effort

Homosassa American Legion Arnold Vern Post 166 Commander Clay Scott, far right, accompanied by other American Legion members, stopped by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Operations Center to give Sheriff Jeff Dawsy a $1,000 check for the CCSO’s training division.

Homosassa American Legion Arnold Vern Post 166 Commander Clay Scott, far right, accompanied by other American Legion members, stopped by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Operations Center to give Sheriff Jeff Dawsy a $1,000 check for the CCSO’s training division.

In prepared remarks, Commander Scott said it’s not easy today being a police officer or sheriff’s deputy or even a member of the military.


Juveniles caught pushing stolen car at CR mall

A Citrus County deputy today caught four juveniles pushing a car through the Crystal River Mall parking lot.

The car turned out to be reported as stolen from Ocala, the Sheriff's Office said today.

Sheriff's Office: Know your money

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office recently arrested two suspects for counterfeit money charges.


The Sheriff's Office said that, although this is not a big problem in our area, detectives want local businesses to know how to spot a counterfeit bill.

Homosassa drug house busted

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Suspicious activity at a Homosassa residence eventually led to a search warrant on Thursday that uncovered a cache of drugs and resulted in nine arrests.

Earlier this month, members of the Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) received a narcotics complaint at 5740 South Ocelot Point in Homosassa, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said today.


Dickerson sentenced to life

Jeffry Dickerson

Jeffry Dickerson, 61, of Inverness, was sentenced in Judge Howard’s courtroom to life without parole in the Department of Corrections for burglary of a dwelling with a firearm, 15 years prison consecutive for aggravated stalking with a firearm, five years prison consecutive for false imprisonment and five years prison consecutive for aggravated assault with a firearm.


Second suspect arrested in counterfeit money case

LEFT: Lelton Barron, 31 of Homosassa. RIGHT: Tiffany Coldsnow, 31, of Floral City.

Lelton Barron, 31, of Homosassa is now in custody after being on the run for almost two weeks in connection with a counterfeit money case which unfolded on Aug. 11 at a motel in Crystal River.


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