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CCSO employees to walk last leg of Run for the Money

The late Capt. Phil Royal is second from left in this photo.  (PHOTO COURTESY: CCSO)

Special to Citrus Daily

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and The Key Training Center have decided to finish the 2016 Run for the Money on Saturday,  in honor of retired Capt. Phil Royal.

CCSO deputy arrested on prostitution charges

Hernando County Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday arrested a Citrus County deputy on prostitution charges.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said that arrested was Robert Grange, 31.

Lecanto political forum remembers Royal

The Republicans of Citrus County Booth at the political forum at CF Campus in Lecanto. On the right-side of the table was a framed photo of Phil Royal (R). PHOTO: Robby Douglas, Citrus Daily. (July 20, 2016). Click image for larger view

Even though not physically present Wednesday night, it was plain to people attending the first non-partisan political forum that the presence of the late Phil Royal was still on the minds and hearts of all who attended.

The forum, held at the College of Central Florida's Citrus Campus, was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Citrus County and Citrus County Council.


Sheriff candidate Royal dies in Key Center run

Phil Royal, candidate for Citrus County Sheriff

Phil Royal, a candidate for Citrus County Sheriff, died Monday morning during "Run for the money," a Key Center fundraising event, at age 47.

His official website broke the sad news.

"Today the Royal for Sheriff campaign is deeply saddened to inform the citizens of Citrus County of the untimely death of Phil Royal. This unspeakable tragedy occurred as the result of a seizure Phil experienced while running in a charitable fundraising event.

Brannen Bank robbery suspect in custody

Elizabeth Perkins, suspect in the March 2015 Brannen Bank robbery in Floral City. She is also a suspect in a bank robbery in Floral City

Robby Douglas,

After months of investigative work, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said today that detectives know who robbed the Floral City Brannen Bank back in March of 2015.

Elizabeth Perkins, 46, from Brooksville is already in custody for a bank robbery in Plant City, and now more charges are expected to be forthcoming.


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Heidi Goocher

Robby Douglas,

Citrus County deputies over the weekend arrested former Inverness Little League President Heidi Goocher and former Treasurer Zora Gregory (Zeke) on charges of grand theft and criminal use of personal information.

This investigation started back in late August of 2015 when the Sheriff’s Office received a report of fraud involving the victim, Inverness Little League, the CCSO said on Monday.


Marijuana grow house discovered in Dunnellon

The total plant count for a Dunnellon house and a trailer was 236 marijuana plants in various stages of development. (July 6, 2016)

By Robby Douglas,

On Wednesday afternoon, the Tactical Impact Unit and Withlacoochee Electric conducted a power theft investigation at 5783 W Grovepark Road in Dunnellon.

During the investigation, two power diversions were discovered with power leading to the house and a tractor trailer located in the back yard.


No injuries in Beverly Hills fire

No injuries were reported in a fire shortly after midnight in Beverly Hills on Tuesday.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue, responded to the residential structure fire at 12:08 a.m. at 229 South Barbour Street, where the crew of Engine 20 from Pine Ridge found heavy smoke and fire coming from the garage.


Fire claims Lecanto home in Monday blaze

A Monday morning fire caused extensive damage to a home in Lecanto.

At 8:52 a.m., County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue, responded to the structure fire at 1192 North Rabeck Ave. in Lecanto.  


Sunday storm fells trees in Floral City

A summer storm blew up across Citrus County on Sunday. Floral City was one of those areas hit by the storm, where five trees caused damage to a car andA summer storm blew up across Citrus County on Sunday. Floral City was one of those areas hit by the storm, where five trees caused damage to a car and an apartment. an apartment..

A large storm passed through Floral City on Sunday, taking down several trees there.

The Citrus County Sheriff's reported that there were five trees down -- one fell on a vehicle and two other trees fell into an apartment halfway down Moonrise Lane.


CCSO practices 'active shooter' drill

 "victim" in the "Active Shooter" drill is transported through the halls of Lecanto High School.

"Interoperability" and "communications" were two of the goals the Citrus County Sheriff's Office was aiming to exercise on Thursday at the Lecanto school complex..

Members of the agency's law enforcement, fire rescue and medical divisions came together to put on a mock drill primarily at Lecanto High School during this summer break.


Scams making rounds in county

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office has been receiving calls from residents about scams making their way around the county.


Two arrested in Inverness meth case

FROM LEFT: Casey Koppang and Tiffany Klass

Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies today arrested two people in Inverness on methamphetamine charges.

For more than a year, narcotics detectives have been investigating the residence at at 9734 East Granada Court in Inverness and a possible link to the manufacture of meth.

Early this morning, detectives with the Tactical Impact Unit, Community Crimes Unit, and Patrol Units served a search warrant at the home, and a  search of the residence yielded liquid meth, several items used to manufacture meth and paraphernalia used to smoke the drug.


Money, drugs, guns seized in traffic stops, search

FROM LEFT: Leslie Douglas, Jordan Carrier and Clifford Floyd. (June 14, 2016)

Three people were arrested today after Citrus County deputies found drugs, cash and weapons in the Dunnellon area.


New light shines on Hernando abduction case

Citrus County Sheriff Dawsy, left, and Deputy John Behnen answered questions today from local and regional news outlets about the incident on Tuesday in which a 13-year-old girl shopping with her mom in Hernando was almost abducted in broad daylight. (June 8 2016)

More light was shed today on the alleged attempted abduction on Tuesday of a 13-year-old girl who was shopping with her mom at the Dollar Store in Hernando at 2560 N. Trucks Ave.


Counterfeit money, suspects taken out of circulation

FROM LEFT: Byron Tremanye Peterson, Jordan Jmal Johnson and Brandon J. Pelmore. All are from the Tampa area (June 6, 2016).

By Robby Douglas,

Three Tampa-area men are under arrest following a trip through Citrus County, where they allegedly used counterfeit $100 bills at several county businesses to get merchandise.

Mom, off-duty deputy thwart child abduction

Craig Leslie Bonello

An attempted abduction of a 13-year-old girl was thwarted in Hernando on Tuesday by a tough mom and an off-duty deputy.

Citrus County Sheriff's deputies responded at 11:42 a.m. to the Dollar General at 2560 N. Trucks Ave., regarding something happening inside the store.

The initial call indicated the caller heard screaming, but dispatchers then learned that an attempted child abduction was in process.


Sentenced: Matthew Cooper

Matthew Cooper, 46, of Crystal River, received two consecutive life sentences with a 25 year minimum/mandatory in the Department of Corrections for Attempted Second Degree Murder with a Firearm and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm in Judge Howard's court.

Undercover contractors' sting nets 13 arrests

TOP ROW, FROM LEFT: Arthur Eugene Bolinger Jr.; Culberth Lee Duncan Jr.; David Allen Nice and Douglas Henry Stawarz. SECOND ROW, FROM LEFT: Francesco Sciolino; George Clinton Horton; Jerry P Mathes Jr. and Joanne Jean Chavez. THIRD ROW, FROM LEFT: Justin Douglas Shingler; Robert Edward Alexander Carlisle; Sasha Schiller and Ted Madison Bachman. BOTTOM ROW: Tina Louise Cockrell.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office and state and local contracting licensing authorities linked arms recently to uncover people who were representing themselves to be "Handymen," or properly licensed for work.

3 arrested after store burglary, chase

FROM LEFT: Jason Owens, Aaron Williams and Albert Williams.

Three Winter Park, Fla., men were arrested on Sunday and charged with the burglary of a convenience store and fleeing Citrus County deputies.

According to arrest reports, a deputy noticed a White Super Duty truck behind the Citgo gas station on State Road 44 and County Road 490 at about 3:30 a.m. in Lecanto which deputies had been looking for in connection with an earlier burglary at the Marina Mart off SR 44 in Crystal River.


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