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Fire breaks out in strip mall; no injuries

There were no injuries reported in the blaze at 1345 S.E. U.S. 19 in Crystal River (CCSO photo on Aug. 6, 2016)

Citrus County firefighters on Saturday night battled a fire that broke out in a strip mall in Crystal River.

No injuries were reported.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue responded at 9:40 p.m. to assist Crystal River Fire Rescue at the commercial structure fire at 1345 S.E. U.S. 19 in Crystal River, also known as the Shoppes of Palm Breeze.


CCSO looking for missing teen

Matisan Leagh Blevens, left, was last seen on July 26 with an unidentified subject, right, at the Wal-Mart, Lecanto.

On July 27, Matisan Leagh Blevens was reported as a missing/runaway juvenile to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Matisan is a 16-year-old white female, 5’3” tall, 110 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a maroon t-shirt, blue jean shorts, black Vans shoes, carrying a black backpack.


Fire breaks out in Inverness home's garage

There were no injuries reported in the blaze at 3233 E. LLoyd St. in Inverness. Damages were estimated at $40,000 for the home and its contents. (CCSO photo on Aug. 4, 2016)

Citrus County firefighters on Thursday afternoon battled a garage fire in inverness.

There were no injuries reported in the blaze at 3233 E. LLoyd St. in Inverness.

Units from Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue and Inverness Fire Dept arrived on-scene at 2:55 p.m. to find the 1,500-square-foot, single-story residential structure with heavy fire showing from the garage area.


Multi-county burglary cases end in Inverness

Video surveillance from nearby business

Six arrested in early morning car dealership burglary

After weeks of several burglaries to car dealerships throughout Central Florida, six suspects, all of whom are from the Orlando area, are behind bars this morning due to the quick actions of Citrus County deputies.


Woman reported missing by family

Kaly Grace Klug, reported missing. LEFT: June 11, 2016. RIGHT: July 28, 2015.

Special to Citrus Daily

On July 20, Kaly Grace Klug was reported as a missing endangered adult to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Citrus County mother accused of manslaughter in newborn's death

Jodi Leann Alexander

The Marion County Sheriff's Office today charged a Citrus County mother with manslaughter in the death of her newborn baby in a hotel room and then putting the child inside the hotel room's trash can.

The arrest follows several months of extensive investigation by MCSO Major Crimes detectives.

Arrested was Jodi Leann Alexander, 26, of Inverness, in connection with the death of her newborn daughter, Chance Alexander-Palmer, on March 8.


CCSO warns of trailer, boat thefts

Trailer hitch lock

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office says that there have been a number of thefts of boats and trailers being reported from the Citrus Springs area.


Sentenced: Sean Nelson

Sean Nelson was sentenced on July 29 to 8 years in the Department of Corrections with a 3 year minimum/mandatory in Judge Howard's courtroom for Trafficking in Cocaine, Possession of Paraphernalia, and a Violation of Probation for Possession of Firearm/Ammunition by Felon.

Additionally, he was sentenced as a Habitual Felony Offender.

Traffic Alert: Crystal River crash

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office shortly after midnight on Sunday advised motorists to be on the alert for a single-vehicle crash that occurred on West Ozello Trail near the intersection of South  Winterset Avenue in Crystal River recently. 


Dawsy backs Prendergast for sheriff

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff DawsyCitrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy on Wednesday announced he endorsed Michael Prendergast, who was formerly on Gov. Rick Scott's cabinet as Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Director.

Woman injured in Homosassa hit-and-run boating accident

A Fort Pierce woman was injured when she was struck by a boat Friday, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

Samantha Saunier, 27, was snorkeling in the Homosassa Bay. As she was swimming back to her vessel, she was hit by a passing boat, which didn't stop.


Run For Money 2016 Finish

Hundreds of first responders gather to finish the Run For The Money in memory of the late Phil Royal. (CCSO Photo July 23, 2016)

Hundreds of first responders gather to watch the finish of the 2016 Run For The Money in memory of the late Phil Royal. (CCSO photo on July 23, 2016).

Suspect arrested in Citrus Springs drug case

Cordero McKinnon, Citrus Springs

Citrus County deputies on Monday found a number of illegal drugs inside a Citrus Springs home, and arrested a man there.

The Sheriff's Office Tactical Impact Unit conducted a search warrant at 3897 W. Wilburton Drive, having previously learned the residence was used to sell illicit drugs.


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.



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