Owner, pets die in Crystal River fire

A homeowner and two family pets died in a fire shortly after midnight on Sunday at 8250 W. Fairoak Court in Crystal River.

The man's identity has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin and an investigation by the State Fire Marshal.


SWFWMD to restore eroded Three Sisters shoreline

A manatee feeds on tree roots at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Fla.

By SWFWMD Water Matters Blog writer

Surrounding the crystal waters of Three Sisters Springs, visitors can easily spot exposed tree roots and an eroded shoreline.


Michigan Alert child found in Homosassa

FROM LEFT: Amanda Hayward, mother; Sapphire Palmer and Douglas Stanko. (Photos provided by Citrus County Sheriff's Office)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) says that a 7-year-old Michigan girl who had the subject of an Amber Alert has been found safe with her mother in Homosassa.


Floral City couple faces child neglect, drug charges

Harry Hiram Ortiz, 32, and Cori Luann Whitehurst, 28, of Floral City

A couple's 2-year-old was hospitalized and appeared to suffer from neglect/abuse. The couple also faces drug charges.

A Floral City couple has been arrested and are facing charges relating to the abuse/neglect of a 2-year-old girl.

In addition, Harry Hiram Ortiz, 32, and Cori Luann Whitehurst, 28, also face drug-related charges.


Two more arrests made in baby abuse case

FROM LEFT: Skyler Wade Bennett, Valerie Ann Reed and Brandon Lee Bennett

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office today said that two more arrests have been made in connection with a 3-month-old baby in Beverly Hills.



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