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Funding available to some residents for mandatory sewer connections

Under the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP), Citrus County Housing Services announces available funding for sewer connections and assessments.

This funding is available to eligible, low-income families and can be used for permit, impact and other fees necessary to connect regional central water and/or sewer service.

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Wildlife Refuge counts manatees; total sits at 50

Staff from the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge conducted an aerial survey of manatees on Aug. 2.

A total of 50 manatees was counted along the survey route, stretching from the Suwannee River south to the Weeki Wachee River.

Included along this route are the Crystal River, Kings Bay, the discharge of the Crystal River Power Plant, Salt River, the Homosassa River, which includes the Blue Waters, the Chassahowitzka River, the Weeki Wachee River, the Withlacoochee River, the Waccasassa River, Waccasassa Bay, the Suwannee River estuary and the Suwannee River.

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Pair charged with murder after argument over bottle of pills

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office reports that two people have been arrested and charged with murder following an argument over a bottle of oxycodone pills.

Arrested were Nicole Jennifer Davis, 22, of 492 N. Elmwood Point in Crystal River and Christopher Allen Martinez, 19, of 471 N. Elmwood Point.

Killed was Christopher Stofcheck, 26, also of Crystal River.

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Sheriff's Office wonders: Any more victims of accused flasher?

The Sheriff's Office says that at least three Crystal River women are breathing a little easier since Brian Main, 24, of Crystal River was arrested last Thursday on three active Citrus County warrants.

On July 3, a 44-year-old female told the CCSO she was walking in the parking lot to the Crystal River mall when a dark-blue 2000 Ford Explorer slowed down beside her.

The driver reached out the window and grabbed her buttocks very hard, then drove off. The victim said she noticed “Just Married” and “Maui Bound” scrawled on the vehicle’s windows.

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Water harvesters clearing waterways for boating

Recent rainfall and additional water coming into the Lake Chain from the Withlacoochee River have made water levels steadily increase throughout the Tsala Apopka Chain-of-Lakes.

Citrus County harvesters have been deployed and are systemically going through the trails opening up navigation for boaters.

Below are the lake areas harvesters are currently working and scheduled for the future:

Hernando Pool
· Currently working
o Parsons Point area
o Pt. Lonesome Outfall & Canals

· Scheduled

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