Father-son argument leads to attempted murder charges

An argument between a father and son on Thursday night ended up with the son being charged with attempted murder and the father airlifted to Tampa General Hospital.

The weapon was a Phillips head screwdriver, according to an arrest report from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

Arrested was Joseph Michael Rairick, 55. The victim was his father, John, 74, both of North Brighton Road in Lecanto.


Late-night pizza delivery ends in robbery at gunpoint

Shortly before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, a Papa John’s pizza delivery man told deputies he was robbed at gunpoint while making a late-night pizza run.

Two suspects remain at large.


Hunters advised to use extra caution this season - for good reason

The Florida Division of Forestry will be conducting timber surveys and prescribed burning operations during this year’s hunting season.

Forestry personnel will be conducting these operations in the following tracts of the Withlacoochee State Forest: Jumper Creek, Richloam, Citrus, Homosassa, Two Mile Prairie and Croom.

Hunter awareness of these activities and their extra caution will be appreciated by the Division of Forestry. If you have any questions, call 352-754-6777.

Long Range Transportation Plan meeting set for Dec. 1

Citrus County residents are invited to participate in a consensus-building workshop on Dec. 1 in Lecanto to guide the development of the county’s 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Realtors Association of Citrus County at 714 South Scarboro Avenue in Lecanto. That is off State Road 44 about half a mile east of the intersection with County Road 491.

Citrus Memorial names new board member

At the regular monthly meeting of the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation Inc., Citrus Hills resident and businessman Robert Collins was appointed as the newest member of the board of directors.

Collins will fill a position vacated by C. Phillip Kofmehl, owner of Charlie’s Fish House in Crystal River.


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