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Fire damages Inverness home

A fire just before 7 a.m. on Monday damaged the home of William and Rhonda Scheiterle, owners of the Misty Meadows Blueberry Farm.

No injuries were reported.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue responded at 6:54 a.m. to the structure fire at 8795 E. Grey Lane. Firefighters found a single-story home with moderate black smoke coming from all of the eaves. Firefighters confirmed all occupants were out of the home, and also disconnected the power and gas.

Brush fires pop up in Crystal River area

The burning of the middle of a pine tree is called the Widowmaker.

On Thursday afternoon, Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to two separate brush fires near Penn Drive off of U.S. 19 in Crystal River.

Florida Division of Forestry and the Crystal River Fire Department responded to assist.

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Prendergast sworn in as new Citrus Co. sheriff

Judge Patricia Thomas (foreground) swears in Mike Prendergast as the newest Citrus County Sheriff as his wife, Naomi, looks on. Prendergast replaces 20-year veteran Jeff Dawsy as sheriff.
Swearing in a new sheriff is like opening a new book, according to incoming Citrus County Sheriff Mike Pendergast.
 
Referring to the service given to the county's residents for 20 years by outgoing Sheriff Jeff DawsyPendergast said, "As we close the book on a career of service, selflessness and significant sacrifice, I'm excited to begin a new book with new chapters filled in by this team (Citrus
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Beverly Hills burglaries believed solved

Michael Acevedo
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Thursday announced they have arrested a man accused of burglarizing two Beverly Hills businesses.
 
Arrested was Michael Acevedo, 32, also of Beverly Hills, who was charged with burglaries to the New China Restaurant and Hungry Howies.
 
The arrest was made after investigation into the burglaries, which included initiating the reports, getting good video footage, collecting evidence and identifying a su
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Motorcyclist critically injured

A motorcyclist was critically injured Wednesday afternoon after crashing into a utility trailer attached to another vehicle near Homosassa.
 
The Florida Highway Patrol identified the man as Rene Cruz Jr., 26, of Homosassa.
 
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Citrus fugitive captured in Manatee County

Jesse Prive, 32, of Floral City

A man wanted in connection with several stabbings in Floral City in the early morning hours on Sunday is now in custody.

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