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Deandre Phillips gets 25 years for 2011 shooting death of CHS student Fred Drew

A jury has convicted a Crystal River youth in connection with the Oct. 2, 2011 shooting death in Citrus Springs of a Citrus High School football star.

Deandre Phillips, 16, who was arrested in the case, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison after being charged with unpremeditated murder by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

Killed was Fred Drew, 16, or Inverness, who was shot in the chest after a crowd had gathered near Citrus Springs Boulevard and Noah Lane at about 1 a.m. to watch a fight. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died from his wounds.


Arrest made in toddler homicide case

Citrus County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested Chelsea Marie Huggett, 21, of 1605 N. Julia Way, Hernando, for the murder of her child, 2-year-old Aliyah Marie Branum, on Friday, April 26.

At the time of her death, the child had bruises all over her body, including her face, head, arms, legs, back and shoulders.  The medical examiner also determined she had a skull fracture and hemorrhaging on the left side of her swollen brain.


Sheriff's Office investigating accident involving cyclist

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is investigating an accident that injured a cyclist on Wednesday in Inverness.

The accident occurred at 2:41 p.m. on East Highlands and South Park Avenue when a car collided with a 30-year-old Inverness cyclist.

The man was seriously injured and transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.


Toddler death still under investigation

Citrus County Sheriff's Office detectives continue to investigate the death of 2-year-old Aliyah Marie Branum of 1605 N. Julia Way in Hernando.

Branum died of her injuries at Citrus Memorial Hospital on Friday, April 26, as the result of extreme trauma.

Detectives are conducting interviews and investigating the details surrounding her death.  The Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death a homicide.

More details will be released as they become available.


Sheriff's 10-43 Show: Leader for Life

Join host Heather Yates as she speaks with Pat Lancaster, Program Coordinator for Take Stock in Children, and Wade McDonald, a Lecanto High School senior who has been in the program since seventh grade.

McDonald discusses how Take Stock has impacted his life and helped him receive a Leaders for Life Fellowship, which includes a full four-year scholarship to the university of his choice.



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