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Engine malfunction causes CCSO helicopter to make hard landing


An engine malfunction last night forced the pilot of the Citrus County Sheriff's helicopter to make a hard landing on U.S. 19 about one-half mile south of the Crystal River Airport.

The CCSO said today that the craft was on routine patrol when the malfunction occurred at 10:55 p.m.

The pilot of the 1968 OH-6 helicopter was treated and released at the scene for minor injuries. The co-pilot was unharmed.

The FAA will be notified of the incident..

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Sheriff’s Office busts two grow houses in Crystal River


Citrus County’s Sheriff’s Office deputies and members of the Tactical Impact Unit have busted two grow houses as part of a yearlong investigation that began as the result of a simple traffic stop in April of 2012.

CCSO detectives identified two homes that were illegally growing marijuana at 10127 W. Dunnellon Road and 8623 N. Elmtree Ave., both in Crystal River.

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Man accused of fondling sleeping woman


A Floral City man has been arrested following accusations by a 22-year-old Floral City woman that he had fondled her as she slept.

When she awoke from sleep, the woman told deputies, she found that the man, also of Floral City, had fully inserted his fingers in her vagina.

Arrested on Sunday was Youssef Nabil Juma, 26, of 8060 E. Bayberry Lane.

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Floral City man faces child abuse charge


A Floral City man is facing a charge of child abuse involving a 4-year-old boy, also of Floral City.

According to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Edward Doyle Bryant, 26, has been arrested in connection with the incident.

The arrest report said the boy showed indications of severe bruising on his buttocks. Under questioning, Brant said he spanked the child eight times because of what he said were "behavioral problems."

He told a deputy he may have hit the child too hard.

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Sheriff's 10-43 Show: All Hazards Expo in Crystal River


Watch the latest edition of the Sheriff’s 10-43 show on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. on Bright House Channel 16, WYKE.

Join host Heather Yates and Bob Wesch, Emergency Management Planner in ile de re, as they discuss this weekend’s All Hazards Expo  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crystal River Armory.

Get the inside scoop on what you can expect to see at the Expo and how to get prepared for the upcoming hurricane season, as well as almost any other emergency situation.

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