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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.


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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