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Sheriff's Office issues scam alert

Scam Alert artworkThe Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday said it wants to alert county residents to a scam that appears to be active in our county.

FHP updates vehicle info in hit-and-run fatal

Hit-And-Run signThe Florida Highway Patrol is seeking help in identifying and locating a suspect involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred on Friday, Oct. 13 in Lecanto.

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Longtime Citrus County 'most wanted' arrested in Thailand

Stephen Bishop Hall

By Heather Yates, 
CCSO Community Relations Director

Floral City man shot after brandishing gun at deputies

Sheriff's Office starThe Citrus County Sheriff's Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are sorting out what happened today when a Floral City man was shot by a CCSO deputy.

Deputies had been called to try to help the man, Douglas Veltman, 58, when Veltman produced a gun and was then shot by a deputy when Veltman refused to show his hands and put down the weapon.

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Arrest made in Tuesday’s double shooting, fire off Cardinal

William Gonsisko, 59, of Lecanto. Initially charged with 3 counts of attempted murder (October 18, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday announced an arrest in the double shooting and arson on Tuesday afternoon off Cardinal Lane.

Arrested was William Gonsisko, 59, of Lecanto, who has been charged with three counts of attempted murder. He also faces  pending charges for arson, armed robbery and hitting a female victim with a shovel.

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Gunfire, house fire reported off Cardinal Lane

Citrus County deputies help work traffic on Tuesday afternoon after being called to the scene of a house fire and a report of gunfire on Gilbert Terrace off Cardinal Lane. CCSO photo on October 17, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday reported that Emergency personnel were on scene of a shooting and house fire at  7089 Gilbert Terrace in Lecanto Gilbert Terrace, off Cardinal Lane in Homosassa.

Just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the CCSO received a call about a shooting that had just occurred at the residence.

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State adds more sex charges for former worship director

Chad RobionsonCitrus County Sheriff’s detectives on Tuesday tacked on 41 additional sex charges to former worship director Chad Robison’s arrest this past summer.

Robison, a 36-year-old former employee at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto, was arrested in July on several sex charges, including video voyeurism and lewd and lascivious exhibition.

Man reported missing since Sept. 21

Paul Johnson

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts Paul Johnson.

He is a 53-year-old white male, 5’10” tall, 170 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Although Johnson has not been seen since Sept. 21, he has been in touch with his girlfriend. He will not reveal his whereabouts, authorities have said. He does suffer from various medical conditions, and does not have medications in his possession.

The Sheriff's Office suggests he may be enroute to Cocoa Beach, or there is a remote possibility he may have headed to Merrimack County in New Hampshire.

FHP seeking hit-and-run driver in Lecanto fatal accident

Hit-And-Run signThe Florida Highway Patrol is seeking help in identifying and locating a suspect involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred Friday night in Lecanto.

Citrus County Sheriff's office deputies assisted troopers with the accident that occurred at the intersection of West Southern Street and South Fairland Terrace in Lecanto at approximately 10:20 p.m. Friday.

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Withlacoochee River seen slowly receding

The Withlacoochee River has been reported as slowly receding.

However, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Monday reported, river flood warnings are still in effect.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, the River at Holder was reported at 8.75 feet. This portion of the river is still now at the “minor flood” stage. 

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Possible flooding seen in county

Caution: Possible Flooding
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Saturday said that signs have been placed indicating possible flooding in Homosassa and Crystal River.
 
So far, signage  is being placed at Sutton and Ozello by county road maintenance due to water. 
 
There was also water over the road at State Park and Seminole (signs being placed there as well), and also the area of NW 19th Court off NW 15th Street in Crystal River. Crystal River public works has already placed permanent signs there.
 
 

Two arrested in child neglect case

Robert Burdette, 25 and Casey Rocco, 24, both of Homosassa (September 29, 2017)

A Homosassa couple has been arrested and are facing charges of child neglect.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Friday said that deputies had responded to a home in Homosassa after a neighbor called in a well-being check on two small children.

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BB&T bank robbery suspect now in custody

John Goff

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday that the serial bank robber responsible for several bank robberies in surrounding counties, including Citrus, is behind bars in Hernando County with several arrest warrants stacked against him.

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Withlacoochee water level continues to rise

Flooding is expected at the Withlacoochee River near Dunnellon and Floral City (Sheriff's Office photo on September 23, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office reported on Saturday that, due to rainfall and other factors caused by Hurricane Irma, the Withlacoochee River water level continues to rise. 

Homosassa man reported missing

Ryan McClellan

Have you seen this missing man?

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking the whereabouts of Ryan Michael McClellan.

McClellan is 33 years old, 5’6” tall, 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has not been heard from since Sept. 16. He is not at his home in Homosassa. He may be in his 2003 Silver Jeep SUV, with Florida tag 3903VD.

If you see McClellan, or know of his whereabouts, please call Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and ask for Major Crimes, at 352-726-1121. If you wish to give information anonymously, please contact 1-888-ANY-TIPS.

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FEMA disaster teams working in Citrus County

A FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team interviews storm survivors. (Courtesy photo by FEMA.gov)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has Disaster Assistance Survivor Teams (DSAT) working in two areas in Citrus County.

Sheriff offers computer access to storm victims

Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast (CitrusDaily.US photo)For those residents who don't have access to computers, but who need FEMA aid, the Sheriff's Office has offered three locations  where residents can go online to apply for aid.

Fish kill reported on Withlacoochee River

A fish kill and possible sheen on the water were reported being seen on the Withlacoochee River near the end of Turner Camp Road. (Photo provided by Citrus County Sheriff's Office)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Monday was made aware of a fish kill and possible sheen on the water on the Withlacoochee River near the end of Turner Camp Road.

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Mobile home burns in Hernando

Firefighters logoNo injuries were reported during a mobile home fire on Monday in Hernando.
 
Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue on Friday was dispatched to the structure fire at 7139 N. Nature Trail, where they found a single-wide mobile home with fire and smoke showing.
 
The structure was fully involved with fire. 
 
A defensive attack was initiated after home was confirmed unocupied.
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Deputies looking for bank robbery suspect

The BB&T bank at U.S.19 and South Venable in Crystal River is currently closed due to a robbery at about 4 p.m., the Citrus County Sheriff's Office reported on Wednesday.

The suspect went into the bank and demanded money from the teller. He fled on foot, and possibly got into the vehicle pictured below.

He is described as a white male in his late 20's or early 30's who, at the time of the robbery, was wearing dark pants, black hoodie and a black ball cap and sunglasses. He was last seen running toward Beall's Department Store in Crystal River.

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