April 2015

Coroner identifies man found dead in hot tub

Stephen Gorney

Citrus County Sheriff's Office detectives have been notified by the Medical Examiner that the man found dead on Tuesday in a hot tub is in fact Stephen Gorney, 54, of 595 N. Griffith Ave., Crystal River.

In a Tuesday news conference, the sheriff's office said Gorney was severely beaten by two 17-year-olds and left in his own hot tub for an undetermined amount of time.

Detectives said the teens ransacked Gorney's home, stole a van, two motorcycles and cash.

2 youths arrested in Crystal River homicide case

Tyzick Wall and Bryan Robinson

Two 17-year-old youths have been arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office in connection with the investigation of the death of a Crystal River man.

CCSO detectives discovered a highly decomposed body in a hot tub at 595 N. Griffith Ave. in Crystal River.

The homeowner, Stephen Gorney, 54, has not been seen for several days and has not yet been located. Detectives spoke with next of kin in hopes of determining his whereabouts, which was unsuccessful.

County denies Halls River Road project application

Halls River Homosassa (Citrus-Daily.com)

The Citrus County Commission today denied a project planned for West Halls River Road in Homosassa by a 5-0 vote.

A number of environmental groups and nearby residents in the area combined to ask the commission to deny the application. And it was a packed house.

The project had changed from its 2011 appearance before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), which had a site plan for 31 cabins and a restaurant in an approximately 11-acre parcel along the road (see also the video at the end of this story).

County revisits fire services funding

The Citrus County Commission today revisited funding for the county fire services during its public workshop set up for that purpose.

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