July 2015

Suspects charged in Homosassa burglary

LEFT: Brandyn Cox. RIGHT: Jason Stephen Williams.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the burglary early Monday morning of Kane's Hardware in Homosassa.

The latest suspect, Brandyn Cox, 28, of 2680 W. Scarano Court in Lecanto, was taken into custody on Thursday in Lecanto. The other suspect, Jason Stephen Williams, 26, a homeless man, was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the same incident.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said the pair is thought to have taken 61 guns and ammunition during the burglary. Deputies have recovered 58 of the 61 weapons, the CCSO said.

Floral City man faces multiple sex charges

Christopher J. Covyaw

A Floral City man is facing multiple sex charges allegedly involving sex with a 14-year-old boy.

Arrested on Thursday was Christopher J. Covyaw, 42, of 7969 E. Partridge Lane in Floral City.

According to the arrest report, Covyaw's charges include performing oral sex on the youth, showing the youth pornography and using drugs in front of the victim.

2-year-old drowns in back yard pond

A 2-year-old wandered away from his Dunnellon caregivers and drowned in the back yard pond.

Just after 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Citrus County Sheriff's Office detectives responded to the scene of an apparent drowning of a 2-year-old boy at 9520 W. Dunedin Road, Dunnellon.

Detectives say the boy's mother and her boyfriend were home at the time of the incident.

All three were outside when the toddler, Ethan Adams, walked away from the couple and wandered to the back yard, where there is a small pond. When the couple noticed the child was missing, they went to the back yard and spotted the child floating in the pond, the CCSO said.

Road rage ends in death in Beverly Hills

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The death on Thursday of a Beverly Hills resident began as a road rage incident, and ended in a tragic shooting.

According to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office arrest report. Robert Eric Doyle, 52, of 52 S. Desoto St., was involved in an aggressive driving incident with Candelario Gonzalez, 44, also of Beverly Hills, that began in the Citrus Hills area.

Road rage leads to death in Beverly Hills

Robert Eric Doyle

The death on Thursday of a Beverly Hills resident began as a road rage incident, and ended in a tragic shooting.

According to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office arrest report. Robert Doyle, 52, of 52 S. Desoto St., was involved in an aggressive driving incident with Candelario Gonzalez, 44, also of Beverly Hills, that began in the Citrus Hills area.

New info released on missing Inverness woman

Surveillance photos. FROM TOP LEFT: Ashley Ryan Huebsch, an unidentified man seen with her and a red pickup truck the man was driving.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office today announced there has been new information in the case of Ashley Ryan Huebsch, 24, who was reported missing on June 26.

At last report, Huebsch was seen on June 11 at a Speedway on the corner of State Road 44 and Gospel Island Road in Inverness. But now there is a report that she was seen on at 2 a.m. on June 12 at the Inverness Walmart.

Rare manatee twins spotted in county waters

Rare manatee twins have been spotted in the waters of Homosassa Springs

Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau and United States Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) officials announced today rare manatee twins have been spotted in the waters of Homosassa Springs.

Florida manatees are listed as endangered and only 2 percent of all manatee births result in twins.

Inverness man indicted on bomb threat hoaxes

David Wayne Willmott, Jr.

An Inverness man has been indicted for allegedly making hoax bomb threats to several Central Florida businesses.

News was passed down today by United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III who announced the return of an indictment charging David Wayne Willmott, Jr., 24, of Inverness, with the three counts of making threats to use an explosive device.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison for each count.

Seven Rivers' CEO Brancato to retire

Joyce Brancato, CEO of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.

Joyce Brancato, chief executive officer of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, has announced that she will retire on Aug. 5 after 30 years at the hospital.

Brancato first joined the hospital on that date in 1985 as a night shift charge nurse in the intensive care unit. Over the succeeding years, she served in a number of roles across the organization including quality coordinator and risk manager.

Firefighters quench fire in Inverness Middle School

Citrus County firefighters break through the roof of a wing of Inverness Middle School. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office).

Citrus County firefighters were called out to Inverness Middle School at about 6:45 a.m. today to put out a fire in a roof of one of the wings of the school.

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