June 2017

Career criminal arrested after counterfeiting crime spree

Teresa Hare
A counterfeit money trail ended on Monday with the arrest of an Inverness woman. 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said that Teresa Hare, 46, of 1505 S. Mohican Trail in Inverness, now faces multiple fraud charges after using numerous fake bills at several local businesses throughout the county.

CCSO detectives earn honors

Two Citrus County Sheriff's Office detective have been selected for special honors by the Florida Narcotics Officers Association.

Both serve in the CCSO's Tactical Impact Unit (TIU).

The TIU regularly fights drug use in Citrus County, by executing search warrants, arresting offenders and seizing large quantities of illegal drugs.

TIU Sgt. Ed Blair nominated the detectives to Region III of the Florida Narcotics Officers’ Association for Region III Officer of the Year awards. The names of the two undercover detectives are being withheld to protect their identities.

Goodworth announces retirement from fire service

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue Fire Chief and Public Safety Bureau Chief Jim Goodworth

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue Fire Chief and Public Safety Bureau Chief Jim Goodworth on Wednesday announced his intent to retire, effective Aug. 4, 2017.

Goodworth has been in the public safety arena for more than 34 years.

Animal shelter seeking donations

Due to an unexpected influx of animals, the Citrus County Animal Shelter is asking the community for help by donating gently used towels, flat sheets and bath mats.
These donations will be used to keep the cats and dogs in a clean and comfortable environment.

Lane closure due to forcemain break at CR 486 and SR 44

Citrus County crews are working on a forcemain break that occurred on Wednesday, June 26 at the intersection of CR 486 and SR 44 in Crystal River.

The repairs will require (at a minimum) closure of the westbound right turn lane on CR 486. Crews estimate repairs taking at least 24 hours.

Motorists are advised there may be delays and to please use caution while in the area.

Elderly Inverness woman charged with animal cruelty

A total of 34 cats were taken from this Inverness home, and the owner was charged with animal cruelty. (June 26, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Division on Monday charged an elderly Inverness woman with animal cruelty and took her 34 cats.

It all started Monday when deputies were dispatched to a house on East Iona Lane after the homeowner, Barbara Smith, 75, called an electrician to do some work on her home.

When the electrician came to her house - they refused to do the work due to the unsanitary conditions inside the home, which is when the Sheriff's Office got involved.

Flight from Ocala leads to Inverness man's arrest

Michael Gordon Crabtree

An Inverness man was arrested Monday night, after being pursued from Ocala by a Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Arrested was Michael Gordon Crabtree, 57, of Inverness, who was reported to have been operating his vehicle without proper registration.

Crabtree's arrest report said that a pursuit began in Ocala by a Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies, and then crossed county lines, at which time Citrus County deputies fell in behind the chase.

Citrus Memorial Hospital turns 60 years old

Officials at Citrus Memorial Hospital accept a proclamation on Monday from the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) proclaiming July 11 as Citrus Memorial Hospital's 60th Anniversary Day in Citrus County. (June 26, 2017)
Citrus Memorial Health Care System, also known as Citrus Memorial Hospital, is celebrating 60 years of service to the community on July 11.
Making it official on Monday at the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners meeting in Inverness was a proclamation issued by the BOCC that recognizes July 11 as Citrus County Memorial Hospital's 60th Anniversary Day.

July 10-15 declared 'Key Training Center’s Run for the Money Week'

Citrus County Commissioners witness the proclamation declaring July 15-20 as Run for the Money Week in Citrus County (June 26, 2017)
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Monday declared July 10-15 as July 10 through 15, 2017 as “Key Training Center’s Run for the Money Week” in Citrus County.
The Center holds an annual 180-mile fundraiser run from the Capitol steps in Tallahassee to Lecanto in Citrus County that is supported by Citrus County residents and organizations.
The proclamation reads:

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to meet

The public is invited to attend the Citrus County Housing Services Affordable Housing Committee which will meet on Tuesday, July 18, at 5:00 pm, at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 West Marc Knighton Court, Room 135, Lecanto, Florida.

Any person desiring further information regarding this meeting may contact Citrus County Housing Services, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL 34461 (352) 527-7520.

Any person who requires a special accommodation (ADA) must provide at least 72 hours notice.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 5:00pm


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