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CCSO looking for wanted suspect

Daniel Wesley Combs

(Updated on Jan. 12: Suspect found dead at home ... click here)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is actively looking for 52-yearold Daniel Wesley Combs of Inverness.

Combs is wanted on the charges of attempted first-degree murder, kidnapping while armed and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm with a weapon.

Citrus Memorial CEO Beaty to resign

Ryan Beaty

Citrus Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Ryan Beaty on Friday announced that he will resign on March 15.

The announcement is part of an agreement between the hospital's two governing boards to lease the community hospital to conglomerate Hospital Corporation of America.

Beaty's resignation is set for March 15.

Hospital Board, Foundation agree to lease CMH to HCA

CMH Hospital governing boards agree to lease to HCA

The Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees and Citrus Memorial Health Foundation on Friday agreed to lease the Citrus Memorial Hospital to the Hospital Corporation of America.

The CCHB and CMHF came to the agreement during at a joint meeting in Inverness.

The Hospital Board applauded the Foundation for joining the Board in signing the Letter of Intent (LOI) to lease the hospital . Additionally, both the Board and Foundation came to an agreement on the terms of the master settlement of lawsuits.

Spanking leads to charges of child abuse

Dawn Marie Novak

A Beverly Hills woman, Dawn Marie Novak, 30, was arrested on Thursday, following an investigation into the disciplining of young children under her care.

Two victims are listed in the arrest report by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, young boys ages 4 and 5 and another sibling. Two of the boys are from Hernando.

Fire destroys Floral City mobile home

The family pet died in this fire at 8673 E. Hooker Place in Floral City

A Floral City fire on Wednesday morning completely destroyed an approximately 1,500-square-foot mobile home, and the family pet.

No other injuries were reported at the home at 8673 E. Hooker Place, where Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue responded shortly after 7:30 a.m.

Engine 241 from Floral City arrived on-scene, and found the double-wide mobile home 75 percent involved in fire. An aggressive defensive attack was initiated, and the structure was confirmed unoccupied.

Fire claims Homosassa mobile home

An early morning fire on Wednesday caused extensive damage to a mobile home in Homosassa, and killed the homeowner's dog.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue Division responded to the residential structure fire at 6:29 a.m. at 1519 S Lookout Point.

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