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Deputies looking for bank robbery suspect

BB&T Bank in Crystal River

The BB&T bank at U.S.19 and South Venable in Crystal River had to be closed closed due to a robbery at about 3:15 p.m., the Citrus County Sheriff's Office reported on Wednesday.

Donations sought for homeless, stray animals

Due to the impending impact of Hurricane Irma on Citrus County the Animal Shelter (Citrus County Animal Services) is anticipating an influx of homeless and stray animals.

Additional donations of critical items will be needed to care for animals and their comfort during the storm and during recovery efforts.

Below is a list of items needed:

TOP VIDEO: Gov. Scott issues warning

Florida Governor Rick Scott warned residents not to ignore evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Irma. (Sept. 6)

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County employee places second in state's heavy equipment competition

Congratulations to Carl Ballard, who works as a Heavy Equipment Operator for the Citrus County Solid Waste Division.

Ballard was able to achieve second place for heavy equipment operations in this year’s Florida Sunshine Chapter Road-E-O 2017.

Gov. Scott declares pre-Irma State of Emergency

Hurricane Irma on Sept. 4, 2017

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in the state as rapidly growing Hurricane Irma, now a Category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall later this week.

The state of emergency has been issued for all of Florida’s 67 counties. Scott said that the state would “prepare for the worst and hope for the best” as Irma is expected to hit the state around Friday.

The governor tweeted Monday that he urges “all Floridians to remain vigilant and stay alert to local weather and news and visit FLGetAPlan.com today to get prepared.”

Smoke alarms awaken resident just in time

Smoke AlarmWorking smoke alarms are credited with helping a Dunnellon resicent and her dog escape injury early Monday morning after a fire broke out in their home.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters on Monday were called to the scene of a residential home fire at 2:59 a.m. at 4171 West Ranchetta St. in Dunnellon.

Upon arrival, Engine 9 from Derosa found a double- wide manufactured home 50 percent involved in fire.

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