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Kinnard asks commission to change process for sale of county-owned land

County Commissioner Jeff KinnardThe county has made it no secret that it wants to get rid of excess county land as soon as possible and at a good price.

But County Commissioner Jeff Kinnard said on Tuesday that the way the county has gone about it is a process that is flawed.

Commissioners: No new sales tax

Every time the Citrus County commission meets, there's always someone speaking at the "Open to the Public" dais trying to get commissioners to raise money for road resurfacing by instituting a one-cent sales tax.

The answer to that from county commissioners at every meeting is "no," and it was no different at Tuesday's commission meeting.

Apollo Beach woman drowns while scalloping in Crystal River

On Monday evening, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) contacted the Citrus County Sheriff's Office about a drowning that occurred earlier in the Gulf.

The CCSO was told that 47-year-old Tammy Barth and her husband Mark Barth, from Apollo Beach, had been scalloping in Crystal River all day.

Detectives investigate racial slur on Citrus Hills Home

This blurred-out racial slur was spray painted across one site of a home in Citrus Hills, the Sheriff's Office said.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case involving a racial slur spray-painted in large letters on the side of a home in Citrus Hills.

Deputies who responded to the call at 7:05 a.m. saw that the slur covered  the entire side of the home. A neighbor phoned the communications center, the CCSO said, thinking that the residents of the home were on vacation.

The homeowners, who are black, were in fact home. A neighborhood canvas was then performed, which yielded no results.

Crystal River woman charged with animal cruelty

Joi-Marie Richheimer, 45, of Crystal River is facing two counts of animal cruelty. (PHOTOS: Citrus County Sheriff's Office on August 17, 2017)

A Crystal River woman was arrested Monday night and charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty.

Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Joi-Marie Richheimer, 45, of 8465 W. Gen Chennault Lane.

Animal Control Officers (ACO's) seized three dogs this past Sunday evening, two of which were in "very, very horrific condition," the Sheriff's Office said. A 9-pound Shih Tzu was found in the road wandering around the neighborhood. A good Samaritan held the dog to keep it safe, and waited for ACO's to arrive.

Escaped Hernando County inmate captured

Escaped inmate Joshua Holmes, 35, has been taken into custody after escaping from a work detail at the Hernando landfill. The Citrus County Sheriff's Office assisted Hernando deputies in the search for Holmes. PHOTO: Hernando County Sheriff's Office on August 17, 2017).

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office today announced that the inmate that CCSO was helping Hernando County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) find has been found and arrested.

Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said shortly before 10 a.m. today that Joshua Holmes, 35, was found by HCSO deputies in Masaryktown near U.S. 41.

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