Sheriff’s Office locates 2 runaway juveniles

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for your assistance in locating two local runaway juveniles.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has now found two runaway is looking for two local runaway juveniles — Xiohan Sebastian Luetshe, age 13, shown at left, and Shukuru Katherine Luetshe, age 11. (CCSO photo on June 30, 2018)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has found two local runaway juveniles safe and sound.

The first subject was Shukuru Katherine Luetshe. age 11, who was last seen wearing a purple shirt, pink pants, and black shoes. She had a pink and orange book bag and was riding a blue bicycle.

Xiohan Sebastian Luetshe, age 13, shown at left, and Shukuru Katherine Luetshe, age 11. (CCSO photo on June 30, 2018)

The second subject was Xiohan Sebastian Luetshe, age 13.  He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes. He had an orange and black book bag and was riding a blue bicycle.

Both had last been seen in the area of North Obsidian Circle in Crystal River. They were not a danger to others; however, Xiohan has a medical condition that needs to be monitored.

During the search, the CCSO asked residents to check their properties, to include any out buildings such as sheds, beds of trucks, unlocked vehicles, outdoor utility areas and boats.

 

Deputies arrest suspect in Inverness Dollar Store ‘robbery’

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Friday announced that the suspect in the attempted robbery of the Inverness Dollar Store has been arrested.

Surveillance footage of suspect inn attempted robbery at a Dollar General Store in Inverness (June 21, 2018)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Friday announced that the suspect in the attempted robbery of the Inverness Dollar Store has been arrested.

Arrested was 18-year-old Austin Moser from Inverness.

After a full confession, Moser was charged with one count of robbery.

 

Deputies seeking man in Inverness Dollar Store caper

Surveillance footage of suspect in an alleged attempted robbery at a Dollar General Store in Inverness (June 21, 2018)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect after he allegedly tried to rob a Dollar General Store in Inverness on Wednesday night.

Just before 10 p.m., Citrus County deputies responded to the Dollar General at 3042 S. Florida Ave. in Inverness, the CCSO said.

Deputies were told that the suspect entered the store wearing a black mask and demanded the clerk to give him money, the Sheriff’s Office said. When the clerk told him no, the suspect took off his mask, walked out and said it was a joke.

The suspect left on foot. No money was obtained,,and no weapon was ever brandished.

The suspect is decribed as a white male, 17 to18 years old, five-feet-11-inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He has brown hair and was wearing a dark grey or black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans with tennis shoes.

If you have any information, please call 9-1-1 and ask for the Major Crimes Division.

If you would like to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward – call Citrus County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY-TIPS.

UPDATE: Deputies arrest suspect in Inverness Dollar Store ‘robbery’

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Friday announced that the suspect in the attempted robbery of the Inverness Dollar Store has been arrested.

He has been identified as 18-year-old Austin Moser of Inverness, whom deputies said made a full confession.

 

County aims ship of state at reinstating impact fees

The Citrus County commission decided on Tuesday to talk about reinstating deactivated impact fees through an ordinance

The Citrus County commission decided on Tuesday to begin public discussion of an ordinance that could reinstate all deactivated impact fees with a single vote in favor of that ordiance.

The commissioners voted 4-1 to advance that ordinance discussion.

Citrus County Commissioner Jeff Kinnard brought the subject to the floor of the BOCC, and his justification was that the fees were needed, in light of current needs. Those needs included getting revenues to help with school safety by funding some of the Sheriff’s Department school activities.

The impact fees affected will be those for EMS, law enforcement, parks and pubic buildings.

“Rather than address each one of those things indiviudally,” Kinnard said, “these things the previous board put in place to stimulate construction – it’s stimulated. At this point, the construction industry can’t keep up with demands.” Kinnard said the subcontractors have told him they can’t get enough people to keep up.

Citrus County Dommissioner Scott Carnhan, however, had a different view of reinstating those impact fees.

“It’s quite interesting that we just had a conversation about this about a meeting ago, when we decided not to do law enforcement. Now it’s back in front (of us). I’m sticking to my guns on where I’m at. When you can come back and tell me where you’re going to spend EMS, where you’re going to spend law enforcement … what parks (we are) going to build, and what public buildings we are going to do … I won’t support it.”

Citrus Springs resident Janet Barek agreed with Carnahan, and said so during the Open to the Public portion of the ordinance discussion. “It blows my mind that two months ago, (you said) you weren’t going to look at it until January.”

Kinnard responded, “Again, it shouldn’t blow your mind. Things have changed. The Sheriff and school board have come to an agreement. The sheriff has come to us with the set number he needed ($87,000). There are additional issues and impact fees that need to be addressed in the county, and I think it’s appropriate to set the hearing.

“So, there’s a strategy,” Kinnard said.

At the end of the discussion, all commissioners, except Carnahan, were in favor of reinstating the impact fees.

A public meeting on the ordinance has been tentatively set for July 11.

 

Homosassa man eludes deputies by hiding under trailer

A Homosassa man eluded deputies for four hours while they looked for him to serve a drug search warrant.

George Jackson of Homosassa (June 7, 2018)

Citrus County deputies on Thursday morning arrested a suspect in Homosassa who was the object of a drug search warrant.

The man, George Jackson, 53, is said to have eluded deputies for several hours before being discovered hiding under a nearby abandoned trailer.

The sheriff’s office said that the Sheriff Office’s Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) served a drug search warrant at 6705 W. Park Drive in Homosassa at about 8:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday afternoon. As detectives approached the house with two subjects standing outside, a man who was hiding inside a nearby shed, emerged and pointed a gun at two detectives and fled on foot away from the house the.

A perimeter was set up around the immediate area looking for Jackson, who deputies knew was armed. Deputies, K9’s and the sheriff’s aviation unit were deployed and started searching nearby wooded areas, and abandoned homes in the area. An “Alert Citrus” message was sent out to residents nearby urging them to lock their doors and to stay inside.

Jackson, with several stints in prison already, also has several felony warrants out of Hernando County, the Sheriff’s Office said, including selling, manufacturing and trafficking of controlled substances including methamphetamine and cocaine.

Approximately four hours later, deputies found Jackson underneath an abandoned trailer nearby. The SWAT team deployed tear gas underneath the trailer to get Jackson to come out. Eventually, Jackson came out from underneath the trailer and surrendered to deputies without incident.

The Sheriff’s Office said Jackson is being booked into the Citrus County Detention Center charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, plus other drug charges, pending further investigation.

 

Traffic stop leads to felony arrest

A traffic stop yielded a stash of cocaine, thousands of dollars in cash and a firearm.

Rashaud Hayward of Leesburg

A Leesburg man was arrested on Tuesday after a traffic stop yielded a stash of cocaine, thousands of dollars in cash and a firearm.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said that 26-year-old Rashaud Hayward of Leesburg was arrested in Crystal River after members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) pulled him over and subsequently searched his vehicle.

Detectives found a large baggie containing approximately three ounces of crack cocaine, with a street value of several thousand dollars, inside Hayward’s pants, the Sheriff’s Office said. A search of the vehicle yielded a small amount of cocaine, $4,000 in cash, and a firearm.

Hayward was charged with trafficking in cocaine more than 28 grams, which is a first-degree felony and carries a minimum mandatory sentence of at least three years in prison. Hayward was also charged with possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony, the CCSO said, since detectives found a firearm inside the vehicle.