Beverly Hills woman shot, killed during drug search warrant

A Beverly Hills woman shot and killed on Thursday morning during the execution of drug search warrant

A Beverly Hills woman was shot and killed just after 6 a.m. on Thursday as SWAT teams from Citrus and Hernando counties were executing a drug search warrant.

The woman was not immediately identified, but on Friday, her name was released by authorities. She is Jessica Cribbs, 45.

According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, the warrant was at 6019 W. Rio Grande Drive in Beverly Hills. SWAT team members announced themselves multiple times before they entered the residence, the CCSO said. Preliminary information indicates that they encountered a white female subject who was armed with a gun.

After refusing verbal commands for the woman to llower her weapon, she was shot by deputies. She was pronounced dead at the scene, the CCSO said.

Cody Lynn Blagburn

Two other individuals were injured during the execution of the search warrant, and were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said. The two individuals have since been treated and released.

No deputies from either agency were injured.

During the course of the search, deputies located 11 occupants, including an infant and seven dogs.

Cameryn David Holloway

As with any officer involved shooting, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating. Following standard protocol, the deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the preliminary FDLE investigation.

Arrested and charged were:

  • Cody Blagburn, 23, from Beverly Hills, – Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute (4.3 pounds), Possession of Controlled Substance (16.5 Clonazepam), Possession of Paraphernalia (Distribution equipment). His bod was set at $8,000.
  • Camreyn Holloway, 18, from Beverly Hills, – Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute (30 grams) and Possession of Paraphernalia (Distribution equipment). Bond was set at $6.000.

Other charges may be forthcoming.

UPDATE on Aug. 31, 2018 from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office:

The name of the Hernando County Sheriff’s deputy involved in Thursday’s deputy-involved shooting in Citrus County is E.J. Varrichio. Deputy Varrichio has been employed with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office since June 6,2011. He is 32 years old.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was notified and will be investigating the case. As per standard protocol, the deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Voters decide political fates

Citrus County voters joined others throughout the state on Tuesday to cast votes for the Aug. 28 primary to establish party winners for national, state and local offices.

Citrus County voters joined others throughout the state on Tuesday to cast votes for the Aug. 28 primary to establish party winners for national, state and local offices.

Locally, the Supervisor of Elections reported that voter turnout was 34.58 percent. The county has 107,891 registered voters. Of that number, 37,309 ballots were cast

Citrus County numbers lead the vote counts in the tallies below. Those numbers are followed by statewide counts.

In the race for U.S. Senate, Rick Scott (R) easily won over Roique “Rocky” De La Fuente (R). The count was 89.67 percent for Scott (20,873 votes) and 10.33 percent (2,404 votes) for De La Fuente.

In the race for governor and lieutenant governor, Ron Desantis (R) outdistanced his nearest competitor, Adam Putnam (R). Desantis won 54 percent of the vote (12.635 votes) to Putnam’s 39.57 percent (9,147 votes).

On the Democrat side, Citrus County voters picked Gwen Graham (D), who took 44.35 percent of the vote (4,600 votes). Her nearest rival was Philip Levine (D), who took only 18.94 percent of the vote (1,964 votes).

In statewide voting, DeSantis garnered 909,213 votes to Putnam’s tally of 588,489 votes on the Republican side, while the top vote-getter for the Democrats was Andrew Gillum, taking 51,993 votes, while Gwen Graham received 468,730 votes.

In the state attorney general contest, Ashley Moody (R) outdistanced Frank White (R). Moody won 55.30 percent (12,365 votes) to White’s 44.70 percent (10,011).

In statewide voting, Ashley Moody (R) bested Frank White (R) by a margin of 875,354 votes to 606,077 votes. And Sean Shaw (D) won with 1,012,764 votes to Ryan Torrens’ 362,847 votes.

Coming in firest for state commissioner of agriculture was Baxter Troutman (R), who took 36.04 percent (7,977 votes) compared to Matt Caldwell (R), who posted 30.04 percent (6,808 votes).

In voting for Citrus County Commission, Ron Kitchen (R) and Scott Carnahan (R) outdistanced their rival candidates. Kitchen bested Ruthie Schlaback in the race for District 2. Kitchen took 38.48 percent of the votes (8,589 votes) to Schlabach’s 28.89 percent (6,671 votes).

In the race for County Commissioner District 4, Scott Carnahan (R) won by 1,049 votes against former District 4 Commissioner Scott Allen Adams (R). The count was 52,36 percent (11,689 votes) for Carnahan, and 47.64 percent (10,610 votes).

Meanwhile, Sean Shaw was the top vote-getter in Citrus County was Sean Shaw (D), who took 69.99 percent (6,776).

County voters also preferred Nicole “Nikki” Fried (D) in the race for Commissioner of Agriculture by taking 57.46 percent of the vote (5,641 votes).

In the race for 5th Circuit Judge, Group for, Citrus County voters picked Don Barbee Jr. (non) by 51.89 percent of the vote (17,585 vote) to Edward C. Spaight’s (Non) 48.11 percent (16,305.

In the race for Citrus County School Board, District 5, the top spot went to incumbent Linda B. Powers (Non). She took 54.85 percent of the vote (18,812 votes).

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Deputies look for burglary suspect

A man in a  hooded sweatshirt burglarized the Rainbow Discount Drugs at 10479 N Florida Ave. in Dunnellon

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man in a  hooded sweatshirt who burglarized the Rainbow Discount Drugs in Dunnellon (August 24, 2018)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man in a  hooded sweatshirt who burglarized the Rainbow Discount Drugs in Dunnellon at 10479 N Florida Ave. just before 7 a.m. on Friday.

The suspect is a heavyset white male, 5’11”, 250 lbs., with a beard/mustache. He also has a tattoo on the front right of his right shin, possibly a phoenix or eagle.

The Sheriff’s Office said he targeted cash and pharmaceuticals. The suspect fled in the vehicle, possibly a black two-door Nissan. shown below. which is missing the front passenger hub cap. 

If you have any information on this case, please call Detective West at 352-341-7407 or you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers of Citrus County at 1-888-ANY-TIPS and be eligible for a cash reward. 

The suspect fled in the vehicle, possibly a black two-door Nissan (August 24, 2018)

Homeless woman attacked by gator while swimming in Lake Hernando

FWC officials say a homeless woman was swimming in Lake Hernando when a 5- to 6-foot alligator grabbed her by her left arm and dragged her underwater. 

FWC officials say a homeless woman was swimming in Lake Hernando when a 5- to 6-foot alligator grabbed her by her left arm and dragged her underwater.

Officials say the woman was able to get away and called 911. She was treated at the Ocala Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, sources said.

FWC and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office are working to catch the gator, the CCSO said. Whoever catches it can keep the meat and the hide as part of the state wide nuisance alligator program, FWC said. Florida’s alligator hunting season started Aug. 15.

Officials say anyone who believes a specific alligator poses a threat to people, pets, or property they should call the toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR or 866-392-4286.

Hear the woman’s 911 call by clicking the play button below:

Sheriff, school district, county reach deal on school security

As a new school year began today, the safety and security of the students and faculty was uppermost in the minds of the Citrus County Schools Superintendent, the school board, the Sheriff and members of the county commission.

As a new school year began today, the safety and security of the students and faculty was uppermost in the minds of the Citrus County Schools Superintendent, the school board, the Sheriff and members of the county commission.

Early Monday morning, Superintendent Sandra “Sam” Himmel, also representing the school board, met with representatives of the sheriff and county commission to discuss and review the proposed contract to help protect the safety and security of the county’s school students.

During that meeting, all agreed to a minor change to add language clarifying that the requesting party would fund the audit services for any audit that is performed.  Meanwhile, on Monday afternoon the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners voted to reallocate funding for the School Resource Officer program to the School Board pursuant to an agreement between the two parties.

Also on Monday afternoon, he School Board  enter into the revised agreement with the Sheriff.

The School Board and the Board of County Commissioners will each consider the change at upcoming scheduled meetings, and the Sheriff has agreed to execute the contract.

All parties said they are hopeful that the necessary documents will be executed and in place by the end of August.