Body of missing Inglis man found in Withlacooche River

The body of an Inglis man reported missing earlier in the week was found floating on Saturday in the Withslacoochee River.

George Kiggans was reported missing on March 20, 2019. (Courtesy photo)

The body of an Inglis man reported missing earlier in the week was found floating on Saturday in the Withslacoochee River.

George Kiggans, 66, was reported missing on Wednesday, March 20, after he was last seen around 2 p.m. in the vicinity of his residence on West Foss Grove Path in Inglis.

“We utilized our resources as well as requested assistance from other organizations to assist in locating Mr. Kiggans,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “This is not how we want any search to end, and we are truly sorry for the family’s loss.

“It is with the deepest amount of sorrow that we inform the public that Mr. Kiggans has been recovered from the Withlacoochee River. For the past four days, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission (FWC), Find-M’ Friends and Pasco County Sheriff’s Office utilized every means possible to locate Mr. Kiggans, and the search ended today.

Diving in waters with zero visibility, coupled with an extremely strong current, made this one of the toughest missions our Dive Team encountered, Team Leader David Seidenstucker said.

Neighbor complaints lead to CCSO crackdown

LEFT: Donald Marshall. RIGHT: Donna Suzanne Perry (CCSO photos on March 21, 2019)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday served a search warrant on a Beverly Hills home following neighbor complaints of suspected drug activity going on at that home.

The result was the arrest of two people at that home, 55 South Lincoln Avenue in Beverly Hills 55 South Lincoln Avenue in Beverly Hills.

Detectives with the Tactical Impact Unit obtained the search warrant after learning the occupants of the home were involved in illegal drug activity.

“We received numerous tips of drug activity occurring at this home. Our detectives and deputies’ hard work and dedication in making sure those tips were fully investigated, resulted in a search warrant being obtained,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

“I want to encourage the public to continue providing us with tips regarding illegal drug activity. Community partnerships allow us to enhance our efforts and rid our county of illegal drug activities.”

Complaints from community members and patrol deputies working in the area helped detectives obtain the search warrant for the home. During the execution of the search warrant, detectives located crack cocaine and several items of drug paraphernalia inside the closet of the master bedroom.

After speaking with both occupants, 57-year-old homeowner Donald Marshall and 60-year-old Donna Perry were arrested for possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia. Their bonds were set at $3,000 each.

While still on scene, multiple members from the community proceeded to thank detectives and deputies for addressing this neighborhood nuisance, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Sentencing date set for former CCSO employee

A former crime scene specialist appeared for a pre-sentencing hearing on Thursday before 5th Circuit Court Judge Ric Howard in a case involving the release of confidential information from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

A former crime scene specialist appeared for a pre-sentencing hearing on Thursday before 5th Circuit Court Judge Ric Howard in a case involving the release of confidential information from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Former Crime Scrime Scene Specialist Ashley Pate will be in custody without bond until her sentencing hearing on April 23.

Jurors found Pate guilty on Wednesday of disclosing confidential law enforcement information.

“Ashley Pate’s actions were unethical and reckless,” Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. “She knowingly and intentionally divulged confidential information without concern for the safety of our Sheriff’s Office personnel. Serious injury, if not the death of one of our own, could have been the result of her criminal behavior,” Sheriff Prendergast said.

“Her lack of integrity compromised our criminal investigations. Ashley Pate will now have to face the consequences of her own actions.”

Missing adult sought

George Kiggans was reported missing on March 20, 2019. (Courtesy photo)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office  is looking for the public’s help in locating George Kiggans.
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Kiggans is a 66-year-old white/male last seen in the vicinity of his residence on West Foss Grove Path in Inglis around 2 p.m. on Wednesday..
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He s 5’5″ tall, weighs 125 pounds and has salt-and-pepper hair. When last seen, he was wearing a blue denim shirt and blue jeans with about two days growth of facial hair..
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Anyone with information regarding Kiggans whereabouts is asked to call the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office at 352-726-1121.

Seatbelt violation ends in drug charges

Jessie Lee Carver

Thursday afternoon, March 14the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Patrol Division conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in reference to multiple seatbelt violations, which eventually led to the arrest of the driver, 43-year-old Jessie Carver of Silver Springs.

Deputy Saayman conducted the traffic stop on the 1995 black BMW driven by Carver in the area of North McGee Drive and Norvell Bryant Highway in Hernando.

As Deputy Saayman was approaching the vehicle, he detected an odor of cannabis emitting from inside the vehicle. When asked about the odor, Carver openly admitted to having cannabis and displayed a burnt cannabis cigarette.

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Dept. of Health warns of phone call scams

The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County has recently been informed of scam calls that look to have originated from our main number: (352) 527-0068.

These callers will ask for personal information such as your social security number, Medicaid number or other vital information. These fraudulent calls do not originate from this number.

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Deputies find meth during warrant process

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday found methamphetamine scattered throughout a home at 10700 W Woodland Place in Homosassa.

Crystal Ann Huggins

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday found methamphetamine scattered throughout a home at 10700 W Woodland Place in Homosassa.

Detectives with the Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) obtained the search warrant after learning that the home was used to sell significant amounts of methamphetamine, the Sheriff’s Office said.

One of the home’s occupants, 47-year-old Crystal Huggins, was subsequently arrested as a result of the investigation.

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Corrections officer charged with sexual battery

A Corrections Officer who lives in Inverness has been charged with two counts of sexual battery in Marion County following a police investigation into the matter.

James Michael Touchton

A Corrections Officer who lives in Inverness has been charged with two counts of sexual battery following a police investigation into the matter.

Arrested and charged was James Touchton of Inverness, 37, who was a correctional officer at Lowell Correctional Institution for women at 11120 NW Gainesville Road in Ocala.

Initial information regarding the sexual battery was reported early Friday morning, March 8. The responding CCSO deputy was able to make contact with both victims, and gathered all the preliminary information.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit, together with the Child Protection Team at Jessie’s Place continued the investigation on Monday, March 11, where the victims disclosed multiple incidents of sexual abuse by Touchton.

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Sheriff: Domestic battery case leads to largest meth bust in CCSO history

Deputies responding to a domestic battery case in Homosassa on Friday also found what the Sheriff’s Office has said is the largest meth bust case in CCSO history.

William Vause
Cayla Coile

Deputies responding to a domestic battery case in Homosassa on Friday also found what the Sheriff’s Office has said is the largest meth bust case in CCSO history.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) were called to 4263 South Centennial Ave. in Homosassa to assist the Department of Corrections Probation and Parole (FDC).

FDC responded to the residence earlier in the day to conduct a search of the home regarding possible violations relayed through a separate domestic violence incident reported to and investigated by CCSO on Tuesday, March 5.

During the original domestic violence report, it was discovered that 26-year-old Cayla Coile, who is on state probation, had access to multiple firearms within the residence.

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