Citrus joins other like-minded counties on 2nd Amendment

The Citrus County Commission voted on Dec. 3, 2019 to become another of many “Second Amendment Sanctuary” counties in Florida as public discussion has left many citizens in doubt about the future of their guns (December 3, 2019)

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Citrus County pursuit ends in Sumter

A Bushnell man is said to have stolen a vehicle and then led deputies in a wild chase through Inverness and Floral City before eventually crashing in Sumter County.

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No injuries were reported after a Bushnell man is said to have stolen a vehicle and then led deputies in a wild chase through Inverness and Floral City before eventually crashing in Sumter County.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that the Florida Highway Patrol took 22-year-old Travis Lovett into custody following a severe vehicle crash there.

Lovett led Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies on an extensive chase throughout the area of Inverness and Floral City, the CCSO said.

“Incidents like this are always extremely dangerous. We try to use every precaution possible when we respond to these types of incidents,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “When we have a suspect who is hell-bent on avoiding all contact with law enforcement, their behavior becomes unpredictable and erratic. This is especially true if they are dead set on not being caught, then they will risk their life, the lives of innocent citizens, and the lives of all our law enforcement deputies.”

Earlier in the day, at 7:17 a.m., a four-door, burgundy Ford pickup truck was reported stolen from Mountain Lake Avenue in Floral City. As deputies began patrolling the area for the stolen vehicle, a tipster called in at 9:15 a.m. to inform officials of the stolen truck’s location. Deputies responded to a residence located at 5365 E Muzzle Loaders Court in Inverness, where they observed the stolen vehicle.

Upon arrival, contact was made with one occupant of the home, who granted permission to search the property, the CCSO said. As deputies made their way behind the residence, Lovett was observed inside the stolen truck. After seeing the deputies there, the CCSO said, he attempted to leave the scene.

Lovett is said to have deliberately driven the stolen vehicle toward one of the deputies, who had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck, before striking a fence and leaving. While trying to elude deputies, Lovett intentionally accelerated at another responding deputy, forcing the deputy off the roadway to avoid a collision,the Sheriff’s Office said..

The suspect then traveled recklessly throughout Inverness and Floral City, driving in the opposite lanes of traffic to lose officials. The CCSO said he desperately continued down Rails to Trails, almost striking serveral pedestrians. Lovett lead deputies into Hernando County, where FHP officers joined in the chase, and eventually performing a P.I.T maneuver on the stolen vehicle in Sumter County, where Lovett was then captured. Please refer to their release for additional details.

“At this time, we are attempting to identify any additional victims who sustained damage from this incident and are asking them to call CCSO at (352)726-1121 to make a report,” the CCSO said in a statement.

Lovett will be charged with 2 Counts of Aggravated Assault and 1 Count Aggravated Flee/Elude Law Enforcement for his actions  in Citrus County.

Carnahan attends Gulf Coast Consortium board meeting

The consortium’s plan will direct $292 million in Component 3 RESTORE Act funds to 69 diverse environmental and economic projects and programs in 23 Florida Gulf of Mexico counties.

Commissioner Scott Carnahan (STANDING, FOURTH FROM LEFT) and fellow Gulf Coast Consortium board members at their May 17 meeting in Panama Beach, Fla. (Courtesy Photo)

At the May 17, 2018 Board of Directors meeting in Panama City Beach, the Gulf Consortium formally approved the Florida State Expenditure Plan, which will direct $292 million in Component 3 RESTORE Act funds to 69 diverse environmental and economic projects and programs in 23 Florida Gulf of Mexico counties.

The State Expenditure Plan will now be sent to governor’s office for approval, with the final step being approval by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

The Gulf Consortium is a public entity created in October 2012 by Inter-local Agreement among Florida’s 23 Gulf Coast counties, from Escambia County in the western panhandle of Florida to Monroe County on the southern tip of Florida and the United States.

The Consortium Board of Directors consists of one representative from each county government and six non-voting Governor appointees. ​Commissioner Scott Carnahan is a voting member, and represents Citrus County on the Consortium.

​​To avoid duplication and to effectively utilize available resources, Florida’s local governments are working in partnership with the State of Florida to fully recover the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

To foster the development of the State Expenditure Plan, enhance coordination, and to also ensure consistency with the goals and objectives of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council’s Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy, the Consortium has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Florida Governor Rick Scott. For more information on the Gulf Coast Consortium visit: https://www.gulfconsortium.org/

 

No explosives found after Spring Hill bomb scare

Bomb squads on Wednesday from Citrus County and Hernando County were called out to a report of a suspicious package at a bus stop in Spring Hill.

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Bomb squads on Wednesday from Citrus County and Hernando County were called out to a report of a suspicious package at a bus stop in Spring Hill.

No explosives were found when a bomb squad responded to a shopping center in Spring Hill Wednesday.

Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis told reporters that at about 8 a.m. today called 911 after seeing a suspicious package near a bus stop and the Twistee Treat ice cream shop at the Mariner Square Shopping Center, at Cortez Boulevard/SR 50 and Mariner Boulevard.

The Citrus County bomb squad x-rayed the package before using a water cannon to blow it up,

Investigators say they are still working to figure out what was inside the package.

Citrus County firefighters assist in 110-acre Hernando County blaze

Citrus County Fire Rescue was called out to assist Hernando County when a brush fire bbroke out on Friday in a wooded subdivision in the Weeki Wachee area.

Citrus County Fire Rescue was called out to assist Hernando County when a brush fire broke out on Friday in a wooded subdivision in the Weeki Wachee area.

No injuries were reported, but two homes were destroyed and one was damaged.

The fire was eventually contained as of 10 p.m.. Fire officials have deemed the fire as being “suspicious,” and are investigating to determine the exact cause that started the blaze.

Citrus County firefighters joined Hernando County Fire Rescue and the Florida Forest Service in the effort to extinguish the fire.

 

 

 

Guardian Ad Litem names Brooksville business ‘Community Advocate of the Year’

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Crank Works Bicycle Shop in Inverness

Mark and Patricia Laird, of Crank Works Bicycle Shop in Brooksville has been honored as Community Advocates of the Year for the 5th Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program.

For more than five years as small business owners, the Lairds and Crank Works have supported the Guardian ad Litem Program by provided new, gently used and reconditioned bicycles to our young clients free of charge.

But they haven’t stopped there.  In 2016 and 2017, CRANK WORKS sponsored the “Hilly Hundred” bike ride which has drawn large crowds of cyclists from Hernando and surrounding areas for their choice of a 66 miles or a 100 miles bike ride throughout the beautiful Florida landscape.

The “entry fee” is simply to “bring a new, unwrapped toy or gently used bicycle for the Guardian ad Litem program toy drive.” As a result of their continuing generosity and commitment to Hernando County GAL children, Crank Works was nominated to Governor Rick Scott for a “Champion of Service Award” for persons or businesses who demonstrate excellence in volunteerism, community service and corporate responsibility in their local community in an honorable and outstanding way.

For their contribution and desire to help our GAL children ride into a better future (on a Crank Works bike), we proudly name Mark and Patricia Laird and Crank Works Bicycle Shop as the 5th Circuit Community Advocate of the Year 2017.