Homosassa man arrested on lewd, lascivious charges

William (Charles) Hale Jr.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on Jan. 10 was contacted in reference to a past sexual assault of a juvenile.

Deputies made contact with the juvenile victim who disclosed inappropriate contact with the suspect identified as William (Charles) Hale Jr. on several separate occasions.

Based on these allegations, Detective Richey with the CCSO Special Victims Unit was assigned to the case and began an investigation.

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Man charged with murder in Crystal River slaying

David Lemon Jr.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies today, along with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, arrested 26-year-old David Jerome Lemon Jr. of Crystal River on charges of Premeditated Murder, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle.

“This violent crime has affected not only the victim’s family but our entire community, robbing both of their sense of safety and security,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

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Federal face mask requirement for Citrus County transit services to take effect

Citrus County Transit Services will begin enforcing a federally mandated mask requirement beginning Feb. 2.

This action is to further prevent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and to further support state and local health authorities, transportation partners, and conveyance operators to keep passengers, employees, and communities safe.

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Withlacoochee State Trail segment closed for construction

Inverness — A half-mile portion of the Withlacoochee State Trail is closed to all trail users.

This closure is expected to last for approximately three to six weeks.

The closure begins at East David Street and continues north for approximately one half mile. The public will be restricted from entering the closed area from either end 24-hours per day during the closure period.

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