April 2018: Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

The Citrus County Commission proclaimed April 2018 as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in Citrus County.

The Citrus County Commission proclaimed April 2018 as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in Citrus County. The county’s agencies joined state agencies and agencies in other Florida counties in observence of the need for increased awareness of child abuse in the state’s communities (March 27, 2018)

School Safety

The Citrus County Commission, Sheriff and School District have begun talks about how to fund state-mandated school safety officers

The Citrus County Commission, Sheriff and School District have begun talks about how to fund state-mandated school safety officers for every school, not only in the county, but statewide. It’s not going to be cheap for struggling counties (March 27, 2018)

 

Sheriff’s Office investigating death off SR 44 East

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on scene at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday of a death on State Road 33 East, across the street from Seven Rivers Presbyterian School.

A motorist noticed a body lying on the sidewalk and called authorities on March 21. The victim was 70 years old. (March 21, 2018)

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on scene at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday of a death on State Road 44 East, across the street from Seven Rivers Presbyterian School.

A motorist noticed the body lying on the sidewalk and called authorities.

Detectives say they believe a man, approximately 70 years old, was walking on the sidewalk and had a medical issue and died.

The Sheriff’s Office said that, at present, the death does not appear to be suspicious. Meanwhile Sheriff’s Office Investigators are working to identify the man and notify next of kin.

 

One arrested after stabbing at Inverness bar

An Inverness man was arrested on Sunday following a report of a stabbing at Coach’s Pub and Eatery in Inverness.

Alexander Luis Rivera

An Inverness was arrested on Sunday following a report of a stabbing at Coach’s Pub and Eatery in Inverness.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that, upon arriving. several witnesses told deputies that Kim McKinney, 51, of Inverness, and Alexander Rivera, 22, also of Inverness, were involved in a physical altercation.

Witnesses said that at some point during the altercation, Rivera pulled out a small pocket knife and stabbed McKinney.

Emergency medical services were rendered to McKinney, who was then transported for further treatment. When questioned, Rivera stated that he was “not the victim in this case,” despite claiming he was attacked first and that was why he pulled the knife.

Rivera was placed under arrest and charged Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility for booking and processing.

Rivera’s bond was set at $10,000 on the charges.

 

County extends contract with NCEMS

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday extended its contract with Nature Coast Emergency Medical Foundation, Inc. for Basic and Advanced Life Support – Ground Ambulance service in Citrus County.

Dr. Michael Loguidice, CMH Medical Director of Emergency Medicine (March 13, 2018)

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday extended its contract with Nature Coast Emergency Medical Foundation, Inc. for Basic and Advanced Life Support – Ground Ambulance service in Citrus County.

The extension means that the company will continue to provide ambulance support and other services in the county until Sept. 30, 2022.

The commission’s decision to move ahead did not come without some debate as to the length of time NCEMS responds to requests for service and certain medical protocols. Of late, there have been sharp differences between Seven Rivers Hospital and Citrus Memorial hospitals and NCEMS when it comes to response times and transport issues.

Commissioner Jeff Kinard of Inverness, himself a chiropractor, said that the “dust up” between the hospitals and NCEMS was likely a “communication issue.”

One physician who spoke at the BOCC meeting, Dr. Michael Loguidice, CMH Medical Director of Emergency Medicine, told commissioners about his frustration with the ambulance service.

Editor’s Note: The date in the video below should be March 13, 2018, not March 13, 2013.

 

‘Circle of Friends’ donates to Meals on Wheels

The Friends of the Community Centers, from the sales from their Circle of Friends Gift Shop located at the Citrus County Resource Center, on Tuesday presented a donation to the Citrus County Support Services’ Meals on Wheels Program to provide meals to the elderly of Citrus County.

The Friends of the Community Centers, from the sales from their Circle of Friends Gift Shop located at the Citrus County Resource Center, on Tuesday presented a donation to the Citrus County Support Services’ Meals on Wheels Program to provide meals to the elderly of Citrus County.

The donation was presented by Susan Bell, President, Mary Laughlin, Secretary, and Kathy Kovanda, Treasurer.

Accepting on behalf of Citrus County Support Services was Joanne Granger, Director, and Janice Hale, Senior Programs Supervisor. (March 13, 2018)

Homosassa man facing murder charge

A Homosassa man who was shot by a Citrus County deputy on Thursday after running into his vehicle and then attempting to run him over was discharged from the hospital on Friday and arrested in Pasco County on a Citrus County warrant.

William Bryant of Homosassa has been charged with the attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. More charges are pending.

A Homosassa man who was shot by a Citrus County deputy on Thursday after running into his vehicle and then attempting to run him over was discharged from the hospital on Friday and arrested in Pasco County on a Citrus County warrant.

William Bryant, 21, of Homosassa, is charged with the attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and aggravated fleeing and eluding.

He has no bond.

The investigation into the incident is being conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is standard procedure. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement about the incident that it is thankful that the Citrus deputy is okay, and that no others were injured during this dangerous altercation.

More charges are pending.

County to examine mobility fees

Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith brought up the issue of mobility fees versus impact fees during a meeting of the Citrus County Commission. There’ll be further discussion, commissioners have decided

Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith brought up the issue of mobility fees versus impact fees during a meeting of the Citrus County Commission. There’ll be further discussion, commissioners have decided (February 13, 2018).

The idea of comparing the two came during discussion and vote on the collection of impact fees at the issuance of Certification of Occupancy (CO), instead of when the permit is filed. The board also discussed the collection of impact fees at the issuance of Certification of Occupancy (CO), instead of when the permit is filed.

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