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Police reports 11-18-2017

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 02:43:12 GMT

Troy Draughn , 51, of Floral City, at 11:38 a.m. Nov. 16 on a felony charge of child abuse without causing great bodily harm and a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Robert Killinger , 42, of Oxford, at 9:04 a.m. Nov. 16 on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident.




Crime reports, 11/17/17

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:08:43 GMT

Ryan Strickland, 22, of Homosassa, at 6:36 p.m. Nov. 15 on a felony charge of aggravated battery with use of a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Jourdayne Brooks, 18, of Beverly Hills, at 11:20 a.m. Nov. 15 on felony charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime.




Police reports 11-16-2017

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:33:11 GMT

Anthony Nero , 28, of South Thrasher Avenue, Homosassa, at 3:36 a.m. Nov. 14 on felony charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence, along with misdemeanor charges of threatening a law enforcement officer, driving with a suspended license, and leaving the scene of an accident. According to his arrest affidavit, Nero crashed his vehicle into a Homosassa home.




New RaceTrac close to opening

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 04:15:00 GMT

Folks have been watching the construction of the new RaceTrac at State Road 44 and County Road 491 take shape for months. The gas station/convenience store on the southwest corner of that intersection is scheduled to debut in early to mid December.




Senator to seek sewer funds

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:55:38 GMT

State Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, said 30-40 percent of the pollution flowing into Citrus County's rivers and springsheds is from septic systems. If something is not done to get people off septic and hooked to central sewer, Simpson said further degradation of the waterways will result and jeopardize the work from ongoing springs restoration projects.




Headway for the Homosassa River

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 02:28:55 GMT

Backers of the Homosassa River restoration project hope this is the year they receive funding to start pulling Lyngbya algae from the river. Shown along the Homosassa River is a great blue heron stalking prey in the shallows.




Ending hunger, one veteran at a time

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 01:47:30 GMT

Aiden Fontenot shows off donated food on Wednesday at Suncoast Bar & Grill in Homosassa. This is the first full box of donations in the month-long food drive for the Mission in Citrus shelter.




Police reports 11-11-2017

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 07:46:56 GMT

Clifford Franklin, 45, of Crystal River, at 5:26 a.m. Nov. 9 on a felony charge of aggravated battery with use of a deadly weapon. He was also charged two writs of bodily attachment.




Restaurant rises from the ashes

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 03:28:28 GMT

Marguerita Grill owner Tommy Piliouras reflects on the long process of getting his popular restaurant open following a fire that destroyed the business in July 2011. "I never gave up," Piliouras said.




Armed robber gets 30 years

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:33:24 GMT

Xavier Jamal Lockley, the Homosassa man who mugged a man trying to stop him from robbing a local gas station at gunpoint, was sentenced Thursday morning to 30 years in prison. Agreeing to a negotiated plea deal just prior to being sentenced, 28-year-old Lockley pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of robbery with a weapon, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon and battery, according to court documents.




10 things to do in Citrus County this weekend

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:33:23 GMT

It's the month of giving thanks, so this weekend take some time to thank a veteran, appreciate local celebrations, and make a point to spread kindness. 1. Don't miss the Homosassa Arts, Crafts & Seafood Festival.




Crime reports 11/10/17

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:33:22 GMT

Kelley Allen, 20, of South Rocky Point, Homosassa, at 12:35 p.m. Nov. 8 on an active warrant for felony violation of probation stemming from an original charge of trafficking in stolen property. Lamar Gibson Jr., 20, of Beverly Hills, at 2:46 p.m. Nov. 8 on a misdemeanor charge of possession of cannabis.




Seafood Fest returns this weekend

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 04:55:19 GMT

Robert Adams and his wife, Claudine, offer up dishes like the seafood medley, lobster and shrimp, or a crawfish feast for hungry guests at last year's 42nd annual Homosassa Arts, Crafts, and Seafood Festival in Old Homosassa. The annual, two-day festival will begin Saturday.




Crime reports 11-08-17

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 03:15:07 GMT

Karla Ruter , 53, of Inverness, at 6:58 p.m. Nov. 6 on misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and illegal exhibition of a dangerous weapon. Rodney Leffew , 33, of Hernando, at 1:53 p.m. Nov. 6 on felony charges of burglary with the intent to steal a controlled substance and grand theft.




Crime reports, 11/7/17

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 04:40:00 GMT

Randy Dostal, 66, of Summit Street, Marshalltown, Ohio, at 11:01 a.m. Nov. 5 on misdemeanor charges of violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence and resisting an officer without violence. Jason Gilstrap, 37, of Homosassa, at 8:25 a.m. Nov. 3 on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of drug paraphernalia.




Drive hauls in 44,700 pounds of food

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 03:44:05 GMT

The Community Food Bank of Citrus County had its annual fundraiser at the Black Diamond clubhouse on Thursday. Attendees at the dinner contributed $216,430.




Community gathers to honor veterans

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 03:44:04 GMT

Eight-year-old Megyn Frye hands a card to Victor Mestronardi on Saturday during the fifth annual Old Homosassa Veterans Day Ceremony. Fifth-grader Samuel Camacho picks the perfect spot to display his flag, which will stand at the memorial until after Veterans Day.




Weekend forecast: Stone crab, arts and blues

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 01:58:35 GMT

Entertainment moves to the streets this weekend as festival season hits a high point. Get your paws on some claws, take in some art and unwind with some blues music.




Dog population returns below capacity at shelter

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 18:18:46 GMT

The county lifted free adoptions Wednesday after the shelter adopted more than 50 dogs over the weekend, bringing the number of dogs at the facility below capacity. Animal Services Director Morgan Woodward said in an email to the Chronicle that the shelter is now housing 90 dogs, of which seven were expected to be picked up by new owners Wednesday.




Educator settles in at center

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:59:36 GMT

Ruth Toner-Hatfield is a new resident to Citrus County who happened to stumble upon the Homosassa Learning Center. With a second career as an educator, she soon realized she came to the right place.