County briefs 5/5/14

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By The Staff

Senior couple escapes fire

CRYSTAL RIVER — The odor of smoke awoke an elderly couple shortly before midnight Saturday and they got away from a fire that claimed their home.

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue units were dispatched at 11:48 p.m. to a structure fire at 2432 N. Owl Point, a singlewide mobile home owned by Matt Martin and occupied by Raymond Brooks and Pearl Mae Williams.

Fire crews arrived on scene at 11:58 p.m. to find the home 100 percent involved with fire, according to an incident report prepared by the battalion chief. The fire was said to have destroyed the entire structure and all its contents.

The residents, described as elderly, saw smoke and fire in a rear bedroom before they vacated, according to the report.

Fire crews found one of the three family dogs and it was turned over to Animal Control on scene. Three engines, one squad and two tankers attended.

After the fire was extinguished, the scene was turned over to the fire chief to determine the origin and cause. 


Third I-75 crash victim dies 

OCALA — The third pedestrian involved in Saturday’s crash on I-75, George R. Phillips, 52, of Ocala, succumbed to his injuries late Saturday at Ocala Regional Medical Center, Florida Highway Patrol reported Sunday.

Investigators are in the beginning stages to sort through the physical evidence and witness statements relating to this crash. Additional information will be disseminated in the upcoming weeks. Charges are pending the completion of the traffic homicide investigation which could take several months. 

Funeral arrangements for Trooper Chelsea Renee Richard, who was killed while attending another accident, are being formed and will be available once decisions are made by the family. Richard is the 45th FHP trooper to be killed in the line of duty.  


­Water line work has lane closures

The city of Crystal River will replace and upgrade water lines in the vicinity of the high school throughout the month of May. 

This project is funded from a Community Development Block Grant that the city received from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. 

During the course of this second phase of work, there will be intermittent lane and road closures north of State Road 44 at the following locations:

+ Northeast Eighth Avenue at Northeast 12th Street, Northeast 12th Terrace, Northeast 13th Street, and Northeast 13th Terrace.

+ Northeast Seventh Avenue at Northeast 12th Street, Northeast 12th Terrace, Northeast 13th Street, and Northeast 13th Terrace.

Detour routes will be established during road closures. Only one intersection will be affected at any one time. For information, call 352-795-4216, ext. 314.


Waterways board meeting May 12

The Citrus County Task Force of the Citrus/Hernando Waterways Restoration Council will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166.

There will be five presentations, most short, with question-and-answer periods.

Also on the agenda:

+ Update on Homosassa and Chassahowitzka Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) — a scientific determination of the maximum amount of a given pollutant that a surface water can absorb and still meet the water quality standards. 

+ Mercury TMDL discussion.

+ Freshwater Electrofishing sampling efforts.

+ Managing forests for increased regional water yield.

+ Quarterly water quality reports.

Questions and comments are welcome. 

Suggestions for projects and ideas for consideration are welcome.

For information, call Al Grubman at 352-726-2201 or Jennifer Noland at 352-796-7211, ext. 4378. 


Waters Week planning May 19

The Citrus 20/20 Inc. Save Our Waters Week Committee will meet at 10 a.m., Monday, May 19, in Room 219 of the Lecanto Government Center, 3600 W. Sovereign Path off of County Road 491. 

The purpose of the meeting is to plan and coordinate activities for Citrus County’s 19th annual Save Our Waters Week, Sept. 20 to 27. All interested organizations and individuals are welcome to attend and encouraged to participate. 

Representatives of organizations and any individual desiring additional information should call Lace Blue-McLean at 352-201-0149. 


Central Democrats meeting May 10

The Central Citrus Democratic Club will be having its monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd., at the corner of Forest Ridge Boulevard in Beverly Hills. 

Open discussions of current issues of importance to our community will be encouraged.

For information, email ragnvald.read@gmail.com.