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  • Man charged with lewd acts

    An investigation into a 49-year-old Homosassa man’s alleged long-term relationship with a 15-year-old girl uncovered additional allegations of domestic battery.

    Sheriff’s deputies began their investigation of Robert Wayne Andrews on Tuesday when an individual came forward with letters sent between Andrews and the 15-year-old girl and photos of the two kissing, according to Andrews’ arrest report.

  • Sheriff’s office: Shooter kills self

    A resident of the Citrus County community of Hernando reportedly took his own life early Friday morning at a convenience store parking lot in Hernando County after driving away from a previous shooting incident in Inverness.

    Jeffery Michael Lloyd, 25, was sought Thursday night by Citrus sheriff’s deputies after he allegedly shot and injured his former girlfriend, 19-year-old Christina Kovacs.

  • Lake use surveyed

    A survey released last fall about environmental concerns around Lake Rousseau and the lower Withlacoochee River basin showed a great deal of concern about the use of herbicides to control the spread of non-native plants.

    Dr. Ursula Schwuttke, the director of Withlacoochee Area Residents Inc. (WAR) conducted the 2014 survey. A similar survey was conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in 2013. The FWC survey results also showed a high degree of concern over chemical use.

  • County briefs 1/24/15

    Preserve friends to host guest speaker today

    The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve will host Whitey Markle, who will make a presentation titled “North Florida Waters.” 

  • Scientist to speak about Florida springs

    Chris Anastasiou, the head of the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Springs Team, has been on a mission in recent years: to marry scientific research and application and community zeal.

    The ultimate outcome of his efforts would be the cleaning and restoring of the springs in what is now called Florida’s Springs Coast.

  • Foundation starts process to divvy up proceeds

    INVERNESS — The big money is still two years away, but the group tasked with spending those funds has begun figuring out how to do that.

    The Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation held its kickoff meeting Thursday night, three months after Hospital Corporation of America began its 50-year lease at Citrus Memorial Hospital.

    “This is a big day for our community,” Citrus County Hospital Board chairwoman Debbie Ressler said.

  • DiGiovanni: Valerie will be a destination spot

    INVERNESS — Inverness City Manager Frank DiGiovanni stressed Tuesday that the historic Valerie Theatre, once completed, will not compete with the allure of the manatees on the county’s westside.

    Rather, he said, the theater will stand on its own as a destination spot for tourists and be a cultural magnet to boost economic development on the east side. Tourists could view the manatees by day and drive east to the Valerie at night for the ideal one-two cultural punch, he said.

  • Schools' stars shine at awards banquet

    Carly Zervis
    For the Chronicle

    Citrus County’s teachers sparkled Thursday night at the Citrus County Education Foundation’s annual Galaxy of the Stars event.

  • Trial date changed in firearms case

    The scheduled Feb. 2 trial date for Michael Paul Watkins — the Inverness business owner arrested Oct. 21 on charges of stockpiling weapons as a convicted felon — was dropped during his status conference hearing on Thursday.

    According to court dockets, Watkins’ defense counsel was not present during Thursday’s hearing.

  • Man arrested in battery case after neighbors intervene

    Neighbors of a Crystal River man were able to stop him from beating a woman inside his apartment on Wednesday.

    Sheriff’s deputies met Robert Scott Pintze, 32, at his apartment in Crystal River, finding him to be intoxicated. He had blood smears on his face, shirt, arms and hands, according to his arrest report. 

    Deputies found more blood on the floor and walls of Pintze’s apartment, the report stated.