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  • Car theft probe in Levy leads to burglaries in eight counties

    What began as an investigation into a car theft unraveled a string of burglaries spanning eight counties in the region.

    Levy County Sheriff’s Office investigator Scott Stancill was the original investigator on the grand theft auto case. He developed Larry Duane Teckenbrock, 20, as a suspect in the case and a warrant was issued for Teckenbrock on violation of probation for previous convictions of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Junior’s got a brand new bag

    Eleven hundred packs of notebook paper, 1,100 glue sticks, 1,100 pairs of scissors, 1,100 bottles of glue.

    Thanks to local corporate sponsors, 40 volunteers gathered at the College of Central Florida’s Lecanto campus Tuseday were able to stuff 1,100 backpacks with school supplies — markers and folders, erasers, pencils and crayons — destined for 1,100 local elementary school students in need during United Way’s Day of Action.

  • MPO signs off on road fixes

    BROOKSVILLE — Several Citrus County roads are in line to be resurfaced or widened in the next five years.

    The Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board on Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt its Transportation Improvement Program for fiscal years 2017-21. These are the front-burner projects the MPO has identified as worthy of receiving Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) funds.

  • The stars of Daystar

    Editor’s note: This is the third in an occasional series about volunteers in Citrus County.

    Diane Dobry: For the Chronicle

    Rita Goody found her calling in church.

  • Coast Guard plans buoys in Homosassa River — maybe

    Citizens spoke and the U.S. Coast Guard responded.

    At least, it intends to.

    A week after 100 people showed up a meeting to vent about navigational hazards in the Homosassa River and Homosassa Bay, the Coast Guard promised county officials quick action by installing 15 new buoys, including several in time for the busy scallop season which begins Saturday.

  • Bots and bolts

    For most people, technology may as well be magic.

    Despite all the swiping and Skyping kids and adults do every day, most people have no idea why or how their touches and taps turn into phone calls and photographs.

    At Withlacoochee Technical College, automation instructor Laurie Newkirk is helping youngsters demystify those modern marvels.

  • Jury finds man guilty of molestation, but not battery

    In a mixed verdict after a one-day trial Tuesday, jurors convicted a Lecanto man of molesting a teenage girl and giving her marijuana.

    After deliberating for almost an hour and a half, jurors found 45-year-old Timothy Scott Miller guilty of lewd and lascivious molestation of a person between the ages of 12 and 16 years old, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • County briefs 6/22/16

    Mail-in ballots available

    Voting by mail is an easy and convenient way of casting your ballot in the upcoming elections. 

  • Former treasurer of band booster club charged with theft

    A school bus driver and the former treasurer of the Crystal River High School band’s booster club was charged with theft Wednesday after being accused of stealing over $3,000 from the organization.

    Members of the Friends of the Pirate Band alerted the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on May 12 that Melissa Dawn Colegrove, of Crystal River, was using the nonprofit organization’s bank account for personal expenses, according to Colegrove’s arrest report.

  • Sunday drive gone awry