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  • County transit driver charged with DUI

    A now-former Citrus County Transit Services driver was arrested Tuesday for allegedly driving a bus under the influence of alcohol while transporting passengers who are disabled.

    According to his arrest report, a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw 52-year-old Kenneth David Broderick driving poorly eastbound on State Road 44 approaching the intersection with South Arlene Avenue.

  • Walmart seeks power bill reduction

    Walmart wants to get out of paying part of the energy conservation cost recovery rate charged by Duke Energy Florida and three other large state utilities.

    The energy conservation cost recovery charge (ECCR) shows up on all customer bills.

    Late last year, Walmart initiated action before the Public Service Commission to have the rate structure changed so it would not have to pay for the energy- efficiency portion.

  • Woman, 97, crashes into wall in Lecanto

    Confusion, traffic officials said, is what led a 97-year-old woman to crash into a retention wall Wednesday morning in front of a medical office.

    According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper on scene at Suncoast Dermatology & Skin, off of County Road 491 in the Lecanto area, the woman was parked and accelerated over a curb, onto a sidewalk and into the wall in front of the building.

  • MPO board to vote on new trail today; should pass to state

    LECANTO — After almost five months of debate among transportation officials, the public should learn today if a proposed project to build a multi-use trail on the east side of U.S. 19 from U.S. 98 to Green Acres Street will make it to the next level.

  • Sew successful

    INVERNESS — For the first costume LoriAnn Gerlisky ever made, she had her friend lie on top of the fabric while Gerlisky cut it out around her, making a custom, form-fitting Morticia Addams slinky dress.

    She never used a pattern in anything she sewed.

  • School district makes bid for dual-enrollment deal

    School Superintendent Sandra “Sam” Himmel and her staff got the green light Tuesday from the school board to negotiate a dual-enrollment deal with officials at the College of Central Florida (CF).

    Meanwhile, the two sides remain far apart on numbers and the dual role of one board member in negotiations is pending legal clarification. Board member Sandy Balfour also sits on the CF Board of Trustees.

  • Florida Gov., Cabinet agree to settle police-firing lawsuit

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and the three elected members of the Cabinet formally agreed on Tuesday to settle a lawsuit that contended they bypassed the state’s Sunshine Law.

    The settlement ends six months of turmoil over the abrupt ouster of Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey. Taxpayers are already on the hook for more than $200,000 in legal fees stemming from the case, including $55,000 to attorneys who pursued the lawsuit.

  • Dunnellon man arrested, charged for aggravated assault

    A Dunnellon man who allegedly threatened someone with a gun before driving away was arrested Thursday on an aggravated assault charge.

    According to his arrest report, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office investigators had enough probable cause to arrest 24-year-old Cordero Trayon McKinnon for an assault he allegedly committed Sunday afternoon.

  • Big blue pipes mean relief for aging sewer treatment plant

    Andrew Caplan: Chronicle

    The aging Citrus Springs wastewater treatment plant is shutting down.

    It’s all part of the Citrus Springs to Meadowcrest Forcemain Project, which is why blue PVC pipes are being installed along County Road 491.

  • Man’s attempt to hide from police backfires

    A Homosassa man sought by police for violating probation on an original charge of manufacturing methamphetamine racked up another charge early Tuesday morning for allegedly charging at deputies who were trying to apprehend him.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at around 1 a.m. to a house on South Magnolia Avenue in the Homosassa area to arrest Douglas Dale Naylor, 43, on an active warrant for an original charge of manufacturing and possessing meth with intent to sell, Naylor’s arrest report states.