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  • CCSO looking for attempted murder suspect

    CCSO looking for attempted murder suspect

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office authorities are on the hunt for a man suspected of an attempted murder.

    Michael Todd Marcum, 36, of Crystal River, is wanted for allegedly robbing and stabbing a man Sunday at a Lecanto-area mobile home park.

  • District 5 candidates Coleman, Hemrick offer differing views

    Citrus County Commission candidates Hank Hemrick and Brian Coleman wrapped up the Chronicle’s political forum Monday with how they would run the District 5 seat.

    The first question asked of the candidates regarded regulatory barriers facing businesses that want to obtain permits. Hemrick began by saying said he would make the permitting process more streamlined.

  • District 3 candidates Langer, Smith lay out their views

    Outgoing House Rep. Jimmie T. Smith is counting on his name recognition and ties to the local community to propel him to a seat on the county commission representing District 3.

    But Democratic challenger Tim Langer said Smith isn’t the only one with strong local ties. Langer said he is on top of the issues and quite familiar with the political landscape, thanks to a long history in and deep ties to Citrus County.

  • District 1 candidates Kinnard, Godfrey talk county issues

    Republican Jeff Kinnard and Democrat Duane Godfrey, running for the District 1 County Commission seat, shared their ideas at Monday’s Chronicle-sponsored candidate forum on how to fix the environment, clean up blighted shopping centers and cope with the eventual loss of the county landfill.

    Kinnard, an Inverness chiropractor, kicked off his campaign in spring 2015 and trounced Rhonda Distel, his Republican opponent in the August primary, by capturing 70 percent of the vote.

  • Sheriff hopefuls Klyap, Prendergast sketch out visions for department

    As the Nov. 8 elections draw nearer, the two remaining candidates for Citrus County sheriff gave a crowd of roughly 300 people a taste of what they would do in their four years as sheriff Monday night at the Chronicle’s general election candidate forum at the College of Central Florida in Lecanto.

  • Teen gets 40 years for murder

    Gwen Bittner 

    For the Chronicle

    Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard on Monday sentenced Tyzick Joseph Wall, one of two teens convicted of the 2015 murder of Stephen Gorney, to 40 years in prison. 

    Wall, 18, of Dunnellon, was arrested May 19, 2015, after Gorney’s body was found decomposing in the hot tub outside his mobile home off North Griffith Avenue in Crystal River. 

  • Inverness man accused of sexually abusing children

    An Inverness man is facing several molestation charges after being accused of sexually abusing two young girls.

    On Sept. 13, the Florida Department of Children and Families contacted the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office after getting a report of sexual abuse of a young girl by Robert David Edge, according to Edge’s arrest report.

  • Forty-seven memories

    Two days after Phil Royal’s death, Sam Begin set out to honor his life.

    Sam, a sixth-grader at Citrus Springs Middle School, is a family friend and big admirer of Royal, so he set out to do 47 good deeds — one for each year of Royal’s life — to honor a man whose good deeds are sorely missed.

  • Charges dropped against man accused of abusing teen

    Prosecutors have dropped charges against a Floral City man accused of sexually abusing a family member.

    Donald Frederick Gerken, 49, was arrested and charged Dec. 2, 2015, with sexual battery on a person between the ages of 12 and 18 years old under their familial authority, and lewd and lascivious molestation of a person between the ages of 12 and 18 years old.

  • Fuel prices stabilizing after hike

    Motorists paid an average of $2.25 for gas on Monday, 6 cents more than the previous week, according to auto club AAA.

    But the good news is that for the first time in 16 days, prices have started to stabilize, said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins.