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  • County briefs 11/19/14

    Pet license fees set to rise on Jan. 1

    At the Nov. 4 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved the increase of the Citrus County Animal license fees, effective Jan. 1.

    The fee for a one-year license for a sterilized animal will increase from $5 to $10. The fee for a one-year license for a non-sterilized animal will increase from $25 to $35.

  • Hard freeze tonight

    The leading edge of a cold front sweeping into the Southeast U.S. arrived in the area Monday afternoon, bringing with it rain, threats of tornadoes and gusty winds.

    Behind the precipitation will come the area’s first hard freeze, forecast for tonight and Wednesday morning.

  • Deputies on lookout for suspect in Homosassa holdup

    Citrus County sheriff’s officials are on the lookout for the suspect in a convenience-store holdup Monday night in Homosassa.

    According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, the robbery occurred at around 9 p.m. at the Chevron gas station and food-mart off of U.S. 19 south of West Yulee Drive.

    An undisclosed amount of money was reported stolen at gunpoint, but no injuries were reported.

  • Deputy kills woman during tussle

    INVERNESS — A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy was placed on  paid administrative leave Monday after shooting and killing an Inverness woman Sunday night who reportedly grabbed his taser and pointed it at him.

  • Two injured in motorcycle crash

    A motorcyclist and his passenger were both ejected from their motorcycle early Sunday evening when they overturned after colliding into the rear of a Jeep driving in the same lane.

    Kenneth Dean Ragan, 45, from Inverness and his passenger Deborah Ann Ragan, 45, are both in stable condition at Ocala Regional Medical Center after receiving incapacitating injuries from a motorcycle rollover in front of the Inverness Regal Cinemas movie theater shopping plaza off of State Road 44.

  • COURT DIGEST: Bank robber awaits sentencing

    With her mother and infant daughter in court Monday, Angela N. Simmons of Dunnellon, learned she could be facing 15 years in prison.

    Judge Richard Howard accepted a no contest plea from Simmons, 26, charged with strong-arm robbery while wearing a mask in connection with the June 13 holdup at the Capital City Bank in Citrus Springs.

  • Officials say it’s unlikely rescued cats will survive

    INVERNESS — The rescued cat count from a Floral City home last week stood Monday at 123, though it’s unlikely any of those felines will survive to be placed in loving homes.

    Citrus County animal shelter workers euthanized 14 cats Monday that were attempting to bite or scratch workers trying to clean them, Citrus County spokeswoman Tobey Phillips said.

  • Pier dedicated to ‘humble man’

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Roger Batchelor would have loved Monday morning’s weather.

    A strong, warm breeze from the west arrived ahead of a cold front — fishing time.

    And had he ventured to the Fort Island Gulf Beach Pier, he may have noticed the fisherman tossing a line over the railing or a couple strolling quietly with their Jack Russell terrier, just breathing in the atmosphere.

  • A drop in the tank

    By Laura Bittner, Staff writer

  • County briefs 11/18/14

    Adams to address Republicans

    The Citrus Ridge Republican Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Beverly Hills Community Center, 1 Civic Circle (the end of Beverly Hills Boulevard where the circle begins) for its regular meeting.  

    Guest speaker will be Scott Adams, Citrus County commissioner, discussing the new makeup of the commission and how it will affect the future of Citrus County and the benefits.