Local News

  • Man arrested for concealing drugs in body

    A man from the Floral City area was arrested Thursday night on an evidence-tampering charge for allegedly hiding a small bag of drugs inside his anus during a traffic stop.

    Jason Brian Williams, 36, was stopped by a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy on East Cooper Lane and U.S. 41 near Floral City for driving 64 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone, according to Williams’ arrest report.

  • June 6, 1944: They were there

    Over the years, World War II veterans who survived the D-Day invasion of Normandy that began on June 6, 1944, have told of their horrific memories of that time in the pages of the Chronicle. Here are a few recollections culled from Chronicle archives: 

    * Cosmo Defazio remembered guys being seasick and the chaos of men trying to push forward, of sinking tanks that became underwater coffins for the men trapped inside them. 

  • Trio of manatee deaths confirmed

    State wildlife officials Friday confirmed the recent deaths of three manatees in Citrus County.

    According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, an adult female was reported dead in Crystal River on June 1. The body was too decomposed for a preliminary cause of death to be determined. 

  • Are stamps licked?

    For avid philatelists, the hobby of stamp collecting may be dying, but it’s not dead yet. 

    Still, even the most hardcore stamp enthusiasts realize that the digital age might make their hobby a relic of history. After all, who writes letters anymore when you can send a text or FaceTime with someone? Who wants to mail a payment when you can pay bills instantaneously online or on your phone? 

  • Young child, two others injured in two-car crash

    A young child and two others were hospitalized after a two-car crash at around 1 p.m. Friday afternoon at the crossing of State Road 200 and County Road 491, north of Hernando.

    According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper on scene, a car and its driver were traveling south on North Carl G. Rose Highway (S.R. 200) approaching the C.R. 491 intersection.

  • King’s Bay pollution control plan at least a year away

    A Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) aimed at restoring King’s Bay and the Crystal River is 12 to 18 months away from becoming reality, according to Terry Hansen of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

  • Construction at SR Christian School

    Seven Rivers Christian School is growing. To free up classroom space, an all-volunteer construction crew, members of Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church’s Disaster Response team, are converting the stage in the gymnasium into a two-story structure that will house eight offices and resource rooms. Dave Iwaniec is one of the lead builders. “We were told we needed this done on May 1 and the project needs to be done by Aug. 1,” said Blair Commons, church operations manager.

  • Man accused of pointing gun at elderly woman’s head


    A man was arrested Wednesday for battery after allegedly pushing an elderly woman onto a bed and pointing a gun at her head.

  • COURT DIGEST: Confidential informant murder case remains set for August trial


    Shemir Wiles

    For the Chronicle

    INVERNESS — The trial of three men charged with the death of a former Citrus County’s Sheriff’s Office confidential informant remains set for August. 

    Co-defendents Lawrence James Vickers, 48, of Crystal River, Marrio Demetric Williams, 30, of Dunnellon and Curtis Wilson, 32, of St. Petersburg 

  • Unlicensed bondsmen face kidnapping charge

    The owner and an employee of a Lecanto-area bond office were arrested on numerous charges Thursday for allegedly kidnapping two children and a man who owed them money.

    Bob’s 24 Hour Bail Bonds owner Robert Alexson, 55, and employee Brandi Jugov, 23, were found to be unlicensed bondsmen after a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office investigation into an armed kidnapping that occurred on May 9, according to a sheriff’s office news release.