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Today's News

  • As season looms, EOC gears up

    Today marks the start of another hurricane season — and another six months of uncertainty.

    While it’s been years since one of these devastating storms has hit Citrus County hard, county Emergency Management Director Capt. Dave DeCarlo, along with county and state staff, still want to make sure the county’s 140,000 residents are informed and prepared no matter what happens.

  • Three arrested in weekend robbery

    A trio of Winter Garden men were charged Sunday in connection with the robbery of a Lecanto-area gas station.

    At about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to an alarm at the Citgo station at 5980 W. State Road 44, according to the sheriff’s office.

    Witnesses said they saw a white truck leaving the station. A be-on-the-lookout notice was issued over radios, and a deputy later spotted the suspected vehicle near West Homosassa Trail and State Road 44.

  • COURT DIGEST: Judge sets trial next week in dog-mauling death

    A Crystal River man’s trial on charges relating to the dog-mauling death of his 2-year-old son is on track to begin next week.

    At his pretrial hearing Tuesday, Christopher Camejo Sr. was told by Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard his trial be “the No. 1 case” during the week of June 6.

  • Deputies talk suspect down from tree before arrest

    An Inverness man was charged Monday in a domestic dispute after he was found hiding in a tree.

    At about 5 p.m., Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies met with a woman who accused 57-year-old Michael James Fitzgerald of choking her in her living room during an argument, according to Fitzgerald’s arrest report.

  • For the record 6/01/2016

    BUI arrests

    * Frank Sablinskas, 28, of West Oliver Street, Homosassa, at 5:53 p.m. May 28 on a misdemeanor charge of boating under the influence. According to his arrest affidavit, Sablinskas was stopped in the Sandy Hook area where he was idling near swimmers. He was asked to complete field sobriety tasks and did poorly. Sablinskas refused breath testing to measure his blood alcohol level. His bond was set at $500.

  • Appliance sparks kitchen fire

    Firefighters were able to save a Homosassa home from a fire Monday afternoon.

    At 5:55 p.m., Citrus County Sheriff’s Office fire rescue crews from were dispatched to 8459 W. Windswept Court, according to a fire incident report.

    Firefighters from the Homosassa station arrived in five minutes to find a single-wide mobile home with smoke showing from the roof and front side of the home.

  • Gas prices at lowest in 11 years

    School’s out in Citrus County and for those planning vacations, the prices at the gasoline pump warrant an A-plus.

    Motorists are seeing the lowest gas prices in 11 years, according to auto club AAA. The average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.32 nationwide and $2.25 in Florida. That’s an average of 39 cents to 42 cents lower than at this time last year.

  • Memorial Day in Homosassa
  • Freeze denies paying players

    DESTIN — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze is “owning the mistakes” made during his tenure, which now includes NCAA violations, but said neither he nor his assistants knowingly did anything wrong.

    Speaking at the Southeastern Conference’s annual meetings Tuesday, Freeze delivered a lengthy, prepared statement and then took several questions about violations involving first-round NFL draft pick Laremy Tunsil.

  • AP sources: NFL moving Pro Bowl to Orlando in 2017

    ORLANDO — The NFL is moving the Pro Bowl from Honolulu to Orlando this season, three people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

    The people spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because an announcement has not been made.