Drug deal leads to drive-by shooting, arrest

Sydney Benton (MCSO photo)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on Sept. 28 arrested a man after a drug deal went sour and the alleged shooter is said to have fired into an occupied dwelling.

Deputies were dispatched to an unidentified residence in Inverness regarding a drive-by shooting. After the incident, the CCSO said, the suspect’s vehicle had fled the scene and no one inside the home was injured.

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DeSantis announces first emergency bridge loan for small business impacted by Hurricane Sally

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the first Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan has been approved for a business impacted by Hurricane Sally.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will provide the loan to Brett Hinely, owner of Bluewater Bay Marina in Niceville, Florida.

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DeSantis moves Florida to Covid-19 Phase 3 economy

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244, moving all of Florida’s 67 counties into Phase 3.

Executive Order 20-244 does the following:
Removes state-level restrictions on businesses, such as restaurants.

Provides that no COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or operating a business, giving Floridians and business owners needed certainty and the ability to provide for themselves and their families.

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Woman faces charges for allegedly transmitting nude pictures to minor

Ashlee Graham

On Aug. 20, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) was contacted in reference to allegations of a 20-year-old woman transmitting nude photographs of herself via text message to a minor.

The suspect was identified as Ashlee Graham, and detectives were able to gather forensic digital evidence to support these allegations.

The evidence revealed Graham had sent three nude photos to the victim and also requested the victim to send nude photos of themselves. Detective Tiffany Barry with the CCSO Internet Crimes Against Children Unit was assigned the case and began working both the digital and forensic sides of the investigation.

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2-month-old’s death leads to 4 arrests

Four Citrus County residents were arrested today and charged with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child, Child Neglect, and Maintaining a Dwelling for the Purpose of Using Controlled Substances.

Arrested were 25-year-old Kevin Courtney, 25-year-old Stephanie Carroll, 52-year-old Steven Gibson and 44-year-old Tammy Allison were arrested after CCSO’s investigation revealed their negligence in the death of a 2-month-old child earlier this year.

“This case is an example of the heinous crimes that are investigated by the detectives of the CCSO Special Victim’s Unit,” said Sheriff Prendergast. “It also highlights the cooperation between our office, state, and federal agencies in order to bring justice to Citrus County victims, like the precious child in this case.

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Tire recycling event slated for landfill

Standing bodies of water can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and mosquitoes have been found to transmit Zika Virus.

In an effort to reduce areas where water can collect and subsequently reduce mosquito breeding, the Citrus County Solid Waste Management Division will be accepting tires at the Central Landfill free of charge for recycling on Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6 from 8am to 4:30pm and Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 8am to 2:30pm.

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