Old Courthouse Heritage Museum reopens

Citrus County is pleased to announce the reopening of the Historic Citrus County Courthouse, the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, and the Citrus County Archives at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, by appointment.

The museum will be scheduling tours at 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00, Monday – Friday, with special senior tours at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Family tours will be 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. There will be signage throughout the Museum encouraging social distancing, and CDC recommendations.

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Fort Island Gulf Beach continues to test safe

Fort Island Gulf Beach waters continue to test safe for recreational activities.

Weekly water quality samples were taken Monday, May 11, by the Florida Department of Environmental Health to monitor any changes that would impact the health and safety of beachgoers.

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Citrus County Transit expands door-to-door service

Citrus County Transit is offering citizens expanded door-to-door transportation from 6:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, with fares waived during the county state of emergency.

Trips are available for work, shopping, doctor’s appointments, and other essential needs.

Door-to-door service is offered at this time for the general public, as well as residents with mobility needs.

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Crystal River human remains identified

The skeletal human remains recovered on April 26, 2020 by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, have been identified as 42-year-old, Marion County resident, Kevin Buonocore. An autopsy showed no signs of trauma, and the cause of death is undetermined.

Buonocore’s last known contact was in 2017, and he was not reported as missing to law enforcement.

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Drug investigation leads to weekend arrest

Brandy Nicole Risner

Over the weekend, detectives from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) served a search warrant at the  residence of Brandy Nicole Risner located at 2691 West Arbutus Drive in Citrus Springs.

While searching the residence, detectives located methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. This one bust alone takes approximately 250 doses of heroin off the streets and out of our community.

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Manslaughter investigation moves to fireman’s arrest

Jose Dorta III implicated in the 2019 death of a two-month-old infant. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (May 12, 2020)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest today in a nearly one-year-old investigation.

Concluding their lengthy and meticulous investigation, CCSO detectives arrested 33-year-old Jose Dorta III for aggravated manslaughter.

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