Accelerated Decommissioning Partners becomes licensed operator of Duke Energy’s Crystal River Nuclear Plant

  • State regulators approved transaction in August after 14-month review.
  • Decommissioning will start nearly 50 years sooner than originally planned.
  • Transaction has no impact on Duke Energy customer bills.

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(Photo courtesy: Duke Energy Florida)

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – Accelerated Decommissioning Partners and Duke Energy successfully completed a transaction today to start decontamination and dismantlement of the Crystal River Nuclear Plant in Citrus County, Fla., in 2020 instead of 2067 – nearly 50 years sooner than originally planned.

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Search warrant yields drug trafficking arrests

LEFT: Tommie Neal Jr. RIGHT: Rebecca Carter.

Two people were arrested on drug trafficking charges following the execution of a search warrant in Floral City.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said that Tommie Durell Neal Jr. and Rebecca Ann Carter were taken into custody after the home at 10915 E. Trails End Road was searched during the early morning hours today.

The CCSO’s Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) and the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team executed the search warrant, which was the culmination of months of investigation, revealing the home’s occupants were selling methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl.

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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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Help sea turtles survive: FWC has hatchling tips

Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission logoSea turtle hatchlings are beginning to appear on beaches throughout the Sunshine State, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking the public to help ensure these tiny turtles reach the ocean by following a few simple guidelines.

During sea turtle nesting season (March 1 – Oct. 31), it is important to keep your distance from these protected marine reptiles and their nests. You should allow hatchlings to crawl toward the ocean on their own. Any interference or disturbance, including getting too close, can cause hatchlings to become confused and lose their way.

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Deputies charge Crystal River man with child porn possession

Anthony Green of Crystal River. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on May 28, 2020)

After a lengthy investigation, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies on Thursday arrested 41-year-old Anthony Green of Crystal River on 11 counts of possession of child pornography.

Based on information received during the course of the investigation, a search warrant was executed on an “electronic device” owned by Green.

As a result of the search warrant, Detective Barry of the CCSO High Tech Crimes Unit was able to identify images depicting child pornography that had been downloaded and saved on the device.

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