News 7-19-17

Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, Aug. 4-6

The 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will give shoppers a sales tax break if buying certain school related items during Friday through Sunday, August 4 – 6.

During this sales tax holiday period, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax (also known as discretionary sales surtax) will be collected on purchases of ïclothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item ïcertain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and ïpersonal computers and certain computer-related accessories, selling for $750 or less per item, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

This sales tax holiday does NOT apply to ïany item of clothing selling for more than $60; ïany school supply item selling for more than $15; ïbooks that are not otherwise exempt; ïpersonal computers and computer-related accessories purchased for commercial purposes; ïrentals or leases of any eligible items; ïrepairs or alterations of any eligible items; or ïsales of any eligible items in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport.


Area Police Beat

Michael Eugene Hightower, 45, Inverness, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 10, charged with misdemeanor battery ($1,000 bond).
Christopher Michael Leonard, 30, Lecanto, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 10, charged with possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a concealed handcuff key, and possession of drug paraphernalia ($5,000 bond). The arrest was the result of several calls by motorists to the sheriff’s office, who stated they suspected possible drug sales because several cars had driven up to a man, later determined to be Mr. Leonard, who was alone at Sportsmans Park, located at 95 N. Twin Lake Dr. in Inverness. When a K9 alerted on Mr. Leonard’s person, he was searched. Inside his backpack, deputies found approximately 0.5 gram methamphetamine, a universal handcuff key, an injection needle, a stainless steel spoon, a small steel pipe, a blow torch, and a miniature glass water bong (pipe).

Michael Todd Marcum, 36, homeless in the Crystal River area, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 10, charged with aggravated battery by a detainee upon a visitor or another detainee, a second degree felony reclassified to a first degree felony ($10,000 bond).

Anthony Paul Massaro, 30, Brooksville, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 10, charged with 2 counts of felony criminal mischief ($1,000 or more), auto theft, and trespassing ($7,000 bond). The report stated that a man had left his vehicle, a 1995 Ford Ranger, to go inside the Dollar General store, located at 9524 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, to purchase a few items, and when he returned outside, 3 to 5 minutes later, his truck was gone. Several witnesses saw the man drive away in the truck. A short time later, the same truck sped through the gate of the Duke Energy plant in Crystal River without producing identification as requested by guards, who told him to stop. Deputies shortly arrived at Duke Energy to find that the truck had been crashed into electrical pipes, causing damages to the truck in the amount of $5,000 and damages to the pipes of more than $2,000.

Kelly Faye Nelson, 51, Inverness, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), July 10, charged with driving while license knowingly suspended or revoked, and driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, drugs or chemicals ($12,000 bond). The arrest came as the result of a call to the CCSO regarding a vehicle that was stopped at a stop sign for several minutes, then drove away in an erratic manner. A deputy viewed the vehicle weaving between both lanes and made a traffic stop. Ms Nelson, the driver, smelled strongly of alcohol, her eyes were glassy and her speech was slurred, according to the report. She admitted to having consumed “one big cocktail,” and performed poorly on roadside sobriety testing. Her license had been suspended on Jan. 12, 2017 for 180 days due to driving under the influence and again on March 6, 2017, due to financial responsibility. At the Citrus County Detention Facility, her breath alcohol level results were 0.233 and 0.229. She was also issued a citation for the driver’s license infraction and a written warning for failure to maintain a single lane.

Richard Joseph Anzalone, 63, Inverness, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 11, charged with misdemeanor   violation of condition of pretrial release when the original arrest was for domestic violence (no bond).

Christopher Joseph Gosselin, 44, homeless in the area behind Neffer’s Bowling in Homosassa, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 11, charged with retail petit theft (value $100 or less). His bond was set at $1,000. Mr. Gosselin is accused of taking 2 canisters of torch fuel from Kane’s Ace Hardware, located at 3600 S. Suncoast Blvd. in Homosassa. The report stated that video surveillance showed Gosselin placing the items (valued at $23.98) into his backpack and leaving the store without paying for the items. Gosselin told the deputy that he took the fuel because he was cold and needed the heat. Gosselin was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia ($3,000 bond).

Lastraza Dushon Johnnies, 46, homeless in the Hernando, FL area, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 11, charged with trespassing after warning ($1,000 bond). The report stated that a deputy saw Mr. Johnnies sitting under a pavilion at an E. Orange Dr., Hernando residence after having been trespassed from the location on July 1, 2017.

William Kelly McDonald, 56, homeless in the Homosassa area, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 11, charged with trespassing ($1,000 bond). The report stated that an employee at the Shell gas station, located at 9406 S. Suncoast Blvd. in Homossassa, complained that Mr. McDonald, who was sitting on the curb at the edge of the parking lot, has been urinating on the property and several customers had complained. She said, that when she told him to leave, he became argumentative and refused. He also refused to leave when the deputy asked him, several times, according to the report.

Antawn Lamar Pierson, 38, who currently resides at 937 S. Apopka Ave., Inverness, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 11, charged with a felony, being a sex offender and failing to report a name or address change within 48 hours (bond $5,000). The report stated that Pierson moved from 4572 SW 158th Street Rd in Ocala to his new address of 937 S. Apopka Ave., Inverness, without obtaining a new identification card. The report stated that Pierson’s last sex offender registration was on June 16, 2017. Pierson told deputies that he’d been at his new address for a week, but he’s had no transportation. However, the report stated that Pierson lives within walking distance of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Jade Lee Wenner, 33, Homosassa, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 11, on a Citrus County warrant for felony battery (committing battery with one prior conviction for battery). His bond was set at none.

Daedre Elizabeth Bronson, 30, Homosassa,  was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 12, charged with misdemeanor violation of condition of pretrial release when the original arrest was for domestic violence (no bond).

Daniel L. Coleman, 28, Floral City, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 12, charged with misdemeanor   violation of condition of pretrial release when the original arrest was for domestic violence (no bond).

Mitchell Alvis Cook, Jr., 34, Inverness, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 12, charged with trafficking or endeavoring to traffic in stolen property, grand theft ($300 or more, but less than $5,000), and burglary of an unoccupied residence ($17,000 bond).
Two women were arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 12, following the report of a theft from the Beall’s department store.

Thersa Cooper, 47, Old Town, was charged with retail petit theft (value more than $100, but less than $300), and possession of a controlled substance ($2,500 bond). She’s accused of taking 10 items of clothing and jewelry from the store, passing all points of sale without paying for the items, valued at $297.81. She was also found to be in possession of 1 hydrocodone pill and 1 cyclobenzaprine pill.

Tiffany White, 46, Bronson, was charged with retail petit theft (value more than $100, but less than $300). Her bond was set at $500. Ms. White is accused of taking 8 items of clothing and accessories from the store, passing all points of sale without paying for the items, valued at $237.99. The two women were detained on the sidewalk outside of the store.

Richard Steven Garrett, 46, Homosassa,  was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 12, on a Citrus County warrant for  possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia (no bond).

Frank James Hunter, 57, Homosassa, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 12, charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.

Joseph Kevin Lolly, 39, Dunnellon, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 12, charged with being a sex offender and failing to report change in vehicle ownership ($5,000 bond).

Joseph Lawrence Kordecki, 41, Crystal River, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 12, charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; driving while license knowingly suspended or revoked, and having no motor vehicle registration ($2,000 bond). The arrest came as the result of a traffic stop in Crystal River due to a vehicle, traveling north on US 19, having an inoperable headlamp. Kordecki, the driver, had no valid driver’s license and no car registration. He was also found to be in possession of 1.2 grams methamphetamine.

William Lowery, 20, Beverly Hills, FL, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 12, charged with resisting an officer without violence, and trespassing in an unoccupied structure or conveyance ($1,500 bond).

Bobby Gene Metz, II, 49, Beverly Hills, FL, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 12, charged with misdemeanor violation of condition of pretrial release when the original arrest was for domestic violence (no bond).

George Alexander Odom, 41, homeless in the Homosassa area, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 12, charged with driving while license knowingly suspended or revoked, and resisting an officer without violence ($1,500 bond). The arrest came as the result of a BOLO (Be On the LookOut) for a silver, 4-door Volvo, traveling at a high rate of speed on Yulee Dr. in Old Homosassa. According to the report, the deputy saw the vehicle speeding, and it failed to stop at a stop sign on W. London Ln. The vehicle pulled into the yard of a S. Dot Loop property, and the driver, Mr. Odom, got out of the car, ran in a southwesterly direction through the yard and to a dock. He was preparing to jump into the water when the deputy drew his sidearm and told him to get onto the ground. Mr. Odom complied and was taken into custody. Odom was additionally arrested on a Citrus County warrant for violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence (no bond).
Andrew William Brinn, 30, Homosassa, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 13, on a Citrus County warrant for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). His bond was set at $10,000.

David Paul Curry, Sr., 46, Crystal River, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 13, charged with grand theft ($300 or more, but less than $5,000), and burglary of an unoccupied structure ($7,000 bond).

Wynotta Janet Damron, 52, Crystal River, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 13, charged with misdemeanor battery ($1,000 bond). Ms.Damron is accused of punching a man in the face, numerous times, during an altercation, giving the man a bloody lip. The incident occurred at a N. Todd Pt. residence in Hernando, FL. The deputy reported that he arrived as Ms. Damron was attempting to leave the reeidence, that she apeared to be under the influence of alcohol, and she was loud and belligerent until the deputy asked her to calm down, and she did. Damron told deputies that she argued with the victim because he was being disrespectful and putting her down, but she had not hit him. However, witnesses said she had.

Michael John Heda, 37, Lecanto, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 13, on a Citrus County warrant for grand theft ($300 or more, but less than $5,000), and giving false verification of ownership or false identification to a pawnbroker ($7,000 bond).

Tiffany Lynn Morgan, 32, homeless in the Homosassa area, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 13, charged with trespassing. Her bond was set at $1,000. The report stated that Ms. Morgan had arrived at the location of a new heating and cooling business located at 6421 W. Homosassa Trail in Homosassa, stating that she had an appointment, and she refused to leave after she was asked to leave several times. She also refused to leave when asked to leave by deputies. The report stated that Morgan was acting strangely, speaking incoherently, and stated she didn’t understand what was going on.

Two men were arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 13, following the report of a retail theft at the Homosassa Walmart. When deputies arrived at the store, the loss prevention officer told deputies that a man who was carrying a backpack filled with $108.84 in store merchandise that had not been paid for, had run away into the woods south of the store, with two other men, when employees questioned him about the backpack. A Honda Civic driving by was pointed out by witnesses as being driven by a man who was with the three men who had stolen from the store. A deputy made a traffic stop on the vehicle, and the driver, Dane Michael Gray, 25, of Dunnellon, was charged with driving while license suspended or revoked (habitual traffic offender), with his bond set at $2,000. Another deputy located another suspect, Henry Diam Singleton, 20, Dunnellon, who was listed as the owner of the vehicle driven by Mr. Gray. The deputy identified Singleton, from video surveillance, as the man who had run from the store with the backpack. Singleton was charged with retail petit theft, resisting an officer without violence, and resisting a merchant during or after a theft ($3,000 bond). The other two suspects had not been located or identified at the time of the other two arrests.

Ricky Donald Wiseman, 29, Dunnellon, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 13, charged with retail petit theft (value more than $100, but less than $300), and resisting an officer without violence ($2,000 bond).

Louise Mary Peters, 56, homeless in the Inglis area, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, July 14, on a Citrus County warrant for violation of probation or community control (misdemeanor). Her bond was set at $485.

Upcoming Community Events
  1. Register for Citizens’ Academy classes

    August 3 @ 1:00 pm - October 26 @ 4:00 pm
  2. Shoes and Socks for Needy Children

    August 10 @ 8:00 am - September 11 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Town Hall Meeting, Aug. 17, Beverly Hills

    August 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  4. Summer Music at the Museum Concert Series

    August 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  5. Our Lady of Grace-K of C Council 6168 Blood Drive

    August 19 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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