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New fraud hitting the community

New fraud hitting the community

Citrus County, FL -- Over the past several weeks, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has had at least two reports of what looks to be a new fraud circulating in the county.

A 65-year-old Crystal River woman and a 39-year-old Homosassa female were approached at local gas stations by a black male, reportedly between 30 and 35 years old, and dressed in military camouflage.

He told the women that he just returned from Iraq and was given vouchers by the army to assist families with paying their electric bills. All he needed from them was $100. Both victims gave him the money, but the utility bills were never paid.

Accident in Inverness critically injures motorcyclist

Accident in Inverness critically injures motorcyclist

Inverness, FL -- An Inverness man was critically injured after being hit on his motorcycle while traveling east on State Road 44 on Monday, May 30.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, around 12:09 p.m., 77-year-old Ronald Hannon, of Inverness, was heading east on SR 44 in the left turn lane attempting to turn onto Croft Avenue.

Hannon turned left and into the path of 47-year-old Melvin Lowe's 2009 Honda motorcycle. Lowe's motorcycle hit the right rear of Hannon's 2005 Chevy sedan.

Woman in DUI accident dies, driver arrested

Woman in DUI accident dies, driver arrested

Floral City, FL -- A Citrus County woman involved in a DUI accident on Thursday night died from her injuries at Tampa General Hospital.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, the accident happened Thursday night, May 13, around 10:30 p.m. on County Road 48 and S. Istachatta Road.

Steven Dickson was driving east on County Road 48 when he swerved to avoid an animal and lost control of the car he was driving.  The car headed onto the south shoulder of County Road 48, overturned, and Steven and his passenger, 62-year-old Deborah Dickson, were both ejected.

DUI crash causes serious injuries

DUI crash causes serious injuries

A DUI-related crash resulted in serious injuries late in the evening on Thursday, May 12.

62-year-old Steven M. Dickson was traveling east on County Road 48 in a Chevrolet SSR with a passenger, 62-year-old Deborah. Dickson swerved to avoid an animal that traveled in the roadway and lost control of the vehicle. He then traveled onto the south shoulder of County Road 48 and overturned. Both the passenger and driver were ejected.

Dickson was arrested for DUI - Serious Injury after providing a breath sample of 0.155.  He was delivered to the Citrus County Jail.

This crash remains under investigation and details regarding this incident are subject to change.

Doctor, 71, arrested for prescribing painkillers

Doctor, 71, arrested for prescribing painkillers

Homosassa, Florida - "He's a drug dealer dressed in a lab coat."

That's how the Florida Department of Law Enforcement describes Gordon Bunker, 71, who was arrested Tuesday for trafficking thousands of prescription drugs.

Bunker was supposed to have 18,000 pills at his Homosassa office, located on South Suncoast Boulevard.  But when FDLE agents showed up Tuesday morning, they found just 9,000 pills.