14-year-old Crystal River girl reported missing

14-year-old Crystal River girl reported missing

[UPDATE January 17, 2020, at 12:17 p.m. — Kayla Desiree-Marie Nienhuis was found safe.] On January 13, 2020, Kayla Desiree-Marie Nienhuis was reported as a missing juvenile to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. She is a 14-year-old white female, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 115 pounds, brown eyes, brown hair, wearing a maroon Hollister shirt, […]

Pedestrian who was killed, identified

Pedestrian who was killed, identified

The identity of a pedestrian, who was killed after being struck by two vehicles Friday, has been released by the Florida Highway Patrol. According to troopers, a 2008 Chevy Cobalt, driven by Tammy Pensinger, was traveling northbound on US-41, south of East Norvell Bryant Hwy in the left turn lane, and a second vehicle, a […]

FWC: Weekly outdoor crime report

FWC: Weekly outdoor crime report

Officer Browning was on land patrol at Macrae’s Boat Ramp when he observed four individuals fishing from the dock. The officer checked the fishermen and located 18 undersized mangrove snapper in a cooler. The appropriate citations were issued. Officer Browning was on water patrol in the Salt River when he observed the operator of a […]

Wawa spokesperson untruthful as to why construction is delayed

Wawa spokesperson untruthful as to why construction is delayed

Wawa spokesperson Lori Bruce insinuated in an email that the Crystal River Wawa has been delayed due to permitting delays. However, the city says that is not true. According to City Manager Ken Frink, the site has been permitted since June. Now, the store is not slated for completion until 2021. Many were glad to […]

Citrus County deputy injured during crash Gospel Island Road

Citrus County deputy injured during crash Gospel Island Road

Deputy Nick Erdman with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office was on his way to work Monday when he sideswiped a utility pole. According to the CCSO, Deputy Erdman sideswiped the pole after swerving to avoid another vehicle that was headed toward him in his lane. The incident occurred on Gospel Island Road at approximately 4:30 p.m. […]

Boy saved mom’s life as she was being suffocated by boyfriend

Boy saved mom’s life as she was being suffocated by boyfriend

A fast-thinking 12-year-old boy saved his mom’s life by alerting neighbors to the fact that his mom was being battered by her boyfriend. According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Benjamin Parrish Safer became involved in a verbal argument with his girlfriend over a cellphone. During the argument, Safer became aggressive and punched the victim […]

Woman attacked for taking too long at grocery store

Woman attacked for taking too long at grocery store

Crystal River — A Crystal River man was arrested after deputies say he threatened his girlfriend and had the means to carry out that threat. Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the vicinity of North Gulf Avenue and West Goldenleaf Lane after a caller reported a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact […]

Woman charged with aggravated child abuse, duct taped boy to chair

Woman charged with aggravated child abuse, duct taped boy to chair

Citrus County — A Florida woman is behind bars after investigators say she tied a boy to a chair and attempted to suffocate him. Merry Elizabeth Teller was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and members of the US Marshall Task Force. According to investigators, two cell phone videos provided by the boy’s mother, […]

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