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Weekly Review 0221 Chronicle: Traffic accidents, animal cruelty, stolen goods, gunfire at MPs – and an Inverness native joins the US Space Force | Local News



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Oak Hill Hospital General Manager Mickey Smith explains some of the cutting edge features of the North Tower Intensive Care Unit in 2013.

Many Citrus County residents visit Oak Hill Hospital for treatment

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Last year, around 4,500 Citrus County residents chose Oak Hill Hospital in Hernando County as their facility for their medical care, and more than 100 people from Citrus County are also coming to work there.


“It’s the same as real estate: location, location, location,” said Mickey Smith, CEO of Oak Hill Hospital and resident of Crystal River.

Smith said many from southern Citrus County come to Oak Hill rather than the two Citrus County hospitals.

Oak Hill Hospital is also fairly close to larger hospitals that can provide more specialized care if needed, Smith said.

“The other thing that has happened is that technology has leveled the playing field,” he said, allowing small and medium-sized hospitals to offer services once only performed in larger metropolitan facilities.

“And what has really been transformative for us is the teaching (and residency) program,” said Smith, offering medical graduate students eight accredited programs.

Crystal River man dies after collision with motorbike at apartment building in downtown Inverness

A 29-year-old man in Crystal River has died after his motorbike struck a building in downtown Inverness just before 9 p.m. on February 12.

As he headed northwest on West Main Street, approaching the intersection with Courthouse Square, he failed to negotiate a nearby turn, causing his motorcycle to pull out of the pavement and colliding with the Joy Hayes Court Reporting building.

Rescuers declared the man dead at the scene. According to FHP, he was not wearing a helmet.

Inverness man accused of firing airsoft gun at MPs over emergency lights

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Emergency lights from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars in his neighborhood of Inverness disturbed Michael Joseph Patton to the point that he allegedly fired an airsoft rifle at two of their drivers.

Patton, 32, was arrested on the night of February 11 for earlier firing a BB gun at the two MPs down the street from his home.

Patton faces two counts of the third degree felony of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon. He was jailed on $ 4,000 bail.

In Patton’s first appearance on February 12, court records showed a judge increased his bond to $ 10,000 and ordered him not to have any weapons, including pellet guns.

Tracking device on leased equipment arrests suspect charged with theft

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Deon Maurice Griffin, 31, of Detroit, Michigan, who came to Florida to party with relatives in Tampa for the Super Bowl, also smuggled some stolen goods during his visit, according to an affidavit from Citrus County Sheriff’s Office arrest.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Griffin after law enforcement informed local MPs that Griffin had rented a skid steer loader – a heavy piece of steel equipment used to lift wooden pallets loaded with shipped materials – from from a Spring Hill Home Depot.

Instead of returning it the same day it was rented, Griffin tried to sell it on Facebook Marketplace.

However, because the stolen equipment had a tracking device, Hernando County MPs were able to locate it on a trailer in the front yard of a Homosassa house where Griffin opened the door along with a man s ‘is presented to purchase the equipment, according to the arrest report.

Griffin was arrested and charged with trafficking in stolen goods on $ 5,000 bond.

A 26-year-old US Air Force soldier from Inverness transferred to the US Space Force

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Staff Sgt April Brittain, from Inverness, poses at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado days after her ceremonial transfer, December 15, 2020, of her 26-year career in the US Air Force to US Space Strength.

After 26 years in the US Air Force, Chief Master Sgt. April Brittain is relaunching her military career as a Guardian of the US Space Force, the country’s galactic service arm.

For four and a half years before her transfer to the Space Force, Brittain was posted to Air Force Space Command, where she supported communications with her computer background.

She now advises the commander of the newly activated Space Domain Awareness Delta, which spans the globe with personnel at 10 sites supporting missions in four countries.

“We are protecting those American interests,” the Inverness native told The Chronicle, “and just being able to be a part of it, I love it; it feels like a part of a greater good.

Local women arrested in separate animal cruelty cases; accused of neglecting dogs

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Two local women face separate charges of aggravated animal cruelty after their arrest day after day for neglecting their respective dogs.

Mary Catherine Phillips, 33, of Beverly Hills, was held in Citrus County Jail on February 5 after animal control officers removed a dog from her residence. Officers documented that the dog suffered from lameness, a scratched nose, infected sores, abscesses in the ears and nails for so long that they curled up and pushed back.

Catherine Louise Collier, 59, from Homosassa, was jailed on February 6. Her dog, Bindi, was emaciated, sick and had a large lump of pus growing and oozing down the left side of his face, according to Collier’s arrest report.

A vet had to euthanize Bindi because the lump prevented the dog from eating and ruled that the dog’s death was negligent.

The two women were released after posting bail on their $ 2,000 bonds, court records show, and they are due to be brought to justice for their crimes on February 22.

Hot topic of the week: Last week, Chronicle’s opinion pages were filled with letters to the editor and Sound Off calls on COVID-19 vaccinations. Here’s what some of the letter’s writers said:

• LB Kerr: “I am 85 years old and I have COPD and AFib. I have decided that this (the difficulty of getting a date) is a test. If we can maintain our sanity after jumping through hoops then we might be worthy of wasting vaccines. And / or we die of old age before they have to shoot us with that needle.

• George Boettcher Jr .: After being offered an appointment in Miami by the Florida Department of Health, the 83-year-old Inverness resident said no thanks and called the VA clinic in Lecanto where he received an appointment with a choice of day. and the time.

“Their drive-through clinic was well staffed, helpful and it was all over in 15 minutes, with a follow-up appointment a month later.

“Thank you, VA Lecanto. No thanks to Governor DeSantis and FDH.

• Marilyn Vasseliou: She wrote to say that she was all for another letter writer’s suggestion to “smooch for a cure for COVID”. The original letter, written by an 85-year-old veteran, said he had been vaccinated at the VA clinic, but his wife was unable to get an appointment and asked the question: Would a kiss convey immunity?

“I just want to say how much this letter made me smile,” Vasseliou wrote.

Quote of the week: “It was one of those stupid things, going about my own business on a golf cart in Homosassa.” – Graham Dunnege, on the day a car hit his golf cart and he found himself in critical condition, interrupting his plans to get away with his fiancee, Jody Hansen-Walker, end of October. The couple got married on January 29, 2021 in a private ceremony.

Sew-Ciety honored for sewing masks and more

The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Sewing Sew-Ciety was recognized as Handmade Heroes by Joann’s Fabrics for creating items for Citrus County students in need, and for expanding over the course of the last year at community mask sewing. Recently, a new project was added to the list: shower trays for residents of an abuse shelter.

Good news of the week: The Nature Coast Chapter of Florida Sewing Sew-Ciety was recently named “Heroes in Hand” by Joann’s Fabric Stores.

Over the past 10 years, chapter members have created thousands of clothing and other items for Citrus County students in need.

When the coronavirus pandemic struck, the chapter got to work making thousands of masks for individuals, businesses and organizations in Citrus County.

Recently, their latest project involves making shower trays filled with toiletries for residents of an abuse shelter.