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Red Flag Laws and the Consequences of Good Intentions

In EYE ON CITRUS, Jessica Cribbs was fatally shot just after 6 a.m, Red Flag Laws and the Consequences of Good Intentions on kp06 at 311910

Something’s wrong with your uncle across the street. He’s always been a strange guy, but he’s been acting more strangely than usual since he lost his job last month. He’s been drinking a lot more too. He sits around all day, drinking Genny Light, and watching TV when he’s not blasting up the backyard with his .12 gauge. He’s been banned from the local bar, which is a rare distinction to achieve. Your aunt is so afraid of him that she and her kids just moved in with you. She’s terrified he’s going to hurt himself or someone else. Thing is, so far he hasn’t done anything illegal: He hasn’t made any direct threats, or brandished his guns in public, or assaulted anyone.

If you live in a state that has red flag laws, formally known as Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) or, in some states, as Gun Violence Restraining Orders, your aunt can petition to have your uncle’s guns taken away for a period of time (for weeks, months, or up to a year, depending on the state).

The process differs from state to state, but generally the petitioner is a family member of the respondent, who has to present evidence to a judge, while the respondent has the opportunity to contest these claims. Some states allow judges to issue emergency orders without the respondent having to be present, much like a restraining order. In these cases, a judge can authorize police to immediately confiscate the firearms of the respondent, who can contest this action at a later court hearing.

Before Parkland, five states had red flag laws on the books. In the past year, nine more states passed them, and 25 states are considering them. Supporters, such as the Giffords Law Center, point to success police have had in stopping potential mass shootings using these laws, such as a case in Vermont last year, in which police confiscated the guns of an 18-year-old who kept a notebook titled “Journal of an Active Shooter.”

Furthermore, one study focusing on suicides in states with red flag laws found a demonstrable reduction in suicide rates, and a similar study that focused on Connecticut estimated that that state’s red flag law may have prevented up to 100 suicides.

As far as gun control laws go, these measures are widely popular. That even goes for Texas, where 72 percent of voters voiced support in a recent University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. That popularity also extends to Texas Republicans, 60 percent of whom favor these laws. So far Republican-controlled legislatures in Indiana and Florida have passed such bills, and seven Republican governors have signed red flag bills into law. Even National Review has written favorably about them. This post will continue after the break for the Citrus County incident.

Similar circumstances resulted in the death of a women in Citrus County Aug 2018

6019 Rio Grande Drive from sheriff's office

Identity released of woman fatally shot by police during drug raid

Editor’s Note: The number of occupants inside the raided home was changed from 11 to 10 to reflect information stated in reports from the State Attorney’s Office.

Authorities have released the name of the woman who police shot and killed during a Thursday morning drug raid at a Beverly Hills house.

Jessica Cribbs was fatally shot just after 6 a.m. when narcotics detectives and SWAT teams served a search warrant for a house on the 6000 block of West Rio Grande Drive in the Pine Ridge community, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) spokeswoman Lindsay Blair said Friday.

Reportedly, the 45-year-old Cribbs had pointed a firearm at deputies from Citrus and Hernando counties and was fatally shot after police were unable to get her to lower her weapon.

No police were injured, but two of the 10 people — including an infant — lawmen found inside the home suffered from minor injures and were later released from a hospital. Blair would not confirm Friday if those wounds were dealt by gunfire or shrapnel.

An ongoing and standard investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into the deputy-involved shooting is keeping officials from divulging details about the incident, Cribbs and the other unidentified occupants involved with the raid.

Blair and Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) spokesman Michael Terry said neither of their agency’s deputies are equipped with body cameras.

HCSO Deputy E.J. Varrichio, who was involved in the shooting, was placed on administrative leave with pay, according to Terry.

Terry said 32-year-old Varrichio, who has served with HCSO since June 2011, was placed on leave because he was the only Hernando County deputy who discharged his firearm.

Citing FDLE’s shooting probe, Blair would not say if more than one deputy had opened fire on Cribbs.

Prior to Thursday, the sheriff’s Tactical Impact Unit had conducted a lengthy investigation of possible drug sales at the residence, and had enough evidence to get a circuit judge to sign a search warrant, Blair said. 

Planners of Thursday’s raid were aware there would be an infant and numerous people inside the home when they would conduct their search, Blair said, adding that deputies who participate in executing search warrants are trained to safely enter a home with children inside.

Blair would not comment on who inside the home narcotics investigators were targeting.

Terry said because the home was large, members of the Citrus County and Hernando County SWAT teams had to breach from separate entrances.

Deputies did arrest two men, Cody Lynn Blagburn and Cameryn David Holloway, for allegedly distributing marijuana from the home, which is listed as their address on their arrest reports.

Police found a digital scale on the floor of Blagburn’s bedroom, and 4.27 pounds of marijuana and 16-and-a-half pills of clonazepam inside his safe, according to Blagburn’s arrest report.

Blagburn, 23, was charged with possessing marijuana with intent to sell, possessing a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Blagburn was jailed on an $8,000 bond, but at first appearance on Friday, his bond was reduced to $6,000, according to the Citrus County Detention Facility.

In Holloway’s room, deputies found a scale, marijuana, baggies and other distribution equipment. Holloway, 18, was charged with possessing marijuana with intent to sell and possessing drug paraphernalia.

According to the county jail, Holloway posted bail Friday on a $6,000 bond. READ REST OF STORY HERE CHRONICLE ONLINE

Make note that the search warrant WAS NOT for Jessica Faith Cribbs, rather for an individual who lived there and was selling marijuana.



Jessica Faith Cribbs

Obituary for Jessica Faith Cribbs

Jessica Faith Cribbs, age 45, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away Thursday, August 30, 2018 at her residence. She was a graduate of Marietta High School and Full Sail University and she was retired from the U.S. ARMY where she was a Multi Media Illustrator.

To read the full obituary, please visit the memorial website for Jessica Faith Cribbs at South Canton Funeral Home.

Jessica Cribbs was recently murdered by the very people that are supposed to protect us. She always had a kind and giving heart which led to her ultimate demise. In the break of daylight on 30 September, Citrus County and Hernando County Sheriff departments raided her home on a search warrant for one of her tenants.
Jessica Cribbs was medically retired from the Army, and was bound to a wheelchair. Her disabilities never stopped her from living an abundant life full of love and faith. Married to her best friend, all who knew them would tell you they were soul mates.

Please note this information is given to raise concern regarding the Red Flag laws and the unintended but deadly consequences of what would seem as good intentions, BEWARE, according to sources law enforcement does not have to knock on the doors and announce themselves! Ultimately it would appear that it is the beginning of the Minority Report a movie that depicted a future where police arrested people before any crimes had been committed, just in case!

Continue to read the rest of the article in order to get the feel and depth of this type of legislation and the eventual consequences that will come about.

The Consequences of Disarming the Uncooperative

Yet as popular and sensible as these measures might sound, here is how the application of a red flag law — signed into law by a Republican governor — played out last year in Maryland:

On November 5, two Anne Arundel County police officers knocked on the door of Gary J. Willis at 5:17 AM. They were there to serve Willis with an ERPO and confiscate his guns. Willis, who had been asleep, answered the door with a gun in his hand.

The officers said Willis put the gun down, then “became irate” when they explained why they were there — and picked up the gun again. A struggle ensued, and one of the officers fatally shot Willis.

Police and many gun control advocates pointed to this incident as proof that Maryland’s red flag law was working. Yet one doesn’t have to Google too hard to find a sharply contrary view: On one website after another, gun rights’ advocates present this shooting as a symbol of gun control gone insane. And you don’t have to delve too deeply into the comment sections to find people basically accusing the cops of murder.


Serving Extreme Risk Protection Orders can lead to violent confrontations. Photo credit: © Tampa Bay Times/ZUMAPRESS.com

One of Willis’s relatives was “dumbfounded” by the shooting, telling the Baltimore Sun that police “didn’t need to do what they did.” Nevertheless, that’s what happened, and it happened after another family member applied for the ERPO.

Due Process and ‘The Minority Report’: Where the ACLU and Conservatives Find Common Ground

Willis is not around to ask for his version of what happened that morning. But one cannot predict how an armed person — especially one who gave relatives reason for concern — would react to being awakened at 5:17 in the morning and disarmed by police.

This is not the only kind of troubling scenario these laws might produce, and it isn’t only the bloggers of the alt-right who have concerns. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Rhode Island, for instance, has serious qualms with that state’s red flag law.

In a 14-page analysis, the organization last year took issue with “the breadth of this legislation, its impact on civil liberties, and the precedent it sets for the use of coercive measures against individuals, not because they are alleged to have committed any crime, but because somebody believes they might, someday, commit one.”

Possible violation of due process is the primary concern of this paper, which likens this law to the science fiction scenario of The Minority Report, in which precognitive police try to stop crimes before they’re committed.

The paper also argues that an ERPO “could be issued without any indication that the person poses an imminent threat to others, and without any evidence that he or she ever committed, or has even threatened to commit, an act of violence with a firearm.”

It also points out that a respondent is not automatically appointed counsel for a court hearing, and that ultimately the burden of regaining possession of confiscated guns is placed on the respondent.

The paper questions whether “overblown political rhetoric” on social media might constitute grounds for a judge to issue one of these orders. Also, it expresses concern that police might someday use this law “as a shortcut to seize lawfully owned weapons” from suspected gang members, or “as a general search warrant that could conveniently allow police to  ‘stumble across’ evidence of unrelated illegal activity.”

Finally, there’s the unintentional social damage that such an order might do to a respondent, since the law could allow police “to warn potentially hundreds of people that the individual might pose a significant danger to them.”

The national ACLU has taken a more ambiguous stance on red flag laws, saying only that these laws “must at a minimum have clear, nondiscriminatory criteria for defining persons as dangerous and a fair process for those affected to object and be heard by a court,” but without going into further specifics.

Many of the concerns raised by the Rhode Island ACLU are shared by the Rutherford Institute, a legal defense nonprofit generally viewed as the ACLU’s conservative mirror-image. “The major due process concern with ERPOs is that they allow a person to be deprived of property (a gun) and liberty (their Second Amendment right) before they are granted an opportunity to be heard,” John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, told WhoWhatWhy.

Like the Rhode Island ACLU, Whitehead foresaw the potential for abuse by police “for malicious ends, such as to harass the target.” He also cited the Maryland incident as an example of the possibility that “violent confrontations” might occur “when police arrive unexpectedly to seize a person’s firearms.”

But the most chilling concern that Whitehead identified was the possible misuse of an ERPO by police “to conduct an end run around the limits of the Fourth Amendment’s ban on warrantless searches and seizures.”

Whitehead also agreed with the Rhode Island ACLU’s concerns about the law’s failure to provide for legal assistance. “The target can apply for assistance from a public defender,” he said, “but there is no guarantee that such assistance will be granted, forcing the target to either represent themselves or expend significant amounts to hire an attorney.”

Both concerns regarding legal counsel also involve scenarios in which poor respondents would face serious obstacles to defending themselves. While most red flag laws have provisions criminalizing malicious misuse of these orders, that misuse can only be challenged by a respondent who is able to attend all scheduled court hearings. Poorer respondents may have limited resources, or no transportation, or an employer who won’t grant time off for a court hearing.

So far, neither Whitehead nor the Rhode Island ACLU is aware of any court cases challenging red flag laws on constitutional grounds. However, given the problems identified by critics on both the left and right, it may be only a matter of time before that happens.

These laws do not address the fact that potentially dangerous people are able to easily get guns in the first place. US civilians own anywhere between 265 million and 393 million guns — or even as many as 600 million. The estimates vary so widely because no one really knows how many guns are out there — or who owns them.  REST OF STORY HERE

David Carpenter’s A1 Locksmith enters Good Bad and Ugly Business of Citrus County FL

In A1 Locksmith, David Carpenter’s, Good Bad and Ugly Business of Citrus County FL on kp37 at 311924

David Carpenter’s A1 Locksmith does not fall into the Ugly category but certainly does into the Bad and doesn’t have real far to go to be an official Ugly Business here in Citrus County!

He started my van with the electronic key and fob and acted like the fob would be reprogram and had to leave it was raining and said the fob should be reprogramed when the rain stopped I went out and discovered the key fob was not reprogrammed and called him. He said it would cost me another $35.00 service charge to have him come back out for the key fob even though he said it was programed or I could come out to his place and he would fix it. Went out to his place and long story short everything costed $120.00 with key fob not program, glad he got the van started not happy with the cost or his attitude of being correct but could not program the fob. It was clear he did not have the means or knowledge to reprogram the key fob. The business van has no discernable markings indicating the business, it’s a big white Nissan Van.

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DICK’S Moving EOC’s first entry into the Good Bad and Ugly Businesses of Citrus County

In DICK’S Moving our first entry into the Good Bad and Ugly, Businesses in Citrus County, EOC EYEONCITRUS.COM, ugly on kp10 at 311829

Dick’s Moving of Homosassa FL (Citrus County) begins our list of an “UGLY” business in Citrus County with a disrespectful staff that upon learning your on a tight schedule begins to slow down and when ask to pick up the pace they became insulting and abusive especially to the elderly. Seniors should avoid this business resulting in EOC UGLY classification and this business should be avoided.. All reviews originally published on EOC will be archived to the EOC “Good Bad and Ugly” Business page for Citrus County.


Surprised smile DICK’S Moving, Inc. Homosassa, FL

The Good Bad and Ugly

In anything news,events,important,public needs,to know send them to us, EOC EYEONCITRUS.COM, the good bad and ugl on kp15 at 311816
In 1936, the last public display of capital punishment took place, and prisoner Rainey Bethea was subjected to a public hanging. Afterward, laws were passed that said all capital punishments should take place in private.
In 1936, the last public display of capital punishment took place, and prisoner Rainey Bethea was subjected to a public hanging. Afterward, laws were passed that said all capital punishments should take place in private.

This announcement will soon be removed however each new business that enters The Good Bad Ugly page will have an article here and then will be found on the page GBU located wtih the other pages under the Citrus County Courthouse above!, the good bad and ugly and it will be devoted to letting citizens know about businesses that are good bad and ugly. So if you have a business that you’ve dealt with and were treated badly or good, let us know! There are plenty of good operations out there and they need to be given credit. And then there are the others. Details, details and more details, send them to us while still fresh in your mind! ALSO ANY news events or anything you think the public has the right to know while it’s fresh in your mind!  Clicking the the E-MAIL US NOW! below will open a new window with your default email account, if you don’t want to wait for that, the email address is:  eyesoncitrus@gmail.com and you must use the subject line with goodbadugly in it as it is here!





Citrus County and the State of Florida primaries are CLOSED♦ F.S. 101.021

In Books Close February 16 2016, EYEONCITRUS.COM, FLORIDA CLOSED PRIMARY STATE on kp25 at 291614

February 16, 2016 Deadline to be able to change party affilation State of Florida Citrus County  OUTTATHEBOXNEWS.COM


Citrus County Voters and all the voters who live in the State of Florida, you will not be able to cross over party lines in the Primary Elections which take place this coming March 15, 2016. However if you wish take change your party affiliation in order to vote for the individual that isn’t on your particular party platform you have very little time in which to do that! Presidential Preference Primary Book Closing – Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

Presidential Preference Primary Book Closing OUTTATHEBOXNEWS.COM

Some people think if their an independent voter you can vote for someone in either party, that’s only true in the general election, not the primaries, where you can only vote for those running within your party. Example, an independent primary voter (no party affiliation) can only vote for someone under that banner, if there is no one running as an independent, you do not vote in the primaries! The Deadline for doing something about this is February 16, 2013 only 5 days away, THIS coming Tuesday, February 16, 2016! 


Boom in Citrus last night

In Boom in Citrus last night on kp01 at 301420


Was it an Explosion, Gunshot, or what? There were multiple calls to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office concerning that loud explosion sound heard in many areas of the county in the vicinity of Homosassa Trail and Rock Crusher, here’s the answer to the Sheriff’s Office:

English: Tannerite exploding target

English: Tannerite exploding target (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many of you have been asking about the BIG BOOM last night.
The explosion on Wednesday evening created approximately twenty 911 calls and several non emergency line calls. The explosion was caused by two subjects using a high powered rifle (270 cal) shooting Tannerite on private property.
Tannerite is a legal non regulated binary compound of Aluminum Powder and Ammonium Nitrate. These chemicals can be purchased over the internet or at certain stores (Gander Mtn). The instructions for making Tannerite can be found on the internet. The subjects shooting were in compliance with the proper backdrops for target shooting and were shooting Tannerite targets. This particular explosion was caused by using 6lbs of the mixture. No one was injured.


In EARLY VOTING AREAS CITRUS 2014 presented by EYEONCITRUS.COM on kp38 at 311418


Below you’ll find the location and times for early voting in Citrus County this year, 2014

Early voting runs from October 23 – November 1, 2014 at the following locations and schedules are listed.

The early voting takes place in the following towns and cities, Beverly Hills, Crystal River, Homosassa and Inverness.

A Sample ballot is available for download, PLEASE MAKE NOTE THAT THE COMMISSIONERS RACES MIGHT NOT BE IN THE DISTRICT WHERE YOU LIVE, so that is a variable that might not be on

your ballot.     

click the following links to download .pdf files of the sample ballot




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Early Voting Locations Time and Place 2014   EYEONCITRUS.COM

If you don’t know where your Precinct Location

is to vote on the

REGULAR ELECTION DAY, Nov. 4, 2014. click the link below…



Former Gov. Charlie Crist says current Republican Gov. Rick Scott “has no integrity” click here

In Republican Gov. Rick Scott “has no integrity” on kp23 at 311402


Editor’s Note: Charlie has gotten this 100% correct, when you go to vote there are a total of five candidates for Governor, Charlie is our considered best choice, if you were to chose either the two independent candidates or the Libertarian you will be taking votes away from Charlie and giving Scott a chance, do not give this Corporate Controlled Scott any possibility of beating Charlie, Florida depends on it. In Citrus County there are 11,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats, it’s imperative to get out the vote. 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist responds to a question as he sits for an interview with the Florida Associated Press staff, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Miami. Crist, a former Republican governor of Florida, is challenging incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the November election. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The Associated Press

Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday that current Republican Gov. Rick Scott “has no integrity” and his policies are driven by “the almighty dollar.”

Crist made the remarks while discussing his campaign to seek his old job with his new party during an hour-long interview with Associated Press reporters that covered education, the environment and claims by Scott.

The gubernatorial campaign has been one of the most negative in Florida history. Crist accused Scott of running a dishonest ad in which a man says he was swindled by Crist and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein. Crist said Rothstein was a political donor who also gave money to the Republican Party of Florida and President George W. Bush, among others.

“Once we knew what he had done, we returned it all and my opponent in this race knows that. My opponent has not returned anything he took from you and they should,” Crist said.

Scott was CEO of the Columbia/HCA hospital chain during a federal investigation into Medicaid fraud. After Scott stepped down, the company agreed to pay $1.7 billion in fines to settle the case. Scott spent millions of his own money to win office four years ago when he received less than half the votes cast.

“He won by like 1 percent after spending $75 million his company stole from all of us,” Crist said.

“I have integrity, he does not,” Crist said. “Let’s talk about education, let’s talk about the environment, let’s talk about the Everglades, let’s talk about the middle class that suffers.”

The Associated Press also invited Scott for an interview, but he declined. Rest of story, click here.

Renee Christopher McPheeters Does the Walk-LETTER TO EDITOR click here

In Renee Christopher McPheeters Does the Walk-LETTER TO EDITOR on kp03 at 311421

Renee Christopher McPheeters Does the Walk    EYEONCITRUS.COM

A few years ago when I was having a difficult time with my handicapped van, there were so many things wrong with it, it was cheaper to buy another one, even though I didn’t have the money for that either. I have a bone disease and I work at a County office so I needed a van in order to continue to go back and forth to work. I had struggled for months to figure out a way to get help to get a van, lacking funds, but because I work, I fell between the cracks in the avenues for assistance that are available for those who are not working and have a disability.

Renee was in the office one day and learned of my problem, she immediately asked if I wanted some help and told me what she intended on doing, which was to go to the Chronicle and her church to see if she could get help for me. Long story short, Nancy Kennedy, of the Chronicle wrote a story about my predicament and I got enough donations to get another van. By the way, Renee also donated $100.00; she definitely did the walk, not just the talk! That’s why I am voting for Renee Christopher-McPheeters, because she is someone who has concern for the people and she is willing to do whatever is necessary to get the job done. Early voting is now. I urge you to get out and vote for Renee, even if you don’t usually vote. Because it’s your interest that Renee will be looking out for when she gets elected. RIGHT NOW, is the time, it is the whole ball of wax, and this primary election determines who becomes commissioner in the race she is in!

The urgency is NOW, early voting is opened Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22 & 23, 2014 (polls open 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M.). The last day you’ll be able to vote is the following Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

Renee Christopher-Mcpheeter does more than talk, SHE DOES THE WALK!

David Gregory                                                                                                                                                                         

Citrus County Best Students Honored at Elks Club Sunday Evening

In Citrus County Best Students Honored at Elks Club Sunday Evening on kp34 at 311405

The Elks Club in Homosassa honored Citrus County Best Students on Sunday evening with a dinner and an award ceremony. Students of the months for the past several months and the current month were honored, as well as the students of the year. The audio of the evening  and the pictures will be below. Winners were from Crystal River High School, Lecanto High School and Rock Crusher Elementary School.  

Citrus County Elks Awards Students for Outstanding Achievements

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