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Jim McIntosh announces he will run for County Commission seat

Jim McIntosh, a longtime government watchdog, has announced his candidacy for the District 5 County Commission seat being vacated by Brad Thorpe. The founder of a branch of the Libertarian Party in Citrus County, McIntosh has switched party affiliations in order to run as a Republican. Thorpe, a Republican, is not seeking a third term on the commission. The other candidates for his seat include Republicans Scott Adams and Millie King, and Democrats Dick Kaufman and Timothy Lamontagne.

Construction worker charged

with stealing woman's wallet

CRYSTAL RIVER _ A construction worker was arrested early Thursday on charges that he robbed a woman of her wallet at the Port Paradise Resort hotel. The victim, who was not identified in Citrus County Sheriff Office's arrest papers, said Douglas Poteet, 38, of 1400 S Estuary Drive, Crystal River, entered her room around midnight, pushed her on the bed, held her down and took her wallet containing $160. He was not armed. Poteet said he had been in the room earlier in the evening but denied taking the wallet. He was being held on the charge of unarmed robbery at the Citrus County Detention Facility in Lecanto Thursday evening on $10,000 bail.

Correction: Blair Beeler's name was omitted from the caption of a photo in Thursday's Citrus Times.