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Unlocked cars an open invitation to thieves

Car BurglarThe Citrus County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday that cars are being left unlocked, especially on the northwest side of the county.

Residents are asked to remember to make sure their vehicles are secured at night, and valuable items are kept in your home and not in plain view.

"We've had nearly 40 unlocked vehicles that have been burglarized in the past month," a CCSO statement said on Thursday 

Sheriff's Office looking for missing/runaway teen

Juanita Williamson

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in finding missing Citrus County teen Juanita Williamson, who went missing from her residence on July 29.

She is described as a 17-year-old white female, 4 feet 11 inches tall, 101 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes.

At last report, she was wearing a navy blue T-shirt with black spandex pants. She may be in the company of her 18-year-old boyfriend, Dalton Bailey, in the central Florida area, the Sheriff's Office said. She has not returned home or contacted family members.

Duke Energy Florida eel grass giveaway

A young girl learns how to care for eelgrass from a Duke Energy Florida volunteer. (PHOTO: Heather Danenhower, Duke Energy Florida)

As part as Duke Energy’s commitment to the environment and community, the company’s Crystal River Mariculture Center will be giving away free eelgrass to local residents while supplies last.

Duke Energy, in partnership with Save Crystal River, will be teach Citrus County coastal residents how to harvest, grow and plant eelgrass.

Residents will receive both pots and bare root plants, along with supplies and instructions for planting and growing.

Child advocate volunteers sought for Guardian ad Litem program

Guardian Ad Litem LogoThe Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program is currently in desperate need of volunteers to be advocates for abused, neglected or abandoned children whose cases are in the court system.

A GAL is a trained volunteer appointed by the court to advocate on behalf of a child. The GAL becomes familiar with the child’s case and makes recommendations to help ensure a safe, stable and permanent environment for the child.

Two county water-quality projects get state funding

Under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced a suite of 40 projects that will receive $50 million from the Fighting for Florida’s Future budget to improve water quality, reduce nutrient loading, recharge water supply and protect habitat in Florida’s iconic spring systems.

This includes a state investment of more than $9 million to protect springs in Southwest Florida, including Aripeka, Weeki Wachee, Kings Bay, Crystal and Rainbow springsheds.

Fire claims Homosssa home

Citrus County Fire Rescue emblemA family lost its home in the early morning hours on Sunday after a fire completely destroyed their mobile home.
 
Citrus County Sheriff's Fire Rescue responded at 5:18 a.m. to the fire at 6335 S. Tropicana Ave.
 

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