Cardinal St. Interchange Public Workshop can be viewed Live on Clerk’s Website

Due to technical issues, the Spectrum simultaneous broadcast of the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Cardinal Street Interchange Public Workshop on Tuesday is not going to be made available.

The meeting will still be held 10 a.m. in Room 100, Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Avenue, Inverness.

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‘Operation Coin Toss’ ends with 55 more arrests

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The fourth and final quarter of Operation Coin Toss has concluded, resulting in the seizure of more fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine off the streets of Citrus County.

Originally started in June 2019, the first quarter of Operation Coin Toss targeted those responsible for drug trafficking and those who sell illegal narcotics.

Throughout the entire operation, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) partnered with the U.S. Marshals, the Florida Department of Correction’s Probation Services, Citrus County Code Enforcement, and many other community partners.

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DeCarlo retiring from Sheriff’s Office

David DeCarlo

After a long and dedicated career, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Captain David DeCarlo is ready to retire.

Starting on February 16, 1987, Captain DeCarlo has served the agency in

numerous capacities during his 33 years.

Beginning as a Communications Officer, Captain DeCarlo quickly moved to the position of Deputy Sheriff and later to Investigator. He served as a member of the SERT team from 1998 to 2004.

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Inverness man charged with 10 counts of possession of child porn

John Warner, Inverness. (CCSO photo)

After receiving cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Inverness resident John Warner was taken into custody for ten counts of possession of child pornography and one count of promoting the sexual performance of a child.

Detectives with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office High Tech Crimes Unit received tips from NCMEC on Feb. 20 detailing the transfer of child pornography through an email account.

Following up with the investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for the suspected email account, confirming the child pornography. This email account also contained information identifying the suspect, including family pictures, vacation videos, and legal documents.

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FDA issues warning for hand sanitizers containing ethanol

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination.

The agency is aware of people ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death.

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FWC’s TrophyCatch announces new Season 8 Hall of Fame leader

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) TrophyCatch program announces the largest Hall of Fame Bass in Season 8 to date. This 15-pound, 2-ounce bass was recently caught in Polk County by Vance Mccullers.

“I’ve caught a lot of nice fish and when I got her to the boat, I lost it. I called my cousin and said I caught a fish, I think it’s over 15 pounds, I wouldn’t be surprised if she weighed 15 or 17,” said Mccullers. “Come to the lake! I couldn’t stop shaking for almost an hour after I caught her.”

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Public workshop to be held, televised on Cardinal Street Interchange

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a Public Workshop at 10 a.m. on Aug. 11 in Room 100, Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Avenue, Inverness.  

The purpose of the workshop will be to discuss a proposed new Future Land Use Map Category at the new Cardinal Street Interchange within an area previously designated as an Interchange Management Area (IMA) and shown on the map below.

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Undercover drug buy leads to warrant, arrests of 4 people

Four people were arrested Tuesday after an undercover “buy-bust” operation by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, and the subsequent execution of a search warrant at a nearby Homosassa residence.

The CCSO said that the sheriff’s office’s Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) concluded the multifaceted narcotic investigation by initiating a buy-bust operation and then a subsequent search warrant of the residence.

The targets of this investigation were Nicole Cash and Issac Edwards. The CCSO said Edwards is a 22-time convicted felon.

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Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals capture Citrus County man

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On July 25, the United States Marshals Service Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force (CRFTF) announced the arrest of fugitive Rapheal Malik Akbar Arnold.

The 32-year-old Arnold was wanted out of Citrus County for Sexual Battery on a child under the age of 12.

“Our agency owes the arrest of this violent fugitive and the safety of this 5-year-old child to our regional task force partnership with the U.S. Marshals Service,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

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