Billboard campaign highlights distracted driving

Today, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) launched a public service billboard campaign against distracted driving, continuing the Sheriff’s Office’s successful “Just Drive, Citrus” efforts from 2018.

The CCSO and State Farm collaborated on a series of billboard artworks, ready to be displayed throughout the county. The message, simple – “Don’t Text and Drive”.

Reducing traffic accidents caused by distracted driving and supporting law enforcement’s outreach efforts in the public safety spectrum is the focus of this partnership. State Farms’ grant supports the implementation of public safety awareness campaigns and builds upon the existing infrastructure of programs the Sheriff’s Office already has in place, to better protect motorists and save lives.

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CHS substitute teacher arrested

Angela Jean Stanton

A Citrus High School substitute teacher on Wednesday was arrested after she allegedly had inappropriate contact with three CHS students.

Angela Jean Stanton of Inverness, 50, was arrested by deputies at about 8:58 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit detectives were made aware of alleged inappropriate activity between Stanton and three juveniles who attend she school.

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Sheriff’s Office seeks public help with 1985 cold case

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is appealing to the public for help in solving a 1985 cold case.

Victim in a 1985 Cold Case in Lecanto

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is appealing to the public for help in solving a 1985 cold case.

“Fire On The Roadside” is another name for a county cold case that involves the remains of an adult man that were found burning along County Road  490 in Lecanto during the early morning hours back on June 21, 1985.

Thanks to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s post-mortem reconstruction specialist, there is now an accurate depiction of the unidentified victim in this case. The victim in this case is a white male, approximately 65 years old, 5’6″ tall and 134 pounds with blue eyes and gray hair.

The majority of these cases are open homicides, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said, and this effort aims to provide closure to the victims’ families and attract potential witnesses to help solve their murders.

Anyone who recognizes this victim can contact Major Crime’s Detective Holloway at (352) 249-2731 or via email at cholloway@sheriffcitrus.org. You may also contact the CCSO non-emergency line at (352)726-1121.

A thank-you is extended for helping bring closure in this case.

Elderly man arrested in Floral City drug search

An elderly Floral City man on Tuesday was arrested after a drug search was executed at his home.

William Carlton Sr.

An elderly Floral City man on Tuesday was arrested after a drug search was executed at his home.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office served the warrant at the home of William Carlton Sr. at 12770 South Oakview Avenue in Floral City at about 9:45 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday said that narcotics detectives obtained the search warrant after learning that the home was used to sell significant amounts of marijuana.

During the execution of the search warrant, detectives located 464 grams of cannabis, 20-gauge shotgun ammunition, and over $25,500 in cash inside of Carlton’s bedroom. Detectives also searched a large wooden barn located on the property and discovered 711 grams of cannabis and various pieces of distribution equipment – to include a vacuum seal machine, a large digital scale, and various sized plastic baggies used to package drugs.

After learning that the cash located in Carlton’s room was obtained from the sale of cannabis, detectives seized the currency for forfeiture. Due to the large sum of cash and various evidence collected, the Sheriff’s Office said, detectives estimated that Carlton was selling pounds of illegal marijuana every day.

Carlton was arrested and charged with Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Paraphernalia.

“Not only was William Carlton Sr. a convicted felon in violation of the law by possessing firearm ammunition, but he was an even greater threat to our community from his illegal drugs activity,” a statement from the Sheriff’s Offfice said.

“It is not breaking news that the growing range of drugs in Florida are laced with fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate drug that can be fatal in small quantities. No one could know if the next batch of marijuana that Carlton would sell contained this deadly substance until it was too late.

“Fentanyl-laced marijuana is a real and growing concern. That’s why your Sheriff’s Office will never stop enforcing the law and combating the illegal drug activity to make Citrus County the safest community in Florida.”