Sheriff’s Office looking for runaway juvenile

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office looking for runaway juvenile, Jordan Turner.

Turner is a 16- year-old black male, 6 feet tall, 120 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen May 25, 2019 at about 8:00 PM at his residence in Inverness.

It is not known what Jordan was wearing at the time that he ran away. Jordan does have a cell phone in his possession.

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Crystal River man charged with drug trafficking

Charged with drug trafficking
Kharess Harrison

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday arrested a Crystal River man after executing a narcotics search warrant and uncovering oxycodone pills, crack cocaine, pot and cash.

Arrested was Kharess Harrison, 40, of 3362 N. Amphibian Point in Crystal River.

The CCSO executed the warrant at about 10 a.m. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s (CCSO) Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) with assistance from CCSO’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, Patrol Division and Community Crimes Detectives executed the warrant.

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Search warrant yields evidence, arrests in multiple Citrus vehicle burglaries

The mystery of a string of unsolved county vehicle burglaries was solved on Thursday with the arrests of two Citrus Springs men.

Robert Lee Reid and John Jamie Cardinal (CCSO Mugshots)

The mystery of a string of unsolved county vehicle burglaries was solved on Thursday with the arrests of two Citrus Springs men.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said Robert Lee Reid and John Jamie Cardinal, 2125 W. Devon Drive, were arrested as suspects in connection with those burglaries after a search warrant was served at their home.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office East Community Crimes Unit and the CCSO’s Tactical Impact unit served the warrant, which was the culmination of several investigations dating back to February of this year involving vehicle burglaries throughout the Citrus Springs area of Citrus County.

The Sheriff’s Office said that both Reid and Cardinal would leave their residence at night, burglarize unsecured vehicles and remove various electronic items, knives, identifications, loose change and credit cards. Reid and Cardinal would then return home and make online purchases with the stolen credit cards.

On Thursday, a large amount of stolen property was seized in the execution of the search warrant, and detectives have started the process of returning the stolen property to the rightful owners. The arrest of Reid and Cardinal resulted in the closure of 27 burglary cases, the CCSO said.

“It is a great day when the hard work of our detectives culminate in the arrest of individuals responsible for such a significant string of property crimes and the recovery of stolen property” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “I hope this serves as a cautionary reminder to all of our citizens about securing their vehicles at night. By partnering with the community in crime prevention, we can make Citrus County the safest community in Florida.”

Cardinal was also on probation for aggravated battery, and his arrest resulted in the violation of the terms of his probation. Reid was recently released from state prison in February, where he served 13 months for vehicle burglary. At first appearance on Friday morning, both were held on no bond.

Man sets off Floral City car alarms, blacks out and then can’t be revived

FDLE and the Sheriff’s Office are investigating a man acting strangely in Floral City

Earlier this morning, Citrus County Sheriff’s deputies responded to several calls in Floral City concerning a suspicions person setting off car alarms in a residential area.

The subject was reported to be under the influence of an unknown substance and trespassing on several properties within the neighborhood.

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Donations help Citrus County heros

Thanks to the donations of generous community partners, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is now one-step closer to building their Law Enforcement Memorial for Citrus County’s fallen law enforcement officers.

Following the 2019 Peace Officer Memorial Day Ceremony on May 15 in Inverness, Jerry Orbino with Knights of Columbus Father James Hoge Assembly 1547, Warden Mike Quinn of CoreCivic, along with Jim Coburn from the National Association of Retired Law Enforcement Officers (NARLEO) presented three individual checks on behalf of their organizations to Sheriff Mike Prendergast for the memorial.

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Ocala man flees from traffic stop, but deputies get their man

Ocala man leads Citrus County deputies in a chase, and ends up burying himself in sand underneath a tree

Timothy Rashad Munnerlyn of Ocala

An Ocala man riding as a passenger in a car that had crashed after a brief car chase on Friday — and then led deputies in a foot chase — could not, in the end, outrun the deputies behind him.

Eventually deputies caught up with 28-year-old Timothy Rashad Munnerlyn of Ocala, and he was eventually apprehended and arrested.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday that about 3:15 p.m., Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of North White Palm Way. Deputies said that Munnerlyn, a passenger in the vehicle, was known to be wanted.

As deputies attempted to pull over the vehicle, the driver continued and made evasive maneuvers to elude law enforcement.

A brief pursuit ensued.

Deputies ended the vehicle pursuit in the area of County Road 491 and Hampshire Boulevard in Citrus Springs, near Fero Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. After the suspect vehicle became immobilized, the wanted subject then exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

Multiple commands were given by deputies for Munnerlyn to “stop” but he didn’t.. Numerous deputies and K-9 units searched by ground during the foot chase, while the CCSO’s Aviation Unit assisted from the air.

Munnerlyn, a convicted felon, has numerous warrants out of Marion County for:

  • Felony discharging a firearm in public from a vehicle
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Driving w/license revoked, Habitual Offender
  • Battery

“Offenders who flee the scene can be more dangerous because they are desperate to evade law enforcement,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “Munnerlyn posed a significant threat to the members of our community and to our deputies. Despite his frantic attempt to flee, he was captured and now faces new charges from his reckless actions.”

At that time, businesses and residents in the vicinity of where the suspect fled were notified to lock their doors and stay inside, including Precious Lambs Preschool and St Paul’s Lutheran School. An AlertCitrus message was issued to residents, informing them of the active investigation and advising them to contact law enforcement if they believed to see the suspect. The alert directed community members to not approach the possibly armed suspect.

After an extensive search, deputies were able to locate Munnerlyn, who had attempted to cover himself with sand and conceal his location by hiding under a tree. He was taken into custody without further incident.

His local charges are:

  • Trafficking in methamphetamine (51 grams)
  • Possession of heroin (3.3 grams)
  • Kidnapping (by forcing victim to drive against their will)
  • Aggravated assault (threaten driver)
  • Possession of crack cocaine (3.38 grams)
  • Resisting w/o violence
  • Carrying a firearm by a convicted felon

His bond was set at a total of $88,000.

Inverness Sertoma Club holds annual awards banquet, Installation of Officers

FROM LEFT: Sertoma Club at the Villages President, Bob Farrow; Inverness Sertoma Club President, Bill Catto; Sertoma National Director, Bud Osborn; Citrus Sertoma Club President, Mike Vaughan; Inverness Sertoma Club Treasurer, Susan Healy; Inverness Sertoma Club Secretary, Rainer Jakob; Citrus Club Treasurer, Doreen Vaughan.

By Cynthia Oswald

The Inverness Sertoma Club held its annual Awards Banquet and installation of officers on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Inverness Golf and Country Club.

The popular event saw guest attendance from both the Citrus Sertoma Club (Crystal River) and Sertoma Club of the Villages, along with representatives from Camp Endeavor, Sertoma Youth Ranch, Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida, The Villages Sertoma Club Baseball Camp for Hearing Impaired Youths, and Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith.

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Fraud alert issued by Sheriff’s Office

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) are currently investigating claims of organized fraud by Citrus County-based business Elite Roofing.

At this time, several potential victims have been identified throughout the state of Florida, as well as the East coast region.

Victims allege that they were charged large non-refundable deposits for work that was never completed.

If you believe that you may also be a victim of fraud from this business, callt Detective Rob Ramos with the Major Crimes Division at 352-249-2720.