State report on COVID19 as of July 14

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No cost to check water quality

In June of 1991, the Environmental Protection Agency implemented the Lead and Copper Rule as part of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

This law mandates that Public Water Systems (PWS) conduct sampling and analysis for levels of lead and copper in households located within their distribution system.

Sampling and testing is scheduled for the month of August 2020 in the County’s Charles A. Black, Citrus Springs-Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods PWS’ at no cost to our customers and takes only a few minutes of your time.

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Citrus County rolls out one-day watering schedule for all unincorporated areas

Citrus County has enacted mandatory irrigation restrictions effective immediately, in response to increased irrigation demands that resulted in groundwater withdrawals exceeding Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (SWFWMD) permitted amounts.

The new watering schedule is necessary to bring water use into permit compliance and avoid regulatory penalties.

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Arrest made in May 17 Circle K robbery in Crystal River

Jason Shanes

On Monday, detectives with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes Unit arrested 33-year-old Jason Shanes of Lecanto for a robbery that occurred at the Circle K convenience store located at 6775 South Suncoast Blvd. in Crystal River.

On May 17, 2020 at approximately 04:30 a.m. a man wearing a mask, entered the store and proceeded behind the sales counter where the clerk saw him removing lottery tickets from the case. The man then knocked the clerk to the ground and fled the scene.

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2 arrested after being served drug search warrant

Peter Luther, Beverly Hills. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on June 9, 2020).

Two people were arrested after Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant at their Beverly Hills residence.

The CCSO said today that on Tuesday its Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) executed the search warrant at 4 North Monroe St. in Beverly Hills.

Detectives secured this search warrant after this residence was the scene of two reported overdoses in recent months.

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Deputies charge Crystal River man with child porn possession

Anthony Green of Crystal River. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on May 28, 2020)

After a lengthy investigation, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies on Thursday arrested 41-year-old Anthony Green of Crystal River on 11 counts of possession of child pornography.

Based on information received during the course of the investigation, a search warrant was executed on an “electronic device” owned by Green.

As a result of the search warrant, Detective Barry of the CCSO High Tech Crimes Unit was able to identify images depicting child pornography that had been downloaded and saved on the device.

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2 arrested in Floral City drug bust

Photo of evidence seized. (PHOTO: Citrus Couny Sheriff’s Office)

Two Floral City men were arrested on drug charges on Friday by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) following a narcotics search warrant at 5829 S. Liveoak Drive.

Subsequently, the homeowner, 55-year-old Timothy Wilson and home occupant, 51-year-old Tammy Walker were arrested.

Prior to the execution of the search warrant at this home, TIU detectives learned that Wilson was known to traffic in methamphetamine.

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Ongoing drug investigation catches more in its snare

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The Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) has completed Quarter Three of Operation Coin Toss, a comprehensive operation with the objective of cracking down on the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics within Citrus County.

The sheriff’s office said today that the team added 22 new names on the roster this quarter, and also had time to follow up on previous quarters by making an additional 16 arrests for probation violations.

The CCSO also made another interception with the largest recorded heroin bust in agency history.

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Deputy-involved shooting in Beverly Hills

Shortly before 2 p.m. on May 22, deputies responded to a call for a service at a home on Filmore Street in Beverly Hills in response to a suspect breaking car windows.

When deputies arrived, the suspect displayed deadly force. As a result, the deputy on scene fired his weapon to neutralize the threat

“This was a very dangerous situation that risked the lives of dozens of innocent people and consumed our full-attention in order to protect our citizens,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

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