Snook seasonal closure in Gulf starts Dec. 1

Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission logoThe recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 28, 2021, reopening to harvest March 1, 2021.

Anglers may continue to catch and release snook during the closed season.

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Inverness daycare worker charged with child abuse

Amber Summers of Inverness (CCSO mugshot)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) said today that a 43-year-old daycare worker has been arrested and charged with child abuse.

Arrested on Nov. 18 was Amber Summers of Inverness, who is alleged to have been physically aggressive toward an autistic and non-verbal child on Nov. 16.

The CCSO was contacted on Nov. 16 and was told that the abuse had happened at a local daycare that provides services for children with special needs

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Dunnellon man charged with discharging firearm from vehicle, aggravated assault

Othello Cleveland of Dunnellon (CCSO Mugshot)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) said today that 19-year-old Othello Cleveland of Dunnellon was arrested for Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly weapon

On Sunday, the CCSO was dispatched to a business in the City of Inverness in reference to a possible shooting.

Upon arrival, deputies were told that during a verbal argument, Cleveland had allegedly displayed several firearms, and had allegedly forced a subject into his vehicle.

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Crystal River man sentenced to life in underage molestation trial

Mark Daniel of Crystal River (CCSO mug shot)

A Crystal River man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday in the case of the 2019 Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Child under the Age of 12.

During the initial investigation into the claims against  Mark Daniel, 44, the victim disclosed to a parent that Daniel had made the victim touch him in a sexual manner.

Former Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Detective Bruce Arnold, now a Special Agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, was assigned to the case.  After a thorough investigation, which included a forensic victim interview with the Child Protection Team, Arnold developed probable cause for Daniel’s arrest.

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