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Building a better community with youth safety

By Marnie Ward, Ph.D. Long shadows were forming under the live oak trees at Florida Best Blueberry Farm, as families and volunteers gathered for the first Citrus County 4-H Progressive Agriculture Safety event. Each year, Progressive Agriculture Safety Days© reach tens of thousands of kids across the United States and Canada with potential life-saving education....

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Convicted county felon faces 2 years for falsifying federal firearm paperwork

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Middle District of Florida OCALA — Senior United States District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Darrell Pierre Hopkins (54, Dunnellon) to 24 months in federal prison for making a materially false statement in connection with the purchase of firearms and knowingly causing a licensed gun dealer to maintain...

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‘Operation Rotten Eggs’ nets 35 arrests

During the past two days, just in time for Easter, members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) conducted a covert operation to search for the ‘rotten eggs’ that have been involved in the sale and distribution of illicit narcotics in Citrus County. Partnering with agents from the U.S. Customs and...

1 dead after deputy-involved shooting on March 25
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1 dead after deputy-involved shooting on March 25

A Dunnellon man was  killed on March 25 after showing a gun and being shot dead on the scene. At approximately 5:30 p.m. on March 25, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies initially responded to a residence off of North Windbreak Terrace in Dunnellon in response to a disturbance and verbal altercation. Upon arrival, deputies met...

Citrus County felon gets 10 years for possession of firearms, ammo
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Citrus County felon gets 10 years for possession of firearms, ammo

OCALA — Senior U.S. District Judge John Antoon II has sentenced Robert Joseph Miller (46, Homosassa) to 10 years in federal prison for possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon and possession of unregistered National Firearms Act (NFA) firearms – sawed-off shotguns. The Court also ordered Miller to forfeit approximately 50 firearms and...

Missing Marion County couple found safe
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Missing Marion County couple found safe

The Marion County’s Sheriff’s office on Tuesday afternoon reported that an Ocala couple reported as missing have been found is safe. The Citrus County and Marion County Sheriff’s Offices were looking for the  couple, who went on a trip to visit family but apparently never made it to their destination. Deputies said that Wendall and...

Law enforcement looking for missing Ocala couple
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Law enforcement looking for missing Ocala couple

The Citrus County and Marion County Sheriff’s Offices are looking for a missing elderly Ocala couple who went on a trip to visit family but apparently never made it to their destination. Deputies said that Wendall and Joan Crist left a home on Southwest 95th Ave in Ocala to meet family in Ft. Lauderdale, but...

Nesting Season
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Nesting season here for sea turtles, waterbirds

By: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds beachgoers how to help protect vulnerable nesting sea turtles and waterbirds while visiting Florida’s coastal habitats. Each spring and summer, thousands of sea turtles, shorebirds and seabirds nest on Florida’s beaches. Because our state’s shorelines are critical for...