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FWC’s Wildlife Alert now using Tip411 system for better communication

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Wildlife Alert System is now using a safe and effective new system for submitting anonymous tips. The public can contact FWC Law Enforcement by downloading an easy-to-use iPhone or Android app: “FWC Wildlife Alert.” The new Tip411 system will enable the public to anonymously communicate with members...

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FWC Officer Specialist Nicole Basford named 2022 Operation Dry Water Officer of the Year

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators has selected Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Specialist Nicole Basford as the 2022 Operation Dry Water Officer of the Year. Officer Specialist Basford currently serves in Bay County and is a 10-year veteran of conservation law enforcement. Her interest and capability for Boating Under...

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Marion sheriff’s deputies find human remains inside burned car in Silver Springs

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is investigating the case of an “abandoned vehicle” in Silver Springs that was destroyed by fire and which also had human remains inside. On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at approximately 10 a.m., Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies responded to the 2000 block of NE 231st Ave. regarding a...

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Marion sheriff’s office seeking kidnapping suspect

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is seeking any information from the public that can help to identify and locate a male suspect in an attempted kidnapping case. On Thursday, September 22, at around 9:30 a.m., MCSO deputies responded to a report of an attempted abduction. The juvenile victim told the deputies that a man tried...

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Citrus County Commission lifts evacuation order, closes shelters

The mandatory evacuation order for Evacuation Zone A, which includes all low-lying areas west of U.S. Highway 19 and some areas additional areas east of U.S. Highway 19, has been lifted as of 8:00am on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Public shelters will close at 11:00am. As we continue to feel the impact of Hurricane Ian,...

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Hurricane Ian now tropical storm

Hurricane Ian has been downgraded to a tropical storm. Citrus County is no longer under a storm surge warning and the areal flood watch for the county has been canceled. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center is now downgrading to a partial activation, level 2 status. From the National Weather Service briefing at...

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88 arrested, 58 guns seized during ‘largest-ever’ gang takedown in California county

NTD — Authorities in Stockton, California, arrested nearly 90 people while also seizing dozens of guns in a massive multi-agency gang takedown targeting violent street gangs and a recent increase in firearm-related activities in the area. Tori Verber Salazar, the district attorney of San Joaquin County, touted the mission, dubbed “Operation Hybrid Havoc,” as the...

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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...

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4 charged with stone crab fishing violations

On Tuesday, April 5, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers aboard the FWC’s offshore patrol vessel Fin Cat along with FWC aviation unit officers were jointly conducting an operation to monitor for stone crab vessels fishing in the closed areas of the Big Bend stone crab – shrimping zones. The FWC aviation crew...