Juvenile injured by stray July 4 bullet

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the community’s assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for events leading up to the injury of a 12-year-old Citrus County resident.

On July 4, 2020, around 9 p.m., a 12-year-old was in front of their residence with family members watching fireworks, when a stray bullet struck the child.

This incident occurred in the area of West Rolling View Place, and West Southern Street, Lecanto. It is unknown what direction the projectile was fired from.

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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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CCSO calls arrested suspect a ‘serial drug dealer’

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On Tuesday, detectives from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) executed a search warrant at 316 NE 2nd St. in Crystal River.

Upon completion of a thorough search of the residence, detectives located a wide variety of narcotics, as well as a 9mm pistol and $1,776 in cash.

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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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Crystal River human remains identified

The skeletal human remains recovered on April 26, 2020 by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, have been identified as 42-year-old, Marion County resident, Kevin Buonocore. An autopsy showed no signs of trauma, and the cause of death is undetermined.

Buonocore’s last known contact was in 2017, and he was not reported as missing to law enforcement.

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Drug investigation leads to weekend arrest

Brandy Nicole Risner

Over the weekend, detectives from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) served a search warrant at the¬† residence of Brandy Nicole Risner located at 2691 West Arbutus Drive in Citrus Springs.

While searching the residence, detectives located methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. This one bust alone takes approximately 250 doses of heroin off the streets and out of our community.

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