CCSO opens telephone information lines

In an effort to keep Citrus County residents informed on the impacts of COVID-19 in the Citrus County community, the Citrus  County Sheriff’s Office has activated its “Citizen Information Lines (CIL)” in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County.

This line is designed to answer your questions and concerns specific to Citrus County.

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Argument leads to shooting in Beverly HIlls

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Shortly before 8 a.m. today, Deputies with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Beverly Hills neighborhood in response to shots fired.

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with witnesses and the 62-year-old shooter.

The witnesses said that the shooter was engaged in an argument with the victim, a 32-year-old resident of the neighborhood. As the incident escalated the shooter fired a weapon at the victim, hitting him in the chest.

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Sheriff’s Office updates Saturday night shooting incident: 1 dead, 1 injured

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence in the area of West Alamo Drive in Beverly Hills in reference to a shooting.

One individual inside the residence was shot, with another armed and barricaded subject still inside of the home.

Two witnesses to the event had already left the residence and made their way to the safety of the deputies on scene.  The shooting victim eventually made his way out of the home and received treatment first by two CCSO deputies on scene, then EMS before transport.

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CCSO responds to shooting at residence in beverly hills

Today, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence in the area of West Alamo Drive in Beverly Hills in reference to a possible shooting.

Upon arrival, deputies quickly learned that one of the occupants inside the home was shot and the gunman remained inside the residence.

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CCSO updates its app with COVID-19 link

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Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast on March 19 announced a major upgrade to the Citrus County Sheriff’s App, offering broadcasts of COVID-19 alerts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is offering this feature as an additional measure to protect public health and assist the public in receiving timely and accurate information regarding COVID-19.

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Inverness Sertoma joins search crew

Searching for Carol McHugh
FROM LEFT: Inverness Sertoma Club members and volunteers; Bud Osborn, Sue Alvis, Rainer Jakob and Dolly Mayes)

Nobody knows where 72-year-old, Carol McHugh, suffering from dementia, went after she took a walk with her dog near her home in Inverness on June 8, 2017.

On Feb. 9, 2020 the cold weather did not deter the Inverness Sertoma Crew from joining over ninety volunteers as part of the Carol McHugh Search Team organized by Carol’s friends and family members.

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Sheriff’s Office makes largest fetanyl, meth bust in county history

On Jan. 20, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) added another accomplishment into the history books by seizing 1.6 pounds of methamphetamine and 1.8 ounces of powdered fentanyl.

“This is the largest seizure of fentanyl and methamphetamine in Citrus County’s history. The amount of fentanyl seized could have killed hundreds of people,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

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County calls for public to be aware of human trafficking

Representatives from social agencies and law enforcement are presented with a proclamation declaring January 2020 as Human Traffic Awareness Month in Citrus County (January 21, 2020)

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday proclaimed the month of January as a time to be aware of the issue of human trafficking.

Commissioners presented the proclamation to a group of law enforcement and social agencies in a special ceremony.

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County law enforcement honored during January

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Deputies pose for the camera displaying a special proclamation to honor law officers in the county during January 2020. (BOCC photo)

The Citrus County Commission has proclaimed Jan. 9 as “Law Enforcement Officer Appreciation Day — and Jan. 5 through 11, 2020 as “Law Enforcement Appreciation Week” in Citrus County.

The county presented a proclamation to that effect to a group of county deputies during the regular meeting Jan. 7 of the commission.

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Citrus County children need your help

No one should simply shake their head and sadly lament the horrific story of child abuse. Instead of passive despair, let these tragic incidents serve as a galvanizing call to action for us all to commit to ending abuse and securing the safety and future of every child in Citrus County.

Yes, we can end child abuse. We can end it when we all become advocates for children.

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