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Broward wildlife dealer, company sentenced in scheme to harvest, sell Florida turtles

MIAMI – A federal district judge in Miami has sentenced Michael Van Nostrand, 55, of Davie, Florida and Strictly Reptiles, Inc., a company also located in Davie, for their roles in a scheme to unlawfully enrich themselves and others by smuggling illegally-harvested Florida turtles out of the United States and into China, Japan, and other...

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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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Innovative nutrient reduction project begins on Lake Okeechobee

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is leading a new, innovative project to remove invasive aquatic plants and evaluate nutrients removed to improve water quality in Lake Okeechobee in south Florida. This effort is part of the FWC’s strategy to use a variety of tools and explore new techniques to best manage for...

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...

Coral reef restoration seawater system to aid coral rescue efforts in south Florida
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Coral reef restoration seawater system to aid coral rescue efforts in south Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) have partnered to construct a new seawater system at the FIO’s Keys Marine Laboratory in Layton. This state-of-the-art seawater system will provide the means to preserve and restore coral colonies to Florida’s coral reef that have been impacted by stony...

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Oct. 28 shooting incident solved with 18-year-old’s arrest

A Floral City youth was arrested on Thursday on charges stemming from an Oct. 28 shooting in Floral City. After investigation of the shooting incident, Citrus County deputies arrested Vincent Irvin, 18. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) said that Sumter County deputies responded to a residence where an adult victim told officials he had...