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Iraqi man in Ohio charged in plot to murder former President George W. Bush

NTD — An Iraqi man living in Columbus, Ohio, has been charged by federal authorities for allegedly plotting to smuggle foreign nationals into the United States as part of a plot to assassinate former President George W. Bush. Agents from the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab, 52, Tuesday morning. He...

DeSantis to call special session in May to address property insurance reform
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DeSantis to call special session in May to address property insurance reform

(The Center Square) – Gov. Ron DeSantis will call a special session next month to address property insurance reform, he said Monday at a press conference in Jacksonville, where he also announced funding for a trauma center at the University of Florida. It’s the second special session DeSantis has called this year. Next month, 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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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...

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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...

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...

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...