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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April 2018: Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

The Citrus County Commission proclaimed April 2018 as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in Citrus County.

The Citrus County Commission proclaimed April 2018 as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in Citrus County. The county’s agencies joined state agencies and agencies in other Florida counties in observence of the need for increased awareness of child abuse in the state’s communities (March 27, 2018)

School Safety

The Citrus County Commission, Sheriff and School District have begun talks about how to fund state-mandated school safety officers

The Citrus County Commission, Sheriff and School District have begun talks about how to fund state-mandated school safety officers for every school, not only in the county, but statewide. It’s not going to be cheap for struggling counties (March 27, 2018)

 

Sheriff’s Office investigating death off SR 44 East

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on scene at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday of a death on State Road 33 East, across the street from Seven Rivers Presbyterian School.

A motorist noticed a body lying on the sidewalk and called authorities on March 21. The victim was 70 years old. (March 21, 2018)

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on scene at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday of a death on State Road 44 East, across the street from Seven Rivers Presbyterian School.

A motorist noticed the body lying on the sidewalk and called authorities.

Detectives say they believe a man, approximately 70 years old, was walking on the sidewalk and had a medical issue and died.

The Sheriff’s Office said that, at present, the death does not appear to be suspicious. Meanwhile Sheriff’s Office Investigators are working to identify the man and notify next of kin.

 

No explosives found after Spring Hill bomb scare

Bomb squads on Wednesday from Citrus County and Hernando County were called out to a report of a suspicious package at a bus stop in Spring Hill.

Stock image. PHOTO BY: Robby Douglas.

Bomb squads on Wednesday from Citrus County and Hernando County were called out to a report of a suspicious package at a bus stop in Spring Hill.

No explosives were found when a bomb squad responded to a shopping center in Spring Hill Wednesday.

Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis told reporters that at about 8 a.m. today called 911 after seeing a suspicious package near a bus stop and the Twistee Treat ice cream shop at the Mariner Square Shopping Center, at Cortez Boulevard/SR 50 and Mariner Boulevard.

The Citrus County bomb squad x-rayed the package before using a water cannon to blow it up,

Investigators say they are still working to figure out what was inside the package.

One arrested after stabbing at Inverness bar

An Inverness man was arrested on Sunday following a report of a stabbing at Coach’s Pub and Eatery in Inverness.

Alexander Luis Rivera

An Inverness was arrested on Sunday following a report of a stabbing at Coach’s Pub and Eatery in Inverness.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that, upon arriving. several witnesses told deputies that Kim McKinney, 51, of Inverness, and Alexander Rivera, 22, also of Inverness, were involved in a physical altercation.

Witnesses said that at some point during the altercation, Rivera pulled out a small pocket knife and stabbed McKinney.

Emergency medical services were rendered to McKinney, who was then transported for further treatment. When questioned, Rivera stated that he was “not the victim in this case,” despite claiming he was attacked first and that was why he pulled the knife.

Rivera was placed under arrest and charged Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility for booking and processing.

Rivera’s bond was set at $10,000 on the charges.

 

Citrus County Fire Rescue, seven complete new firefighter orientation

Citrus County Fire Rescue held a new-hire pinning ceremony on Friday, March 16, at the Fire Rescue Training Center in Lecanto.

Citrus County Newly Hired Firefighters Matthew Campbell, Tim Daugherty, Manuel Martinez, Sean McMurray, Christina O’Rourke, Todd Peacock, and Kelly Seiferheld. (March 16, 2018)

Citrus County Fire Rescue held a new-hire pinning ceremony on Friday, March 16, at the Fire Rescue Training Center in Lecanto.

In the audience were friends, family and firefighters to participate in recognizing the newly hired firefighters who had successfully completed the new-hire orientation and were now ready to take their oath.

Speakers at the event were: County Administrator Randy Oliver, Fire Chief Craig Stevens, Deputy Chief Martin Giles, Training Chief Scot Prater, and Driver Engineer Mike Simek.

Citrus County Fire Rescue’s mission is “Dedicated to Exceptional Service through Prevention, Response and Education.” Included in the pictures are Citrus County Fire Rescue’s seven new Firefighters they are: Matthew Campbell, Tim Daugherty, Manuel Martinez, Sean McMurray, Christina O’Rourke, Todd Peacock, and Kelly Seiferheld.

“We are all very proud of them. Some went through our fire academy for firefighter I & II and are now starting their career here with the department.” said Citrus County Fire Chief Craig Stevens. 

The Mission of the Citrus County fire training center  is “Providing quality and well-trained firefighters. Since its doors opened in October 1999, the Citrus County Fire Training Center has been committed to providing quality training for Citrus County Firefighters. The Training Center offers over 20 certificate Programs of Study.

“Not only does the Center provide a quality training facility for our volunteers and career firefighters, it is also a State Certified Training Center as well open to anyone. The courses we offer allows our firefighters the ability to obtain state certifications in a variety of specialty courses.”

For more information about Citrus County Fire Rescue training programs visit: http://www.citruscountyfire.com/ .

 

County extends contract with NCEMS

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday extended its contract with Nature Coast Emergency Medical Foundation, Inc. for Basic and Advanced Life Support – Ground Ambulance service in Citrus County.

Dr. Michael Loguidice, CMH Medical Director of Emergency Medicine (March 13, 2018)

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday extended its contract with Nature Coast Emergency Medical Foundation, Inc. for Basic and Advanced Life Support – Ground Ambulance service in Citrus County.

The extension means that the company will continue to provide ambulance support and other services in the county until Sept. 30, 2022.

The commission’s decision to move ahead did not come without some debate as to the length of time NCEMS responds to requests for service and certain medical protocols. Of late, there have been sharp differences between Seven Rivers Hospital and Citrus Memorial hospitals and NCEMS when it comes to response times and transport issues.

Commissioner Jeff Kinard of Inverness, himself a chiropractor, said that the “dust up” between the hospitals and NCEMS was likely a “communication issue.”

One physician who spoke at the BOCC meeting, Dr. Michael Loguidice, CMH Medical Director of Emergency Medicine, told commissioners about his frustration with the ambulance service.

Editor’s Note: The date in the video below should be March 13, 2018, not March 13, 2013.