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...
Traffic stop leads to drug bust in Homosassa
In the early morning hours on Friday, March 18, 2022, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Tactical Impact Unit conducted a traffic stop in the area of U.S. 19 and W. Yulee Dr. in Homosassa due to an expired registration. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, 36-year-old Ernest Corey Grimaldi of Brooksville,...
Identity theft: Don’t let it happen to you
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Identity theft happens when a criminal steals your personal information to commit fraud. Some signs that indicate you could be affected by ID theft include bills for items you didn’t buy, debt collections for accounts you didn’t open, or denials for a line of credit. And the worst part about this...
Oviedo man sentenced to life in prison for sexual battery on child
On March 15, in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Richard “Ric” Howard, a jury found 34-year-old Rapheal Malik Akbar Arnold of Oviedo guilty on one count of Capital Sexual Battery on a Child Under 12. Arnold was consequently sentenced to life in prison. Nearly two years ago, on May 7, 2020, allegations of sexual...
Sheriff’s Office looking for missing senior
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies are currently looking for 82-year-old Michael Clarke. Michael is a 5’8” tall, white male with brown eyes and grey/white hair, weighing 180 lbs. He was last seen around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at his residence off of South Burr Terrace in Inverness. Michael is wearing a white t-shirt with brown/grey...
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...
Sentencing date set for former CCSO employee
A former crime scene specialist appeared for a pre-sentencing hearing on Thursday before 5th Circuit Court Judge Ric Howard in a case involving the release of confidential information from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.
The Citrus County Commission, Sheriff and School District have begun talks about how to fund state-mandated school safety officers
Yates resigns as sheriff’s Community Relations director
Citrus County Sheriff's Office employee Heather Yates has resigned from her post as the agency's community relations director.
Man threatening to ‘shoot someone’ dies in hail of bullets after chase
A man who had allegedly threatened to shoot someone at a Hernando business died himself on Saturday following a chase by Citrus County deputies and a subsequent exchange of gunfire.
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