November Cardinal Street meeting canceled

The Citrus County Planning and Development Commission (PDC) has canceled its November 17, 2020 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Public Hearing on the Cardinal Interchange Management Area.

This public meeting will be rescheduled at a future date.

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USDA extends free school meals for all children

Washington, Oct. 16, 2020 — President Donald Trump proclaimed this week National School Lunch Week 2020, highlighting the vital role of school nutrition professionals in ensuring that children in all communities nationwide continue to get nutritious meals, despite the challenges posed by the current public health emergency.
To keep this work going, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced the continued extension of nationwide flexibilities that allow free school meals for all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year.

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Registered sexual offender faces new charges

A Dunnellon man, who is a registered sex offender, has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy.

Arrested was Tommy Glenn Dees, 52, of Dunnellon.

On Oct. 9, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) was contacted in reference to an alleged sexual assault of a juvenile victim.

The complainant told responding deputies the 4-year-old had disclosed that the suspect, 52-year-old Tommy Glenn Dees, had performed sexual acts on the child.

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Authorities arrest person of interest in Copeland Park shooting

Members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO)  and U.S. Marshals on Thursday took David Jerome Lemon Jr. into custody as a person of interest in the murder of Tyler Hopkins.

Lemon is being held at the Citrus County Detention Facility on no bond for charges of Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon.

On Feb. 20, Hopkins was shot in Crystal River near the area of Copeland Park. Detectives with the CCSO Major Crimes Unit have diligently investigated this incident, working to identify the shooter and bring them to justice.

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Yearlong ‘dark web’ investigation leads to local RICO arrests

Law enforcement officers show off items discovered during an arrest warrant served on an Inverness home on Oct. 14 (CCSO photo on Oct. 15, 2020)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on Thursday said that two Inverness residents were arrested on Wednesday on drug charges after an extensive, yearlong joint investigation on the “dark web.”

Arrested under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) were 53-year-old Benjamin Burdick and 29-year-old Catilynkyrie Burdick of Inverness. They are being held in the Citrus County Detention Facility without bond, the CCSO said.

The investigation was a joint effort among the CCSO, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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