Builders’ 26th Annual Fishing tourney on deck

Citrus County Builders Association

CITRUS COUNTY – The 26th Annual CCBA Fishing Tournament, presented by Apopka Marine, will be held on April 24 & 25, 2021 at MacRae’s of Homosassa.

Entries are now at the Regular Entry Fee rate of $160 per boat and CCBA Members can register for $145 per boat through April 22, 2021. This tournament will cap at 200 boats.

This tournament has raised more than $32,000 for the Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart to date. CCBA’s tournament offers over $15,000 in cash and prizes based on 150 paid boat entries.

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Guardian Ad-Litem Program seeks volunteers during Child Abuse Prevention Month

In April, we pause to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

More than 2,200 children within the 5th Judicial Circuit (which includes Marion, Lake, Sumter, Citrus and Hernando counties) are being served by the Guardian Ad Litem program, yet many are unaware of their plight.

National statistics show a child abuse report is made every ten seconds, with nearly fifty percent of these reports resulting in an investigation.

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Robbery suspect captured within 15 minutes of call


Anthony Lamar Wright

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies on Sunday arrested 37-year-old Anthony Lamar Wright of Inverness for robbery with a firearm.

“We are extremely proud of both Deputy Anderson and Deputy Bostic, along with Sgt. Laborda, who worked to quickly apprehend this robbery suspect,” said Sheriff Prendergast.

“Within 15 minutes of this crime being reported, CCSO deputies had the suspect detained and ultimately solved this case.”

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Crystal River man arrested charged with aggravated battery

Brett Carver

During the early morning hours of Feb. 17, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies responded to a home in Crystal River after the occupants claimed to have been attacked by a suspect armed with a knife.

The suspect, 26-year-old Brett Carver, was later located by deputies at a local hospital where he was seeking treatment for wounds he had received from his own weapon during the attack.

Detectives Casalvieri and Bang with the Major Crimes Unit (MCU) responded to the hospital and began an investigation.

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Homosassa man arrested on lewd, lascivious charges

William (Charles) Hale Jr.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on Jan. 10 was contacted in reference to a past sexual assault of a juvenile.

Deputies made contact with the juvenile victim who disclosed inappropriate contact with the suspect identified as William (Charles) Hale Jr. on several separate occasions.

Based on these allegations, Detective Richey with the CCSO Special Victims Unit was assigned to the case and began an investigation.

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Man charged with murder in Crystal River slaying

David Lemon Jr.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies today, along with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, arrested 26-year-old David Jerome Lemon Jr. of Crystal River on charges of Premeditated Murder, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle.

“This violent crime has affected not only the victim’s family but our entire community, robbing both of their sense of safety and security,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

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