‘Operation Coin Toss’ yields 24 arrests

For the past two months, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) has covertly executed Operation Coin Toss, a comprehensive operation aimed at cracking down on the distribution of illegal narcotics within our county.. This effort has been a resounding success.

After securing over 20 arrest warrants with the help of the State Attorney’s Office, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) executed four search warrants throughout the west side of Citrus County.

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Prendergast’s vehicle strikes, kills pedestrian

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Wednesday,Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast was involved in a vehicle crash in Hernando County.

Sheriff Prendergast was traveling north on U.S. Highway 19 in his agency vehicle and was returning home from a board meeting with the Sheriff’s Ranches Enterprises, Inc.

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West Plantation Lane closure

Citrus County Road Maintenance has closed West Plantation Lane in Crystal River from North Hourglass Terrace to North Michaelmas Terrace.

A detour will direct vehicles from West Plantation Lane south on North Hourglass Terrace to West Pimpernel Lane, then north on North Michaelmas Terrace back to West Plantation Lane.

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Jobless rate takes a cool dip in July

OCALA, Fla. (Aug. 16 2019) – The jobless rate for the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region took an unseasonal dip in July, albeit a slight one, dropping 0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent.

There were 8,824 unemployed in the region, a decrease of 248 over the month and 679 fewer than the same time last year, when the jobless rate was 4.7 percent.

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County health officials warn of mosquito-borne illness

The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) today advised residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Citrus County.

Several sentinel chicken flocks have tested positive for West Nile virus infection. The risk of transmission to humans has increased.

Citrus County Mosquito Control District and DOH-Citrus continue surveillance and prevention efforts.

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