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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Rodriguez tapped to head Citrus County Community Services

Mariselle Rodriguez has taken over as the Citrus County Community Services director.

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Mariselle Rodriguez is the new Citrus County Community Services. She was formally introduced to the Board of Citrus County Commissioners at the BOCC’s regular meeting on Jan. 21 (January 21, 2020)

Mariselle Rodriguez has taken over as the Citrus County Community Services director.

She came to the job from Cleveland, Ohio.

Rodriguez was formally introduced to the Board of Citrus County Commissioners at the BOCC’s regular meeting on Jan. 21.

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County calls for public to be aware of human trafficking

Representatives from social agencies and law enforcement are presented with a proclamation declaring January 2020 as Human Traffic Awareness Month in Citrus County (January 21, 2020)

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday proclaimed the month of January as a time to be aware of the issue of human trafficking.

Commissioners presented the proclamation to a group of law enforcement and social agencies in a special ceremony.

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County demands EMS contract compliance

The Citrus County Commission is reacting to reports of poor response times by the Nature Coast EMS.

The commission will send out a letter that requires NCEMS to comply with its county contract within 45 days of the letter’s receipt. (Jan. 7, 2020)

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County Commissioner Kitchen alleges error in fact in ridership

Citrus County Commissioner Ron Kitchen wonders if a local newspaper considered fact-checking before writing a story and editorial about the number of riders who were allegedly barred from using the Citrus County Transit bus system. (January 7, 2020)

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Citrus County children need your help

No one should simply shake their head and sadly lament the horrific story of child abuse. Instead of passive despair, let these tragic incidents serve as a galvanizing call to action for us all to commit to ending abuse and securing the safety and future of every child in Citrus County.

Yes, we can end child abuse. We can end it when we all become advocates for children.

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