Ongoing drug investigation catches more in its snare

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The Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) has completed Quarter Three of Operation Coin Toss, a comprehensive operation with the objective of cracking down on the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics within Citrus County.

The sheriff’s office said today that the team added 22 new names on the roster this quarter, and also had time to follow up on previous quarters by making an additional 16 arrests for probation violations.

The CCSO also made another interception with the largest recorded heroin bust in agency history.

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Deputy-involved shooting in Beverly Hills

Shortly before 2 p.m. on May 22, deputies responded to a call for a service at a home on Filmore Street in Beverly Hills in response to a suspect breaking car windows.

When deputies arrived, the suspect displayed deadly force. As a result, the deputy on scene fired his weapon to neutralize the threat

“This was a very dangerous situation that risked the lives of dozens of innocent people and consumed our full-attention in order to protect our citizens,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

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Manslaughter investigation moves to fireman’s arrest

Jose Dorta III implicated in the 2019 death of a two-month-old infant. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (May 12, 2020)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest today in a nearly one-year-old investigation.

Concluding their lengthy and meticulous investigation, CCSO detectives arrested 33-year-old Jose Dorta III for aggravated manslaughter.

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County parks to reopen

Citrus County reopens all parks on Friday, May 1, 2020, for recreational activities following CDC guidelines and direction from the Citrus County Health Department.

Fort Island Gulf Beach and Hernando Beach remain closed, in an abundance of caution, pending water quality results.

Federal and state social distancing/gathering guidelines remain in place. Groups of more than 10 will not be permitted, and social distancing of six feet is necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Military, retirees, spouses must wear face coverings

Those who want to shop at military stores will now have to cover their faces, the Department of Defense said today.

Commissaries are requiring customers to wear some form of face coverings to enter the building, the DoD said in a news release.

This policy falls in-line with the 5 April 2020 DoD guidance mandating all individuals on DoD property, installations and facilities to wear face coverings when they cannot maintain 6 feet of social distance in public areas or work centers.

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