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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Nurse charged with lewd, lascivious activity with patient

Hiram Bonilla

On Jan. 6, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) was contacted in reference to the alleged sexual assault of a patient by a staff member at a local hospital.

The victim told the responding deputy that on Jan. 5 and 6, a registered nurse entered her hospital room on several separate occasions and engaged in sexual activity with her.

CitruThe suspect was identified as 57-year-old Hiram Bonilla, of Tampa.

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X-Ray vision achieved by Citrus County Animal Services

Dr. Mielo and staff prepare shelter dog for a diagnostic X-Ray. (Courtesy photo on December 23, 2020)

Citrus County Animal Services (CCAS) Care Center now has X-Ray vision! Thanks to fundraising efforts by our community partner Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection (CCFAP).

The new state-of-the-art digital X-Ray machine and table are an amazing addition to the care provided to animals at the Care Center.  The day of installation staff was able to treat four animals without offsite visits.

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Countywide burglary spree ends with three arrests

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After starting their burglary spree on Dec. 16 and 17, three Citrus County men are in custody.

Between December 16, 2020, and Dec. 17, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to multiple vehicle burglaries, attempts and auto thefts that occurred in the areas of Citrus Springs, Citrus Hills, Pine Ridge and Crystal River.

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Citrus County’s Legislative Delegation modifies process for 2021

After thoughtful and careful consideration for the health, safety and welfare of our community, the Citrus County Legislative Delegation is modifying the process for receiving public input for the 2021 Legislative Session.

Just as millions of Floridians have made adjustments to normal events and activities, so we too are making changes in response to the challenges that COVID-19 has presented. All testimony, concerns, legislative input, and budget requests will be received by delegation members via email.

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Youth conservation group celebrates 10 years with online giveaways and events to encourage getting kids outside

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCCN) will celebrate its 10th birthday this December and January with a social media campaign featuring contests and giveaways, a new partner rewards program, donor recognition and a virtual crowd-sourced fundraising event.

The celebration will also feature the voices of former campers who benefited from participating in one of FYCCN’s programs.

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