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Law Enforcement Torch Run set for April 26

The tradition continues for the annual Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics. Sheriff Mike Prendergast will join first responders and Special Olympians for the 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run at 8 a.m., Friday, April 26 in Crystal River.

Each year, this signature event highlights the law enforcement community’s year-round support of Special Olympics.  Law enforcement officers from more than 300 agencies around the state carry the “Flame of Hope” throughout Florida, covering hundreds of miles.

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State Attorney’s Office honors Citrus detective

CCSO Detective Bruce Arnold, left, is shown with State Attorney’s Office vVctim Witness Counselor Kari Thompson (CCSO photo)

Brittney Carman,
CCSO Community Relations Specialist

Every April, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office takes part in the observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW).

This dedicated week focuses on how the community, as a whole, can assist victims of crimes and empower those victims to move forward.

During this year’s ceremony on Arpil 11, the 5th Judicial Circuit of Florida State Attorney’s Office (SAO) presented their 2018 “Above and Beyond” certificate of appreciation to Detective Bruce Arnold of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. The certificate is in recognition of his exceptional work on behalf of victims.

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3 juveniles arrested in Ryder shooting case

Three youths have been charged in connection with a November 2018 case in which a woman, Sandra Ryder, 53, of Homosassa was found shot in the head at her home near Grover Cleveland Boulevard..

The Sheriff’s Office said that they were called to the woman’s home at 6143 W. Wayward Loop on Nov. 21, 2018 at about 12:43 pm.

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Citrus County Animal Services receives 2nd nat’l Maddie’s Fund® grant

Citrus County Animal Services has just received its second grant from Maddie’s Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals.

The Maddie’s Fund® Challenge Completion Award for the Get ‘Em Home Challenge in the amount of $1,000. Maddie’s Fund® supports the lifesaving efforts made by staff and volunteers at the Animal Shelter.

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Body of missing Inglis man found in Withlacooche River

George Kiggans has been reported missing on March 20, 2019. (Courtesy photo)

The body of an Inglis man reported missing earlier in the week was found floating on Saturday in the Withslacoochee River.

George Kiggans, 66, was reported missing on Wednesday, March 20, after he was last seen around 2 p.m. in the vicinity of his residence on West Foss Grove Path in Inglis.

“We utilized our resources as well as requested assistance from other organizations to assist in locating Mr. Kiggans,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “This is not how we want any search to end, and we are truly sorry for the family’s loss.

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Mental Health Council

Citrus County Commission Chairman Jeff Kinnard recently attended a meeting of the Citrus County Mental Health Council. He tells fellow commissioners what he learned (March 11, 2019)