Archive for Law & Order

Silver Alert turns to tragedy with discovery of body

Mary Gates. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 7, 2019)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday said that the search for Mary Gates. age 94, ended after her body was located off of a hiking trail in Inverness.

She was reported missing on Friday night and a Silver Alert was initiated.

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Avoid this genetic testing scam

Have you heard about the latest scam? Scammers are offering “free” genetic tests and claiming Medicare will cover it — so they can get your Medicare Number and use it to commit fraud and identity theft.

They’re targeting people through telemarketing calls, health fairs, and even knocking on doors.

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‘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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Text-to-911 now available in Citrus County

In an effort to increase accessibility to 9-1-1 emergency services, no matter the situation, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) will be implementing text-to-9-1-1 beginning on Aug. 9.

Citrus County citizens who are deaf/hard of hearing, or have a speech-impairment will be among those most impacted by the text-to-9-1-1 implementation.

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Undercover FWC case ends in 3 arrests, 15 others cited

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigation led to the arrests on Friday, Aug. 9, of three suspects in Levy and Pinellas counties for violating state laws pertaining to illegally harvesting and selling various fish and wildlife.

Fifteen additional suspects were served with notice to appear citations in Levy, Orange, Pinellas and Broward counties.

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