November Cardinal Street meeting canceled

The Citrus County Planning and Development Commission (PDC) has canceled its November 17, 2020 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Public Hearing on the Cardinal Interchange Management Area.

This public meeting will be rescheduled at a future date.

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Registered sexual offender faces new charges

A Dunnellon man, who is a registered sex offender, has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy.

Arrested was Tommy Glenn Dees, 52, of Dunnellon.

On Oct. 9, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) was contacted in reference to an alleged sexual assault of a juvenile victim.

The complainant told responding deputies the 4-year-old had disclosed that the suspect, 52-year-old Tommy Glenn Dees, had performed sexual acts on the child.

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Authorities arrest person of interest in Copeland Park shooting

Members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO)  and U.S. Marshals on Thursday took David Jerome Lemon Jr. into custody as a person of interest in the murder of Tyler Hopkins.

Lemon is being held at the Citrus County Detention Facility on no bond for charges of Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon.

On Feb. 20, Hopkins was shot in Crystal River near the area of Copeland Park. Detectives with the CCSO Major Crimes Unit have diligently investigated this incident, working to identify the shooter and bring them to justice.

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Yearlong ‘dark web’ investigation leads to local RICO arrests

Law enforcement officers show off items discovered during an arrest warrant served on an Inverness home on Oct. 14 (CCSO photo on Oct. 15, 2020)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on Thursday said that two Inverness residents were arrested on Wednesday on drug charges after an extensive, yearlong joint investigation on the “dark web.”

Arrested under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) were 53-year-old Benjamin Burdick and 29-year-old Catilynkyrie Burdick of Inverness. They are being held in the Citrus County Detention Facility without bond, the CCSO said.

The investigation was a joint effort among the CCSO, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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Suspect surrenders after Hernando hostage crisis ends; 1 dead

At approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) received reports of an armed suspect, William Poole, 62, who deputies said was barricaded inside of a home with shots fired near the intersection of Highway 41 and Van Ness Road in Hernando.

Deputies immediately responded to the scene and began securing the area. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiation Team, as well as the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, also responded and began working to safely remove the four victims being held inside the home.

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3-month old child abuse victim dies, more charges against mother

Jessica Figueroa

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Detective Barry with the Special Victims Unit on Friday arrested 36-year-old Jessica Figueroa of Merritt Island for the death of 3-month-old David Figueroa-Philip.

“As I said in Figueroa’s initial arrest, it is never easy for our office to work cases of this nature,” Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

“It becomes even more challenging when the precious child our detectives work so diligently to help passes. May this child rest in peace and may the judge presiding over this case  show no mercy towards Figueroa and the brutal harm she inflicted upon this defenseless victim.”

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