Country House declared Kentucky Derby winner after ‘inquiry ruling’; Maximum Security disqualified, officials say

Country House was declared the winner of the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday following “an inquiry ruling” and the disqualification of Maximum Security, officials said.

Fraud alert issued by Sheriff’s Office

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) are currently investigating claims of organized fraud by Citrus County-based business Elite Roofing.

At this time, several potential victims have been identified throughout the state of Florida, as well as the East coast region.

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FWC extends red tide fisheries conservation measures in SW Florida

Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission logoAt its May meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) extended several fisheries management conservation measures for red drum, snook and spotted seatrout in areas of southwest Florida impacted by a prolonged red tide that occurred from November 2017 through mid-February 2019.

The extension for red drum, snook and spotted seatrout will go into effect May 11 and will apply from the Pasco-Hernando county line south (including all waters of Tampa Bay) through Gordon Pass in Collier County. Previously approved catch-and-release measures, including no harvest of spotted seatrout over 20 inches, remain in effect through May 10.

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Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein submits resignation

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has submitted his resignation to President Trump, effective May 11.

Attorney General William Barr in a statement said Rosenstein served the Justice Department “with dedication and distinction.”

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Volunteer opportunities available at Sheriff’s Office

On Tuesday, April 9, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet to celebrate National Volunteer Month and the amazing contributions made by the nearly 800 men and women who dedicate their time to help make Citrus County the safest community in Florida.

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U.S. Dept of Interior disburses $215 million in energy revenues to Gulf States for coastal conservation, hurricane protection projects

WASHINGTON –  Last Friday, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) disbursed $214.9 million in FY 2018 energy revenues to the four Gulf oil and gas producing states – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, and their coastal political subdivisions (CPS) – an increase of $26.95 million or 14.3 percent over the prior year.

The funds from the second disbursement under Phase II of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (GOMESA) will be used to support coastal conservation and restoration projects, hurricane protection programs, and activities to implement marine, coastal, or conservation management plans.

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