Spring Career Fairs plant seeds of opportunity for businesses, job candidates

The annual career fairs will take place in Citrus County on Tuesday, March 26 at the College of Central Florida’s Learning and Conference Center in Lecanto and on Thursday, March 28 at CF’s Klein Conference Center in Ocala.

OCALA, Florida – Employment and recruiting opportunities will be in full bloom next month during a pair of Spring Career Fairs hosted by CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion.

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Six arrested in three separate drug raids

Weapons cache, drugs and cash from Thursday’s drug warrants

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on Friday said that a total of six people were arrested in separate warrants in Citrus County on drug charges.

On Thursday, and again on Friday, the CCSO’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and the Tactical Impact Unit served three different search warrants in the county.

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Missing man

Robert Nelson Merlina

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing adult, Robert Nelson Merlina.

Merlina was last seen on Friday at around 11 a.m.

He is a 27 year old white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Merlina was last seen in the Floral City area. It is unknown what he was wearing at the time he went missing.

If you have seen Robert or know his whereabouts, please contact the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office at 352-726-1121 and ask for the Major Crimes Unit.

To remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a reward, contact Citrus County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-269-8477 or online at www.crimestopperscitrus.com.

Missing/runaway teen sought

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for 16-year-old Joanie Hailey Marie Sundquist.

Hailey Marie Sundquist. (CCSO-provided photo)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for 16-year-old Joanie Hailey Marie Sundquist.

Joanie is 5’4” tall and 120 pounds, with black hair and blue eyes. Joanie was last seen wearing a cream-colored shirt and jeans.

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CCSO seeks tips for suspect in Inverness-area vehicle burglaries

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help to identify a person captured on surveillance cameras who is alleged to have burglarized multiple vehicles in the Inverness area.

Surveillance photo of a man wanted by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries in the Inverness area. (Courtesy photo)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help to identify a person captured on surveillance cameras who is alleged to have burglarized multiple vehicles in the Inverness area.

The Sheriff’s Office said the person of interest appears in surveillance photos to be a white male, with dark facial hair, and tattoos on both of his arms.

Tattoos are unidentified at this time, the CCSO said, but appear to extend down onto his left hand. (Please refer to the photo accompanying this news article).

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Derelict vessel removed from Homosassa River

Removal of derelict vessel from the Shivers Bay, Homosassa River on Feb. 14, 2019)

Thanks to the efforts of Citrus County Aquatics Director Mark Edwards, and staff, an identified derelict vessel was removed on Feb. 14 from the Homosassa River.

In December 2018, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) notified Citrus County of the potential derelict vessel and later the same month, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved staff to apply for grant funding from the FWC to remove the derelict vessel.

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