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CCSO looking for missing Crystal River resident

CRYSTAL RIVER - Citrus County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking for a 38-year-old Crystal River man who’s no stranger to disappearing from his North Chameleon Point residence for several days at a time.

However, just before 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Shaun Shopland signed himself out of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center against doctors’ orders, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

It appears he left the hospital on foot, traveling in an unknown direction.  If he ended up taking a cab, it’s unconfirmed at this time.

Woman charged with attempted murder of Floral City husband

Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies on Wednesday arrested a woman for the attempted murder of her Floral City husband.

According to the arrest report, the woman, Melanie Orise Glass, 35, allegedly used plant food and pool chemicals to poison her husband's drinks.

The couple had been having marital problems, a divorce was in the works, Melanie had been seeing someone else and she had moved out of the Floral City home to 18042 S. Porsche Place in Spring Hill at the end of October, the arrest report says. She was arrested in Floral City.


Sheriff's Office busts two Hernando grow houses

HERNANDO - Members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) served two search warrants and made three arrests on Thursday at separate, yet related, residences in Hernando.

What they discovered were two sophisticated grow operations yielding hundreds of quality, high-grade marijuana plants.

Homosassa man arrested on child porn charges

A 32-year-old Homosassa man is in the Citrus County jail, charged with 19 counts of child pornography possession.

Arrested on Wednesday was Bradley Dee Mathews, 10 Boston Ivy Court.

According to the Sheriff's Office arrest report, the CCSO Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC) was investigating illegal downloading of what was believed to be child pornography, when investigation revealed a computer at Mathews' Internet address might be involved. The CCSO obtained a search warrant and went to Mathews' residence.


Public asked to help find missing runaway youths

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding three young runaways.

Two of the runaways, Rachel Warren, 15, of Sugarmill Woods, and Vanessa Simmons, 17, of Crystal River are habitual runaways. A third runaway, Gabriel Ruiz-Cain, 16, of Inverness, is also being sought.

Warren is described as a is a white female, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 117 pounds.  She has long brown hair and hazel eyes. Simmons is a white female, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. She has blonde hair and brown eyes.


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