Law officers still searching for man who robbed store

Published March 14, 2007



Law officers are still searching for the man who robbed the Kangaroo convenience store at State Road 200 and County Road 39 last month. The robbery happened about 1:50 a.m. Feb. 25, the Sheriff's Office said. The man said he had a gun but never displayed a weapon. Deputies and police dogs searched the surrounding area. Marion County authorities were notified, as well. Do you recognize the man in these photos? Please call Detective Lee Alexander at 726-4488, ext. 338, or, to remain anonymous, call the sheriff's crime tips line toll-free at 1-888-269-8477.


Sheriff's Office being reviewed

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is pursuing national accreditation for law enforcement services through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The agency also is seeking state reaccreditation through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. From March 25 to March 28, the agency will undergo an onsite assessment. Residents wishing to comment to reviewers may call 341-5299 between 1 and 5 p.m. March 26. There will be a public hearing at 6 p.m. that day at the Lecanto Government Building. Comments should address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA law enforcement standards. To review a copy of the standards, call Gail Tierney at 726-4488, ext. 311. Submit written comments to CALEA, 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax VA 22030-2215.


Help get rid of invasive plants

Help the environment by volunteering to pull up pesky Brazilian pepper trees from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) is classified by state biologists as an aggressive nonnative invasive plant. Brazilian pepper stands provide poor habitat for wildlife and will crowd out native plants where it grows. Volunteers are asked to show up at 8 a.m. at the Ozello Civic Association on W Ozello Trail. You will be pulling up Brazilian pepper trees throughout Ozello. The work involves bending, pulling and stretching. Bring work gloves, water and insect repellent. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Volunteers will get a box lunch and a T-shirt. Call 563-0450 to sign up.