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School is out and summer is upon us so that means we all need to take extra precautions to ensure we have a fun and relaxing summer.  This time of year people are out enjoying the waterways, riding the trails, or firing up the barbeque for a backyard party.  So to help kick off this summer of fun yesterday the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) held the Sheriff Mike Prendergast Youth Safety Fair.  This event was a great success and kids got to test their bicycling skills in Safety City.  Here they got the opportunity to navigate obstacles and interact with simulated traffic in order to truly see their skills. Older kids got to test their skills in an advanced obstacle course.  All participants had their bikes and helmets inspected to ensure they were safe before participating in the event.

Bike safety was not the only topic covered at the event.  A seatbelt simulator was on site to allow participants to experience how necessary it is to wear your seatbelt.  Many other vendors were on hand to include the Fire Safety House and the City of Inverness.  The City of Inverness was on hand to provide information on summer swimming lessons and Bike Inverness. A very beneficial part of the event will be the opportunity for kids to register their bikes with a numbered identifying decal that will help should their bike be lost or stolen.

This event was just the beginning of the CCSOs Play Safe Citrs Campaign (#Play Safe Citrus) which will run until August 4th when the CCSO will partner with Plaza Dodge of Inverness to hold a Back to School Bash.  The Play Safe Citrus Campaign will consist of safety tips being posted to Facebook on a wide variety of issues related to safe practices during the summer season. These posts will include videos covering many different safety topics that will help make your summer more enjoyable.  In addition, there will be articles published here in the Chronicle covering specific safety topics once a month in June, July, and August.

Summer time is a time for us to enjoy the resources offered here in Florida.  This includes enjoying the beaches, boating, fishing, and the many other recreational opportunities that are available in our area. The wide variety of choices we have here on the Nature Coast gives us a great chance to experience a true Florida summer.  But risks come with these adventures and we must be cautious when enjoying them.  The Play Safe Citrus Campaign will help provide the tips and information that will keep your summer safe and fun. So get involved in the Play Safe Citrus Campaign and comment on our posts, offer your input, and even post your own pictures of your safety actions you use to make your summer safe. When you post make sure to add #PlaySafeCitrus in your post so we can track the event.  Working together we will make Citrus County the safe place to be this summer.



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Citrus County Most Wanted

NAME: James Edsall III

Wanted for:
Violation of Probation
for Home Invasion
Robbery, Burglary, and Grand Theft Auto

AGE: 41

HEIGHT: 5ft 10in


If you have any information regarding Mr.Edsall's whereabouts, call our non-emergency line at (352) 726 - 1121 or contact Crime Stoppers to be eligible for a reward at 1-888-ANY-TIPS.