Law and public safety

Task Force warns of area fire risk

Marion County Fire Officials are urging area residents to use extreme caution if conducting a permitted burn. Fire Rescue Spokeswoman Miranda Iglesias says a Wildland Task Force determined today that the risk of fire in the area is very high. “We’re not quite at the point where we need to …

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Accused voyeur behind bars in Bradford County

A Bradford County man is in jail without bond for allegedly videotaping some of his customers. Doyce Griffis, owner of a local tanning business, was charged after Bradford County Chief of Operations Brad Smith says two girls using his tanning beds felt uncomfortable and brought their complaints to the police. …

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Marion County escapee back in court

Yarnel Bagley had his first appearance this morning in Marion County after being arrested in Jacksonville yesterday. 17-year-old Bagley escaped from the Marion County Jail for the second time on April 19. Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jennifer Lowe says the Sheriff’s Office collaborated with many different agencies to capture …

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Homosassa doctor arrested for drug trafficking

Officials seized 9,000 hydrocodone pills on Tuesday from the offices of Doctor Gordon Bunker in Homosassa. Law enforcement officials say they believe he has dealt close to 300,000 since 2005. Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Sargeant Justin Ferrara says hydrocodone is not as closely monitored as some other drugs. Bunker is …

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