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Three Arrested Trying to Obtain Drugs Fraudulently


Three people were arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Feb. 16, after the Inverness B & W Rexall Pharmacy contacted the CCSO that they were attempting to fraudulently obtain controlled substances.


Joseph K. vickers, 32, 10094 S.W. 152nd Place, Dunnellon; James Allen Dethlefs, 47, 7484 S.W. 150th St., Dunnellon; and Hillary Jean McKechnie, 24, 1731 S.W. 40th Ter. E., Gainesville, had each turned in three prescriptions from a south Florida physician for oxycodone 30 mg, ocycodone 15 mg and alprazolam 2 mg. The report stated that the weight of the mens' oxycodone was 45.36 grams, and the woman's oxycodone totaled 22.68 grams, and all the prescriptions had been obtained on the same date, Feb. 15.


As McKechnie was leaving the pharmacy, the two men were still inside making their purchases. A deputy detained McKechnie while a detective apprehended the men inside the store. As the deputy approached, Vickers was handing the bag of medication to Dethlefs, the report stated. The detective identified himself to the men and escorted them outside.


The pharmacist told the detective that the three had come in together and handed-in the prescriptions for "both patients" at the same time. McKechnie had wanted to pay for her medication through Medicaid, but was denied, so she went outside to call for approval. The pharmacist stated that vickers paid for Dethlefs' prescriptions with a credit card in the amount of $363.98.


The pharmacist had contacted the assistant office manager at the physician's office and was told that the MRI's provided by "both patients" were invalid, consequently the prescriptions they had obtained had been obtained in a fraudulent manner. Both MRI's were identical with the exception of the personal information, and the physician's office requested that law enforcement be notified.


The detective contacted the diagnostic imaging company in Belleview, Florida and learned that the two MRI's were fraudulent, and neither of the patients had ever been treated in the facility.


Dethlefs told the detective that the MRI's were fraudulent and had been obtained from an acquaintance for $200. vickers and McKechnie refused to talk with law enforcement.


All three were placed under arrest and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility. Vickers and Dethlefs were each charged with one count of trafficking in oxycodone, one count of conspiracy, and 3 counts of attempting to obtain controlled substances by fraud. Their bonds were each set at $1,015,000. McKechnie was charged with one count of attempted trafficking in oxycodone, one count of conspiracy, and three counts of attempting to obtain controlled substances by fraud. Her bond was set at $215,000.


While incarcerated, Vickers was arrested on additional charges the following day (Feb. 17) for allegedly filling fraudulent prescription written by the same South Florida physician on Feb. 4. The prescriptions were for oxycodone 30 mg, oxycodone 15 mg and alprazolam 2 mg. The total weight of oxycodone was 45.36 grams. The report stated that Vickers paid cash for all of the prescriptions, with the exception of one that his insurance paid $10.47 toward.


A supervisor with a diagnostic imaging company in Naples, Florida stated that Vickers had never had been a patient, the account number on the MRI report does not exist, the imaging system named in the mri report is not used by the company, and the patient information format is incorrect.


When vickers was arrested on the second set of charges, he declined to make a comment. He was charged with one count of trafficking in more than 28 grams of oxycodone and three counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud. His total bond on this second set of charges was $515,000.


Distress Call Leads to Discovery of Marijuana Plants in Inglis House


    An emergency call to law enforcement on Feb. 16, resulted in the confiscation of marijuana plants and drug charges being filed with the State Attorney’s Office against two Inglis residents.

    According to the arrest report, Tracie Renee Hunt, 39, contacted the Levy County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) to complain that she’d had an argument with her boyfriend, 27-year-old Jonathan Erlandson, and he’d made threats of suicide. Hunt fled to a nearby residence to get away from Erlandson. Hunt continued to talk with a dispatcher, stating that Erlandson was out of control, using illegal drugs and threatening suicide.

Officers and deputies with the Inglis Police Department (IPD) and LCSO arrived at Hunt’s and Erlandson’s residence, located at 47 Lois Ave. They were unable to locate Erlandson. Officer Swiggett requested that dispatch ask Ms. Hunt if the residence was locked so officers could check on Erlandson. Ofc. Swiggett and Dep. Prine announced their presence and entered Hunt’s and Erlandson’s residence by way of the back door. Erlandson was not located, and officers determined that he’d left before they arrived. A BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued for Erlandson through the LCSO.

    The report stated, while officers were checking the residence for Erlandson, they saw, in plain view, several cannabis smoking pipes. In the bathroom, they saw an unspecified number of cannabis plants.

     Officers spoke with Ms. Hunt, who stated the argument was verbal (not physical), that she was concerned for Erlandson’s welfare due to his drug use and suicide threats. She told Ofc. Swiggett that the cannabis plants belonged to Erlandson, and she was aware of them, but had feared notifying law enforcement about them due to possible repercussion from Erlandson. She said that another person (referred to on the report as a “witness”), had brought the plants to Erlandson, about two weeks earlier.

    Ofc. Swiggett spoke with the witness at his residence. He said he knew the plants were at the residence because Erlandson had shown them to him. He denied bringing the plants to Erlandson or giving them to him. The witness speculated that Erlandson had gotten the plants from a man by the name of “Pete.” He also stated that the plants had been at Erlandson’s residence for at least a couple of weeks.

    The cannabis plants were removed from the pots and weighed at the IPD. They weighed approximately 125 grams. Other items taken into evidence were two spoons and three hypodermic needles (which are pending lab analysis), “several paraphernalia items,” and two “medium sized” containers of cannabis seeds. Several prescription bottles of miscellaneous narcotics, prescribed to Ms. Hunt, were located. She told Ofc. Swiggett that she no longer takes the medication and requested that it be disposed of.

Sworn complaints were filed with the State Attorney’s Office against both Erlandson and Hunt, on possible possession of cannabis more than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. The report stated that additional charges could be filed, pending on the lab analysis of the residue on the spoons.


Citrus County Man Arrested for Infant Son's Death


    Early Saturday afternoon, Feb. 20, Citrus County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested 21-year-old Spencer Tyson Weaver of Inverness, charging him with aggravated child abuse and murder in connection with the death of his 2-month-old son, Tamarri Weaver, on Feb. 16.

    On Friday night, the Sheriff's Office had issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) for Weaver, as he had left a voice mail for the child's biological mother, threatening to harm himself.

     When deputies and detectives located Weaver on Saturday morning, he told them he'd physically abused his son for several weeks and knew that his actions had caused the infant's death. Weaver was taken into custody and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility, where he's being held on no bond.

    The infant's biological mother and other family members were notified of the arrest and circumstances surrounding the boy's death. The child's biological mother is Destiny Rogers, 18, of Inverness, according to the sheriff's office.

    Preliminary results of the infant's autopsy performed on Thursday listed blunt force trauma as the cause of death, and homicide as the manner of death.

    On Sunday, Feb. 14, just after 1 p.m., deputies responded to Weaver's 707 Emery St. Inverness address, due to Tamarri being unresponsive. Deputies, paramedics and fire rescue personnel alternately performed CPR on the baby. The child was rushed by ambulance to Citrus Memorial Hospital. Because Tamarri was not breathing on his own, he was airlifted to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg for further pediatric care. At 3:30 p.m., Feb. 16, Tamarri was pronounced dead.

    Detectives interviewed the infant's biological parents, who do not reside together, along with other caretakers, physicians and hospital personnel.

    When deputies located Weaver on Saturday, he spoke with them about the voice mail threats to harm himself and Tamarri's death.

    Weaver's arrest report listed details of his interview: Sometime around Jan. 29 when caring for Tamarri, Weaver said he'd grabbed him around the stomach area and squeezed him, while shaking him "in a rough and hard way," the report stated. Weaver said he knew he'd injured the child, because he later saw bruising on Tamarri's right side. Weaver made several comments that he was often rough when picking up the child out of bed or putting him to bed. He said, when burping the baby, he would squeeze the back of his neck very hard, while choking him with his other hand.

     On Feb. 14, Weaver said his roommate gave him the baby and a bottle, while he was in his room, lying in bed. He said his roommate left for work, and he was home alone with Tamarri. He fed Tamarri in bed, according to the report, and afterward, burped him - squeezing the back of his neck very hard, while choking him. He told detectives he was very rough with Tamarri during this time.

     Weaver said Tamarri woke up crying, and he removed him from the bed "in a rough and forceful manner," the report stated. Weaver said he held the baby around the chest and armpit area - squeezing him hard and shaking him. He then threw Tamarri onto his waterbed, and he landed in the middle. Weaver said he then hit Tamarri, twice, with an open hand, on the right side of his head, and he saw an immediate effect on Tamarri. He was not alert, he was very limp, he was going in and out of sleep, and his heart was beating very fast.

     At that point, according to the report, Weaver was scared and worried, because he knew he'd harmed the child. Weaver said that he should have called 911, but did not, due to concern about his actions. Weaver then took the baby into the bathroom and bathed him in the sink. During the bath, he said, he struck the back of the baby's head on the sink, and he saw an immediate effect. Weaver told detectives that Tamarri was "very limp, going in and out of consciousness," the report stated.

     In a rough manner, Weaver said, he placed Tamarri back on the bed, and he was asleep. A short time later, he heard the baby cough or make a noise, and when he entered the bedroom, the baby was very pale. Weaver said he panicked, because the baby was not breathing, and he began slapping the baby on the face. He told detectives he knew his actions had caused Tamarri's injuries and death.


Citrus Springs Man Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charge


Jonus Serrano, 27, N. Cortlandt Dr., Citrus Springs, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Feb. 12, on numerous drug charges after the CCSO Tactical Impact and Vice Narcotics Units executed a search warrant at his residence, shortly after 1:00 p.m.


When officers arrived, Serrano was seen standing on the front porch, but when he saw law enforcement, he ran inside and locked the front door. Several deputies announced,"sheriff's office, search warrant," while another deputy knocked on the door, and when they received no answer, deputies breeched the door with a sledge hammer. When they went inside Serrano's residence, they took all the occupants into the kitchen, which included Serrano, another white male and two juveniles.


Serrano told deputies that all they would find was "a little bit of weed," according to the report. When deputies told him they intended to search the entire house, Serrano replied that they would only find a little bit of weed in the home and maybe an ounce or so in his car. He said he'd recently snorted a line of cocaine, and that was the reason he had a scale, a spoon and a $100 bill on the bathroom counter top. He said he'd flushed the rest of his cocaine before the deputies entered his home.


Members of the Tactical Impact Unit searched the home and found numerous items of contraband, approximately 175.5 grams of marijuana in a large plastic ziplock bag inside his car, under the driver's seat. Inside this bag was also approximately 27.5 grams of cocaine. In a jacket hanging in the master bedroom closet, another baggie was found that contained approximately 27.5 grams of cocaine. Inside a ceramic container on the master bedroom dresser, deputies found 7 pills that were identified as Roxycodone 30 mg. Serrano told deputies that all the drugs belonged to him."Many other items of paraphernalia were additionally located in the garage," the report stated, including $991 hidden behind the air conditioner handler and paperwork found inside the home.


During the search, Serrano's live-in girlfriend returned home and stated that Serrano had been living with her for about a year.


Serrano was arrested and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility. He was charged with trafficking in cocaine, possessing with intent to sell/manufacture/deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $65,000.


IPD investigation leads to felony arrest of Inglis man by CCSO


An investigation by the Inglis Police Department led to numerous felony charges being filed with the State Attorney's Office against 46-year-old Inglis resident Robin Edward "Bulldog" Haley of Northwood Mobile Home Park. Four Sworn complaints were filed by the Inglis Police Department on Jan. 27.


One complaint charged Haley with theft and fraud on Jan. 10, Haley allegedly took a boat and title using "a false name of Steven Maddon." The report stated that an Inglis man traded his vessel for the stolen one, which Haley allegedly sold to another Inglis man. The victim is listed as a Key Largo resident. The report stated that Haley was identified by all parties involved in the incident.


In a related case reported as occurring on Jan. 11 involving the same people involved in the Jan. 10 complaint, Haley was again charged in a Sworn Complaint with fraud and theft. This complaint stated that Haley had identified himself to the victim as Steven Maddon and asked him if he wanted to buy a sailboat that belonged to him. The complaint stated, that according to the investigation, Haley had defrauded an Inglis man by trading him the boat that was stolen from the Key Largo man. The complaint stated that the victim paid Haley $600 for the boat and was given a title that had been received from another Inglis man.


Another Sworn Complaint, charging Haley with theft on Jan. 16, listed another Inglis resident as the victim. Haley is suspected of taking removing several items while he was working on the victim's property. Items reported as taken include several pieces of lawn equipment, a generator, and several items from the victim's boat, which Haley then allegedly sold to the Key Largo man. Again, Haley was identified by the victim and witness.


In a Sworn Complaint filed against Haley for theft that was reported as taking place on Jan. 16, Haley allegedly told his landlord that he'd taken his (the landlord's) riding lawnmower to be repaired, but the repair man would not give it back. However, Haley would not tell his landlord where the lawnmower was, but did tell him that he would call police and report it as stolen. The complaint stated that Haley did not report the lawnmower as stolen, and when the landlord attempted to contact him the following day, Haley was gone.


According to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Inglis Police Sgt. Ballard contacted them regarding two grand theft cases he was working on in which Haley was a suspect. Ballard requested that they check pawn shops within the Citrus County jurisdiction to determine if Haley had made pawns. No pawn were located in Haley's name, but three items were located as having been pawned at the Gettin Place in Crystal River in the name of Steven Madden that matched the description and serial numbers given by Sgt. Ballard, a Coleman Power Mate generator that had been pawned on Oct. 29, 2009 for $70; an 8 hp Johnson outboard motor that had been pawned on Nov. 25, 2009 for $100; and a Hummingbird depth finder that had been pawned on Dec. 9, 2009 for $20.


The sheriff's office learned that Haley had been arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Jan. 28, 2010 with an out-of-state driver's license in the name of Steven Madden with a date of birth of August 5, 1973. During his arrest, Haley had admitted that Steven Madden was a deceased relative. Haley was charged with unauthorized possession of an identification card and giving a false name to a police officer.


On Feb. 3, thumb prints of Haley were matched to the thumb prints on the three pawn transaction forms in the name of Steven Madden, and they were identified as Haley's prints. Haley was arrested on additional charges - 3 counts of dealing in stolen property and 3 counts of giving false information to a pawnbroker. Haley's total bond was set at $45,000.


3 Homosassa youths arrested on numerous felony charges


Two 18-year-old Homosassa youths, Eric Jatawn Rowell, 5820 Cinnamon Ridge Dr., and Arthur Louis Nesbitt IV, 2180 S.Strohs Ter.; and Ted Mark Bishop, Jr., 28, 6499 Grant St., also of Homosassa, were arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office related to an investigation initiated after two complaints were made on Jan. 23 of car windows that had been struck by fishing weights.


At 11:00 p.m., a woman driving east on Halls River Rd. near the Fish Net Motel said she heard a loud bang when her passenger side windshield cracked. Around 11:15 p.m., a second victim reported damage to his car, which was parked in the

Margarita Grill restaurant parking lot. His car had been hit several times with fishing weights, and his rear window had been broken out. An estimate to repair the damage was approximately $617.


On Jan. 26, numerous complaints were made to the sheriff's office regarding the occupants of a blue Ford pickup truck throwing fishing sinkers at occupied vehicles in the area of Hwy. 490 and Rock Crusher Rd.


According to the arrest reports, the previous day, a deputy had received a tip from a complainant who had witnessed the vehicle and described it as a newer, clean, blue and gray Ford pickup truck. A detailed description of both occupants was given, along with a tag number, however, no record was found for the tag number until dispatch replaced the first number of the tag, a "1," with the letter "i." Rowell's name and address matched the tag number with the letter i replacing the the number 1.  


At Rowell's residence, officers spoke with his mother, who said that Rowell was in his room, but when she checked, he was not there. She contacted Rowell, and he told her that they were "just up the road." Deputies located Rowell and Nesbitt on Chive Loop. Nesbitt stopped and talked with deputies, But Rowell told deputies that he was walking home.  


One deputy went to speak with Rowell at his residence, but the deputy was contacted and informed that Nesbitt had confessed to committing the crimes involving the fishing sinkers with Rowell, so Rowell was handcuffed and read his Miranda Rights. Rowell said he would speak with the deputy, and his mother was present during the interview.


Rowell said, that over the past several days, he and Nesbitt had thrown numerous sinkers at vehicles, he said that Nesbitt had thrown the sinkers and he had just driven the vehicle. Upon questioning, he admitted that he knew Nesbitt was throwing the sinkers, and Nesbitt had hit several vehicles. When asked where the sinkers had come from, Rowell replied that Nesbitt had lots of them.


Both Rowell and Nesbitt were taken into custody and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility. Two sinkers were located in Rowell's vehicle, by the passenger side door.


At the detention facility, both youths were interviewed. Nesbitt gave details about he and Rowell throwing sinkers at parked vehicles in the parking lot of the Margarita Grill and vehicles traveling on Halls River Rd. He gave time frames that matched the times of the incidents


Rowell and Nesbitt also confessed to a break-in that was reported on Jan. 22 to Alexander's Custom Paint and Body, located at 142 N.E. 11th St. in Crystal River where various pneumatic power tools (sanders, paint guns and drills) and stereo speakers with a value of $2,375 had been reported as stolen. Entry had been made into the shop by a hole that was punched into the drywall, and the door to the business had been opened by reaching through the hole. They said that Bishop had participated in the burglary and had taken possession of the stolen items.


Both Rowell and Nesbitt were charged with 12 counts of shooting or throwing a deadly missile into a dwelling or conveyance ($120,000 bond); 5 counts of criminal mischief more than $200 but less than $1,000 ($2,500 bond); 1 count of aggravated battery using a deadly weapon ($5,000 bond); and 1 count of criminal mischief $1,000 or more ($5,000 bond) - all related to the sinker throwing incidents. Charges related to the reported break-in at the body shop included 1 count of burglary of an unoccupied structure ($5,000 bond) and 1 count of grand theft greater than $300 but less than $5,000 ($2,000 bond). Their bonds on all the charges totaled $139,500.


On Jan. 28, Bishop was located at the Homosassa Library and arrested on 1 count of burglary to an unoccupied structure and 1 count of grand theft. He was transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility where his bond was set at $7,000.


Retired Policeman Arrested in Beverly Hills


    Thomas A. Gallagher, Jr., 67, Beverly Hills, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Jan. 22, on numerous charges. According to the arrest report, a warrant was obtained for Gallagher's arrest for exposure of sexual organs, disorderly conduct and trespass to land of another. According to the sheriff's office, just after 6:30 p.m., Jan. 22, Gallagher's neighbors found him in their yard, behind their truck, performing an obscene act, wearing nothing but a woman's skirt. The report also stated that Gallagher is retired (officer) from the New York Police Department. His bond was set at $3,000.00.


Woman Arrested For Attempted Murder


The Citrus County Sheriff's Office arrested a Spring Hill woman in Floral City, Jan. 13, stemming from a "suspicious incident," according to her arrest report. Melanie Orise Glass, 36, S. Porsch Pl., was arrested on a warrant for premeditated attempted murder.


According to Glass's arrest report, allegations were made that she was poisening her estranged husband in an attempt to kill him. The report stated that there were ongoing domestic problems, a divorce in the works, and she was seeing someone else.


In late October, she left her marital home in Floral City. "About two weeks prior to her departure, the victim had experienced persistent headaches and other medical difficulties," the report stated, but once Glass left the home, "the victim's sysptoms subsided, and he felt so much better that he never sought any medical treatment." The couple attempted to reconcile, but Glass only returned to Floral City for a couple of days before heading back to Spring Hill.


The report stated that the victim "eventually learned from other family members and an family acquaintance," that Glass had been adding substances such as plant food and pool chemicals to drinks she prepared for him, such a iced tea and coffee.


The sheriff's office conducted interviews, forensically analyzed computers, "and more," and turned their case over to the State Attorney's Office for review before Glass's warrant was issued.


Glass was transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility where her bond was set at $50,000.


Inmate Swims River, Escapes Custody Near Inglis


IPD files complaints against escapee Davis


The Inglis Police Department has filed two Sworn Complaints with the State Attorney's Office against escaped Citrus County Sheriff's Office inmate, Terry Neal Davis, 47, of Homosassa, who escaped in Inglis while in the custody of a CCSO detective on Dec. 22.


The first Sworn Complaint was dated Dec. 22 and charges Davis with the burglary of a dwelling, theft and criminal mischief.


The burglary of the Michigan Ave. residence was reported by the owner of the residence who lives in St. Petersburg, around 10:15 p.m., Dec. 25. The owner told police that he'd arrived at his residence to find empty food containers, an empty soda can and several empty beer bottles. He also noticed that the coffee pot had been used. He told the investigating officer that he'd emptied the garbage when he'd left the residence, and had immediately contacted police because he knew of Davis' escape.


The police officer noted that a rear bedroom bed had been slept in. All the silver change was missing from a glass change container, a makeshift bed had been constructed in a bedroom closet, plus numerous items of clothing were missing.


Entry to the residence had been gained by way of a back door. Pry marks were found on the back door, a chain lock had been broken, and a screen door had been cut. The residence is located about 200 yards from a reported possible sighting of Davis, wearing only green boxer shorts, on Karen St.


Two partial fingerprints were found, one from the glass change container and the other from the soda can.


The other Sworn complaint was made regarding the theft of a cell phone that was on a podium inside a tent located on the front of a property, sometime between 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 9:00 a.m. on Dec. 25, according to the victim. Detectives with the CCSO were made aware of the call when Davis' brother contacted them stating that he'd received a call from Davis around 9:00 a.m., Dec. 25. The trace showed that the call had been made from the victim's cell phone in the area of Hwy. 40 and Daisy St. A search of the area where the cell phone had been traced did not locate Davis, but searchers located a Michigan ball cap and a knife that were positively identified by the victim as his/her property.


Davis remains at large, as of Tuesday morning. He is a 47-year-old white male, 5'10" tall, weighing 155 pounds, with brownish-gray hair and blue eyes. He may have a cast on one of his arms and may be favoring his right leg due to a previous injury requiring stitches.


If you have information on Davis's location, do not approach him, but dial 911 immediately. Tips can be texted to 274637 (CRIMES) - type CITRUS plus your information, or you can place an anonymous tip online at www.CrimeCtoppersCitrus.com


(Crystal River) Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy is scaling back the search for escaped prisoner Terry Davis for night. Davis, who had been checked out from jail by a detective on Tuesday, jumped out of the detective's vehicle, ran down a boat ramp and swam across the Withlacoochee River near Elkins Rd. in Inglis.  There have been no confirmed sightings of him since.


Although deputies will still have a presence in the Inglis area,  plans will focus on re-interviewing associates of Davis and following-up on the leads, although few, that continue to come in.


The Sheriff's Office will remove its mobile command center from north Crystal River  and will re-establish its base of operations out of the Emergency Operations Center in Lecanto.


Anyone with information regarding Davis's whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately, or to contact Crime Stoppers of Citrus County via text, Web, or phone.  Tips are completely anonymous.  Text the word CITRUS plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), submit an anonymous Web tip at www.crimestopperscitrus.com, or call 1-888-ANY-TIPS.  Tipsters may be eligible for up to a $1000 reward.


       Davis, 47, is a white male with brownish-gray hair and blue eyes.  He is believed to have shed his jail-issued orange jumpsuit.  He is 5 foot 10 inches tall and weighs 155 pounds.  He may have a cast on one of his arms and may be favoring his right leg due to stitches received from a previous injury.

    If you see Davis, do not approach him, but call 911 immediately.


Inglis PD Busts 2nd Meth Operation in as Many Weeks


Monday night the Inglis Police Department busted a meth lab at 724 Hwy 40 E Inglis. The only arrest made in the bust was Patricia White. Eric White, her husband, had been arrested the day before on a warrant from Citrus County for grand theft.

The lab was located under a roof behind a shed in the back yard at the mobile home. Because of the explosive capabilities of the meth, the Levy County Drug Task Force was called in to suit up in protective gear and dismantle the operation. Inglis fire/rescue backed up the dismantling of the lab with charged lines in case there were problems.

The task force moved the bucket process out back and away from the buildings to separate the addictive dangerous chemicals. This is the second meth bust in a month for the Inglis Police Department.


Inglis PD Shuts Down  Meth Lab


The Inglis Police Department was able to intercept a batch of methamphetamine that was chemically "cooking" in an Inglis backyard, Dec. 8, when two officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Alan E. Haley, Sr., whom IPD Officer Tim Swiggett had reason to believe may be at the residence of Larry Meadows, 33, 419 Linda St., in the Cason Acres area.


Mr. Haley is "known to flee law enforcement," according to Officer Swiggett, so he brought Deputy Lee Prine of the Levy county Sheriff's Office to serve as backup. The officers parked their patrol cars, one street over on Shearer St., and walked to the Linda St. residence. Officer Swiggett went to the front door, and Dep. Prine went to the back door, in the event that Mr. Haley Sr. might attempt to escape arrest by way of the back door.


While outside, standing at the front door, around 9:30 p.m., Officer Swiggett noticed people moving around inside the house and someone walking toward a back room. He also noticed a "strong chemical smell, similar to that commonly found during the manufacturing of methamphetamine," he reported.


Swiggett knocked on the door and identified himself. Swiggett "heard several people moving frantically around the house," he reported, and Meadows came to the door. Meadows told Swiggett that Meadows was not there, Swiggett asked to come inside and look for Haley Sr. Meadows replied, "Well, I have weed laying out, right now," according to Swiggett's report, Swiggett replied that he was not overly concerned with a small amount of marijuana. At that point, Swiggett heard Dep. Prine yelling and looked through the open front door to see Dep. Prine speaking with Alan Haley, Jr. at the back door. Meadows said, "C'mon in, Swiggert, and look."


Swiggett reported that he saw Naomi Gufford, 36, and Alan Haley, Jr., 22, both of 419 Linda St., Inglis, in the kitchen and Roger Brooks, 49, 1151 S. Palm Dr., Homosassa, lying on the sofa. Swiggett reported that Haley Jr. was nervous and insisted on escorting him around the house and also insisted that his father was not there. Swiggett found Barry Smith, 29, 588 Hwy. 40W, Inglis, lying on a bed in the rear bedroom. In the kitchen, several "suspicious items" were lying in plain view: a marijuana pipe, several lithium batteries, pH test strips, coffee filters, empty Gatorade bottles, Pyrex dishes and a plastic bottle that had been cut into the shape of a funnel. In the living room near where Brooks was sitting, Swiggett noticed an ashtray that contained lithium batteries, with the lithium strips cut away and missing. In the kitchen trash can, Swiggett saw additional lithium battery pieces.


Satisfied that Haley Sr. was not there, the officers walked out the back door. About 10 to 15 feet from the door, the officers saw what appeared to be an actively cooking mathamphetamine lab. Swigget saw that Meadows (near the back door) was watching him and saw him turn toward the front door. Swiggett drew his gun and ordered him to stop. Meadows complied and was handcuffed.


When he went back inside the residence in an attempt to gather all the people, Swiggett noticed that Haley Jr. had already fled out the front door. Swigget secured Gufford, while Dep. Prine contacted the Levy County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force to come to the residence. Dep. Prine stayed in the residence, while Officer Swiggett went to retrieve their patrol cars. As he was returning to the residence in Dep. Prine's LSCO car, he saw Brooks pedaling a bicycle away from the residence. He secured Brooks and returned him to the residence. As Swiggett did not locate Haley Jr. in the immediate area, he contacted IPD Officer Tim Letson for help. Officer Letson and the LCSO Drug Task Force arrived at about the same time. Officer Letson, with the assistance of his canine partner, Elvis, made an unsuccessful attempt to locate Haley Jr., while the drug task force dismantled the lab and collected evidence. The suspected methamphetamine lab was verified by testing to be methamphetamine.



The Inglis Fire Department and Levy County Medical Unit 3 arrived on the scene, for safety purposes during the methamphetamine lab cleanup. All the people who were currently in custody - Meadows, Gufford, Brooks and Smith - were placed under arrest, transported to the Levy County Jail and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and possession of listed chemicals. A Sworn Complaint was filed with the 8th Judicial Circuit Court, charging Alan Haley, Jr. with the same charges as the others who were arrested during the incident. The LCSO Crime Scene Unit also arrived on site to assist with the packaging and collection of evidence inside the residence and also to maintain custody of the residence which was deemed safe, so Meadows was allowed to secure his residence before being transported to the jail by Officer Swiggett. Dep. Letson transported 1 to jail and Dep. Prine transported 2, according to IPD Sgt. Mack Ballard.


Dunnellon Homeowner Beats Burglar with a Stick


Matthew Gregory Gordianeer, 19, 4149 E. Fort Apache Pl., Dunnellon, was arrested by the Citrus County Police Department, early on Sunday morning, Jan. 3, charged with burglary of an occuupied residence. His bond was set at $5000.


The sheriff's office was contacted around 3:10 a.m. by a neighbor of Gordianeer, that a burglary was in progress. The residents met the deputy at the front door. They told him that they were holding Gordianeer in the master bedroom. They said that Gordianeer had entered the house through the rear bathroom window. One of the residents had heard noises in the bathroom, and alerted the others. The deputy found Gordianeer on the floor and one of the residents holding a wooden stick. One of the residents had held a crossbow, the victims explained, but had put it away before the deputy arrived.


The deputy handcuffed Gordianeer, and as he walked him to the patrol vehicle, the report stated, Gordianeer told the deputy that one of the victims had hit him with a wooden stick, and he was hurting in his rib area. He told the victim he said had hit him,"Wait until I get out of jail; I'm going to kill you."


That same victim told the deputy, that his residence had been broken into, twice on previous occasions that week. The victim said he'd believed the perpetrator to be a relative of Gordianeer and/or an affiliate of Gordianeer's relative, whom he works with, because his house had been broken into on previous occasions when he and Gordianeer's relative had gone away on a work-related trip. The victim told Gordianeer's relative, that he was going away to Alabama for the weekend and would not return until later on that day (Sunday). He said he had parked his vehicle at a friend's

residence and hid inside his own residence to see if anything

would happen, and around 3:00 a.m., he'd heard noises that sounded like the rear bathroom window being opened.


The victim and another person went to investigate and saw Gordianeer climbing through the window. They tried to grab him, but he dove back out of the window. They were able to grab his legs and pull him back inside. They'd hit him several times with their hand and feet but Gordianeer had continued to resist, so the victim had grabbed a wooden stick and hit Gordianeer across the chest and told him, that if he moved again, he would continue hitting him. He'd told another of the witnesses (victims) to call the sheriff's office. All three of the people inside the residence gave the same account of the incident.


Gordianeer told the deputy that he believed that the victims were out of town, so he had walked to the back of the residence by way of the driveway and placed a portion of a boat canopy, which was in the back yard, underneath the bathroomm window and had stood on it, lifted the window and climbed inside the  residence. He said that two of the victims had attacked and beaten him, that one victim had held him while the other hit him several times with a wooden stick.


Gordianeer told the deputy that he had not planned on taking anything, that he had only planned to look around inside and check on the dogs. He also said that he had not burglarized the residence on the two previous occasions, but knew who had done it, and had told this person that the victim was was gone and when he would return. He said he had learned this information through listening to his relative's conversation.


Gordianeer was treated for his injuries at Citrus Memorial Hospital then transported to the Citrus county Detention Facility.


Three arrested at two Hernando cannabis grow operations


Arrested were Luis Alberto Balverde,33, 1725 E. Fletcher St.; and Niuria Calzada, 35, and Michael G. Martinez, 31, both of 763 E. Gaines Ln.


According to the arrest reports, a search warrant was obtained  by the CCSO's Tactical Unit for both residences. The first search warrant was executed on Balverde's Fletcher St. residence. No one came to the door when the officers knocked and announced their presence. The officers made entry by way of the back door and found no one home. Officers found numerous marijuana plants, approximately 5 feet tall, in an added room on the east side of the residence, along with two Hispanic males who were taken into custody. Additional marijuana plants were found inside two sheds and a barn. The total number of plants confiscated at the Fletcher St. residence was 81.


While the search was ongoing, an officer noticed a Hispanic female drive by the residence in a Ford F-150 pickup truck, so a traffic stop was made, and the woman was detained and brought into the residence. The two men and the woman all claimed that they do not speak English, so a deputy read the search warrant to them in spanish.


The second search warrant was executed at Calzada's and Martinez's residence on E. Gaines Ln. Again, no one came to the door. Deputies entered, and no one was found inside the residence. However, 7 grow rooms containing a total of 322 marijuana plants were located inside the E. Gaines Ln. residence.


Mr. Martinez was interviewed in Spanish at the Fletcher St. residence. He admitted to closely working with Balverde on the marijuana grow operation, on a daily basis. He told investigators that he lives at the E. Gaines Ln. residence, but often assists Mr. Balverde, who lives at the marijuana grow operation on Fletcher St. Martinez stated that he rents his residence for $1200 per month, but has not paid his rent recently, due to lack of money. He said he'd lived there since May of 2009 and his employment is growing the marijuana.


Balverde and Martinez were both arrested and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility, charged with trafficking in marijuana; agreeing/conspiring with another to traffick in cannabis; and leasing/renting a structure to be used for trafficking a controlled substance or for the manufacturing of a controlled substance for sale or distribution. Due to both men being resident aliens from Cuba, they are considered flight risks, and it was requested that they be held without bond.


Ms. Calzada's name was listed on the account for electricity at the  E. Gaines Ln. residence, and she is the sister-in-law of the owner of both residences. During her interview in Spanish, she told investigators that she had been to both residences on numerous occasions, but did not know anything about the grow opoerations at either of the residences, although her arrest report stated that "it was very strange," because "the smell of marijuana is very pungent." She said that she used to reside at the E. Gaines Ln. residence, but had recently moved to a residence located off Indian Head in Citrus Hills. Calzada's arrest report also stated that Mr. Martinez told investigators that Ms. Calzada had picked him up from the E. Gaines Ln. residence and dropped him off to work the plants at the Fletcher St. residence. Calzada was arrested on a charge of agreeing to conspire, combine or confederate with another person to commit trafficking in marijuana and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility. Her arrest report also stated, that as she is an alien resident from cuba, she was held without bond as she is a flight risk.


Crystal River Grow House Shut Down


Barbaro Pineda Mesa, 46, 761 E. 31st St., Hialea, FL, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Dec. 16, on charges of cultivation of marijuana; and renting, owning or leasing for the trafficking of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $15,000.

According to the arrest report, the CCSO's Tactical Impact Unit went to a residence located at 2610 N. Owl Point in crystal River to investigate the theft of utilities, as the electric meter had been tampered with. Calculations obtained over a 28-day period showed that approximately $579.92 in electricity had been stolen from the residence

The report stated that the seal to the electric meter had been cut, and the power had been diverted. A detective noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the residence. Officers also noticed that all the windows were covered and the sound of the air conditioner and fans inside the residence could be heard from outside. The rear glass door had been left open, and a stronger and more distinct smell of marijuana was detected there. The residence was secured, Mesa was detained, and a search warrant was obtasined for the property.

Inside, the report stated, several bedrooms had been converted to a single grow room that contained 37 marijuana plants, approximately three to four feet tall.

Mesa, who was born in Cuba, was read his rights in Spanish. He spoke with the team voluntarily. He said he was aware of the marijuana plants, but he came to the residence only to feed the farm animals, that he'd been hired by the homeowner. He said that other Hispanic males, whom he did not know, had come to the residence on many occasions when he was there to take care of the plants. When asked, Mesa said that his fingerprints would possibly be found on articles in the grow room.

Mesa was transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility.


Citrus Sheriff Dept. Locates Meth Cooking Location in Inglis


  Samuel Allen Brewer, 20, Inglis, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Dec. 10, charged with possession of listed chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance. His bond was set at $5000. A juvenile was also arrested in the case.

  According to the arrest report, Deputies responded to the Hollingswood Ranch in northern Citrus County On Dec. 8, due to the fence having been cut a second time. When they arrived and found the area where the fence had been cut, the officers walked a trail leading north from the property and extended to the rear of an Inglis residence in Citrus County which has been associated with methamphetamine ("meth") manufacturing cases, and allegations of stolen property. Several old meth cook sites and a newer cook site were found near the trail leading to the residence.

  On. Dec. 10, two deputies went to the area and found a new, active meth cook they knew as the "one pot, shake and bake

method." The report stated that the officers determined that material had been pulled from the bottle once and "it was obvious that they planned to return to do a second pull." The deputies went to the Inglis residence and located a marijuana bong and items associated with meth in a 17-year-old's bedroom. The boy admitted that the items were his, that he uses meth and has cooked it, 4 to 6 times, with the help of Brewer, who came by the meth cook area with another male While a crime scene technician was collecting evidence. Brewer admitted his role in the drug manufacturing and was arrested on the charges. The Juvenile Assessment Center allowed the 17-year-old to be released to the custody of his father.


Inglis Meth Lab Dismantled


  The Inglis Police Department was able to intercept a batch of methamphetamine that was chemically "cooking" in an Inglis backyard, Dec. 8, when two officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Alan E. Haley, Sr., whom IPD Officer Tim Swiggett had reason to believe may be at the residence of Larry Meadows, 33, 419 Linda St., in the Cason Acres area.

  Mr. Haley is "known to flee law enforcement," according to Officer Swiggett, so he brought Deputy Lee Prine of the Levy county Sheriff's Office to serve as backup. The officers parked their patrol cars, one street over on Shearer St., and walked to the Linda St. residence. Officer Swiggett went to the front door, and Dep. Prine went to the back door, in the event that Mr. Haley Sr. might attempt to escape arrest by way of the back door.

  While outside, standing at the front door, around 9:30 p.m., Officer Swiggett noticed people moving around inside the house and someone walking toward a back room. He also noticed a "strong chemical smell, similar to that commonly found during the manufacturing of methamphetamine," he reported.

   Swiggett knocked on the door and identified himself. Swiggett "heard several people moving frantically around the house," he reported, and Meadows came to the door. Meadows told Swiggett that Meadows was not there, Swiggett asked to come inside and look for Haley Sr. Meadows replied, "Well, I have weed laying out, right now," according to Swiggett's report, Swiggett replied that he was not overly concerned with a small amount of marijuana. At that point, Swiggett heard Dep. Prine yelling and looked through the open front door to see Dep. Prine speaking with Alan Haley, Jr. at the back door. Meadows said, "C'mon in, Swiggert, and look."

   Swiggett reported that he saw Naomi Gufford, 36, and Alan Haley, Jr., 22, both of 419 Linda St., Inglis, in the kitchen and Roger Brooks, 49, 1151 S. Palm Dr., Homosassa, lying on the sofa. Swiggett reported that Haley Jr. was nervous and insisted on escorting him around the house and also insisted that his father was not there. Swiggett found Barry Smith, 29, 588 Hwy. 40W, Inglis, lying on a bed in the rear bedroom. In the kitchen, several "suspicious items" were lying in plain view: a marijuana pipe, several lithium batteries, pH test strips, coffee filters, empty Gatorade bottles, Pyrex dishes and a plastic bottle that had been cut into the shape of a funnel. In the living room near where Brooks was sitting, Swiggett noticed an ashtray that contained lithium batteries, with the lithium strips cut away and missing. In the kitchen trash can, Swiggett saw additional lithium battery pieces.

  Satisfied that Haley Sr. was not there, the officers walked out the back door. About 10 to 15 feet from the door, the officers saw what appeared to be an actively cooking mathamphetamine lab. Swigget saw that Meadows (near the back door) was watching him and saw him turn toward the front door. Swiggett drew his gun and ordered him to stop. Meadows complied and was handcuffed.

    When he went back inside the residence in an attempt to gather all the people, Swiggett noticed that Haley Jr. had already fled out the front door. Swigget secured Gufford, while Dep. Prine contacted the Levy County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force to come to the residence. Dep. Prine stayed in the residence, while Officer Swiggett went to retrieve their patrol cars. As he was returning to the residence in Dep. Prine's LSCO car, he saw Brooks pedaling a bicycle away from the residence. He secured Brooks and returned him to the residence. As Swiggett did not locate Haley Jr. in the immediate area, he contacted IPD Officer Tim Letson for help. Officer Letson and the LCSO Drug Task Force arrived at about the same time. Officer Letson, with the assistance of his canine partner, Elvis, made an unsuccessful attempt to locate Haley Jr., while the drug task force dismantled the lab and collected evidence. The suspected methamphetamine lab was verified by testing to be methamphetamine.

    The Inglis Fire Department and Levy County Medical Unit 3 arrived on the scene, for safety purposes during the methamphetamine lab cleanup. All the people who were currently in custody - Meadows, Gufford, Brooks and Smith - were placed under arrest, transported to the Levy County Jail and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and possession of listed chemicals. A Sworn Complaint was filed with the 8th Judicial Circuit Court, charging Alan Haley, Jr. with the same charges as the others who were arrested during the incident. The LCSO Crime Scene Unit also arrived on site to assist with the packaging and collection of evidence inside the residence and also to maintain custody of the residence which was deemed safe, so Meadows was allowed to secure his residence before being transported to the jail by Officer Swiggett. Dep. Letson transported 1 to jail and Dep. Prine transported 2, according to IPD Sgt. Mack Ballard.


Lecanto Meth House Busted


Joseph Shane Damron, 31, 5359 S. Destin Pt., Lecanto, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) on numerous drug charges, NOv. 30. According to the arrest report, the sheriff's office spoke with residents at Damron's address while investigating an unrelated robbery. The report stated that three individuals at the residence told officers that Damron had been manufacturing methamphetamine at the residence for the past few months. They also said that many items related to the manufacturing of the drug were in Damron's bedroom.


Officers obtained a search warrant and searched the residence for the drug. During the search of Damron's bedroom, bathroom and yard, numerous items were found that are used in the manufacturing of

methamphetamine: an active methamphetamine "cook," which tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine and had a weight of more than 28 grams; a partially full anhydrous ammonia

tank (discovered outside, near a shed), pseudo-ephedrine blister packs, ether cold packs, and coffee filters. Officers found other items located inside a metal safe in Damron's bedroom, which included syringes, digital scales, rolling papers and a glass pipe (commonly used for smoking methamphetamine).


Damron, who had previously been arrested (on Nov. 30), was already incarcerated at the Citrus County Detention Facility. He was informed of the drug charges, arrested on them, and his bond was set at $65,500. The previous charges were burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property, for allegedly stealing a riding lawnmower and gas container from a Homosassa church property (a shed at Life Point church) and selling the mower for $300 (it was recovered). Damron was also arrested on Nov. 15, on charges of petit theft ($115 in merchandise from Wal-Mart) and possession of one gram of methamphetamine.


One of the names used for the methamphetamine cooking method used by Damron is the "one pot," because all the ingredients are added to one container and allowed to "cook" by chemical reaction, said CCSO Public Information Officer Gail Tierney. She said that Damron used a plastic, 2-liter bottle for cooking the methamphetamine. The "one Pot" method is highly volatile, as the mixture can explode if agitated before the cooking (chemical) process is completed. The lithium metal strips used in the process can react with moisture in the bottle to explode the flammable fuel used in the cooking process. "In essance, it is a bomb, ready to explode," said Tierney.


According to Dep. Brian coleman, "There are many different methods for producing methamphetamine. Each method has its own inherent dangers. Many of the chemicals used are caustic or corrosives, and some of the processes create noxious and harmful fumes. One variation is called the 'Nazi Method,' because it allegedly mirrors a meth-making procedure followed by the Germans during WWII. Instead of hydriodic acid, the Nazi method uses anhydrous ammonia, a chemical found in fertilizer. Anhydrous ammonia can produce a poisonous gas if its liquid form is released into the air. This was the method being used in the Lecanto single-wide mobile home (Damron's residence) where detectives with the CCSO Tactical Impact Unit served a search warrant on Monday (Nov. 30). Besides law enforcement, fire and Haz-Mat (Hadardous Chemical Unit) also responded to the scene. A cleanup crew from Orlando under contract with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was called to safely clean up the lab and its contents."


Two Men Arrested for Aggravated  Assault



David Joseph Harrison, 24,  N, Amphibian Pt., Crystal River, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office on a warrant, Nov. 28, charged with robbery with a firearm or other deadly weapon, aggravated battery using a deadly weapon and armed burglary. He was held on $85,000 bond and also charged with violation of probation (original charge of driving while license suspended) and failure to appear, with additional bond set at $2205.


Harrison had remained "at large" since his co-defendent, 24-year-old Derek Robert Berstein (also known as Derek Robert Bernstein), , had been arrested on Nov. 22, charged with robbery with a firearm or other deadly weapon, aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, armed burglary, and driving while license suspended (habitual traffic offender) and held on $87,000 bond.


According to Berstein's arrest report: The victim stated that he'd visited a friend and had walked outside around 11:00 p.m. to go to his vehicle and saw someone sitting in the front seat of his vehicle with the door partially open. As he got closer, he recognized the person sitting in his car as Derek Bernstein, whom he's known for about ten years. When he approached his car to ask Bernstein what he was doing, he saw that Bernstein was stealing his Magellan GPS and IPOD Touch. He said Bernstein jumped out of his car, brandishing a pistol, and yelled to another man (possibly Harrison), "Get him!" He said the second man (possibly Harrison) came out from the side of the house with a shotgun and smacked him on the back of the head, sending him to the ground. While he was on the ground, he said, Bernstein and the other male (possibly Harrison) were hitting him with their weapons and that Bernstein continued hitting him on the left side of his face with his pistol, telling him that he'd better give him his money. He said he attempted to locate his wallet, which he did not have with him, but he was able to give him the cash he had, which was approximately $400. He said that both men stopped hitting him for a moment, so he crawled back to his vehicle, got into his car and started the ignition. While he was attempting to leave, Bernstein and the other male (possibly Harrison) reached into his vehicle in an attempt to keep him from leaving and also to look for additional cash, then both men took off on foot.


The victim provided officers with a description of the vehicle the two men were driving, a green 1994 Cadillac, along with the name of the registered owner of the car and the last three digits of the tag number, due to his having seen the two men in the vehicle on a regular basis. Deputies issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) for the Cadillac and located and stopped it at the Race Track gas station on Hwy. 44. Bernstein was driving the vehicle, although he had a suspended driver's license. Berstein was taken into custody, but Harrison remained at large until his arrest on Nov. 28 at 7855 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. in Crystal River.


Homosassa Pack N Post Reports Robbery



      (Homosassa)  The Pack N Post at 5455 S. Suncoast Boulevard reported being robbed Monday not long after 2 p.m.

     A white male, around 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing between 200 and 220 pounds, entered the business and approached employees wearing a black knit cap with holes cut out that was rolled down over his eyes.  He was wearing glasses under the makeshift mask.

     The lone suspect also was wearing a yellow hoodie, jeans and white tennis shoes.  Although it was never displayed, he may have had a gun in a pocket of the hoodie.

     The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen exiting a back door of the business.  No injuries were reported.

     It is unknown at this time whether or not a vehicle was involved.

     Anyone who has information about this crime or the suspect’s identity is asked to use Crime Stoppers of Citrus County, Inc.  Report your tip by texting CITRUS to 274637 (Crimes), clicking on www.crimestopperscitrus.com or calling 1-888-ANY-TIPS toll-free.  Tipsters may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.


Pizza Delivery Man Robbed at Gunpoint   


    

(Lecanto)   Shortly before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, a Papa John’s pizza delivery man told deputies he was robbed at gunpoint while making a late night pizza run.  Two suspects remain at large.       The 31-year-old Citrus Springs victim was called to a residence on S. Leisure Boulevard, which turned out to be vacant.  As the delivery man was turning to leave, he was confronted by two men wearing masks and dark clothing.  The shorter suspect, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, was displaying a handgun, while the taller one, between 6 feet and 6 feet 1 inch tall, was pointing a shotgun.       

They both demanded cash from the victim, and then ordered him to the ground and began beating the man with an unknown object.  They tied the 31-year-old’s legs together, and then tied one of his arms to a pole of the carport.  He was told to lie facedown as the two suspects fled the scene.       

    The victim’s personal vehicle was entered by the pair, and his cell phone, keys and wallet were stolen.  The suspects took the delivery bag containing the pizza, too.The victim was able to free himself and get help from a house nearby.  Sheriff’s Office deputies responded, as detectives and crime scene technicians were dispatched to the incident location. The victim suffered various lacerations and abrasions, as well as a large lump on his head; however, he refused medical treatment.  The delivery man told detectives that he remembered hearing a vehicle, but could offer no physical description or direction of travel. Detectives are following up on a few possible leads, but could use the public’s help. Anyone who may have information about this armed robbery is asked to call 911 right away.  To remain anonymous, use Crime Stoppers of Citrus County, Inc.  To report a tip, text CITRUS to 274637 (Crimes), click on www.crimestopperscitrus.com or call 1-888-ANY-TIPS toll-free.  Tipsters may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.


Lecanto man charged with attempted premeditated murder



Joseph Michael Rairick, 55, N. Brighton Rd., Lecanto, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Nov. 19, charged with the attempted, premeditated murder of a 74-year-old Lecanto man. According to the arrest report, Rairick got into an argument with the victim and told him, "This is your last day on earth." The report stated that Rairick then left the living room and returned shortly with a Philips head screwdriver and attacked the victim, stabbing him in the neck at least twice. The victim also had what a appeared to be a defensive stab wound to his right hand, the report stated. As the victim fell to the floor, he managed to take the screwdriver away from Rairick, who commented, "It's all going to end now," the report stated. Rairick then walked to the other side of the living room and closed the sliding glass door, according to the report. The victim managed to get outside, by way of the front door, and yelled for help. As witnesses approached, Rairick was seen standing over the victimn, struggling for the screwdriver, the report stated. When deputies arrived, Rairick fled inside the house with deputies in pursuit, and they were able to take him into custody without incident. A deputy spoke briefly with the victim, as he was waiting to be flown to a trauma center (Tampa General Hospital). He identified his assailant as Joseph Rairick. Rairick initially agreed to speak with a detective, but changed his mind, stating he did not want to talk.


Two Men Arrested for Fraudulent Prescriptions


    Robert L. Dey, 27, 1316 Claymore St., Inverness, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Nov. 18, charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or deception. According to the arrest report, Dey was arrested for allegedly turning in a fraudulent prescription for methadone at a local pharmacy on Oct. 6. The prescription was made out to Dey by a local physician who said that Dey had mever been a patient and the prescription had not been authorized and was fraudulently made. Dey admitted that the charges were true. He was arrested on the charge. His bond was set at $5000.

    Michael William Allender, 35, 3536 S. Apopka Ave., Inverness, was arrested by the citrus County Sheriff's Office, Nov. 16, charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or deception. His bond was set at $2,000. According to the arrest report, Allender attempted to turn in a fraudulent prescription for methadone at a local pharmacy that was written for Allender by a local physician who said the Allender had never been a patient and the prescription was fraudulently made. Allender admitted that he'd assisted a female in attempting to fill the prescription. He was arrested on the charge. The woman codefendent's name was not listed on Allender's arrest report.

    On the same day, Allender was also cited with driving while license revoked, habitual offender. His bond on this charge was $2.000.


Man Arrested in Rosewood Murder Case


Rosewood, Florida-On November 5, 2009 Detective Mike Narayan arrested Charles Edwin Duke for murder, armed kidnapping and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

On November 4, 2009 at 8:37 p.m. Crystal Fine called the Levy County Sheriff's Office and stated that she received a text from Justin White.  The text message stated that somebody was dead.  Ms. Fine called the Sheriff's Office and reported this incident, but was unable to provide an address on the whereabouts of White.  Deputies had knowledge that the White's had property near Carters Store on CR-345 and responded to the area and began a search.  While deputies were on the White's property the Sheriff's Office received a call from a male subject that was later identified as Charles Duke.  Duke stated that he killed his wife, Felicia Duke and we would find her body at the Peters hunting camp in Rosewood.  Duke stated that he had Justin White hostage at gun point and was located at the power lines but would not be taken alive.  The power lines are a known area where people mud bog with their four wheel drive trucks.

The Levy County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Wildlife Commission responded to the area off N.E. 128 Lane and County Road 337.  Sheriff Johnny Smith negotiated with Duke for over six hours by cellular phone attempting to have him release White and surrender to authorities.  White was extremely adamant that if law enforcement attempted to approach him he would kill White and the officers.  Duke parked his truck in the middle of the wet lands and during negotiations stated he would release White if he could talk to his father.  Duke's father was located in Archer and transported to the area.  After a lengthy dialogue with Duke he was allowed to speak to his father and after many tense moments he surrendered to the Sheriff's Office.

The investigation revealed Duke and Felicia Fine Duke were married less than two weeks.  On the night of November 4, 2009 an altercation occurred between Duke and his wife.  During the argument the Levy County Sheriff Dept. alleges that Duke shot his wife multiple times at their residence at 6490 SW 95 Ave.


Man  Arrested For Strangling Bronson Woman


Bronson, Florida- On October 22, 2009 Deputy Ella Anderson arrested Leon Wiggins for felony battery and he was transported to the Levy County Jail. The victim reported that she went to 450 Alvin Road in Bronson to purchase drugs from Wiggins on October 22, 2009 around two in the morning.  Upon arriving Wiggins wanted to exchange drugs for sex and the victim refused.  This infuriated Wiggins and threw the victim on the ground and started strangling her with both hands.  The victim reported that she fought Wiggins and he covered her nose and mouth and she lost unconscious on two different occasions.  The victim was able to free herself from Wiggins and fled the scene on foot.  Deputy Anderson observed bruising around the victim's throat, face and shoulders and she was upset. Patrol deputies located Wiggins at 550 Hurst Street in Bronson sleeping in a vehicle and he was arrested without incident.


Bronson Man Tasered, Pepper Sprayed During Arrest


October 17, 2009 Deputy Ella Anderson arrested Matthew Edward Devers for two counts of domestic battery and resisting arrest without violence.

    Deputy Anderson responded to 11711 NE 106th Court in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival victim # 2 stated that Devers was mad at a relative and spit on the victim when they walked past him in the kitchen. Devers was mad at victim # 2 from an argument that occurred a few days prior. Devers then began striking victim # 1 repeatedly with a closed fist in the face, chest and arms. Victim # 2 stated that she attempted to intervene and Devers directed his anger at victim # 2 by shoving her several times in the stove and kitchen counters. Deputy Anderson observed red marks and bruising on both victims and they were extremely upset and crying. The victims stated that Devers was hiding in the laundry room and to be careful because he will be extremely violent and explosive.

    Deputy Anderson removed her taser from the holster and ordered Devers to lie face down on the ground. Devers was hesitant but finally complied with the order. Deputy Anderson told Devers not to move or he would be tazed. When Deputy Anderson attempted to handcuff Devers he rolled over and yelled to “Shoot Me” and attempted to get up. Deputy Anderson deployed her taser and Devers screamed and pulled the probes out and ran out of the residence. Devers ran down the road and Deputy Anderson apprehended Devers one block from the residence and ordered Devers to the ground several times. Devers refused the lawful orders, and he was pepper sprayed and told to lie face down on the ground. Devers complied and went to the ground but then continued to get up. Devers was held at gun point until back up arrived on the scene and he was arrested.

    Devers was treated on the scene by Levy County medics for the chemical spray and he was transported to the Levy County Jail.


Inverness Woman Charged with Child Abuse     


    A 27-year-old Inverness woman was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on an arrest warrant, Oct. 6, charged with child abuse and child abuse without great bodily harm. Her bond was set at $10,000.

According to the arrest report, the arrest came about after a report of abuse was received by the Department of Children and Families.      


    The arrest report explained that the DCF report stated, that in Nov., 2006, the then-14-month-old child had what appeared to be a human bite mark on the thigh, bruising on the face and was dramatically underweight. The child was removed from the home and adopted by family members of the biological father.

During the CCSO investigation, detectives learned that the woman had been the child’s primary caregiver. Witnesses stated that the woman had deliberately dropped the child, tripped the child, threw a toy that chipped the child’s tooth, pushed pacifiers and bottles into the child’s mouth forcefully enough to cause the child’s mouth to bleed, struck the child in the face and withheld adequate food from the child.

     The arrest report stated that much of the information had been received only recently, because witnesses had allowed the woman to intimidate them, so they had failed to come forward in a timely manner. “Detectives can’t stress enough how critical it is to report suspected child abuse right away,” the report concluded.



Grow house dismantled, 4 arrested, in Rainbow Lakes Estates, Dunnellon



    On Oct. 1, the Levy County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force received information that a group of people may be operating an indoor marijuana grow house at 11471 S.E. 136th Terrace in Dunnellon. After an initial investigation, information for a search warrant was obtained, then executed, during the late afternoon of Oct. 1.

     When the Task Force team entered the residence, they discovered a passageway, located behind a refrigerator, that led to three hidden rooms that were being used for the cultivation and processing of marijuana. They had an intricate support mechanism, made up of an advanced watering system, several grow lights and air conditioning that was needed to make the mechanism work.

According to Capt. Evan Sullivan, Public Information Officer with the LCSO, agents said it appeared that one marijuana crop had already been harvested since the group moved into the residence, early this year.

     Investigators seized 4.5 pounds of processed marijuana, along with 105 marijuana plants. The street value of the confiscated marijuana is in excess of $100,000.

Arrested in the investigation were: (1) Duniesky Alfonso Soccorro (born in Cuba), age 33, 20255 S.W.122 Ave., #103, Miami, charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana and possession of marijuana more than 20 grams; (2) Abelardo Mesa Rojas (born in Cuba; married to Rocio I. Mesa, below #3), age 56, 11471 S.E. 136th Terrace, Dunnellon, charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana,cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana more than 20 gms., possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a drug dwelling; (3) Rocio I. Mesa (born in Columbia; married to Abelardo Mesa Rojas, #2, above), age 45, 703 S.W. 100 Court Cir., Miami, charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana and cultivation of marijuana; (4) Andres Camilo Gonzales (born in Columbia), age 20, 8842 W. Flagler St., Apt. 208, Miami, charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana and driving while license suspended or revoked.


Crystal River Man Arrested on Precription Drug Fraud Charges     


Hubert Terry Doss, 55, 8221 W. Edgehill Ct., Crystal River was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Oct .1, on a charge of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. He was later released on his own recognizance. According to his arrest report, Doss had been seeing local and out-of-county physicians and getting prescriptions filled at local and out-of-county pharmacies withing the same 30-day time frame.

    The report stated that Doss had filled a prescription on April 6 for 180 oxycodone tablets at a local pharmacy by an out-of-county physician, and nine days later on April 15, had filled a prescription for 120 oxycodone tablets at a Citrus County pharmacy by a Citrus County physician. On May 21, the report stated, Doss filled two prescriptions for controlled medications (240 oxycodone tablets and 270 methadone tablets) at an out-of-county pharmacy, from an out-of-county physician. Eight days later on May 29, Doss filled two prescriptions (210 oxycodone tablets and 180 methadone tablets) at a Citrus County pharmacy from a out-of county physician. A physician gave the arresting deputy a card signed by Doss, indicating that he knew the laws on withholding information from a practitioner and attempting to obtain controlled substances by fraud. According to the arrest report, Doss continued to see other out-of-county physicians up to July 26 and filled prescriptions for controlled substances at local and out-of-county pharmacies.

    Doss was arreated at the Emergency Operations Center on one count of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, the alleged May 29 incident. He was transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility, where he was later released on his own recognizance.


Missing woman located in VA, arrested for shoplifting


     A woman Citrus County Sheriff's Office detectives have been attempting to locate since Sept. 8, has been located in Amherst County, VA where she was arrested for shoplifting. Jean Marie Doerr, 45, contacted dispatchers just before 1:00 a.m., Sept. 8, saying she was being battered, but hung up before providing any additional information. Officials were unable to reach her, via the cell phone she used to make her call to dispatchers, but they learned that the cell phone was registered to Doerr, with a Volusia County address. Law enforcement officers were unable to locate her Volusia County address or at another address in Bradford. Deputies also checked all of Doerr's known local residences, along with hospitals and urgent care facilities, but still were unable to locate her. The CCSO also issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) for her and entered her into the National Database for  Missing Persons. Doerr's name was removed from this database after she was located.


Homosassa Man Arrested for Walgreens Robbery


    A 26-year-old Homosassa man, Jason R. Desaulniers, 6719 W. Merivale Ln., was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Sept. 9, charged with one count of robbery. According to the arrest report, the sheriff's office received a 9-1-1 call of an attempted robbery at the Walgreens Pharmacy, located at 9427 S. Suncoast Blvd., around 3:19 p.m. that day.

    When deputies areived at the store, they were told by a pharmacy clerk that the robber had cut in front of customers and demanded, " all the roxicodones," and he had stated that he did not want to hurt anyone, the report stated. Although it was a very hot day the robber had worn a hooded Florida Gators sweatshirt, large womens' sunglasses with jewels ner the hinge and a hat. The clerk said that she'd contacted the pharmacist, who spoke with the robber who then repeated his demands. The report stated that the pharmacist told the robber "You need a prescription, unless you are tryihng to rob us.' The report stated that the attempted robber then hastily left the store "without actually getting any prescriptions."

     The clerk stated that the incident frightened her. She described the suspect as a white male in his twenties, with dark hair and a dark complexion, with a goatee and a mustache. Detectives viewed a video of the incident and located the suspect on the video.

    A witness outside the store described a gold Toyota speeding away. Another witness said that a female was possibly in the vehicle.

    Deputies placed a BOLO (be on the lookout) for the gold Toyota and located a "gold vehicle in a desolate area on Merivale Lane, less that three miles from the Walgreen's." Depuyties pulled-over the vehicle, and the driver, a female, admitted to having knowledge of the robbery.

    During an interview, the driver said that she'd been a passenger in the vehicle during the robbery. She said that Desaulneirs was in a nearby house from the location where she was pulled-over by deputies. Deputies surrounded the house and the girl called him on the phone and the female asked him to come outside and surrender himself to deputies. He complied and was taken into custody.

    Desaulniers admitted to going into the pharmacy and demanding roxicodones, that he has a drug problem. He escorted deputies inside his residence and pointed out the hat, the sweatshirt and the sunglasses that he'd worn during the robbery attempt. He also showed deputies the note that he'd taken into the store with him which stated, "Give me all your roxys n oxicodone right now, or I'll shoot you, do it now." Desaulniers stated that he had not carried any weapons into the store with him when he tried to rob it.

    He was transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility where he was charged with one count of robbery. His bond was set at $10,000.


Bell Woman Arrested For Weilding a Shotgun  


      On August 28, 2009 Deputy Wilburn Wells responded to 7490 NW 168th Lane Chiefland in reference shots fired inside the residence.   Upon Deputy Wells arrival on the scene he made contact with the victim, Gary Sullivan.  Sullivan stated that he was asleep in a chair and he woke up when Valerie Campbell entered his residence and pointed a shot gun at him.    Campbell then turned the shot gun at the second victim, Ginny Koogle and stated that she was going to kill her.  Koogle was able to run out of the residence and she heard a gun shot from inside the residence.  Deputy Wells spoke to the third victim, David Koogle and he stated that he was inside the residence and he saw vehicles pull up to the residence.  David Koogle went outside to greet what he thought was a friend and seen Campbell get out of her vehicle armed with a gun.  David Koogle said when he saw the gun he went back in the house with Campbell following him inside the residence.  Campbell pointed the gun at David & Ginny Koogle and they ran out of the residence.   Campbell was located a short distance from the scene and arrested without incident.  Upon interviewing Campbell she stated that she was upset because Ginny Koogle called her mother a bad name some three months ago.  Campbell stated her intentions was to fight with Koogle and brought the gun as an equalizer.    Defendant:   Valerie Melinda Campbell 1459 SW 70 Ave. Bell, Florida White Female 06/22/81   Charges:   Three Counts of Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon     


Crystal River Man Arrested for Filing a False Report


The owner of RPM Automotive, located at 7870 W.Gulf to Lake Hwy. in Crystal River, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), Sept. 1, charged with giving a false report of a crime to a law enforcement officer. Michael Anthony Caputo, 24, 1126 N.E. 7th Ave., Crystal River was transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility and later released on his own recognizance.


According to Mr. Caputo's arrest report, the CCSO was called to RPM Automotive, due to a robbery being reported at the business. Officials also placed a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a Monte Carlo with two black males who were armed with a handgun.


Authorities spoke with Mr. Caputo, who gave a detailed synopsis of what had occurred during the alleged robbery and stated that the suspects had fled, westbound on Hwy. 44.


A deputy walked next door and viewed the surveillance video of a neighboring cell phone business, which faces Caputo's business. No vehicles matching the vehicle described by Caputo entered or left Caputo's business during the time Caputo said the robbery had taken place.


Mr Caputo was asked to go to the CCSO Emergency Operation Center to provide details for a sketch of the robbery suspects and give additional details of the robbery, and he complied. When questioned about inconsistencies in his statements regarding the robbery, Caputo stated he'd been robbed at Publix.


Caputo was informed by law enforcement that Publix had a better surveillance video than the cell hone company next to his business, then asked him to explain what had really happened. Caputo said that he had not reeived a paycheck in approximately 4 weeks and was struggling financially. He said he'd borrowed about $600 from an acquaintance and needed to pay it back. He said that he'd taken the money from the business and "made Up the robbery." Caputo was then arrested on the charges.


Deputies Shut Down Dunnellon Grow House

(Citrus County)  Sheriff's Office dispatchers received a call at 1:42 p.m. on Friday regarding the existence of a large amount of marijuana plants located inside a garage at 5800 Knoxville Ln. in Dunnellon.  A locksmith had been called to the home, which is currently for sale, to unlock and rekey a door on the inside of the residence leading into the garage.  The owner of the home who contacted the locksmith, a female living in Miami, had been unable to open the deadbolt a few weeks earlier when visiting the residence.

Upon unlocking the door, the locksmith made an unusual discovery -- a garage full of potted marijuana plants covered the entire floor.  The Sheriff's Office was then called.  When deputies arrived on scene and walked through the house, they could smell the odor of marijuana throughout the home.  They called in detectives of the Tactical Impact Unit and a search warrant was executed on Friday evening.

In total, about 64 marijuana plants were discovered ranging from 4 to 5 feet tall.  They were held up by an elaborate network of strings; fans and special lighting were found throughout the garage.  The operator of the grow was utilizing a technique commonly found in grow houses in which the electric meter is bypassed to power the operation, essentially stealing power from the utility company.     

The find resulted in detectives processing about 64 plants that had a potential yield of 1 to 2 lbs of hydroponic marijuana per plant.   The potential estimated worth of the plants after another month of growth would be around $250,000.

The resident of the home, Leonides Gomez, 44, of above address, is currently in the Marion County Jail on a D.U.I. charge.  Detectives will be acquiring a warrant for his arrest for cultivation of marijuana, theft of electricity, possession of drug paraphernalia and possibly other charges.


Postal Carrier Pleads Guilty to Destruction of Mail


    Rose Martin Conklin, a Bronson mail carrier, pled guilty in U.S. Federal Court, August 21, to a federal charge of delay or destruction of mail. Conklin is facing penalties which could include up to 5 years in prison, followed by 3 years of probation and a $250,000 fine. Her sentencing hearing is set for November at the federal courthouse in Gainesville. Conklin is accused of failing to deliver an estimated 125,000 pieces of mail from October of 2003 through May of 2009.

    According to court documents, investigators received a tip that Conklin was not delivering all the mail on her route, and an investigation started in April. Several greeting cards, one containing a gift card, were placed for Conklin to deliver, but the cards did not arrive at the designated address.

    When investigators spoke with Conklin in early May, she admitted that she had not delivered some mail, that she burned mail weekly and that she had opened some non-profit mail. When investigators arrived at her residence (11591 S.E. 200th Circle, Peaceful Acres neighborhood, Inglis), they found numerous types of mail, including letters, post cards, packages and other types of mail, dating back as far back as October of 2003. Investigators filled two large trailers with more than 40 containers of undelivered mail which was transported to Jacksonville and held as evidence.

     According to a former USPS employee in the area, Conklin has been a postal contract carrier since about 1994 at the Bronson office.

    Mid-morning of May 6, Guy C. Nelson, Tallahassee, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Investigations, said his team of postal workers and investigators had been at Rose Martin-Conklin's residence for about 24 hours. He said that they would be going through the large amount of mail found, with the ultimate goal of getting the mail delivered, and after completion of the investigation, the report would be sent to a federal district attorney. Also in early May, Sam Montalvo, Miami, Public Information Officer confirmed that the investigation by the office of inspector general had begun in April.

     In July, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) sent letters to potential victims, explaining that the mail was being kept as evidence until court proceedings ended, and at that time, some of the mail will be delivered, but many pieces are in such poor condition that delivery may not be possible. Potential victims can contact the USPS's Consumer Affairs Office by mail at USPS Consumer Affairs, Bronson Investigation, P.O. Box 40005, Jacksonville, FL 32202-0005; by phone at 1-800-275-8777.


Former Inglis Police Chief Arrested


    Former Inglis Chief, Timothy "Tim" J. Bible, 43, Inglis, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, at 2:22 a.m., Saturday morning, after an alleged car rage-type incident with a 24-year-old Crystal River woman.

    According to the arrest report, at 1:23 a.m., Dep. Parsons was dispatched to W. Venable St. and U.S. Hwy. 19, due to a disturbance, and while enroute there, he had been informed that Bible was chasing the victim at a high rate of speed and had rammed her vehicle. The vehicles were observed by Sgt. Lane as they passed by him, traveling south on Hwy. 19, with Bible's vehicle only inches behind the woman's.

    Bible pulled into an address at 806 N.E. Hwy. 19 and stopped his vehicle, and the woman pulled into the Subway parking lot, across the street.

    Bible stood outside his vehicle and spoke with Dep. Parsons, while Sgt. Lane spoke with the woman. Bible said that he was following his ex-girlfriend because she had taken his cell phone, and he wanted it back. Sgt. Lane came across the street and asked Bible for his driver's license, registration and proof of insurance, due to his reckless driving.

    Dep. Parsons then spoke with the woman, who said that she and Bible had gotten into an argument at Margarita Grill (in Homosassa). She said she left Bible at Margarita Grill and proceeded to Applebee's restaurant, but she had spoken with Bible on the phone, and they had agreed to meet at Colonel Frog's bar (in Homosassa). She said they'd left Colonel Frog's and had gone to Applebee's (in Crystal River) where they'd gotten into another argument.

    She said she took Bible's cell phone, then locked herself into her truck, and Bible had banged on her truck door and window, demanding his cell phone back. When Bible jumped into the bed of her pickup truck, she rolled her window down and threw his cell phone out. At that time, he'd begun punching on the back window of her truck, she said, and she was afraid the glass would break. Bible jumped out of her truck, she said, and she took off.

    When she was sitting at the traffic light at Hwy. 19 and Venable Dr., she saw Bible's truck coming up behind her, so she drove down Venable St.at a high rate of speed, to get away from Bible. When she slowed to turn around, she said, Bible struck the rear of her vehicle with his (while she speaking to her Mom on the phone). She then traveled back toward Hwy. 19, and turned north. She said she was traveling at 70 to 80 mph, with Bible's vehicle against the rear of hers.

     When she got to the mall, she turned around, trying to lose Bible, she said, but in the area of Hwy. 19 and Citrus Ave., he rammed the back of her vehicle, once again, and that is when she saw Sgt. Lane's patrol vehicle and turned around, to try and get his help.

    Dep. Parsons reported that the victim's trailer ball hitch had fresh scratch marks on it, and there was a small ding on her truck's bumper. He noted that Bible's vehicle had a large dent on the front bumper that appeared to have been caused by the victim's trailer hitch.

    Meamwhile, Sgt. Lane discovered a firearm lying on the transmission hump of Bible's vehicle "readily available," the report stated. According to the report, Bible told Dep. Behnen that he had another firearm in the glove box. The reported stated that the concealed firearm was a Glock 22.

    Bible was taken into custody on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed firearm. Bible was held without bond on the aggravated assault charge, as the charge involved domestic violence, the report stated. His bond was set at $1000 on the concealed firearm charge.


Suspect(s) Sought in Vending Machine Thefts

      (Citrus County)   Since January 1, Citrus County property detectives have been looking into 27 reports of vending machine thefts.  Although eight of these cases have been solved, the remaining 19 are still open and under investigation.

     Victim businesses include hotels, grocery stores, Laundromats, golf courses and other venues all around the county.

     Both the Holiday Inn Express in Lecanto and the Days Inn Resort in Crystal River have reported five incidents each.

     Detectives are estimating that a total of $2,000 in cash and product have been stolen since the first of the year.

      In about half of the cases, the thieves used force to enter the machines.  Some kind of key or other device appears to have been used to gain access in the rest of the thefts.

     A surveillance camera captured video of at least one suspect breaking into a vending machine at the Holiday Inn Express.  (A still photo is attached.)

     During their investigation, detectives learned that vending machine thefts have been running rampant in neighboring counties as well.  In particular, thefts reported in Pinellas County may have some connection with those reported here in Citrus County.

     Anyone who may have information about these crimes or the identity of the pictured suspect is asked to call Detective Brad Smith at 726-4488.


Undercover Drug Agent Makes Prostitution Arrest In Bronson

Bronson - The Levy County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force Agent Rob Bowers arrested Holly Maravolo from Summerfield, Florida for prostitution.  An undercover agent seen Maravolo on foot approaching and also flagging down motorist on Alt 27 in the city of Bronson.  The undercover agent maintained surveillance on Maravolo and suspected that she was prostituting.

      Agent Bowers parked his undercover vehicle at the Lil Champ convenience store at the corner of Alt 27 and State Road 24.  Agent Bowers was immediately approached by Maravolo. She stated that she was working attempting to make some money.  Maravolo advised Bowers for $ 50.00 he could have anything he wanted, referring to sex.  Bowers advised Maravolo he only had a $20.00 dollar bill and she agreed. They drove to a predetermined location with back up following.  While in route Maravolo asked Bowers if he was the police and he said no.  When Maravolo was asked the same question she pulled up her shirt exposing herself and stated "Does this look like I'm the Police?"  When they arrived at the location Agent Rogers pulled up and the two drug agents identified themselves as Sheriff's deputies and Maravolo was arrested without incident.

      This is the second arrest the Levy County Sheriff's Office has made for prostitution this year.  Citizens are encouraged to contact the Drug Task Force Commander Lt. Duane Dykstra if they suspect any criminal activity in vice and narcotic complaints.


Arrests Made In Smash & Grab Crimes


The Citrus County Sheriff's Office has made a couple arrests, and more arrests expected, in a series of "smash 'n grab" crimes where the thieves targeted cartons of cigarettes and packs of beer.


Burglarized businesses include the Texaco gas station located at 9548 N. Citrus Springs Blvd. in Citrus Springs on July 23; the Kwik King gas station located at 9709 W. Fort Island Tr. in Crystal River on July 24; and the Kwik King gas station located at 1121 N. Florida Ave. in Hernando on July 28.


Arrests, so far, include Dean Mauricemichael Lawyer, 18, 6701 Mallards Cove Rd. in Jupiter, Florida, who was charged with 3 counts of burglary and Angel Luis Ramos, 18, 9305 N. Citrus Springs Blvd. in Dunnellon, who was charged with 1 count of burglary (the Texaco gas station).


Details were not available, but according to Gail Tierney, Public Information Officer with the sheriff's office, "Lots of good police work in these investigations!"


Detectives spoke with Ramos on August 6, and he confessed to burglarizing the Texaco station with the assistance of Lawyer. He was arrested on the charge and released on his own recognizance.


Detectives also spoke with Lawyer on August 6, and he confessed to burglarizing the three businesses "with co-defendents," the report stated. Lawyer was arrested at 2650 W. Woodland Ridge Dr. in Lecanto. He was arrested on the three charges and released on his own recognizance.


Man Charged With Impersonating Law Officer in Crystal River


A Homosassa man, William Joseph Stager, 32, 4287 Marcan Terrace, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, August 4, charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer. He was later released on this own recognizance.


The arrest report stated that a 27-year-old Crystal River man made a complaint to the sheriff's office, that while he was in Club Inferno in Crystal River on July 30th, he was approached by a stranger who told him the he was going to arrest him on a sexual assault-type charge. Stager allegedly told the man that he'd taken sworn testimony from five witnesses who claimed that he was responsible for the alleged sexual misconduct. The argument between Stager and the victim became very heated, so that the manager of the club intervened. The manager told deputies that Stager produced a sheriff's badge and told him not to mess with him, or he would bring the wrath of the sheriff's office down on Club Inferno. Stager was asked to leave the club, and he did, the report stated. Around 3:00 a.m., early morning of the same evening, the victim received a threatening voice mail from Stager, the report stated, telling him that he was going to get a warrant for his arrest, and he again mentioned the five sworn testimonie sand also allegedly made a racial slur.


The investigation produced Stager as a suspect on July 31st. Detectives contacted the Iredell County (NC) Sheriff's Office and learned that Stager was a former sheriff's deouty with the department, but had left their employment about two years ago. The same day, the manager of Club Inferno positively identified Stager as the man who impersonated the law enforcement officer at Club Inferno.


When interviewed, Stager admitted to identifying himself as a police officer, but said that he'd never identified himself as a CCSO deputy. He was booked in on the charge and later released on his own recognizance.


More Counterfeit Bills Show Up

    Since July 9, Citrus County deputies have responded to eight more reports of businesses in Beverly Hills, Crystal River and Homosassa receiving counterfeit bills. One Crystal River convenience store ended up with three counterfeit $20s in the till.

The bogus bills include both $20 and $10 denominations, and several have identical serial numbers. At least six of the seven fake $20s that were passed to merchants bear a serial number of IB63325148D. Two of the three bogus $10 bills have a serial number of IF06042852A.

     While convenience stores typically appear to be the target of choice in this kind of fraud, incidents since last week have included a bar, supermarket, restaurant and flea market, too.

     While many of these cases have been turned over to the Secret Service, Sheriff’s Office detectives are still following up on several leads. All merchants in the county are encouraged to be aware and take the time to eyeball the cash they’re taking in, particularly bills in $20 and $10 denominations.

      The quickest and easiest way to tell if a bill is fake is to wet a finger and rub the bill vigorously. If the green runs or smears like ink, then the bill’s a counterfeit. Don’t return the bill to the customer, but call the Sheriff’s Office immediately. Merchants also can check out the Web site www.moneyfactory.gov for more information. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 911 or 726-1121 right away.


Two children removed from Homosassa home


A 26-year-old Homosassa woman was charged with child neglect after a 3-year-old child in her care, who was described as  very dirty, knocked on a neighbor's door who lived a half-mile away. The incident occurred around 1:50 p.m., Thursday afternoon, July 9.


When the Citrus County Sheriff's Office arrived at the neighbor's home, she brought the girl to the deputy, who reported that she smelled as if she had not taken a bath "for at least several days," had lint stuck throughout her hair and fecal matter on her arms and legs and under her fingernails. The child was wearing a diaper that had been placed on her by the neighbor. The deputy cleaned off the child, somewhat, and asked the neighbor to bring food and drink for her. According to the report, the child snatched the bag of crackers that was provided and drank a cup of juice without stopping and was given more juice.


The report stated that the child never spoke words; she just grunted and made noises. A child protective investigator came to the neighbor's house, as well as Emergency Medical Services, which transported the child to the Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center Emergency Room. The doctor on duty determined that the child had not sustained any serious injuries, although there were several abrasions on her back. The doctor said, that even though the child was not malnourished, she appeared to be extremely neglected, but did not appear to have any disabilities that would hinder her development.


Deputies learned where the child lived and went to her home. They found the house "in an extremely deplorable condition," with mounds of clothing, dirty dishes and debris lying in piles all over the residence. They found old food and dirty dishes in every room of the house, with the exception of the girl's bedroom.


As investigators made their way down the hallway, there was a strong odor of feces in the girl's room and in the room of a second child, a one-year-old girl. They found dried fecal matter on the walls of the hallway and on the walls of the 3-year-old girl's room and also on the two windows of the room. They found a toddler's bed frame under one of the windows that was covered in fecal matter and a toddler bed, that had no sheets, blankets or pillows, that was also covered in fecal matter.


Detectives spoke with the child's caretaker who said, that around noon each day, she locked the little girl in her room for two-and-a-half to three hours and that she did not check on her for at least the first hour. She said she is well aware that the child plays with her fecal matter, and that the fecal matter on the walls was at least a week old.


Investigators determined that the girl had fallen approximatley five feet from her bedroom wndow to the ground when she'd left the home. The caretaker said she was unsure whether or not the window was locked, but the arresting officer locked the window and had the child attempt to open it, and she did not have the strength to unlock it. The detective reported that the window sill was also covered in fecal matter.


The woman stated, that after locking the child in her room around 12:00 p.m., she had not heard from the child, until law enforcement arrived at her door around 2:30 p.m. The woman told investigators that the only food she'd given the child to eat that day was a half-piece of pizza in the morning and another half-piece of pizza at lunch.


The only food in the refrigerator was a pizza box containing pizza, a box of Kentucky Fried Chicken, birthday cake and several bottles of various liquors. The detective noted three small packages of meat in the freezer; othar than that, the freezer was filled with ice cream.


The reporting deputy reported no signs or remorse or emotion in the caretaker. She was arrested on a charge of child neglect without causing great harm and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility. Her bond was set at $5000. The two children were removed from the residence by child protective investigators.


Citrus County cracks down on selling alcohol & tobacco to minors


On July 3rd, starting around 11:00 a.m., the Citrus County Sheriff's Office initiated a crack-down on the sale of alcohol and tobacco products to minors by conducting an undercover operation in conjunction with the Florida Department of Alcohol, Beverage and Tobacco.


During the operation, numerous people were issued citations for the sale of alcohol to a minor, including: Debra J. Carter, 53, 6409 W. Appian St., Homosassa; Karen Randlett, 58, 6092 W. Monticello St., Homosassa; Dorris Clark, 68, 2221 E. Shales Ct., Hernando; Tiffany M. Hutchison, 21, address not listed; Miriam R. Hanna, 21, 1104 N. Lion Cub Pt., Lecanto (the incident occurred at a store locted at 5980 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Crystal River); and Minaxi D. Patel, 56, 118 E. Eureko Ct., Hernando.


One person was issued a citation for the sale of a tobacco product to a minor: Frank A. Laga, 19, 10690 W. Edgar Ln., Crystal River.


During the operation, a Citrus Springs resident was arrested, Bhavina A. Patel, 24, of 7250 N. Fairlawn Terrace. According to the arrest report, Dep. Damon with the CCSO and Agent Damon with the FDABT responded to the Plaza Food Mart (Hwy. 488, Dunnellon) around 3:15 p.m. with a 17-year-old undercover operative who purchased a beer from Ms. Patel. According to the arrest report, Ms. Patel did not check the 17-year-old's identification. The deputy explained to Patel that she'd sold alcohol to a 17-year-old and requested her identification. Ms. Patel told the deputy that she had a Florida identification card, but she'd left it at her residence. A co-worker of Ms. Patel went to Patel's residence to retrieve her identification and returned with an "Universal Net Identification Card," which is not a government entity, according to the arrest report. The report stated that the identification card was made in Jackson Heights, New York, but stated that it was a Florida identification card. Ms. Patel told the officers that the card had been purchased in a store, not at a government facility. Patel told the officers that she was in the U.S.A. on a Vacation Visa, although she was working at the Plaza Food Mart. Patel showed the officers a copy of her passport that showed that her passport had expired. Due to Patel's lack of proper identification, working under a Vacation Visa and having an expired passport, she was placed under arrest for selling alcohol to a minor. No bond was set due to the same reasons. No further information was available.


Inglis Woman Arrested for Battery


A 54-year-old Inglis woman was arrested by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, June 28, after a deputy was dispatched to her residence, 19561 S.E. Vicki St., due to a 9-1-1 call hang-up. According to the arrest report, the victim had two small cuts to his forearms and a small cut under his left eye. He told the deputy that he and Carol Ann Johnston had argued about his talking to a woman.

The report stated that Johnston had left her residence before the oficer had arrived there, sometime after 6:30 p.m. (June 27th). The deputy drove by Johnston’s residence around 1:30 a.m. (June 28), and noticed that her vehicle was parked in the driveway. The deputy spoke with the victim, who told the deputy that Johnston was in her bedroom. Johnston was placed under arrest on a charge of domestic battery. She was released on her own recognizance.


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