Dade City man faces attempted murder charges

On the afternoon of Jan. 3, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to a disturbance in Floral City which had already occurred during the early morning hours.

The two victims described the altercation between themselves and a male named Christian, who was residing on a neighboring property.

During the altercation, victim one alleged the suspect had fired a shotgun at least four times, in their direction. Victim-two said the suspect pointed the shotgun in their direction and pulled the trigger, but the gun failed to go off.

Continue reading “Dade City man faces attempted murder charges”

Animal rescue owner facing 25 counts of animal cruelty

Robert Allan Schweickert Jr.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) officials on Wednesday arrested “Out of the Box Animal Rescue” owner, 56-year-old Robert Allan Schweickert Jr., on 25 counts of cruelty to animals with additional charges pending.

The Sheriff’s Office said that Schweickert, who owned and also operated “Out of the Box Animal Rescue” at 7007 South Florida Ave. in Floral City, failed to correct prior citations issued by officials regarding inadequate kennel sizes and inhumane housing of animals at the rescue.

His current bond is set at $12,500.

Continue reading “Animal rescue owner facing 25 counts of animal cruelty”

Deputies seize 13 firearms, narcotics cache when serving arrest warrants

Andrew Cannon (CCSO mug shot)

Citrus County deputies on Wednesday found 13 firearms and nine types of narcotics after serving a search warrant in Inverness.

Members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) executed a narcotics search warrant at 785 S. Doug Pt in Inverness.

The target of this search warrant was Andrew Cannon, a 31-year-old Inverness man with two prior drug-related arrests, as well as a previous arrest for battery.

Cannon was taken into custody for two outstanding arrest warrants shortly before TIU detectives searched his home.

Continue reading “Deputies seize 13 firearms, narcotics cache when serving arrest warrants”

Emory Whitt sentenced to 30 years for 2017 murder

(CCSO mug shot)

On Dec. 10, 2020, Judge Howard sentenced 28-year-old Emery Whitt to 30 years in prison for the 2017 murder of Ryan McClellan.

Detective Richey and Sergeant Holloway, with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID), conducted a lengthy and thorough investigation, leading to Whitt’s arrest in 2018 for McClellan’s murder.

These detectives continued to work closely with the State Attorney’s Office over the course of the judicial process, ultimately resulting in today’s sentencing. This sentence comes just under two years after Whitt’s arrest.

Continue reading “Emory Whitt sentenced to 30 years for 2017 murder”

County inmate charged with murder following jail scuffle

Demare Barnes (CCSO mugshot on Oct. 6, 2020)

Demare Barnes, age 33, was arrested and charged with murder on Saturday after an altercation inside the Citrus County Jail between he and a 53-year-old inmate, Wayne Washer.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said that, as a consequence of the altercation, the injuries sustained by Washer resulted in his death.

Barnes has been in the custody of the Citrus County Detention Facility on a no-bond status since his arrest on Oct. 6 for Attempted Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Continue reading “County inmate charged with murder following jail scuffle”

Inverness daycare worker charged with child abuse

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) said today that a 43-year-old daycare worker has been arrested and charged with child abuse.

Arrested on Nov. 18 was Amber Summers of Inverness, who is alleged to have been physically aggressive toward an autistic and non-verbal child on Nov. 16.

The CCSO was contacted on Nov. 16 and was told that the abuse had happened at a local daycare that provides services for children with special needs

Continue reading “Inverness daycare worker charged with child abuse”