Dunnellon man charged with discharging firearm from vehicle, aggravated assault

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) said today that 19-year-old Othello Cleveland of Dunnellon was arrested for Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly weapon

On Sunday, the CCSO was dispatched to a business in the City of Inverness in reference to a possible shooting.

Upon arrival, deputies were told that during a verbal argument, Cleveland had allegedly displayed several firearms, and had allegedly forced a subject into his vehicle.

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Crystal River man sentenced to life in underage molestation trial

Mark Daniel of Crystal River (CCSO mug shot)

A Crystal River man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday in the case of the 2019 Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Child under the Age of 12.

During the initial investigation into the claims against  Mark Daniel, 44, the victim disclosed to a parent that Daniel had made the victim touch him in a sexual manner.

Former Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Detective Bruce Arnold, now a Special Agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, was assigned to the case.¬† After a thorough investigation, which included a forensic victim interview with the Child Protection Team, Arnold developed probable cause for Daniel’s arrest.

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Oct. 28 shooting incident solved with 18-year-old’s arrest

A Floral City youth was arrested on Thursday on charges stemming from an Oct. 28 shooting in Floral City.

After investigation of the shooting incident, Citrus County deputies arrested Vincent Irvin, 18.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) said that Sumter County deputies responded to a residence where an adult victim told officials he had been shot in Floral City several hours prior to returning to Sumter County.

The victim had an apparent gunshot wound to his arm and holes consistent with gunfire on his vehicle. A second victim who was in the vehicle at the time of the incident was nearly struck by the same round but fortunately was not injured.

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Man sentenced to 920 years on sex charges

Charles Dipilla of Crystal River (CCSO mujshot)

A 41-year-old Crystal River man was sentenced on Thursday to 920 years in prison on multiple sexual-related charges

Charles Dipilla of Crystal River was arrested in 2019 by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) after a juvenile victim disclosed they had been sexually assaulted.

Detective Jonathan Richey with the CCSO Special Victim’s Unit (SVU), was assigned to investigate the allegations which were reported to the CCSO in early October. During Detective Richey’s investigation, he was able to obtain enough evidence to arrest Dipilla the same day.

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Man charged with burglary of occupied home, sexual exposre

Daniel Ballagas (Photo courtesy: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office)

Detective Tiffany Barry with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s (CCSO) High Tech Crimes Unit today arrested 39-year-old Daniel Ballagas of Homosassa on charges of Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling and Exposure of Sexual Organs.

On Sept. 23, the CCSO received a call that an unknown male, later identified as Ballagas, had entered a residence where the juvenile victim was home alone and is said to have exposed himself to the victim.

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Former correctional officer sentenced to life in prison for sexual battery

Kenneth Slanker (Photo courtesy: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office)

Kenneth Slanker. 41. of Inverness was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison.

Slanker was arrested in 2019 after an initial investigation revealed that he sexually battered a juvenile victim over a period of years.

Citrus County Detectives Tony Ricci and Tiffany Barry with the CCSO Special Victim’s Unit (SVU) worked swiftly to bring justice and security to the victim, making an arrest within a day of the allegations. Slanker was employed at the time as a corrections officer at the Coleman Correctional Complex in Sumter County.

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