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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Citrus County Parks and Recreation to present ‘Free Birds’ drive-in movie in the Park

Citrus County Parks and Recreation presents “Free Birds” Drive-In Movie in the Park at the Soccer Field parking lot of the Homosassa Area Recreational Park, 4210 S. Grandmarch Ave., Homosassa on Friday, November 20, 2020. The movie begins at sunset, approximately 6:15pm and will end around 8:00pm.

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Accelerated Decommissioning Partners becomes licensed operator of Duke Energy’s Crystal River Nuclear Plant

  • State regulators approved transaction in August after 14-month review.
  • Decommissioning will start nearly 50 years sooner than originally planned.
  • Transaction has no impact on Duke Energy customer bills.

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(Photo courtesy: Duke Energy Florida)

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – Accelerated Decommissioning Partners and Duke Energy successfully completed a transaction today to start decontamination and dismantlement of the Crystal River Nuclear Plant in Citrus County, Fla., in 2020 instead of 2067 – nearly 50 years sooner than originally planned.

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CF plans Dec. 9 virtual Open House

OCALA, Fla. (Oct. 29, 2020) — The College of Central Florida invites recent high school seniors and those looking to advance their career to a virtual open house on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m., online.

Future students are encouraged to attend one of the Zoom video conferencing sessions and receive assistance with the application process, financial aid, placement testing, academic advising and registration for spring semester, which begins Jan. 6.

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