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Citrus County detectives aid Sumter County in child porn arrest

Citrus County Sheriff's Office detectives helped with the execution of a search warrant that led to arrest on Friday of a Wildwood man who has been accused of downloading child pornography from the Internet.

Sumter County deputies said that they arrested a Wildwood man, after a search of the man's residence showed him to be in possession of child pornography.

Arrested was Thomas D. Durasoff, 45, at his residence in the 4700 block of County Road 151.

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3 arrested in Inverness meth lab case


Three people were arrested today at an Inverness home after the execution of a search warrant uncovered the presence of methamphetamine production.

The warrant was executed by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office's Tactical Impact Unit at 1214 Parkside Lane. 

The operation was the culmination of a three-month-long investigation involving the defendants, Frank McCracken, 57, Joyce Bentley, 56, and Becky Knox, 28.

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Man commits suicide in mall parking lot


The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said today that shortly before 11 a.m. a Crystal River man committed suicide in the parking lot of the Crystal River Mall.

Jesse Robert Ralston, 69, of Crystal River, parked near a large oak tree outside of the Belk department store.

The CCSO said that Ralston exited the vehicle, sat down under the tree and took his own life.  He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Beverly Hills man faces sexual charges involving 3 children


A Beverly Hills man is facing sex charges involving three children - a girl, 5, and two boys, each 4 years old.

Arrested on Saturday by Citrus County deputies was Phillip Joseph Flannery, 25.

The arrest report says the complainant in the case was awakened about 8:30 a.m. by one of the victims and told that the little girl had a big problem and was hurt. When entering the room, the complainant told an investigator, she saw Flannery naked on the little girl's bed, with the little girl on top facing him, and wearing only a pajama top.

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Deputies close down Inverness grow house; 2 arrested

Two people were arrested on Tuesday following the execution of a Citrus County Sheriff's Office warrant for a suspected marijuana grow house in Inverness.

Arrested by CCSO deputies were Christopher Garifalos, 37, and Michele Hunt Mederos, 49, both residing in the home at 4715 E. Hillsdale Lane.

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