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Beverly Hills search warrant yields 4 arrests

FROM LEFT: Jason Callahan, Crystal Hill and Christopher James Ellison.

Early Tuesday morning, detectives of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office Tactical Impact Unit served a search warrant at 4 James St. in Beverly Hills.

Patrol units assisted in the investigation, which resulted in four arrests on various drug charges.

Detectives conducted a thorough search of the home in the populated area of Beverly Hills. The search resulted in the collection of methamphetamine, prescription drugs and several items of drug paraphernalia.

The following people were arrested during the investigation:

Denise Hallowell

Denise Hallowell

Denise Hallowell

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office has characterized a child abuse case as "horrible" after an investigation of a "runaway case" turned into something entirely different.

The Sheriff's Office says that Denise Hallowell, 54, of Inverness is in the Citrus County jail with no bond on aggravated child abuse charges after CCCSO detectives found out, the CCSO said, she had a dark secret.

Crystal River man arrested in bizarre theft

Matthew Cooper

Matthew Cooper

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office arrested a Crystal River man in a bizarre theft on Saturday involving him and his girlfriend.

Arrested was Matthew Cooper, 45.

The Sheriff's Office said that on Saturday evening, Cooper allegedly shot his girlfriend in the stomach, tied her up, took her to an ATM where he removed her cash then took her back to their home and left her.

Suspects charged in Homosassa burglary

LEFT: Brandyn Cox. RIGHT: Jason Stephen Williams.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the burglary early Monday morning of Kane's Hardware in Homosassa.

The latest suspect, Brandyn Cox, 28, of 2680 W. Scarano Court in Lecanto, was taken into custody on Thursday in Lecanto. The other suspect, Jason Stephen Williams, 26, a homeless man, was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the same incident.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said the pair is thought to have taken 61 guns and ammunition during the burglary. Deputies have recovered 58 of the 61 weapons, the CCSO said.

Floral City man faces multiple sex charges

Christopher J. Covyaw

A Floral City man is facing multiple sex charges allegedly involving sex with a 14-year-old boy.

Arrested on Thursday was Christopher J. Covyaw, 42, of 7969 E. Partridge Lane in Floral City.

According to the arrest report, Covyaw's charges include performing oral sex on the youth, showing the youth pornography and using drugs in front of the victim.

2-year-old drowns in back yard pond

A 2-year-old wandered away from his Dunnellon caregivers and drowned in the back yard pond.

Just after 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Citrus County Sheriff's Office detectives responded to the scene of an apparent drowning of a 2-year-old boy at 9520 W. Dunedin Road, Dunnellon.

Detectives say the boy's mother and her boyfriend were home at the time of the incident.

All three were outside when the toddler, Ethan Adams, walked away from the couple and wandered to the back yard, where there is a small pond. When the couple noticed the child was missing, they went to the back yard and spotted the child floating in the pond, the CCSO said.

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