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In the past 12 months, crime in Citrus County ran the gamut — everything from the tragic to the shockingly bizarre.
And, like in the other spheres of life, the unusual and tragic crime stories garner the most attention.
The following were some of the more notable cases the Chronicle covered in 2012:
+ In March 2012, an Ohio man was charged with posing as a woman in an online relationship with a Citrus County school teacher, and then blackmailing the teacher with bogus accusations when she broke it off, authorities said.
James Barker, 39, of the Toledo suburb of Swanton, was arrested March 8 by Fulton County, Ohio, deputies on extortion charges. He was extradited to Citrus County and was later released from jail on $10,000 bond.
The teacher reportedly corresponded via Facebook, email and phone with Barker thinking he was a woman. Barker allegedly disguised his voice on the phone. The teacher approached the sheriff’s office in February saying she was in an online relationship with a Colorado woman and that the woman was threatening her if the relationship ended. The teacher did not know until later that the correspondence was actually with a man posing as a woman.
Barker later pleaded no contest in October and received three years probation with adjudication withheld. He was also ordered not to have any contact with the teacher.
+ In April, a 69-year-old Inverness man who was sentenced in November 2011 in Citrus County to 25 years in prison for killing his longtime girlfriend was sentenced again in Palm Beach County to 25 years in prison for the murder of another girlfriend more than 30 years ago.
According to the Palm Beach County Clerk of Court website, Jon Good, also known as Jon Charles Black and Bob Jay Parsons, accepted a plea agreement with the state April 5, and pleaded guilty in the murder of Charlene Nelson, a 29-year-old Lake Park woman who was found brutally beaten and stabbed to death in her home in 1979.
During the initial investigation, detectives issued a warrant for Good’s arrest, but after a few sightings around the Orlando area, Good disappeared until authorities arrested him in April 2011in a wooded area off Van Buren Street in Inverness.
Now going by the name Bob Jay Parsons, he was taken into custody after Citrus County deputies discovered the dead body of Parsons’ longtime domestic partner, 51-year-old Arlene Preg.
With no documentation proving Parsons’ identity, Citrus County investigators quickly uncovered his identity using fingerprints and linked him back to the Palm Beach County killing of Nelson.
According to court documents, Parsons will serve his Palm Beach County sentence concurrent with his Citrus County sentence.
+ In June, two masked men with guns kicked in the front door of a home on West Cedar Lake Drive, north of Crystal River, and as they pushed a woman to the floor, her son retaliated with gunfire.
After a barrage of bullets, a car sped off from the home, and Shawn Michael Wright, 42, of Citrus Springs, identified by deputies as a suspect, remained on the front lawn. Wright died of the wounds he received during the exchange of gunfire.
Deputies found Wright’s black Ford pickup truck several miles away; however, authorities do not know if it was involved in the incident.
Detectives are still looking for any tips that may lead them to the identity of the second suspect, who is also believed to have been wounded. He remains at large.
+ In July, a woman later revealed to have been a confidential informant for the sheriff’s office was discovered gunned down in her car during the middle of the night.
Jamie Seeger, 27, was discovered in her Chrysler Crossfire about 3 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of North Reynolds Avenue and West Cyrus Street, about a mile and a half east of Crystal River.
Authorities said she died from multiple gunshot wounds.
According to Seeger’s mother’s attorney Bill Grant, the mother of two young children had worked several months as a confidential informant for the sheriff’s office and had been paid to give sheriff’s detectives information on drug dealers and was in fear for her safety.
He accused the sheriff’s office of failing to adequately protect their informant and has filed a suit to get the sheriff’s office to turn over documents pertaining to her work with the agency.
Sheriff Jeff Dawsy denies Grant’s charges and has said Seeger was an informant for the agency for a limited time, but not at the time of her death.
In early December, CCSO arrested three people and charged them in Seeger’s death. The three were Marrio Williams, 27, of Dunnellon, Lawrence Vickers, 45, of Crystal River and Curtis Wilson, 30, of St. Petersburg.
+ The case of a domestic disturbance July 29 left one man dead from stab wounds and another hospitalized for stab wounds.
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies were summoned to a domestic disturbance in progress at home on West Summer Place in Citrus Springs.
At the scene, investigators found Harold Gene Brown, 69, dead from stab wounds.
His stepson, Michael Staton, 56, also had stab wounds.
No charges have been filed in the case.
The case remains under investigation. The sheriff’s office turned the case over to the state attorney’s office for review.
+ In September, Citrus County Sheriff’s Deputy Gregory Entrekin shot and killed Derrick Vaccianna, 28, of Hernando.
According to the sheriff’s office, it appeared that Vaccianna confronted Entrekin — who was off duty — and his girlfriend in a residence on Eden Drive. All three people involved reportedly knew each other.
Following a brief verbal confrontation and tussle, Entrekin fired a shot, striking Vaccianna in the chest, the sheriff’s office reported.
The sheriff’s office said investigators were treating the incident as a burglary of an occupied dwelling leading up to the shooting.
Vaccianna’s family, however, is alleging a setup, insisting he was invited to the residence by Entrekin’s girlfriend, who reportedly also was romantically linked to Vaccianna.
Entrekin, 24, who has been with the CCSO since Aug. 6, was placed on paid administrative leave.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney’s Office are investigating.