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Traffic stop turns up suspect in burglary

A routine traffic stop Wednesday night netted Citrus County sheriff's deputies a man they say stole weapons and other property in a recent burglary.

Adam McMillan, 19, of 12479 Turkey Creek Drive, was charged with armed burglary of a structure, carrying a concealed firearm and grand theft. He was booked into the Citrus County jail at 5 a.m. Thursday and is held in lieu of $28,000 bail.

A deputy pulled over McMillan, driving a gray Oldsmobile, for operating with one headlight, a sheriff's report said. During the stop, the deputy spotted a shotgun lying on the rear floorboard and the handle of a semi-automatic pistol under the driver's seat.

The deputy had McMillan get out of the car, the report said, and then found a fully-loaded, .22-caliber, chrome-plated pistol and an empty 12-gauge shotgun in the car.

McMillan had no concealed weapons permit, the report said. A further search of the vehicle yielded items reported stolen from a shed in Citrus Springs: Motorola radios, a gas-operated concrete saw and several hand tools.

McMillan said he and four others he would not name broke into the shed and stole the property, the report said.

In other police news:

+ A 16-year-old student at the Citrus Resource for Exceptional Students Transition School was arrested Wednesday on charges he assaulted a school counselor.

The student's name is being withheld by the Times because of his age. Authorities did not identify the victim.

A school counselor was responding to the scene of a disturbance near a school bus in the parking lot.

The counselor was trying to calm the teen down, the report said, when he shoved the counselor backward with both hands, then threatened to get a knife and harm a driver's assistant on the bus.

A deputy arrested the student. At the county jail, officers found two partially burned marijuana cigarettes inside his shoe, the report said.

The teen was charged with battery on a school official and violation of the Florida drug abuse law, then released into the custody of the Juvenile Assessment Center in Ocala.