The trial of Jack Sewall, 53, the former insurance agent charged with organized fraud and grand theft of investor money, was postponed Monday due to an illness in the family of one of the lawyers. The trial was expected to resume today in Citrus County.
FBI will investigate porn charges
BEVERLY HILLS _ The State Attorney's Office formally shelved a computer pornography charge against a Beverly Hills man so federal authorities can pick up the case. Sergio Ortiz-Villajos, 32, an engineer for Florida Power's nuclear power plant in Crystal River, was arrested in November after deputies say he solicited sex from someone he thought to be a child in an Internet chat room. Assistant State Attorney Willard Pope said the case is being picked up by the U.S. Attorney for prosecution under tougher federal laws. The FBI will now lead any continuing investigation, Citrus County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Ronda Hemminger Evan said.
DUI inquiry puts officer on leave
INVERNESS _ A Citrus County Sheriff's Office community resource officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay while the agency investigates his arrest Sunday on charges of drunken driving. Glenn Ryan, 28, assigned to the Lakes Region Community Resource Office in Hernando, was charged with driving under the influence at 4:45 a.m. Sunday in Seminole County, a Sheriff's Office report said. An arresting officer said Ryan had stopped his silver Nissan sedan in the center southbound lane of traffic and fallen asleep behind the wheel. The report does not say where in Seminole County the arrest took place. The deputy was released from custody later Sunday on $500 bail. Ryan was hired by the Sheriff's Office in January 1996 as a records clerk. Six months later he began road patrol, and in April 1998 he was assigned to the Hernando-South Dunnellon areas. Any disciplinary action will be decided after an investigation, he said. In the meantime, Ryan's supervisor, Sgt. Buddy Grant, will oversee the deputy's area of responsibility.