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Man accused of arson, threatening woman's life

A domestic dispute Wednesday resulted in the arrest of a 27-year-old man on charges of arson, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery.

Bruce Karl Blanford, 48 Adams St., is accused of starting a fire in a pile of clothing in the bedroom of the house on Adams Street. He was staying there with a woman, who was also listed as the victim of the alleged crimes, an arrest report said.

When deputies got to the house at 8:30 a.m., smoke was visible. The Beverly Hills Fire Department put out the fire, which, according to the report, burned some clothing. Blanford's other charges stem from an incident earlier Wednesday in which he pushed and threatened to kill the woman and cut her finger with a knife, the report said.

Blanford has a lengthy criminal record, with numerous convictions for burglary and for sale and possession of cocaine in Marion and Citrus counties.

He completed a three-year prison term in December, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Blanford remained in the Citrus County jail Thursday. He was held without bail.

Repossession disrupted by threat

with gun; Dunnellon man charged

A man attempting to repossess a vehicle was confronted at gunpoint Wednesday and the gun-wielding man was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Michael A. Patenaude, 34, 11911 N Ellsworth Ter., Dunnellon, was arrested after deputies responded to a call placed from Angus Wholesale Meats on County Road 488.

The victim, who was not identified in the report, said that while he was attempting to repossess a 1995 Isuzu Rodeo vehicle at the Ellsworth Terrace address about 1 a.m. Wednesday, Patenaude came out of the house, armed with a pistol.

The man said Patenaude pointed the weapon at him and told him to unhook the car or he would shoot him. The tow truck driver told deputies he complied. He also showed them a legal repossession order.

When questioned, Patenaude denied owning a gun.

When deputies questioned other people in the house, they said Patenaude ran out of the house with a gun and eventually led deputies to a .44-caliber handgun loaded with four hollow-point bullets, the report said. The tow truck driver said the weapon resembled the one that Patenaude had pointed at him earlier.

Patenaude was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was released from the Citrus County jail after posting bail, which was originally set at $7,000.

Drug trafficking charges follow

discovery of cache in house

After serving a search warrant at a home at 300 Wilda Ave. in Inverness, detectives from the Citrus County sheriff's special investigation unit arrested a man on drug charges.

David Duane Ross, 27, was charged with drug trafficking as well as numerous possession counts after the search turned up a cache of drugs.

The search of his home turned up 72 pills of OxyContin, 50 grams of marijuana, 2.3 grams of methamphetamine and 24 ecstasy pills. Ross was released from jail after posting $45,000 bail.

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