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Three arrests at Lecanto parties

A 64-year-old woman who dressed as a witch with green face paint was arrested on a charge of child abuse on Halloween after she was accused of roughly handling a 12-year-old trick-or-treater who had entered the woman's private party at a Lecanto clubhouse.

Barbara J. McGlade, of 5537 W Hunters Ridge Circle in Lecanto, told a Citrus County sheriff's deputy that the girl was not welcome at the Crystal Oaks clubhouse, where she was having a private party with friends, according to an arrest report.

The girl was trick-or-treating with two friends in her neighborhood as her stepfather followed in his vehicle, the report showed. They saw a lot of people at the clubhouse and, at the stepfather's suggestion, knocked on the locked door.

Someone answered the door and invited the girls inside as long as they signed the guest book. At the party, the report said, people commented on the girls' costumes and told them they were welcome to the food and drinks.

Then McGlade told them they had to leave, according to the report. The girls walked toward the door, and the 12-year-old said she wanted to scratch her name from the guest book.

McGlade grabbed the girl by her upper left arm and shoved her toward the door, leaving red swollen finger marks and fingernail imprints, the report showed.

McGlade told authorities she gently held on to the girl's arm and did not believe she injured her.

McGlade's bond at the Citrus County jail was set at $5,000.

Another party in Lecanto led to the arrest of two men in their late teens. Each was charged with possession of a controlled substance early Saturday after they turned over about a half pound of marijuana to sheriff's deputies at their residence.

Dane Paul Defrank, 19, and Michael Anthony Caputo, 18, both of 649 N Line Road, Lecanto, were taken to the jail. Each bond was set at $5,000.

Deputies went to Defrank and Caputo's place after receiving reports of a loud party and a possible fight there, an arrest report said.

In the front yard, several juveniles _ ranging from age 15 to 20 _ were drinking alcohol, the report showed. There was a heavy odor of marijuana inside, and the substance and open containers of alcohol were in plain view. In bedrooms, juveniles were asleep, and a scale with trace amounts of marijuana and marijuana stems was found.

Deputies followed Defrank and Caputo into a bathroom, where they opened the toilet top and pulled out approximately a half pound of marijuana, according to the report. The men said they paid about $215 each for the drugs and were going to sell some because they needed extra money for the the house they got together.

Parents of the juveniles were contacted to pick up their children, the report said. The case will be turned over to Sheriff's Office investigators.

_ Suzannah Gonzales can be reached at 860-7312 or