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Girl, 16, faces charges related to Ohio slaying

A 16-year-old girl accused of playing a role in an Ohio murder case was arrested last week in Crystal River, records showed.

Olivia J. Pingleton was staying at 8981 W Sue Lane. A Citrus County sheriff's detective took her into custody Jan. 16 after learning from Darke County, Ohio, law officers about the charges pending against her.

Pingleton was taken to the Citrus County jail, then turned over to the Florida Division of Juvenile Justice to await extradition, an arrest report said.

The report did not say why the girl was in Crystal River or how Ohio law officers tracked her down there.

Ohio officials could not be reached for comment late Thursday. According to an account in the Dayton Daily News, though, the case involves a murder last month near Greenville, Ohio, which is northwest of Dayton.

The news story said one of the girl's relatives _ David M. Pingleton, 45 _ was killed Dec. 15, and that his body was found Dec. 26. According to the story, authorities believe the girl, whose relation to the victim was not stated in the story, cleaned up after the killing while other people buried the body.

According to the news story, Darke County law officers said a safe at David Pingleton's home had been broken into, and that firearms had been stolen. In addition to the girl, authorities have arrested four others in connection with the case.

Two boys accused of pointing BB gun

HOMOSASSA _ Two Homosassa boys, ages 12 and 14, were arrested Saturday and each charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill after they were accused of pointing a firearm at a 13-year-old girl and threatening to shoot her.

The boys, whose names are not released because of their ages, also were seen with a knife, according to an arrest report.

The firearm actually was a plastic BB gun, the report said. The boys told Citrus County sheriff's authorities they were joking when they told the girl, also a Homosassa resident, that the gun was real and they did not mean any harm to her or her sister, who witnessed the incident.

The boys were turned over to their parents or guardians.

_ Suzannah Gonzales can be reached at 860-7312 or sgonzalessptimes.com.

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