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Two men charged with firearms violations

Two men were arrested Saturday in separate incidents involving firearms. David Wingate, 63, of 1049 W Pearson St., Hernando, was arrested about 1 a.m. New Year's Day and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to his arrest report, Wingate confronted his neighbors, who were shooting off fireworks to celebrate New Year's, and pointed a rifle at them. They called the Sheriff's Office. After questioning Wingate and examining weapons found inside his home, the deputies arrested him. He was released Saturday on bail from the Citrus County Jail. Also, deputies arrested Justin Ralph Nash, 23, of 912 Inverness Blvd. in Inverness about 1 a.m. Saturday. He was firing a rifle in his front yard as deputies approached. According to the arrest report, the deputies could see the muzzle blasts from the rifle as Nash fired into the air. He was charged with discharging a firearm in public and using a firearm while intoxicated. He was released Saturday from Citrus County Jail after posting bail.

Homosassa break-in leads to two arrests

HOMOSASSA _ Two men were arrested on charges of stealing a gun and other items from a home Sunday. Ryan Robert Belcase, 25, of 7969 Cyprian Drive in Homosassa and Mark Zvirblis, 44, of 740 N Lecanto Highway in Lecanto were each charged with armed burglary and grand theft in connection with the break-in at a home on S Alabama Avenue in Homosassa. According to their arrest report, the owner of the home returned from a fishing trip and was told by neighbors that the two were seen breaking into his house and removing items. Sheriff's deputies found the suspects and most of the missing items, the report stated. Bail for each was set at $27,000. As of Sunday, they were being held at the Citrus County Jail.