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Lecanto man charged in mailbox explosion

By SUZANNAH GONZALES, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 20, 2003

An explosion in a mailbox at a Homosassa house led to the arrest of a 20-year-old Lecanto man just after midnight Thursday.

Adam M. Fahey, 2460 Ingot Point, Lecanto, was charged with making, possessing, throwing, projecting, placing, discharging a destructive device, which appeared to use gunpowder, or attempting to do so, an arrest report said. He was released from the Citrus County jail Friday afternoon after posting $2,500 bail.

Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies went to 7533 W Green Acres St. in Homosassa after a loud explosion was reported. Several witnesses said they saw two men fleeing the scene and heading south, the report showed.

A helicopter located about six people one street away from the explosion site.

While a deputy interviewed them, a witness approached and said Faheywas seen near the mailbox and fleeing, the report showed. Information about the second person seen fleeing was unavailable Saturday morning.

The report said Fahey denied involvement in the incident.

Also in Homosassa, a neighbor's complaint of loud music eventually led to a 60-year-old Homosassa man being charged with assault Friday.

A neighbor of Gene Howard Ely, 9948 S York Way, told deputies that he has had constant problems with Ely over loud music, and that he had contacted authorities after enduring it that day for two hours, an arrest report showed.

While waiting for deputies to arrive, the neighbor went outside to get cigars from the back seat of his car. Ely then stepped out to his front porch and began threatening his neighbor, the report said.

When deputies spoke to Ely, he appeared to be intoxicated, the report said. It showed that Ely denied threatening his neighbor, but on the way to the jail, he made threats to hit and kill him. Ely's bail was set at $250.

A 57-year-old Crystal River man was accused Thursday of denting the front door of a Crystal River residence and damaging the windshield of a car with a walking stick.

Walter Edward Albertson, who is known as "Jay," 130 S Suncoast Blvd., Lot R15, was accused of causing about $500 in damages and charged with criminal mischief. His bail was set at $500.

Albertson told authorities from the Sheriff's Office that he became agitated and struck the door with his stick when the people at the residence, who he has known for about 12 years, refused to speak with him and slammed the door in his face, an arrest report showed.

He later said he got the stick from his truck for self-defense because he knew a baseball bat was kept in a bedroom. The report said Albertson told officials he had no intention of hurting anyone.

At another Crystal River residence, four people were arrested after authorities interrupted an underage drinking party there on Thursday.

Stephen Michael Moore, 21, 1019 N Palm Ridge Ave., Crystal River, was charged with hosting the party at his residence. His bail was set at $250.

Three others also were arrested, including 20-year-olds Richard Leon Canfield, 830 NE Third Ave., Crystal River, and David Allen Sinclair, 6941 Crosbeck Court, Homosassa. Both men were charged with possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person under 21, and the bail for each was set at $250. Information about the other person arrested was not available Saturday morning.

The deputy who found Moore said he seemed intoxicated, arrest reports indicated. The reports said a receipt for Bud Light beer was found in his pocket, the same type of beer the others were seen with.

-- Suzannah Gonzales can be reached at 860-7312 or

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