County wants to seize car it says was used in drug case

By Times Staff
Published June 21, 2005

INVERNESS - The Citrus County Sheriff's Office wants to take possession of a car that it says was involved in a drug case. According to papers filed in circuit court last week, the agency wants to seize a 1995 Honda Accord that belongs to Michelle M. McKay, saying the car was a "contraband vehicle" and thus subject to seizure under Florida's forfeiture law. McKay, 18, of Inglis was arrested earlier this month on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, a report said. She was a passenger in her car, which authorities say Michael Garrett Stegall was driving. He also was arrested that night on charges of possession of cocaine, unlawful possession of listed chemicals, possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving false information to a law enforcement officer and violation of probation, according to an arrest report. Sheriff's investigators received a tip that Stegall was using a beige Honda Accord as a mobile methamphetamine lab. After the Honda ran a stop sign at Cardinal Street and County Road 491, investigators stopped the car and found a methamphetamine lab inside, authorities said.

Inverness workshop to discuss construction on Croft Avenue

INVERNESS - The County Commission will conduct a workshop at 4 p.m. July 12 in the commission meeting room of the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N Apopka Ave., Inverness, to discuss progress on the Croft Avenue intersection improvement project. Aspects of the project to be discussed include alternate routes, safety requirements, future transportation planning issues, environmental factors and cost considerations. Call 341-6560.

Crystal River neighborhood brawl results in 2 arrests

CRYSTAL RIVER - Two people were arrested after a neighborhood brawl early Monday. Charles L. Kostal, 26, address not listed, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, battery and criminal mischief. Kostal punched one person, smashed the front windshield of another person's vehicle and bashed a third person several times with a wooden stick shaped like a hockey stick, according to an arrest report. The report did not indicate where the brawl took place. Kostal remained at the Citrus County jail on Monday with bail set at $6,000. Also, a 16-year-old boy was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after he struck Kostal with a stick during the brawl, the report states. The boy was taken to a juvenile detention center, according to an arrest report.