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$14,000 damage at Withlacoochee River Electric site; 2 Hudson men charged

HUDSON

Deputies: 2 stole copper from electric site

Two men are accused of causing $14,000 in damage by breaking into a Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative site and dismantling two power transformers to pry out the copper wiring. The incident happened between nightfall Feb. 12 and 10 a.m. the next day, according to a report by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The chain-link fence at the 11811 Hudson Ave. property was cut and 75 gallons of oil from the transformers was dumped on the ground. The duo sold 35 pounds of the oil-covered copper at a county scrap yard Feb. 13, deputies said. Brandon W. Herman, 21, of 13330 White Walnut St. in Hudson was arrested Thursday and is charged with grand theft and criminal mischief. He is being held in lieu of $4,000 bail. The second suspect is Matthew D. Robbins, 24, of 11036 Tenoaks Drive in Hudson. Robbins faces the same charges, as well as violation of his felony probation and charges of burglary and grand theft for allegedly breaking into his grandparents' Hudson home Feb. 20 and stealing $6,000 worth of power tools and jewelry. Robbins, who is serving a three-year probation sentence for three convictions of trafficking in stolen property, is being held without bail at the Pasco County jail.

LAND O'LAKES

Assistant to run Sunlake High

Garry Walthall, assistant principal at Sunlake High School, will lead the school through the end of the year, Pasco County assistant superintendent Jim Davis announced Friday. The appointment comes as principal Angie Stone departs to run Fivay High School, which opens in the fall. It doesn't resolve the question of who will lead Sunlake for the long term, though. "We are going to revisit Sunlake High School after the current school year," Davis said. At that time, he said, the superintendent's staff will evaluate the leadership situation districtwide. Moore-Mickens Education Center principal Steve Cox is retiring, and other people also might retire, resign or request transfers. "We want to hold off to look at the district in a bigger picture," Davis said, stressing that the decision does not reflect poorly on the pool of four applicants for the Sunlake job, which included Walthall. "There may be some other moves. You never know."

$14,000 damage at Withlacoochee River Electric site; 2 Hudson men charged 02/26/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 26, 2010 10:39pm]
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