Man accused of sexual battery on a minor
Authorities have accused a 21-year-old Brooksville man of twice having sex with a child between the age of 12 and 16. Deandre Javon Waddy was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on Wednesday. Hernando County Sheriff's Office deputies said the girl told them Waddy had sex with her four times between October and January, but he confessed to having sex with the girl twice. The latest charges are among a long line of mostly traffic violations filed against Waddy in the last few years. His bail for the battery charges was set at $30,000.
Student arrested with knife in bookbag
After authorities say a 15-year-old student brought a knife with a 4-inch blade to Hernando High School, he was arrested on a felony charge Wednesday. An anonymous student, a report said, told a Hernando County sheriff's deputy working as a school resource officer that another student had a knife. After the deputy approached the boy, the report said he admitted having the weapon, which was found in his bookbag. He later told the deputy he'd brought it to school to give to another student, whom the boy reportedly refused to name. The suspect's name is being withheld because he is a minor.
Facility needs help with landscaping
As the Arc Nature Coast's new Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter nears completion, assistance is needed to help with landscaping efforts on Saturday, starting at 8 a.m., at the center, 6495 Mariner Blvd. Volunteers can help with projects such as planting shrubs and ground cover. A cookout lunch will be provided to all volunteers. The Arc Nature Coast is a nonprofit organization that serves developmentally disabled Hernando County residents and their families. For information, call (352) 544-2322.
People Helping People seeks volunteers
People Helping People of Hernando serves free meals to people in need from 4 to 5:30 p.m. each Sunday at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. The group is a local interfaith nonprofit organization and is in need of volunteers and donations. Groups are encouraged to help by preparing the entree at one of the dinners. People Helping People also provides free clothing, groceries and resource materials to those in need. Call (352) 686-4466. Checks may be mailed to: People Helping People, P.O. Box 6182, Spring Hill, FL 34611.
Preschool programs: Toddler Time (for ages 18 to 35 months) at 10:15 a.m.; Storytime (for ages 3 to 5 years) at 11:15 a.m., West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.
Crescent Community Clinic after-hours social: 4:30-6 p.m. Fun Fitness Factory, 2187 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. RSVP to (352) 650-9005, 799-5500.