Four youths charged in school burglaries
Four Brooksville juveniles, ages 10 to 14, have been charged in connection with burglaries at three Hernando County schools over the weekend in which electronics, coins, food and other items were stolen.
During the daytime on Saturday and Sunday, the four boys burglarized Pine Grove Elementary, West Hernando Middle and Central High schools, all of which are along Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville.
The four juveniles, who are not being named because of their ages, mostly entered through unlocked doors, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities became aware of the burglaries after receiving a call from the father of one of the juveniles, who suspected that some of the items in his son's bedroom might be stolen. In one of the homes, deputies found an Xbox gaming system, video games, an iPod, a laptop, a watch, coins and food.
Three of the juveniles face four counts of commercial burglary; the youngest faces two counts.
Fire destroys home, but no one is hurt
A predawn fire destroyed a two-bedroom home on Keystone Street on Monday, but no one was injured.
Hernando County Fire Rescue officials said they received a 911 call from a neighbor shortly before 4 a.m. and arrived to find smoke and flames coming from inside the home at 10452 Keystone St.
A fire official said that because the owners were not home at the time, the fire is considered suspicious and is under investigation. The owners, who were in Sarasota, arrived on the scene shortly after the blaze was extinguished.
According to county property records, the house is owned by Anthony and Retta Pickering.
Motorcyclist accused of stabbing man
A man who authorities say stabbed his former girlfriend's neighbor and then fled on a motorcycle has been arrested in Pasco County, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said Monday.
Charles Edward Ross, 59, whose address was not given, posted $5,000 bail in Pasco County and was released on June 18.
The victim in the stabbing, Michael Place, 52, of Hernando Beach, was treated at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for wounds to his abdomen.
On the night of June 15, Ross went to a home on Bimini Drive in Hernando Beach where his ex-girlfriend lives, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was riding a motorcycle and revved the engine repeatedly.
Place, a neighbor of Ross' ex-girlfriend, came out of his house at 4527 Bimini Drive and asked Ross to leave. The two men started fighting, and Ross stabbed Place with an "unknown object," authorities said. Ross then rode away on his motorcycle, the Sheriff's Office said.
Meeting will focus on proposal for old range
The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville, to explain the plan for the former Brooksville Turret Gunnery Range.
The community is invited to review and comment on the proposal at the meeting and any time through July 26.
The former range, which includes about 10,200 acres in northern Hernando County, was used to train bomber turret gunners in support of World War II. In recent years, munitions and munitions debris were removed from the site.
Information and project documents are available at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. People with questions may call toll-free 1-866-279-4880 or send email to FUDS.Florida@usace.army.mil.
Comments on the plan will be accepted at the meeting or by mail at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, Attn. Frank Araico (CESAJ-PM-M), 701 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207-8175.
Schools submit videos for Big Lots contest
Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics and Weeki Wachee High School have submitted videos in this year's Big Lots Lots2Give Contest.
The community can help the schools by submitting votes through July 7. Vote at biglots.com/lots2give. Supporters can vote three times a day on any device connected to the Internet.
Eligible schools were invited to submit short videos and brief essays explaining how they would benefit from additional financial support. Winning schools will share $120,000 in cash prizes, which include one $20,000 grand prize, two $10,000 first-place prizes, four $5,000 second-place prizes and 30 $2,000 third-place prizes.
Also, the schools can benefit from an in-store donation program. Customers can help selected schools by donating $1 or $5 at participating Big Lots stores through July 7.