Suspect sought in sex assault of woman, 62
Authorities on Friday were looking for a transient man who they say sexually battered and threatened a woman Thursday night near Brooksville. Arrest warrants were issued for Allen Everett Koonce, 47, for three counts of sexual battery while armed and false imprisonment. Koonce, who is from Hernando County, may be staying in a transient camp, authorities said, and might be armed with a knife. He was described as a white man, about 5 feet 6 and 135 pounds. He has red hair and green eyes. In a news release, the Hernando Sheriff's Office said Koonce called a 62-year-old woman about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and asked her to meet him at a mutual friend's house near Brooksville. The woman assists homeless people from time to time, authorities said. When the woman arrived at the house, Koonce grabbed her, handcuffed her, sexually battered and beat her, and threatened her with a knife and rifle. No one else was in the house. Early Friday morning, after Koonce fell asleep, the woman was able to escape and call authorities. She was taken to the hospital, treated for injuries and released. Anyone with information about Koonce's whereabouts was asked to call 911.
Volunteers needed for reading project
The General Federation of Women's Clubs/Spring Hill Service League is seeking volunteer reading partners for a reading and mentoring program that will start in January for children in prekindergarten through second grade at Deltona Elementary School, 2055 Deltona Blvd. The literacy project is designed to provide encouragement and support for young students struggling with language, listening, reading and comprehension skills. Volunteers commit to one hour a week. Those interested in volunteering may contact Barbara Sweinberg at email@example.com.
Native American gathering, dance
The annual Native American Pow-Wow and Intertribal Gathering and Dance will be from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Jan. 1, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 2 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 3 in the field across from the Westside Flea Market, 516 NW Third St., off County Road 478. The event includes demonstrations, entertainment, vendors, drumming and dancing. Admission is $5; ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Call (352) 603-2643.
Tennis programs offered for children
The city of Brooksville will offer two tennis programs for children. "Quick Start" Tennis for ages 5 to 8 will be offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays, starting Jan. 10, at McKethan Park, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. Equipment and courts will be tailored and sized appropriately for participants to learn the game. "Little Buddies" Tennis for children ages 3 and 4 will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Jan. 12, at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place. This program allows parents to work one-on-one with their children while teaching them the basics of tennis. No equipment needed. Both programs are six weeks and are $50 per child, which includes a shirt. Call (352) 540-3835.