Parks, recreation chief charged with domestic violence
The director of parks and recreation for the city of Brooksville was arrested early Saturday and charged with domestic violence. Michael C. Walker, 43, who has worked for the city since 2004 after a career as a professional baseball player, was charged with domestic battery and tampering or harassment of a victim or witness. He remained in custody at the Hernando County Jail at midday Saturday in lieu of $2,500 bail. Details about the charges were unavailable Saturday morning from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's arrest log indicated that Walker was arrested at 12:31 a.m. Saturday at a home on Croom Road, northeast of Brooksville. County property records do not indicate that he owns the home. Information about the alleged victim was not available. Walker graduated from Hernando High School and went on to play minor and major league baseball for 14 seasons. He pitched for five seasons in the majors for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers before retiring in the late 1990s and returning to Brooksville. He was hired as director of parks and recreation for the city in March 2004. City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha said Saturday morning that she was aware of Walker's arrest, but had no details. She said he would be placed on administrative leave with pay while the city conducts an investigation into details surrounding the arrest.
Lake Lindsey ramp to close temporarily
The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will close the Lake Lindsey boat ramp from Monday through Aug. 27. The ramp is off Snow Memorial Highway at 22293 Lake Village Lane, north of Brooksville. The closing of the ramp is necessary to allow the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to mechanically remove nuisance aquatic vegetation — floating tussocks and spatterdock roots — with aquatic weed harvesters. For more information, call (352) 754-4027.
Help at SPCA shelter a few hours per week
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals/SPCA of Hernando County is in need of volunteers. The shelter, at 9075 Grant St., currently has more than 150 dogs and cats. Many of the animals have been abandoned or dropped off due to foreclosures and the economic crisis in Hernando County. Those interested can help out as little as one day per week for four hours. Anyone who wants to volunteer may call Nancy at (352) 345-8498. For information or directions to the shelter, call (352) 596-7000.
People Helping People serves free meals: 4-6 p.m., Senior Citizens Club of Hernando County, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. Anyone hungry can receive a free meal. (352) 686-4466.
VFW 9236 Men's Auxiliary breakfast: 9-11:30 a.m., 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. $6. (352) 596-9236.