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Detectives think Hernando swimmer's wounding was unintentional

HERNANDO BEACH

Detectives think shooting was unintentional

Hernando County detectives were still searching for clues in the shooting Monday of a 19-year-old Hudson woman who was swimming in an off-limits county spring. Jessica James was shot between the knee and ankle while swimming with friends in the east end of the Jenkins Creek area, said Sgt. Donna Black, a spokeswoman with the Sheriff's Office. Authorities had initially thought James was swimming in a restricted area of the Weekiwachee Preserve, but later determined it was a small spring area on county property that is posted as a no-trespassing area. Black said the swampy area is often frequented by swimmers and illegal hunters. "This is not a regular swimming place," Black said. "It's not like in the park area. You would have to know the area is back there." On Tuesday, Hernando detectives searched the area surrounding the spring and were unable to find a location where someone might have been able to shoot at the victim. Authorities think the shooting was unintentional. James was treated and released at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

BROOKSVILLE

6 accused of trying to cash bad checks

Six people have been arrested in Brooksville on charges that they are part of a ring of counterfeiters operating around Florida. A Brooksville police officer noticed several people behaving in a suspicious manner at the Chevron gas station on Broad Street on July 11, so he kept an eye on them, according to an agency report. The suspects were seen trying to cash bogus checks and the officer stopped them as they tried to drive off. The officer uncovered more than 40 counterfeit checks drawn on various accounts and 20 fake and stolen Florida driver's licenses. After issuing a statewide alert, detectives from Pinellas County, Williston, Lee County and others contacted Brooksville to say the suspects may have been operating there as well. The suspects are Nathaniel Miller, 54; Charles Kelly, 50; Sylvia Macon, 43; Stacey Krause, 41; Michael Jemison, 54; and Carole Lawson, 46. All six have been arrested on charges of organized fraud, uttering a forged instrument and possession of counterfeit checks.

SPRING HILL

Man, 72, accused of touching girl, 8

A 72-year-old man has been arrested on a charge of lewd and lascivious touching of an 8-year-old girl. According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office report, John Edward Krapf was in a hot tub at his home in June when the girl tried to climb in and he told her that she could not get in while wearing her bathing suit. When the girl returned home, she reported that she had been inappropriately touched. Krapf later told investigators that he had rubbed the girl with his leg and had touched her bottom when he lifted her up out of the tub. He said he returned her to her home to prevent any further contact. Krapf was held at the Hernando County jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Today's meetings

Hernando County Housing Authority, 3 p.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Spring Hill Fire Rescue Commission, 7 p.m., 3445 Bob Hartung Court, Spring Hill.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Detectives think Hernando swimmer's wounding was unintentional 07/21/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 6:36pm]
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