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Driver found sleeping at Brooksville intersection arrested on drug charges


driver found sleeping faces drug charges

The car was stopped at the busy intersection of Cortez and Mariner boulevards Thursday afternoon with the engine running and the driver apparently passed out. A deputy pounded on the window and eventually woke up Larry Lee Jr., who lifted his foot off the brake. The car moved forward, but bystanders had put down blocks to keep the car from moving. Lee told the deputy he was tired from working late, but the deputy smelled marijuana and noticed a digital scale. A search of the Lumina uncovered marijuana, cocaine, various pill bottles and drug paraphernalia, according to an arrest report. Lee, 28, of Spring Hill, was arrested on three charges of possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

Park festival offers art, crafts, music

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council will present "Art in the Park" 25th annual Art, Craft and Music Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. The free event will feature arts and crafts, a student art exhibit, children's activities and entertainment. Some of the entertainment includes the Orlando-based group Nova Era, as well as the West Hernando Middle School Chorus, Hernando Youth Orchestra, Dixie Blue, Lindsay Taylor, Chocochatti Community Chorus, Papa Kurt and Friends and Stage West. Spaces for artists are still available. Call (352) 754-4788 or visit

Center to celebrate Mother's Day early

Brooksville Recreation will sponsor a Mother's Day Celebration at 7 p.m. Friday at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place. The event will include these awards: Community mother, oldest mother, mother with the most children, most faithful mother, best mother, mother of the year, most talented mother and mother of superiority. Dinner reservations and nominations must be in by Monday. Those submitting nominations must write, in 250 words or less, why their mother should get the award. The cost for the dinner is $12 per person and $6 for children 10 and younger. Call JoAnn Munford at (352) 540-3837.

Today's picks

Arbor Day Celebration at Nature Coast Botanical Gardens: 9 a.m.-noon, at the botanical gardens and adjacent Spring Hill Garden Club Plant Nursery, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.

Hernando County Autism Awareness Walk: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville. (352) 232-1239.

Reggae Sunfest 2K9: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Linda Pedersen Park, 6400 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Admission: $5 per person for 16 and older; free for age 15 and younger. (352) 754-4031.

"Joyful Music and More" celebration: 3-8 p.m., Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. Admission is free with a nonperishable food donation. (352) 666-4746.

Spring Hill Domino and Social Club sponsors "Singing and Dancing Under the Stars": 8 p.m., 10552 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. $6 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Stage West presents
'Driving Miss Daisy":
8 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $10. (352) 683-5113.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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