George Olmo found guilty of kidnapping, sexual assault

Brooksville

Olmo found guilty of kidnapping, sexual assault

Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, a jury found George Olmo guilty of holding his ex-girlfriend and her brother hostage at gunpoint for 16 hours in her Spring Hill home in May 2007. The 33-year-old Tampa man was convicted on two counts of kidnapping with a firearm, one count sexual battery and five other charges. The jury, after more than eight hours of deliberation, found him not guilty on a second count of sexual battery. Olmo, who cried as the verdict was read, faces a mandatory life prison sentence.

SPRING HILL

Concert to raise funds for garden

A benefit concert with musicians Jody Bowes and Tim Howsare will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave. The first 50 mothers arriving will be given a flower. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $3. Proceeds will benefit the botanical gardens, which are maintained by members of the Spring Hill Garden Club and community volunteers. Bowes is the director of music and youth ministries at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Spring Hill; Howsare is the organist at First Lutheran Church in Ridge Manor. Visit www.naturecoastbotanicalgardens.com or call (352) 683-9933.

Elections office closing early

The Westside Government Center branch office of the Hernando County supervisor of elections, 7443 Forest Oaks Blvd., will close at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for staff training. The main office in the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, will remain open during regular business hours. The Westside office will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday. For information, call (352) 754-4125.

Eagles host flea market fundraiser

Springstead High School's football team will have a flea market fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd. Vendor spaces are available for $10 each. Bring your own table. Set-ups begin at 6 a.m. For reservations or information, call Greg at (352) 683-3528.

Today's pick

Stage West presents 'Epic Proportions': 2 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $18. (352) 683-5113.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

Weather watch

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George Olmo found guilty of kidnapping, sexual assault 05/09/09 [Last modified: Saturday, May 9, 2009 1:57pm]

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