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Hernando jail nurse accused of stealing pills


Jail Nurse accused of stealing pills

A Hernando County Detention Center nurse stole prescription pills from the jail's pharmacy, authorities say. Catherine Marie Lape, 41, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of illegally introducing or possessing contraband in a county detention center. Another nurse left a packet of antidepressant medication in the pharmacy, sheriff's investigators said, and five pills were missing when she came back. A report said Lape admitted taking the pills and said she intended to give them to an inmate or inmates, none of whom she identified; authorities searched her purse and found two hydrocodone pills. Lape is not an employee of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. Lape is a contract employee hired through Suwannee Medical Personnel, and has been temporarily working at the Hernando County Detention Center since Jan. 17.

Longtime volunteer seeks schools seat

A county native and longtime volunteer for the school district has applied for the District 2 School Board seat left vacant by Pat Fagan. Vi Coogler, 59, of Brooksville, said he faxed his application to Gov. Rick Scott's office on Wednesday. Coogler, who is retired, volunteers at Hernando High and has volunteered for years on local political campaigns. He announced bids for County Commission and the state House seats but never made it to the ballot. Coogler filed in 2009 to run for the District 3 School Board seat, then dropped out to support incumbent Dianne Bonfield, who went on to win a second term. "We need somebody who knows the school system, who knows the county, who knows the students, who knows the principals," Coogler said. Three other people have expressed interest in the seat: Keane Chapman, Anna Liisa Covell; and Robert Neuhausen.

Rotary Club will host radio auction

The Rotary Club of Brooksville will host the 33rd annual Rotary Radio Auction from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. This will be a "live on air" auction that will be broadcast on WWJB 1450 AM and WXJB 99.9 FM radio stations. A list and description of items up for auction can be viewed online at,, and To place bids on auction day, call (352) 799-5885.

Meeting topic is Lake Lindsey water

County Commissioner Jeff Stabins will hold a community meeting at 6 p.m. today at Lake Lindsey United Methodist Church, 22400 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. The purpose of the meeting is to hear residents' concerns regarding the water supply in the Lake Lindsey community and to discuss options. For information, call Stabins at (352) 754-4002.

Today's meetings

Hernando County Value Adjustment Board, special magistrate hearings, 9 a.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Hernando County Tourist Development Council, 3 p.m., Quality Inn and Suites, 30307 Cortez Blvd., east of Brooksville.

Hernando County Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee, 5:30 p.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

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