Hernando Middle School student with bacterial meningitis improving, officials say

BROOKSVILLE

Officials: Kid

with meningitis is improving

Hernando County Health Department officials said Tuesday that the middle school student who contracted bacterial meningitis is improving. School officials reported on Friday that a seventh-grader at West Hernando Middle School had been diagnosed with meningitis. The name of the student was not released. The Health Department said it worked with family members and close contacts of the student last week to ensure anyone who might have been exposed to the disease was evaluated and treated. The school used its automatic dialing system to notify parents and sent letters home with students Monday.

Police dog retiring after biting deputy

A police dog that turned on a Hernando County sheriff's deputy last weekend is being retired. The sheriff's office said Tracer, a 6-year-old German shepherd, lunged at Deputy Chris Erickson on Saturday as Erickson and Deputy John Gore, Tracer's handler, were preparing for a demonstration at Ridge Manor Community Center. Tracer bit Erickson on the left forearm, right hand and right ring finger, and the deputy was treated at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. Tracer will be retired and replaced because of the incident and will live at Gore's home. Erickson, 45, is a 24-year veteran of the agency and has been with the canine patrol unit since 1990. He is recovering at home.

Man impersonated officer, report says

A Brooksville man has been arrested on a charge of impersonating an officer after an incident Jan. 30 at Weeki Wachee Village Plaza in which he allegedly tried to get into a woman's car. According to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report, Paul Peter Okula, 51, of 12083 Fairway Ave., approached a 25-year-old Floral City woman in the plaza's parking lot at Cortez Boulevard and U.S. 19. He put a finger to his lips and gestured for her to be quiet. He went to the driver's side window, said he was an undercover police officer and tried to open her door. The woman drove off. A tip to Hernando Crime Stoppers led police to Okula, who was arrested on Monday.

SPRING HILL

Springstead High to present musical

Springstead High School presents Nunsense, the musical, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd. Tickets are reserved and are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the school's front desk or at the door. For information, call Mark Pennington at the school, (352) 797-7010.

Today's meetings

Hernando County Commission, 9 a.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Hernando County Metropolitan Planning Organization, 11:30 a.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

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

Today's pick

Celebrate Black History

at Chinsegut Hill: 10 a.m.-

2 p.m., Chinsegut Hill Conference and Retreat Center, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville. Free.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are

published in Section B.

Hernando Middle School student with bacterial meningitis improving, officials say 02/10/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 5:57pm]

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