A Home Depot employee has been arrested and accused of pocketing about $5,000 while helping customers at the self-checkout register.
Brandy Nicole Fasting, 24, was taken into custody Monday and faces charges of grand theft. She was released from the Hernando County Jail later that day after posting $2,000 bail.
The Sheriff's Office report said Fasting admitted to taking cash from customers. She said she started pocketing the money sometime in August.
Deputies said the loss prevention officer at the Home Depot at 4765 Commercial Way was alerted to shortages at the register about a week ago. The officer determined that Fasting was the cashier at the register at the time of the shortages.
Times staff writer
Marine auxiliary yard sale coming up Friday
Marine Corps League Auxiliary 137 will have a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 3326 Seaview Drive. The sale will include household items, jewelry, books, linens and more. Call Bonnie Perrin, (352) 688-7903.
Trigger pulled Sunday on Machine Gun Shoot
The Hernando Sportsman's Club will host a Machine Gun Shoot at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the club range, off U.S. 19 in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, about 9.5 miles north of Weeki Wachee.
Five cars will be destroyed, along with other targets. Food will be available.
Shooters with their own guns can pay $20 to participate. Spectator admission is $2 for adults and free for children 12 and younger (must be accompanied by an adult). Vendor spaces are available for $20. Call (352) 597-9931 or visit www.hernandosportsmansclub.com.
Legion yard sale looks for some participants
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186 will host a yard sale starting at 8 a.m. March 6 at the post, 12091 Cortez Blvd. Vendor spaces are available for $10. Donations of salable items are appreciated. To rent a space, call Betty Corbin at (352) 797-0099 or the post at (352) 799-9995.
Get that chili pot ready for contest time
Entrants are needed for the Chili Cook-Off that will be March 13 at the Spring Lake Community Center, 4814 Spring Lake Highway.
Hernando County commissioners will be serving as judges. Those wishing to enter their chili must call Pat Hernandez by March 5 at (352) 799-5957.
High Point Ladies Fire Auxiliary hosts auction
The High Point Ladies Fire Auxiliary will host an auction March 6 at the High Point Clubhouse, 12249 Clubhouse Road. Doors open at noon.
The cost is $2, which includes 20 chances.
Drawings for prizes will begin at 3:30 p.m. A door prize of a new flat-screen television will be awarded.
Refreshments will be available throughout the event. Call (352) 684-2008.
Share some animal love at Pet Expo
The Humane Society of the Nature Coast will host the sixth annual Nature Coast Pet Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13 and 14 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane.
The event will include food, music and games, a playground for dogs, gifts for pets and pet lovers, an adoption alley, groomers, a costume contest, best kisser contest (pets, not people) and other activities.
Admission will be $5 for adults and free for children 12 and younger.
The event also includes the calendar photo contest. Photos of pets only can be submitted for $10 per entry; winners will be featured in the Humane Society's 2011 calendar. Entries will be accepted at the expo, or can be mailed to the Humane Society at P.O. Box 10328, Brooksville, FL 34603, or by visiting www.naturecoastpetexpo.com.
Call (352) 796-2711.
Coast Guard Auxiliary seamanship classes
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the following classes at the facility at 4340 Calienta St.:
• Weather and Boating, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Learn how to avoid safety problems related to weather. Information provided on how weather develops, changes and how to recognize weather trends. The cost is $10.
• Navigating with Global Positioning System, 9 a.m. to noon March 20. Learn how to use GPS to get to your destination and back safely. The course teaches how to program waypoints, develop routes and interface GPS routes with a nautical chart. The cost is $35.
To register or for information, call Jeff Hoff, (352) 397-5417; leave your name, number of participants, class selection, and your phone number.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary also provides free vessel safety checks. The checks can be done where the boat is kept. To schedule a check, call Jackie at (352) 666-7239.
Chinsegut events are natural delights
Chinsegut Nature Center will offer the following events:
• Chinsegut Night Walk, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday . Bring a flashlight and insect repellent.
• Junior Birding Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For ages 16 and younger, the program includes a bird walk, puppet show, bird games and a bird slideshow. Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
Both events are free and at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. For reservations, e-mail email@example.com, visit myfwc.com/chinsegut or call (352) 754-6722.
Horns get funky in March 7 concert
A concert featuring Late Night Brass will be from 2 to 4 p.m. March 7 at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd.
The concert includes hits from some of the greatest horn bands, including Chicago; Earth, Wind and Fire; Tower of Power, and Blood, Sweat and Tears.
The show benefits Springstead High's choral program. Tickets are reserved; $12 for orchestra seats, $10 for general seating. Call (352) 476-9086 or visit www.latenightbrass.us.
Cabrini women host arts and crafts sale
St. Frances Cabrini Council of Catholic Women will host an Arts and Crafts Spring Sale and Bake Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 6 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7 at Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd. There will be raffle prizes, handmade kitchen and craft items and new and used household items. Lunch will be available on March 6. Call (352) 683-9666.