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Investigation finds no criminal activity in Hernando utilities harassment case

COUNTYWIDE

Investigation yields no sign of criminality

The State Attorney's Office has found no evidence of criminal activity in the case involving complaints of racial harassment in the Hernando County Utilities Department. In a letter dated Friday to Hernando County sheriff's Detective Randy Williamson, Assistant State Attorney Don Barbee states that his office is closing its file on the matter. A county investigation into the complaint raised a variety of issues, including charges that workers had dirt thrown on their heads when they were in a hole, were spat at and were tied up with a rope. There was also an allegation that the tire of one of the complainants had been slashed. The county's investigation concluded that racial harassment had taken place and three workers were disciplined.

BROOKSVILLE

Make reservations to salute mothers

Reservations are needed by Monday for the Mother's Day event on Friday at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place. Awards will be presented for the 2008 Mother of the Year as well for community mother, oldest mother and others. Moms at the event will receive flowers and door prizes. Dinner and entertainment will be provided. Tickets are $12; $6 for children 10 and younger. Call JoAnn Munford, 544-5498.

SPRING HILL

Squires Circle open house set

Catholic boys ages 10 to 17 are invited to the Squires Circle 5175 open house at 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive. Those attending are asked to bring nonperishable food to be donated to the veterans at the Fisher House in Tampa. Squires Circles are designed to be run by and for young Catholic men and are supervised by the Knights of Columbus. The purpose of the Squires is to prepare young men to become members of the Knights of Columbus. For information, call James De Marco at 683-7290.

Correction

Hernando-Pasco Hospice will conduct a two-day orientation for potential volunteers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Friday at the facility at 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. To register, call Mary Kay Sandell at 597-1882. Due to wrong information supplied to the Times, a different phone number was listed in Thursday's Health and Support column.

Today's picks

24th annual Hernando County Art, Craft and Music Festival: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. Free.

Bowl for Kids' Sake benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters: 1 p.m., Mariner Lanes, 3544 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. 684-7904.

Mother's Day celebration with Star Burst: 7:30 p.m., Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. $5. 597-0723 or 596-2185.

Stage West presents Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Nile": 8 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $18. 683-5113.

Hernando deaths

Bice, Sandra Dee

Delgado, Catherine

Diggins, Ernest W.

Evensen, Margaret

Hosmer, Max

Lassig, Julia A.

Milam, Thomas

Penkava, Madeline M.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Investigation finds no criminal activity in Hernando utilities harassment case 05/02/08 [Last modified: Monday, May 5, 2008 1:36pm]
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