Lookout in car theft, burglaries takes 5-year deal
A man involved in burglaries in Hernando and Pasco counties pleaded guilty Friday to felony charges and received five years in prison. Deputies stopped Justin M. Nugent, 23, and Anthony M. Moss, 21, in May for having a broken taillight and arrested them when they learned the car had been stolen. When the pair posted bail after that arrest, according to the Hernando Sheriff's Office, they walked to Barclay Avenue and Spring Hill Drive and broke into cars and homes in Pristine Place, High Point and Woodland Waters before heading to Pasco County. Authorities said Moss showed detectives where the thefts occurred and said he broke into homes while Nugent was the lookout. That night, the two also stole an unlocked Ford Focus, the Sheriff's Office said. They later were arrested by Hillsborough County deputies. Nugent received a more lenient offer because he was the lookout, said Assistant State Attorney Matthew Pila. Moss received a double-digit sentence offer because he orchestrated the crimes and broke into the homes and cars. His next hearing is set for March.
Scouts ask for donations of food
Local Boy Scouts will be leaving empty grocery bags on front door knobs today as part of the annual "Scouting for Food" drive. Residents are asked to fill the bags with nonperishable foods and personal care items (no glass containers, please), and place the bags at their front doors by 8 a.m. Feb. 19. The Scouts will collect the filled bags that day to distribute to local food banks. Donations also will be collected from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 19 at Publix Supermarket, 19390 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. For information, call Duane Rieker at (352) 232-0379.
Spirituality marks Black AIDS Day
The Hernando County Health Department will host a community event in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at 6:30 p.m. today at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 600 Wood Drive. Keynote speakers include Reggie and Dionne Smith, HIV/AIDS activists from Atlanta. Also, Portraits of the World, a Leesburg-based praise team, will give a presentation of dance and drama. The Florida Office of Minority Health will have information on establishing a faith-based health ministry. Call Lashaundra Ellison at (352) 540-6873.
Brookridge Social Dance group Valentine's dance: 7:30-10:30 p.m., Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. $5 at the door. (352) 597-0723.
High Point Ladies Golf League fashion show and luncheon: Noon, High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. $8. (352) 596-5324.
Spring Hill Service League pasta dinner and entertainment: 5-9 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. $12. (352) 596-9165 or (352) 596-9690.
Wellington Art Show: Noon-4 p.m., Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 799-9690.