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Man charged in Brooksville killings set to stand trial in March


Man charged in slayings faces trial in march

John Kalisz is now scheduled to stand trial on March 8 on a charge that he killed a Dixie County Sheriff's captain during a shoot-out on Jan. 14. Kalisz, 55, has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge in the death of Capt. Chad Reed. The shoot-out occurred at a gas station in Cross City after Kalisz fled Hernando County, where he has been charged with shooting four women and killing two, including his sister, in a Brooksville home. Killed were his sister Kathryn Donovan, 61, and co-worker Deborah Tillotson, 59. Kalisz also is accused of critically wounding his niece, Manessa Donovan, 18, and Amy Wilson, 33, an employee at Kathryn Donovan's home business, in the initial shooting rampage. Kalisz is scheduled for a status hearing on the Hernando County charges on Dec. 29.

Pet adopt-a-thons to be held at Petco

Home at Last Pet Adoptions will have adopt-a-thons from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today and Saturdays throughout November at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd., in the rear of the store. Although the organization specializes in Siamese, other cats and kittens will be available. All are spayed or neutered, have had age-appropriate vaccinations, have tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS, have microchips and have been treated for parasites. Fees vary and are tax-deductible. All pets can be viewed online at; requests for certain pets to be brought to an adopt-a-thon. Call (352) 476-6832, send e-mail to


The last name of Charles Neugebauer, who plays Lt. Rooney in the production of Arsenic and Old Lace at Stage West Community Playhouse, was misspelled in a story on Friday's Diversions page.


When the town of Southern Shores, N.C., fired the general contractor on its dredge project earlier this year, Piedroba Marine Construction, a subcontractor, was removed as well. A headline in Thursday's Times was unclear on this point.

Today's picks

Hernando County Fire Rescue Open House: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 6388 Barclay Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-6317.

Hernando Heritage Museum's Haunted House: 7-11 p.m., 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. Tours of the house are $5. (352) 799-0129.

Spook West: 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $5 for first tour, $3 for the second time. (352) 683-5113.

Wild n' Wicked Nights: 7-11 p.m., Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. $13 for adults, $8 for ages 6 to 12, free for ages 5 and younger. (352) 592-5656.

Man charged in Brooksville killings set to stand trial in March 10/29/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 29, 2010 8:27pm]
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