Man charged with sexually assaulting young girl

COUNTYWIDE

Man charged with sexually assaulting girl

Hernando County sheriff's deputies arrested a Wesley Chapel man Wednesday on three counts of sexual battery involving a girl under the age of 12. Authorities said Dionicio Anthony Phillips, 34, assaulted the girl on at least three occasions in 2007 at her mother's home while the mother was at work. Phillips is being held without bail at the Hernando County Jail.

WEEKI WACHEE

National parks are focus of lecture

Academia Hernando will kick off its Affirming America fall lecture series from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. The lecture will be "America's Gems: Our Great National Parks," which will be presented by ranger Daniel Stephens. The cost to attend is $7. Series subscriptions are available at $50, which includes all eight lectures, a museum visit and a concert (the concert and museum are available to subscribers only). For information, call (352) 597-0158.

SPRING HILL

Cats and kittens at adopt events

Two adopt-a-thons with Home at Last Pet Adoptions are scheduled for Saturday. One will be at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd., and the other at Pet Supermarket, 4316 Commercial Way. Both will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A variety of cats and kittens will be available at each. All can be viewed online at www.halpet adoptions.petfinder.com, and requests to have particular cats brought to one of the adopt-a-thons can be made. Fees vary and are tax-deductible. For more information, call (352) 476-6832.

Spanish women invited to pageant

The Hispanic Scholarship Civic and Cultural Foundation invites area Spanish women 20 and younger to participate in the Spanish Heritage Festival Queen Pageant, which will be part of the Spanish Heritage Festival for Scholarships on Oct. 11 at the SNP Hall, 13383 County Line Road. The entry fee is $50. The winner will keep the crown and scepter, receive surprises and appear in local newspapers. The application deadline is Oct. 7. Entries are limited. For an application or information, call Gladys Pedersen at (352) 683-6235.

BROOKSVILLE

Golf tournament will help SPCA

Golfers and sponsors are needed for a tournament to benefit the SPCA of Hernando County. The event is Oct. 4 at Rivard Golf and Country Club, 18000 Rivard Blvd., south of Brooksville. A shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. The format is a four-player team scramble. Lunch will be served after the tournament. The cost is $45 for golf and lunch. Hole sponsorships are $50 per hole. All checks are to be made payable to the SPCA of Hernando County. Funds raised will benefit the animals at the nonprofit, no-kill shelter. For more information, call Rivard at (352) 796-1410 or the SPCA at (352) 596-7000.

Today's pick

POW/MIA program: 11 a.m., VFW Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary, 1686 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4449.

Hernando deaths

Hagood, Louis

Stelmasiak, Chester S.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Man charged with sexually assaulting young girl 09/18/08 [Last modified: Friday, September 19, 2008 8:32pm]

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