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Spring Hill businessman faces check forgery, theft charges

SPRING HILL

Man faces check forgery, theft charges

A Spring Hill businessman forged six checks and stole $210,000 from a man in Miami, authorities say. John Henry Smith, 55, was arrested Thursday on six counts of dealing in stolen property, six counts of uttering a forged instrument and one count of grand theft. He was being held on $22,000 bail. Hernando County Sheriff's detectives say Smith, of 13053 Spencer Court, deposited the money into several different bank accounts, including at least one for his business, Old John Henry Carpet Upholstery. Smith, according to reports, admitted making all of the deposits and moving the money between accounts. He denied knowing the money was stolen or that the checks were forged, but noted that he knew something wasn't right.

WEEKI WACHEE

Water test shows Rogers Park okay

Bacteria test results indicate the water quality at Rogers Park on Shoal Line Boulevard is now in the good range, according to the Hernando County Health Department. A health advisory issued Sept. 8 has been rescinded. For information, call Albert Gray, environmental manager, at (352) 540-6800, ext. 82112.

BROOKSVILLE

Master gardeners plant sale is today

Hernando County master gardeners will have their Fall Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., north of the fairgrounds. The sale includes hundreds of plants, from ground covers to trees, shrubs and perennials, specifically grown to tolerate local climate conditions. Arrive early for best selection. Proceeds benefit master gardener programs. For information, call (352) 754-4433.

Market on Main will be every week

The Brooksville Business Alliance and Love Your Neighbor have joined forces to host weekly Market on Main Street events in downtown Brooksville. Formerly offered once a month, Market on Main Street will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The Yard Sale Alley will be included on the third Saturday of each month. Vendors' spaces are available. For details, contact Lisa at (352) 428-9275 or (352) 848-0090.

Today's picks

Seafood Fest: Noon-6 p.m., Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Free admission. (352) 688-0238.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church annual auction: Doors open at noon, raffles begin at 1 p.m., Heather Clubhouse, 9100 Nakoma Way, north of Weeki Wachee. $7. (727) 379-6208.

Battle of the Bands, a benefit for the Arc Nature Coast: 3-9 p.m., Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, 6244 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville. (352) 799-3904.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary hosts Chippendale Male Revue: 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. $15 at the door. (352) 796-0398.

Spring Hill businessman faces check forgery, theft charges 09/30/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:26pm]

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