Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Spring Hill neighbors' squabble ends in theft charge

SPRING HILL

Neighbors' squabble ends in theft charge

Tired of stray cats wandering into his yard, Ronald Beers set out a trap. Turns out, Beers might have caught his neighbor stealing from him instead.

Alfred Iannuzzi now faces a misdemeanor theft charge after cameras at Beers' home in the 11300 block of Collingswood Street showed Iannuzzi walking off with the cat cage Tuesday. Iannuzzi, 63, was issued a citation and had a court date set for May 12.

Beers told deputies he placed the trap in his front yard because his neighbor, Iannuzzi, feeds stray cats, who then amble into his yard. Once Beers caught the cats, he would call Animal Control to have them taken away.

But Tuesday afternoon, Beers noticed the cage was missing. Beers then reviewed footage from one of his cameras and saw Iannuzzi walk off with his trap, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies later interviewed Iannuzzi, who first denied taking the cage but later admitted to taking it. Iannuzzi said he was upset Beers would trap the cats and turn them over to Animal Control.

He said he took the cage and gave it to an unidentified friend who disposed of it.

Beers said he wanted to prosecute his neighbor, and deputies issued Iannuzzi a citation.

BROOKSVILLE

Seven face charges in police drug sweep

Police announced the arrests of seven people Saturday as part of an undercover drug operation and other enforcement efforts.

The sting, dubbed "Operation Weekend Warrior" was conducted in "high crime areas" of the city, a release from Brooksville police read. Some officers were sent into neighborhoods known for drug sales while others were sent out to buy crack cocaine from known dealers and their associates.

Six of the people arrested in the sting face an assortment of drug sale and possession charges. The seventh person, Rashaun L. Langley, 28, was arrested on a warrant for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

The suspects arrested in the operation were Gregory I. Owens, 35; Calvin A. Jones, 25; Rebecca L. Hardy, 38; Charles Townsend, 64; April Day, 32; and James R. Johnson, 35.

SPRING HILL

Victim now a suspect in prescription ruse

The man told deputies that someone had jumped him as he left a pharmacy, punched him in the face and stole his just-filled prescriptions of oxycodone and methadone.

After more questioning, Mark Andrew Davis Sr., 46, of 5270 California St., Brooksville, admitted to deputies that he had made up the story as part of a ruse to get more drugs.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office gave this report:

Davis told deputies that he had left Nature Coast Pharmacy on U.S. 19 when a man attacked him, battering him in the face and stealing 180 oxycodone tablets and 120 methadone pills.

The attacker, he said, ran off, and deputies spent an hour trying to find a suspect.

Witnesses told deputies that Davis had hidden the methadone in the glove compartment of the vehicle he was in. Davis then admitted to deputies that he had reported it stolen so he could get a replacement prescription.

Davis also said he was supposed to sell his prescription of oxycodone for $800 to a man who hit him in the face then ran off with the pills.

Davis was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to traffic prescription narcotics and making a false report to law enforcement. He was being held at the Hernando County Jail on a total bail of $100,500.

Spring Hill neighbors' squabble ends in theft charge 04/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 9:35pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Cridlin: Linkin Park's Chester Bennington had a wail that stood apart

    Music & Concerts

    For all the old-timers' talk about how they don't make singers like they used to, about how rock vocalists of the 21st century can't hold a candle to the frontmen of yesteryear, here's a fact no hater could deny:

    Chester Bennington could flat-out wail.

    Chester Bennington of Linkin Park  performs at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa for the 2014 Carnivores Tour. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  2. Police investigating shooting in north Tampa

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Police were investigating a shooting in north Tampa Thursday that left one person seriously injured.

  3. Macy's chairman replaces ex-HSN head Grossman on National Retail Federation board

    Retail

    Terry Lundgren, chairman of Macy's Inc., will replace Weight Watchers CEO Mindy Grossman as chair of the National Retail Federation, the organization announced Wednesday. Grossman stepped down from her position following her move from leading St. Petersburg-based HSN to Weight Watchers.

    Weight Watchers CEO and former HSN chief Mindy Grossman is being replaced as chair of the National Retail Federation. [HSN Inc.]
  4. Team begins work to exhume Salvador Dali's body for paternity test

    World

    FIGUERES, Spain — A forensic team on Thursday entered the Salvador Dali museum in northeastern Spain where the surrealist artist's remains are due to be exhumed to settle a paternity claim brought by a 61- year-old woman.

    Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali, presents his first Chrono-Hologram in Paris, France, in 1973. Work has begun to exhume his body for a parternity test. Dali, considered one of the fathers of surrealism in art, died in 1989 and is buried in his museum in the northeastern town of Figueres. [Associated Press]
  5. Good news for Rays on Steven Souza Jr. as MRI shows 'no damage' to hip

    Blogs

    The Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr., as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.

    Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays holds his leg after hurting himself trying to steal second base in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.