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Body found in Weeki Wachee Preserve identified as missing Georgia man


Body found is missing man from Georgia

A body found Monday in the Weeki Wachee Preserve in southwestern Hernando has been identified as a missing 48-year-old Georgia man, officials said.

An autopsy conducted this morning indicated that Randall Keith Heglar, of Elijay, Ga., died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities in Hernando found a handgun under Heglar's body. Back at his Georgia home, authorities there found a suicide note and noticed that his handgun was missing from the house.

Heglar's relatives were notified today. They told authorities they once lived in Spring Hill before moving to Georgia several years ago.

A patrol deputy noticed a pickup truck parked at an access point to the preserve off Osowaw Boulevard on March 24. The same deputy came back Saturday, and the pickup was still there.

Investigators contacted the Gilmer County Sheriff's Office in Georgia. Officials there contacted Heglar's family, who said he had not returned home.


Boy, 13, accused of knife threat at school

A 13-year-old student has been arrested at West Hernando Middle School after he allegedly pointed a knife at a fellow student and threatened to "shank'' him.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office gave this report: A physical education teacher told a deputy on Monday that a student had seen the teen take out a knife and threaten another student with it.

The deputy talked to the victim who said that the teen had told him that he was going to "shank" him and took out the knife, extended the blade and pointed the knife at him.

The victim said the teen, whose name is being withheld because of his age, folded the knife and put it back into the pocket of his shorts and said, "I was only kidding."

The deputy said that the knife, when closed, is in the shape of a hand grenade and has a U.S. Army emblem on the front. The blade is about 21/2 inches long and when the blade is extended, the knife is 6 inches in length.

The teen was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault and taken to the Hernando County Jail. He was later released to his parent.


Girl sold drugs at high school, deputies say

A 16-year-old girl was arrested at Central High School and accused of selling pills to fellow students.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office gave this report: During a "reasonable suspicion'' search of the student on Monday, school officials found more than 20 pills, including Xanax and various over-the-counter medications.

The girl admitted to selling the pills at the school for at least a week, the report states. The girl was taken to the Hernando County jail on a charge of possession of a controlled substance and later released to a parent.


Girl who was teased faces weapons charge

An 11-year-old girl who told deputies she was being teased by classmates about her weight was arrested on Tuesday after she allegedly brought two knives to school in a backpack.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office gave this report: The girl, a fifth-grade student at Westside Elementary School, has been teased, including being called Godzilla by fellow students. The girl told deputies she brought her brother's knives to school to scare her classmates so they would not tease her anymore.

When the classmates started to tease her on Tuesday, she pulled the knives, which were in their sheaths, showed them to her classmates and said, "Leave me alone, I have a knife." The girl, who is not being identified because of her age, was afraid of getting into trouble and gave the knives to a teacher.

Deputies said one knife had a fixed-blade about 21/2 inches long. The second knife also was a fixed blade, about 11/2 inches long.

The girl, listed on the report as 5 feet 1 and 110 pounds, was arrested on a charge of possession of a weapon on school property and taken to the Hernando County Jail. She was later released to her mother.

Body found in Weeki Wachee Preserve identified as missing Georgia man 03/30/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 9:17pm]
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