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Brooksville man accused of shooting at house guests

BROOKSVILLE — A 44-year-old man faces a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm after deputies say he fired a handgun at a pair of visitors who had come to his home for drinks.

John Malone of 20015 Oakdale Ave., on the north side of Brooksville, was arrested early Tuesday and taken to the Hernando County Jail. Malone also faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. He remained behind bars Tuesday in lieu of $14,500 bail.

According to the report, two people went to Malone's house to visit with him and have a few alcoholic beverages. Moments later, Malone got into a heated argument with one of the visitors and allegedly shoved him several times.

The visitor pushed Malone back and then punched him in the face. After being punched, authorities said, Malone went into a closet in his hallway and came back with a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun. He fired one round into the floor of the kitchen and told the guests to leave.

As the guests left the home and headed for their vehicle, Malone allegedly fired three more rounds. One of the rounds struck the driver's door of the vehicle, causing it to shatter.

The pair managed to escape, speeding off in the truck.

Deputies said Malone told them he only fired the warning shots to scare off the victims and had no intention of shooting them.

Spring Hill

Report of tiger on loose proves incorrect

SPRING HILL — Investigators were called out to a home Monday morning after a couple reported that a tiger had escaped from an enclosure at the home of a neighbor who owns exotic animals. Further investigation revealed, however, that all of the animals were accounted for and contained.

According to the report, Hernando deputies were called to the 200 block of Suncoast Boulevard, just north of County Line Road and east of Waterfall Drive, about 9:40 a.m. on an animal complaint.

A neighbor, William Paenaude, told deputies that a man had come to his business Sunday to warn him that a tiger had escaped from 360 Suncoast Blvd., the home of James Jablon. Paenaude and his wife, Linda, had been advised to "keep an eye out" for their safety, according to the report.

Linda Paenaude also told deputies she heard "loud growling and things smashing around in the woods" at night near their home.

But later that day, investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission went to Jablon's home and found that all of his animals, including the tigers, "appeared to be properly contained in fences." The investigator reported no violations during his visit to the house.

Brooksville man accused of shooting at house guests 11/24/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 6:48pm]
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