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Brooksville woman charged with child neglect


Brooksville woman accused of neglect

Melissa A. Lewis, 27, of Brooksville took two doses of Roxicodone before taking a 1-month-old child to Walmart about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, where Lewis was seen staggering and falling asleep, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

Lewis was charged with child neglect and violating her felony probation for grand theft in Hernando County. Lewis told a deputy she does not have a prescription for Roxicodone, a report states. Her two-year probation began in July, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

Lewis is being held without bail at the Pasco County jail.


Marijuana grow house near school is raided

Pasco detectives have confiscated $79,000 worth of marijuana in a grow house just down the street from Gulf High School.

The raid happened just before 11 a.m. Wednesday at the house at 5241 School Road, a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Detectives found 79 marijuana plants growing in a hydroponics setup, as well as jars and small bags of marijuana, a pipe and rolling papers, the report said.

Jeff Wagner, 40, who lived at the home, was arrested Wednesday on charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.

He told deputies the grow house was his, the report said, and "he learned how to make it through the Internet."

Wagner was booked at the Land O'Lakes jail and released on $12,150 bail.

If convicted, he could face enhanced penalties because the home is within 500 feet of a school, the Sheriff's Office said.

Brooksville woman charged with child neglect 09/16/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 7:41pm]
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