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Hernando County deputies investigate two morning robberies

Deputies investigate two robberies, at game room and Publix pharmacy

SPRING HILL — Hernando County deputies are investigating two robberies Thursday morning, including one involving two masked men, one of whom was armed, who stole cash from a 24-hour gaming room.

The two masked men entered the AVA gaming room on Forest Oaks Boulevard at about 5:30 a.m. and demanded money. The subjects, believed to be white, ran from the business with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The second robbery was about 8:30 a.m. at a Publix pharmacy on U.S. 19 when a man passed a note to a worker demanding oxycodone, according to a report. After receiving the drugs, he ran from the store and fled in a car, possibly a silver-gray Chevrolet Lumina or Nissan Altima.

Investigators said they do not know if the robberies are related.

Teen charged with attacking grandmother over loud music

SPRING HILL — A Hernando County teenager was arrested Wednesday evening on charges he threatened to stab his grandmother with a screwdriver.

The 14-year-old boy's grandmother, who is also his guardian, told deputies she was trying to discipline the teen for playing loud music by removing a speaker to the stereo system when he pushed her, causing her to fall backward.

The woman was trying again to take the speaker when the teen held a screwdriver over his head and threatened her, according to a report. The teen was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and domestic battery and taken to the Hernando County Jail. He was to be released to his parents by order of the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

Accused in fatal crash, man given eight-month term in another case

BROOKSVILLE — A 19-year-old Spring Hill man who faces criminal charges in a collision that killed a 77-year-old man in April has been sentenced to eight months in Hernando County Jail in an unrelated case.

Gregory Foster Dellea on Thursday pleaded no contest to a charge of retail grand theft, which also settled a pending case for violation of probation on an earlier charge of burglary of a structure. Circuit Court Judge Jack Springstead agreed to the plea and gave Dellea an eight-month sentence.

Dellea was given credit for already spending more than four months in jail.

Springstead then set a pretrial date of March 5 in Dellea's vehicular homicide, manslaughter and reckless driving case.

According to court documents, Dellea was responsible for an April 25 collision on County Road 485 that killed Hipolito Colon, 77, of Spring Hill.

Times staff

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