SPRING HILL — Buckling floor tiles on Friday prompted a woman to flee her home, located in an area known for sinkhole activity.
Spring Hill Fire Rescue responded about noon after Veronica Pereria called to report that an area in the living room of her home on Canfield Drive had started to sink.
Firefighters found that some tiles in an area about 4 feet in diameter had dropped about 6 to 8 inches and others had lifted, said Alex Lopez, acting district chief.
"Nothing really significant, but it's obvious something's going on under the house," Lopez said.
Firefighters found no other obvious structural damage or visible sinking, Lopez said. County building officials are expected to inspect the small, block ranch home Monday, and Pereria is staying with friends or family, Lopez said. She could not be reached Friday.
The home, east of Mariner Boulevard and just south of Marysville Street, is in the area where more than 30 sinkholes were reported on one day in July 2001. The largest hole measured 60 feet across and 80 feet deep, while another partly dropped a home on Marysville into the ground.
Man raped teen after party, deputies say
SPRING HILL — A Brooksville man has been arrested on a charge of sexual battery. He is accused of raping a female friend, authorities say.
Johnny Eric Williams Jr., 20, forced himself on the 17-year-old girl after a party Nov. 14, according to a Hernando sheriff's report.
According to the report, Williams and another man offered to give the girl and her boyfriend a ride home. Williams and the couple were friends, the report said. After dropping off the boyfriend, Williams and the other man took the girl to another house. Once there, Williams and two other men began to fondle the girl, who protested several times, authorities say. Williams and one of the other men then raped her, the report said.
Williams was charged with sexual battery and remained in the Hernando County Jail on Friday in lieu of $50,000 bail. His first court appearance is slated for Dec. 22.
Suspect arrested in April home invasion
SPRING HILL — Authorities have arrested a man they say rushed into a Spring Hill home in April and stole cash, drugs and electronics.
Harold Anthony Walker, 24, is charged with home invasion robbery, according to a sheriff's report. Walker was one of three armed men who entered a home at 329 Cresthaven Court about 10:30 p.m. April 15. A man and woman were in the home at the time, and Walker asked, "Where's the money at?" the report stated.
The men took $360 in cash, a small bag of marijuana, an Xbox video game system, a cell phone and a wallet, according to the report. One of the victims later identified Walker through a photo. The other two men have not been identified.
Walker, of 6425 Covewood Drive in Spring Hill, remained in the Hernando County Jail on Friday in lieu of $50,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 22.
Man jailed after girl, 5, reports sex act
BROOKSVILLE — A Hernando County man has been charged with sexual battery on a child after admitting that he touched a 5-year-old girl, authorities say.
William Peter Faiella, Jr., 28, was arrested Wednesday after telling investigators that he touched the girl's genitals while she was at his home at 16071 Lauderdale St., southwest of Brooksville, one day this month, according to a report from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
The girl told her mother about the incident, prompting an investigation, the report said. Faiella was taken to the Hernando County Jail, where he was being held Friday without bail. He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 22.