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Sexual predator arrested in Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE — A 43-year-old man sought by authorities for failing to register as a sexual predator was arrested Thursday at a Brooksville motel on drug-related charges.

Hernando County sheriff's deputies tracked down Reece David Shoup and arrested him on charges of attempting to obtain prescription narcotics by fraudulent means, possession of prescription narcotics, drug trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia and failing to register as a sexual predator.

Shoup was convicted in 2003 in Hernando County of sexual battery on a child between the ages of 12 and 18. He is being held without bail in the Hernando County Jail.

Brothers cultivated marijuana inside their home, deputies say

SPRING HILL — A 29-year-old man is facing multiple drug charges in connection with a large marijuana-growing operation found inside the Spring Hill home he shared with his brother.

Hernando County vice and narcotics deputies arrested Yanosis Gurri-Morales on Wednesday on charges of trafficking and cultivation of marijuana, meter tampering and grand theft.

Authorities were tipped off by a significant diversion of power to the residence at 2053 Monica Ave. A search warrant yielded the discovery of plants, 66.5 pounds of marijuana and $33,850 in cash.

Also seized were items used in the cultivation operation, including a 2007 Nissan Altima, computers, a TV, financial documents and various items of gold jewelry. Gurri-Morales remained in the Hernando County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $38,000 bail. An arrest warrant is being sought for his brother Yamany Gurri-Morales.

Heavy brush around vacant house hinders efforts to extinguish fire

BROOKSVILLE — A fire Wednesday destroyed an unoccupied single-family home in south Brooksville, near the Hernando County Fairgrounds.

Hernando County Fire Rescue said no one was injured in the blaze that broke out about 8:30 p.m. at 6963 Corliss Road.

Firefighters arrived to find flames coming through the structure's roof and a power line down behind the house. County Fire Marshal Richard Tincher said heavy brush surrounding the house made it difficult to fight the blaze. The cause of the fire remained under investigation Thursday.

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