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Spring Hill teen arrested after shooting threat

SPRING HILL — A Spring Hill teen was arrested Saturday after authorities say he fired a shotgun into a person's yard then threatened him.

Arrest reports state that the 16-year-old boy was in the front seat of his friend's truck with the driver and another passenger when the three drove to a house on Kiwi Lane to see if the third passenger's girlfriend was there.

Authorities said the teen shot a .410-caliber shotgun, then called one of four people inside the house to ask if he had heard the shot. When the person said yes, police say the teen said the next shot would be at his head.

The teen was arrested at 4:30 a.m. on charges of discharging a firearm from a vehicle in public and transported to the Hernando County jail.

Two flee after man stabbed in robbery

SPRING HILL — A Spring Hill man was stabbed Tuesday afternoon during a robbery on Birchwood Road near Collingswood Street.

The man, whose name was withheld by authorities, opened the door to some expected guests when an argument broke out, authorities said. During the squabble, reports say, one of the visitors stabbed the man once in the abdomen before two men went into the victim's home and then fled in a truck.

The victim was taken to a hospital; his wound was reportedly not life-threatening.

One of the assailants was described as a 6-foot, 200-pound white male with dark-colored hair tied into a ponytail, with jeans and a white T-shirt. The other was described as a 6-foot-2, 240-pound black male with short black hair wearing jeans and a green T-shirt. The two reportedly fled in a white pickup truck.

Man faces charges of computer porn

BROOKSVILLE — A Spring Hill man was arrested Monday on charges of computer pornography after authorities say he sent pictures of his genitals to a California teen.

Brandon Gruszczynski, 20, was taken into custody after the Redding Police Department alerted local authorities to pictures he had sent via cell phone to the 15-year-old victim, whose gender was not disclosed.

Reports state that Gruszczynski and the victim had a seven-month relationship online that began when the two met playing Xbox.

Man punches child in head, authorities say

BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville man was arrested on charges of child abuse after authorities say he held his child in a headlock and hit him or her in the head three times.

William Nieves, 52, and the victim had been in an argument and the defendant was called a "crybaby," at which point Nieves began punching the victim.

Gift card scam ends with woman's arrest

BROOKSVILLE — A Spring Hill woman was arrested Friday on charges of organized fraud involving a gift card scheme at the Belk department store on Cortez Boulevard, authorities say.

Whitney Gilbert, 23, was apprehended after her manager, David Reed, caught her issuing herself gift cards for store credit, a report states. Gilbert was seen on camera scanning items into a register, then issuing herself gift cards for more than $350 under a false name.

The report says Gilbert started the scheme on May 19, when she picked a sport coat off the rack, then scanned it into the register for $93.71 and gave herself a gift card for the jacket's worth. A week later, authorities say she did the same thing for a group of items worth $270.21.

An officer was called to the store Friday after Reed confronted Gilbert about the gift cards.

Driver hits student near Hernando High

BROOKSVILLE — A vehicle struck a Hernando High School student about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday near the school, but the student was not believed to be seriously injured.

The driver, 20-year-old Nickolas Fagin, was dropping off another student when he hit a 15-year-old female student near North Avenue and Bell Avenue, Brooksville police said.

The girl, whom authorities declined to name, was struck on her right leg and began complaining of pain after her parents arrived and took her to the hospital, police said. The incident did not take place on school property.

Fagin was cited for failure to yield.

Spring Hill teen arrested after shooting threat 05/31/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 8:39pm]
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