Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Man arrested in East Hernando library fire

RIDGE MANOR — The Hernando County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man suspected of igniting a fire that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage earlier this month to the East Hernando Branch Library.

Joseph M. Brannen, 18, was being held Sunday on one count of second-degree arson, sheriff's spokeswoman Denise Moloney said. She said his bail was set at $3,000.

The arrest followed a joint investigation with the state Fire Marshal's Office. No further information about the investigation was released Sunday.

The fire was reported at 2 a.m. July 6 at the 6457 Windmere Road library. Jail records list an address for Brannen about a block away from the library.

Authorities said the fire was set in a small screened-in reading room at the rear of the building, where firefighters said the culprit had stacked several wicker chairs against the back door to the main portion of the library and set them ablaze.

In addition to extensive water and smoke damage, officials said the fire destroyed hundreds of books, magazines and videotapes. They estimated last week that the library could be closed for months for repairs.

Man arrested in East Hernando library fire 07/21/13 [Last modified: Monday, July 22, 2013 11:27am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Review: Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald team up to cool down the Clearwater Jazz Holiday

    Blogs

    A cool breeze swept through Coachman Park Saturday night. Couple of them, actually.

    Kenny Loggins performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 21, 2017.
  2. No. 16 USF hangs on at Tulane, off to first 7-0 start

    College

    NEW ORLEANS — After half a season of mismatches, USF found itself in a grudge match Saturday night.

    USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH103
  3. Lightning buries Penguins (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Ryan Callahan spent a lot of time last season rehabilitating his injured hip alongside Steven Stamkos, who was rehabbing a knee after season-ending surgery. During those hours, Callahan noticed two things about Stamkos: his hunger and his excitement to return this season.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) advances the puck through the neutral zone during the first period of Saturday???‚??„?s (10/21/17) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  4. Spain planning to strip Catalonia of its autonomy

    World

    BARCELONA, Spain — The escalating confrontation over Catalonia's independence drive took its most serious turn Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of direct rule by the central government in Madrid.

    Demonstrators in Barcelona protest the decision to take control of Catalonia to derail the independence movement.
  5. Funeral held for soldier at center of political war of words (w/video)

    Nation

    COOPER CITY — Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him.

    The casket of Sgt. La David T. Johnson of Miami Gardens, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. is wheeled out after a viewing at the Christ The Rock Church, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017  in Cooper City, Fla. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP) FLMIH102