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Silver Alert issued for Brooksville man, 87

Silver Alert issued for Brooksville man, 87

BROOKSVILLE — Authorities activated a Silver Alert on Tuesday afternoon for a missing 87-year-old man who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said Alex James George of 7461 Abington Way in Brooksville left his home between 5:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, while his wife was away at work. It wasn't clear where George was headed, and he has not left home like this before, authorities said.

He's believed to be driving a four-door, champagne-colored 1996 Buick LeSabre. The car bears Michigan tag number BHK4753.

George is about 5 feet 10 and 230 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red short-sleeve shirt, beige slacks and blue shoes.

If anyone has information about George's whereabouts, they are asked to call 911.

Times staff writer

Man gets 11 years for trying to sell speed

BROOKSVILLE — A federal judge has sentenced a Port Richey man to more than 11 years in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, a case that started with a traffic stop nine months ago in Brooksville.

Brian Martin, 26, was stopped by police on March 4 for speeding. Martin and an unidentified man jumped out of a Ford Explorer and locked the doors, leaving the keys in the ignition. Martin was soon caught and arrested, and the other man remains a fugitive.

Inside the vehicle, authorities found a backpack with more than 200 grams of methamphetamine — some of which was packaged for distribution — drug paraphernalia and a handgun.

After Martin pleaded guilty on Sept. 9, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich sentenced him late last week to 135 months in federal prison.

Times staff writer

Silver Alert issued for Brooksville man, 87 12/22/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:22pm]
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