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Half-naked man threatens teens

A man with a paper bag over his head and wearing only sneakers and a red tank top threatened two teen-age girls Sunday afternoon, Brooksville Police Lt. Terry Chapman said Monday. The girls, 16 and 14, were walking across the playground at Brooksville Elementary School Sunday afternoon when the man walked up to them, Chapman said. He grabbed the younger girl's shirt and said if she took her clothes off, no one would get hurt. Just as the other girl ran, the man released the 14-year-old, slipped on a pair of red shorts and ran into the woods on the east side of the school, Chapman said. A search of the area and interviews with neighbors yielded no additional information, but the investigation is continuing.

Officials say house fire was arson

SPRING HILL _ Investigators believe someone intentionally set fire to Carmella Manning's house Sunday night, Spring Hill Fire and Rescue Chief Don Patterson said Monday. The house, at 1301 Tyler Ave. near Hunter's Lake, sustained $20,000 in damages in the blaze that began about 7:15 p.m. Sunday, according to reports. Firefighters managed to confine the damage to the bedroom. Both the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and the State Fire Marshal are investigating the fire, Patterson said.


Hernando County Commission Chairman John Richardson was the only county commissioner present at a Friday meeting with local business leaders about economic development issues. A story in Saturday's Hernando Times indicated otherwise.

Fire damaged the home of John Reeves Thursday night in Brooksville. His name was misspelled in a report of the fire.