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Man, 42, charged with assault, child abuse

A 42-year-old man is accused of hitting his girlfriend and pushing her daughter into a fence post. Walter C. Hyatt of 24501 Malvern St., north of Brooksville, faces charges of aggravated assault, battery and child abuse, according to a Hernando County sheriff's report. The incident began about 5 p.m. Saturday when Hyatt forced his girlfriend, Debra Hendry, 44, to kiss him and then threw a hammer at her, the report said. Later, he chased the 7-year-old girl around the house and pushed her into a fence pole, the report said. Hyatt told a deputy that he threw the hammer but denied the other accusations. He was taken to the Hernando County Jail, where he remained Wednesday afternoon in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Car burglaries reported near Hernando airport

Eleven cars were burglarized Monday night or early Tuesday morning in areas north and west of the Hernando County Airport, including Monterey Street and Grayton Drive. It is unclear if all the thefts were related, sheriff's officials said. Most of the cars were parked in driveways or on residential streets and were unlocked, according to sheriff's reports. The thief or thieves made off with radios, compact disc players, tapes and various other items found in the cars. Anyone who knows anything about the incidents can call the Sheriff's Office at 754-6830 or the anonymous tips line at 797-8477.

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