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Deputies: Teen aimed gun at boy

A 14-year-old was arrested Wednesday after authorities said he pointed a BB gun at an 8-year-old boy who thought the gun was real.

Sheriff's deputies said the 8-year-old was riding his bike on Kimball Court after school when the 14-year-old pointed a black gun at him and said, "Get away."

The 8-year-old rode to a friend's house.

He and other children told deputies that the 14-year-old was the neighborhood bully.

Sheriff's deputies found the 14-year-old and, fearing that he had a gun, made him lie on the ground before arresting him.

The 14-year-old told authorities he never pointed the gun at the 8-year-old.

He was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon and turned over to the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

The Times is withholding the 14-year-old's name because he is a minor.

Emu dies during retrieval attempt

MASARYKTOWN _ Jamie Alan Gantt, 28, found a stray emu Wednesday and placed a rope around its neck. He waited for authorities to arrive so they could retrieve the emu.

As deputies made their way to Benes Roush Road, the emu struggled, and its neck snapped.

Authorities tried to find the emu's owner. They called the only emu farmer in the area, but he said he was not missing any animals.

Gantt said he would dispose of the emu.

Police review man's criminal ties

BROOKSVILLE _ Authorities arrested a 19-year-old Wednesday who they believe may have been involved with Nathaniel Benjamin Adkins, a 22-year-old Tampa man who was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies on Saturday.

Jacquez Jones of 23075 Jacobson Road, Brooksville, was arrested on a recommitment order for battery, armed robbery and grand theft charges, said Lt. Joe Paez of the Sheriff's Office.

He was being held Thursday in lieu of $250,000 bail at Hernando County Jail.

Authorities believe Adkins was responsible for several home invasions in Hernando and said they were trying to determine whether Jones was involved.

On Saturday, deputies tried to serve a warrant on Adkins, but said he fired a gun at them. They shot and killed Adkins.

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