A Brooksville man was in custody Wednesday after a Northdale resident was shot dead and the suspect fled into the subdivision. Jason Mullis, 35, died Wednesday afternoon on Hoedt Road, next to his red Ford truck, just around the bend from his house, 3201 Hoedt Road. Thomas Hall, 51, of 26042 Willow St. in Brooksville, was suspected of shooting Mullis around 4:20 p.m., and fleeing into the neighborhood on foot. Deputies scoured the neighborhood with search dogs, helicopters, cruisers and on foot. They found Hall just over an hour later thanks to help from a third party, Hillsborough sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway said, declining to release any more details of the capture. The two men had been heard arguing loudly before the shooting.
Bar's patrons smelled a phony
A 33-year-old Brandon man was arrested Wednesday and accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer at a bar. Hillsborough County sheriff's officials said Michael E. Browning, 33, pretended to be a state beverage agent, a sheriff's deputy and a Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent at the Greenery Pub at 3906 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. early Wednesday. Browning checked IDs and kicked people out of the bar for underage drinking, authorities said. He approached one patron, identified himself as a law enforcement officer and "unlawfully touched" the person while flashing a holster that was on his waistband, sheriff's officials said. Two patrons confronted Browning and called the Sheriff's Office. He was charged with impersonating an officer and battery. He was released from jail after posting $2,500 bail.
Basketball coach arrested in park
Antonio "Tony" Vasquez, 48, of Brooksville resigned Wednesday as the head boys basketball coach of Hernando High School, less than 24 hours after Brooksville police arrested him on charges of exposing himself to an undercover officer at Bud McKethan Park. Acting in response to complaints of inappropriate sexual conduct at the park's bathrooms, police said they set up an undercover operation. According to an arrest affidavit, Vasquez approached a male officer in the bathroom and said sometimes people "mess around" inside the park, referring to conducting sexual acts. According to the report, Vasquez then unzipped his pants and exposed himself. The officer immediately arrested him.
Boyfriend attacked with pepper spray
A Port Richey woman has been accused of pepper-spraying her longtime boyfriend in the face as he drove their car Tuesday night. Janine Marie Kelly, 25, was in the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Kelly and Brian Ditalma, 26, argued as they drove home from a friend's house. Their two children were in the car with them, but Ditalma managed to stop the car without further incident.