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Arrests made in February beating; more expected

Published May 20, 2006

SPRING HILL - Four men have been arrested for beating another man in a Spring Hill parking lot in February. Joseph E. Lorentzen, 19, Justin Walters, 19, Joseph Ingeneri, 16, and Cody Ball, 17, have been charged with one count each of aggravated battery with great bodily harm. The incident happened about 11 p.m. Feb. 3 in the parking lot of Cici's Pizza at 12109 Cortez Blvd. Orland Berrios, 22, was attacked by a group of people and knocked to the ground, the Sheriff's Office said. He suffered facial injuries and was transported to Oak Hill Hospital. "It turns out my son's face was completely distorted," said mother Brenda Centeno. She worried that her son could have been killed by the group. More arrests are coming, said Deputy Donna L. Black, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

Student charged with having gun on school bus

SPRING HILL - A 13-year-old student at Parrott Middle School was arrested Friday for bringing a pellet gun onto a school bus. Just after leaving the school on her afternoon route, bus driver Lorraine Doria was told by a student that the boy was keeping a handgun in his backpack. She sent an emergency code over the radio, then pulled the bus into the parking lot of the Florida Highway Patrol station and evacuated all 40 students. The Sheriff's Office and the Highway Patrol searched the boy's bag and found a pellet gun that looked like a Beretta 9mm handgun, according to the Sheriff's Office. The student was taken to the Hernando County Jail and charged with bringing a gun on a school bus.

Art, Craft and Music Festival is scheduled BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando County Fine Arts Council will present the 22nd annual Art, Craft and Music Festival May 27-28 at Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Lane.

The festival will include fine arts and fine craft exhibitors offering their work for sale. This also will be a juried show with cash awards to the winners.

Entertainment will be provided both days. The event will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 27 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 28.

For information, call 754-4788 or visit the Web site at

Benefit ball will aid New Beginnings Youth Shelter

SPRING HILL - A Boots and Pearls Ball benefit will be June 3 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court.

The event will start with a cash bar at 6 p.m., with barbecue food served at 7 p.m., courtesy of Bear's Monster Grill. Country music will be provided by the Wiley Fox Band.

Tickets are $60 a person. Table sponsorships are available.

Proceeds will benefit the New Beginnings Youth Shelter in Brooksville, which helps runaway and at-risk children.

For information, call 797-7566.

County NAACP to host Freedom Fund Banquet

SPRING HILL - The Hernando County Branch of the NAACP will host its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 7 p.m. June 10 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court.

Tickets are $50 each. For information or tickets, call James Hennessee at 666-1081, Wayman Boggs at 442-4242 or Stephanie Richardson at 796-8299. Checks are to be made payable to the Hernando County Branch of the NAACP and mailed to P.O. Box 10603, Brooksville, FL 34603, Attn. James Hennessee.

[Last modified May 20, 2006, 09:23:12]

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