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Report details escape from county jail

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 8, 2007


BROOKSVILLE

On Wednesday, the Hernando Sheriff's Office released its final report about last week's escape at the Hernando jail - the third escape in a little over a year. The report explained how jail Lt. Mary Mills inadvertently unlocked the cell door that allowed Kenneth Farris to escape. According to the Sheriff's Office, Mills was in the control room looking at the doors through a camera. She thought she was unlocking one door but ended up unlocking another one. Farris walked to freedom. The report also says the jail didn't realize an inmate had escaped until roughly 4:15 p.m. - about three hours after Farris escaped. Mills was fired from the jail last week. The report also said that when Farris was confronted by the guards out in the parking lot, he gave them an excuse and fled. The jail called the Sheriff's Office about a suspicious person hanging out around the jail, but at the time no one realized that there had been an escape.

HERNANDO BEACH

Club to celebrate St. Paddy's Day

The Hernando Beach Club will have a St. Patrick's Day Dinner and Dance on March 16 at the club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a full service bar available. The main course will include traditional corned beef and cabbage, which will be served at 6:30 p.m., along with dessert. A door prize will be awarded. Entertainment will be provided by Vintage, which will include Irish favorites as well as music from the 1950s through 1980s. Tickets are $11 for members and $13 for guests and nonmembers. Tickets must be purchased by Saturday. For information or reservations, call Bunni at 688-4976.

COUNTYWIDE

Property appraiser closes Wednesday

The Hernando County Property Appraiser's Office will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday for training purposes. The offices are located at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville, and at the Westside Government Center, 7509 and 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call 754-4190.

Today's picks

Brookridge Entertainment Presents "Red, Hot and Blue": Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show time at 7 p.m., Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. The group performs Ragtime, Roaring '20s, Big Band, rock, Broadway, Motown and '60s favorites. Admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased at the door, if not sold out in advance. Barb, 597-4620.

Tailgate Flea Market and Rummage Sale: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The sale will continue Friday. Louise, 796-1189.