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Sentencing od ex-housing official delayed

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 24, 2007


BROOKSVILLE

The sentencing of former Brooksville Housing Authority administrator Joe Ann Bennett on a federal fraud charge - scheduled for Wednesday at the U.S. District Court in Tampa - has been postponed to June 25. Bennett, who retired from her longtime position as the authority's program manager in September, was indicted in November along with Executive Director Betty Trent. The sentencing date was changed so it falls after Trent's trial, which is scheduled for June 11, said Amy Filjones, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa. When Bennett pleaded guilty to one count of defrauding the federal government of $40, 650 in February, she agreed to testify against Trent, who was suspended from her job after the indictment. Bennett, who has been ordered to repay the stolen funds, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250, 000, her attorney, Ellis Faught, said in February. He said Bennett's sentence will likely be less severe because she has no previous criminal record.

Power outage closes campus

The Brooksville campus of the Pasco-Hernando Community College was closed Wednesday and classes canceled because of a power outage. The campus was expected to be opened today. For information, call 1 (727) 919-3324.

COUNTYWIDE

Gardeners offer free advice

Residents with gardening questions can receive free advice and information from the volunteer Hernando County Master Gardeners from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Forest Oaks Government Center, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call 540-6232; in Brooksville, 754-4433.

SPRING HILL

Bowl-A-Thon needs sponsors, bowlers

Hernando County's Habitat for Humanity needs sponsors and bowlers for its Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser at 3 p.m. June 2 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way. For information or application forms, go to www.habitathernando.org/news.html or call Bob Jillings at 397-3635

Public meeting

Hernando County Tourist Development Council, 3 p.m., Best Western Hotel, 30307 Cortez Blvd., east of Brooksville.

Today's picks

Hernando Audubon annual picnic and bird hike: Bird hike at 5 p.m. and picnic at 6:25 p.m., Lake Townsen, off Lake Lindsey Road, Nobleton. Linda, 754-9436, or Elaine, 686-8195.

Library to show The Shawshank Redemption: 2 p.m., West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. The movie is rated R. Free. 540-6391.