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By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 24, 2001

Man charged with using stolen checks

The husband of an officer of the Parent Teacher Student Association at Powell Middle School faces fraud charges.

Joel P. Ruben, 45, of Spring Hill was arrested Thursday after authorities say he wrote $5,000 worth of stolen checks from the school group.

According to reports, Ruben said he took the checks from his wife, the organization's treasurer, without her knowledge, to help pay medical bills for their son.

Teen sentenced in battery case

A teenager received up to 18 months in prison Monday on battery and criminal mischief charges. Erick Batta, 17, of 6031 No Doc Road west of Brooksville was originally accused of helping rob a 75-year-old man.

According to reports, Batta and three other boys attacked the man on two separate occasions in September at his house west of Brooksville. Officials say they held him down and stole money from his wallet.

Batta, who pleaded no contest to the reduced charges, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Jack Springstead.

Man sentenced for lewd act, battery

A Hernando County man accused of having sex with an underage girl on multiple occasions will spend 21 months in prison, according to a sentence handed down Monday by Circuit Judge Jack Springstead.

Steven Mark Eavenson, 44, of 7070 Arizona St. west of Brooksville pleaded guilty to one count of lewd and lascivious acts and simple battery.

Investigators said Eavenson began having sex with the girl in November 1997, when she was 12, and continued until she was 18.

He originally faced five counts of sexual battery, child abuse and battery.

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