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Business sues, says DOT damaged property

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 8, 2000

A local business is suing the state Department of Transportation, saying the agency damaged its property while building a bike path adjacent to it. Officials with Acuform Manufacturing at 14378 Spring Hill Drive say the machinery that DOT workers used to build the path created large vibrations, which caused severe cracking in the property foundation and damaged sensitive equipment. The lawsuit filed Monday asks for more than $15,000 in damages.

Intruders break down doors at 3 homes

Authorities think three home burglaries that occurred Monday are related, but they have no leads on who committed them. All three homes had their doors broken in. Two were on Spring Lake Highway, and the third was nearby at 29343 Cortez Blvd. In the one on Cortez, the homeowner was sleeping in the afternoon when he heard a knock on the door, a Hernando County sheriff's report said. Before he could answer, the door crashed down and a man came into the kitchen. The homeowner, Jesse Hinni, shouted at the burglar and asked what he was doing. The burglar swore at him but then turned and ran. In the burglary at 6185 Spring Lake Highway, the occupants of the home returned to discover that several pieces of jewelry were stolen from a bedroom. In the third at 29343 Cortez Blvd. nothing was taken, but the front door was broken down, a report said.

Suspect arrested in home invasion

A Nobleton man was arrested Monday and accused of forcing his way into a Floral City home and threatening its occupants with a gun. Laurence Taliaferro, 45, of 29206 Lawton Drive was picked up by Hernando County sheriff's deputies after Citrus sheriff's officials say he stormed into a home at 11759 E Warmouth Court on Sept. 4 with another man, who was later arrested in Sumter County. Both men pointed guns at the three people inside, who were acquaintences, and asked to see a man named Michael Libecap, records state. The three occupants replied that the man was not there, and the men left. Taliaferro faces one count of armed burglary, three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

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