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Police reports

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 9, 2000


Help sought in search for missing bull statue

A Hernando County landmark has been stolen, and authorities are asking residents for help to get it back.

A gray, fiberglass statue of a Brahma bull with a black hump has long sat in a pasture at 25415 Cortez Blvd. east of Brooksville on a wooden stand with a windmill behind it.

But Wednesday, statue owner Jane Rolph realized it was missing. According to a sheriff's report, a 1970s brown flatbed pickup with brown-stained wooden rails has been seen around the property for the past few days. The truck was driven by a heavyset white man in his 40s with brown hair and about 5 feet 6 inches tall, the report said.

Authorities found part of the barbed wire fence on the property cut and part of the wood fence broken. The statue weighs about 200 pounds and is about 6 feet tall.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hernando County Sheriff's Office at 754-6830.

Deputy pulls gun as crowd revolts during drug arrest

A sheriff's deputy pulled his gun on a crowd of about 30 people south of Brooksville on Wednesday when, as he tried to make an arrest, people in a crowd started throwing glass bottles at him.

Deputy Shawn Terry was hit in the hand with one of the bottles as he handcuffed a man facing drug possession charges, a sheriff's report said.

He then drew his weapon and told the crowd to disperse. It did, and no one was hurt.

The deputy received a small cut on his hand but needed no medical attention.

Woman won't be charged for using badge at school

A former School Board candidate will be allowed on the property of Spring Hill Elementary School again after school officials have decided not to press charges against her for pulling a security badge on campus and demanding to see her granddaughter.

Officials also are rescinding the trespass order given to Anna Calleri, 53, of Spring Hill on Oct. 26 when principal John Dirienzo told sheriff's investigators that he thought Calleri tried to impersonate a police officer to gain access to her granddaughter.

The State Attorney's Office, however, plans to counsel Calleri on using her security badge inappropriately, a sheriff's report said.

Resident tells of traffic stop by phony law officer

Officials are warning people to be on the lookout for someone impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Hernando County resident Joseph Musser told deputies that he was pulled over Tuesday by someone in a vehicle with a flashing blue light. After pulling to the side of the road, Musser saw the early 1990s dark blue Chevy Impala also pull behind him, a report said.

After a minute, the car pulled away without further incident or the driver ever getting out.

Musser told deputies that a similar incident recently had happened to a co-worker in Brooksville, a sheriff's report said. Brooksville police could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Dade City man gets prison in molestation

BROOKSVILLE -- A Dade City man was sentenced to nearly two years in prison Wednesday after being convicted of having sexual activity with a 16-year-old boy.

Brian K. Taggart, 33, of 34703 Missionary Road, pleaded guilty and will spend the next 23 months and 27 days in jail, as well as 14 years on probation, records stated.

Taggart provided alcohol to the teenager once and three times performed oral sex on him while they were watching pornographic movies or playing video games, a sheriff's report said.

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