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Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

Courts in brief


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Back in December, Jason Allen Cooper called law enforcement to report suspicious people roaming through his backyard. They wore skeleton masks, Cooper said, and climbed both his tree and roof and sprayed an unknown substance on him and his dog.

Sheriff’s deputies later found out from a family member that Cooper had been smoking methamphetamines earlier in the day.

While speaking with dispatched deputies, Cooper kept checking his body for scabs from the substance, according to an affidavit. When asked if he had methamphetamine in his home, Cooper said “No, just cookies … You know, pot cookies; I keep them in the freezer.”

Cooper was booked on possession of marijuana, and the sheriff’s office put 87 grams worth of the THC-laced cookies into evidence.

On Friday, Cooper reached an agreement with state prosecutors. His guilty adjudication was withheld, and Cooper was sentenced to two years drug offender probation and 40 hours of community service.

Donna Lopez, the former apartment manager accused of pocketing nearly $5,000 in rent and security deposits, might have taken even more from her employer.

Lopez, 46, was arrested in March by the Brooksville Police Department after her employer reported she had rented out apartments without his knowledge at 460 Hale Ave. and kept the money.

In court, Assistant State Attorney Thomas Smith indicated the property owner, Robert Buckner and Associates, believe there is more money missing than originally reported.

Lopez’s next hearing is set for May 29.

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