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Man arrested after refusing to turn off music, deputies say

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - A 48-year-old Brooksville man was arrested Monday on charges of disturbing the peace after refusing to turn down his music and being "verbally aggressive," a sheriff's deputy said.

Deputy Richard Killingsworth wrote in an arrest affidavit he was dispatched to a noise disturbance at 380 Hickory St. in Brooksville around 10:45 p.m. Monday. The deputy knocked on the front and side doors for "several minutes" before John Hazelton answered.

Hazelton yelled at the deputy and said he was being harassed, the report shows, but said he would keep the music down for the rest of the night.

An hour later, the sheriff's office received a call Hazelton had turned his music up loud and Killingsworth again went to the home with multiple deputies.

When Hazelton answered the door, he "responded by screaming and cursing vulgar comments" toward the deputies and did not turn the music off.

Hazelton eventually turned the music down, and was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace.

He was released on $250 bail early Tuesday morning.

Court records show Hazelton has been convicted of multiple felonies and misdemeanors in Hernando County in the past.

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