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Electricity central issue in two arrests

Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 04:48 PM
BROOKSVILLE -

Deputies said they saw Thomas Brandhuber in his driveway with a white cloth pressed against his injured face.

Minutes later, his wife, Michelle Brandhuber, would be arrested on a charge of domestic battery.

The estranged couple – who live under the same roof at 25088 Palo St., but in separate bedrooms – argued about finances Tuesday evening, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Thomas Brandhuber went to the breaker box, located in his bedroom, and shut off the power to his wife's room, deputies said.

An irate Michelle Brandhuber started banging on her husband's locked bedroom door and tried opening it. After several minutes, the accuser unlocked and opened the door and his wife swung at him, striking him in his mouth, according to an arrest report.

Thomas Brandhuber grabbed his wife by her shoulders and led her into the living room and sat her down on the couch, but as he started to walk back to his room, the suspect hit him again, this time on his right cheek, deputies said.

He went into his room, secured the door and called authorities, according to the sheriff's office.

Michelle Brandhuber, 43, was charged with domestic battery. She was booked shortly before midnight at the Hernando County Jail.

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Deputies arrested a Spring Hill man earlier that same day on accusations he tampered with a meter and stole electricity after the power company cut him off for his failure to pay.

Joseph Pagliarello, 45, of 2345 Hawthorne Road, was charged with petit theft and theft of services.

The sheriff's office responded around 3 p.m. to Pagliarello's home. Contact was made with Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative and deputies said they determined the suspect had tampered with a meter and was stealing electricity.

Pagliarello initially denied tampering with a nearby meter, but a neighbor told deputies he witnessed the suspect doing so two days earlier, according to an arrest report.

Pagliarello later admitted to removing the meter from a vacant home, placing it on his own property and stealing the electricity, deputies said.

The suspect had stolen about $130 worth of power before he was caught, according to the sheriff's office.


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