HCSO

Drowning Confirmed

On 09-08-18 just after 4:30 p.m., Hernando County Sheriff's deputies, along with Hernando County Fire Rescue, were dispatched to the area of Lake Lindsey Road and the bridge  in Nobleton (just before Sumter County), regarding a possible drowning.

Witnesses reported seeing a male jump from the bridge into the river.  The male never resurfaced.

Hernando County Sheriff's deputies began searching the area immediately upon arrival.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Marine Unit along with the Sumter County Sheriff's Marine Unit and Dive Team were dispatched to the scene. 

Deputy-Involved Shooting - Citrus County

The name of the Hernando County Sheriff's deputy involved in Thursday's deputy-involved shooting in Citrus County is as follows:  E.J. Varrichio

Deputy Varrichio has been employed with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office since 06-06-2011. He is 32 years old.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was notified and will be investigating the case. As per standard protocol the deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave.

No additional details will be available throughout the holiday weekend.

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Update: HCSO Deputies Exposed to Unknown Substance during Search of Spring Hill Residence

Update

Five deputies who became ill Thursday after entering a residence at 7031 Holiday Drive in Spring Hill during a felony search warrant were treated and released last night by medical personnel.

The deputies and two suspects were transported to an area hospital for treatment. Following treatment, all five deputies returned to duty and completed their shifts.

The symptoms they experienced were likely the result of exposure to second-hand smoke from methamphetamine the two suspects had recently been smoking.

HCSO Deputies Exposed to Unknown Substance during Search of Spring Hill Residence

On 8-30-18 at approximately 7 p.m., Hernando County Sheriff's deputies responded to 7031 Holiday Drive in Spring Hill in an attempt to serve a felony warrant.

Deputies encountered two individuals at the house who gave deputies permission to search the residence.

Once inside, deputies were exposed to an unknown substance in the air and immediately exited the residence.

The two individuals found inside the residence were detained by law enforcement.
Deputies were unable to locate the wanted person inside the residence.

Alleged Bomb Threat at Chocachatti Turns Out to be Misunderstanding

On 8-30-18, at approximately 5:32 p.m., the director of the YMCA after school program at Chocachatti Elementary School contacted the Hernando County Sheriff's Office in reference to a parent who allegedly made reference to a bomb at the school.

At this time of day the school was closed with the gate down when the parent and YMCA representative had contact at the front of the school.

The parent told the YMCA representative that he missed picking up his child at the bus stop and was waiting for the bus to return to the school so he could pick up the child.

Deputy Shoots, Kills Pit Bull that Attacked Fellow Deputy

On 8-30-18 at approximately 4:48 p.m., a bus driver, with the Hernando County School District, contacted the Sheriff's Office in reference to a student who had allegedly battered the bus driver.

Deputies responded to the residence of the student on Seybold Drive in Spring Hill.

As deputies spoke to family members, deputies observed a pit bull inside the residence.

When the pit bull began to act aggressively toward the deputies, a family member placed the pit bull in the garage so deputies could continue their investigation.

Spring Hill Man Arrested with 476 Grams of Marijuana

On 08-28-18 at approximately 10:20 p.m., deputies responded to Lake in the Woods Drive in Spring Hill in reference to a report of suspicious persons near the Lake in the Woods tennis courts.

Dispatchers were advised there were two vehicles in the area and that the caller had just witnessed a possible drug deal go down.

When deputies arrived on scene, they were able to locate one of the suspicious vehicles.

A lieutenant pulled his vehicle up alongside the suspicious vehicle so he could speak to the driver.