HCSO

Marine Deputies Rescue Infant from Overturned Canoe

On 01-03-20, Marine Deputy Steve Snell was training Patrol Deputy Zachary Burkhart the position of Marine Deputy on the Weeki Wachee River. Both deputies were operating the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office personal watercraft (PWC) to patrol the river, conduct watercraft stops, and check vessels for safety equipment.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., both deputies stopped in the area of the 2-mile marker to take a lunch break when they observed a canoe overturn.

Detectives Investigating Stabbing in Spring Hill

Update 01-06-20

All parties involved in this incident have requested to sign waivers of prosecution. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is no longer investigating the incident.

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Original Report:

On 01-03-20 just before 3 a.m., Hernando County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 2600 block of Landover Boulevard in Spring Hill regarding a Stabbing.

Deputy Saves Child with Narcan

On 12-31-19 in the early afternoon hours, Hernando County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence in the northern section of the county regarding a Suicide Attempt.

Dispatchers received information that a child (younger than 13 years of age) was in the home with a sibling.  The child, in question, reportedly had just been dropped off from having attended a mental health counseling session.  The sibling in the home was unable to make contact with the child, who was inside the bathroom.

A neighbor was contacted to provide assistance.

HCSO: Juveniles Nabbed After Stealing, Crashing Stolen Vehicle from Southern Hills

On 12-25-2019, four juveniles, who were court-ordered to stay in a group home in Brooksville over the Christmas holiday, decided to sneak out during the early morning hours.

The four juveniles, all males from Hillsborough County, traveled on foot down Powell Road, and then north on Broad Street until they reached the entrance to the Southern Hills community.

Once inside Southern Hills, which is gated, the juveniles started pulling on the handles of numerous vehicles, attempting to gain entry into unlocked vehicles.

HCSO Investigates Christmas Eve Shooting/Stolen Vehicle Incident in Brooksville

On 12-24-2019 at 5:02 a.m., Hernando County sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Cedar Avenue in the city of Brooksville regarding a report of a possible carjacking.

A homeowner in the area advised being awakened by the sound of gunshots between 4:30 and 4:45 a.m. He then heard his front door open and water running in the bathroom.

The witness told deputies he entered the bathroom where he discovered his son’s friend bleeding from the face. The friend had been staying at the residence with his son prior to the incident.

HCSO Loses One of Its Own

Sheriff Al Nienhuis is saddened and deeply regrets to announce the sudden passing of retired Lieutenant Colonel Royce M. Decker Jr.

Lt. Colonel Decker dedicated his life to law enforcement, serving the citizens of Hernando County from November 1983 until he retired in July 2013.

In addition to proudly serving as a law enforcement officer, Lt. Colonel Decker taught criminal justice courses in various colleges and universities throughout his law enforcement career and into retirement.

Sheriff's Vice Unit Shuts Down Drug House

On 12-10-19, detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Vice and Narcotics Unit with assistance from the Hernando County Sheriff’s S.W.A.T. Team executed a search warrant at 2279 Rio Circle in Spring Hill.

Deputies have responded to calls for service or initiated activity at this residence over 200 times since January 1, 2019. Most calls for service involved illegal drug activity or wanted persons.

UPDATE - Robbery to a Person - Oak Hill Medical Complex

Deputies are still in the area of the medical complex speaking to the alleged victim and checking the area.

At this point in the investigation, K-9 teams and the Aviation Unit have conducted a very thorough search of the entire area and have been unable to locate anyone or anything suspicious Deputies have also reviewed video surveillance from the area - again noting nothing suspicious.

A preliminary investigation reveals there is no danger to the community. Deputies expect to be clearing the scene shortly.

Local Bank Employee Detects Fraudulent Bank Account

On 11-01-19, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit received information from an astute Brannen Bank employee that a male suspect, later identified as William Brown Jr. DOB/ 4/25/1979, had opened a fraudulent bank account with Brannen Bank. The suspect used a counterfeit driver’s license with his picture and the personal identification information of an unknowing victim. This suspect had deposited $5000 via direct deposit into the newly created account.