HCSO Alert

Deadly Drugs and Stolen Firearm Located by Alert Deputies

In two separate incidents, just hours apart, Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies located and removed numerous deadly drugs and a stolen firearm from the streets of Hernando County.

On 07-15-19 just after 8 p.m., Deputy Matthew LaPalme received information regarding a vehicle stopped/parked in the middle of the roadway near 5057 Bromley Avenue in Spring Hill. The vehicle was reportedly running and had a driver/occupants inside.

Sheriff Introduces New Program – Firearms Training for the Legally Armed Citizen

Sheriff Al Nienhuis is pleased to introduce a new firearms training program, SAFE, exclusively for the legally armed Hernando County citizen.

In Hernando County, there are currently over 21,500 citizens who, are permitted to possess concealed weapons via F.S. 790.02. With that being said, it is in the public’s best interest for citizens who are legally armed to also be “armed” with basic knowledge and skills related to possessing firearms. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office training unit has created a one-day course entitled Situational Awareness Firearms Education.

Detectives Investigate Drowning in Gulf of Mexico

Detectives Investigate Drowning in Gulf of Mexico

On 06-26-19 just before 11:30 a.m., Hernando County deputies were dispatched to Zebrafinch Avenue in northwest Hernando County regarding a Marine Incident/Possible Drowning that was occurring in the inland waters of the Gulf of Mexico, just off the coast of Hernando County.

The caller told dispatchers that her husband had not resurfaced after jumping into the water to save the couple’s dog.

Crime Down in Hernando County by 11.4% June 2019

Press Release June 26, 2019

Stiff Prison Sentences, as well as hard work and dedication by local law enforcement, helped to create a decrease in crime for 2018.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis was pleased to announce an 11.4% overall decrease in the crime rate for Hernando County in 2018 as compared to 2017.

For six of the last seven years, Hernando County has experienced a decrease in crime (2014 experienced a 0.2% increase). 

In 2018, Hernando County experienced significant decreases in the following areas:

HCSO Searching for Teens who Escaped from teen treatment facility

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating two juveniles who escaped Tuesday from Youth Opportunity Investments (formerly Eckerd Youth Camp), 201 Culbreath Road, Brooksville.

According to witnesses, at 8:31 p.m. a staff member was escorting two teens from the cafeteria back to their dorm when the juveniles decided to flee from the facility

The staff member told deputies the teens ran south into the woods, toward Pasco County.

Organized Fraud Investigation at Brooksville Dealership Leads to Multiple Arrests

Re: Organized Fraud Investigation at Brooksville Dealership Leads to Multiple Arrests

Date: June 20, 2019

On 06-10-19, members of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit responded to Crystal Dodge Ram Jeep dealership located at 14358 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, to conduct an organized fraud investigation.

Woman Consumes Methamphetamine During Traffic Stop - Goes Into Cardiac Arrest

On 06-07-19 just before 11 p.m., Deputy David Greis-Ospina conducted a Traffic Stop on a gold Cadillac in the area of Treiman Boulevard (US-301) and Reynolds Street in Ridge Manor due to the vehicle having no rear tail lamps.

As Deputy Greis-Ospina approached the vehicle, he observed the passenger placing an unknown object behind her seat. At this time, Greis-Ospina requested that his back-up keep a close eye on the passenger while he engaged the driver.

Deputies Locate Missing Endangered Adult in Canal

Deputies Locate Missing Endangered Adult in Canal

On 06-07-19 just before 6:30 p.m., Hernando County deputies were dispatched to the 3600 block of Flamingo Boulevard in Hernando Beach regarding a Missing Adult.

As deputies responded to the area, dispatchers extracted as much information as possible from the caller.

Upon arrival, deputies determined that the Missing Adult was an elderly female with dementia. Additional patrol deputies, K-9 teams, and the HCSO Aviation Unit were dispatched to Hernando Beach to assist with the search.

Absconded Sex Offender – Richard Albert Jager III

Absconded Sex Offender – Richard Albert Jager III

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public in locating an absconded sex offender.

Richard Albert Jager III is a Registered Sex Offender who has absconded from supervision. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Detectives believe Jager may be staying somewhere in the area of Hernando Beach, after moving from his last known residence on Preston Road in Brooksville.

Jager reports owning a business called “Rick’s Custom Docks,” which is reportedly in Homosassa, Florida.

Update #2 – Suspect Takes Plea in Dog Dragging

Update #2 – Suspect Takes Plea - Arrest Made - Spring Hill Man Sought for Dragging Dog Down Roadway

Update #2

On today’s date, Gregory Tousignant accepted a plea deal of 270 days in the Hernando County Detention Center for the listed crime of Animal Neglect.

The last information received from the veterinarian caring for Ollie was that Ollie was well on his way to a full recovery and was thoroughly enjoying all of his visitors and gifts.

Update #1 – 05-09-19