Crime

Bomb Threat Caller in Custody

On Thursday, March 22, Central High School in Brooksville received their sixth bomb threat in four days. It came to an end when the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office arrested one of the Central High students, a 17-year-old female, on Friday, March 23.

Starting Monday, March 19, the students and faculty of Central High School have been harassed with the bomb threats, forcing the evacuation of the school and disrupting what normally is a stable learning environment.

Deputies Arrest Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm after Manhunt

By HSCO

Kevin Bearden

Between 01-27-18 and 01-29-18, a Residential Burglary was committed at 26307 Mountain Lake Road in Brooksville. During the burglary, a red Yamaha golf cart was stolen from inside the garage.

On 01-29-18, an Armed Residential Burglary was committed at 6190 Spring Lake Highway in Brooksville. During the burglary, several pieces of ladies jewelry and a loaded firearm were stolen. At the approximate time of the burglary, a witness observed a white male drive to the residence on a red golf cart, enter the residence, and then leave in the same golf cart.

Arrests Net HCSO with Wide-spread Credit Card Fraud Operation

What started out as a routine arrest for a fraudulent (merchandise) return/refund operation became a much bigger case for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office (HCSO). They had been investigating a complaint by Bed, Bath and Beyond against 33 year-old Jeansy Cuevas- Padron and 31 year-old Marileisys Rodriguez Serra since August. The pair were accused of using stolen credit card information to purchase items from the merchant, then returning the merchandise to other store locations.

During disasters, beware of criminals

During the recent disaster there were many people in need. There were many good people who set out to help those in need. There were also people who see an opportunity to take advantage.

We had a local reader relate her experience with a handyman that led her to press charges. She was looking for help after the storm and responded to a Facebook post with the picture of a young man holding his daughter.

Perpetrators of recent bank robberies arrested, one killed

Scene of Deputy Involved Shooting following pursuit of bank robbery suspect Michael Chamberlain,  photo by Cheryl Clanton

Bank robberies have been on the rise in Hernando County and surrounding areas lately. On Sept. 20, 2017, the BB&T Bank located at 5331 Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill was robbed. Bank employees reported that the suspect was a white male, wearing a dark-colored shirt and a Dallas Cowboys baseball cap, carrying a tan satchel. Just after the robbery, a witness reported seeing an individual matching this description get into a black vehicle that was parked nearby, and flee the area.