Man Arrested in Connection with Wheystone Drive Homicide

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in connection with the shooting death of a 57-year-old Hernando County man earlier today in eastern Hernando County.

Dana Gaffney Sr., W/M DOB/10-17-1962, was shot shortly after 8 a.m. at his Wheystone Drive home by his grandson, Timothy Ryan Gaffney, W/M DOB/05-24-1999.

Following the incident, Dana Gaffney Sr. was transported to a nearby trauma center where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives Investigating Domestic Violence Homicide

On 10-29-19 at 11:03pm, an operator in the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center answered a 9-1-1 call from a male who stated that he just killed his wife with a firearm.

Deputies and Hernando County Fire Rescue were immediately dispatched to the scene in Ridge Manor Estates.

The caller, Todd Belville, provided his name and address to the operator.

Belville told the operator the gun was put away, and that he had been drinking beer, and shot his wife because they had gotten into an argument.

Man Charged with Second Degree Murder After Shooting

On 10-26-19 just before 10:30 p.m., operators in the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received numerous calls regarding a Shooting at 26393 Siedel Street in Brooksville (Rolling Acres subdivision). Callers stated a man had been shot and the person who shot him had fled in a vehicle.

Deputies and Hernando County Fire Rescue were immediately dispatched to the scene.

District Two Detectives Bust Grand Theft Auto Group

In early October, District Two Property Crimes Detectives identified a Grand Theft Auto group operating in Hernando County. The detectives worked day and night over the next few weeks to identify and apprehend suspects and recover the stolen vehicles.

On 10-07-19, detectives responded to 1068 Roosevelt Avenue in Masaryktown in an attempt to locate two suspects, Sarah Mack and Kenny Harbaugh. Upon arrival, detectives did locate Mack, who was placed under arrest for a Pasco County warrant. Harbaugh was not at the residence.

Retail Theft Leads to the Arrest of Two and More Stolen Property

On 10-19-19 just after 9:30 p.m., Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a large department store on Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville regarding a Retail Theft (shoplifting).

The caller advised that two individuals, a male and a female, were inside the store concealing items on their person. During the call, the female walked out of the store.

Sheriff Announces Death of Sergeant Louis Genovese

Sheriff Al Nienhuis is saddened and deeply regrets to announce the sudden passing of Sergeant Louis “Lou” Genovese.

Sergeant Genovese was hospitalized approximately three weeks ago after a sudden onset medical condition. During that time, physicians worked tirelessly to correct that condition.

Sergeant Genovese passed away peacefully last night, surrounded by his loving family, friends, and Hernando County Sheriff’s Office family. He was 41 years old.

Deputies Investigating Animal Cruelty and Abuse Case

On 10-15-19 just before 11:30 a.m., an anonymous caller contacted the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office to report possible animal abandonment.

The caller stated that animals, possibly dogs, were being kept in a storage unit in the area of Hale Avenue and Dr. MLK Jr. Boulevard in the City of Brooksville.

Preliminary investigation revealed a self-storage facility to be located at 1000 Hale Avenue in Brooksville. An Animal Enforcement Officer (AEO) was dispatched to that location in an effort to locate the animals.

Sentencing Information for a Death Investigation at 15013 Old Stage Coach Road

On 09-25-19, the Honorable Judge Stephen Toner sentenced Joshua Daniel Carroll to 24 years in the Department of Corrections, followed by 10 years of probation for the 11/22/17 homicide at 15013 Old Stage Coach Road in Brooksville of Janet J. Carroll W/F DOB 09/04/1985

Joshua Daniel Carroll pleaded guilty on August 14th, 2019 to second-degree murder, not premeditated.in connection with the murder of his wife  

The medical examiner listed the cause of death as traumatic asphyxia.



Deputy Injured During Training

On 09-25-19 just after 10 a.m., during a training exercise, a deputy was injured.

During the training exercise, a law enforcement deputy accidentally discharged his weapon during the “un-holstering” process. The deputy sustained a gunshot wound to the leg as a result of the accidental discharge. No other persons were injured.

Fire Rescue was requested, and other deputies on the scene immediately began administering first aid to the injured deputy. It should be noted the injured deputy was alert and talking immediately following the injury.