Teen Driver Challenge – September-2019

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Teen Driver Challenge is a defensive driving and vehicle control program designed for licensed teenage drivers. The program is designed to provide young drivers, age 16, 17, and 18, with the knowledge and understanding of vehicle dynamics and human kinetics, the forces created by an automobile and the effects of those forces on the human body.

The next Teen Driver Challenge is being held on Friday, 09-13-19 from 8 AM to 5 PM at the Pasco Hernando State College East Campus, located at 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City 33523.

HCSO offers 7-hour course on firearms safety

“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.”  

- Hernando County Sheriff’s Office

Elderly Woman Airlifted After Dog Attack and UPDATE


A Brooksville woman attacked early Monday morning by three pit bulls remains hospitalized at a local trauma center.

The woman, who is not being identified at this time, sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the attack on Church Road.

The owner of the dogs, Ralph Hughes B/M DOB/12-03-63, was cited as follows:

- Public Nuisance Animal – Second Offense (3 counts) -- $900

- Unrestrained Animal (3 counts) -- $1,200.

Absconded Sexual Predator - William Haverty 5/10/19

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public in locating an Absconded Sexual Predator.

William Haverty
Race – White
Sex – Male
Height – 6’1”
Weight – 200 pounds
Hair – Brown
Eyes – Blue

On this date at approximately 4 p.m., Haverty cut off his ankle monitor and fled from his home located at 11811 Broad Street in Brooksville, after learning of pending criminal charges.

Care Line Program Saves Another Life

Sheriff Al Nienhuis is pleased to report that the Care Line Program saved another life today.

Earlier today, when the 101-year-old Care Line client did not call in at her designated time, the Care Line clerks attempted to call her. The client did not answer.

After meeting with negative results when attempting to contact friends and neighbors (listed as emergency contacts), Care Line clerks requested a unit be dispatched to conduct a Well-Being Check on the client.

Update - Arrest Made - Spring Hill Man Sought for Dragging Dog Down Roadway

Update 5/9/19

On 05-08-19 just after 9 p.m., deputies conducting proactive patrols in the area of Commercial Way and the Outback Steakhouse observed a vehicle believed to be the one described in the BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for the animal cruelty incident (arrest warrant).

Deputy Vincent Spallino conducted a Traffic Stop on the green Ford F-150 at Frontage Road just off Commercial Way in front of the Microtel. The driver of the F-150 was identified as Gregory Tousignant.

Man Arrested for Shooting Girlfriend in the Back

On 05-08-19 at approximately 6:11 a.m., operators in the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 hang-Up call. When operators called the number back, a male, later identified as the defendant, Ronald Crisp, answered the phone.

Crisp told operators that while “cleaning” his gun, he accidentally shot his girlfriend, Elizabeth Perez.

When a female in the background began to scream, the call was again disconnected.

ALERT- Deputies in pursuit of armed subject


On 05-07-19 at 12:43 p.m., Hernando County deputies were dispatched to the area of 925 Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Brooksville regarding a Suspicious Incident.

A caller advised dispatchers that a neighbor came to the residence stating that a male was at the neighbor's house with a gun.  Deputies were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival at what was believed to be a Domestic Dispute, a male fled from deputies.  Multiple commands were given by deputies for the male to "stop" - the male failed to comply with said commands.