Marine deputies in the right place at the right time

Hernando Sun Reporter

“Luck,” or coincidence, plus the quick action of two Hernando County sheriff’s deputies prevented an accident from becoming a tragedy when they rescued a baby from the Weeki Wachee River last Friday afternoon Jan. 3, 2020. 

Steve Snell, a seasoned Marine Deputy was training another officer - Patrol Deputy Zachary Burkhart for the job. Both men were operating sheriff’s office personal watercraft (PWC) to patrol the river. 

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.

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.

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.