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.

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.

It's Happened Again a School Resource Deputy Saves Choking Student

On 09-20-19 at 11:40 a.m., Deputy Glen Hickey, a School Resource Officer at Central High School, was notified of a 16-year-old student who was choking in a nearby classroom.

When Deputy Hickey arrived, he found the student sitting in a desk being tended to by the school nurse and a teacher.

Hickey observed the student struggling to breathe and starting to lose color in the face.

The teacher advised the student was possibly choking on a piece of chocolate.

Detectives Investigating Domestic Violence - Murder Suicide

On 08-31-19 just after 6 a.m., Hernando County deputies were dispatched to a residence in Weeki Wachee (Glen Lakes) regarding a Home Invasion.

A person inside the residence called 9-1-1 to summon help. The caller told the 9-1-1 operator that someone had made entry into the home and that shots were being fired. The caller and at least one other person hid in a closet throughout the incident and until the arrival of law enforcement.

Upon arrival, deputies observed broken glass at the front door. Deputies quickly made a tactical entry into the residence.