HVAC Issues at Hernando County Detention Center

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On 01-02-18, the Hernando County Detention Center began experiencing heating issues in several areas of the facility. It is important to note that these issues were not isolated to inmate housing areas. The HCSO Detention Center Maintenance Crew and Hernando County Facilities Maintenance began working to resolve the issue. Replacement parts were ordered and repair is scheduled as soon as the parts arrive. During this time the HCSO Detention Center staff were authorized to issue additional blankets to inmates, upon request.

On 01-04-18 at approximately 8 p.m., a gas leak was discovered in the Alpha Pod (inmate housing unit). Hernando County Fire Rescue was summoned to assess the situation. It was determined that natural gas levels were elevated in an area of the Alpha Pod. The inmates housed in this immediate area were relocated to a different housing area. Six (known) inmates claimed to be affected by this incident. All six inmates were triaged by medical staff and cleared with no medical concerns. The affected area of the Alpha Pod was ventilated for approximately seven hours. Inmates were returned to the Alpha Pod in the morning.

On 01-05-18, Hernando County Facilities Maintenance and a private HVAC vendor worked on the HVAC systems until the close of business.

On 01-08-18, repairs are still ongoing to HVAC systems. Repair crews are awaiting the arrival of parts mentioned above. Representatives from Hernando County Facilities Maintenance advised that by the end of business on 01-09-18, 85% of the HVAC systems at the Hernando County Detention Center will be functioning properly.

SITUATION 01-04-2018

The National Weather Service in Tampa Bay Area – Ruskin FL has re-issued a Hard Freeze Warning for Hernando County, which is in effect from 1 AM to 9 AM Friday. Current forecasted conditions may change significantly with temperatures projected to reach the mid 20’s.

POSSIBLE IMPACTS

Very cold wind chills expected over a prolonged period could result in hypothermia. Sub-freezing temperatures will be a danger for pets, livestock and sensitive vegetation. Continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations listed below.

Forecast for Tonight / Friday Morning
County
Temperature
Duration
Hernando
20 to 27 degrees
3 to 5 hours

RECOMMENDATIONS

• Consider the needs of pets during this time. Do not leave pets outside in the cold weather.
• Cover or move plants that are sensitive to the cold.
• Cover or close windows or doors near exposed interior pipes. Insulate your pipes if possible.
• Disconnect and drain all garden hoses, and consider placing an insulating cover over the outside spigots.
• When low temperatures are predicted, let a thin trickle of water run from the faucet.
• If your pipes do break, immediately turn your water off at the shut-off valve.
• Consider running pool pumps overnight during freezing temperatures to prevent damage.
• Turn off sprinkler system to avoid damage to the sprinkler head and pipes.
• Remember, thawing frozen pipes is dangerous and could cause extensive damage. Call a plumber if your pipes freeze; never try to thaw pipes with an open flame.
• Residents are encouraged to pay attention to local media outlets or the National Weather Service at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tbw/ for current weather information.
• Register with Alert Hernando to Receive automated emergency weather alerts and other important messages from Hernando County Register today at: www.AlertHernando.org.

Vehicle Burglary – 10/31/2017

Case Number: 2017-29144
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Alert Date: 10/31/2017
Business Name: Spring Hill Lanes
Location: Spring Hill
District: 2 Zone: 1
LEO Contact(s): Detective G. Garman
Short Description
Vehicle Burglary
Detailed Description
The subject pictured below is the suspect in a Vehicle Burglary that occurred at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way, Spring Hill on Wednesday, 09/27/2017 at approximately 8:00 p.m.

Vehicle Burglary - 10312017

Economic Crimes-Vice and Narcotics Search Warrants- 1117 Finland Drive

On 10-16-17, detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit, along with a Special Agent from the United States Secret Service, executed a search warrant at 1117 Finland Drive in Spring Hill.

As a result of the search warrant, detectives seized multiple items of contraband including counterfeit credit cards, card making equipment, gas pump skimmers and manufacturing equipment, and various items of merchandise which had been fraudulently purchased from several retailers.

Numerous receipts and documents were also recovered, relating to an ongoing fraudulent (merchandise) return/refund operation that the suspects were involved in.

The suspects are identified as Jeansy Cuevas-Padron H/M DOB/02-10-1984 and Marileisys Rodriguez Serra H/F DOB/01-25-1986. The suspects have been charged as follows:

• Jeansy Cuevas-Padron H/M DOB/02-10-1984
o Possession of Skimming Device
o Possession of Credit Card Making Device (3 counts)
o Person in Possession of Place/Structure/Conveyance for the Trafficking/Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance
o Cultivation of Marijuana
o Possession of Marijuana
o Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

• Marileisys Rodriguez Serra H/F DOB/01-25-1986
o Possession of Skimming Device
o Possession of Credit Card Making Device (3 counts)
o Person in Possession of Place/Structure/Conveyance for the Trafficking/Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance
o Cultivation of Marijuana
o Possession of Marijuana
o Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Additional charges are forthcoming.

The investigation began on 10-15-17 when patrol deputies responded to the address to serve arrest warrants on the suspects for Organized Fraud. During the initial contact, it was quickly determined that the residence was being used as a marijuana grow operation. Vice and Narcotics detectives were called to the scene and executed a narcotics search warrant, resulting in the recovery of marijuana plants.

During the execution of the narcotics search warrant, detectives located numerous items commonly used in counterfeiting.

Economics Crimes detectives were called to the scene and confirmed that the items (described above) were of no legitimate or legal purpose in the residence and were most likely being used to manufacture counterfeit credit cards.

While patrol deputies maintained security at the residence, Economic Crimes detectives authored another search warrant based on the multitude of fraud-related Florida Statutes. Said search warrant was executed on the residence on 10-16-17.

As a result of the search warrant, detectives also seized two Mercedes Benz vehicles from the property.

Shooting at Las Vegas : at least 59 dead and another 527 injured

Police are working to establish the motive behind a mass shooting which left at least 59 dead and another 527 injured at a Las Vegas concert.

Shooting at Las Vegas at least 59 dead and another 527 injured

Image from REUTERS .

Gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards an open-air music festival on Sunday evening.

Police found 16 guns in his hotel room, as well as “in excess of” 18 firearms and explosives at his Nevada home.

But as yet, no clear reason for the killing has emerged.

Investigators have found no link to international terrorism, despite a claim from so-called Islamic State. Some investigators have suggested psychological issues, but there is no confirmation of this.

What do we know of the culprit ?

Stephen Paddock lived in a community of senior citizens in the small town of Mesquite, north-east of Las Vegas.

Stephen Paddock

He reportedly lived with a woman called Marilou Danley who is out of the country in Japan, and does not appear to be involved, police said.

Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said when police searched the property after the attack they found “in excess of 18 additional firearms, some explosives and several thousand rounds of ammo, along with some electronic devices we’re evaluating at this point”.

Officers also found ammonium nitrate in Paddock’s car. The explosive found in his home was tannerite, the sheriff said.

There is a second house in northern Nevada which Swat teams are due to check for booby-traps before carrying out a search , Sheriff Lombardo said.

David Famiglietti of the New Frontier Armory told the BBC that Paddock had purchased firearms at his store in North Las Vegas in the spring of this year, meeting all state and federal requirements, including an FBI background check.

However, the shotgun and rifle Paddock bought would not have been “capable of what we’ve seen and heard in the video without modification,” Mr Famiglietti said.

Despite the large cache of weapons in his home, his brother, Eric, is dumbfounded that he acted this way.

Source : bbc.com

Sheriff’s Safety & Awareness Seminars Active Shooter Preparedness

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting an information session on Active Shooter Preparedness. Events in recent years have called attention to the need to be prepared for a wide range of emergencies. Communities across the country have reassessed their level of preparedness and established broader training and education programs. At the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, deputies have been training for years to respond to an active shooter incident, training that is routinely reinforced with exercises.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis and the men and women of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office want to emphasize that your awareness and preparedness is as important as our training in keeping your community safe. Should an incident like this occur, there could be crucial minutes of time before law enforcement officers arrive on the scene.

Law Enforcement Officers from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office will share information from the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and the FBI, along with videos on how to react to an active shooter incident.

The information session will be held on Tuesday, 11-07-17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Main Training Room at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office – 18900 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, FL 34601.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a notepad and pen as they may want to take a few notes.

To reserve your seat, please follow the link below.

http://www.hernandosheriff.org/applications/InternetClassSignup/

Please note – Firearms are NOT permitted in the building.

Brooksville Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty

Earlier today, Animal Enforcement and District One deputies served a search warrant at 8062 B.W. Stevenson Road in Brooksville.

On 08-21-17, Animal Enforcement officer (AEO) Mandy Rowe initiated an animal cruelty Investigation at this address after receiving complaints that horses located on the property were in very poor condition.

When AEO Rowe arrived on scene, she observed that all four horses were kept in a small pen on the property. After observing the horses closely, AEO Rowe determined that all of the horses were extremely malnourished and had extensive rain rot.

The owner of the horses, Tabitha V. Rooks W/F DOB/11-02-83, stated that her veterinarian was coming out the following week to assist her with a system to care for the animals. Through investigation AEO Rowe leaned that on the date of the vet appointment, 08-28-17, Ms. Rooks cancelled the appointment without rescheduling for a later date.

On 09-05-17 at approximately 9:15 a.m., the HCSO responded back to the residence with a search warrant and a veterinarian.

The veterinarian used the Henneke Body Condition Scoring (BCS) to evaluate the horses. The BCS is a universal scoring system to rate the body fat on a horse. Ideal scores are between 4 and 6. The horses on the property scored 1, 1, 2, and 3. A score of 1 means that the horse is in poor condition, being extremely emaciated and having no fatty tissue.

All four horses were taken into custody in an attempt to rehabilitate them. One of the horses was in such poor condition that there was discussion of euthanizing the animal.

Deputy Steven George charged Rooks with four counts of Animal Cruelty. Additionally, AEO Rowe cited Rooks with several violations and will be following up with the care of the horses.

Sharing information from the Governor’s Press Office

Gov. Scott Directing the Suspension of all Tolls Across Florida

TAMPA, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to suspend tolls across the entire State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma. By suspending all tolls, Floridians and visitors will more easily be able to prepare for any potential storm impacts, access important hurricane supplies, and quickly and safely evacuate when necessary.

Governor Scott said, “In preparation for the potential impacts of Hurricane Irma, I have directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend all tolls across the State of Florida to keep traffic flowing. They will be suspended for the duration of the storm’s impacts to Florida. Ensuring the safety of Florida families and visitors is our top priority and suspending tolls statewide will help people quickly evacuate and make it easier for all Floridians to access important hurricane supplies to ensure they are fully prepared. FDOT has been in constant contact with local districts and stands ready to provide traffic assistance alongside the Florida Highway Patrol and their law enforcement partners. We are continuing to closely monitor the developments of Hurricane Irma and will continue to take aggressive action to keep our state safe.”

17th Annual YES Bowling Extravaganza

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Charities, Inc., will be hosting the 17th Annual Youth Education Services (Y.E.S.) Bowling Extravaganza on Saturday, July 29, 2017. The event will take place at Spring Hill Lanes, located at 3447 Commercial Way in Spring Hill. Registration begins at noon; bowling will start at 1 p.m.

Hernando County Sheriff’s Youth Education Services (Y.E.S.) is under the umbrella of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Charities Inc., a 501c3 organization with the Federal ID # 16-1633755.

We hope you will participate in this fundraising event by bowling on a team, or as an individual bowler.

Lane sponsors and raffle prize donors are also needed. The names of all lane sponsors will be prominently displayed on commemorative t-shirts worn by the 150+ bowlers participating in the event. In order for lane sponsor names to be displayed on the t-shirts, monies must be received by Friday, June 30, 2017.

A printable registration form is also available on our website at –

http://www.hernandosheriff.org/pdfs/17THANNUALBOWLINGEXTRAVAGANZA.pdf

Proceeds from the bowling extravaganza will support the following programs:

• Sheriff’s Summer R.O.A.R. (Respect Others And YouRself) Day Camps
• Richard Buckingham Community Service Scholarship
• “In honor of Richard B. Nugent” Community Service Scholarship.

These programs are funded through contributions from citizens and local businesses. For additional information, please contact Annie-Laurie Austin in Community Relations at 352-797-3660.