Additional flooding encountered along Wiscon Road

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Additional flooding encountered along Wiscon Road

Please be advised that a portion of Wiscon Road, just west of U.S. 41, is currently under water. Please avoid the area.

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.

Not the ‘Best’ Day for Hernando Beach Meth Dealer

On 07-06-17, detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit executed a narcotics search warrant in Hernando Beach in reference to trafficking in methamphetamine.

Not the Best Day for Hernando Beach Meth Dealer

The search warrant and arrest warrants are a result of a lengthy investigation that took place on a private boat that was docked along Calienta Street in Hernando Beach. The investigation began after the Sheriff’s Office received tips of drug activity occurring at the dock.

During the investigation, undercover detectives took part in purchasing trafficking amounts of methamphetamine from Lloyd Robert Best W/M DOB/04-04-1973.

During the execution of the search warrant on Calienta Street, detectives took Best into custody without incident. As a result of the search, detectives were able to locate methamphetamine, scales, and baggies utilized for the sale of methamphetamine and paraphernalia used to smoke methamphetamine.

The charges for Best are as follows:

– Sale and Possession of Methamphetamine
– Trafficking in Methamphetamine
– Unlawful use of a Two-Way Communication Device
– Possession of a Conveyance for the purpose of Trafficking Methamphetamine
– Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Bond amount: $ 152,000.

Best is listed as being on Florida Inmate Release Status for a criminal history dating back to 1991 which includes:

– Sale and Delivery of Cocaine
– Grand Theft Auto
– Trafficking in Stolen Property
– Fraud and Forgery

Best was most recently released from prison in 2015 for Possession of Methamphetamine.

WANTED PERSON – Jeannie Grey

Jeannie Grey W/F DOB/11-18-1983
AKA – Jeannie Rampersaud and Jeannie Giordano

 WANTED PERSON - Jeannie Grey

  • Height –5’02”
  • Weight – 145
  • Hair – Brown
  • Eyes – Brown

One Warrant

  • Violation of Drug Offender Probation
  • Possession of Personal ID Information
  • No Bond.

If you know the whereabouts of this subject (or have any information), please call the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office at 352-754-6830. If you would like to remain anonymous or be eligible for a reward, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-990-TIPS (8477). To submit a tip on line, please visit

http://www.hernandocountycrimestoppers.com .

Suicide – Osowaw Boulevard

On 03-21-17 just after 10 a.m., Hernando County deputies were dispatched to the area of Osowaw Boulevard near Indian Bay Road. The area in question is in proximity to the Aripeka Community Club.

A caller reported observing a male lying on the side of the road with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his upper body.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the male was obviously deceased.

Investigation revealed the male suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Detectives have contacted next of kin in Hudson, FL.

While the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office does not normally offer information on events such as this, we felt it important to let residents in the area know that there was no need for alarm, as there was no random act of violence in the area.

Sheriff Announces Termination for Policy Violations

A Hernando County deputy sheriff was recently terminated for policy violations.

Deputy Jeffrey Lamondra, a 10-year veteran of the agency was terminated on 03-20-17 for violating General Order 4058.00 Preliminary Investigations, General Order 2071.00 Computerized Records Security, and Policy Statement 1023.00 Code of Conduct.

An Internal Affairs Investigation revealed that Lamondra’s inactions during a call for service involving an elderly person are in complete conflict with the basic doctrines of public service. Deputy Lamondra brought significant embarrassment and discredit to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

A summary of the investigation is available upon request.

WAGGITY WEDNESDAY 03-22-17

As you know, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office supports responsible pet ownership. If you are contemplating a new pet, please put a considerable amount of thought and planning into that decision. Consider adopting/rescuing your next pet from a local shelter. Please be sure that all of your pets are spayed/neutered.

With that being said, we support the mission of Hernando County Animal Services to save animals and place them in responsible, loving, fur-ever homes. Today, in keeping with our policy of inter-agency cooperation, we are assisting them with posting their “Pet of the Week” in hopes of finding the pet a fur-ever home.

Waggity Wednesday 01-01-17

As you know, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office supports responsible pet ownership. If you are contemplating a new pet, please put a considerable amount of thought and planning into that decision. Consider adopting/rescuing your next pet from a local shelter. Please be sure that all of your pets are spayed/neutered.

 

With that being said, we support the mission of Hernando County Animal Services to save animals and place them in responsible, loving, fur-ever homes. Today, in keeping with our policy of inter-agency cooperation, we are assisting them with posting their “Pet of the Week” in hopes of finding the pet a fur-ever home.

Hernando Animal Services would like to introduce some new faces! All of these dogs and cats (and a few more) are currently residing at the shelter at 19450 Oliver Street. These beautiful animals are just waiting for the right home and family!
Come and meet them in person! The shelter is open Tues – Fr from 9:30 – 4:30, Saturdays from 10:00 – 3.00.