Hernando County Approved for Federal and State Individual Assistance

In response to Governor Scott’s request for assistance as a result of impacts from Hurricane Hermine, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to supplement local recovery efforts in Hernando County.

Hernando County residents that were affected by Hurricane Hermine will have the opportunity to register for federal disaster funds and emergency resources. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in Hernando County can begin applying for assistance starting Thursday, September 29, 2016. Registration is available online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Additional information regarding the availability of disaster assistance and programs is located at

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/09/28/federal-aid-programs-state-florida

Two-Year Old Removed from Drug House During Search Warrant

On 09-16-16, detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit executed a narcotics search warrant at 7145 Holiday Drive in Spring Hill, the residence of Christopher Giordano.

The search warrant was the result of a lengthy investigation originating from a neighborhood complaint where undercover Vice and Narcotics detectives were able to purchase narcotics from occupants at the residence on several occasions. At approximately 9 a.m., detectives made contact with Giordano and several other individuals inside the residence who were taken into custody without incident.

Two-Year Old Removed from Drug House During Search Warrant

Pursuant to the search, detectives located several different varieties of controlled substances and numerous items utilized as drug paraphernalia. Detectives also encountered the residence to have no electricity and other unsafe living conditions. Hernando County Code Enforcement was contacted and officers responded to discover several violations that will be followed up with potential fines.

Also located inside the residence was a two-year old child, present with both biological parents. Due to the unsafe living conditions and both parents being arrested for drug related charges, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) was contacted. An investigator responded and took custody of the child for safe placement during the DCF investigation.

During an interview, the parents of the child told detectives that “while one gets high, the other watches the child – or if they both want to get high together, they ask someone to come over to watch the child.”

Detectives spoke with neighbors once the search warrant was served. Once again, they all expressed their gratitude for the work that was done by detectives. Many neighbors had concerns about the activity occurring at the residence and were pleased that the neighborhood will be peaceful and safe once again.

The individuals listed below were arrested as a result of the investigation and charged as follows:

Christopher Giordano W/M 09-10-1982
• Conspiracy to sell a controlled substance
• Possession of a controlled substance
• Possession of drug paraphernalia that contained Methamphetamine residue
• Possession of a legend drug
• Bond amount: $9,000

Michael Sapp W/M 11-10-1985
• Possession of drug paraphernalia that contained Methamphetamine residue
• Hernando County warrant for FTA petit theft
• Bond amount: $3,000

James Aponte W/M 11-11-1979
• Possession of drug paraphernalia that contained Methamphetamine residue
• Violation of felony probation
• Bond amount: No bond

Jonathan Walls W/M 09-29-1986
• Possession of drug paraphernalia that contained Methamphetamine residue
• Bond amount: $1,000

Alyssa Rodriguez W/F 07-28-1987
• Possession of drug paraphernalia that contained Methamphetamine residue
• Bond amount: $1,000

Peter Aspenleiter W/M 06-28-1981
• Conspiracy to sell a controlled substance
• Bond amount: $5,000.

MANHUNT MONDAY – Philip Hoskins

Philip Hoskins B/M DOB/9-13-1967

Philip Hoskins

Warrant

CT1 – DOMESTIC BATTERY
CT2 – TAMPERING WITH VICTIM
NO BOND

Hgt/6’0”
Wgt/170
Hair/Brown
Eyes/Brown

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.hernandosheriff.org/Tips/

HCSO Investigating Deputy Involved Shooting

The deputies involved in the shooting that occurred on 09-15-16 are identified as follows:

– Deputy James Devorak
o Deputy Devorak has been employed as a Hernando County deputy since 11-04-2008. He is 58 years old.

– Sergeant Gisele Dunn
o Sergeant Dunn has been employed as a Hernando County deputy since 05-19-2003. She is 35 years old.

As stated in the original media release, both Deputy Devorak and Sergeant Dunn have been placed on paid administrative leave, as per standard protocol.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is conducting the investigation into the deputy involved shooting. We do not anticipate any additional updates until their investigation is complete.

The individual who died as a result of a deputy-involved shooting earlier today in the Enclave subdivision within Woodland Waters has been identified as Joseph Allen Schlosser W/M DOB 09/05/1947.

Following the shooting Schlosser was transported to a local trauma center where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Sergeant and the deputy involved in the shooting were not injured.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is handling the investigation into the shooting.

Original Information:

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is currently on the scene of a deputy-involved shooting at 10264 Ridge Top Loop, which is in the Enclave subdivision within Woodland Waters, Weeki Wachee.

The incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m., when according to initial reports, a healthcare professional notified 911 dispatchers of a possible suicidal person who had numerous weapons inside the residence.

A deputy who has Crisis Intervention Training and a Sergeant, who has crisis intervention training and advanced de-escalation training, encountered the individual within the home. Initial reports indicate one of the first responders attempted to use less lethal means to take the subject into custody for the protection of all.

Shortly thereafter an undetermined number of shots were fired. The individual was transported to a local trauma center where the individual was pronounced deceased.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been notified and they will be taking over the investigation. As per standard protocol the deputy and the Sergeant have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Additional details will be provided as they become available.

The Office of Sheriff:
The Office of the Sheriff is established by the Florida Constitution. As a constitutional officer, the Sheriff has the exclusive authority to administer his or her agency and is responsible for preserving the peace throughout the entire county, carrying out the laws of the state, the orders of Florida courts, and the ordinances of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement and correctional officer of the county.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis was initially appointed as the Sheriff of Hernando County by the Governor in January of 2011. He was then elected by the people of Hernando County in 2012, and remains accountable to them.

Bayport and Pine Island parks will reopen this weekend

The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department announces that Bayport and Pine Island parks will reopen this weekend.

The Bayport Park boat ramps, pavilion and board walk areas are now reopened. The heavily-damaged fishing pier will remain closed until further notice.

Pine Island Park is tentatively set to reopen Saturday, September 10.

“County staff have been working diligently to ensure that our parks are restored to a safe and attractive condition,” County Administrator Leonard Sossamon said.

A timeline to rebuild the Bayport fishing pier and Pine Island observation deck has not been determined.

WANTED PERSON – John Salso

John Salso W/M DOB/11-13-1972

WANTED PERSON - John Salso
Height – 5’9”…
Weight – 175
Hair – Brown
Eyes – Bald

One Warrant
Possession of a Controlled Substance
VOP
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.hernandosheriff.org/Tips/

Arrest Made in Early Morning Homicide

On 08-04-16 at approximately 2:56 a.m., Deputy Troy Hyler was conducting a Traffic Stop on Commercial Way just north of the Holiday Inn Express when he heard several gunshots that sounded close by. He quickly cleared the stop, notified the dispatcher, and went to investigate. Several deputies were dispatched to back-up Deputy Hyler.

Moments later, Deputy Hyler located a male, later identified as Jeffrey Lott W/M DOB/05-25-1971, in the northern end of the parking lot at the Holiday Inn Express, 3528 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Deputy Hyler observed several gunshot wounds on Lott’s body and Lott was already deceased. Deputy Hyler immediately observed that Lott had been the victim of a robbery.

A crime scene was quickly established and a perimeter set up. Additional deputies responding to the area began searching for possible suspects. Information was provided to deputies that a white truck was seen leaving the scene at a high rate of speed right after the shots were fired. Deputies began searching for said vehicle.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., Detective Cole Brinson received a call from the foreman of a cleaning crew assigned to clean a foreclosed home located at 13818 Peace Boulevard, Spring Hill, Pasco County. While entering the property, the foreman located personal effects belonging to Jeffrey Lott. Also on the property was a white Dodge truck, similar to the one deputies were searching for.

Detectives quickly determined the truck was Lott’s work truck. It had been stolen by the suspect and dumped at the location by the suspect.

Detectives, Forensic Specialists and Crime Analysts worked tirelessly interviewing people, processing physical evidence, following up on leads, etc. into the early morning hours.

Finally, just before 3 a.m., exactly 24 hours after the homicide was committed, Hernando County Detectives, with assistance from Pasco County Detectives, placed the suspect under arrest at a location in Pasco County.

The suspect was arrested and transported to the Pasco County Detention Center. Her information and charges are as follows:

Kayla Collins W/F DOB/02-08-1993
– 2nd degree Murder
– Armed Robbery
– Grand Theft Auto.

The investigation continues.

MANHUNT MONDAY – 08-01-16

Jamerson Marques Badger B/M DOB/03-19-1997

MANHUNT MONDAY - 08-01-16

Warrant
CT1-DOMESTIC BATTERY
CT2-WITNESS INTIMIDATION
NO BOND

Hgt/5’11”
Wgt/175
Hair/Black
Eyes/Brown

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.hernandosheriff.org/Tips/

 

Media Release 07-19-16

Sheriff Al Nienhuis will hold a Press Conference today, 07-20-16, at 2:30 p.m. at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center located at 18900 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville.

Sheriff Nienhuis will discuss the details of a suspicious death investigation in the Richloam Forest in Eastern Hernando County where four suspects have been arrested as a result of the investigation.

Members of the media are requested to be in place, ready to go, by 2:15 p.m.