MEDIA RELEASE 09-17-2018

Deputies Resolve Barricaded Subject Situation Peacefully

On 09-14-18 at just before 8 p.m., Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Long Hill Court in Spring Hill regarding a disturbance.

Upon arrival, deputies spoke to the victim, Joshua Swisher, who advised that he was assisting his brother Joseph, in delivering medication. Joseph works for a pharmacy in New Port Richey, and the brothers were delivering medication to patient’s homes.

When the pair arrived at an address on Long Hill Court in Spring Hill with a delivery, Joshua waited in the vehicle while Joseph went to the door with the medication.

Moments later, a male, later identified as James Richard Newcome, approached the driver’s side of Joshua’s vehicle asking Joshua what he was doing and why he was there. Newcome then reached into his pants pocket and pulled out a handgun. While Newcome did not point the handgun at Joshua, he did say that he was licensed to carry it and was protecting the neighbor’s property. Newcome then reached into Joshua’s vehicle and took Joshua’s cell phone that was sitting in his lap.

Newcome put the gun back in his pocket then walked to the front door of the residence where the medication delivery was being made. Newcome spoke to his neighbor briefly and gave him Joshua’s cell phone, so he could return it to Joshua. Newcome then went back to Joshua’s vehicle, again producing the handgun, again asking why he was there. Newcome then returned to his own residence.

Fearful of the gentleman brandishing a weapon, when Joseph returned to the vehicle with the cell phone, Joshua contacted the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies arrived on scene, Newsome was very uncooperative and retreated into his residence, refusing to exit. Newsome’s wife, Umaima Newcome was also inside the residence. Umaima Newcome was also uncooperative with law enforcement, and refused to exit the residence.

During the investigation, James Newcome continually called 9-1-1, advising operators that he would “take care of this in the morning” and insisted that deputies leave his property. James Newcome continually stated that he was not going to come out of the residence and that he and his wife were tired of people looking into their windows.

The SWAT and CRT teams were activated.

After several hours of attempting to get James and Umaima Newcome to exit the residence, the Hernando County Sheriff’s SWAT team deployed tear gas into the residence. Both James and Umaima exited the residence and were taken into custody. Both refused to cooperate with the investigation. The Newcomes were charged as follows:

• James Richard Newcome W/M DOB/08-16-1961
o Burglary of a Vehicle w/Firearm
o Resist Arrest w/o Violence
o False 9-1-1 Call
o Bond – $27,000.

• Umaima Jeevanjee Newcome W/F DOB/03-01-1973
o Resist Arrest w/o Violence
o Bond – $1,000.

Traffic Crash with Road Obstruction 09-12-18

**UPDATE** The roadway has been cleared.

US-19 (Commercial Way) near William Street (near Golden Corral)

NORTHBOUND LANES blocked due to crash involving a motorcycle and a vehicle.

Please use an alternate route or expect delays until the roadway can be cleared (usually about 30 – 45 minutes).

For a real-time look at Hernando County Traffic Accidents and Responses – please visit the following link:

MEDIA RELEASE from Hernando County Government September 12, 2018

Pine Island Beach swimming advisory lifted

(Brooksville, FL) The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County announces that the swimming advisory has been lifted at Pine Island Beach, located at 10840 Pine Island Drive in Weeki Wachee.

Learn more about beach water quality at

Traffic Crash with Road Obstruction 09-06-18

Deltona Boulevard –North of Forest Oaks Boulevard (near Village Pizza)

Deltona Boulevard is BLOCKED SOUTHBOUND.

Please use an alternate route or expect delays until the roadway can be cleared (usually about 30 – 45 minutes).

For a real-time look at Hernando County Traffic Accidents and Responses – please visit the following link:

Traffic Crash with Road Obstruction 08-15-2018

Traffic Crash with Road Obstruction

Emerson Road is CLOSED in the area of Green Valley Trail


The road will be closed for at least the next hour.

Please use an alternate route or expect delays until the roadway can be cleared (usually about 30 – 45 minutes).

For a real-time look at Hernando County Traffic Accidents and Responses – please visit the following link:

Photo courtey of HCSO TRAFFIC UNIT.

Traffic Crash with Road Obstruction 08-15-2018


Additional road closures in Hernando due to flooding

The Hernando County Department of Public Works has closed Sudan Drive and Meridan Street due to flooding. These are small roads in Ridge Manor near the Withlacoochee River with no residents living on them.

Rackley Road remains closed approximately .1 mile north of the Rackley and Saturn Road intersection.

A notice will be distributed when the roads re-open. Thank you.

MEDIA RELEASE – Deputy Injured During Traffic Stop

On today’s date at approximately 3:27 p.m., Deputy Tonya Shutt conducted a Traffic Stop on a grey GMC Sierra on McKethan Road, south of Cortez Boulevard, almost to the Pasco County Line.

Deputy Shutt approached the vehicle, on the driver’s side, to speak with the driver and obtain a driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance. Almost immediately, at 3:28 p.m., the driver began to flee from the stop, dragging Deputy Shutt for a short time/short distance.

Deputy Shutt advised over the radio that the driver fled, southbound toward Pasco County, that she had been dragged by the suspect vehicle, and was in need of medical attention. Backup units and Fire Rescue were dispatched immediately.

With assistance from the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle and driver were located moments later at a location in Pasco County.

Deputy Shutt, 48, was transported to a local hospital with injuries that are considered non-life-threatening.

The driver, identified as Melissa Lloyd W/F DOB/09-10-1970 was placed under arrest in Pasco County. Lloyd is charged as follows:

• Fleeing to Elude
• Aggravated Battery on a LEO
• Resisting Arrest w/Violence
• Felony DWLSR.

Traffic Crash with Road Obstruction 07-27-18

Commercial Way – near the Spring Hill Drive intersection


Please use an alternate route or expect delays until the roadway can be cleared (usually about 30 – 45 minutes).

For a real-time look at Hernando County Traffic Accidents and Responses – please visit the following link:

Traffic Tip Tuesday 07-10-2018

Common Sense and Courtesy

As busy and hectic as life can be, we all have to share and compromise when driving on our roadways.

It seems as though it is becoming more prevalent for law enforcement to deal with “road rage” incidents.

The definition of road rage is violent anger caused by the stress and frustration involved in driving a motor vehicle in difficult conditions.

I think it is common knowledge that most people are in a hurry due to their own tardiness. Well in that case, leave the house 10 minutes earlier and that should solve your problem.

You cannot blame everyone else for not driving 90 mph in the 55 mph zone so that you are not late to work again.

Another complaint we usually receive is slow traffic traveling in the left lane. The left lane is a passing lane. When driving in the left lane you should be passing the vehicle in the right lane.

Florida State Statute 316.081(3) advises on a road, street, or highway having two or more lanes allowing movement in the same direction, a driver may not continue to operate a motor vehicle in the furthermost left-hand lane if the driver knows or reasonably should know that he or she is being overtaken in that lane from the rear by a motor vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed.

This subsection does not apply to drivers operating a vehicle that is overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, or is preparing for a left turn at an intersection.

Notice the statute does not address the speed limit. That means if you are traveling the speed limit and someone approaches from the rear at a higher speed, please move over and let them go by. This is a not only a courtesy but the law.

Drivers who “pace” another vehicle in adjacent lanes actually cause drivers who are following to become frustrated. This causes traffic congestion which in turn can lead to anger, aggressive driving, or even road rage.

Another agitation to drivers is the excessive use of the horn. People commonly use the horn while attempting to hurry another driver through a traffic light. I get it, nothing is more frustrating than sitting at a traffic light for a tenth of a second before the driver behind you is honking their horn.

With that being said, please use common sense and courtesy for others when driving. We all have loved ones traveling on our roadways, let’s not be the reason someone is injured in an accident that could had been prevented.

As always, I hope this information is helpful. Remember to drive safe, wear your seat belt, refrain from distracted driving and watch out for our youth when on the roadways.