Internet Sales Safe Zones

In an effort to make online transactions safer for both buyers and sellers, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office allows citizens to use its lobbies and parking lot to complete sales setup through online sites such as eBay and Craigslist.

The goal of creating these “Safe Zones” is to deter crimes from occurring during such transactions.

Law enforcement agencies in Florida as well as other states have set up similar “Safe Zones” in an effort to make in-person transactions more secure.

Citizens are encouraged to utilize the Sheriff’s Office lobby in Brooksville, 18900 Cortez Blvd. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The lobby in Spring Hill, 7499 Forest Oaks Blvd., may be used between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If transactions need to be completed outside of normal business hours citizens may use the parking lot in Brooksville, which is well-lit and under 24-hour video surveillance.

If you plan to use the lobby we ask that you check in at the front desk prior to completing your transaction.


HAZMAT Response to the Hernando County Detention Center

On 05-08-18 at approximately 4:15 p.m., an inmate at the Hernando County Detention Center notified Detention Deputies that he felt extremely ill. The inmate was immediately transferred to the medical unit within the detention center for evaluation and treatment.

The inmate, who has been incarcerated in the facility for 22 days, admitted to deputies and nursing staff that he had just finished smoking an illegal narcotic.

Once the inmate was removed from his cell, detention deputies began to check for contraband.

Inside the cell, a detention deputy located two suspicious items (contraband) and began collecting the items. While collecting the items, the detention deputy also began feeling ill.

Detention Center staff requested Hernando County Fire Rescue respond to the scene to evaluate and treat the deputy and to examine the substance that was located in the cell.

All inmates were immediately removed from the housing unit and the HVAC system shut down. Once all inmates were removed, all staff remained clear of the area.

The detention deputy, who was already starting to feel much better, was transported to the hospital by Hernando County Fire Rescue.

The inmate, still in the medical unit, was also feeling much better. He told the staff that he received the substance from another inmate.

The investigation continues into how the contraband was introduced into the Detention Center.

Presumptive testing by the Hernando County HAZMAT Team indicated that the substance is an illegal narcotic. The substance will be sent to FDLE for additional testing.

Charges are forthcoming, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Recent bomb threats made against Central High School.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is currently on the scene of another Bomb Threat at Central High School.

This is the third Bomb Threat involving the school in the last three days. Investigators have been on campus since 6:30 a.m. conducting an investigation into the two previous bomb threats when the latest bomb threat was called in just before 7:30 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Office is working diligently to ensure the safety of all students, teachers and staff at the high school.

Robbery News 02-14-2018

At approximately 11 a.m. this morning, Hernando County deputies were able to locate and apprehend the suspect responsible for committing two Commercial Robberies in the City of Brooksville, earlier in the morning.

Robbery News 02-14-2018

The first robbery was committed at the Wawa at 3:44 a.m.; the second robbery was committed at the Subway at 9:55 a.m.

The suspect is identified as Deneal Shine B/M DOB/07-03-1971.

Both cases, and the arrest, are being handled by the City of Brooksville Police department.


Christopher Potts B/M DOB/06-27-1989

Christopher Potts

Two counts — Sexual Battery by Person of Familial or Custodial Authority
Lewd or lascivious Molestation



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

Traffic Crash with Road Obstruction 02-05-2018

Spring Hill Drive at Finland Drive

Vehicles may be in the roadway.

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:

Reserved Kittens

OREO – Black and White Male Munchkin Kitten Short-Haired


Black and White Male Munchkin Kitten

Pet Price: $1,600.00

Breeder Price: $2,600.00

Oreo is a handsome Black and White Male Munchkin kitten that was born on 2/24/2017. His mother is Karma and his father is Fitz. Pictures and pedigrees of his parents can be viewed from the More Information tab above. Oreo is in Texas and can be picked up or can be shipped home to you if you are not within easy driving distance.


OCEAN – Blue Solid Male Ragdoll Cat


Blue Solid Male Ragdoll Cat

Pet Price: $1,800.00

Breeder Price: $2,800.00

Ocean is a handsome Blue Solid Male Ragdoll cat that was born on 10/12/2016. His mother is Julia and his father is Midnight. Pictures and pedigrees of his parents can be viewed from the More Information tab above. Ocean is in Texas and can be picked up or can be shipped home to you if you are not within easy driving distance.


ORCHID – Blue Colourpoint Mink Female Ragdoll Cat


Blue Colourpoint Mink Female Ragdoll Cat

Pet Price: $750.00

Breeder Price: Not Available

Orchid is a beautiful Blue Colourpoint Mink Female Ragdoll cat that was born on 9/10/2015. Her mother is Becca and her father is Rhett. Pictures and pedigrees of her parents can be viewed from the More Information tab above. Orchid is in Texas and can be picked up or can be shipped home to you if you are not within easy driving distance. So incredibly sweet! Playful, beautiful and funny. I am on the smaller side for a Ragdoll. Will make someone a wonderful and entertaining companion. Needs to be in a home where she gets lots of daily attention, she is not happy when she is not the center of attention..


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National Weather Service Warns of Freezing Temperatures

The National Weather Service is monitoring a powerful cold front that will bring another shot of Arctic air into the region.

This will result in a couple of nights of freezing temperatures and very cold wind chills for up to 7 hours Wednesday and Thursday nights.

After a cool day on Friday, temperatures will warm significantly over the weekend with daytime temperatures in the low to mid 70s and overnight temperatures in the mid 50s.

Wednesday Night Low Temps/Wind Chills County Minimum Temps Wind Chill
Low Temperature: 25 degrees
Wind Chill: 17 degrees

Thursday Night Low Temps/Wind Chills County Minimum Temps Wind Chill
Low Temperature: 30 degrees
Wind Chill: 27 degrees

• 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.

• When low temperatures are predicted, let a thin trickle of water run from the faucet.

• Consider running pool pumps overnight during freezing temperatures to prevent damage.

• Turn off sprinkler system to avoid damage to the sprinkler head and pipes.

Residents are encouraged to register with Alert Hernando to receive automated emergency weather alerts and other important messages from Hernando County.

Register today at: and pay attention to local media outlets or the National Weather Service at for current weather information. The EOC is not activated at this time.

Individuals that need to seek shelter from the cold may contact Jericho Road Ministries for assistance:

Men’s Shelter
1090 Mondon Hill Road
Brooksville, FL 34605
352-799-2912, ext. 103

Women’s Shelter ‘Mary’s House’
1163 Howell Road
Brooksville, FL 34601
352-799-2912, ext. 109

Deputies Respond to Early Morning Shooting

On 01-08-18 at approximately 3:30 a.m., Hernando County deputies responded to 10657 Ridgeline Lane in Spring Hill (Mariner’s Cay Apartments) regarding a Shooting.

Upon arrival, deputies located a male, suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg.

Preliminary investigation reveals that the Shooting is domestic in nature. All parties are accounted for and cooperating with detectives. There is no danger to the community.

The individual who was shot was transported to a local trauma center for treatment. His wounds are not life-threatening.

The case is still active.

When additional information is available, an update will be provided.

HVAC Issues at Hernando County Detention Center

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.