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.

The World’s Best Butter Cookies

 Versatile Buttery Cookies
When the holidays are just around the corner, we all crave the same thing – the flavors from our grandma’s kitchen. If you miss dipping your nana’s buttery cookies in tea and coffee (I know I do), then this recipe will definitely satisfy your cravings. That one yolk makes all the difference so make sure not to omit it. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Cuisine: Western Prep Time: 4 hours and 15 minutes Calories/Serving: 133
Course: Dessert or Snack Cook Time: 18 minutes Level: 2/3
Servings: 24 (2 cookies per serving) Total Time: 4 hours and 33 minutes Healthiness: 2/5



  • 8 ounces (about 225 grams) unsalted Butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose Flour
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • ¼ tsp Salt



  1. Place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until the mixture becomes creamy and super smooth. Then, add vanilla extract and salt and beat for a few seconds, enough to combine everything together.
  2. Beat in the egg yolk for about 20 seconds, or until the mixture is fully incorporated. Make sure to scrape down the sides of your mixing bowl at least once.
  3. Sift the flour in a bowl. Gradually beat in the sifted flour into the buttery mixture.
  4. Transfer the dough to a clean and lightly floured flat surface. Make sure to scrape the bowl well. With your hands, knead the dough a couple of times, just until it becomes smoother.
  5. Take a piece of plastic wrap and place the dough on it. Roll the dough into a log and wrap it up into the plastic wrap completely. Place it in the fridge and let sit for about 4 hours, until set.
  6. Preheat your oven to 325 F or 160 C degrees. Line one (or two) baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Set aside.
  7. Unwrap the dough and slice into slices that are 1/8 inch (0.3 cm) thick, Arrange the sliced cookies on the lined sheet, leaving about one inch (2.5 cm) of free space in between them. Place the cookies in the preheated oven and bake for about 16-18 minutes, or until they just start to turn golden on the edges. Serve and enjoy!


Nutrition per Serving:

  • Calories – 133
  • Total Fat – 8 g
    Saturated Fat – 5 g
  • Total Carbohydrate – 14.2 g
    Fiber – 0.2 g
    Sugars – 6.2 g
  • Protein – 1.2 g

Recipe Notes:
This cookie dough is pretty versatile, and the cookie combinations are pretty endless. Here are some of my favorites:

  • – Roll out the dough and cut interesting shapes.
  • – Slice the cookies thinner and sandwich them with a teaspoon of your favorite jam.
  • – Dip them half into melted chocolate.


Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies

Soft and chewy, these buttery cookies with chocolate chips are the ultimate favorite snack during Holiday season, or delightful desserts after main dishes such as pork loin roast. But, despite the fancy look, these chocolate chip cookies are actually so simple to make that even the first-timers can get extraordinary results. Dunk in a glass of milk and enjoy the goodness. You can leave some for Santa if you like.

Cuisine: Western Prep Time: 20 minutes Calories/Serving: 240
Course: dessert or snack Cook Time: 15 minutes Level: 1/3
Servings: 42 (1 serving = 1 cookie) Total Time: 35 minutes Healthiness: 1/5



  • 1 ½ cups unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 ¼ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 4 cups all-purpose Flour
  • About 4 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2/3 tsp Salt



  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F or 180 C degrees.
  2. Place the butter, vanilla, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and eggs, in a large bowl. Using nothing but a spoon, mix the ingredients well until the mixture becomes fully incorporated.
  3. In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the buttery mixture. Again, you need nothing but a spoon for this. Stir the chocolate chips into the cookie dough.
  4. Take an ungreased baking sheet and drop rounded spoonfuls of the cookie dough. Make sure to drop the cookies about 2 inches (5 cm) apart to prevent sticking, because they will double in size.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies become lightly browned. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack. Serve as desired and enjoy!


Nutrition per Serving:

  • Calories – 240
  • Total Fat –  12 g
    Saturated Fat – 7 g
  • Total Carbohydrate – 32 g
    Fiber –  1 g
    Sugars – 20 g
  • Protein – 2 g


Recipe Note: If you are a true chocolate lover, you can add a tablespoon of cocoa powder when sifting the flour mixture for the ultimate chocolate butter cookies.


Now if you want to try more creative recipes, visit my blog 15minutekitchen.com for recipes, food tips and kitchen gadget advice.

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.


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
20 to 27 degrees
3 to 5 hours


• 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.


Plan your outdoor escape with this Inspiring 2-Day Itinerary

The tree is up and trimmed, the yard decked out with lights and Christmas cookies are baked, much to everyone’s delight!

Your shopping is all done – well most of it anyway – and you’re feeling “holidayed out” before the actual celebrating truly begins. Why not treat yourself to a break from your busy holiday pace?

Whether solo, with your special someone or best buddy, set aside some downtime to rev up. That way, when it’s time for seasonal sparkle, you’ll be ready to shine.
Day 1:

Plan a brief escape from home-base hectic and check into an Adventure Coast hotel for a little pampering. Drop off the shopping bags and go for a leisurely walk on one of many Adventure Coast trails. From paved or wooded walking trails to primitive off-road hikes, the fresh air, sights and quiet will refresh and revive your senses.

Enjoy outdoor energizing effects by traveling our trails by bike. Pedal mile after mile of relatively level, scenic paved trails that are completely free of motorized vehicles.

Didn’t bring your own bike? Rent from Crankworks Bicycles. And, if escaping holiday hustle happens to mean riding forest trails, check with Crankworks to join an upcoming shop ride through the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest.

Later, stroll the cobblestone streets of historic Brooksville. Stop in for a custom, house-roasted blend at Mountaineer Coffee. Browse shops along Main Street for unique gifts. Next, stroll over to the Uptown Art Gallery at City Hall for a look around.

Take a step back to a bygone era at the May-Stringer House Museum, Countryman One-Room Schoolhouse and the 1885 Train Museum. Browse the nearby Tilted Teacup Tea Room and Boutique.

Notice several murals along the way that also give a nod to earlier times.

After a day of outdoor sunshine, soak up some well-deserved bliss at The White Daisy Salon and Spa, the Candlelight Spa or Capricci Gifts and Healing Waters. Lose yourself and all feelings of hustle and bustle with a massage, facial, hair styling, aromatherapy experience and more. Just the prescription to refresh, rejuvenate and renew.

Day 2:

With the weather outside anything but frightful, answer the call for more outdoor adventures. The natural forested acres of Chinsegut Conservation Center present you with many options.

Start early for the best bird watching and wildlife viewing. Walk the trails any day or check the calendar for such interactive events as creative nature photography.

Travel just a couple miles down the road to enjoy a view from the jewel of Florida’s Adventure Coast: Chinsegut Hill Manor House Museum. Poised atop one of central Florida’s highest points, this exquisitely restored mansion is open daily for tours. A walk around the grounds among ancient Spanish moss-draped oaks or overlooking the valley is picture perfect and soul soothing.

Did you bring your clubs? Florida’s Adventure Coast boasts world class golf courses, challenging for all skill levels. Novice to experienced, a round on shaded fairways and manicured greens are certain de-stressors. Check out our itinerary inspiration just for golfers here and download our Golf Course Map.

Is golf too tame? Do you have energy to burn? Climb, swing and zip through the trees at TreeUmph! Adventure Course.

The holidays are a wonderful, very busy, time of the year. Be energized and ready with a healthy dose of outdoor adventure; it’s just the ticket to polish up your brightest Christmas sparkle.
Sourc : http://blog.floridasadventurecoast.com/halt-the-holiday-hustle

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.