February 28, 2024

  • Sheriff Wants You to Pay $300 Million for "Master Plan" - Higher Taxes Inevitable

    Tom Lemons, February 26, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – Last year, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office introduced a $300 million Master Plan to completely rebuild the Sheriff's Office. Something the Sheriff has never publicly touted, leaving the public virtually in the dark. At the same time, The Hernando Board of County Commissioners approved a 12.2% increase ($8.5 million) to the Sheriff's annual budget, totaling $77.9 million. All of which will inevitably result in higher taxes for Hernando County residents....

  • BREAKING - Body Discovered in Burned-Out Vehicle

    Tom Lemons, February 26, 2024 | Feb 26, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – A body has been discovered in a burned-out vehicle at a residence on Hancock Lake Road. According to sources, just after 4:00 p.m. today a Hernando County Sheriff's Deputy reported a vehicle fire at the 200 block of Hancock Lake Road. Prior to Fire Rescue arriving on the scene, the deputy reported observing a gas can in the front seat of the vehicle. Upon arrival, firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which was beginning to spread to a nearby wood line....

  • Another Foreign Exchange Teacher Arrested, Parents Concerned About Cultural Differences

    Tom Lemons, February 25, 2024 | Feb 26, 2024

    FLORIDA – Due to the shortage of qualified teachers in Florida, several school districts have opted to hire non-citizen foreign exchange teachers to fill the vacancies, but in light of recent arrests, some parents are starting to voice concerns over the safety of their children in public schools. The U.S. State Department's J1 visa program authorizes teachers from around the world to work in the United States for up to 5 years. Florida's Department of Education sanctions...

  • Elderly Man Held Without Bond After Killing His Wife, "I wanted to end her suffering"

    Tom Lemons, February 23, 2024 | Feb 24, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – An elderly man is behind bars tonight on a charge of Aggravated Manslaughter after officials say he suffocated his wife while she slept. During an interview with detectives, 89-year-old Robert Carl Duhrkopf explained that his wife Marly had dementia and that she recently suffered a stroke. On January 18, 2024, Duhrkopf says his wife begged him to help her and said, "I want to die." Later that evening Duhrkopf says he placed Marly in blankets and held her tight...

  • Firefighters Prevent Vehicle Fire from Spreading to Homes

    Tom Lemons, February 22, 2024 | Feb 23, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – Firefighters responded to the 6000 block of Cartwrite Road this evening after a vehicle fire threatened nearby residential structures. According to Hernando County Fire Rescue, firefighters arrived on scene to find a vehicle fire spreading to adjacent scrap piles on the property. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire and prevented it from spreading to a residence on the property and the nearby Silverthorn Community. Officials say there were no injuries,...

  • Elementary School Foreign Exchange Teacher Charged with Child Neglect

    Tom Lemons, February 22, 2024 | Feb 25, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – A Brooksville Elementary School teacher is behind bars today on charges of child neglect, but officials aren't releasing details of what led to her arrest. According to the Hernando County Jail website, 38-year-old Latisha Yonique Greenland was arrested on Monday and charged with two counts of child neglect. Sources say Greenland is a 5th-grade math and science teacher at Brooksville Elementary. However, it is believed that the charges against her are not...

  • One Person Killed in Single Vehicle Motorcycle Crash

    Tom Lemons, February 21, 2024 | Feb 22, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – One person is dead in what sources say is a single-vehicle motorcycle crash at Mondon Hill Road and Soult Road. Hernando County Fire Rescue responded to the area where they located a male victim between 30 and 40 years of age in a wood line. The Florida Highway Patrol is responding to the...

  • Elderly Woman Claims Her Brakes Failed After Crashing into Restaurant

    Tom Lemons, February 21, 2024 | Feb 21, 2024

    WESLEY CHAPEL – An elderly woman was uninjured after she crashed her car into a restaurant on SR-54, Wednesday. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 73-year-old San Antonio woman was driving her Hyundai Sant Fe in the parking lot of the Beef O' Brady's when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed through the front doors of the business. The accident occurred around 10:00 a.m. this morning and no injuries were reported. The driver claims her brakes...

  • Mortar Rounds Delivered to Sheriff's Office, Citrus Bomb Squad Responding

    Tom Lemons, February 20, 2024 | Feb 21, 2024

    UPDATE 1:49 P.M.: The situation has been resolved and is all clear. BROOKSVILLE - The front parking lot of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office (Main Office) has been cleared due to a citizen delivering two mortar rounds to the office for disposal, according to officials. The Citrus County Bomb Squad is en route to investigate the suspicious item. Sheriff Mylander Way and Cortez Blvd (50/50 West) are closed, according to officials. More on this story as it...

  • Publix Super Market Recalls Meat from Spring Hill Store

    Tom Lemons, February 19, 2024 | Feb 20, 2024

    SPRING HILL – If you purchased ground meat products from a local Publix Super Market, you might want to dispose of or return the product for a refund. According to a statement, a voluntary recall has been issued for meat products sold at store 457 in Spring Hill, located at Lakewood Plaza on Commercial Way. The recall is due to the potential of foreign material in the product. No other Publix locations are affected by the recall. All meats purchased between February 14th...

  • Cold Weather Shelters Open Ahead of Overnight Low Temperatures

    Tom Lemons, February 19, 2024 | Feb 19, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – According to Hernando County Emergency Management, below-average temperatures are expected to dip into the upper 30°'s throughout Hernando County. In preparation, Emergency Management has coordinated with Jericho Road Ministries to have shelters available for use for those who are in need. Those who may be homeless or perhaps have inadequate heat sources, the following shelter locations will be open. Cold Weather Shelters •Men's Shelter 1090 Mondon Hill...

  • Remembering Captain Scott Bierwiler

    Tom Lemons, February 19. 2024 | Feb 19, 2024

    A Statement from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office Regarding the Death of Captain Scott Bierwiler In the early morning hours of February 19th, 2009, Captain Scott Bierwiler was killed in the line of duty, as the result of a head-on collision. Scott, who was only 42 years old at the time of his death, was a 23-year veteran of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and the recipient of the Medal of Valor who had quickly climbed the ranks due to his faithfulness of service and...

  • 2-Year-Old in Critical Condition After Mauled by Neighbor's Dog

    Tom Lemons, February 18, 2024 | Feb 19, 2024

    UPDATE - February 19, 2024: According to a source close to the family, the dog was a Pit Bull and it terrorized the neighborhood, killing other people's pets. HUDSON – A 2-year-old boy is fighting for his life today after a vicious dog attack left him with multiple head and face injuries. The incident occurred on Thursday evening while the toddler was riding his bike in the street, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The child was transported to Johns Hopkins...

  • Suspect Charged His Electric Bicycle While Committing Burglaries

    Tom Lemons, February 18, 2024 | Feb 18, 2024

    HERNANDO BEACH – Transient charged with residential burglary after several failed attempts at entering local businesses. Sources say the suspect, 62-year-old Corey Hal Schuerman, arrived on a battery-operated bicycle and attempted to break into Lei Lo Tiki Hut Restaurant on Caliente Street. After failing to enter the restaurant, Schuerman plugged his bicycle into an outdoor electric outlet to let it charge while he tried breaking into another business. Schuerman then moved...

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