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  • BREAKING - Body Discovered in Burned-Out Vehicle

    Tom Lemons, February 26, 2024|Updated 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|Updated 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 tea...

  • Elementary School Foreign Exchange Teacher Charged with Child Neglect

    Tom Lemons, February 22, 2024|Updated 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...

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

    Tom Lemons, February 23, 2024|Updated 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|Updated 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, and...

  • One Person Killed in Single Vehicle Motorcycle Crash

    Tom Lemons, February 21, 2024|Updated 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 scene....

  • Elderly Woman Claims Her Brakes Failed After Crashing into Restaurant

    Tom Lemons, February 21, 2024|Updated 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 failed, causing...

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

    Tom Lemons, February 20, 2024|Updated 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|Updated 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|Updated 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|Updated 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|Updated 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 All...

  • Suspect Charged His Electric Bicycle While Committing Burglaries

    Tom Lemons, February 18, 2024|Updated 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...

  • Spring Hill Man Faces Slew of Charges After Running Over Crossing Guards

    Tom Lemons, February 15, 2024|Updated Feb 18, 2024

    SPRING HILL – Yesterday, R News broke the news of a hit and run crash that injured two crossing guards at the intersection of Northcliffe Blvd and Deltona Blvd. Today, officials released the identities of both crossing guards and the suspect who is charged with hitting them. According to a statement from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, 911 operators received calls from witnesses who observed the driver of a tan sedan driving erratically in the area of Deltona Blvd....

  • Two School Crossing Guards Injured in Hit and Run Crash

    Tom Lemons, February 14, 2024|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    UPDATE: There is one additional crime scene related to the hit and run at Northcliffe Blvd and Deltona Blvd. That is the location of the vehicle at Carthage Road and Deltona Blvd. SPRING HILL – There are unconfirmed reports that two school crossing guards have been struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run crash at the intersection of Deltona Blvd and Northcliffe Blvd. Sources say both victims have been transported to a trauma center for treatment, where their conditions are...

  • Investigation Underway at Parrott Middle School Where Student Fell from the Second Floor

    Tom Lemons, February 13, 2024|Updated Feb 14, 2024

    UPDATE 4:49 P.M.: A statement provided by the Hernando County School District raises more questions regarding today's incident at Parrott Middle School. According to District Spokesperson Karen Jordan, "...the medical emergency involving a DSPMS student was not the result of a fall." R News has not received a response from the Sheriff's Office or Fire Rescue regarding the incident. BROOKSVILLE – An investigation is underway into an incident that occurred at Parrott Middle Sc...

  • Two Die After Motorcycle Collides with Car at a High Rate of Speed.

    Tom Lemons, February 11, 2024|Updated Feb 11, 2024

    WESLEY CHAPEL – The Florida Highway Patrol is reporting the death of two people after a two-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle occurred yesterday afternoon on SR-56. According to officials, a 30-year-old Tampa man was traveling westbound at a high rate of speed on a GSX-R600 approaching the entrance of the Wire Grass Mall at Piazza Ave. A Nissan Altima driven by a 32-year-old Wesley Chapel woman attempted to turn into the plaza from the eastbound turn lane and drove into...

  • Holiday Man Pleads Guilty to Charge Related to January 6th Protest in D.C.

    Tom Lemons, February 10, 2024|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    TAMPA – 1,313 demonstrators have been arrested, so far, since the massive protest that rocked Washington D.C. on January 6, 2020, and a Pasco man is the latest to plead guilty on a charge related to entering the Capitol. On Thursday, 37-year-old Ryan Yates of Holiday pled guilty to a charge of Civil Disorder and will be sentenced on June 12th. According to court documents, on Jan. 6, 2021, Yates entered the restricted area around the United States Capitol building and stood...

  • Gun Used in Recent Shooting Allegedly Seen Passed Around on School Bus

    Tom Lemons, February 9, 2024|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – Yesterday, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis appeared in a rare in-person press conference alongside School District Superintended John Stratton to discuss incidents involving a firearm used by Springstead High School students According to Nienhuis, the chain of events started back on January 12th, when a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle at Mariner Cay Apartments. When the deputy approached the vehicle, the suspect who Nienhuis says was...

  • What's Killing Manatees in Hernando County?

    Tom Lemons, February 8, 2024|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    SPRING HILL – According to the latest Data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), only one manatee died in Hernando County last year, but just in the last thirty days, five manatees have been found dead in a small stretch of the Mudd River. Linda Farmer contacted R News after finding the dead mammals floating in the area of Mary's Fish Camp. Farmer says she has a few theories as to what is causing the deaths but until an investigation is complete,...

  • School Bus Swarmed by Deputies After Student Claimed to Have a Gun, Switchblade, and Brass Knuckles

    Tom Lemons, February 7, 2024|Updated Feb 8, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – A sixth-grade Parrot Middle School student caused quite a stir on a Hernando County school bus yesterday after he claimed to have weapons in his possession. Several Hernando County Sheriff's Deputies swarmed the bus on a service road near Weeping Willow Street and Cortez Blvd yesterday, after reports that the child had made threats to harm other students. According to the original statement by officials, a student was overheard saying he would "bring a gun to...

  • Bomb Discovered on Construction Site Near Brooksville - Tampa Bay Regional Airport

    Tom Lemons, February 6, 2024|Updated Feb 7, 2024

    UPDATE 6:04 P.M.: Officials have given the All Clear. Spring Hill Drive will reopen. BROOKSVILLE - Numerous Law Enforcement and Fire Rescue are on the scene of a construction site on Helicopter Drive, near the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport, where a WWII-era bomb has been uncovered. Spring Hill Drive is shut down between US-41 and California Street and nearby businesses are being evacuated. The airport will cease operations until the ordnance has been removed or...

  • Playing with a Firearm Leads to Accidental Shooting

    Tom Lemons, February 1, 2024|Updated Feb 2, 2024

    SPRING HILL – Yesterday, R News reported the shooting of a 17-year-old male victim that occurred inside a residence at Mariner Cay Apartments. After further investigation, officials deemed the shooting accidental. According to officials, 18-year-old Thesani James and his friends (the victim) were playing video games when James pulled a firearm out of his backpack to show the victim. James says he did not know the firearm was loaded when he pulled the trigger, striking his fr...

  • 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....

  • Woman Gets Time Served After Shooting Ex-Boyfriend and Holding Children Hostage

    Tom Lemons, February 11, 2024

    HERNANDO BEACH – A woman who shot her ex-boyfriend and then held two children hostage walked out of the Hernando County Jail Thursday with a reduced charge and time served. On June 24, 2023, Hernando County Sheriff's Deputies rushed to a residence on Flounder Ave after reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, they made contact with the victim, John Cantwell, at a nearby residence who had suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Deputies soon learned that Cantwell had been shot...

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