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  • Sheriff Deploys China-Invested Spy Cameras, Orders BOCC to Remain Silent

    Tom Lemons, April 5, 2024|Updated Apr 5, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – You might have noticed several small black cameras situated in various locations along Hernando County roadways and wondered what they were being used for. Unfortunately, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis doesn't want you to know, and he's ordered his office and all elected officials to remain silent. After fielding numerous inquiries from concerned citizens, R News delved into the origins of the camera, only to encounter dead ends at every turn. Eventually, w...

  • Business Utilities Manager Arrested on Theft Charges

    Tom Lemons, April 3, 2024|Updated Apr 5, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – A Hernando County Utilities Manager is charged with several counts of Larceny. According to sources, 55-year-old Cheri Elizabeth Cameron was arrested Sunday and charged with 9 counts of 2nd-degree petit theft. Cameron is listed as the Utilities Business Manager, but sources say she has since resigned from her position. R News has been unable to obtain the arrest affidavit due to the recent cyberattack on Hernando County's IT network. We will update this story w...

  • Sources: Hernando County Gov Suffers Possible Cyberattack, Unknown if Private Data Compromised

    Tom Lemons, April 1, 2024|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – There are unconfirmed reports that Hernando County Government online services may have suffered a possible cyberattack. According to a source inside the Hernando County Clerk's Office, the County's online systems suffered a ransomware attack, interrupting access to websites for the Clerk's Office, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, and other systems. Public Information Officer Dominique Holmes tells R News, "Our investigation into this interruption is ongoing; t...

  • Spring Hill Man Charged with Downloading One Image of Child Porn

    Tom Lemons, April 1, 2024|Updated Apr 1, 2024

    SPRING HILL – The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of a Spring Hill man who is charged with possessing child pornography. According to officials, detectives received a tip that 21-year-old Joseph David Spain had transmitted a single image of child pornography between his electronic devices. Detectives obtained a search warrant and confirmed the devices belonged to Spain who also admitted they were his devices. Spain was taken into custody on March 2...

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