In an abundance of caution, extra Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies have been placed on the campus of Powell Middle School today. At some point over the weekend, an educator at Powell Middle School, who is a Pasco County resident, received a threat via telephone. The educator immediately notified the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, as they have jurisdiction where the call was received. The educator also notified the Powell Middle School Principal and School Safety and Security. At that time arrangements were made to have Hernando County deputies on site this morning. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation into the threatening telephone call. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.
Sharing information from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Multiple Law Enforcement agencies have heard from citizens who have received phone call recordings (robo-calls) stating explosives will detonate unless they visit a website, which we believe to be malicious in nature.
We do not believe the threats are credible in nature. We are urging people to NOT go to any website and to call their local law enforcement agencies instead to report the calls.
Wanderer Kits Available at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office currently has Wanderer Kits available at the District 1 and District 2 offices for the public’s use to assist in locating a wanderer’s whereabouts. The HCSO Wanderer Kit is to be distributed to members of the community who are in need. These kits are intended for anyone who cares for a person who may wander off. This could be a young child who has a developmental disability or an elderly person who is suffering from Dementia.
These kits come with the following items:
1. A scent kit – to be completed and placed on top of the refrigerator.
2. A Child ID kit – to be completed and placed on top of the refrigerator.
3. An HCSO Wanderers Locator pamphlet. Provides tracking devices and local resources.
4. A File of Life kit – to be completed and placed on the front of the refrigerator.
5. A Wanderers Information Sheet – to be completed and returned to the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office will ensure that the information is added to the Wanderers List and added as a SIMS for the caregiver’s residence.
If you have any questions about these kits, please contact the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office at 352-754-6830 and ask to speak with Sgt. Matt Lillibridge.