WANDERER KITS AVAILABLE

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.

Sheriff to Offer Situational Awareness Firearms Training (S.A.F.E.)

Sheriff Al Nienhuis is pleased to announce Situational Awareness Firearms Training (S.A.F.E.), an interactive training course available exclusively to Hernando County residents who are current concealed weapon permit-holders.

In Hernando County, there are currently over 21,500 citizens who lawfully possess concealed weapons permits in compliance with FS 790.02. It is in the public’s best interest for citizens who are legally carrying to also be armed with basic knowledge and skills related to possessing said firearms. Therefore, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has created and will offer this one-day course.

The course will provide participants with a wide array of information, interactive (firearms) simulations training, and will include instruction on the firing range, with each participant firing 100 rounds from their personally owned weapon.

Training will be provided by Hernando County Sheriff’s Office certified firearms instructors.

Upcoming Dates

Each offering is limited to 24 participants, so register early!

• Friday, December 13, 2019 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Requirements

• Each participant must be a full time resident of Hernando County as verified through driver license or other form of current ID.

• Each participant must possess a current, active Florida Concealed Weapon Permit.

• Each participant must submit to a current criminal history check and verification of participant’s concealed weapon permit.

• A $100 registration fee online. (A portion of the proceeds will benefit Boy Scouts of America.)

• Each participant must bring for use a personally owned firearm. Each firearm will be subject to a safety inspection by Hernando County Sheriff’s Office firearms instructors. (Only .38 caliber, 9mm, 40 caliber, .380 caliber and 45 caliber are allowed.)

• Each participant must bring for use 100 rounds of factory ammunition for their firearm. (Reloads are not permitted.)

Registration Process

• https://www.hernandosheriff.org/safe.aspx

• Complete the online application. Be sure to include your Concealed Weapon Permit Number.

• Choose a date (listed above) you would like to attend. Once your application is submitted, you will receive an email to notify you that your application is being processed.

• The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a criminal history check and verify your Concealed Weapon Permit.

• Once your application has been processed, you will be emailed a link to remit the $100 registration fee. Cash or checks are not accepted.

• Once your registration fee is received, a confirmation email will be sent showing you are registered for the class and where to report on the day of the class.

The Office of Sheriff:

The Office of the Sheriff is established by the Florida Constitution. As a constitutional officer, the Sheriff has the exclusive authority to administer his or her agency and is responsible for preserving the peace throughout the entire county, carrying out the laws of the state, the orders of Florida courts, and the ordinances of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement and correctional officer of the county.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis was initially appointed as the Sheriff of Hernando County by the Governor in January of 2011. He was then elected by the people of Hernando County in 2012, ran unopposed in 2016, and remains accountable to them.

Michael Terry

Deputy PIO

Certified Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner

Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff

Hernando County Sheriff’s Office

18900 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34601

mterry@hernandosheriff.org

Direct Line – 352-797-3608  Cell Phone – 352-290-2243  FAX – 352-799-4660

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LOCAL BANK EMPLOYEE DETECTS FRAUDULENT BANK ACCOUNT

Media Release From: Denise M. Moloney Community/Media Relations Manager, 352-797-3609 Re: Local Bank Employee Detects Fraudulent Bank Account Date: November 25, 2019

On 11-01-19, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit received information from an astute Brannen Bank employee that a male suspect, later identified as William Brown Jr. DOB/ 4/25/1979, had opened a fraudulent bank account with Brannen Bank. The suspect used a counterfeit driver’s license with his picture and the personal identification information of an unknowing victim. This suspect had deposited $5000 via direct deposit into the newly created account. While investigating this direct deposit, it was discovered that the deposit originated from a loan obtained from another local lending institution in the amount of $8,000. The loan was obtained by using the same victim’s information as was on the Brannen Bank account. After making contact with the original lender, an employee of this financial institution described a similar suspicious loan application in the amount of $5,000 from another male, later identified as Leroy Stevenson DOB/ 9/29/1977. The lending institution believed that the loan application was fraudulent, involving another unknowing victim’s personal identification information. This employee alerted detectives that this applicant would be arriving momentarily with what appeared to be a counterfeit driver’s license. As detectives waited, Brown arrived driving a 2017 Lincoln sedan with passenger Stevenson. Brown dropped Stevenson off at the lending institution, while Brown parked across the parking lot to wait. Detectives simultaneously took Brown and Stevenson into custody, along with the Lincoln sedan. Brown and Stevenson were each subsequently arrested for Organized Fraud, Criminal Use of Personal Identification Information and Grand Theft. It was discovered during interviews that the suspects had purchased the counterfeit driver’s licenses and personal identification information on the Dark Web. On 11-20-19, a search warrant was conducted on the Lincoln sedan, at which time additional personal identification information from additional victims was located within the interior of the vehicle. Among the contraband was 10 additional counterfeit driver licenses with the suspect’s photos and victim’s personal information. Additional charges are pending.

The Office of Sheriff: The Office of the Sheriff is established by the Florida Constitution. As a constitutional officer, the Sheriff has the exclusive authority to administer his or her agency and is responsible for preserving the peace throughout the entire county, carrying out the laws of the state, the orders of Florida courts, and the ordinances of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement and correctional officer of the county. Sheriff Al Nienhuis was initially appointed as the Sheriff of Hernando County by the Governor in January of 2011. He was then elected by the people of Hernando County in 2012, ran unopposed in 2016, and remains accountable to them.

Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case video

In an effort to keep each one of our COLD CASES fresh in the minds of our citizens and those watching our social media platforms, we have created this 10-minute video.

Please take a look and see if you can help us solve one of these cases.

If you want to remain anonymous – Please call Hernando County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-990-TIPS (8477) or submit your tip via the internet athttp://www.hernandosheriff.org/Tips . You will remain anonymous and also be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 cash!