Crime

Woman Arrested for Child Neglect

Hernando County Sheriffs Office

Samantha McCarthy

On 12-29-15 at approximately 9 a.m., Hernando County deputies were dispatched to the area of U.S. 19 in front of the Motel 6 regarding a Suspicious Incident.

Dispatchers received a call from a concerned motorist who had observed five very small children attempting to cross the highway to get to Weeki Wachee Springs. The motorist was able to stop the children before they entered into the lanes of traffic.

The children were too young to advise their names and/or who their parents were. All of the children were wearing only diapers, which were heavily soiled.

Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon

Hernando County Sheriffs Office

Michael Meredith Mugshot 12/29/15

In an ongoing effort to combat illegal narcotic activity throughout Hernando County, detectives from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office Vice and Narcotics Unit conducted proactive patrols in various areas of the county on 12-29-15.

During the proactive patrols, several detectives observed the driver of a white Cadillac commit a traffic infraction, at which time a traffic stop was conducted.

A Corporal and his K-9 at the Right Place, at the Right Time

Hernando Sun Staff

A few minutes after midnight on December 12th, Joseph Hildreth, withdrew cash from the ATM at the Suncoast Credit Union located at 4176 Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill. After withdrawing his cash, Hildreth headed back to his vehicle.

Then three individuals approached him from behind a neighboring business and placed handkerchiefs over their faces. Before he was able to reach his vehicle safely, one of the individuals approached him and demanded his money, stating, "Give me your money and you won't get hurt."

Hernando County Cold Case Much Warmer, with Assistance from Television Show

Sgt. Phillip Lakin (left) and Det. George Loydgren (right) discussing Evelyn Mackey's disappearance at a Press Conference Monday 11/2/2015

Merle Mackey, has been arrested by authorities for the murder of his wife Evelyn nearly 35 years ago. He is currently being held without bond in Levy County while he awaits trial. Hernando County Sheriff’s Office reached out to the TNT television show, Cold Justice, who ultimately agreed to help out in February 2015. On May 1st, Episode 12 “A Trip to Nowhere” was aired, based on the missing persons case of Evelyn Mackey.

No Credible Evidence Found in School Shooting Threat Late Tuesday

Staff

At 9:25 p.m. last night, (10/27/15), 911 dispatchers began receiving numerous calls reporting a supposed threat made on social media of a possible school shooting that was to occur today.

The report from the police department is as follows,

"Deputies immediately began investigating the origin of the threat.
There was a similar threat made by a student on Monday at Weeki Wachee High School.

The incident was investigated and it was determined that the student made the comment out of anger with no intention or ability to carry out the threat.

Fifth Grade Teacher at Explorer K-8 Arrested

Hernando Sun Staff

Fifth Grade Teacher Catherine Ferraro

On October 20, 2015 Hernando County deputies arrested a Fifth Grade teacher from Explorer K-8 School in Spring Hill. The teacher, Catherine Ferraro admitted to stealing medications from the purses of two teachers after they contacted School Resource Deputy Stacy Rodriguez about the situation. Ferraro had been stealing items from the teachers since the beginning of the year according to the report.

Hernando County Jane Doe Murdered in 1972 May Have a Chance to Tell her Story

Julie B. Maglio

Bust of Hernando County Jane Doe murdered in 1972 by IFAAS forensic artists

A Hernando County Jane Doe, murdered in 1972 may have a chance to tell her story. Approximately 3 days after her death, a teenage boy discovered her body. Her remains had already started to decompose, making her unrecognizable. She was buried by the county following an autopsy. Then in June 2015, her body was exhumed for DNA testing, anthropological assessments, and facial reconstruction. Three dimensional printing was used to create a replica of her skull which was then used for facial reconstruction, a relatively new process forged by forensic artist Joe Mullins.

Police Found over 3700 knives following Brooksville Woman's Arrest- Many "Booby-trapped"

Submitted by admin on Fri, 09/18/2015 - 2:14pm
Nickcole Dykema

Hernando County Sheriff's Office

Editor's Note: This story has made pretty big headlines throughout national news sources including CNN, NBCNews, Fox News and the Huffington Post. The Daily Mail and The Daily Mirror, both British News sources also featured articles.

On September 15, 2015 at approximately 9:53 p.m., Hernando County deputies responded to 12110 Eldorado Avenue in Brooksville to assist Probation and Parole officers. Probation and Parole officers were on scene at this location to serve multiple felony warrants on the resident, Nickcole Dykema.

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