Expect Delays for Road Work in Hernando County Starting February 1, 2016

detourAccording to the Hernando County Department of Public Works, drivers should expect to encounter delays and detours starting February 1, 2016 while road work is being completed at the following locations:

  • A culvert will be replaced at Spring Hill Drive and Autumn Road and is expected to be completed by May 15, 2016.
  • A culvert will be replaced on W. Richard Drive and is expected to be completed by April 1, 2016.

DPW urges drivers to use caution while driving in these areas while roadwork is being completed.

Details Released in Silverthorn Attack

parAdditional details have been released about the home invasion in the gated community of Silverthorn that left two woman seriously injured. According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received multiple 9-1-1 calls around 4:30 yesterday afternoon indicating two females had been injured at or near the address of 14443 Middle Fairway Drive. 55 year old Kathleen Perkins was found at the residence with traumatic injuries. The second victim, 27 year old Samantha Perkins, was reportedly chasing the attacker who had fled on foot. The suspect was spotted moments later attempting to cross the Suncoast Parkway and was quickly taken into custody. Samantha Perkins told detectives that her ex-boyfriend, 53 year old Joseph Panarese, was the attacker. After being placed in custody, Panarese complained of injury due to running from deputies. He was transported (by Hernando County Fire/Rescue) to Bayfront Health Brooksville for treatment. He was later released and transported (by deputies) to the Hernando County Detention Center. Physicians have advised that both victims are expected to recover from their injuries. Panarese was charged with Home Invasion Robbery with Weapon and two counts of Aggravated Battery with Deadly Weapon. Bond was set at $150,000. The case remains under investigation. There is no additional information available at this time.

TheBus Now Offers Connection with Pasco County

the bus logoRiders of Hernando County Transit, also known as TheBus, are now able to travel between Hernando County and Pasco County Public Transit (PCPT) via the service connection at the Scheer Commerce Center on Emerald Drive between U.S. 19 and Bachmann Avenue. This new connection allows riders to easily travel between Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties (fares for each transit system apply). As part of this new service connection, PCPT plans to make improvements at the bus stop. Improvements include an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible bus stop shelter and bike racks. This shelter will be illuminated in evening hours for customer safety and security. TheBus is a cooperative effort of the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners, Florida Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration and McDonald Transit Associates Inc. serving the citizens with affordable public transportation.

Shooting at Brooksville Regional Hospital Ruled Suicide

school shooting threatAdditional details about  the shooting that occurred at Brooksville Regional Hospital yesterday evening have finally been released. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Troopers responded to a vehicle crash on US Hwy 41 and Powell Road in Hernando County at 5:13 p.m. The Troopers determined that a Dodge pickup truck had made a turn in front of a Volkswagen sedan on US Hwy 41 causing the crash. The driver of the Volkswagen sedan and the driver of the Dodge truck, William Stark Adams, 61, of Webster, Florida, were treated by Hernando Fire Rescue due to injuries sustained from the crash. A large volume of hydrocodone and other pills were located with Adams who was transported to the Brooksville Regional Hospital. Adams shot himself in the emergency room and expired from his injuries. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the hospital to investigate the death.

Two People Suffer Serious Injuries in Spring Hill Home Invasion

air liftHernando County Deputies, Major Case Detectives, and Forensic Technicians are currently on the scene of a home invasion at 14439 Middle Fairway Drive in Spring Hill’s Silverthorn subdivision. Two victims have been air-lifted to bay area trauma centers with serious injuries. The (only) suspect was taken into custody by deputies a short distance away, minutes after the call was dispatched. There is no danger to the community. The investigation is active. No additional information is available at this time.

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