Search Warrant Nabs Meth Dealers Near Fox Chapel Middle School

Joao Martins

Joao Martins

Dtectives with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit, assisted by members of the K-9 Unit and Patrol Deputies, executed a search warrant at 5203 Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill yesterday morning after a lengthy narcotics investigation that included two undercover purchases of methamphetamine from people at the house which is located approximately 1,005 feet from Fox Chapel Middle School. Detectives observed two dogs on the property, one of which was in obvious distress and suffering from severe neglect with numerous sores on its jawline that had caused the dog’s lower jaw to deteriorate. It’s eyes appeared to be severely infected as well with green discharge oozing from them and it was unable to walk properly. It’s toe nails had grown so long they were curled completely under it’s feet. A search of the residence revealed 5.15 grams of marijuana, 3.1 grams of methamphetamine, 4.35 grams of unidentified white powdery substance that was sent for testing, numerous glass smoking pipes with methamphetamine residue, numerous small baggies with methamphetamine residue, and six baggies containing methamphetamine packaged for distribution. Joao Martins was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $26,000. Pierre Martins was charged with Possession of Paraphernalia and given a $2,000 bond. Melissa Martins was charged with Obstructing Law Enforcement While Serving a Search Warrant and given a $500. Charges are forthcoming for Emily Martins regarding the animal the neglected dog. The neglected dog was removed by an Animal Enforcement Officer and taken to Hernando County Animal Services for evaluation. The other dog appeared to be in good health and was left on scene with the owner.

Pierre Martins

Pierre Martins

Melissa Martins

Melissa Martins

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Weeki Wachee Man Arrested for Child Pornography

graysonMichael Shawn Grayson, 48, of 15327 Green Jay Road in Weeki Wachee has been charged with nine counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography with intent to distribute. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement with assistance from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office arrested Grayson without incident at the Winn Dixie on Commercial Way (and Cortez Blvd) yesterday afternoon. Numerous digital images of child pornography were recovered and agents seized several items of digital media for forensic analysis. Agents began investigating Grayson after receiving a tip that an electronic device at his residence was downloading child pornography. He is being held at the Hernando County Jail on a $33,000 bond. Please visit the Secure Florida website to review tips for keeping your children safe online at http://secureflorida.org/2011/family/best_practices_for_parents/

Homeowner briefly steps away from kitchen while cooking, cabinets catch on fire

Yesterday around 7:30 p.m., Hernando County Fire Rescue (HCFR)IMG_0012 responded to a reported structure fire at 9550 Purdy St. The occupant, who was cooking on the stove, briefly walked into another room and upon returning found the kitchen on fire. The woman quickly evacuated the home with her three grandchildren, rabbit, dog and cat, while calling 911. The first unit on scene arrived within 6 minutes and found all occupants and animals outside the residence and unharmed. Continue reading

The keen eye of a Pasco Sheriff’s Office Explorer helped to catch a suspect wanted for an attempted homicide.

Friday night during a high school football game at Anclote High 11896193_936715063033371_530535219741642413_nSchool, Cpl. Bill Vedral was working along with the assistance of a PSO Explorer Post 916 member. The Explorer identified the suspect, Jaekwon Forde, 18, and both Cpl. Vedral and the Explorer verified there was an active warrant for Forde’s arrest. A coordinated effort between the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, New Port Richey Police Department and Tarpon Springs Police Department was designed to capture Forde. Continue reading