Planned Fight Leads to Knife Wound & Arrest

French21 year old Robert French was arrested July 24, 2014 after he went to a house on Sylvia Avenue to fight another man. According to French, he went to the house with several friends because the two men spoke earlier in the day about getting into a physical altercation. French said that the man and a friend came out of the house with a lead pipe and knives, so he grabbed a large hunting knife from the car before approaching the other man. When the other man started to run at French he threw the knife at him, striking him in the side. The victim received stitches and witnesses advised that the victim did not threaten French with any type of weapon. French was charged with aggravated battery and given a $1,000 bond.

Man Dies Following Industrial Accident at CEMEX

On 07-23-14 at approximately 8:49 a.m., the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a call from CEMEX located at 10311 Cement Plant Road in Brooksville, regarding an Industrial Accident.police line imageThe caller advised that an individual was possibly hit by and/or pinned between a vehicle and a piece of heavy equipment. Deputies and Fire/Rescue units were immediately dispatched to the scene.

Units arrived on scene to find a truck driver, Ismael Santana, 51, Spring Hill, lying on the ground and being attended by CEMEX employees.

Investigation revealed that Santana was the first truck of the day to dump a load of ash. As Santana was exiting his truck the driver of the front-end loader, who was moving debris from one bin to another, did not see Santana. As the driver of the front-end loader attempted to return to the bin, he backed into Santana, pinning him against the cabin of his own semi. Upon arrival, Fire/Rescue units immediately rendered aid to Santana. He was transported to Bayfront Health Brooksville. Ismael Santana was pronounced deceased by physicians at 10:09 a.m. due to catastrophic injuries sustained in the accident.

The accident remains under investigation by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). There is no additional information available at this time.


Bicyclist Killed on Mariner Boulevard

Soquel-Bicycle-Accident-Lawyers54 year old Curt Hudson of Spring Hill was killed while riding his bicycle around 10:54 last night (July 23, 2014) near the intersection of Mariner Boulevard and Portillo Road. A 2010 Chevy Aveo was traveling northbound on Mariner Boulevard approaching Portillo Road. Hudson crossed Mariner Boulevard and traveled into the path of the vehicle and was ejected off of the bicycle and onto the roadway. Hudson sustained fatal injuries and expired at the scene of the crash. Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Hudson. 

Son Joins Dad (Who Shot His Friend) in Jail

Stephan Thomas Murphy

Stephan Thomas Murphy

Remember Stephan Murphy? He was charged with attempted 2nd degree murder earlier this month after shooting a friend of his son’s in the chest at his home in Masaryktown (click here to read the story). It was reported that Murphy and his son, Stephan Thomas Murphy, have a volatile relationship and that Murphy had a permanent restraining order against his son at the time of the shooting. Now, Junior has landed in jail too. Deputies were dispatched to the house of Stephan Murphy, who is currently incarcerated on the attempted murder charge, on July 20, 2014 in reference to a suspicious smoke at the residence and found evidence that someone was possibly living in the house. They contacted Murphy at the jail and he confirmed that nobody should be at the house. While on scene a white Nissan Sentra drove by a couple of times and a few minutes later deputies received information that the vehicle had been abandoned at the Hess station nearby with a “punched ignition.” Witnesses saw a white male exit the car and start walking down Broad Street. Deputies responded and found the vehicle had a damaged steering column and the ignition switch had been removed. The care belonged to Stephan Thomas and Stephan Thomas Murphy was located a few minutes later. Stephan was brought back to his father’s house and identified as the person who had just driven by. Per the restraining order, Stephen is not allowed within 500 feet of his father’s residence but Stephan admitted to saying at his dad’s house since he went to jail. His father declined to press charges for grand theft auto and told authorities that he let his son stay at the residence and he intended to drop the restraining order but Stephan Thomas Murphy was arrested for violating the court order and is being held without bond.

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