Search Warrant in Weeki Wachee Leads to Two Arrests

Today, detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit and members of the SWAT team executed a search warrant at 12269 Purple Galinule Avenue in Weeki Wachee, the residence of Jamie Lovett.

The search warrant was the result of a lengthy investigation where undercover Vice and Narcotics detectives were able to purchase methamphetamine from Lovett on several occasions.

At approximately 8 a.m., detectives made contact with two individuals within the house, at which time both subjects were taken into custody without incident.

Pursuant to the search, detectives located baggies of methamphetamine (27.27 grams total), a misdemeanor amount of marijuana, various controlled substances to include, alprazolam, hydromorphone and diazepam, various items of drug paraphernalia and assorted ammunition for firearms.

Lovett is currently on probation for forgery /fraud and has a criminal history that includes narcotic arrests.

Those arrested and their charges are as follows:

- Jamie Lovett W/M DOB/07-19-197712963607_1006091219425989_8765588629593676508_n
- Violation of felony probation
- Trafficking in methamphetamine
- Three counts of sale and possession of methamphetamine
- Possession of a structure for the purpose of selling methamphetamine
- Unlawful use of a two- way communication device
- Possession of controlled substance
- Possession of marijuana
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession of ammunition by felon
- Being held with no bond

- Angela Cheek W/F DOB/09-12-198412919861_1006091409425970_2776821430856882917_n
- Trafficking in methamphetamine
- Possession of controlled substance
- Possession of legend drug w/out prescription
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession of ammunition by felon
- Bond: $62,000



Teen Breaks Into Family Dollar, Sprays Self With Fire Extinguisher to Elude Capture

Last night at approximately 10:33 p.m., a caller walking in the area of 587c3f83-b609-4bc6-8f31-39e2c47c884dNorthcliffe Boulevard in Spring Hill reported hearing the sound of breaking glass followed by an unknown male running from the Family Dollar store located at 10620 Northcliffe Blvd.  When deputies arrived, they found the front glass window to the business had been broken using a cinder block. Deputies noted that the suspect, later identified as Anthony Dixon Jr. appeared to turn off the power to the business from the outside prior to breaking the window and entering the business.  Additional deputies and a K-9 Unit were called in to search for the suspect.  While conducting the search, deputies found an area behind a neighboring business where a large amount of a white powdery substance from a fire extinguisher had been sprayed.  A short time later, deputies then found two spent fire extinguishers, belonging to Mariner’s Cay apartments, in a nearby alleyway.  With the help of tips from bystanders, deputies were able to locate Dixon walking in the area of Hearth Boulevard. Deputies noted Dixon appeared to have a white powdery substance on his legs. Dixon was taken into custody without incident.

During questioning, Dixon admitted to breaking into the Family Dollar in an attempt to steal cigarettes. Dixon added that he stole the fire extinguishers from the apartment complex and sprayed himself in an attempt to elude capture. Dixon was transported to the Hernando County Detention Center on charges of Burglary and Criminal Mischief. He was also charged with two counts of Grand Theft in connection with the stolen fire extinguishers. His bond was set at $11,000.

Car Crashes Into Building

The driver of this Chevy sedan ran their vehicle into the Amscot 12970875_1004844916217286_4742410079796395775_obuilding located at 13370 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. The driver sustained minor injuries and declined medical treatment. The building department is currently on scene inspecting the building. Once more information is available we will let you know.

Marine Unit Assists Stranded Boater From Hunter’s Lake

On Monday at approximately 3:30 a.m., Marine Unit Deputy Steve 9f38efc1-86f6-4c2f-ba80-dfa69bb01ae2Kelly assisted by Corporal Dave Calianno responded to the area of Hunter’s Lake to assist a stranded boater.  The boater, later identified as Thomas  Dougherty, was stranded on a portion of the lake that could not be reached by land. Luckily, Mr. Dougherty had his cell phone with him, which was mapping in the lake behind 228 Fountain Court.  Deputy Kelly and Corporal Calianno launched the agency’s airboat on the lake and headed toward the location where the phone was mapping. The deputies quickly spotted Dougherty’s small boat precisely where they expected it would be. Mr. Dougherty was taken aboard the airboat and brought back to shore. He was then provided a ride to the boat ramp where his vehicle was. He did not have any injuries as a result of being stranded; therefore, declined an examination by Hernando County Fire/Rescue.

“Some of the equipment the Sheriff’s Office has at its disposal is not needed on a daily basis. Being prepared at a moment’s notice, however, to execute a shallow water rescue in the middle of the night is something the Sheriff’s Office takes in stride. The citizen needing the services, however, probably appreciated our preparedness,” said Sheriff Al Nienhuis. The deputies then returned to the lake to retrieve Mr. Dougherty’s boat, towing it to the boat ramp for him.

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