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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SWAT Responding to Berkeley Manor Standoff

police line imageUPDATE: The standoff at 8108 Tedburn Park in Berkeley Manor ended peacefully around 10:00 last night, after more than five hours of negotiations. 41 year old Mark Anthony Rattenni exited the residence and was taken into custody without incident by members of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team. Deputies had attempted to serve two Failure to Appear felony warrants on Rattenni earlier in the day when Rattenni exited his residence and confronted deputies with a handgun. Deputies on scene took up tactical positions and requested back-up. Rattenni retreated back inside and remained barricaded there with both his mother and father in the residence. His father eventually left the house at the direction of deputies but his mother chose to remain with him for several hours. A team of skilled negotiators talked with Rattenni until he came out.

UPDATE: Hernando County deputies attempted to serve a felony warrant on a 41-year-old white male at the residence in the Berkeley Manor sub-division in Spring Hill around 2:25 p.m. The male exited his residence and confronted deputies with a handgun. Deputies quickly took up tactical positions and requested back-up. The male retreated into his residence, where he remains at this time. Neighbors in the immediate vicinity were requested to evacuate their homes or to
shelter in place. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Response Team and SWAT Team are both on scene at this time. Additional information will be provided when available.

ORIGINAL INFORMATION: Hernando County deputies are currently are on scene of a Barricaded Subject at a residence on Tedburn Avenue in the Berkeley Manor sub-division in Spring Hill. At this time the SWAT and Crisis Response Teams are en-route to the scene. Hernando Daily News will update with additional details as they are released.




Repair work continues at the intersection of Eldridge Rd & Van Allen Way

Repair work continues on the sinkhole that opened on July 19, 2014 at the intersection of Eldridge Road and Van Allen Way in Spring Hill.
Hernando County secured a contractor to removed debris and cap the hole using  flowable fill.  The geo-technical consultant will be on-site tomorrow to do its investigation. The affected home was inspected by Hernando County’s building official and declared unsafe.  The homeowner must gather her belongings and vacate the house by tomorrow morning. As a safety precaution, a water main located at the site was temporarily shut off, capped and rerouted to eliminate any chance of a water main break during the repair process.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.