Hernando County deputies are currently on the scene of a Bank Robbery that occurred at 3:14 p.m. at the Cadence Bank, located at 1300 Pinehurst Drive in Spring Hill. The suspect is described as a white male, mid 40′s, heavy set, unshaven, 5’08″, 250 lbs, wearing a white button-down shirt, light blue jeans, sunglasses on face and a pair on his baseball cap. The suspect was armed with a silver handgun. The suspect left the bank and possibly got into a white mini-van that possibly had red lettering on the sides. The van left the area of the bank in a northerly direction in the parking lot. More information will be provided when available.
A 26 year old woman was killed on Mondon Hill Road in Hernando County on February 24, 2015 around 10:30 p.m. For unknown reasons Amanda Megan Erin Rimes’ 1997 Ford Explorer departed the roadway and traveled off the east shoulder of Mondon Hill Road. After traveling on Soult Road briefly it veered off onto the shoulder and struck two trees, rotated counter-clockwise, and came to rest. Rimes sustained fatal injuries and expired at the scene of the crash. Her 6 year old passenger suffered minor injuries and was transferred to Bayfront Health in Brooksville.
The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopens on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30.
In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 33 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. A snook permit is required to keep snook, along with a saltwater fishing license unless exempt from the license requirements. Only hook-and-line gear is allowed when targeting or harvesting snook.
It is illegal to buy or sell snook.
Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. The FWC encourages anglers to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home during the open season. When choosing to release a fish, the FWC encourages anglers to handle it carefully to help the fish survive upon release. Proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about fish handling, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”
Researchers ask anglers who harvest the fish to save the carcasses after the meat is filleted and provide the carcasses to the FWC by dropping them off at a participating bait and tackle store. These donations allow researchers to better determine the age groups that are being harvested, which makes stock assessments more precise. For a county-by-county list, go to MyFWC.com/Research and click on “Saltwater,” “Saltwater Fish,” “Snook” and “Snook Anglers Asked to Help with Research.”
In Atlantic state and federal waters (including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River) the season is open through May 31, and one snook may be kept per person, per day. The size limit in Atlantic waters is no less than 28 inches total length and no more than 32 inches total length.
For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.”
A Brooksville man was charged with a number of weapons related crimes on February 22, 2015 after the Sheriff’s Office received complaints about a handgun being discharged. Neighbors advised that Patrick Delton Finocchio was recklessly discharging a handgun outside of a residence on Rock Drive and may have possibly shot someone. The first Sergeant on scene discovered a 380 caliber Bersa automatic gun in Finocchio’s jacket. The investigation into the incident revealed that Finocchio had gone to the residence on Rock Drive looking for his “old lady” and got upset because he thought a friend was being inappropriate with her so he fired several rounds into the air. Finocchio appeared to be extremely intoxicated and was unsteady on his feet. He admitted to firing off “a couple” of rounds into the air because he was mad and to drinking throughout the night and into the morning prior to the incident. Several cans of cold beer belonging to Finocchio were found on scene too. A search of Finocchio uncovered four Hydrocodone pills in his possession that he did not have a prescription for. He was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm, use of a firearm while under the influence, and possession of a controlled substance.
Urban coyote sightings are a growing concern among Hernando County residents. The Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) advises that coyotes can be found throughout Florida and play an important role in the ecosystem by helping to keep rodent populations under control. Additionally, coyotes will eat whatever is available, including fruits, nuts, seeds, dead animals, rodents, garbage, pet food, domestic cats and small dogs. Problems can be significantly reduced by removing attractants and securing trash.
“As residents, our actions or lack thereof, is what leads to attracting coyotes to our neighborhoods,” Commissioner James Adkins said. “We should act responsibly and reduce the risk by putting trash in containers with lids and keeping pets on leashes or indoors, as these all provide a food source to coyotes.”
According to FWC, unusual behavior for coyotes includes approaching people, stalking pets, chasing joggers or bikers or attacking leashed pets. Experts recommend frightening away the coyote by making loud noises and acting aggressively. Here are some tips:
* Yell, shout, scream
* Wave your arms in the air
* Throw sticks
* Spray it with a hose
(Note: Do not attempt to hurt it because injured animals are more likely to attack.)
Other tips include:
* Be careful when walking your pet in heavily wooded or foliaged areas
* Keep pets on short leashes
* Don’t allow pets to roam freely
* Know that attacks occur mostly at night or at dusk
* Do not turn your back or run away from a coyote
* Teach children how to recognize a coyote
* Teach children to move slowly into a house or climb on a swing, tree or deck and yell
* Do not attempt to pet a coyote
* Do not place food outdoors
* Clean up food, fruit, seeds and secure garbage cans and use animal-proof containers for compost
Visit myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/mammals/land/coyote/faqs/ for additional tips and information. Contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-3922 to report an incident or an attack.