UPDATE: 11:00 P.M. – During a press conference moments ago, officials confirmed that the suspect passed away as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.
According to officials, around 8:00 p.m. deputies were dispatched to 38339 Higginson Road after receiving a 911 call from the suspect’s mother who claimed that her son and girlfriend were involved in a domestic dispute. The suspect’s mother further advised that her son was extremely violent and that he would stab four or five deputies before they tased him. Upon arrival, the suspect, who has yet to be identified, fled into a trailer behind the home. Deputies pursued the suspect and began communicating with the man through a window in the trailer. During the negotiations the suspect made motions as if he were cutting his throat and wrist. At some point deputies were communicating with the suspect at the front door of the trailer when he suddenly charged at them with a knife. As a result, one of the deputies shot the suspect several times. Officials say the suspect died while being transported to a local trauma center.
There are no further details at this time.
CRYSTAL SPRINGS (PASCO) – The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an Officer Involved Shooting that occurred earlier this evening.
UPDATE: 1:30 P.M. – The situation has been resolved without incident and Walmart should be resuming normal business operations.
BROOKSVILLE – Around 11:30 a.m., Brooksville Police and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Walmart Supercenter on Broad Street after receiving reports of a bomb threat.
BROOKSVILLE – If you were expecting fireworks during today’s Board of County Commissioners meeting over allegations that Sheriff Al Nienhuis was hiding federal inmate funds, you were sorely disappointed. The good news is that what could have led to a major investigation by state officials, quietly came to a close, after the Sheriff’s Office agreed to return the special reserve funds back to the BOCC.
UPDATE: 7/11/2017, 1:44 P.M. – According to an officials report, Hernando County deputies were dispatched to 9259 Chase Street in Spring Hill regarding a Residential Burglary in progress.
Upon arrival, deputies met with Trena Sapp, who advised that Michael Whittenbarger arrived at her home after being told several times not to come. Whittenbarger began banging on the door, demanding to be let in. When Sapp continued to deny Whittenbarger entry into the residence, he removed a window unit air conditioner and broke away portions of drywall and attempted to gain entry into the residence.
When Sapp and Jessica Leal (Sapp’s daughter) advised Whittenbarger that they were contacting law enforcement, Whittenbarger stated that he would slit his wrists. He then pulled an unknown object out of his pocket and held it to his wrist.
When Leal told Whittenbarger that law enforcement had been contacted, he fled from the residence on foot.
Deputies immediately set up a perimeter and called in a K-9 team to track the suspect. Deputy Jason Jernigan and K-9 Dzel arrived on scene and began tracking. The K-9 team tracked Whittenbarger west, then north, then west again, eventually to Geranium Avenue into an area thick with trees where K-9 Dzel located and bit Whittenbarger.
Whittenbarger was evaluated on scene by Fire/Rescue then transported to Oak Hill Hospital for treatment of dog bites. He was later transported to the Hernando County Detention Center.
While still on scene, deputies took possession of Whittenbarger’s personal property which included a wallet, a pack of cigarettes, and a razor blade.
A computer check on Whittenbarger revealed a Felony warrant for Violation of Probation (original charge – Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon).
Deputies later learned that Whittenbarger and Jessica Leal (Sapp’s daughter) have a son in common. Whittenbarger arrived last month from Nassau County Florida and has been living with his grandmother.
UPDATE: 10:35 P.M. – According to the Hernando County Jail website, 20-year-old Michael Lamar Whittenbarger is charged with Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, Resisting Arrest, and Violation of Probation. Whittenbarger is held without bond, due to the VOP.
SPRING HILL – A burglary suspect is in custody tonight after sources say he tried to break into a home located at the 9200 block of Chase Street.
HERNANDO – Just when we thought the drama was finally over between Sheriff Al Nienhuis and the Board of County Commissioners – think again. Over the last few months, new developments have emerged that may point the finger at Sheriff Al Nienhuis for what some have referred to as fraudulent activity. You may recall several heated debates between Nienhuis and the BOCC that led citizens to believe that commissioners were anti-law enforcement for questioning specific details of the Sheriff’s budget proposals. Now it seems the tables have turned, after a complaint was filed by the former third in command with HCSO, Maj. James Terry, who was recently “let go” during a shake up between top officials last April.
UPDATE: 7/10/2017, 11:14 P.M. – Sad news to report today, after officials have confirmed that Dylan Garland is listed as Clinically Dead. Officials say Garland is being kept alive so that his organs can be harvested to save the lives of those awaiting transplant. At this time Officials say foul play has not been confirmed or ruled out as a contributing factor in Garland’s death. Investigators will know more on Garland’s cause of death once the Medical Examiner’s report is released.
DADE CITY (PASCO) – A man suffered possible life-threatening injuries early this morning after officials say he was found lying on the side of US-301 near Globe Road.
BROOKSVILLE – You may remember 46-year-old Olga Esther Caceres-Acevedo, the woman arrested for driving under the influence last week, after she drove her car through the plate glass window of a local hearing aid store (ORIGINAL ARTICLE).