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EDITORIAL: Don’t Ask the Sheriff Tough Questions and You Won’t Get Hurt – How Corruption Runs the Show

By Tom Lemons

Let me begin by clarifying a few things before the individuals and organizations mentioned in this editorial enter their war rooms to launch coordinated attacks against this reporter. It’s unfortunate that it has even come to the point, where a reporter must write an editorial in response to immature personal attacks by the top law enforcement officer in Hernando County. But as the President and CEO of RNRF, I must respond to claims made by Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis that RNRF publishes “Fake News.”

This is an editorial… That means I am going to provide my opinion on issues that contain both fact-based information and conjecture. Also, want to make if very clear that RNRF supports law enforcement and our loyalty lies with the men and women who risk their lives to protect the citizens of Hernando County, not politicians whose primary role it is to ensure a stable budget and represent the agency when reporting information to the media – clearly an area that leaves a lot to be desired.

As stated above, the office of Hernando County Sheriff is a political office that requires the candidate to be elected by a majority vote or appointed by a sitting Governor. Sheriff Al Nienhuis, a Republican, acquired his position through an appointment by former Governor Charlie Crist, whose fluid political identity has changed from Republican to Independent, to now Democrat. I apologize for the history lesson, but it has contextual relevance to this editorial.

Last week, RNRF published a report on claims made by a national organization that Hernando County might be considered a “Sanctuary County” (CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL ARTICLE). The story drew an equal amount of criticism directed at RNRF and Sheriff Nienhuis

The headline read, “Illegal Aliens Released From Custody Without Notifying ICE, Hernando At Risk Of Losing Federal Funding, Say Experts.” We also used a screenshot from one of our sources and posed the questions, “Is (the operative word “is”) Hernando County a Sanctuary County?” Well, some readers evidently overlooked the question mark, as did Nienhuis, and decided that RNRF stated, “Hernando County is a Sanctuary County.”

This is what transpired; at 1:00 p.m. on December 6th, I sent an email to HCSO spokesperson Michael Terry and Copied Sheriff Al Neinhuis, asking the following questions: “I ran a story yesterday about a Canadian woman who was arrested in Hernando County on theft charges. She has a long criminal history, including felony convictions in another county, yet she has not been deported back to Canada.

Has or will the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office contact the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a review of her eligibility to remain in the United States?

With people already claiming that Hernando County is a sanctuary county, this would be a good way of either debunking or confirming those claims.” Surprisingly, instead of receiving answers to my inquiry, Spokesperson Denise Moloney stepped away from her vacation at 10:00 p.m. that same evening to say, “As you know, I, along with Michael Terry, are the liaisons between the media and the HCSO.  We are responsible for, and are responsive to, all requests for public records made by members of the media. With that being said, please communicate directly with me or Micheal Terry if you have a public records request. Please discontinue emailing Sheriff Nienhuis and/or Colonel Maurer for such matters.” I responded, “Duly noted… Regarding my email to Michael and the Sheriff about the Canadian Citizen, currently held at the County Jail, will I receive a response to that request? Also, could you please ask the Sheriff to comment on the Center for Immigration Studies’ November 2017 determination that Hernando County is at risk of losing federal funding? I was hoping to have an article together by morning.” Not surprisingly, I never received a response.

Fast forward to December 7th at 10:00 a.m. – I post the “dreaded” article.

Less than 5-hours after publishing, Sheriff Nienhuis lashed out at RNRF, calling my report, “Fake News.” I’m not going to repost his entire statement  but Facebook users can follow this link to read the ensuing viewer comments, “Sheriff Reaffirms Hernando County is not a Sanctuary.”

RNRF isn’t the first or the only news agency to write articles on information provided by the controversial Centers for Immigration Studies (CIS) website. RNRF wrote two prior articles on the issue; the first on the heels of Kathryn Steinle’s homicide in 2015, and a second article in January of this year on the assertion by CIS that Hernando County as a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.

It wasn’t until I learned that CIS had added Hernando County to their list of jurisdictions at risk of losing federal funding that I decided to take another look. And as of now, despite what Sheriff Nienhuis says, CIS still has Hernando County listed as one of only two jurisdictions at risk.

When Tampa Bay Times staff writer, Kathryn Varn, asked Nienhuis to comment on her March 2017 article, spokesperson Denise Moloney replied, “Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis is aware that the county is considered a sanctuary… He’s considering a response but hasn’t yet made a decision on how to address it.”

Nearly every news outlet in Florida has written multiple articles on Hernando County and they all cite the CIS

Now, with all concerns of whether I conducted myself in a professional manner behind us, the one question that remains is why RNRF is the only news source to be crucified on the HCSO Facebook page for writing an article on the issue of sanctuary jurisdictions. The answer to that question might lie within a much more personal controversy than immigration. I’m talking about allegations that Nienhuis is covering up criminal activity inside Dawn Center, a local taxpayer funded domestic violence shelter. I’m sure most of you are already aware of accusations made by several women who claim the Dawn Center is a “Hell Hole,” but just in case you haven’t, here is a link to the most recent article:  https://www.rnrfonline.com/amid-child-welfare-concerns-and-numerous-hearing-impaired-violations-millions-paid-in-shelter-employee-compensation/ You can also search “Dawn Center: in the RNRF search bar for additional articles.

In the essence of time and to prevent our viewers from enduring a lengthy recap that will only conflate the issues, please refer to our past articles as a prolog to the following.

The iniquitous relationship between Sheriff Nienhuis and the embattled non-profit has become so unambiguous that to believe there is no wrong-doing is akin to believing Charles Manson walked through the Pearly Gates.  If it weren’t the case, then why would the Sheriff, a current board member and past president of the organization, approve of and most likely oversee a slander campaign against RNRF.

For example, it was recently discovered that Nienhuis, Director Shannon Sokolowski, and top administrator, April Johnson, approved the placement of a poster aimed at warning Dawn Center occupants. That poster reads in part, “Please inform staff immediately if you are contacted by this person [Tom Lemons] or any person representing Real News Real Fast. Your safety is of utmost importance to Dawn Center and we want to alert law enforcement as soon as possible if he is seen in the area or approaches any resident.” Why would the Sheriff endorse a slander campaign against a Hernando County citizen and local small business owner, when there is absolutely no truth to RNRF attempting to contact Dawn Center occupants at the facility? Oh, here’s why. . .

Unfortunately, at the advice of my attorney, I have been asked not to give away too many details into evidence we have against certain individuals, so I will just have to provide an outline of those who are “associated” and let you connect the dots.

At the top, we have State Representative, Chairman of the Florida Republican Party, and ex-officio board member of Dawn Center, Blaise Ingoglia. County Commissioner and Chairman of the Hernando County Republican Party, John Allocco, a huge supporter of and guaranteed vote for anything the Sheriff demands. And of course, the connection wouldn’t be complete unless Allocco’s wife, Randi Allocco, joined the BOD of Dawn Center, which closes the circuit on the corrupt political springboard. Finally, if you look closely at the number of members who sit on the Rotary Club of Brooksville board of directors, you will see a peculiar intermingling of the same board members and their wives.

Now you can see why the Sheriff and none of his cohorts will answer to the vast number of community concerns, regarding unhealthy living conditions, child abuse, prostitution, substance abuse, and violence occurring inside the clandestine compound. They don’t care about the women inside the facility, they only care about having a praiseworthy accolade added to their political resume’. And isn’t it funny that the Sheriff’s immigration attack came on the heels of the latest Dawn Center expose’ that showed numerous inspection violations and a disproportionately high salary ratio to total revenue?

During a follow up investigation into the unprecedented “love affair” between Dawn Center and the Sheriff, RNRF requested all emails sent between both parties that pertained to RNRF or Tom Lemons. Not surprisingly, I was met with another roadblock. Instead of providing the correspondence, the agency’s in-house attorney, Joel Fritton, blocked my request with a legal loophole that prevented those specific emails from becoming public record. But Fritton “assured” me that I wouldn’t find anything disparaging within any emails – of course not. “I don’t recall with certainty, but I am very confident that both your name and/or rnrf were absent from the queried results,” said Fritton, “And we did speak about your concerns of dawn center employees directing people who patronize the dawn center and others from speaking with you.”

It should be noted that my attorney has made several demands to have the poster removed, but to no avail.  As a matter of fact, instead of quelling their efforts to destroy my business, Dawn Center administrator, April Johnson, launched a boycott to try and force my advertisers to pull out. Unfortunately, the Sheriff and his cronies succeeded in convincing at least four of my long-time advertisers to sever ties with RNRF. But don’t worry about RNRF, with over 35,000 loyal supporters, we aren’t folding anytime soon.

RNRF viewers believe in transparency and they don’t take too kindly to politicians pulling the wool over their eyes.

But I’m not the only casualty in the “Oligarchy’s” war on transparency and fair governing, Brooksvillians are also facing a similar nightmare in trying to protect their beloved Police and Fire Departments from being engulfed by “Nienhuis the Terrible.” We’ll save that story for another time.

In closing, I would like to say that the relationship between Sheriff Nienhuis and RNRF hasn’t always been sour. As a matter of fact, on numerous occasions I have provided video, photographs, and testimony, to help with criminal investigations. In addition, the Sheriff often requests that I cover his budget presentations, so that the community is kept informed on how their tax dollars are being spent.

It’s really too bad that shady politics plays a part in our local government and that a single non-profit has so much influence over the County Commission and our Sheriff, but that seems to be the case.

Ironically, the notion that if you disapprove of the Sheriff somehow make you anti-law enforcement, sounds eerily similar to power and control tactics that Dawn Center advocates say abusers use on their victims. Power and Control is an understatement.

IMMIGRATION ARTICLES:

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/florida-house-moves-controversial-penalty-for-sanctuary-counties/2316467

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state–regional/florida-house-targets-sanctuary-communities-for-immigrants/O0XjOKFFBTLDlfGJ7fJmYK/

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article138286048.html

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/national/what-are-sanctuary-cities-here-list-sanctuary-cities-counties-states/Y452wnIOx2hemgKx8T4gIP/

https://hernandosun.com/illegal_immigrant

https://cis.org/Map-Sanctuary-Cities-Counties-and-States

DAWN CENTER ARTICLES:

https://www.rnrfonline.com/amid-child-welfare-concerns-and-numerous-hearing-impaired-violations-millions-paid-in-shelter-employee-compensation/

https://www.rnrfonline.com/women-claim-dawn-center-criminal-activity-covered-up-by-sheriffs-office-complaints-filed-with-fbi-fdle/

https://www.rnrfonline.com/video-woman-claims-hcso-detective-intimidated-threatened-arrest-after-exposing-alleged-corruption/

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  • I hope your seeming bias towards the Sheriff’s Dept. has nothing to do with any ongoing criminal cases.

    Sunday, 28 January 2018, 5:33 am
  • If I didn’t have ADD i would have read the article and enjoyed it. Thank you for reporting the truth.

    Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 9:03 pm
  • Tom can you tell us who the sponsors were that you have lost so that I can boycott them? I will not patronize any business that supports corruption in this county.

    Thursday, 14 December 2017, 6:07 pm
  • BANK OF AMERICA, N A VS SHERIFF, ALVIN H

    State County Court, Source or Jurisdiction

    FL
    HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DIVISION M

    Case Number Disposition Case Type
    15-CC-022629 – SC BREACH OF CONTRACT-TIER 4 $2,500.01-$5,000.00

    Case Status Jurisdiction Date Filed Judge
    CLOSED – 07/08/2015 BERKOWITZ, HERBERT MATTIS

    Plaintiff(s)

    Full Name
    → BANK OF AMERICA, N A
    → BANK OF AMERICA
    → N A

    Defendant(s)

    Full Name
    → SHERIFF, ALVIN H
    → SHERIFF
    → ALVIN H

    Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 8:19 pm
  • con·spir·a·cy

    /kənˈspirəsē/

    noun

    noun: conspiracy; plural noun: conspiracies

    a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful.
    “a conspiracy to destroy the government”

    synonyms: plot, scheme, plan, machination, ploy, trick, ruse, subterfuge; informalracket
    “a conspiracy to manipulate the results”

    •the action of plotting or conspiring.
    “they were cleared of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice”

    synonyms: plotting, collusion, intrigue, connivance, machination, collaboration; treason
    “conspiracy to commit murder”

    Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 12:32 pm
      • I don’t understand how the sheriff can do this to someone and for it to be legal. I don’t understand how anybody can get away with this but then again this is Podunk Hernando County. I do have one question that they don’t seem to be able to answer. How many overdose deaths in this county have resulted in someone being charged with murder? Seems to me that law is very crooked, we know they are. Things are not right in this county and it’s a shame that they have to try to destroy people with the lies and trash talk they do.

        Another thing I want to know. If HCSO does not keep track of things with ICE how do they have proof of anything that this is not a sanctuary county? I don’t give a rats behind what the sheriff says and CIS should have proof before removing someone from the list. Or is it that the sheriff is pulling his intimidation tactics again with them?

        I do know that Dawn Center and the sheriff himself reported me to Facebook and my account got shut down by Facebook. These people are not here to help people rather they are here to hurt people and we see it daily.

        Got get them. They deserve to be sued and Dawn Center needs shut down. How in the world can they help anybody when they slam so many people? Don’t get me started on that.

        Keep up the excellent reporting Tom.

        Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 6:25 pm
  • Maybe we can get Pam Bondi To send an undercover or 2, to the Dawn Center. Hey its worth a shot.

    Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 9:51 am
  • WAY TO GO TOM. KEEP THE HEAT ON SOONER OR LATER SOMETHING WILL CRACK.

    Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 9:19 am
  • IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ Here is an update from the Center for Immigration Studies.
    Bryan Griffith
    12:53 PM (1 hour ago)

    to me, Marguerite
    xxxx

    Hernando County will be removed in an update this week.

    Let me know if you have any further questions.

    Bryan Griffith
    Center for Immigration Studies

    Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 2:14 pm
    • Hernando county needs to remain on the list. It is so true, illegal aliens will work for $2 a hour which is far less than what citizens are asking for so of course workplaces want to hire them cause they don’t need the benefits from work just get paid under the table. It’s been like that for years, most of the Mexicans are sod layers. But that $2 a hour is way better than the original lifestyle they had where they came from. That’s riches to them, that’s how poor society is where they come from. So they do see hernando county as a sanctuary. But I’m sure hernando county isn’t the only county. I do give credit that they work their butts off in sweating heat vs a 18yr old who cries about being outside in the heat. (Most of the generation now stares at a phone nowadays). My opinion hernando county needs to stay on that list.
      On another note:
      The sheriff should have been voted or not voted to get his right to be the sheriff from the citizens that live in the county not just by the governor. Why can’t the people decide who they want to lead them????

      Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 9:24 pm
      • I understand your concern for those illegal aliens that work hard and contribute to the community. The county must comply with the law and has said that they will which includes due process. It is an unfortunate time in this country that so many citizens live and work with these people and are willing to turn their back on those that do contribute positively to the community.

        Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 11:08 pm
  • Where you see smoke there’s fire.. Keep up the good work.

    Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 11:45 am
  • It’s like you’re obsessed with the women. So interested in them. An abnormal attraction.
    I love how you chronically bash the sheriff over allegations from less than credible drug addicts, single mothers and homeless prostitutes, yet if anyone questions, criticizes or evaluates YOU, you block them and run. You seem to go out of your way to annoy people with trivial nonsense in an attempt to sound like a “reporter”. No wonder they won’t talk to you. They don’t like you.

    Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 10:18 am
      • Tom, I’ll be in touch with you and you can interview me and others, if I can recall them by name or face.

        I like how the comment above comes from a nameless, faceless person who likes to throw accusations around to make the wom(a)n not sound credible. Lack of decent employment for women and single mothers in this area doesn’t mean that these women who have ended up on drugs at one time or another or on a stripper pole are not humans worthy of decent treatment and respect. I say that as someone on the opposite end of the spectrum who doesn’t go around judging people by the choices they have made at One time or another. Someone who can’t be bought by anyone, and who believes in freedom of speech and of the press, one of the last freedoms, however laughably played out in mainstream media on the nightly news, and who is willing to stand for what is right.

        I used to give clothing and other donations to the Dawn Center long before I needed them. I still would if I knew it helped the women there, but I wished instead that a church or secular group would open another alternative. Many of these type of places are crooked and unless you have worked in a homeless shelter, which I have, you wouldn’t know that.

        There was definitely some shady things going on there when I lived there. Some women bullied each other. One woman was so obviously mentally ill with DID and traumatized by the things that had occurred at the hands of her abuser that she would take it out on other ladies and they’re made fun of her behind her back. I didn’t feel safe there…not to sleep there, eat there, and certainly felt the worst for the little children that were there. There was a severe lack of toilet paper and food. At least most of us had the sense to let the women with children serve their children first. I left early because I felt so traumatized thinking of children having to live without enough nutritious food or a roach-free environment. To their credit, the grounds are beautiful.

        I went back to my abuser rather than live there and moved away. He followed me and threatened me all the way to another state.

        Tom, I’ll back you and these ladies up. I am not anti-HCSO; I am pro-truth and want to lend credence to the fact that drug addicted ladies did indeed reside there when I lived there. One of them was a sweet lady who lived there to escape brutalization from a physically abusive man and I watched her go through detox with no help from anyone, no ride to a detox center except me. My family was later furious that I did that for her but I didn’t wish to see her die, nor her and her children go back to her abuser.

        I wish I would sign my name to this right now for authenticity but we both know what will happen to me socially, legally, and financially if I do. Your site has my IP address and I contribute regularly so you know I am genuine. I could care less what people think of me. I know the truth of what I experienced there when I lived there and it wasn’t a pleasant environment for anyone, much less a child nor a person being abused. Why doesn’t this county tear down that awful Center, plus Springbrook (another corrupt, absolute hellhole with mental health abuses that I could tell you more than you would ever want to know), and build or run some places that would truly benefit the residents of Florida?

        I’ll tell you why: follow the money!

        You will know me when I get in contact. Thanks and God bless you, Tom.

        Friday, 15 December 2017, 12:51 am
    • Not all of the allegations come from people like to mentioned above…. that’s not cool at all…..

      Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 12:30 am
    • Oh The Hyprocrisy. I call BS. Tom? An abnormal attraction to those dirt bag females? Quite the opposite it seems to those of us with a brain. You must be one of those moronic crackheads who work for the Dawn Center, which is a drug pit and a hell hole for us abused women who thought we could get help.
      As for Al. He’s a fat tub of lard and is useless as a law man. He needs to go right on back to Pasco County where they don’t like him there either. Al should not be shunning any resident of this county. He’s losing votes daily by being a jackass.

      Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 8:32 am
      • @Bionic. Calm down Uncle Meth… Put down the banjo and take a big round belly breath. I’d retort your concerns indepth, but the comment has been altered and edited to fit the narrative. You’re getting a snapshot of reality as with most fake news. That’s not the original version I posted. So don’t let it bother you. If I insulted your relatives, it was incidental and not worth getting your overalls and straw hat in a wad over. So mop that ham bone grease off your face with your beaver pelt and continue “pickin yer banja”.

        -Oh The Hypocrisy

        Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:19 pm
      • I would like to know how I come off like a prostitute or dirtbag?
        That is an extremely hateful thing to say…
        Not everyone that finds themselves there is like that!

        Monday, 18 December 2017, 10:30 pm
  • This county is a joke!! No one at the sheriffs office can tell you the same thing twice. If law is law why is it left open to each deputies interpretation of it? Been dealing with them for a year and a half over 10 dogs barking 5-6 hours straight. The whole neighborhood complains. The closest neighbor sleeps in a room off of her kitchen because of these barking/crying dogs. I talked to the Sgt in charge of animal control he tells me fill out an affidavit for 30 days and when the officer comes and get it you tell them I said they are to issue a citation. Animal control tells me I will decide if a citation is given. So who runs animal control the supervisors or the rude officer who evidently knows the woman with the dogs. Then im told contact your county commissioner to help get the regulations changed. Emailed district 5 commissioner no response emailed his boss no response. Called the county supervisor lol no response. Ive come to the conclusion that if your not in their circle dont waste your time the wont even acknowledge you.

    Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 6:11 am
    • This county has ruined a lot of innocent people due to all of the corruption in it. You know the Sheriff is involved when he turns a blind eye to all of the wrongdoing that is and has been going on. The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand does with anything legitimate, because there is very little that is done the legitimate way in Hernando County. From the top on down, it’s filled with fraud.

      Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 8:34 am
  • Wow….Tom those are some bold accusations. Seems like most are in favor of the Sheriff including the public and his staff. I sure hope you are right because last I checked even this former NYer still lives in the south. Then again you are also the same “news agency” that posted a while back a video “showing” how a State Trooper pulling off the road to an active scene “attempted” to run you down on purpose. Stick to facts not assumptions. Have fun getting out of this rabbit hole.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 11:40 pm
  • Al is most likely embarrassed that you were able to find out something he didn’t know. Hernando County IS a sanctuary county and there is no way we should trust his word that it’s not. He and his cronies are very unprofessional.
    Allocco is useless as a commissioner, a yes man to Al. You complain about any of his buddies and he’ll clam up too, just like Al.
    Dawn Center has been run poorly and it is astonishing that law enforcement at any level won’t look into it. Any update if an outside agency will look into that hell hole?
    Be careful Tom, very careful. Keep us posted as to just how much of a hell these crooks you’ve mentioned and pictured make your life. I’ve been here for a long time and I’ve seen and felt what their types do to anyone who speaks out against them or mentions just how corrupt this county is.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 9:00 pm
  • “Sheriff Al Nienhuis, a Republican, acquired his position through an appointment by former Governor Charlie Crist”
    While that is true of his first term, he has since been elected by a popular vote of county voters.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 8:37 pm
    • Only because we didn’t have anyone else worth a darn to run against him. I’m glad crooked McConnell has finally given it up. He would have been a horrible choice.
      We need a good man or woman to run against Al and I can bet Al won’t be our sheriff any longer. Maybe then he can take his fat self back to Pasco.

      Monday, 11 December 2017, 10:20 pm
  • Thanks Tom,keep being the fly in the ointment ,we support what you do .Stating the facts and truths will prevail.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 7:03 pm
  • An interesting read…

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 5:29 pm
  • Tom, I enjoy your news and find it informative.But,it is one thing to report the news and the other is to follow up. Such as 1) the debacle and events of the airport drug situation.Clearly,there must be some critique of this event.2) what happened to the gun being found at a local school and then the janitor fires it to see if it was loaded.Surely,they(police) must know who’s gun it was, and there are severe repercussions involved.Must be a under the rug job.And 3) how about the non sanctioned gathering of the school board at
    Silverthorn Country Club? Clearly illegal and no follow up….I could go on about the tussle with the 2 janitors at a local school a while back that caused a shut down to which our over zealous swat boys waiting on free food from chic fil et or something appreciated….Again,enjoy your news

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 5:06 pm
  • I personally don’t believe this Sheriff thinks there are any “easy” questions. Small Town Politics at its finest.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 4:45 pm
  • Be so very careful. People in power (the swamp) can really hurt you. The nepotism and cronyism has been rampant in Hernando County for years. Keep up the outstanding journalism.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 4:34 pm
  • Some day you need to tell the story of the Biggest sex offender of women in Hernando . None of the people in the news can hold a candle to him. And yes he is in an elected office . And one of Blazes good buddies.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 4:33 pm
    • Are you talking about Gus? That womanizer needs to get his behind out of politics and other ladies pants.

      Monday, 11 December 2017, 7:22 pm
      • Yes it is him . If every one that hates him spoke up the like Tom or Bay news 9 and all stand together . We may get him and Blaze to get ran out of the county . Al helped cover up the real reason why he go his SUV burned up behind that bar in 2012.

        Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 12:04 pm
        • No other news source will report or talk to people about this po dunk county. Everyone knows how corrupt it is and they won’t touch it. Tom has brass ones and I applaud him for doing what he does. It’s too bad these idiots will try to ruin a person instead of doing what is legal.
          Gus was doing the former director of Dawn Center. Gus has his paws in a little bit of everything and we know that the fire of his SUV wasn’t as it was reported.
          When you have money, it talks. Those who don’t are doomed by those who do.

          Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 5:39 pm
          • I have heard from 2 different people now that sheriff and the dawn center lady are having an affair too…
            Lol…. Seems like these people like to keep it in their little circle haaa

            Monday, 18 December 2017, 10:41 pm
      • Oh heck yes! Been there! Upstairs in his office was not a place you wish to be.

        Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 11:41 pm
    • Birds of a feather clock together…

      Monday, 11 December 2017, 7:52 pm
  • It is time for a new Sheriff! I think Major Terry (RET) would be great! He said the Sheriff hid money, and sure enough 2.2 Million was found to be unlawfully held by the Sheriff, instead of turned over to the commission as statute dictates!

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 3:24 pm
  • My advice for Mr. Nienhuis would be to eat a piece of fruit once in a while . This man’s belly is as big as a horse. He sat next to me at a restaurant a few months ago and it looked like he swallowed a horse. Get him Tom. I love my Country but I fear local government.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 2:47 pm
    • He like all of the other brass are pitiful looking. So out of shape and when they have heart attacks, everyone will boo hoo. They’ve done it to themselves. Fat and out of shape is what so may deputies are. That and young and dumb, clueless as to how to interpret the laws.

      Monday, 11 December 2017, 10:22 pm
  • Speaking for myself,Tom is a needed reporter for our communities,he reports facts not fiction and he stands up for what he believes in.In past weeks I have read the comments from people attacking Tom,some officials in our counties and Tom is still standing his ground! Keep up the good work Tom!!!!

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 2:30 pm
    • yes,Tom Keep up the good work!!!

      Thursday, 14 December 2017, 10:02 pm
  • Thank Tom for the story ..and reassuring afeeling i had ever since the body cam debacle on our officers….hmmmm….makes a person wonder.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 1:54 pm
  • They all need to be voted out! You haven’t lost me as a reader, I support you 100%! 😊

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 1:28 pm
  • Hernando County along with Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsboro all shown as sanctuary cities on the Center for Immigration Studies map. Look at themap Tom is referencing and you will see that Hernando County has been taken off the list. Blue marker designates that.

    https://cis.org/Map-Sanctuary-Cities-Counties-and-States

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 11:52 am
  • Isn’t that the same lady in the bottom photos..even to the glasses on her head?

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 10:31 am
    • Her dentist wouldn’t say so. Different glasses, too.

      Monday, 11 December 2017, 3:00 pm
  • Hey Marie………………GFY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……………………. Fire getting a little too hot for u! BWAAHAHAHAHAHHA!

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 10:27 am
  • VOTE THEM OUT!

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 10:07 am
  • VERY well said Tom!!

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 9:04 am
  • I stand with Tom, i remeber when i stood with a inverted flag due to our federal government murdering Lavoy Finicum. I was surrounded by a swat team had high powered rifles point at me and they tries to entrap me and trump up bs charges had ot now been for the 3 bystanders calling out their bs tactic they would of shut down my free speech. When i called the sheriff he tried to say he knew nothing about it.

    Tom covered why i was standing im sure in the begining thinking i had no idea why i was standing or what a inverted flag ment and im sure assumed i was some dumb ass liberal with zero constitutional understanding. To his surprise when we spoke on why i was out there. I could tell he was thinking well this isnt going how i thought.

    Anyways our sheriff is a lying crooked scam artist who needs to be voted out or impeached and both followed by a full federal investigation into his dealings. Its a damn shame when our community is being run as a bannana republic , our parks piers and beaches are falling apart but god forbid a dime goes into fixing them because it all has to go to our sheirff who mind you also loves to squirl away over 2 million dollars and i wonder what ever happen to that? Hmmmmm

    Anyways i stand with Tom and im going to do another 1st amendment test in the coming weeks with a Trump flag a sign with our sheriffs face , and the head lines to these articles. And big bold letters on a 6×4 sign. When Trump said drain the swamp , we the people are the plumbers.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 8:11 am
  • Hernando County IS on the Department of Justice November 2017 areas at risk of losing Federal Funding—it’s not much, $33,000.00. The CIS is an independent non-profit produces statistics on immigration and related costs, claims, etc.. Your questions were legitimate and maybe the Sheriff could expand for us why we are on the Defense Department list. It would be nice to hear from our Congressman also.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 8:03 am
  • Sherriff Nienhuis isn’t even that smart; just because he styles his hair to look like he’s wearing his brain on the outside we’re supposed to be”wow-ed” by what he does. I call bullsh*t!

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 8:02 am
  • Good job Tom,Hernando county is fortunate to have an honest and brave reporter like you. I appreciate your work!

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 7:21 am
  • VERY well said Tom. Kudos to you. Don’t let their corruption change who you are. They are teaming up like a gang of middle school bullies. They have been exposed for the liars they are. That’s why most of the county is backing you. They are digging themselves in deeper and deeper. Time for A NEW Sheriff. Wish Polk Co. Sheriff Grady Judd was available. He’s a true no nonsense type of sheriff who won’t let so much bullshit fly. We need someone of HIS caliber and integrity…

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 7:17 am
  • I hope all of this gets resolved peacefully before it comes down to receiving a paper wrapped fish in the mail.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 6:26 am
  • Wow maybe with all the fringe benefits they are enjoying you would think that April could get something done with those teeth . Also could someone give those women a brush and teach them how to try and clean up before having a photo taking. Wow sloppy women, but then what can we expect that they look like any other criminal i guess…LOL

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 6:01 am
  • Keep up the fight tom. Ur one of the few who has the guts to challenge a corrupt system. Just hope nothing happens to u. Stay safe.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 4:28 am
  • Hmmm. So Obama covered up the terrorist attack on our consulate at Benghazi, knowing that if the truth got out, he couldn’t make the claim that Al Qaeda is on the run.

    Now Blaise is helping to cover up criminal activity at home, in order to help further his own political future. And yet, when I was a member of the REC (Republican Executive Committee), Mr. Chairman made several speeches about the need to defeat Obama in 2012. I served from 2010-2015 on the REC, and was President of the Hernando County Young Republicans in 2012.

    For 5 years, I defended Blaise, only to get screwed over by him, and his wife, Julie.

    Thank you for continuing to remove the mask, Tom.

    Jason Marshall – Precinct Committeeman, Hernando County Republican Executive Committee (2010-2015)

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 4:23 am
  • This is very disturbing to the residents of Hernando County, can our sheriff really be trusted? If it were not for RNRF, how many incidents would be swept under the carpet? Local news out of Tampa fails poorly in providing news about our community so without RNRF, we would be in the dark. I for one are not sure anymore if I truly trust our sheriff and some of his senior staff. Recall the deputy masturbating on duty in a police unit, where did that story go? As a female, can I turn to the sheriffs office for Help? I believe we indeed need the FDLE to investigate this office and report back to Gov Scott.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 4:11 am
  • I thought it was great,you must have some big balls lol keep up the good work.Bust those bastards.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 3:04 am
  • Someone should definitely look into Blaise Ingoglia’s past…if there is prostitution in or around even close to the Dawn Center that will explain why he is there. Selling drugs… oh yeah those were the good ole days, hey Blaise? Guess he hasn’t put all that in the past after all….just got a closer.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 2:57 am
    • And now them skeletons coming rollin outta that closet of his…lmao!

      Monday, 11 December 2017, 7:19 am
      • Yes and Blaise’s closet is much fuller than most. Right Blaise… I am just surprised that an enforcer of the law , Al, would even be involved with anything that Blaise was involved in. I will tell you I remember the day I heard that Blaise was going to run for office…i actually thought it was a joke. It was at that point that I realized there was a lot of truth behind the corruption….because his secret life is not a life of man of any type of morals.

        Monday, 11 December 2017, 11:31 am
    • I’m aware of his gambling history, but if there is something far more sinister involved, BOY would that be juicy!

      Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 9:51 pm
      • Going back as far as i remember which was just before and after 2000…There was a lot of girls sex and rock Ann’s tool what’re ever Blaise was. That’s how he made friends back then.

        Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 12:14 pm
        • Oops that should have said “there were a lot of girls, sex, rock & roll and of course drugs”

          Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 12:28 pm
          • Interesting. Not surprising, but certainly interesting. I came to this county back in 2009, shortly after he had become REC Chairman. How do you know about how he made friends? You’ve seriously piqued my curiosity…..

            Thursday, 14 December 2017, 5:46 am
  • Sounds like a death threat, “Marie,” against the site owner? What a coward you are. I hope for your sake you are using a public computer and not your home computer because people who talk big should be able to stand tall right where they are. I hear that there is help for anger issues across from McDonald’s Four Corners.

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 12:31 am
  • I had to fast forward to the end. I was falling asleep!!

    Monday, 11 December 2017, 12:20 am
  • “Ironically, the notion that if you disapprove of the Sheriff somehow make you anti-law enforcement, sounds eerily similar to power and control tactics that Dawn Center advocates say abusers use on their victims…” Actually, it seems more like what this site advocated when black NFL players took a knee during the national anthem. History is full of those who shot the messenger. Does not mean you stop though.

    Sunday, 10 December 2017, 11:24 pm
  • Hey Tom your opinion suks. Keep throwing dirt and you will be covered and buried in MUD!

    Sunday, 10 December 2017, 10:10 pm
    • Opinion or fact?

      Monday, 11 December 2017, 12:37 am
      • Vicki I don’t think Marie understands the question…she isn’t real bright to begin with, she comes from dark placed. Unnder a rock…lol

        Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 12:23 pm
    • Hey Tom Looks like you have them crawling out from under the rocks. Marie was so stupid she wrote at threat online for all the world to see. Marie you really are a dumb ass to put such garbage online. Get back under your rock before you really do get caught…..DUMBASS

      Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 12:20 pm
    • ^^^ is most likely one of ” people ” mentioned

      Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 10:36 pm
  • Be careful Tom, your time in the Middle East will pale in comparison to what this county can do to you. Be safe and keep hitting it hard you have allot of curious readers/voters attention.

    Sunday, 10 December 2017, 9:57 pm

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