Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hernando Sheriff's Office arrest 400 fugitives in sweep

BROOKSVILLE — Detectives had their eye on David Spooner.

The 32-year-old was wanted on an outstanding warrant for drug possession and sales. Finally, at a hotel on U.S. 19, they pounced.

Searching Spooner's bags, they found oxycodone, methamphetamine, two loaded handguns, drug paraphernalia and nearly $10,000 in cash. At the Masaryktown apartment where he was staying, they found more methamphetamine, seven guns and a bulletproof vest.

The Oct. 12 arrest was one of nearly 400 made by the Hernando Sheriff's Office with help from the Brooksville Police Department during a three-week targeted effort to track down wanted felons.

Running between Sept. 28 and Oct. 22, the local campaign was part of a statewide effort dubbed Operation Felon Sweep and coordinated by the Florida Sheriff's Association.

"To try to get people off the street who might otherwise be victimizing innocent citizens," Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis told reporters on Thursday.

Analysts and detectives got to work tracking down people wanted on some outstanding warrants. They learned that about 75 percent of the roughly 130 wanted individuals were no longer in Hernando County, Nienhuis said.

One of the fugitives tracked down was 37-year-old Douglas Wilson, who was wanted for a murder charge in Detroit, Mich. Wilson was found at a house on Baldock Avenue in Spring Hill.

Of the felony arrests, 117 were for outstanding warrants and 106 were for probable cause.

Among the items seized:

• 10 firearms

• 122 grams of marijuana and 108 plants

• 26 grams of cocaine

• 35 grams of methamphetamine

• 401 prescription pills

• 4 automobiles

• $14,484 in cash

The statewide effort netted nearly 12,000 arrests from the combined efforts of 43 Sheriff's Offices.

Tony Marrero can be reached at tmarrero@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1431.

Hernando Sheriff's Office arrest 400 fugitives in sweep 10/25/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 6:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. After fraught debate, Trump to disclose new Afghanistan plan

    War

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will unveil his updated Afghanistan policy Monday night in a rare, prime-time address to a nation that broadly shares his pessimism about American involvement in the 16-year conflict. Although he may send a few thousand more troops, there are no signs of a major shift in …

    U.S. soldiers patrol the perimeter of a weapons cache near the U.S. military base in Bagram, Afghanistan in 2003. Sixteen years of U.S. warfare in Afghanistan have left the insurgents as strong as ever and the nation's future precarious. Facing a quagmire, President Donald Trump on Monday will outline his strategy for a country that has historically snared great powers and defied easy solutions.  [Associated Press (2003)]
  2. Trial begins for man accused of threatening to kill Tampa federal judge

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Jason Jerome Springer was in jail awaiting trial on a firearms charge when he heard inmates talking about a case that had made the news.

    Jason Jerome Springer, 39, is accused of threatening to kill a U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich, according to a federal indictment.  |Hernando County Sheriff's Office photo]
  3. Editorial: Tampa Electric customers should not pay for utility's fatal misjudgments

    Editorials

    There will be financial fallout from the terrible miscalculations that resulted in five workers being killed in June at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station. State and federal regulators should ensure those costs are borne by the company's shareholders, not its customers. Monetary considerations will not begin to …

    LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
There will be financial fallout from the terrible miscalculations that resulted in five workers being killed in June at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station. State and federal regulators should ensure those costs are borne by the company's shareholders, not its customers.
  4. Superior Uniform acquires Los Angeles-based PublicIdentity

    Corporate

    SEMINOLE — A subsidiary of Seminole-based Superior Uniform Group has acquired Los Angeles-based branded merchandise company PublicIdentity Inc.

    Superior Uniform Group CEO Michael Benstock
[Courtesy of Superior Uniform Group]
  5. Money is the issue as Hillsborough strains to fix school air conditioners

    K12

    TAMPA — With more than 200 repair requests tumbling in every day, school officials in Hillsborough County are broadening their circle of air conditioning mechanics as they struggle to control a debilitating cycle of breakdowns and sweltering classrooms.

    Hillsborough school officials want to expand the number of contractors who work on broken school air conditioning systems. But it all gets rolled into a workload that has increased by 40 percent since 2011. "With no increase in budget, no increase in equipment and no increase in manpower, and as the equipment gets older and needs more maintenance, this is going to continue to grow," said Robert Weggman, general manager of maintenance." [iStockphoto.com
]