Friday, April 5, 2013
The young brothers were abducted from their grandmother’s Carrollwood area home April 3. Authorities now believe their father has taken them out to into open waters.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has updated its Amber Alert for Cole and Chase Hakken, two young boys abducted from their grandmother’s Carrollwood area home on April 3. Authorities now have reason to believe their accused abductor, their father Joshua Hakken, 35, may be traveling with the children on a 1972, 25-foot Morgan sailboat. The boat has the registration number of FL3717BK and has a blue hull. The boat in question is named “Salty” and has a picture of a paw near the hull on both sides, according to a FDLE media release. The stern also has “St. Petersburg” written on it in white letters. The vessel has a blue Bimini top and when its sail is unfurled it is white with blue trim. Read all stories related to the abduction The…
Sunday, January 27, 2013
The break in resulted in about $500 in damages.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating a "beaded" burglary at the county courthouse Saturday night. According to a media release, at about 7:34 p.m. on Jan. 26, a man in his 20s forcibly entered the Courthouse Annex, 801 E. Twiggs St., by smashing a glass door. Shortly after the unidentified man entered the building, he was discovered in the adjacent Edgecomb Courthouse, 800 E. Twiggs St., by G4S Security. The man was shirtless and wearing parade beads and appeared intoxicated, according to the sheriff's office. Security escorted him from the building with the intent of seeking medical assistance and having law enforcement investigate the incident, however, he fled before officers arrived. According to the sheriff'…
Friday, September 28, 2012
A South Tampa robbery saw the thief come away heavily armed.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
- David Rice
Friday, September 28, 2012
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is currently searching for a burglary suspect(s) who fleed a South Tampa home with three firearms, a flatscreen monitor and a laptop. The intruders broke in through a rear screen door of the house in the 7400 block of Manhattan Drive taking with them a 7.62 caliber SKS rifle with tactical conversions, .22 caliber semi-auto Keystone Arms Cricket rife with scope and a Blue Frame wood stock Springfield Arms Model 67 20 gauge shotgun. Anyone with any information on the crime is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200. Anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabout of the thieves and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime …
Monday, September 24, 2012
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is taking back prescription drugs this Saturday.
- POLICE & FIRE
- David Rice
Monday, September 24, 2012
As part of an ongoing effort to crack down on illegal pill mills and prevent prescription drug abuse, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is taking part in the Operation Medicine Cabinet Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. On Sept. 29th, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Tampa Police Department, the Temple Terrace Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance, will collect unused or expired prescription medications from citizens to prevent potentially dangerous drugs from getting into the wrong hands. The unused prescription drugs will be collected at several locations on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Citizens will be able to drop off any prescription medications …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is busy at work at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Every quarter the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office holds an awards ceremony in recognition of “distinguished performance” on the job. This quarter’s ceremony might very well give a toast to the deputies involved in keeping the streets safe for the 2012 Republican National Convention attendees. To help residents stay up-to-date on the RNC and the sheriff’s office throughout the week, sheriff's office communications personnel will post tweets on Twitter, post status updates on Facebook (such as this one) and post videos on YouTube, including one on bike and mounted units patrolling the RNC. Sheriff David Gee in a letter earlier this month addressed RNC concerns in a letter to the public. “The RNC demands thousands of law enforcement …
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office were forced to restrain a man inside the event zone in downtown Tampa.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies were on foot patrol around 2:15 p.m. today in the Republican National Convention event zone when they spotted a man later identified as Jason Wilson carrying a full size machete strapped to his leg. Deputies approached Wilson ordering him to stop and yet he continued walking away from them. When deputies caught up to Wilson, he claimed he did not have to stop and that he was allowed to carry what ever he wanted. The deputies attempted to physically stop him, at which time he began resisting and had to be physically restrained. Wilson was arrested and has been charged with resisting arrest without violence. He is currently being detained at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will require deputies to work 12-hour shifts for 10 consecutive days during the Republican National Convention.
They serve a county of 1.2 million people around the clock, investigating everything from auto burglaries to the sound of gunshots piercing the night air. In less than three weeks, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will tackle its largest feat to date: Keeping the peace across the county during the Republican National Convention while working 12-hour shifts for 10 days in a row, from Aug. 24 through Sept. 2. "It's going to be exhausting for the deputies out on the street," said Capt. Andy Ross of District 3, which covers Original Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Westchase, Keystone, Odessa and Town N' Country. "We are getting deputies prepared for this as much as possible." Long Hours Part of the Job The 12-hour shifts aren't new for …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Motorists are being warned of flooding, fallen trees, downed power lines and faulty traffic signals at these roads and intersections in Hillsborough County.
Updated, 10:39 a.m.: The following Hillsborough County roads are closed, officials announced just before 10:30 a.m. Monday: Earlier: The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is urging motorists to stay attentive on the rain-soaked roads today as Tropical Storm Debby continues its effects on the region. Motorists are reminded that: Drivers are also urged to stay attentive to flooded areas. "If you are approaching a flooded roadway, turn around and take an alternate route," the news report advises. The following areas of concern have been noted, with an update expected to be sent after 8 a.m., according to sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon. DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 4
Friday, June 15, 2012
The law enforcement officials who usually provide security at high school sports in Hillsborough County will be needed to work at the Republican National Convention the week of Aug. 27.
The Republican National Convention could disrupt the high school football schedule in Hillsborough County this August, TBO.com reports. Several high school games, including Robinson at Jefferson on Aug. 31, may have to be postponed or rescheduled because of concerns over traffic and security. Officials told TBO that so many Tampa Police officers Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies are needed to work at and around the convention in downtown Tampa the week of Aug. 27, there may not be enough to provide security at athletic events. Other football games in jeopardy include Brandon at Armwood and Blake at Leto, also scheduled for Aug. 31. High school swimming, volleyball, cross country and golf could also be affected. "We are working with …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Rhonda Gee did not have any permanent injuries, just 'bumps and bruises' after her car crash with a known gang member, a sheriff's office spokesperson told the Tampa Bay Times.
The wife of Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee was released from the hospital late Thursday following a car crash with a gang member in Valrico, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Rhonda Gee did not have any permanent injuries, just "bumps and bruises," sheriff's office spokesperson Larry McKinnon told the Times. Gee's car was plowed into by Raul de Alejandro, 22, around 7:30 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of Lithia Pinecrest Road and Bloomingdale Avenue, officials said. De Alejandro, who authorities say is a known member of the "Dover Locos" gang, was fleeing from a Hess gas station after he got into an altercation with a clerk who refused to sell him cigarettes, deputies allege. De Alejandro struck Gee's 2012 Dodge with his 1995 Buick …