Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is giving Lutz residents an opportunity to see inside the agency and how it works.
Lutz area residents who’ve been wondering just what goes on inside the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office have a new way to get a behind-the-scenes look at the agency. A new webcast called "Inside HCSO" kicked off last week. It provides viewers with a peek inside the agency's daily operations. “The segments include information ripped right off ‘the police blotter,’ showcasing the quick actions of our patrol deputies, SWAT, dive, and aviation teams... all in the past couple of weeks,” a media release on the new webcast said. "Inside HCSO' features crime scene photos and updated information from active investigations we're trying to solve.” Each webcast, which will be released every other Friday, features a sheriff’s office employee …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office collected more than 1,000 pounds of drugs during the Drug Take Back initiative.
A special operation to get unused prescription drugs off the street resulted in more than 1,000 pounds of collected drugs, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. That's double the amount of drugs collected at last year's Drug Take Back event. The national effort was conducted locally by Hillsborough Sheriff deputies and volunteers on April 27 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at two Sweetbay Supermarkets in Hillsborough County. In Northdale, law enforcement along with volunteers collected drugs at Sweetbay Supermarket, 15692 N. Dale Mabry Highway. The two locations collected 74 boxes of unwanted prescription drugs approximately 1,320 pounds, according to a sheriff's office media release. The Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Find out what crimes have been reported to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office recently.
Crime Report is a regular listing of calls for service in the Lutz area that have been reported to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Here are the calls for service between April 15-May 1: April 15 April 16-17 April 18 April 19 April 20 April 21 April 22 April 23 April 24 April 25 April 26 April 27 April 28 April 29 April 30 May 1 Editor’s note: Information was provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office's online crime mapping tool. A call for service does not necessarily mean the crime was founded.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has an online tool residents can use to keep up with the area’s most-wanted fugitives.
The Internet is fast becoming the new “post office” for law enforcement agencies that want to make sure photos of their most wanted fugitives make it into circulation. Instead of just hanging posters on post office walls, law enforcement agencies these days are creating webpages to get the word out to area residents. Some are even using social media outlets like Facebook as tools in the fight against crime. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has its own online “post office” wall. Dubbed “Find-a-Fugitive,” the webpage features the photos and some background information on the county’s Top 10 most wanted. It also shares photos of deadbeat parents and “dangerous drivers.” Cristal Bermudez Nunez, sheriff's office spokeswoman, said the …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The guns were collected by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office during Operation Gun Swap in February.
Wondering what happened to all those guns the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office bought from residents back in February? Here’s the answer: “The nation's largest single day gun swap came to a fiery finish at a steel mill, where the rifles, shotguns, and handguns were incinerated in a 3,200-degree furnace,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a media release. “The melted metal that was once weapons will become rebar and coat hangers.” February’s Operation Gun Swap drew residents from all over the county who wanted to trade in their unwanted firearms for vouchers worth $75 each. All told, the sheriff’s office paid out more than $200,000 for the guns. Funding came from the Shimberg Foundation and the sheriff’s office forfeiture fund, said Capt. …
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a special event this weekend aimed at preventing trailer theft.
Lutz residents who own utility trailers might want to take a short drive over to the Brandon area this weekend to take advantage of a program offered by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The law enforcement agency offers a Trailer Identification Program that enables deputies to more easily identify stolen trailers in the event of theft. Through the program any resident of unincorporated Hillsborough County can have a free permanent identifier placed on their trailer courtesy of the sheriff’s office. A picture of the trailer is also taken for future identification if it becomes necessary. If a trailer with an identifier is stolen, that marker enables the sheriff’s office to more easily identify connect the property to the owner. The…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Find out what crimes have been reported to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Crime Report is a regular listing of calls for service in the Lutz area that have been reported to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Here are the calls for service between March 28 and April 9: March 28 Traffic accident, Lutz Lake Fern Road West and Merry Lane March 29 Simple battery, 1500 block of Clement Road March 30 Theft from a vehicle, 15400 block of Livingston Avenue March 31 Grand theft, 1500 block of Blind Pond Avenue Traffic accident, Livingston Avenue and Curry Road Traffic accident, Livingston Avenue and Spring Green Drive April 1 Fraud, 19200 block of Blount Road Theft of motor vehicle parts, 15400 block of Livingston Avenue April 2 Aggravated battery, 19700 block of Amanda Park Drive April 3 Criminal mischief (…
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…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The accident happened in the early morning hours of April 4 on Sinclair Hills Road.
A 23-year-old Lutz motorcyclist is dead following a collision with a HARTline bus on Sinclair Hills Road in Lutz April 4. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies say Andrew Kryvanis of Staggs Leap Drive in Lutz was taken to Tampa General Hospital after the crash, but died later from his injuries. The accident happened around 6:42 a.m. Thursday as a HART bus was pulling away from a stop on Sinclair Hills Road, just west of Livingston Avenue. The bus made a stop for oncoming traffic at 24th Street and was attempting to make a left turn to go south when a Honda motorcycle driven by Kryvanis crossed the double-yellow painted safety zone and tried to go around traffic, a sheriff’s office media release said. Kryvanis, who was wearing a helmet and…
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says the road is closed at 24th Street near Livingston Avenue following an early morning April 4 accident involving a HART bus and a motorcycle.
Lutz motorists who use Sinclair Hills Road for their morning commutes will want to avoid the area of 24th street April 4. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene of a crash at that intersection involving a motorcycle and a HART bus. “The motorcyclist is reported to be seriously injured,” wrote Detective Larry McKinnon, sheriff’s office spokesman, in an email to media. “I don't know if the bus was occupied or not.” McKinnon said the road will be closed in that area while the investigation continues. Stay with Lutz Patch for updates as they become available.