Thursday, April 25, 2013
Crime Report is a regular listing of calls for service in the Carrollwood and Northdale areas that have been reported to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Here are the calls for service to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Carrollwood, Northdale and Lake Magdalene for the period of April 17-23: April 17 April 18 April 19 April 20 April 21 April 22 April 23 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 that a crime occurred. Keep up with what's happening around town by signing up for the Carrollwood-Northdale Patch newsletter!
Tuesday, April 23, 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. …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
An early morning, April 20, accident has forced the closing of one lane of traffic on northbound Dale Mabry Highway.
Motorists traveling in the Northdale area this morning, April 20, might want to consider a route other than North Dale Mabry Highway. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has reported on its Facebook page that one lane of traffic is closed heading northbound following an accident at Mapledale Drive. No other details are available at this time. Stay with Patch for updates as they become available. Keep up with what's happening around town by signing up for the Carrollwood-Northdale Patch newsletter!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
A search for two boys missing from the Carrollwood area since April 3 is expected to come to an end soon.
It looks like the search for two young boys abducted from their Carrollwood area home April 3 will soon come to a close. The Cuban government has said it would hand over the family – the two boys and their parents – to American officials, CNN is reporting. It is unclear at this time when the family will be placed into American custody, but CNN is saying that a woman who fits the description of Sharyn Hakken, the boys’ mother, said the children are doing fine. “Foreign Ministry official Johana Tablada told The Associated Press in a written statement today that Cuba had informed U.S. authorities of the country's decision to turn over Joshua Michael Hakken, his wife Sharyn, and their two young boys,” The Tampa Tribune is reporting. Read all …
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
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies have been looking for the 2006 GMC since April 3 when they say Joshua Hakken snatched his children from their grandmother’s Lake Magdalene home.
Law enforcement officials have Joshua Hakken’s pickup truck in custody, but the man Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies say tied up his mother-in-law and took his two young sons by force continued to elude capture April 4. An announcement about the 2006 GMC pickup truck’s discovery in Madeira Beach was released just before 11 p.m. Thursday. The truck was found abandoned in the John’s Pass parking garage at 12901 Gulf Blvd. in Madeira Beach, Hillsborough Det. Larry McKinnon wrote in a media release. McKinnon said the vehicle is being processed for evidence and more details will be released as they become available. Read all stories related to the abduction The search for Chase and Cole Hakken, 2 and 4 respectively, began on Wednesday …
A vehicle the Hakkens could be traveling in may have been spotted in Tennessee.
New details are emerging the case of the two boys kidnapped from their grandmother's home by their father on Wednesday morning, although exactly where the boys may be is unclear. But what is clear is that law enforcement is aggressively pursuing the whereabouts of Cole Hakken, 4, and Chase Hakken, 2. Read all stories and information related to the abduction Officials in Tennessee issued a statewide Amber Alert after receiving reports that the vehicle the Hakkens are traveling in may have been spotted. "The vehicle may have been seen in the area of Highway 30 and Highway 411 in Etowah, Tennessee last night around 8 p.m.," according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations website. On Wednesday, their father Joshua Hakken, 35, broke into …
Deputies say two men helped themselves to three stacks of Sean John clothing from the Westfield Citrus Park Macy’s.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies say two men with a penchant for designer togs swiped $2,346 in merchandise and then made their getaway in a black Smart car. Now, deputies are turning to Carrollwood area residents to help them solve the crime. The shoplifting in question occurred March 19 around 7 p.m. when two men entered the Westfield Citrus Park Macy’s, 7801 Citrus Park Town Center, through the south-side entrance. The men picked up three stacks of Sean John merchandise and walked out without paying. The estimated price tag on the duds tops $2,300, deputies said in a media release. Once the men left the store, authorities say they got into a black Smart car and fled the scene. Deputies describe the men as follows: Anyone with …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Deputies say Joshua Hakken lost custody of his children April 2.
On Tuesday, April 2 Joshua Michael Hakken lost custody of his two young sons. On Wednesday, Hakken, 35, broke into his mother-in-law's home, tied her up and kidnapped the boys before most people got to work. The kidnapping incident is currently being investigated by Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials who have issued an Amber Alert for the two boys, Cole, 4 and Chase, 2. Hakken is considered armed and dangerous, according to authorities. "We do feel they are in danger," said Cpl. Kevin Bodie, with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office during a press conference on Wednesday. Joshua Hakken is described as being about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes. The boy's mother, Sharyn Hakken, is 5-…