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Inglis May 18 crash
investigated by LCSO;

Details are destined for future release

LCSO Deputy Kevin Sheppard is seen as the first professional first-responder at the scene of the crash.

Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 21, 2017 at 1:37 p.m.
     INGLIS --
A small, beautiful woodpecker fluttered away from the park behind Inglis Town Hall, 135 Levy County Road 40 West early Thursday afternoon (May 18).

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     A visiting journalist preparing to open a laptop computer in the park as he prepared for some post-lunchtime news coverage noticed the bird and thought "Wow."
     Within a second, the sounds of screeching tires, the beep of a vehicle’s horn and then the unmistakably horrible sound of metal crashing into metal resounded through the peaceful quiet park just as that instantaneous crash indicator reverberated for a quarter mile out from the central point of impact – U.S. Highway 19 and Levy County Road 40.
     Three vehicles attempting to occupy the same space at the same time resulted in crushed metal and injured humans.
     Within 10 seconds of the thud of metal smashing into metal, the sound of a Levy County Sheriff’s Office cruiser’s siren added to the echoes through the air – confirming there was a problem.


In this video, the last second of the siren from the Inglis Fire Rescue engine is heard as it stops. Inglis Fire Rescue personnel are seen going to help the injured people by providing first aid prior to the Levy County Department of Public Safety’s EMS crew arriving. Deputy Kevin Sheppard is seen assisting witnesses with what they need to do.


A red pickup truck with its front end smashed (at right) is seen as a Town of Inglis Public Works employee walks around the city truck he was driving. Tools are scattered on the highway, intermingled with crash debris.







Inglis Fire Rescue arrives to help accident victims.


This Dodge Ram 1500 is seen at its final resting point, one quarter of the way into the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 19 at the intersection with Levy County Road 40. One of the injured accident victims is lying on the pavement of the highway on the other side of this crash at this time.




Levy County Department of Public Safety EMS arrives to help accident victims.



     LCSO Deputy Kevin Sheppard must have been so close that he saw the accident or was able to initiate the cruiser’s warning sounds to alert drivers to the danger in the area.
     Joining Deputy Sheppard at the scene after some number of minutes was LCSO Deputy Nelson Macias. The deputies were among the first responders who helped divert traffic around the accident.
     The Inglis Fire Rescue Department arrived to provide first aid to the injured before the the Levy County Department of Public Safety sent ambulances to care for the injured and transport them to hospitals.
     And just as the Chiefland Police Department investigated a fatal crash and provided details from that sorrowful accident six days after the crash, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office began its investigation of that Thursday afternoon accident in Inglis, and information from that accident is destined for release at some point in the future.
     On Friday morning (May 19), LCSO spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond said the LCSO is investigating the crash. Just as the CPD provides a level of law enforcement at the municipal or urban level of care, the LCSO has taken over that duty formerly assigned to the now-disbanded Inglis Police Department, as the Town of Inglis pays the LCSO for this higher level of service than the LCSO provides countywide.
     Tummond said all of the next of kin of the victims in the accident had been notified and there were no fatalities. There was one truck from the Town of Inglis involved in the crash. Mayor Drinda Merritt said the vehicle may be a total loss if its frame is bent. Her first concern, however, is for the driver and he appears to have been injured but is going to be alright, from all preliminary indications.
     Sometimes, the Florida Highway Patrol investigates accidents within the borders of Inglis and sometimes the LCSO investigates accidents within the town.
     Final information about crashes that is provided to the media by the FHP is always more quickly released than from municipal or county law enforcement agencies.
     The vision statement of the FHP is “A Safer Florida through Courtesy, Service, and Protection.”
     The mission statement of the FHP is “We will promote a safe and secure Florida through professional law enforcement and traffic safety awareness.”
     The values of the FHP are “Courtesy; Treat others fairly and professionally; Service; Render aid and assistance to members of the public; Protection; Protect life and property.”
     The strategic goals of the FHP are “Improve Traffic Safety; Interdict Criminal Activity; Enhance Homeland Security; Provide Communications; Retain, Develop, and Recruit Quality Employees; and Efficiently Acquire and Deploy Resources.”
     Details from the accident will be provided here after that is released from the LCSO.


One ATV ride ends
with four people in jail

 
'Buddy' Whitby (left) and Jaemi Dillon

 
Jason Jenkins (left) and Zachery Moore

Mug Shots By DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 22, 2017 at 8:17 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A Thursday morning (May 18) ATV ride ended with four people in jail, according to information in a Monday (May 22) press release from Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.
     Charles Sidney "Buddy" Whitby, 32, of Old Town is charged with driving while license suspended or revoked(DWLSR) ; fleeing and attempting to elud a police officer; resisting arrest without violence (RWOV); possession of drug equipment; possession of methamphetamine; tampering with evidence and a warrant from Lafayette County for Failure To Appear on a DWLSR charge. Whitby's combined bonds equal $3,000, according to records.
     Jaemi M. Dillon, 36, of Old Town was arrested for RWOV. Bond $1,500.
     Jason Jenkins, 39, of Old Town was arrested for aiding and abetting a fugitive. Bond $1,500.
     Zachery N. Moore, 18, of Old Town was arrested for aiding and abetting a fugitive. Bond $1,500.
     Before these four suspected criminals wound up in jail, there was a series of events. Following is what happened, according to Maj. Harden.
     On Thursday morning (May 18), a DCSO deputy attempted to stop an ATV being driven by Whitby and occupied by a female.
     Whitby had an outstanding warrant out of Lafayette County for failure to appear on a DWLSR charge.
     As the deputy was attempting to make the traffic stop, Whitby fled from the deputy. The man and woman on the ATV then turned into a field with planted pines, where Whitby and the female fled on foot when they reached a fence at the rear of the property.
     Additional units were responding to establish a perimeter while awaiting the arrival of the Cross City Correctional Institution’s K-9 Tracking Team.
     When the tracking team arrived, they tracked Whitby and the female to a residence some distance away.
     After speaking with the occupant of the residence, deputies learned that a male and female subject had been there. Those two were there for a short time until two males in another vehicle came to get them.
     After receiving a description of the vehicle, deputies began looking for it. Meanwhile, tracking team members found a vehicle in a yard that matched the description. They notified deputies.
     Deputies then approached the residence and made contact with a male subject who told the deputies that Whitby and the female were in the residence.
     The subject allowed the deputies into the home where they located the female – Dillon, and she was arrested.
     During a search of the remainder of the home, Whitby was found hiding in the attic of the home and removed without incident. He was arrested.
     As a result of aiding and abetting the efforts of Whitby and Dillon, Jenkins and Moore were both arrested.


New Badge Provided

Cedar Key Police Officer M. Brown (above) shows the new badge given to her by CKP Chief Virgil Sandlin (below).


Chief Sandlin and Officer Brown were among the law enforcement officers helping to keep people safe in Cedar Key on Saturday morning (May 20). The weekends are generally busy on Cedar Key, one of the many destinations for tourists who are visiting the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. The docks and Cedar Key City Park were especially full of people, in part due to the annual fishing tournament by one of the five local Rotary Clubs in the three-county area.

Photos by Jeff M. Hardison © May 22, 2017 at 7:57 a.m.


Dixie County man
arrested for DUI

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 21, 2017 at 11:37 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A 52-year-old man from Old Town was arrested late Sunday afternoon (May 21) after he was allegedly involved in a single-vehicle crash, allegedly left the scene and became suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol, the FHP said.
     Grant Thomas, 52, of Old Town was driving a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck at 4:13 p.m., Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Weber said in a press release, sent via email at 11:25 p.m. on Sunday, based on information from FHP Trooper Earl Mash.
     Thomas was driving the pickup truck north on Northeast 592nd Street and veered off the roadway onto the eastern shoulder of Northeast 592nd Street, the FHP said.
     The truck then collided with its front into a barbed-wire fence and fence posts, the FHP said, before continuing to travel through the private property owned by the victim (Lawrence Storey).
     The driver of vehicle then turned the wheel to the left and traveled off of the private property, the FHP said, and collided with the barbed-wire fence before exiting back onto Northeast 592nd Street without stopping. The driver fled the scene, the FHP said.
     The vehicle continued traveling north on Northeast 592nd Street, the FHP said, where the suspect's vehicle was later stopped by members of the Cross City Police Department and the Dixie County Sheriff Office.
    Thomas stated that he ran into the fence and damaged it with the pickup truck, the FHP said, and then left the scene because he and his wife were fighting earlier at their residence and he was mad.
     Upon further investigation, Trooper Mash discovered that Thomas was driving while under the influence of alcohol.
     The property owner said the vehicle that damaged his fence was a maroon-colored truck, the FHP said.
     The victim said that a piece of that vehicle was on his property after it fled the scene, the FHP said.
     Upon further investigating the crash from the driver testimony, crash damage, and evidence left at the scene in conjunction with the vehicle that was missing the same part, Trooper Mash confirmed the pickup truck was the hit and run vehicle driven by Thomas, the FHP said.
     Thomas was arrested on scene and taken to the Dixie County Jail, the FHP said, where he was charged with fleeing the scene of a crash with property damage and driving under the influence of alcohol.


MCSO seeks information
By Valerie Strong, MCSO Public Information Officer
Published May 21, 2017 at 3:57 p.m.
on the Police Page of HardisonInk.com
    MARION COUNTY -
At approximately 2:30 a.m., this morning (Sunday, May 21), the Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) received a 9-1-1 call in reference to a shooting in the area of Marion Oaks Lane and Southwest 39th Circle in Marion Oaks.
     Upon arrival, deputies located the body of Leon Roberts, 29.
     MCSO Major Crimes detectives are diligently following up on any and all leads in regards to this incident.
     If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are encouraged to call Detective Aaron Levy at 352-368-3546. They can also contact Crime Stoppers of Marion County anonymously at 352-368-STOP or 352-368-7867. Text tips to 274637 using keyword 368STOP.
     Tips can also be submitted at www.ocalacrimestoppers.com. For Crime Stoppers, please reference 17-63 in your tip.


Two charged
with double homicide

 
Angelo Tuggerson (left) and Isaiah Ismael Richard

Mugshots by MCSO

By Valerie Strong, Public Information Officer with the MCSO
Published May 18, 2017 at 11:17 p.m.
on the Police Page of HardisonInk.com
     MARION COUNTY --
Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Major Crimes Unit have identified Emanuel Angelo Tuggerson, 19, and Isaiah Ishmael Richard, 20, as suspects in the homicides of Baily Zylo, 18, and Andy Fockler, 38, on Jan. 29 in Weirsdale.

     Richard was located and arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and Tuggerson is at the Marion County Jail on unrelated charges, and will be served with an arrest warrant for these charges while in custody.
     On Jan. 29, deputies responded to 14241 S.E. 151st Place Road in Weirsdale after receiving a 9-1-1 call.
     Deputies discovered that an apparent home invasion robbery had occurred with two fatalities inside the home.
     Zylo and Fockler were pronounced dead on scene. Richard and Tuggerson are being charged with two counts of murder in the first degree and are being held on no bond.
     At this time MCSO Major Crimes detectives are still collecting information.


Man dies in Citrus County crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 18, 2017 at 10:27 p.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY --
A 48-year-old Inverness man died Thursday as the result of injuries he suffered in a crash early Thursday morning (May 18), the FHP said.

     Daniel Joseph Edmondson, 20, of Inverness was driving a 1999 Jeep Laredo at 5:18 a.m. Thursday, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins, based on information by crash investigator FHP Trooper J. Whitmore and FHP homicide investigator FHP Trooper M. Meier.
     Steven Wesley Ekeli, 48, of Inverness was driving a 1989 Toyota 4 Runner, the FHP said.
     The Jeep was eastbound on Main Street in Inverness as it approached the intersection of Seminole Avenue, the FHP said.
     The Toyota was westbound on Main Street in the inside lane, the FHP said.
     The Jeep entered the intersection of West Main Street and Seminold Avenue, the FHP said, and it went into the westbound lanes of Main Street where it collided nearly head-on with the Toyota.
     Ekeli died at the scene of the crash, the FHP said.
     Charges are pending completion of the investigation of the accident, the FHP said.
     Ekeli, was Seven Rivers Christian School’s athletic complex manager, according to the school's website.


Former deputy United States Marshal sentenced in N. Dakota to 7 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography
By staff writers in the
United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Newsroom
Published May 18, 2017 at 11:17 p.m.
on the Police Page of HardisonInk.com
     FARGO, N.D. —
A former deputy United States Marshal based in central North Dakota was sentenced Wednesday (May 17) to seven years in federal prison for receiving child pornography.
     This sentence resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Bismarck (North Dakota) Police Department, the North Dakota Crime Bureau's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General.
     Michael David Rivera, 30, of Bismarck, North Dakota, was sentenced to seven years in prison on one count of receiving illicit images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors.
     "It is appropriate that this former federal law enforcement officer faced a federal judge in North Dakota for his offenses. This case proves that no one is above the law, including those federal officers who have previously sworn an oath to protect and serve our nation," said U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Seiler, District of South Dakota. "Here, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of North Dakota followed approved Department of Justice procedures to resolve any conflict or the appearance of impropriety it might have had, based upon its prior work alongside this disgraced officer. Appropriate steps were taken, as is done in every case, regardless of who the defendant is, to see that justice is done."
     Seiler also commended the federal judiciary in Bismarck, which took steps to transfer the case to Fargo, since Rivera had a working relationship with courthouse employees in Bismarck.
     In June 2016, state and federal law enforcement authorities learned that Rivera, who was at the time a deputy U.S. Marshal working at the federal courthouse in Bismarck, had been surreptitiously recording a variety of women, including juveniles, in various stages of undress while they were in fitting rooms of local retail stores.
     Authorities obtained search warrants for digital and computer media that were executed at Rivera's apartment, his vehicle parked at the federal courthouse, and on his person. At his apartment, officers seized a computer. Rivera was arrested on state charges related to the surreptitious recording of the adult and juvenile females, which were separately handled by state court authorities in Burleigh County, North Dakota.
     A forensic examination of Rivera's computer discovered downloaded videos and images, including 36 still images and 52 videos of child pornography. A review of some of the downloaded videos included the sexual abuse of children, including toddlers and other children ages 6 to 11.
     The search revealed bookmarks, cache records, web history, and web visits commonly associated with child pornography and voyeur searches. Internet access logs on the computer indicate some of the child pornography was received and accessed by Rivera between April and June 2016 in the District of North Dakota.  Rivera used the internet to access visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
     Rivera no longer is employed with U.S. Marshals Service.
     Rivera was indicted by a North Dakota grand jury on Oct. 6, 2016. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of South Dakota handled prosecution after the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of North Dakota recused itself from the matter. Rivera pleaded guilty to the charges on Jan. 26, 2017.
     Rivera's prison sentence will be followed by five years' of supervised release. He must also pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and a $2,500 special assessment to the Domestic Trafficking Victims' Fund.
     Rivera was remanded back to state authorities to face his state court sentencing later this summer.
     This investigation was conducted under HSI's Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 14,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2015, nearly 2,400 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative and more than 1,000 victims identified or rescued.
     HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.
     Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.
     For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, visit the online suspect alerts page at https://www.ice.gov/predator/suspect-alerts.


13 Williston Students Taken To RGH
With Minor Injuries
After School Bus Crash


At 7:36 a.m. this morning (Wednesday May 17), the Williston Police Department, Williston Fire Rescue, Marion County Fire Rescue and Levy County Department of Public Safety responded to the 800 block of East Noble Avenue in Williston in reference to a vehicle accident. Vehicles involved were a 2006 Dodge truck and a Levy County School Bus (#0409). There were 52 students from both Joyce Bullock Elementary School and Williston Elementary School aboard the bus at the time, and 13 of those students were transported to Regional General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The bus was stopped at the railroad crossing -- per state law -- when it was struck from behind.


The driver of the Dodge truck was Tucker Evans of Ocala. He was cited for following too close. This accident is still under investigation. The WPD will release new updated information when it is available.

Information and Photos Provided by Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow at 9:11 a.m. on May 17, 2017. No updates as of 4:27 p.m. on May 17.

 


Moped rider seriously injured
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 17, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
A 21-year-old Gainesville woman suffered serious injuries as the result of an accident on Tuesday evening (May 16), the FHP said.

     Jefferson Egan, 21, of Evinston (an unincorporated community in Alachua and Marion counties ) was driving a 2006 Audi A4 at approximately 5:18 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Lena Ward, based on information from crash investigator Trooper (no first name or initial listed) Alvarez.
     Abigail Miller, 21, of Gainesville was driving a light blue 2016 model of moped on U.S. Highway 441, one-half mile south of Alachua County Road 23, the FHP said.
     The trooper found the Audi A4 with "heavy damage" to its front and the moped had "heavy damage" to its rear, the FHP said.
     An investigation reflected that the moped was traveling southbound on U.S. 441 near the Micanopy area, the FHP said.
     The Audi was traveling northbound in the left travel lane on U.S. 441 in the same area at the same time, the FHP said
     Egan had made a U-turn with the Audi to go back north on U.S. 441 and had already accelerated 361 feet away from the turnaround going northbound at that time, the FHP said.
     An unknown vehicle, the FHP said, which was a short distance ahead of the Audi, changed to the right, northbound travel lane to pass the moped.
     Egan failed to observe Miller who was driving the moped and was already established in that travel lane where the unknown vehicle was passing the moped, the FHP said.
     The front of the Audi struck the rear of the moped, the FHP said.
     After impact, Miller landed on the front windshield of the Audi, the FHP said, and she traveled on top of the Audi approximately 179 feet before coming off of that vehicle to final rest.
     Miller suffered severe injuries and was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital as a trauma alert, the FHP said. Egan suffered minor injuries that did not require hospitalization, the FHP said.
     Egan was cited for careless driving, the FHP said.

 


CPD investigates
fatal crash on May 10


These photos show the crash scene.




 
Photos by A.D. Goodman
and another contributing news source


By Jeff M. Hardison © May 16, 2017 at 9:37 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
The Chiefland Police Department investigated a fatal accident on May 10 (last Wednesday) and information from that crash was provided in a press release on Tuesday afternoon (May 16).

     Chiefland Police Chief Scott Anderson said that although the Florida Highway Patrol often conducts traffic homicide investigations, it was his choice to have the CPD complete this task because an FHP homicide investigator was hours away. CPD Capt. Ray Tremblay said the CPD has investigated fatal accidents in the city before. This is the first fatal traffic accident investigated by CPD in 2017.
     In this instance, a 92-year-old woman died when the Jeep she was driving was hit by a Mack semi, according to information in a press release from CPD Sgt. James Yanok, Public Information Officer.
     Meveree Carlisle Pope, 92, of Trenton was driving a 2008 Jeep Patriot, Yanok said, on May 10 (a Wednesday) at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the 1300 Block of North Young Boulevard (U.S. Highway 19).
     Her husband Harland Pope, 94, was a passenger in the Jeep, Yanok said. He was taken to UF Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Yanok said.
      The Patriot was exiting the parking lot of the plaza for Chiefland Liquors and BubbaQue’s Barbecue Restaurant and was crossing eastbound across the southbound lanes of North Young Boulevard, Yanok said. This is also in the general area of the Chiefland Farmer’s Flea Market.
     A southbound 2008 Mack semi tractor-trailer collided with its front into the driver’s side of the Patriot when the SUV entered the travel path of the semi, Yanok said.
     The driver of the semi braked and attempted to avoid the collision, but he was unable to do so, Yanok said CPD investigators determined from interviews and evidence.
    Lennon Burns, 27, who was driving the semi -- with logo of SMG Inc. of Crystal River on it -- was unharmed. The semi-truck sustained minor front end damage, Yanok said.
     All three people in the accident were wearing seatbelts, Yanok said. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, Yanok said, and the CPD as a whole is credited as the investigating agency.
     First responders from the Chiefland Police Department, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Chiefland Fire Rescue and the Levy County Department of Public Safety all responded.
     Meveree Pope was trapped inside the vehicle until the driver’s side door was removed by fire-rescue personnel.
     She suffered fatal injuries from the crash and was unresponsive upon first responders making contact with her in the vehicle, Yanok said. She was later pronounced dead at scene, Yanok said.
     No charges are pending, Yanok said.

FWC officers catch two
suspected poachers in Lawtey

   
Aaron Griffis (left) and Dustin Taylor Wise

Original Mugshots by Union County Sheriff's Office and Bradford County Sheriff's Office – Seen Here Thanks To Mugshots.com.


Story By FWC Public Information Supervisor Karen Parker
Published May 15, 2017 at 2:37 p.m.
on the Police Page of HardisonInk.com
     LAKE CITY --
Confidential information plus the carcusses of two large bucks taken from a game farm led to the arrests of two men from Lawtey on felony charges of poaching.

     During an investigation that began in November, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers worked the case through social media and phone data search warrants, along with interviews of the suspects.
     FWC Officer Bret Gill received a complaint about shots being fired in the deer pen on Shadd Farms in Lake Butler, and another anonymous tip led FWC Reserve Capt. David Lee to online information showing the suspects bragging about killing a big buck.
     Aaron Griffis, 24, and Dustin Taylor Wise, 23, have been charged with multiple violations, including grand theft of livestock.
     According to FWC Investigator Todd Hoyle, Wise posted several pictures of the poaching incident to his Snapchat social media account.
     In an interview, Wise admitted shooting an 11-point buck out of Shadd Farms’ deer pen while riding in a vehicle with his child and Griffis. He also explained that after dropping his son off with a friend, he and Griffis drove back to the pen, where they cut the fence and dragged out the deer. They then returned to Lawtey to clean the deer.
     The investigation also revealed that Griffis entered Shadd’s deer pen another night.
     “After exercising a search warrant issued by the State Attorney’s Office on Griffis’ social media private messages, we found videos that he posted of himself walking through the woods, shining a light and shooting at a deer,” said FWC Lt. Clay Huff. "There were comments accompanying the video, stating it was a 15-point deer at which he was shooting. Mr. Shadd advised that he had found a 15-point buck dead in his pen.”
     Based on the evidence, Wise was charged with the following:
     ● Trespass by projectile 810.09(2)h (third degree felony).          
     ● Grand theft livestock 812.014(2)c7 (third degree felony).          
     ● Conspiracy to commit grand theft 777.03 (third degree felony).  
     ● Breaking or injuring fences containing animals 810.115(2) (third degree felony).   
     ● Child neglect (without harm) 827.03(2)d (third degree felony).    
     ● Taking deer at night 379.404(1) (first degree misdemeanor).    
     ● Firearm discharge from public road 790.15 (first degree misdemeanor).  

     Griffis has been charged with:
     ● Trespass while armed 810.09(2)c (third degree felony).    
     ● Grand theft livestock 812.014(2)c7 (third degree felony, two counts).  
     ● Conspiracy to commit grand theft 777.03 (third degree felony).    
     ● Breaking or injuring fences containing animals 810.115(2) (third degree felony).
     ● Taking deer at night 379.404(1) (first degree misdemeanor, two counts).  
     ● Possession of firearm by felon 790.23(1)a (third degree felony).
     ● Trespass 810.09(2)a (first degree misdemeanor).  

     Charges were direct filed with the Office of Eighth Judicial Circuti State Attorney William Cervone. The Eighth Judicial Circuit includes Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union counties. Lawtey is in Union County.
     “Mr. Shadd appreciated the work that was done and has given a reward to the person who supplied the anonymous tip about the suspects,” Huff said.
     In addition to the reward given by Shadd, the person who reported the poaching incident also received a reward from the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Program.
     If you suspect a fish, wildlife, boating or environmental law violation, you can call the Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922 or text to Tip@MyFWC.com. Violations can also be reported online at http://myfwc.com/WildlifeAlert by clicking on “Report Online.”
     You can report violations anonymously and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


 

The people listed below are charged with the crimes listed next to their names. In the United States of America, every person maintains that presumption of innocense unless and until they are determined to be guilty through the judicial process. Following are some common abbreviations:

DUI - Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Some Other Drug
BUI - Boating While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Some Other Drug
DWLSR - Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
RWOV - Resisting Arrest Without Violence
Poss. - Possession
VOP - Violation of Probation
FTA - Failure to Appear


Suspects Arrested Through May 14
Updated May 15, 2017 at 10:17 p.m.


MAY 8
     David Joseph Cabral, 24, of Bronson was arrested for controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment, offender violate no contact order, VOP. No bond on last two charges, $26,000 bond on first two charges.
     David Mathew Goodman, 32, of Morriston was arrested for unoccupied structure – unarmed, grand theft of motor vehicle. Bond $20,000.
MAY 9
     Mark Leslie Brannan, 38, of Trenton was arrested for dealing in stolen property. Bond $30,000.
     Rose Evette Chapman, 20, of Williston was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $10,000.
     David Dale Keiser, 42, of Trenton was arrested for person uses a deadly weapon. Bond $100,000.
     Christopher Ethan Prest, 25, of Zephyrhills was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. No bond amount was given.
MAY 10
     John Wayne Bell Jr., 25, of Dunnellon was arrested for poss. meth with intent to sell/ mfg./ deliver, with intent to sell mfg. or deliver – schedule I, 4 grams to under 30 kilos, drug equipment. Bond $176,000.
     William Edward Coggins, 45, of Inglis was arrested for DWLSR – habitual. Bond $1,000.
     Todd Evan Davis, 42, of Archer was arrested for public phone cables/ fixtures/ equipment/ etc., occupied dwelling – unarmed, with intent to use, grand theft $300 to less than $5,000, use more 2 times in six months – obtain good/money $100 or more, poss. cocaine, drug equipment. Bond $111,000.
     Trae Markell Perkins, 21, of Bradenton was arrested for grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000, altered instrument. No bond amount was given.
MAY 11
     Margaret Melissa Davis, 46, of Cross City was arrested for dwelling/ structure or conveyance –armed, $200 to less than $1,000, $20,000 to less than $100,000, grand theft of firearm, controlled substance without prescription. Bond $350,000.
     Wendy Jane Grantham, 44, of Crestview was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. Bond $2,000.
     Larry Andy Meeks, 58, of Inglis was arrested for DWLSR – knowingly. Bond $1,000.
MAY 12
     Jessica Lynn Aguon, 30, of Old Town was arrested for use/poss./mfg. paraphernalia to transport drugs, sell meth, meth – 14 grams or over. Bond $200,000.
     David Nathaniel Collins, 51, of Cross City was arrested for produce meth, marijuana – not more than 20 grams, meth – 14 grams or over, drug equipment. Bond $201,000.
     Jim Buck Pickett, 56, of Raymond, Mississippi was arrested for leave scene of crash involving damage to property, operated motor vehicle without valid driver license. Bond $5,000.
     James Coleman Tuten, 57, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Robert Watson, 45, of High Springs was arrested for dwelling/ structure or conveyance – armed, $200 to under $1,000, $20,000 to under $100,000, grand theft of firearm. Bond $300,000.
MAY 13
     Emory Randolph Beasley, 36, of Crystal River was arrested for violate FWC rule or order – level two. ROR.
     Peter Anthony DeMarie, 44, of Bronson was arrested for DWLSR – third or subsequent offense, grand theft of motor vehicle, obstruct without violence. (No bond), out-of-county warrant. Cash bond $143,000.
     Matthew Corey Edmundson, 37, of Williston was arrested for battery – touch or strike, on person 65 years of age or older, aggravated child abuse. Bond $240,000.
     Jesus Garcia Paulin, 42, of Mayo was arrested for two out-of-county warrants. Cash only $1,000.
     Dennis Delmonte Kirkland, 54, no address was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs, marijuana – not more than 20 grams. Bond $3,000.
     Ryan Charles Lawson, 31, of Williston was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $10,000.
     Javier Mickeal Nelson, 30, of Williston was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs, DWLSR. Bond $6,000.
     Sean Matthew Stott, 43, of Fanning Springs was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Cash only $2,560.
MAY 14
     Falon Jill Frey, 35, of Ocala was arrested for DWLSR – habitual, poss. cocaine, marijuana – not more than 20 grams, drug equipment. No bond amount was given.
     Iris Yamille Hernandez, 32, of Kissimmee was arrested for DWLSR – subsequent offense. No bond amount was given.
     Moyses Muniz, 19, of Bradenton was arrested for operate motor vehicle without valid driver license. Bond $500.

 



The people listed below are charged with the crimes listed next to their names. In the United States of America, every person maintains that presumption of innocense unless and until they are determined to be guilty through the judicial process. Following are some common abbreviations:

DUI - Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Some Other Drug
DWLSR - Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
RWOV - Resisting Arrest Without Violence
Poss. - Possession
VOP - Violation of Probation
FTA - Failure to Appear


Suspects Arrested Through May 13

Updated May 15, 2017 at 10:17 p.m.

MAY 9
     George Freeman Wilkinson, 39, no address was arrested for criminal mischief - $200 and under, petit theft – second degree – third or subsequent offense, trespassing – property not structure or conveyance. No bond amount was given.
     Christopher Michael Knight, 29, of Trenton was arrested for grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000, burglary – unoccupied dwelling unarmed. Bond $100,000.
     Robert Keith Faulkner, 29, of Trenton was arrested for burglary – unoccupied dwelling unarmed, grand theft of dwelling - $100 to less than $300. Bond $25,000.
     Christian Manuel Porta, 19, of High Springs was arrested for two counts of battery – touch or strike. Bond $5,000.
MAY 10
     Phillip David Wheeler, 37, of Cross City was arrested for two counts of homicide – murder dangerous/ depraved without premeditation, burglary – dwelling/ structure or conveyance – armed. No bond.
     David Allen White Jr., 34, of Bell was arrested for poss. controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $25,000.
MAY 11
     Timothy Paul Scheid, 40, of Trenton was arrested for trespassing – property not structure or conveyance, burglary – occupied dwelling unarmed. No bond amount was given.
MAY 12
     Betty Lynn Tsitrian, 57, of Trenton was arrested for battery – touch or strike. ROR.
     Richard L. Edwards, 52, of Bell was arrested for contempt of court – violate injunction protection order – domestic violence. Bond $50,000.
MAY 13
     Rocky Lee Brett Giddens, 26, of Ocala was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Charles Matthew Walsh, 33, of Jacksonville was arrested for battery – second or subsequent offense. Bond $25,000.
     Michelle Christine Schaffer, 24, of Bronson was arrested for battery on office/ firefighter/ EMT, etc., disorderly intoxication in a public place causing a disturbance, resist officer – obstruct by disguised person. Bond $42,000.
 


The people listed below are charged with the crimes listed next to their names. In the United States of America, every person maintains that presumption of innocense unless and until they are determined to be guilty through the judicial process. Following are some common abbreviations:

DUI - Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Some Other Drug
DWLSR - Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
RWOV - Resisting Arrest Without Violence
Poss. - Possession
VOP - Violation of Probation
FTA - Failure to Appear


Suspects Arrested Through May 13
Updated May 15, 2017 at 10:17 p.m.


MAY 10
     Kyle Mathew Dees, 19, of Archer was arrested for harvest in prohibited area, harvest between sunset and sunrise, failure to allow inspection. Bond $1,000.
     Michael Shephard, 36, of Suwannee was arrested for oystering in prohibited waters, harvesting between sunrise and sunset. Bond $1,000.
     Andrew Phillip Walker, 25, of Steinhatchee was arrested for poss. of drugs. Bond $10,000.
     Robert Luther Watson, 45, of Old Town was arrested for a Levy County warrant. Bond $300,000.
     Walter Martin Rawlins, 51, of Old Town was arrested for aggravated battery. Bond $10,000.
MAY 11
     Daniel Joseph Bell, 37, of Branford was arrested for fleeing, RWOV, DWLSR – knowingly, FTA. Bond $15,000.
MAY 12
     Gary Alan Tipler, 52, of Old Town was arrested for theft of vehicle, VOP. Bond $5,000.
MAY 13
     Caleb D. Wells, 20, of Cross City was arrested for poss. of meth, poss. of drug paraphernalia. No bond amount was given.
     Curtis Ray Snellgrove, 43, of Cross City was arrested for DWLSR, improper tagging of oyster, no tag affixed – oysters, poss. of cannabis – less than 20 grams, poss. of drug paraphernalia, revoke pre-trial release. Bond $1,500.

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MONDAY  May 22  8:17 p.m.
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