Boy suspected
of being a thief is arrested


Kasen Lee
Mug Shot By DCSO

By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published Jan. 16, 2018 at 3:37 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
On Tuesday, Jan. 9, investigators with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Offices and officers with the Cross City Police Department arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with several incidents that have occurred in Cross City during the first part of January.

 


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     Kasen Lee, 15, of Cross City was arrested and charged in connection with multiple burglaries to structures and vehicles.
     Lee was charged with burglary of a dwelling; burglary; criminal mischief; armed burglary and grand theft.
     After booking at the Dixie County Jail, Lee was transferred to the custody of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice pending future court appearances.
     Charges are pending against a 16-year-old child in connection with these cases.
     At the time that officers were able to arrest Lee and recover a stolen firearm, the 16-year-old was in an area hospital being treated for injuries suffered during an incident days prior.

 


Family displaced after fire
By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 16, 2018 at 2:47 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
A fire at a residence in Chiefland on Saturday night (Jan. 13) caused a family to become displaced, according to records from the Chiefland Fire Rescue Department.

     The CFR responded to a call about a structure fire at 1104 N.W. 16th Ave. at 8:14 p.m., according to records.
     Levy County Department of Public Safety Rescue 7 arrived on scene to find an apartment fully involved, according to records.
     CFR Pumper 71 arrived on scene at 8:21 p.m., and firefighters saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the front and side of the apartment. The crew of Pumper 71 deployed multiple hose lines and initiated a defensive attack, according to records.
     The fire was contained within 30 minutes, but it caused approximately $15,000 of damage to the building -- displacing one family, according to records.
     While an investigation was being performed on scene by an investigator with the Florida Fire Marshal’s Office, it was found that Chiefland Police were on the scene investigating a theft at property near to where the fire occurred, according to records.
    The CPD officer notified dispatch and checked the apartment for occupants.
     The family was not home at the time of the fire and is being assisted by the American Red Cross, according to records The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Florida State Fire Marshal's Office.
     Other responding departments were Bronson Fire Rescue, Trenton Fire Rescue, Fanning Springs Fire Rescue and the Levy County Department of Public Safety.


GCSO EMPLOYEE
BRADLEY LEA


Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz believes it is important for the public to know a little bit about their public safety employees before assistance is needed from those workers. Sheriff Schultz is periodically going to highlight a member of the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office to assist the public in getting to know the members of the GCSO a little better. Communications Officer Bradley Lea, a Bell resident, started his career in public safety in 2014 as a state correctional officer. In 2017, Lea continued his public service and joined the GCSO as a communications officer. Lea said that his path to public service was paved by family members who have served their communities in numerous public safety fields. Lea said he enjoys his job as a communication officer because he likes helping people. He feels great satisfaction when he is able to assist callers who have emergencies by keeping a calm demeanor and getting them the help they need. Thank you Communications Officer Bradley Lea for your dedication to Gilchrist County!
Published Jan. 16, 2018 at 2:27 p.m.

Story and Photo by Sheriff Bobby Schultz

 


Man dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 15, 2017 at 6:57 a.m.
* Updated Jan. 16 at 10:37 a.m. with FHP-corrected information
     LEVY COUNTY --
A 33-year-old Williston man died Sunday night (Jan. 14) after a crash in Levy County, the FHP said.

     Matthew Chance Carlisle, 33, of Williston was driving a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck at 6:52 p.m. according to a Monday morning press release by Florida Highway Patrol David Roberts.
     * C. Marie Justice, 24, of Crystal River was driving a 2013 Jeep Cherokee, the FHP said.
     Mark Charles Cummings, 57, of Inverness was driving a 2012 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer, the FHP said.
     Carlisle was driving the pickup truck eastbound on Levy County Road 326 approaching the stop intersection for State Road 121, the FHP said.
     Chandler was driving the Jeep southbound on SR 121, the FHP said. The front of the Jeep struck the left front of the pickup truck, the FHP said.
     Upon impact, the FHP said, the pickup truck was redirected southbound and came to final rest facing southbound on SR 121.
     Cummings was driving the semi northbound on SR 121, the FHP said.
     Moments after the collision with the Jeep, Carlisle the driver of the pickup truck who had then become a pedestrian, exited his vehicle on foot and walked into the path of oncoming the semi, the FHP said.
     Carlisle was pronounced dead shortly after the crash at Regional General Hospital of Williston, the FHP said. Charges are pending conclusion of homicide investigation aspect of this crash, the FHP said.


Dixie County offers
2018 Fire Fighter I Course;

Initial meeting Jan. 22
Published Jan. 15, 2018 at 9:47 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
Dixie County Fire Services is scheduled to offer a Firefighter I (one) Certification course beginning in February.

     This will be an online course. It will include some classroom activities for skills practice and check-offs as well as Wildland S130/190 (40 Hours), First responder (40 hours) and Hazmat Operations (40 hours). All book materials and testing will be done on-line for the firefighter handbook and will be monitored both locally and through the State Fire Marshal’s Office in Ocala.
     The DCFS will be holding an initial information meeting on Jan. 22 at the Emergency Operations Center in Cross City.
     The EOC is located at 17600 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, on the west side of the highway before reaching the southern city limits.
     That meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Information regarding all aspects of the course will be discussed.
     Initial assignments will also be given for those interested, as two courses have to be completed to enroll. Medical forms will also be given out on this date.
     Anyone who plans to visit his or her doctor prior to this date, is asked to please call or come by the office and a staff member will be supply you with one early.
     The two courses are on-line and will be due on the first day of February along with the medical evaluation form.  They will be submitted to the Fire College and each participant will be given access to the computer program. 
     Work will be at your own pace in general, but the class is divided into three sections with certain completion goals for each section due to check-offs.
     The last day of class will be June 7th. All Modules and check-offs must be done prior to this date as well as all live fire evolutions.
     If you have questions, you may contact our office at 352-498-1240 Ext 239 or option 8. You may also e-mail questions to darian.brown@dixie.fl.gov.


GCSO EMPLOYEE
SGT. CLINT ANDERSON


Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz believes it is important for the public to know a little bit about their public safety employees before assistance is needed from those workers. So Sheriff Schultz is periodically going to highlight a member of the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office to assist the public in getting to know the members of the GCSO a little better. Sgt. Clint Anderson, a Trenton resident, is an 18-year veteran of law enforcement. Sgt. Anderson joined the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office in 2016. Sgt. Anderson has experience in numerous areas of law enforcement, including corrections, patrol, K-9 handler, and as a School Resource Deputy. Sgt. Anderson is currently assigned to the GCSO Investigations Divison where he serves as a detective sergeant. Sgt. Anderson said that his willingness to serve the community was a natural instinct citing that he is but one of a long list of family members who serve or have served in the the law enforcement field. In his off time, Sgt. Anderson enjoys working with young people. He is an assistant coach with the Trenton Middle High School Varsity Girls Softball Team.
Thank you Sgt. Clint Anderson for your hard work and dedication to Gilchrist County!
Published Jan. 15, 2018 at 8:07 a.m.

Photo and Text Provided by Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz


OPD searches for
fatal hit and run driver

Published Jan. 14, 2018 at 3:07 p.m.
     OCALA --
At 2:16 p.m. on Jan. 14, Ocala Police Lt. Angy Scroble, sent the following press release as the OPD seeks information about a fatal hit and run incident from the night before.

     At approximately 11:34 p.m. on Saturday night (Jan. 13), two white females -- Alicha Negroni Andino, 39, and Jessie Cam Caldero, 28, were walking northbound across East State Road 40 in the crosswalk at Northeast First Avenue.
     As they were crossing the westbound lanes, both women were struck by a silver truck traveling at a high rate of speed. The truck a silver 2014 Nissan continued westbound after striking the two women.
     The vehicle was located unoccupied at the intersection of East SR 40 and North U.S. Highway 441. 
     Both of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
     Next of kin has been notified.
     The incident is continuing to be investigated by a traffic homicide investigator.


Foot chase results in arrest

James David Carden
Mug Shot By LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 13, 2018 at 3:17 p.m.
     BRONSON --
Bond was set at $10,000 on two charges a man scored as a result of allegedly lying to deputies and then running from them, according to information from Levy County Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp and records.
     James David Carden, 28, of Perry was in a vehicle that Levy County Sheriff's deputies Mike Sinclair and Kellie Ward were investigating on Jan. 12 after that vehicle was reported to the LCSO as being suspicious on Jan. 12, Beauchamp said.
     Deputies Sinclair and Ward went to the area of 17650 S.W. 78th Place near Cedar Key, Beauchamp said, where that vehicle had been parked there overnight. 
     Deputies spoke with Carden and a female companion, the undersheriff said.
     Carden is alleged to have initially provided a false name to Deputy Sinclair.
    During the time the deputies were attempting to verify the identities of the subjects, Beauchamp said, Carden attempted to flee the scene on foot.
     After a short foot chase through mud, briars and bushes, Deputy Sinclair caught Carden and both deputies took him into custody, Beauchamp said.
     Both deputies suffered minor injuries during the chase, the undersheriff said. They had to change into clean, dry uniforms to complete their tours of duty, he added. 
     After detaining Carden, the deputies were able to positively identify him.
     That is when they learned that Carden was wanted in Franklin County.
     Carden was arrested in Levy County, Beauchamp said, for giving a false name to law enforcement and resisting arrest without violence, according to records.
     Carden is being held at the Levy County Jail under $10,000 worth of bonds on those charges, according to records, and he will face the Franklin County charges after the resolution of the allegations levied against him in Levy County.


MCSO and ICE catch
suspected sex offender


Michael Philip Auld
Mug Shot By MCSO

By Lauren Lettelier, MCSO Public Information Officer
Published Jan. 14, 2018 at 3:37 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
After a thorough investigation conducted alongside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) detectives arrested on Jan. 11 Michael Philip Auld, 30, for possessing multiple files of child pornography.
     Auld is a registered sex offender who is also on lifetime federal probation for past child pornography charges; hence the involvement of federal authorities in relation to this case.
     On Dec. 12 2017, MCSO Det. Shannon Wiles with the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC) received a tip in reference to Auld possessing child pornography.
     Because of his lifetime federal probation, HSI was notified and they conducted a joint investigation with the MCSO. On Jan. 11, authorities from the MCSO and HSI conducted a search warrant at Auld’s Marion County residence, and located 20 files of explicit child pornography on cell phones hidden in his bedroom.
     Detectives also located a half gram of cocaine, 10 pills of morphine sulfate, one-third of one gram of methamphetamine and drug equipment in the defendant’s bedroom as well.
     Auld was immediately placed under arrest and was transported to the Marion County Jail.
     Auld has been charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography, possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug equipment.
      He is currently being held on $110,000 bond. The MCSO would like to extend its sincere gratitude to ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations for their continued support and assistance during this investigation.


LCSO seeks help
solving drive-by shooting

Published Jan. 13, 2018 at 3:o7 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
The Levy County Sheriff's Offie is seeking help solving a drive-by shooting in the area of the county east of the City of Williston.

      On Thursday (Jan. 11), LCSO deputies and investigators responded to a reported shooting in the area of County Road 318 and Northeast 207th Court outside of Williston.
     The deputies were assisted by Williston Police Department units and personnel from the Levy County Department of Public Safety.  Investigators C.J. Perryman and Scott Stancil were assigned as the lead LCSO investigators. 
     Deputies found one elderly male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The scene was secured and the victim was transported to a hospital as a trauma alert patient by the Levy County DPS. 
     An unknown person or persons fired at least 12 rounds from an unknown firearm into a residence on Northeast 207th Court. The victim and another person (who was not injured) were inside the living room of the residence at the time of the shooting.
    Witnesses told investigators that the bullets had been fired from an unknown type of vehicle that had a loud exhaust system on it. The vehicle fled the area prior to the arrival of law enforcement. 
     At this time, deputies have received very little cooperation from potential witnesses regarding this incident and the investigation is continuing.
     Residents and visitors are encouraged to report any and all potential leads in order to help prevent future violent incidents of this type.
     Tips can be reported anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 1-877-349-8477. These tips can result in a financial reward that is also paid anonymously. Callers can also report tips directly to LCSO Investigator Perryman or Stancil at 352-486-5111.


FBI Jacksonville arrests fugitive charged in drug trafficking
 

Rahmon D. Allen has been on the run since 2014.

Published Jan. 11, 2018 at 10:17 a.m.
Story and Photos
Provided by the FBI
     JACKSONVILLE –
Charles P. Spencer, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division announced Thursday morning (Jan. 11) the arrest of FBI fugitive Rahmon D. Allen.

     The fugitive was arrested during a joint operation of federal, state and local law enforcement partners in Jacksonville.
     Allen, who has also been known as “Fat Boy,” had been wanted since 2014, when the United States District Court, Western District of Missouri, issued a federal arrest warrant for his alleged involvement in trafficking in more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. The drugs were used in a distribution enterprise involving members and associates of the South Side Posse and Five Ace Deuce criminal street gangs.
     An FBI Wanted Poster was distributed to the public nationwide at the time, but all attempts to locate Allen were unsuccessful.
     On Wednesday morning (Jan 10), the FBI Jacksonville field office received new information regarding Allen’s potential location. With the assistance of law enforcement partners, FBI special agents took Allen into custody that afternoon during a vehicle stop along Arlington Expressway.
     The arrest took place without incident.
     Representatives from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted in the operation.
     Allen was detained overnight at the Duval County Jail. Additional charges are pending.
     “This arrest shows how well the FBI Jacksonville Division and our law enforcement partners work together,” said SAC Spencer. “This arrest was carefully planned and quickly executed, and we are proud to work alongside them to remove violent, dangerous offenders from our community as quickly as possible.”
     The arrest results from allegations and the public should be reminded that in the United States of America all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The criminal complaint can be obtained via PACER, United States District Court, Western District of Missouri.


MOVE OVER FLORIDA,
IT’S THE LAW


Photos Provided

By Florida Highway Patrol Capt. Jeff Bissaninthe
Published Jan. 11, 2018 at 6:47 a.m.

     TALLAHASSEE -- January is Move Over month and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) urges all motorists to move over for emergency and service vehicles stopped along the roadway.
 




     Preliminarily in 2017, there were 212 crashes and almost 17,000 citations issued for motorists failing to move over. DHSMV and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) are partnering with the Florida Police Chiefs Association, Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Department of Transportation and AAA – The Auto Club Group to ensure all law enforcement, first responders, service and utility workers and Road Rangers are safe in 2018.
     “The Move Over Law protects those who work on the side of the roadway each day and ensures that they make it home safely to their families,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “Law enforcement, first responders, service and utility vehicles provide critical services to motorists in one of the most dangerous work environments. It is imperative that motorists abide by the law and move over or slow down for these brave professionals so that they can do their job and Arrive Alive.”
     DHSMV educates new and young drivers on the Move Over Law with information in the driver handbook. Statistically, however, it is older drivers (age 30-60) who may have received their license prior to the law going into effect in 2002 who are less likely to move over or slow down. The Move Over Law states that drivers must move over as soon as it is safe to do so for any authorized law enforcement, emergency or service vehicles displaying any visible signals while stopped on the roadside, including Road Rangers, sanitation vehicles and tow trucks.
     “Florida’s Move Over law was enacted to protect those trying to protect Florida’s motorists,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Abide by the Move Over law and help us protect our emergency personnel and their families.”
     When motorists cannot vacate the lane closest to the emergency or service vehicle, they must slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit. Failure to yield or move over puts law enforcement officers, emergency first responders and public service workers in danger while they are on the job protecting and serving the citizens and visitors of Florida.
     Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Mike Dew said, “Safety is the top priority at the Florida Department of Transportation. FDOT recognizes that every driver has a role to play in keeping our roadways safe. We are committed to improving public awareness of highway safety by educating all road users on sharing the road. We all need to do our part to keep our roadways safe and reduce crashes – Move Over and save a life.”
     “The men and women of our sheriffs’ offices work tirelessly, sometimes under difficult circumstances, to proudly protect the citizens we serve,” said Florida Sheriffs Association President Mike Adkinson. “Our Florida sheriffs applaud and fully support the Move Over, Florida! campaign to protect those who protect us.”
     “The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) and its members are committed to providing quick, efficient, and life-saving services when responding to a traffic accident or assisting drivers and passengers in need on our roadways. However, we lose far too many officers each year when they respond to these calls. In 2017, traffic-related fatalities were the leading cause of officer deaths. In order to effectively serve Florida’s citizens, law enforcement needs drivers’ help, and one simple action is all it takes,” said FPCA President and Miami Shores Police Department Police Chief Kevin Lystad. “Please help to ensure our officers and first responders return home safely to their families by simply slowing down and moving over.”
     “The Move Over Law is in place to protect those who protect us,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA-The Auto Club Group. “AAA will always fight for the safety of roadside workers that spend every day in harm’s way.”
     To comply with the Move Over Law, drivers must:
Multi-Lane Roadway:
     • Vacate the lane closest to the stationary emergency vehicle, sanitation vehicle, utility service vehicle, Road Ranger or wrecker and always signal the intention to change lanes.
     • Slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit if a driver cannot move over safely.
     • Be prepared to allow those who are attempting to move over into the next lane.
Two-Lane Roadway:
     • Slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit.
     • Travel at 5 mph if the speed limit is 20 mph or less.

     The public is encouraged to report aggressive drivers by dialing *FHP (*347). For more information on the Move Over Law, click HERE.


DCSO arrests suspected
thief and drug abuser


Shannon Brown

Mug Shot By DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 10, 2018 at 5:17 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A woman suspected of being a car thief also became a suspected drug possessor in Dixie County, according to information in a Jan. 8 press release from Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.

     On Jan. 6, the DCSO received a call reporting a 2010 Mazda as stolen, Harden said.
     The owner provided a possible suspect in the theft, Harden said, and deputies began searching for the vehicle.
      Shortly after 3 p.m., a deputy saw the car on Dixie County Road 317 in Old Town, Harden said, and that deputy performed a traffic stop on the vehicle.
     Shannon Brown, 39, of Old Town was found driving the car, Harden said. During questioning, the major added, she admitted to taking the vehicle without the owner’s permission.
     Brown was arrested for grand theft of a motor vehicle, Harden said, as well as driving while license suspended or revoked. 
     During a search of Brown’s person and vehicle, subsequent to that arrest, the deputy found a syringe and methamphetamine, Harden said.
     Brown was arrested on the charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug equipment, as well as grand theft auto and DWLSR, Harden said.
     She is being held in the Dixie County Jail under an $18,000 bond.


DCSO catches
two drug suspects


Kimberly Willoughby


Jody Robinson

Mug Shots By DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 10, 2018 at 4:17 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
Deputies with the Dixie County Sheriff's Office caught two women suspected of possessing drugs when they went to serve a warrant on a suspected probation violator, according to information in a Jan. 8 press release from DCSO spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.
     On the night of Jan. 2, deputies went to the Suwannee Gables Motel after learning that a female, Kimberly Willoughby was possibly staying in one of the rooms, Harden said.
     An arrest warrant had been issued for Willoughby for Violation of Probation, Harden said.
     When deputies approached the room, Harden said, they noticed another female who was later identified as Jody Robinson was attempting to hide Willoughby underneath a mattress.
     The deputies identified themselves, Harden said, and they told Robinson what they had witnessed.
     At that time, Robinson allowed the deputies into the room where they took Willoughby into custody, Harden said.
     While the deputies were taking Willoughby into custody, Harden said, the deputies observed a syringe and needle lying in a partially opened dresser drawer.
     This led to the eventual search of the room and its contents, Harden continued, where deputies located additional used syringes as well as other paraphernalia which tested positive for methamphetamine.
     Also found during the search were several assorted prescription pills -- some of which were identified as controlled narcotics, Harden said.
     As a result of these findings, Willoughby, 29, of Old Town, was arrested on the outstanding warrant for VOP and she was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug equipment, Harden said.
     Robinson, 39, also of Old Town, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug equipment.
     Willoughby is in the Dixie County Jail under No Bond as a result of the VOP warrant, Harden said, and Robinson is being held on $33,000 bond on the drug charges.


Homicide investigation starts;
Info sought from the public


This is a view looking toward the crime scene on Wednesday (Jan. 10) in Ocala.

Photo Provided

By Lauren Lettelier, MCSO Public Information Officer
Published Jan. 10, 2018 at 8:07 a.m.
* Updated Jan. 10, 2018 at 2:27 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
At approximately 1:32 a.m. this morning (Wednesday, Jan. 10), 2018, Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies responded to a call regarding a shooting that had just occurred at the Northgate Apartment complex, 2104 N.W. 46th Lane in Ocala.

     Deputies discovered a dead black male subject in the courtyard of the apartment complex.
     MCSO Major Crimes detectives and forensic technicians responded to assume the homicide investigation.
     Anyone with any information about this incident, is encouraged to call Det. Aaron Levy at 352-368-3546. Any caller who would like to remain anonymous, is asked to please contact the Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-STOP.
     Tips also can be submitted at www.ocalacrimestoppers.com. For Crime Stoppers, please reference 17-148 in the tip.

    * The victim has been identified as Edward Lee Bartley, 54.


LCSO arrests suspect;
School bus is rerouted


Robert Wayne Cornwell

Mug Shot By LCSO
~
By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond, Public Information Officer
Published Jan. 9, 2018 at 10:37 p.m.
     BRONSON --
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and Drug Task Force members received information that Robert Wayne Cornwell, 40, had an active warrant from Taylor County for violation of probation.

     Cornwell was reported to be at a residence located at 13330 N.E. 76 Lane in the North South Estates Subdivision on Tuesday (Jan. 9).
     Cornwell had violated his probation on the original charge which stemmed from an investigation in Taylor County for possession of an electronic device by a convicted felon and attempt to escape. Cornwell also has a prior felony conviction for solicitation for murder.
     Investigators arrived and when they confronted Cornwell he barricaded himself inside the home with an adult female companion. Cornwell, who armed himself with a knife, refused to allow the female companion to leave the home. The female was able to escape shortly after deputies announced their presence and their intent to arrest Cornwell. The female reported observing Cornwell ingest an unknown substance before she was able to escape the home.
     Deputies surrounded the home and began negotiations with Cornwell for his surrender. The stand-off lasted approximately one hour before he submitted and exited the home.
     In the interim, deputies had to reroute a Levy County School bus from its normal route of dropping off students. No students were ever in danger. School Board officials were contacted and were in the process of arranging an alternate pick up location when Cornwell surrendered. The bus resumed its route, but the students arrived later than expected at their normal drop off locations.
     Cornwell was transported to Shands at UF for treatment related to his ingestion of the unknown substance. He will be arrested for false imprisonment and additional charges
.


Motorcyclist dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 9, 2018 at 9:47 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A 44-year-old Ocala man died Monday evening (Jan. 8) after a single-vehicle motorcycle crash, the FHP said.

     Kevin Lynn Bayman, 41, of Ocala was driving a 2008 Yamaha 700R at 6:35 p.m. in Marion County, according to a Tuesday morning (Jan. 9) press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. David Roberts, based on information from homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Wallace Dill. Next of kin have been notified.
     The motorcycle was traveling south on Southwest 153rd Loop one-tenth of one mile south of 158th Street Road, the FHP said.
     Bayman failed to negotiate the left curve in the road, the FHP said, and the vehicle traveled off of the paved portion of the roadway onto the west shoulder. The motorcycle continued to the south, the FHP said, into the underbrush and shrubbery and it overturned onto its left side.
     Bayman was transported to West Marion Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the FHP said. He was not wearing a helmet and it is unknown whether alcohol was involved as a factor in the crash, the FHP said.


Pickup truck crashes
in Dixie County

By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 9, 2018 at 9:37 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A 41-year-old Louisiana man suffered serious injuries Sunday evening (Jan. 7) in a single-vehicle pickup truck crash, the FHP said.
     Justin Ray Edwards, 41, of Westlake, La., was driving a 1993 Ford Ranger in Dixie County on Sunday at 7:36 p.m., according to a Monday press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper K. Skelly.
     Edwards was driving southbound on U.S. Highway 19 in Old Town, at Northeast 521st Street, the FHP said, when he lost control of the vehicle causing it to overturn and roll an unknown number of times across the northbound lanes of travel.
     The Ford Ranger came to final rest in the outside northbound travel lane blocking the lane, the FHP said.
    Edwards was the sole occupant of the vehicle, the FHP said, and he was transported by Dixie County EMS to Shands Hospital with serious injuries.
     It is unknown if he was wearing a seatbelt, the FHP said, and results of an alcohol-blood content test are pending.

     Charges are pending completion of this investigation, the FHP said.


Threat Response Class

The Levy County Sheriff's Office is offering a free Active Threat Response class to interested individuals. This class is being offered in light of the many tragic active shooter and active threat events. This class is designed to help groups be more prepared by knowing how to respond if they are ever involved in this type of situation. The class is approximately an hour long and includes a question and answer period. It is designed for learners who are 18 years old and older. The LCSO is hosting its first open-to-the public class at the Bronson Middle High School Cafetorium on Jan. 22 (a Monday evening),  beginning at 6:30 p.m. The class will be presented by LCSO Deputy Grant Sandlin. Questions can be directed to Deputy Sandlin at 352-486-5111 or email gsandlin@levyso.com directly. Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum urges all interested persons to take advantage of this free class to be more prepared.
Published Jan. 5, 2018 at 5:17 p.m.

Information and Graphic Provided by LCSO

 


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
Jan. 8 Through Jan. 14

Updated Jan. 16, 2017 at 2:37 p.m.


JANUARY 8
     Robert Lee Buening Jr., 28, of Bronson was arrested for poss. cocaine, marijuana – not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use, violate FWC rule or order – level two (ROR). Bond $22,000.
     Chad Matthew Hammock, 39, of Rosewood was arrested for two counts of drug equipment – poss. and/or use, two counts of marijuana – not more than 20grams. No bond amount was given.
JANUARY 9
     Mikell Nicley Garvin, 26, of Gainesville was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Cash bond $500.
     Robert Wesley Parker, 31, of Williston was arrested for intent threat to do violence. Bond $1,000.
JANUARY 10
     Paul Mangun, 59, of Bronson was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $5,000.
     Donald Paul Smith, 24, of Bronson was arrested for two out-of-county warrants, drug equipment – poss. and/or use, controlled substance without prescription, marijuana – not more than 20 grams. Bond $29,500.
     Christina Elaine Mitchell, 37, of Bronson was arrested for controlled substance without prescription, marijuana – not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $27,000.
JANUARY 11
     Mitchell Thomas McClanton, 57, of Williston was arrested for two counts of controlled substance without prescription, poss. cocaine, DUI – alcohol or drugs.
JANUARY 12
     Jennifer Benjamin, 40, of Williston was arrested for controlled substance without prescription, DWLSR – third or subsequent offense, DUI – alcohol or drugs, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $19,000.
     James David Carden, 28, of Perry was arrested for obstruct without violence, false ID given to LEO. Bond $10,000.
     Jason William Blanton, 32, of St. Petersburg was arrested for two counts of dealing in stolen property, two counts of false owner info – pawn items less than $300. Bond $70,000.
     David Lewis Jr., 65, of Bronson was arrested for weapon or ammo by convicted Florida felony, marijuana – not more than 20 grams. Bond $31,000.
     Linda Ann Burrill, 59, no address was arrested for battery – touch or strike, violate injunction = protection domestic violence. Bond $10,000.
JANUARY 13
     Tremaine Lee Snead, 29, of Williston was arrested for poss. marijuana – over 20 grams. Bond $10,000.
     Nicholas Paul Austin Frazier, 21, of Bronson was arrested for marijuana – not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. ROR.
     Amy Jeanette Durden, 42, of Archer was arrested for battery – touch or strike. No bond amount was given.
     Eric Jerome Colter, 25, of Ocala was arrested for battery – touch or strike. No bond amount was given.
     Elijah Littlebear Butsch, 30, of Archer was arrested for DWLSR – second offense, Poss. cocaine, drug equipment – poss. and/or use, two counts of non-support of children or spouse. Bond $12,000. Cash only Bond $6,970.
     Paul Verlin Baumparth, 64, of Inglis was arrested for fail to leave property upon order by owner. ROR.
JANUARY 14
     Brian Joseph Rock, 35, of Ocala was arrested for battery on officer/ firefighter/ EMT, Etc., fail to leave property upon order by owner, obstruct without violence. Bond $24,000.

 


 


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
Jan. 8 Through Jan. 14

Updated Jan. 16, 2017 at 2:37 p.m.


JANUARY 8
JANUARY 9

     Sharlee Anna Doke, 37, of Gainesville was arrested for grand theft third degree, poss. of drug paraphernalia. Bond $12,500.
JANUARY 10
     Jeffrey Santiago, 48, no address was arrested for sex offender violation – fail to register. Bond $150,000.
JANUARY 11
JANUARY 12

     Elmer James Lane, 55, of Trenton was arrested for obstructing justice, two counts of aggravated assault, battery – touch or strike. Bond $60,000.
JANUARY 13
JANUARY 14




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
Jan. 8 Through Jan. 14

Updated Jan. 9, 2017 at 2327 p.m.


JANUARY 8
     Kenneth B. Edmonds, 28, of Old Town was arrested for RWOV, leaving scene of accident. Bond $3,000.
     Lakisha Wana Jenkins, 30, of Cross City was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
     Carlos Eugene Russell, 44, of Horseshoe Beach was arrested for harvest from restricted area. Bond $1,500.
     James Winford Hall, 22, of Old Town was arrested for poss. controlled substance, poss./ use/ mfg./ deliver drug. No bond amount was given.
JANUARY 9
     Kevin B. Floyd, 43, of Old Town was arrested for dealing in stolen property. No bond amount was given.
     A juvenile was arrested for burglary of residence, burglary, criminal mischief, armed burglary, grand theft. No bond amount was given.
     Summer Dawn Skaggs, 34, of Old Town was arrested for sell/ mfg./ deliver/ traffic drugs, control substance - poss./ sell/ mfg., tamper with/ fabricate physical evidence, poss./ use/ mfg./ deliver advertised drug, poss. of firearm while in commission - felony, poss. of cannabis - more than 20 grams. No bond amount was given.
     Micheal Ray Burke, 28, of Cross City was arrested for aggravated battery with deadly weapon, aggravated battery. Bond $15,000.
     Mark Timothy Tooke, 62, of Chiefland was arrested for controlled substance - poss./ sell/ mfg. Bond $2,000.
JANUARY 10
     Christopher C. Davis, 29, of Ft. White was arrested for a Columbia County warrant. No bond amount was given.
JANUARY 11
     William Nelson Osteen II, 41, of Cross City was arrested for grand theft III. Bond $10,000.
     A juvenile was arrested for battery on LEO, resist arrest with violence, domestic battery. No bond amount was given.
     Curtis Stephen Rankin, 52, of Old Town was arrested for domestic battery. Bond $1,500.
JANUARY 12
     Jeffry C. Henson, 25, of Old Town was arrested for flee/ elude LEO, child abuse - intentional, false imprisonment, DWLSR - habitual, reckless driving, attach tag/ not assigned, two VOPs. Bond $50,000.
     Andrew Mason, 27, of Old Town was arrested for dealing in stolen property. Bond $50,000.
     Kimberly L. Cooper, 50, of Cross City was arrested for an Alachua County warrant. No bond amount was given.
JANUARY 13
     John E. Lubin, 24, of Old Town was arrested for resist with violence, two counts of assault/ battery on LEO, burglary to conveyance, criminal mischief, controlled substance - poss./ sell/ mfg.  Bond $5,000.
JANUARY 14
     A juvenile was arrested for domestic battery. No bond amount was given.
     Kariann Lynn Lubin, 31, of Old Town was arrested for writ of bodily attachment. Bond $1,080.

--UPDATED--
TUESDAY   Jan. 16   3:37 p.m.
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