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Six arrested following
FDLE retail theft investigation
Alachua County
among those hit by thieves

FDLE Office of Public Information
Press Release Sent March 1, 2024
Published March 2, 2024 at 10:15 a.m.
     JACKSONVILLE –
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) arrested six members of an organized retail theft ring accused of stealing nearly $90,000 worth of merchandise from big box retailers in Northeast Florida.

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     A big-box retailer is a retail store that occupies an enormous amount of physical space and offers a variety of products to its customers. Walmart is an example of this kind of store.
     “In Florida, we will not allow criminals to travel into our state and get away with organized retail theft,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said. “The members of this ring stole nearly $90,000 worth of merchandise from retailers in more than 70 separate thefts. Thanks to our law enforcement partners and Statewide Prosecutors, these six defendants face serious felony charges.”
     A lead FDLE agent spoke about the arrests, too.
     “Organized retail theft is becoming increasingly common and impacts consumers with higher prices on the goods they buy,” FDLE Special Agent in Charge Mike Williams said. “In Florida, FDLE agents fight this trend by making retail theft cases a priority and working to arrest all members of a criminal organization. I appreciate the support FDLE has from Attorney General Ashley Moody and her Office of Statewide Prosecution in ensuring those who commit these crimes are held accountable.”
     The suspects, all from Georgia, traveled to Florida weekly to steal merchandise using self-checkout lanes. Using self-checkout, the suspects made only partial payments before leaving stores with additional items.
     Thefts occurred at stores in Alachua, Columbia, Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Clay, Volusia and Flagler counties. Agents say the theft ring is responsible for more than 70 separate thefts during the past 18 months.
     FDLE’s Jacksonville Regional Operations Center began the investigation in August of 2022 after receiving complaints from multiple retailers.
     Following are the suspected thieves arrested and the crimes that they are alleged to have committed:
     ● Robert Thad Bryant III, 40, Kingsland, Georgia, booked into Putnam County Jail -- Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), one count; grand theft, 49 counts; and petit theft, seven counts;
     ● Kimberly Michelle Thompson, 46, Kingsland, Georgia, booked into Clay County Jail -- RICO, one count.
     ● Brian Lee Wallace, 42, Kingsland, Georgia, booked into Clay County Jail – (bonded out) grand theft, eight counts; and petit theft, one count;
     ● Christopher Neal Coats, 41, St. Mary’s, Georgia, booked into Clay County Jail -- grand theft, five counts; and petit theft, two counts;
     ● Mary Lynn Corwin, 50, Kingsland, Georgia, booked into Clay County Jail – (bonded out) grand theft, three counts; and petit theft, one count; 
     ● Ryan Lee Mullis, 44, Kingsland, Georgia, booked into the Bacon County, Georgia Jail -- grand theft, one count; and petit theft, two counts.
     Attorney General Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute this case. 

 


Morriston woman
involved in Marion County crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 2, 2024 at 8:45 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
A 50-year-old Dunnellon man died from injuries suffered in a crash on Friday night (March 1) in Marion County, according to information from the Florida Highway Patrol in a press release sent via email at 12:52 a.m. on March 2.

     Dunnellon is a city in Marion County. The victim’s next of kin were notified before the press release was sent, the FHP said.
     The man was driving a pickup truck westbound on Southwest 29th Street, approaching a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 in Marion County at 7:35 p.m. on March 1, according to information in the press release based on reports from crash investigator FHP Sgt. J. Sabo and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. R. Crawford.
     At the same time, a 61-year-old Morriston woman was driving a pickup truck southbound on U.S. 41, approaching the intersection of Southwest 29th Street in Marion County, the FHP said.
     Morriston is a census-designated place in Levy County.
     The Dunnellon man failed to stop the pickup truck he was driving at the stop sign at U.S 41, the FHP said, and that pickup truck entered the path of travel of the southbound pickup truck on U.S. 41, which was driven by the woman from Morriston.
     The truck driven by the Morriston woman hit the left side of the truck driven by the Dunnellon man, the FHP said.
     The driver from Dunnellon, who was wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene by Marion County Fire Rescue, the FHP said.
     The driver of from Morriston, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered non-incapacitating injuries, the FHP said.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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Suspected burglar arrested
By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 29, 2024 at 10:15 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A 35-year-old man was arrested Feb. 21 for unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, grand theft, possession of burglary tools, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

     Thomas Jefferson Gainey, 35, of Old Town, according to Dixie County Sheriff’s Office records, was identified as a burglar from an incident that happened at an Old Town address on Feb. 12.
     On Feb. 21, DCSO Lt. Tony Lopresto contacted DCSO Deputy B. Stone who told the deputy that a woman had contacted him with photos showing Gainey had stolen an electric generator, according to records.
     The deputy was given photos showing two individuals riding a four-wheeler which was pulling a trailer, according to records. They were seen entering the property in the Old Town area where the generator was stolen, according to records. Photos show they took the generator, according to records.
     The deputy went to the scene where he found the Generac generator had been removed, according to records.
     Lt. Lopresto, Deputy Stone and deputy Reed went to 307 S.E. 917th St. in Old Town and contacted Paul Gainey, Tomas Jefferson Gainey’s father. Thomas Gainey was said to be in a camper on the property, according to records, however Deputy Stone found Thomas Gainey exited the home of Paul Gainey.
     Eventually, according to records, Thomas Gainey admitted to stealing the generator with Will Colsen.
     Two search warrants were obtained from Dixie County Court Judge Jennifer Johnson to search the camper and the property adjacent to the camper, according to records.
     The search warrant was executed and the following items were located:
     ● A yellow Pelican case with various drug paraphernalia items inside.
     ● A pill container with 14 Tramadol Hydrochloride 50 milligram pills in it.
     ● A pill container with six Acetaminophen and Codeine 300mg/500mg pills in it.
     ● Bolt cutters (burglary tool).
     The camper on the property was reported stolen out of Dixie County in 2o22, according to records. Tri-County Towing was hired to remove the stolen camper, according to records.

 


Dramatic crash ends with no injuries
Crossroads marks the spot, again

Crash
Two FHP cruisers and an ambulance are easily seen, and there is a Levy County Sheriff’s Office cruiser on the other side of one of the FHP vehicles.

 

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 28, 2024 at 10:30 p.m.
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     LEVY COOUNTY --
Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 27), the scene near the Crossroads Convenience Store at the intersection of State Road 345 and Levy County Road 347 was again congested with individuals who must respond to crash scenes.

     Personnel from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Chiefland Fire Rescue and ambulance staff personnel from Levy County Department of Public Safety (Levy County Fire Rescue) were all there.
     In the past 20 years, there have been a number of crashes at that intersection including ones that claimed the life of a motorcyclist and a bicyclist.

Crash
A Jeep Wrangler is seen on its side as Chiefland Fire Rescue personnel speak with a member of Levy County Fire Rescue. A Chiefland fire truck is seen in the background.

Crash
A deputy with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office directs traffic around the crash investigation scene. An FHP trooper is seen near a gas pump. A Levy County Fire Rescue ambulance is seen with its side door open.


     The Feb. 27 crash resulted in no injuries, according to information in an FHP press release sent on Feb. 28. The press release was based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper John Dryden.
     At 11:18 a.m. on Feb. 27, a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck was eastbound on CR 347 at the intersection of SR 345, where it had stopped for the stop sign that has a blinking red light on top of it, the FHP said. That pickup truck was driven by a 74-year-old woman from Chiefland, the FHP said. She was wearing a seatbelt, the FHP said.
     A 2018 Jeep Wrangler was traveling southbound on SR 345 approaching the intersection of CR 347. That Jeep was driven by a 73-year-old woman from Cedar Key, the FHP said. She was wearing a seatbelt, the FHP said.
     As the southbound Jeep went through the intersection, the Chevrolet pickup truck driver drove forward, which caused the front of the pickup truck to strike the right rear of the Jeep, the FHP said..
     After the initial impact from the pickup truck, the Jeep Wrangler overturned onto its left side, the FHP said.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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MCSO discovery leads to LCSO arrest
Chiefland man charged
with lewd and lascivious battery

Suspect
2022 Mug Shot By LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 27, 2025 at 5 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
A 20-year-old Chiefland man was booked into the Levy County Jail for lewd and lascivious battery on a person between 12-16 years old, according to a Feb. 27 press release from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

     Bond was set at $250,000 for Nicholas Tyler Hendricks, 20, of Chiefland on that charge, the LCSO noted.
     Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office discovered Hendricks in the back seat of a car that was parked at the Marion County Fair on Feb. 25, the LCSO said.
    The 2024 Marion County Fair is in Ocala from Feb. 22 to March 3. There is no county fair for Levy County, Dixie County or Gilchrist County. There is the annual Suwannee River Fair (SRF) and Youth Livestock Show and Sale, but there is no midway and there are no rides at the SRF. The SRF is primarily for FFA and 4-H events.
     With Hendricks in that car at the Marion County Fair on Feb. 25, the LCSO said was a young female.
     The two were “making out,” the LCSO said the MCSO deputies reported.
     The MCSO deputies interviewed the two and discovered the female was 14 years old, the LCSO said. They found Hendricks and the girl have been “romantically involved at a home in Chiefland,” and they referred the investigation to detectives with the LCSO, the LCSO said.
     Levy County detectives conducted interviews that confirmed Hendricks has been involved in “a romantic relationship with the minor for some time,” the LCSO said.

 


FDLE hosts mental health seminar
for Florida officers who experienced
trauma while on duty

By FDLE Office of Public Information
Published Feb. 27, 2024 at 2:30 p.m.
     TALLAHASSEE –
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is hosting Florida’s first-ever Post Critical Incident Seminar (PCIS) later this week in St. Lucie County.

     The program was developed by the FDLE, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA), the Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) and other state law enforcement agencies.
     Some leaders from the Florida law enforcement community spoke about the program and how it may help people.
     FDLE Commissioner Mark Glass said, “In Florida, our officers are heroes and we must do all we can to protect them, both physically and emotionally. Florida’s first-ever mental health seminar for law enforcement and correctional officers will help heal the trauma these officers have experienced while on-duty.”
     FDLE Deputy Commissioner Matt Walsh said, “Florida’s Post Critical Incident Seminar is an evidence-based, three-day mental health program promoting recovery and resiliency. This seminar offers a new and better life for our officers and their families who need it most.” 
     FSA President, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said, “Upholding a culture that prioritizes the well-being of our law enforcement personnel is a fundamental commitment. When they are mentally and physically healthy, they can perform their duties more effectively, make better decisions, and build stronger relationships with the communities they serve. Through this seminar, we are sending a clear message to all of our heroes that they are valued and supported as they make the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of our communities.”
     FPCA President Clermont Police Chief Charles “Chuck” Broadway said, “Healthy police officers result in better policing. Unfortunately, the mental health concerns of those who keep the rest of us safe have historically been overlooked. The Post Critical Incident Seminar initiative will be an important step in changing that for the better. On behalf of The Florida Police Chiefs Association, we look forward to the day when every law enforcement professional struggling with past trauma has the knowledge and resources available to recover from their injuries and continue to do the job they love, serving the people of Florida.”
     The seminar is offered at no cost to law enforcement and correctional officers statewide. Spouses are also invited to attend.
     PCIS is a peer-based program. Peer-to-peer assistance will be accompanied by clinical staff to assist participants in finding healthy ways to cope with stress. The seminar is for officers who have experienced a critical incident, or an accumulation of traumatic events over their careers.
     The seminar will provide education on trauma, patterns of resolution and evidenced-based coping strategies that promote recovery and resilience.
     In Florida, 41 current and former law enforcement and correctional officers died by suicide in 2021.
     In 2022, the number rose to 48.
This program is designed to intervene with those who are hurting and hopeless. Peer support is an important element of the PCIS. Discussion of incidents with fellow officers who have "been there" promotes normalization and recovery.

 


Suspect captured
after fatal hit-and-run in Levy County

Suspect
Mug Shot By LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 26, 2024 at 8:30 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
A man who is suspected of being the driver of a hit-and-run van that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist Saturday evening (Feb. 24) was arrested Sunday (Feb. 25), according to information in a Monday afternoon (Feb. 26) press release.

     The driver of the van was identified as Demetrio Moreno-Atlahua age 31 of Live Oak, the FHP said.
     Moreno-Atlahua was booked into the Levy County Jail on Feb. 25 at 4:35 a.m. by homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Justin Bard for failure to remain at a crash scene involving death and driving without a driver’s license, according to records.
     He is being held with no bond, according to records.
     A collaborative effort by the FHP, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Corrections on Feb. 24 resulted in all four passengers and Moreno-Atlahua, who was the driver of the 1998 Chevrolet Express Van, were taken into custody, the FHP said.
     Moreno-Atlahua and the van’s passengers had fled on foot from this van that was involved in a fatal crash Saturday evening (Feb. 24), the FHP said. The FHP did not provide any information in the press release about the passengers of the van.
     Moreno-Atlahua was driving the van northbound on Northwest 10th Avenue in Levy County on Feb. 24 at 6:20 p.m., the FHP said.
     A motorcycle, driven by a 74-year-old man from Fort McCoy was eastbound on Levy County Road 346A, the FHP said.
     Fort McCoy is an unincorporated community in Marion County, located northeast of Ocala. The community is part of the Ocala Metropolitan Statistical Area.
     The van driver failed to stop for the stop sign on Northwest 10th Avenue at the intersection with Levy County Road 346A, the FHP said, violating the right of way of the motorcyclist.
     The front of the motorcycle hit the left front of the van, the FHP said.
     The man driving the motorcycle, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of injuries suffered in the crash, the FHP said.
     The victim’s next of kin were told before the FHP sent the press release concerning the fatal crash in Levy County, the FHP said.
     The first press release noting the fatal crash and the fleeing driver and passengers was based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper G. Ganus and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Bard. 

 


Trooper locates abducted child
Information Provided
By Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Office of Communications
Published Feb. 26, 2024 at 8 p.m.
     SUMTER COUNTY –
Yesterday (Sunday, Feb. 25), a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) conducted a traffic stop intercepting a suspect and safely recovering a child following an AMBER Alert issued earlier in the day by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for an abducted 7-year-old child from Rivera Beach.
     The trooper, who had recently received a be-on-the-lookout (BOLO) alert identifying a location in his area for the suspect vehicle, a 2019 BMW 440I with Georgia Tag TBZ4664, positioned himself in a manner that would allow him to see if the vehicle crossed his path.
     Less than 10 minutes later, the trooper observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle exiting State Road 91 as it went onto northbound Interstate I-75. With the help of a Sumter County Sheriff's K-9 Unit, the trooper conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.
     After confirming the suspect's identity, the child was unharmed, recovered and returned to his mother.
     The suspect Jean R. Simeus, 44, of Macon, Georgia, was arrested on an out-of-county warrant for kidnapping and was transported to the Sumter County Jail without bond, where he was booked without incident.

 


Levy County Sheriff's Office
Suspects Jailed In Levy County Florida
Suspects Jailed In Levy County Florida
Suspects Jailed Feb. 19, 2024 through Feb. 25, 2024

Published Feb. 26, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.

 


Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office logo etc

Gilchrist County Suspects Jailed

Suspects Jailed Feb. 19, 2024 through Feb. 25, 2024
Published Feb. 26, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.

 


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People suspected of Crimes put in the Dixie County Jail
Suspects Jailed Feb. 18, 2024 through Feb. 25, 2024

Published Feb. 26, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.

 


LCSO and State Attorney’s Office win
Law and order results
in drug traffickers going to prison

Prison Bound
Mug Shots Provided By LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 24, 2024 at 5:15 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
In Florida’s criminal justice system, drug traffickers are considered as deserving mandatory prison sentences.

     In Levy County, the dedicated detectives who investigate these felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Drug Task Force. This includes members of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, who serve under Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum.
     Levy County is part of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, which includes prosecutors serving under State Attorney Brian Kramer.
     This is their story, where two separate drug traffickers were convicted and sentenced via two separate plea-negotiated agreements. While there are eight million stories in the naked city, and there are several stories of suspected felonies going to prison after being convicted in Florida circuit courts, these are two relatively recent successful arrests and prosecutions of drug traffickers.
     On July 7, 2023, Alan Joseph Dones, 47, of Davie (Broward County), was arrested for trafficking in fentanyl and methamphetamine, according to records. Dones was arrested after a traffic stop in Bronson.
      Drug Task Force detectives saw a vehicle being driven by a female known to have a suspended license, the LCSO noted in a recent press release. Uniformed deputies stopped the vehicle and the resulting investigation uncovered 16.6 grams (more than half of an ounce) of fentanyl and 41.1 grams (almost one and one-half ounces) of methamphetamine in Dones’ possession, the LCSO said.
     Dones was on felony probation at the time of his arrest, according to records.
     Dones has been held in custody at the Levy County Detention Center (also known as the Levy County Jail) since his arrest about seven months ago.
     On Feb. 21, according to records, he was sentenced. Dones accepted a plea-negotiated agreement to serve 12 years in the Florida Department of Corrections with the condition of a seven-year minimum mandatory, according to records.
     On July 21, 2023, John Howard Chastain, 35, of Morriston was arrested by LCSO deputies who responded to a domestic violence 9-1-1 call, the LCSO said.
     Morriston is a census-designated place in Levy County. The population was 164 individuals, according to the at the 2010 census. More people probably live there now.
     On July 21, 2023, Chastain fled inside the home when deputies arrived, the LCSO said. Chastain’s truck was parked adjacent to the home and the driver’s door was open. Deputies saw drugs, cash and handguns on the trucks seat, the LCSO said.
     Drug Task Force detectives arrived to assist. Chastain was taken into custody after a brief standoff and charged with domestic violence, according to records.
     A search warrant was obtained and detectives seized items seen inside the truck, the LCSO said. Chastain, a convicted felon, was additionally charged with multiple drug crimes including trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in methamphetamine and trafficking in fentanyl, according to records.
     Chastain has been held in custody at the Levy County Detention Center (Levy County Jail) since his arrest.
     Earlier this month he, too, was sentenced upon acceptance of a plea-negotiated agreement, according to records.
     Chastain was sentenced to 10 years in the Florida Department of Corrections with the condition of a seven-year minimum mandatory term to be served, according to records.
     Chastain will be placed on felony probation for an additional 10 years following his release from the state prison system, according to records.

 


Levy County resident
scammed out of $50,000

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 22, 2024 at 2 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
A common trick by thieves – sending messages via email that a purchase has been made – to trick people into communicating with the fraudster was successfully used in Levy County recently, according to information from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

     A local Levy County resident has been scammed out of significant amount of their life’s savings during a scam, the LCSO said.
     The person received an email alleging to be from “NORTON Antivirus,” a program they use on their personal computer to protect their electronic data, the LCSO said.
     The email information showed that the person’s software needed to be updated and the update fee was $499.99, which was already in process.
     The email had a phone number, which the victim called, the LCSO said.
     A man with a middle eastern accent answered the call and began “assisting” the caller, the LCSO said. Shortly thereafter the individual’s computer was taken over by an unknown entity. The Levy County resident’s entire financial wealth was now visible to these unknown bad actors, the LCSO said.
     The scam showed that these thieves “made an error” in the “refund” they were going to make, the LCSO said. The “refund” error went from $499.99 to $49,999.99. These scammers ultimately stole $49,999.99 from the victim and transferred this amount to an overseas account.
     This a scam that is NOT associated with the Norton Antivirus company, the LCSO said.
     Internet users are cautioned to verify all emails, text or phone calls by contacting all companies they conduct business with in-person or by physically finding contact information via Google searches or known phone numbers.
     The FBI has an excellent website dealing with scams used by criminals via the Internet, and it has more information to avoid being a victim as well as what to do if a person becomes a victim of a scam.
     Click HERE to learn more.

 


ATV driver dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 22, 2024 at 6:15 a.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY –
A 51-year-old Bell man died Wednesday afternoon in a crash on U.S. Highway 129 at Northwest 87th Place, north of Bell in Gilchrist County, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a press release.

     The next of kin of the man who died were contacted before the press release was sent, the FHP said.
     The man was driving an ATV across U.S. 129 while going westbound on Northwest 87th Place at 136 p.m. on Feb. 21, the FHP said in the press release based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Alex Gresham and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Nathan Morgan.
     A semi tractor-trailer was traveling northbound on U.S. 129, the FHP said. It was driven by a 37-year-old man from Camilla, Georgia, the FHP said.
     The ATV driver did not stop the ATV at the stop sign and the ATV hit the left front side of the semi, the FHP said.
     The driver of the ATV, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead on the scene, the FHP said.
     The driver of the semi, who was using a seatbelt, was not injured, the FHP said.
      The area on U.S. Highway 129 between Gilchrist County Road 138 and Gilchrist County Road 340 was closed during the investigation of the fatal crash, according to information from the Gilchrist County Emergency Management Department.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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https://www.flhsmv.gov/victimsrights/
 

 


Neighbor complains
about alleged abuse from neighbor

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 21, 2024 at 9 a.m.
     TRENTON –
Most of the first half hour of the regular twice monthly meeting of the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners late Monday afternoon (Presidents’ Day, Feb. 19) involved allegations from Terri Ezelle about another neighbor who was reportedly terrorizing Ezelle's neighbors a couple – Vernon and Dianna Luckey.
     And according to that one side of this story of alleged domestic terrorism, which includes what some may see as the horror of a woman who allegedly told the couple that she is a witch who practices witchcraft, the animal control service of Gilchrist County, the code enforcement in Gilchrist County and even Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz himself have not done enough to defend the Luckeys from alleged abuse.
     A female neighbor reportedly moved to Gilchrist County from Dixie County on Dec. 28 and is said to have been harassing the Luckeys, where the Vernon is an honorably discharged United States military veteran, according to what was told to the Gilchrist County Commission on Presidents’ Day 2024.
     The Gilchrist County Commission meets each first and third Monday of the month starting at 4 p.m., except some federal holidays. Presidents’ Day 2024, which is an annual federal holiday designated to honor President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln, is not a federal holiday where that County Commission did not meet this year.
     Ezelle, one of the Luckeys’ neighbors, approached the County Commission during the Public Participation part of the Feb. 19 agenda to question and complain about county ordinances lacking aspects, and about the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office being unable to stop alleged harassment of the elderly couple.
     Usually, the Public Participation part of the agenda limits the speaker to five minutes and the speakers simply address the County Commission about matters not on the agenda. A few residents of Spring Hill spoke with the County Commission during an agenda part of the meeting that evening regarding roads in that subdivision, and they chose to wait until that part of the agenda items came up during the meeting to deliver their verbal input to the five elected county leaders.
     Often, these five-minute speeches during Public Participation bring no immediate verbal reaction from the five elected commissioners. This time, there were commissioners responding as well as Gilchrist County Code Enforcement Officer Ryan Clemons, County Administrator Bobby Crosby and County Attorney David M. “Duke” Lang Jr.
     The alleged parade of horrible actions started to roll out from Ezelle with questions to the County Commission about animal control, where she said a first offense of a dog on the loose results in a verbal notice, a second offense merits a written warning, and the third offense ends with a fine.
     Ezelle asked about animal control violations and Code Enforcement Officer Clemons told her how to find all of the county ordinances online, where she can see the local laws governing people in Gilchrist County. He mentioned there is even a “search” area to help viewers find specific topics addressed in those local laws.
     Next, the woman spoke about bright lights being directed into homes at all hours of the night.
     When the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office was notified about this believed offense, she said, deputies reportedly told her that they could not charge a person with a crime for doing that act, because the alleged “offender” was shooting the lights from her property to go into the neighbor’s home, according to the woman.
     Ezelle also complained that Sheriff Schultz never returned a call she had made to speak with him.
     Ezelle mentioned that she is a registered nurse, and she finds this purposeful action to create a nuisance to be reprehensible, especially because this couple is elderly and the man is a veteran.
     After some number of more minutes of her speaking to the County Commission, Vernon Luckey spoke about the allegedly self-proclaimed witchcraft practitioner who is reportedly bothering him and his wife. He said his wife is afraid to leave the house as a result of this harassment that has been going on for months now.
     He spoke about some relatively minor acts of vandalism, which were not captured on film and therefore was told by a deputy that nothing can be done about them. He gave details about how the neighbor reportedly drove across his yard in a vehicle and told him she was looking for her lost dog, at which point he informed her of county ordinances regarding the requirement of keeping canines on a leash or confined on property behind a fence.
     The man said he has spoken with deputies six times about this neighbor pestering him and his wife. Nothing appears to have stopped these alleged nuisances from this one neighbor, according to what was said. Therefore, if something untoward happens in the neighborhood, he said, then it is not like he did not try to warn authorities.
     In addition to shining her car’s bright lights into the house, the neighbor was said by Luckey to turn up music in her car, which she parks near their property line, and to play that music with vulgar lyrics at a very loud level – during the time of day when Gilchrist County has no effective noise ordinance.
     Luckey said he plans to move, even though the house’s mortgage is paid off and he and his wife thought they would enjoy their retirement years in Gilchrist County. They had lived in Gilchrist County before -- from 2000 to 2012, and then they returned in 2018 when they built the house that they are in now.
     County Attorney Lang said the couple can hire an attorney and seek civil relief in court. If the court rules in their favor in regard to the alleged nuisance, part of what the court can do is to order the defendant to pay for the plaintiff’s attorney fees.
     However, Lang noted, if the defendant lacks the wherewithal to pay those fees, then the judgment is just a piece of paper. Still, the court may order some sort of injunctive relief to stop the nuisance if it was proved with facts and evidence to the level required in a civil proceeding, Lang said. And if the judge saw a lawful method to grant injunctive relief, Lang intimated, then the alleged person who by that point would have been found to have been creating a nuisance to a level of civil action resulting in that demand by the court, then the defendant would either obey the command(s) of the court or that person would face possible fines and possible jail time for imposed as sentences for contempt of court.
     Another option the county attorney offered was for the alleged victims to visit with the assistant state attorney in the courthouse to determine if there is Florida law being violated and if there is some method to criminally prosecute that successfully.
     Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Brian Kramer is the top prosecutor in this circuit, which includes Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union counties.
     As for the county ordinances, Lang said Code Enforcement Officer Clemons can only enforce local laws that exist in the land development and zoning regulations, or other areas where the County Commission has created legislation -- codes. The county is still working on its noise ordinance. Right now, there is no local law regarding cessation of high noise levels in the daytime and early night in Gilchrist County.
     Even at night, the current Gilchrist County noise ordinance includes exceptions such as for agricultural purposes.
     As for shining lights in windows, there does not appear to be an ordinance in Gilchrist County or in Florida law to protect the couple from this neighbor allegedly bothering them in that manner, as best as local law enforcement deputies have been able to find so far, according to what was shared at the Monday meeting.
     The County Commission is a legislative body. The sheriff is the highest law enforcement officer in the county. His deputies respond to all calls for help regarding law enforcement issues. As in all three of the counties in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Gilchrist County and Dixie County, a person affected in a bad manner from unlawful or other actions may not see the speed of response or the level of action to be enough.
     This set of incidents reported to the Gilchrist County Commission late Monday afternoon appears to fit in the category of “there ought to be a law.” 

 


FHP searches
for Chevrolet Equinox that killed bicyclist

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 20, 2024 at 9 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
Among the ongoing traffic homicide investigations is one that started Friday night (Feb. 16), according to a Feb. 20 Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) press release.

     The FHP is asking anyone who has information regarding the identity of the driver of a hit-and-run vehicle and/or that vehicle’s location, to please contact FHP Cpl. Brett Detweiler at 352-512-6644 or dial *FHP on a cell phone to provide information to identify the vehicle and its driver, the FHP said.
     The FHP is investigating a hit-and-run crash involving a vehicle that struck a pedal-cyclist on Friday (Feb. 16) at approximately 7:30 p.m.
     The pedal-cyclist was westbound on Arion County Road 314 (Sharpes Fairy Road), the FHP said.
     The unknown vehicle also was westbound on the same road at the same time on the same date, the FHP said, as it approached this cycling pedestrian from the rear.
     The vehicle hit the cyclist with its front section, the FHP said, and the driver fled the scene of the crash.
     The 35-year-old Ocala man was thrown from his bicycle and came to rest within the roadway, the FHP said. That man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
     The victim’s next of kin were notified before the press release was sent, the FHP said.
     The driver and vehicle failed to remain at the scene and fled the area, the FHP said.
     Due to parts of the hit-and-run vehicle that were collected from the scene of this fatal hit-and-run crash, it was determined that the suspect vehicle is a Chevrolet Equinox SUV, from the years of 2010 through 2015, the FHP said. This hit-and-run vehicle will have noticeable front-end damage, the FHP said.

 


Newberry woman dies
in Friday night crash
 
By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 18, 2024 at 7:30 a.m. 
     ALACHUA COUNTY –
A 29-year-old Newberry woman died Friday night (Feb. 16) from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash that night, according to information in a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) press release sent at 3:16 a.m. on Sunday (Feb. 18).
     The press release was first sent Feb. 16 in an unreadable format, as noted by more than one recipient of the first email.
     The next of kin of the woman who died were contacted before the press release was first sent, the FHP said.
     On Feb. 16 at approximately 7:38 p.m., a black in color Ford sport utility vehicle (SUV) was southbound on State Road 45.
     State Road 45 forms a 300-mile long highway between Naples (Collier County) and High Springs (Alachua County) along the western reaches of the Florida peninsula. The route is vastly unsigned as the companion of U.S. 41 through the cities of Fort Myers (Lee County), North Port (Sarasota County), Sarasota, Bradenton (Manatee County), Brooksville (Hernando County) and Williston (Levy County). 
     The press release shows no cross street for the Feb. 16 fatal crash on SR 45, but this road is also known as U.S. Highway 41 and U.S. Highway 441 in parts of Alachua County, including the cities of Newberry, Alachua and High Springs.
     On Feb. 16 at approximately 7:38 p.m., the southbound black SUV, which was driven by a hit a 45-year-old Newberry man, hit a northbound silver-colored Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 29-year-old Newberry woman, the FHP said.
     The driver of the northbound pickup truck was taken to the University of Florida Health emergency room, where she was pronounced dead, the FHP said. She was not wearing a seatbelt.
     The driver of the southbound SUV, who was wearing a seatbelt, suffered serious injuries, according to information in the FHP press release. He must have been taken to an emergency room equipped for trauma, although that is not noted in the press release which was written from information provided by crash investigator Trooper Charles Brabham and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. David Hughes, the FHP said.
     The crash is still under investigation, according to the press release that was sent via email at 3:16 a.m. on Feb. 18, the FHP said.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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Five hurt in three-truck crash
One listed with life-threatening injuries

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 17, 2024 at 8 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
A dash camera on a vehicle used by the daily news website showed a Waste Pro garbage truck, two Levy County Fire Rescue (Department of Public Safety) ambulances and a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser all going westbound on U.S. Alt. 27 between Bronson and Chiefland between 3 and 4 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 16).

     People in those vehicles very well may have been part of the crash reported in a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) press release that was sent at 9:42 p.m. Friday, which showed two pickup trucks and a garbage truck involved in a three-truck crash.
     The garbage truck seen on the dash cam could be the one reported by FHP as one of the vehicles in the crash, and the two ambulances and one cruiser could be transporting the first responders who were sent to resolve legal, health and safety issues resultant from the wreck.
     In that crash late Friday afternoon, two individuals suffered serious injuries, with one listed as life-threatening in severity, and three other people suffered minor injuries, according to the FHP.
     The FHP contacted the next of kin of the man who suffered life-threatening injuries before it sent the press release, the FHP said.
     On Feb. 16, at 3:55 p.m., a white in color pickup truck was westbound on Levy County Road 346 (also known as Northwest 140th Street, where Beef O’Brady’s is near to the southwest corner of that intersection with U.S. 19) as that pickup truck approached the intersection with U.S. Highway 19 in Levy County, the FHP said.
     (There have been a number of crashes at this intersection and the Florida Department of Transportation plans to revise the intersection by redirecting traffic there. Some area residents differ with that safety engineering plan and believe a red light would be safer than the FDOT plan.)
     While the westbound pickup truck was approaching the stop sign, a northbound garbage truck on U.S. 19 was in the outside lane of the highway as it approached the same intersection, the FHP said.
     The white in color westbound pickup truck was driven by a 19-year-old Chiefland man and there was a 21-year old Bell woman as the passenger, the FHP noted in the press release.
     The garbage truck was driven by a 43-year-old Chiefland man with a 43-year-old Trenton man as the passenger, the FHP said.
      A road-painting pickup truck was in the turn lane of U.S. 19 southbound at the same intersection, the FHP said. An 18-year-old Chiefland man was driving the pickup truck used to paint lines on highways and byways, the FHP said.
     The driver of the westbound pickup truck on CR 346 failed to yield to oncoming traffic from the stop sign and entered U.S. 19 into the path of the garbage truck, the FHP said.
     The front of the garbage truck hit the left side of  that pickup truck resulting in extreme damage, the FHP said, with that pickup truck splitting in half with the cab of the truck continuing to travel northwest and striking the front of paint-striping truck before coming to final rest facing northwest.
     The garbage truck driver brought that vehicle to a controlled stop on the eastern shoulder of U.S. 19 after the crash, the FHP said.
     The paint-striping vehicle came to final rest facing south in the turn lane of U.S. 19, the FHP said.
     The 19-year-old Chiefland man who drove the pickup truck into the path of the garbage truck, suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision and was transported to UF Health Shands, the FHP said. The 21-year-old Bell woman also suffered serious injuries and was transported to UF Health Shands, the FHP said. 
     The 18-year-old Chiefland man who was driving the paint-striping pickup truck suffered minor injuries and was taken to to UF Health Kanapaha in Gainesville, the FHP said.
     The two men in the garbage truck suffered minor injuries, but the press release from the FHP did not show if they were transported anywhere other than the crash scene for treatment.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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FHP arrests felon found with weapons
and Neo Nazi memorabilia

Felon Arrested
Weapons found in the vehicle driven by a convicted felon are seen here.

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Sent Feb. 15, 2024 at 6 p.m.
Published Feb. 16, 2024 at 6:45 a.m.
     PENSACOLA –
On Thursday (Feb. 15), Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), while conducting traffic enforcement in the area of Interstate 10 near mile marker 10 in Escambia County, observed an individual driving a white Chevy Avalanche with Texas tags following a dump truck too closely.

Felon




Ronald Lee Murray Jr.


     Troopers pulled the vehicle over and discovered weapons, including handguns, ammunition, as well as antisemitic memorabilia.
     The driver identified as Ronald Lee Murray Jr., 42, of Cypress, Texas, was confirmed to be a convicted felon with multiple felony convictions.
     Murray was out on bond from Orange County, Florida.
     Murray holds no valid Florida driver's license.




Neo Nazi - Swastika Swag

Neo Nazi - Swastika Swag


     Passengers within the vehicle were released. Murray was arrested and transported to the Escambia County Jail without bond. He is in jail currently on charges of driving while license suspended or revoked; and possession of a weapon/ammunition by a convicted felon.
     The investigation remains active and ongoing; additional information is not available at this time (Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.).

 


Local hero to be honored by
Marion County Fire Rescue


Story, Commentary and Photo Provided
By Marion County Fire Rescue
Published Feb. 15, 2024 at 3 p.m.
Updated Feb. 15, 2024 at 8 p.m.
     OCALA --
Marion County Fire Rescue recently announced a line-of-duty death funeral procession plan to honor Firefighter Charles "Chuck" Westphal, who passed away Feb. 4.

     MARION COUNTY FIRE RESCUE announces the line-of-duty death funeral procession planned to honor Firefighter Charles "Chuck" Westphal, who passed away Feb. 4 has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather, however the funeral services will still be held at the Church at the Springs. 
     Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. at the Church at the Springs and conclude at 12:45 p.m. at the Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery. The funeral service is open to the public with media to be staged outside of sanctuary.


Firefighter

 

 

 

 


Firefighter
Charles "Chuck" Westphal

 

 

 


     
Remembering Driver Engineer Charles Westphal
     Chuck's journey was one of unwavering resilience. In August 2021, he faced a daunting battle against COVID-19, a battle that he fought with immense strength and determination, a battle that continued until Sunday, Feb. 4.
     After regaining some strength, Chuck demonstrated his remarkable character by returning to the weights, embodying the firefighter's spirit of never giving up. He leaves behind a legacy of camaraderie, bravery, and commitment to our community. Chuck was more than a colleague; he was family.
     Chuck will be remembered for his infectious laughter, his unwavering dedication to our mission, and the countless lives he touched throughout his career. As we mourn his passing, let us also celebrate the life he lived and the impact he made on all of us.
     Rest in eternal peace, Chuck. Your bravery and dedication will forever inspire us. We will carry your legacy forward, always standing strong together as one family. 

 


Man charged with assault and more
Suspect
Mug Shot By GCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 12, 2024 at 7 p.m.
     TRENTON –
A cat toy, a 9 mm Keltec long rifle and three fired shell casings believed to be from bullets shot from that nine milimeter rifle were among the evidence taken from the scene of what appears to be some unlawful actions leading to the Feb. 7 arrest of a 46-year-old Gilchrist County man, according to records.

     Bobby Joe Chaney, 46, of Gilchrist County was booked into the Gilchrist County Jail on Feb. 7 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, battery, and destroying evidence, according to records.
     Initially, his combined bail amount for those charges was set at $192,500, according to records.
     On Tuesday (Feb., 6), a number of deputies from the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office went to a scene in reference to a domestic disturbance involving a firearm, according to records.
     The deputies found that Chaney had fired a gun into a dresser after an altercation, according to records. A woman was relatively close to where those bullets left holes in that furniture at the time they were shot, according to records. She thought he may have been firing blanks at the time, according to records, because she knew he had blank rounds. 
     When she saw the bullet holes in the furniture she realized those were live rounds being fired, according to records.
     Photographs of the scene were taken, and Chaney told a deputy that the firearm in question was in the trunk of a white BMW parked in the driveway at this residence, according to records.
     The firearm in question was recovered from the trunk of the BMW, according to records.
     More than 15 single-spaced typed pages describe the reported details of the conflict at the residence as it was uncovered by deputies, according to those records.
     In addition to the firearm taken from BMW trunk, a deputy found a Glock magazine inside the center console along with a baggie containing 9 mm ammunition, according to records. Chaney told the deputy that the firearm in question took Glock magazines, and that the magazine found in the center console belonged to the firearm taken from the trunk, according to records.
     This magazine was first reported by Chaney to be in a different place than where it was eventually found.
     “It should be noted that that when Bobby (Chaney) was confronted with new evidence, his version of events would change and his recollection of the incident was inconsistent,” the deputy noted.
     GCSO Lt. G. Frier was the patrol lieutenant on duty at the time, according to records.
     Lt. Frier spoke with two deputies who were at the back of a vehicle gathering the firearm that was used during the crime.
     The lieutenant stood by as another deputy interviewed the male and female subjects on the scene.
     When the lieutenant went inside, he saw bullet holes in the dresser along the eastern wall of the room, according to records.
     An investigation of the scene let the GCSO members determine which angle the bullets struck the dresser, according to records.
     The argument leading to things being thrown and bullets being shot may have started from Chaney being upset that a woman was playing video games too much on the TV, according to records.
     Chaney reportedly threw an object that struck a woman on her left lower torso region, according to records, during part of the altercation. Law enforcement officers learned that the object that struck her was a cat toy shaped like a section of PVC piping, according to records.

 


Teen arrested for child sex crimes
Suspect
Mug Shot By GCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 12, 2024 at 4 p.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY –
A 17-year-old Trenton boy was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim younger than 12 years old by a person younger than 18 years old; possession of obscene material depicting child sexual conduct; and in state personal electronic communication of child pornography, according to records.
     Cameron William Roberts, 17, of Trenton was booked into the Gilchrist Couty Jail on Feb. 9 and his combined bonds equaled $500,000 at that point according to records.
     He was arrested by Gilchrist County Sheriff Office Lt. Clint Anderson, according to records.
     That is the extent of information sent from the GCSO after a request for records regarding this arrest was made on Monday (Feb. 12).

 


Man Busted For Alleged Meth Sales
Suspect
Richard Alan Arnold, 41, of Fanning Springs was arrested on two counts of selling methamphetamine and one count of using a two-way communications device to facilitate the commission of a felony, according to a weekly jail log report from the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office. Since that case is ‘still being worked on’ (or is an active investigation), the GCSO was unable to release any information about the case, such as the place the arrest happened, and other details leading to the arrest, etc., according to information in an answer to a request for public records that was made Monday morning (Feb, 12).

Mug Shot By GCSO
Published Feb. 12, 2024 at 3:45 p.m.
 


 

 

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