Allegedly disruptive
woman is jailed


Shannon Prevatt
Mug Shot by DCSO
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By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 20, 2018 at 1:08 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
People who are disruptive in court can find themselves in jail, even if they entered the courthouse as an observer rather than as a defendant.

 


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    During afternoon court hearings in Dixie County on Feb. 14, deputies with the Dixie County Sheriff's Office arrested a woman who was not a party to any of the cases involved, DCSO Maj. Scott Harden noted in a press release on Feb. 19.
     Shannon Prevatt, 37, of Dunnellon was arrested after she became disruptive during afternoon court hearings involving friends of hers and the Department of Children and Families, Harden said.
     Prevatt was ordered removed from the courtroom, Harden said, and she initially failed to follow the deputies’ commands to leave.
     When Prevatt gathered her belongings and left the courtroom, Harden said, she stopped in the vestibule and again began to yell and refused to leave the building.
     It was at that point, Harden said, when Prevatt was told she was under arrest.
     This incident became worse for the woman within minutes.
     When a deputy took Prevatt by the arm to handcuff her, Harden said, the suspect pulled away and began to physically resist the deputies by pulling away and kicking them while they were restraining her.
     Prevatt was taken into custody and booked into the Dixie County Jail. She is charged with disturbing a lawful assembly, resisting an officer without violence, disorderly conduct, trespass of a structure, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence, Harden said.
     Prevatt is currently being held in the Dixie County Jail under a $48,000 bond.


Burglary suspect captured

John David Bogan

Mug Shot By LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 18, 2018 at 8:18 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
A Chiefland man suspected of burglary is awaiting arraignment on several charges on Monday morning (Presidents Day, Feb. 19) as the result of a cooperative effort between the Levy County Sheriff's Office and the Chiefland Police Department, according to information in a press release from LCSO spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond.
     John David Bogan, 27, of Chiefland is being held without bond in the Levy County Jail until a judge sets bonds in the morning, Tummond said,
     Bogan is charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, grand theft, burglary of a conveyance (a truck), burglary of a conveyance (a car), grand theft auto, petit theft, battery, and resisting arrest without violence.
     The events leading to Bogan becoming a suspected burglar began at approximately 4:40 a.m. on Sunday (Feb. 18) when LCSO deputies responded to a home in the Manatee Farms Subdivision off of State Road 320 in unincorporated area to the west of Chiefland, according to Tummond and records.
     A homeowner made an emergency 9-1-1 call to the LCSO Communication Center to report a burglary to their home, Tummond said.
     She reported that she was awakened by an unusual noise and was confronted by a burglar inside her home, Tummond said. The burglar grabbed her, which caused her to scream, Tummond said.
     Her screams awoke her husband, Tummond said, and he chased the suspect out of the home.
     The husband, who had armed himself with a shotgun as he gave chase, reported seeing the suspect enter the family car parked in their driveway, Tummond said.
    Bogan then attempted to flee, Tummond said, and in doing so, struck a tree on the property. The husband said the suspect exited their vehicle and began running. At one point, the suspect turned toward the man, Tummond said, and being fearful for his safety and the safety of his family inside the home, fired his shotgun at him.
     The victims told deputies the suspect entered the home, Tummond said, stepping over their three children who were sleeping in the living room, to take household valuables.
     They discovered the keys to the family vehicle had been removed from the husband’s truck parked outside, Tummond said. The suspect took a jacket and other valuables from the husband’s truck, Tummond said.
     Deputies established a perimeter and deployed K-9s from both the Sheriff’s Office and the Chiefland Police Department (CPD) to track the suspect, Tummond said.
     Shortly after establishing the perimeter, Tummond said, LCSO Lt. James Anderson heard a commotion in the woods near his location and saw the suspect attempting to escape.
     Lt. Anderson chased and apprehended Bogan, Tummond said, after a brief foot pursuit.
     Bogan was wearing clothing taken from the victims. Bogan, who was not injured by the victim, was transported to the Levy County Jail.
     It is a result of the cooperative efforts between deputies and the CPD, Tummond said, that this suspect was apprehended quickly.


Man arrested as
suspected marijuana possessor


Dewell Onel Alvarado Lopez

Mug Shot By MCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 18, 2018 at 1:58 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
An 18-year-old Ocala man was arrested late Saturday night (Feb. 17) after the Florida Highway Patrol found reason to believe he was in possession of almost 1.3 ounces.
     FHP Sgt. Robert Williams noted in a press release that Dewell Onel Alvarado Lopez, 18, of Ocala was driving a 2003 Honda Civic at 11:56 p.m. in Marion County.
     Florida Highway Patrol Troopers conducted a traffic stop on the Honda Civic, the FHP said, after the driver was seen operating the vehicle without headlights and running a red light on State Road 200 at the intersection of Interstate-75 (near Southwest 38th Avenue).
     Troopers smelled marijuana coming from inside of the Honda Civic, the FHP said, and subsequently conducted a vehicle search.
     Troopers found in excess of an ounce of marijuana, which is a felony amount in Florida, the FHP said. The troopers also found drug equipment.
     Lopez was arrested and transported to the Marion
County Jail. He was charged with felonious possession of marijuana and seven counts of possession of drug
Equipment, as well as two traffic citations for running a red light and no headlights.
     Misdemeanor marijuana possession in Florida subjects a defendant to up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Possession of any larger amounts (more than 20 grams) of marijuana for personal use – such as is suspected in this case – is a felony and comes with a maximum $5,000 fine and five-year prison term.
   Florida does have medical marijuana available, but it is not the kind that is smoked.
     As noted by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, in Florida “Patients who possess a physician's recommendation may legally obtain medical cannabis provided by state licensed dispensaries. A qualified physician may not issue a physician certification for more than three 70-day supply limits of marijuana. The Department of Health shall quantify by rule a daily dose amount with equivalent dose amounts for each allowable form of marijuana dispensed by a medical marijuana treatment center. Qualified patients are not permitted to possess use, or administer marijuana in a form for smoking, in the form of commercially produced food items other than edibles, or marijuana seeds or flowers, except for flower in a sealed, tamper-proof receptacle for vaping."


DCSO catches suspected
locker room thief


Charles L. Dolin © Feb. 16, 2018 at 8:18 p.m.
2013 Booking Photo

By Jeff M. Hardison
     CROSS CITY --
A 46-year-old man was arrested late this afternoon (Friday, Feb. 16) as a suspected thief who is believed to have stolen items from children who use the Ruth Rains Middle School locker room near the gym, Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden said in a press release at 4:38 p.m. on today.
     Charles L. Dolin, 46, was captured after allegedly leaving his cell phone at the scene of the crime.
     On Thursday (Feb. 15), a coach arrived at Ruth Rains Middle School at approximately 7 a.m., Harden said, and she heard water running in the locker room area of the gym.
     When she went to check on the source, Harden said, the coach found a fully clothed man in the shower area.
     She left the area to report the incident and when law enforcement arrived the subject had fled the campus.
    Two K-9 teams – one from Cross City Correctional Institution and one from Taylor Correctional Institution – were called to the campus, Harden said.
     Both K-9 Teams searched for several hours, Harden said, but were unable to locate the subject.
     The initial investigation showed only Ruth Rains Middle School clothing was stolen, Harden said, however later in the day it was discovered that some of the students had their personal items stolen.
     On Friday, Harden said, the School Resource Deputy met with students to compose a list of property that was stolen, Harden said.
     Also Friday, the coach found a cell phone in the locker room, Harden said.
     When she checked the phone to see if it was one of the students, Harden said, the coach realized it was the suspect’s cell phone.
     She again notified the school administration who called DCSO investigators.
     The DCSO arrested Dolin for burglary and grand theft, Harden said, and he is currently in the Dixie County Jail awaiting his first court appearance.


Boy suspected of
threatening violence at school;

MCSO puts him in
juvenile detention with no bond


Merquetio Alan Stevenson

Mug Shot By MCSO

By Lauren Lettelier
Marion County Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Officer
Published Feb. 16, 2018 at 5:48 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies arrested 17-year old Merquetio Alan Stevenson, 17, for making threats of violence towards other students at Lake Weir High School (LWHS).
    He will be 18 years old on April 14.
    The MCSO worked in partnership with state and federal agencies to locate Stevenson and bring forth charges against him as a part of MCSO’s zero tolerance policy on threats of violence towards students in Marion County schools.
    On Thursday (Feb. 15), several LWHS students came forward to authorities to report several threats Stevenson had made while riding a school bus on Thursday.
    Several students witnessed Stevenson saying that he was going to shoot and blow the school up and that they were all going to die. Stevenson then began ranting about blowing up the bus and about how body parts would be everywhere.
    LWHS experienced an increased presence of law enforcement on campus Friday to ensure the security of the students during the MCSO investigation into Stevenson’s threats.
    Stevenson was located Friday afternoon in the Whispering Sands neighborhood and was taken into custody without incident.
    Stevenson has five prior felony convictions from December 2016. He has been charged with threatening to bomb-threatening to discharge a destructive device and two misdemeanor charges, which are not available in the public record due to his juvenile status.
     Stevenson is currently being held in the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center on no bond.
     More than half of the student population was absent from LWHS today (Friday, Feb. 16) due to Stevenson’s threats.
    “As I said in my Facebook video address on Thursday morning, threats against our students will not be tolerated,” Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said. “I made a promise that the men and women of our agency would aggressively investigate these threats, and we made good on that promise today. We will continue to remain steadfast in our mission to protect our children from all of those who wish to do them harm."


Midnight cruiser accident
bends two wheels

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 16, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
About 15 minutes after midnight this morning (Friday, Feb. 16), a Dixie County Sheriff's Office cruiser sustained damage to its two right wheels, the FHP said.
     DCSO Sgt. K. Wimberly, 39, of Cross City was driving the 2017 Ford Explorer at 12:15 a.m., according to the press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. W. Ernst.
      The marked DCSO vehicle, was northbound on State Road 349, just north of Dixie County Road 340, the FHP said. The right front wheel of Ford struck a tire and wheel that was lying in the northbound travel lane, the FHP said.
     This impact caused the Explorer to cross the south travel lane. As the vehicle was redirected, the FHP said, the right rear wheel collided with the tire in the road.
     Continuing, the Ford entered the west shoulder coming to final rest facing north, the FHP said. The impact bent both right side wheels, the FHP said. No injuries were reported, the FHP said.
     Sgt. Wimberly was wearing his seatbelt when the accident happened, the FHP said. No charges were filed, the FHP said.


Man dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 16, 2018 at 4:58 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A 32-year-old man Summerfield died early Friday morning (Feb. 16) in a single-car crash, the FHP said.
     Ralph Burton Ford was driving a 2001 Mercury Cougar at 2:40 a.m., according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan, based on information from crash and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. W. Dill.
     The Cougar was westbound on Marion County Road 42 at a high rate of speed, the FHP said.
     Ford lost control of the Mercury, which caused the vehicle to begin a clockwise rotation while its left side wheels were in the eastbound lane, the FHP said.
     The car traveled sideways onto the north grass shoulder before it began to overturn onto its left side, the FHP said.
     The Cougar had rolled 90 degrees when its roof collided with a large tree, the FHP said. The vehicle wrapped
around the tree before coming to rest on its left side, the FHP said.
     Ford was pronounced dead at the scene by Marion County Fire Rescue personnel, the FHP said. He was not wearing a seatbelt, the FHP said, and blood-alcohol results are pending to determine if that was a factor in the crash.

 


Two held without bond

Christopher Akins and Lorna Love

Mug Shots By DCSO

By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published Feb. 15, 2018 at 11:48 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
Last Thursday afternoon (Feb. 8), a deputy with the Dixie County Sheriff's Office attempted a traffic stop on a car in the Old Town area, and the driver fled driving a white Ford Mustang.
     The driver fled at high speeds and traveled north on Northeast 592nd Street and through residential areas before traveling back to State Road 349 North, where he continued to flee northbound.
     During the pursuit, the Ford went in both the northbound and southbound lanes blocking deputies from getting in front of the Mustang.
     The driver on at least one occasion passed a northbound vehicle on the right grassy shoulder before reentering the roadway and continuing to flee at speeds that exceeded 100 miles per hour on multiple occasions.
     As the driver attempted to turn westward onto Dixie County Road 353 off of SR 349, he was unable to navigate the turn and slid off of the roadway and the car went into a fence.
     As he was attempting to flee his vehicle from the ditch, deputies blocked the vehicle and removed the driver Christopher Akins, 25, of Old Town and passenger Lorna Love, 28, of Trenton, from the vehicle.
     Akins was arrested and charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding; willful and wanton reckless driving; possession of a controlled substance; possession of prescription of medication without a prescription; misdemeanor possession of marijuana; and possession of drug equipment.
     Love was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Akins and Love were ordered held on No Bond.


Panhandlers rejected

Police Chief Scott Anderson reads about progress by the CPD in January

Story and Photo
By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 14, 2018 at 1:48 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND –
A busload of 19 beggars descended on Walmart and Winn Dixie recently and Chiefland Police Chief Scott Anderson helped them understand they needed to go elsewhere.
     During the Monday night (Feb. 12) regular City Commission meeting, Chief Anderson spoke about the city’s police department dealing with panhandlers.
     This particular set of beggars were "selling food," the chief said. He told them to get out of town. And they did.
     The chief provided the City Commission with a draft of an ordinance that emulates one from the City of St. Petersburg. This new law would help remove beggars from private commercial property.
    There is already state law to keep panhandlers off of streets.
    Three of the most recent band of 19 beggars to hit the Walmart and Winn Dixie parking lots had warrants from Wisconsin, Wyoming and Nevada, but they were not of a nature to be extradited, Chief Anderson said.
    Those 19 were allowed to leave the city, but the chief wants the ability to put this type of panhandler in jail. Removing the aggressive panhandlers from the city is adequate for now, but he would prefer to send the message that Chiefland is not a beggar-friendly city by taking them to the jail in Bronson.
    In other city police news, the chief shared a sheet to show the department’s activity during the month of January.
     Among the long list of activity, the CPD was shown to have made 19 arrests in January, and of those 19, seven were for drugs and one was for driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. One of the February arrests so far was of a suspected burglar.
     The department conducted nine investigations of traffic crashes in January. There were more than 1,200 building checks by the CPD in January. There were 205 calls last month. The department assisted other agencies 30 times in January.
     There were 23 citations issued, 112 warnings and 10 trespass warnings. A trespass warning calls for that person to leave and not return, or they will be arrested.


Dunnellon man arrested for
allegedly covering up
suspected murder with
alleged staged home invasion


David Romig

Mug Shot By MCSO

By Lauren Lettelier
MCSO Public Information Officer
Published Feb. 13, 2018 at 11:08 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY
-- Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes detectives arrested Dunnellon resident David Romig, 52, for reporting an alleged home invasion on Tuesday, Jan. 30, in an effort to cover up the suspected murder of his live-in girlfriend, Sally Kaufmann-Ruff, 64.
     Romig told detectives at the time of the incident that an unknown armed subject entered his home located at 10499 SW. 122nd Court in Dunnellon in the early morning hours on that Tuesday, and that Kaufmann-Ruff had been shot during an altercation between Romig and the subject.
     During the investigation, evidence proved that David’s initial testimony was false and that he had staged the scene to support the presence of an intruder after he had shot Kaufmann-Ruff during an “out-of-body” experience.
     When deputies arrived on scene that morning, Kaufmann-Ruff was immediately issued medical attention and was transported to the hospital, where she later died from her injuries.
     Romig gave detectives his initial story and MCSO forensic technicians began processing evidence. A metal smoking pipe was found in the front yard and a piece of cloth was found on the door frame.
    Romig initially said these items must have come from the suspect, but Romig’s DNA was found on both items.
     Romig also sent several incriminating text messages to detectives and his wife the day of the incident. Romig texted detectives the morning of Jan. 30 saying, “I think they are going to arrest me.”
     Romig told detectives that the text was meant for his wife and that he had accidentally sent it to them. Romig also texted his wife on Jan, 30 saying, “I’m afraid I did something I don’t remember.”  
     Romig further stated, “If I did this I will kill myself.”
     In a post-Miranda interview with MCSO Major Crimes detectives on Monday, Feb. 12, Romig said he had been suffering from “black-outs” and that he was hearing voices. He described having an “out-of-body” experience the morning of the shooting,
saying he felt like he was wrestling with himself and the gun went off, shooting Kaufmann-Ruff in the head.
     Romig said he staged the scene to make it look like a home invasion because he blacked out.
     Romig previously told detectives that he was the sole beneficiary listed in Kaufmann-Ruff’s will, excluding her only child.
     Investigation revealed that Kaufmann-Ruff’s estate included in excess of $200,000 in liquid assets, in addition to her physical property (home, car, etc.).
     Romig was arrested and charged with second degree murder, tampering with evidence by staging the crime scene and false reporting of a crime.
     He is currently being held in the Marion County Jail on no bond.


Wellborn man dies
in fiery pickup truck crash


Joseph Kerr Giffen III

Mug Shot By FDLE

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 13, 2018 at 12:08 p.m.
     SUWANNEE COUNTY –
A 59-year-old Wellborn man died Monday night (Feb. 12) from injuries he suffered in a single-vehicle, single-occupant crash, the FHP said.
     Records show the victim was a registered sexual offender.
     Joseph Kerr Giffen III, 59, of Wellborn was driving a 2018 Ford pickup truck at 7:37 p.m. in Suwannee County Monday, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan, based on information from crash investigator and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Derek MacLaren.
     Giffen registered as a permanent Wellborn resident on Jan. 17, according to information in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s registry of sexual offenders.
     The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating this collision, in which the vehicle caught on fire after striking a tree Monday night.
     As the Ford pickup truck was negotiating a right curve on Suwannee County Road 137 south of Wellborn, the FHP said, the vehicle traveled onto the west shoulder.
     That is where the pickup truck struck a tree with its front end, the FHP said, catching on fire. It is unknown what caused Giffen to travel off of the road, the FHP said, and the crash is under investigation.


Beware of romance scammers
looking for more than love

Online imposters
break hearts and bank accounts

By PAO Amanda Videll
of the FBI Jacksonville Division
Published Feb. 13, 2018 at 11:48 a.m.
     JACKSONSVILLE --
The FBI Jacksonville Division is warning residents to take caution when developing new relationships online, as they could be targets of the romance scam.

     According to the FBI’s Internet Crimes Complaint Center (IC3), Florida is among the three states with the highest number of victims of confidence fraud.
     The criminals who carry out romance scams target victims via social media with the intention of establishing a relationship as quickly as possible. Romance scammers spend hours honing their skills and sometimes keep journals on their victims to better understand how to manipulate and exploit them.
     As a way to avoid meeting in person, romance scammers often claim to work in the construction industry and engaged in projects outside the U.S. Eventually, when they feel they have gained the trust of their victim, these criminals will request money for a medical emergency or unexpected legal fee.
     In 2017, more than 15,000 reports of confidence fraud were reported to IC3, with losses of approximately $210 million. Confidence fraud results in the highest amount of financial loss to victims when compared to other online crimes.
     Be careful what you post online because scammers can use that information against you, and always assume that con artists are trolling even the most reputable dating and social media sites. If you develop a romantic relationship with someone you meet online, consider the following:
     ● Research the person’s photo and profile to see if the material has been used elsewhere.
     ● Go slow and ask questions.
     ● Beware if the individual seems too perfect, or quickly asks you to communicate “offline.”
     ● Beware if the individual attempts to isolate you from friends and family.
     ● Beware if the individual requests inappropriate photos or financial information that could later be used to extort you.
     ● Beware if the individual promises to meet in person, but then always comes up with an excuse.
     ● Never send money to anyone you don’t know personally.
     If you suspect an online relationship is a scam, stop all contact immediately. And if you are the victim of a romance scam, file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center by clicking HERE.


Head-on crash causes
fiery death and injuries

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 12, 11:28 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A head-on collision and subsequent fire late Monday morning (Feb. 12) claimed the life of one man and seriously injured a man and a woman, the FHP said.

     Jason Richard Burridge, 35, of Summerfield was driving a 2013 Mercedes-Benz C250 at about three minutes before noon on Monday, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Daniel DeWeese. He was not wearing a seatbelt and alcohol results are pending, the FHP said.
     Robert Ross Blystone, 69, of Murphy, N.C., was driving a 2007 Toyota 4Runner, the FHP said, and Marina Richardson, 68, of Murphy, N.C., was a passenger, the FHP said. Neither of them was affected by alcohol, the FHP said. Blystone was wearing his seatbelt and it is unknown whether Richardson was wearing her seatbelt, the FHP said.
     The Mercedes-Benz was westbound on Marion County Road 42, just east of Southeast 130th Avenue, the FHP said.
     The Toyota 4Runner was eastbound on CR 42, the FHP said, when the Mercedes-Benz crossed the center line, traveling into the eastbound travel lane.
     This action resulted in the front end of the Mercedes-Benz colliding with the front end of the Toyota 4Runner, the FHP said.
     After the collision, both vehicles rotated counterclockwise and came to final rest blocking both lanes of CR 42, the FHP said. While at final rest, the FHP said, each vehicle caught on fire and was subsequently put out by Marion County Fire and Rescue.
     Burridge, the driver of the Mercedes-Benz was pronounced dead at the scene by Marion County Fire Rescue personnel, the FHP said.
     Blystone and Richardson were transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center and are listed in serious condition, the FHP said.


DCES helps people;
Two children suffer minor injuries
after one school bus bumps another

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 12, 2018 at 3:18 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
The men and women of Dixie County Emergency Services (DCES), which includes volunteers and career firefighters, helped people as the firefighters, Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians responded to various calls during the past week of reporting.

     Dixie County Emergency Services Operations Chief Roy Bass shared on Monday (Feb. 12) information from the previous week.
     The DCES had 119 calls for service between Feb. 5 and Feb. 11, Chief Bass said. It was a very busy week.
     Among the many calls was one involving an accident between two school buses that had children on board. The DCES crews handled the situation very well and the whole incident went very smoothly, Chief Bass said, with a couple of the children who had to be transported to a Gainesville hospital with minor injuries. The rest of the occupants were triaged, cleared and then placed onto other buses to be taken home, he said.
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES
     The DCES teams responded to calls in regard to six crashes during this time period.
     The crash of the two school buses was investigated by the Cross City Police Department.
     Cross City Police Chief Wesley Jones said on Monday (Feb. 12) that the accident on Wednesday (Feb. 7) was relatively minor.
     There were 35 students on one bus and 45 students on another bus, Chief Jones said. Completing the investigation may take a month, he said, because the investigator will be interviewing several witnesses.
     Chief Jones said the potential exists for a driver to be given a traffic citation if the investigation shows facts and evidence that a traffic law was violated. Traffic citations are given for a non-criminal infraction of traffic law.
     The two children who were taken to Gainesville hospitals were treated and released, and they were transported more as a precaution than from critical or life-threatening injury, Chief Jones said.
     Records provided by Chief Brown showed the following in regard to that two-bus collision in Cross City on Feb. 7.
     Emergency responders were dispatched at 3:16 p.m., and the first crew was at the scene within five minutes.
     Squad 1, and EMS 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 and Rescue 1 went to Southeast U.S. Highway 19 in front of the Quicken Manufacturing business (a former Chevrolet dealership location) in reference to the crash involving two school buses.
     Upon arrival, responders saw two school buses sitting in the slow lane at the red light. There was no major damage or injuries noted.
     The buses were moved to Southeast 271st Street to evaluate all of the students and drivers on the buses.
     Forrest Beasley was driving Bus 9 and William Bast was driving Bus 23.
     Rescue 2 and 3, and Engine 21 were requested to assist in obtaining vital health statistics on all of the patients. Rescue 1 and 2 transported two patients from the buses with minor injuries. Damage noted to the bus was the front bus, bus 9, which had damage to its rear bumper and the rear glass in the door was busted out.
     There was a small amount of damage noted to front bumper of bus 23. Once all of the students were triaged and evaluated, they were released to their legal guardians or moved to a secondary bus. All of the children and drivers were evaluated, and all units were released and returned to service at 4:41 p.m.
     Occupants of the rear bus stated that the driver looked in his rear mirror to get onto kids who were misbehaving in the rear of the bus. While he was looking in the mirror, the driver bumped the bus in front of him sitting at the red light. 
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     On Feb. 5, the first unit was at the scene of a single-vehicle rollover at 1:45 a.m., and no driver was on the scene. Engine 24 self-dispatched. Upon arrival, first responders found an early 2000s Toyota Tundra on its passenger side, off of the highway where it had colliding with a tree. No patient was found.  The vehicle had rolled over and the roof of the cab was crushed in.  The front of the vehicle showed no damage, but both sides from the A-pillars back had extensive damage.  The driver's side of the windshield had been pushed out, so that is most likely the path of egress used by the driver. Engine 21 advised Squad 1 and Engine 24 to cancel in route. The driver's friends came and picked him up from the scene and took him to a house. Rescuers found this out from the friends who returned to the scene. Rescue 2 and law enforcement went to the house to give patient care to the driver.  Rescue 2 transported the patient to Shand's Gainesville.
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OTHER CALLS
     The DCES responded to four other motor vehicle crashes, three brush fires and a smoke investigation during the past week.


GCSO hunts burglar;
Reward is offered

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 12, 2018 at 1:48 p.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY --
The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office is seeking help from the public to catch a thief.

     A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a thief or thieves, according to what Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz noted in an email he sent at 1:22 p.m. on Monday (Feb. 12).
     The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office needs the public's assistance to solve a burglary of a residence, Sheriff Schultz said.
     There was a burglary at a residence and that theft that occurred last Monday (Feb. 5).
     The residence is off of Gilchrist County Road 337 South (Addy Jones Road).
     Detectives are diligently working the case and believe the individual(s) who committed the crime may have sold or are soliciting people to purchase the following items: IPad, miscellaneous hunting equipment, and a Nikon camera.
     There is a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case, Sheriff Schultz said.
     "If you have any information regarding this crime," Sheriff Schultz said, "please contact Sgt. Clint Anderson at 352-339-2951 or remain anonymous by calling the GCSO Tip Line at 352-463-7809."


IAFF Opens Levy County Office

International Association of Firefighters Local 4069 President Katy Yanok and IAFF Local 4069 Secretary-Treasurer Terri NeSmith stand in front of the building where the office will be for the union. In 2001, Levy County Local 4069 received its original charter from the International Association of Firefighters. Over the last 17 years, the Local 4069 has continued to build a concrete labor organization that oversees the wages and working conditions of the bargaining unit employees in Levy County. During this time, the union has been faced with many obstacles and it fought many battles; but no matter the outcome, the group always has stood strong. Every day the Local 4069 strives to improve the agency and working conditions, while building positive relationships with county management. The hard work of this Local has continued to pay off and the membership has continued to grow. For years, the group bounced around holding meetings at many different locations within Levy County, Its executive officers have utilized their vehicles as a rolling office. The Levy County IAFF Local 4069 is recently announced that it finally has a place to call home. The building is located in Bronson, the county seat. Without the hard work and dedication of the members and Executive Board, reaching this major milestone would not have been possible. The group noted that it is proud of this accomplishment and it is excited to start the next big adventure.
Published Feb. 12, 2018 at 1:08 p.m.

Information and Photo Provided by IAFF Local 4069 President Katy Yanok


Newberry man suffers
critical injuries in
Monday morning crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 12, 2018 at 12:48 p.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
A 65-year-old Newberry man suffered critical injuries in a crash Monday morning (Feb. 12), the FHP said.

     Jerry Lee Strange, 65, of Newberry was driving a 2001 Buick LeSabre at 8:19 a.m. on Monday, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan said in a press release based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper L. Alexander.
     Kristin Gumbel Gibson, 52, of Gainesville was driving a 2013 Hyundai Sonata, the FHP said.
     Strange was driving the Buick eastbound on State Road 222 near Northwest 91st Street, the FHP said, with Gibson driving the Hyundai directly in front of the Buick.
    Strange failed to leave adequate stopping distance between the Buick and the Hyundai, the FHP said. When the Hyundai slowed for traffic, the FHP said, the front of the Buick struck the rear of the Hyundai.
     As a result of the crash, Strange was transported to North Florida Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, the FHP said. Gibson suffered minor injuries that did not require immediate hospitalization, the FHP said.
     Charges are pending completion of the investigation of this crash, the FHP said.


Trenton man arrested
in Dixie County after crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 9, 2018 at 7:18 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
A 29-year-old Trenton man was charged by the Florida Highway Patrol with fleeing law enforcement, driving with no license, improper license tag, driving a non-registered vehicle, making an improper turn and failing to fasten his seatbelt while operating a motor vehicle, the FHP said.

     Those charges are part of the action Christopher Daniel Akins, 29, of Trenton experienced Thursday evening (Feb. 8), according to a press release from FHP Lt. Connie McNeill, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Glen Ganus.
     Lorna Sue Love, 28, of Satsuma was a passenger in the 2001 Ford Mustang that Akins crashed, the FHP said. There were no injuries reported from the crash.
     The FHP is investigating that crash which occurred on State Road 349 at the intersection Dixie County Road 353 that happened at 5:50 p.m. on Thursday, the FHP said.
     That is where and when the Mustang Akins was driving was northbound on SR 349 as the driver fled from a deputy with the Dixie County Sheriff's Office, the FHP said.
     The Mustang attempted to make a left turn onto CR 353 and crashed into a utility pole while making the turn, the FHP said.
     In addition to the traffic citations, both Akins and Love were arrested and transported to the Dixie County Jail for several drug-related charges, the FHP said.


FHP seeks driver of vehicle
that damaged tombstones

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 7, 2018 at 9:38 a.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY --
A Wednesday morning (Feb. 7) press release sent via email by Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan shows the FHP is seeking information about the driver of a vehicle that damaged property at a cemetery on Sunday morning (Feb. 4).

     On Feb. 4, at 10:30 a.m., the Florida Highway Patrol responded to Southwest 22nd Court, north of 50th Street in Gilchrist County (Bell), where an unknown vehicle had struck a chain link fence and several tombstones at the Jennings Lake Cemetery.
   The unknown vehicle then backed up, Lt. Riordan noted, pulling the chain link fence with it, causing additional damage to several other tombstones.
     The vehicle fled in an unknown direction.
     The Florida Highway Patrol is requesting anyone with any information regarding the vehicle or driver, to contact the Florida Highway Patrol Communications Center at 1-800-387-1290, or call the Gilchrist Crime Stoppers at 352-463-STOP (7867).


Alcoholic beverage consumption
suspected in Levy County crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 5, 2018 at 11:18 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
A 22-year-old man suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle crash very early Monday morning (Feb. 5), the FHP said.

     Ryan Christopher Mullins, 22, of Williston was driving a 1998 Honda CR-V at 12:40 a.m. Monday, according to information in a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Javon Murphy, based on information by crash investigator FHP Trooper Glen Ganus.
     Mullins was driving the small crossover SUV on U.S. Highway 41 south of Levy County Road 322, the FHP said, where the vehicle left the road, became airborne two times and broke a utility pole off.
    Mullins was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center, the FHP said, with non-life-threatening injuries. The consumption of an alcoholic beverage is suspected as being a factor in this crash, the FHP said.
     Charges are pending completion of the investigation, the FHP said.


Man hurt in single-vehicle
crash in Dixie County

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 5, 2018 at 11:18 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A 38-year-old Jacksonville man suffered serious injuries in the very early morning hours of Monday (Feb. 5) in Dixie County, the FHP said.
     Christopher S. Warden, 38, of Jacksonville was driving a 2006 Toyota Tundra at 1 a.m. on Monday, according to information in a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Javon Murphy, based on information by crash investigator FHP Trooper Glen Ganus.
     The single-vehicle crash occurred on Dixie County Road 349 north of Yellow Jacket Campground at 791st Street, the FHP said.
     The vehicle was traveling north on CR 349, the FHP said, when it left the road and overturned. The vehicle struck a utility pole and the driver was transported to Shands UF with non-life-threatening injuries.
    Charges are pending completion of the investigation, the FHP said.


Hay spill ties up traffic

at Williston Road
exit in Alachua County

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 5, 2018 at 11:18 p.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
A hay spill on Monday afternoon had crews still working to remove the trailer from the roadway as late as 6 p.m., the FHP said.
     Michael Lindstrom, 32, of Jacksonville was driving a 2011 Freightliner semi-tractor trailer at 12:20 p.m. in Alachua County, according to information in a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Javon Murphy, based on information by crash investigator FHP Trooper M. Robles.
     As of 6 p.m. on Monday, FHP is investigating a commercial motor vehicle crash that occurred on the I-75 southbound
382 exit ramp to Williston Road.
     A 2011 Freightliner pulling an enclosed trailer filled with hay had a mechanical failure at about 12:20 p.m., the FHP said, and this caused the back axle of the trailer to become separated.
     This separation ultimately caused the trailer to overturn causing partial road blockage in the westbound turn lane to Williston Road, the FHP said.
     There are no reported injuries, however crews are still working to remove the trailer from the roadway as of 6 p.m., the FHP said.
     Lindstrom was cited for failure to secure load, the FHP said.

 


Dixie County crash
suspected as
being DUI-related

By Jeff M. Hardison © 12:38 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A Saturday evening (Feb. 3) crash in Dixie County is suspected as having alcohol as a factor, the FHP said.

     Arthur S. Picknell, 30, of Old Town was driving a 1992 GMC Sierra at 6:55 p.m. Saturday, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. W. Ernst, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Glen Ganus.
      The single-vehicle crash occurred on Dixie County Road 349 south, south of the Yellow Jacket Campground, the FHP said.
     The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, the FHO said, left the road and overturned onto its right side.
     Picknell was taken to Shands UF with minor, non-life-threatening injuries, the FHP said.
     Picknell is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, the FHP said, and charges are pending completion of the accident investigation.


Crash leaves
pickup truck on its side


This truck is on its side after hitting a Suzuki car that turned left in front of it.

Story and Photos © Feb. 3, 2018 at 7:28 p.m.
By Jeff M. Hardison
     CHIEFLAND –
When it is dark, Florida drivers need to turn on the headlights for their vehicles.



A cruiser from the Levy County Sheriff's Office and a crusier from the Chiefland Police Department are seen in the background on the other side of this Ford pickup truclk on its side.


The front of this Suzuki Forenza shows the aftermath of being hit by a Ford pickup when the car turned left in front of the oncoming truck.


    The scene of a crash early Thursday evening (Feb. 1) was very dark. Passing headlights showed the road was scattered with broken glass, and parts from two vehicles.
     The Chiefland Police Department was the law enforcement agency investigating the crash.
     The crash site was well-controlled for rescue services by Chiefland Fire Rescue and Levy County Department of Public Safety. CPD took the lead on traffic control with assistance by the Levy County Sheriff’s office at the scene near uptown Chiefland.
     The crash happened at 6:22 p.m., according to information on records filed by crash investigator Chiefland Police Department Cpl. Blake Murphy. The crash was in the city limits.
     A 1994 Ford pickup truck was eastbound on Northwest 19th Avenue (State Road 320 West-Manatee Springs Road) without its headlights on, Murphy said. Wyatt James O’Grady, 20, of Williston was driving the pickup truck, Murphy said.
    A 2008 Suzuki Forenza four-door sedan was westbound on the same road, Murphy said.
    The Suzuki sedan was attempting to turn left onto Northwest 14th Street at the blinking light at that intersection, Murphy said. Karel Alois Triska, 78, of Chiefland, was the driver of the Suzuki, Murphy reported.
     Triska said he saw the vehicle behind the Ford pickup truck because it had its bright lights on, but he did not see the truck, Murphy said.
     Triska was driving that Suzuki with a license that had been suspended as of Nov. 20, 2015, although he was reported to not be aware of that suspension, Murphy said.
     There is no report in the Levy County Jail log of Triska being arrested for driving while license suspended or revoked as of Feb. 3.
     The Suzuki sedan turned left in front of the Ford pickup truck at a blinking caution light, however O'Grady – the driver of the truck was found to be at fault for failure to utilize headlights, Murphy said.
     Triska was transported to a Veterans Affairs hospital in Gainesville, according to Murphy’s report.
     Among the witnesses to the crash were Gilchrist County Fire Chief James Campbell of Trenton and Clifford E. Hathcox of Cedar Key, according to records.


Crash Near Chiefland Post Office

This blue Nissan SUV on the back of a tow truck is one of two SUVs that crashed on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 30) at intersection of the roads next to the southeast corner of property occupied by the Chiefland Post Office. On Tuesday at about 1:10 p.m., Meriah Nadine Stewart of Steinhatchee was driving a 2007 Nissan Armada SUV westbound on West Park Avenue, according to a crash report.


Meanwhile, according to information in the report from Chiefland Police Officer Michael Cosseboom, Carol Ann Tew of Trenton was driving a 2014 GMC Acadia SUV. The GMC entered the intersection of West Park Avenue and Second Street from a stop sign as it was going northbound. The vehicle's two front end corners connected, Cosseboom said. There were no injuries, the crash investigator reported. The driver of the GMC was seen as being at fault for leaving a stop sign and violating the right-of-way of the oncoming vehicle, according to records.

Photos by Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 3, 2018 at 8:08 p.m.


All Parties Agree

From every indication Wednesday evening (Jan. 31), the union for the Chiefland Police Department and City Manager Mary Ellzey, on behalf of the Chiefland City Commission and the people of Chiefland, agreed to a new contract. Present in the Hardy Dean Sr, Municipal Building, which is also known as Chiefland City Hall, located at 214 E. Park Ave., in Chiefland, are (from left) Chiefland Police Department Sgt. Fronz Macy, President of the North Central Florida Police Benevolent Association George Corwine and Florida PBA Chief Negotiator Jim Wiggins. Also present in the room, in addition to City Manager Ellzey, were Deputy City Clerk Laura Cain and City Attorney Norm Fugate.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 1, 2018 at 11:28 p.m.

 


GCSO EMPLOYEE BRENT OWENS

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. Brent Owens is a 2002 Trenton High School graduate. He graduated from the University Of Florida in 2006. Brent began his public service career in 2006 with the Gilchrist County Clerk of the Courts Office. In 2007, Owens left for the private sector. In 2013, Sheriff Schultz hired Owens to his current assignment as the I.T. Director, where he responsible for all of the computers, software and electronics (among many other duties and responsibilities) for the GCSO. Owens is a certified communications officer. Owens enjoys volunteering in the community as a youth coach in multiple sports. He is very active in his church, and he is an accomished singer-musician. Owens said that working at the GCSO is challenging, yet very fullfilling. He added that he enjoys working with all of his fellow employees.
Published Feb. 1, 2018 at 12:48 p.m.

Information and Photo Provided By Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz

 


Three Florida men sentenced in
counterfeit credit card scheme

By Staff Writers at the 
United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s
Office of Public Affairs
Published Feb. 1, 2018 at 10:48 a.m.
     PITTSBURGH --
A United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force (WPFCTF) investigation culminated Tuesday (Jan. 30) in the sentencing of three Florida residents in federal court on a charge of conspiracy to commit identity theft.

     Raul Perez, 38, sentenced to 24 months imprisonment with credit for time served, three years supervised release and restitution in the amount of $14,992.96; Alexis Delgado, 44, sentenced to 18 months imprisonment with credit for time served, three years supervised release, restitution in the amount of $14,992.96, and a $5,000 fine; and, Leyanis Menendez, 38, sentenced to 18 months imprisonment with credit for time served, three years supervised release, restitution in the amount of $14,992.96, and a $5,000 fine.
     According to the information presented to the court, Perez, Delgado, Menendez and others conspired to manufacture and traffic-in counterfeit credits cards throughout the United States. Those cards were used to purchase merchandise at stores nationwide, including the outlet stores in Grove City, Penn., and the city of Washington, Penn., in June of 2015.
     “Incidents of credit card skimming, have reached epidemic proportions and consumers need to be very vigilant about any suspicious or unauthorized activity on their accounts,” said Marlon V. Miller, special agent in charge HSI Philadelphia. “These types of crimes not only result in major losses for financial institutions and merchants, but also can cause a major disruption in consumers’ personal finances. HSI will continue to work closely with its federal and local law enforcement partners to target skimming schemes and the criminal syndicates that are behind them.”


Pedestrian dies
after golf cart accident

By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 31, 2018 at 10:47 p.m.
     SUMTER COUNTY --
A 68-year-old woman died Monday morning (Jan. 29) from injuries she suffered when she was hit by a golf cart on Jan. 16, the FHP said.

     Barbara Bess Ruhe, 70, of The Villages was driving a 2011 Polaris Golf Cart at 11:20 a.m. on Jan. 16 (a Tuesday), according to information in a Jan. 31 press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper C. Vaughn and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. R. Friesen.
     Joan Marie Colonna, 68, of The Villages was walking, the FHP said.
     The golf cart, was traveling southbound on Sunset Point Boulevard - south of Hartsville Trail - in a marked golf cart lane, the FHP said.
     That golf cart was following another golf cart, the FHP said, and it overtook Colonna who was walking southbound in the golf cart lane.
     As the first golf cart maneuvered around the pedestrian, Ruhe failed to observe the pedestrian, the FHP said.
     As a result, the FHP said, the golf cart driven by Ruhe ran into Colonna.
     Colonna was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where she died at 7:55 a.m. on Jan. 29 from injuries she suffered in the crash, the FHP said.
     Charges are pending completion of the investigation, the FHP said.


Man dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 31, 2018 at 10:17 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
A 48-year-old man died in a single-car crash late Thursday (Jan. 31) afternoon, the FHP said.

     Lorenzo Castillo-Pérez, 48, of an unlisted city of residence, was driving a 2008 Suzuki Forenza at 3:55 p.m. on Thursday in Levy County, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. David K. Roberts, based on information from FHP crash investigator and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Richard S. Crawford.
     The compact car was northbound on State Road 345, the FHP said.
      As the car was traveling, the FHP said, it drifted to the east and went off the paved portion of the roadway near Northwest 45th Street.
     Castillo-Pérez attempted to correct this action by turning to the left, the FHP said. This caused the Suzuki Forenza to rotate counterclockwise, the FHP said.
     While rotating, the small car continued to travel to the northwest, the FHP said, and it left the paved portion of the roadway again.
     After leaving the paved portion, the FHP said, the car began to overturn, and then it collided with a large tree with its right
side.
     The vehicle came to rest facing southwest, the FHP said. Castillo-Pérez was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, the FHP said.
     Test results to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash are pending, the FHP said.


DCFS helps people
By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 30, 2018 at 9:47 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
The men and women of Dixie County Fire Services, which includes volunteers and career firefighters, helped people as the firefighters responded to various calls during the past week of reporting.

     Dixie County Emergency Services Operations Chief Roy Bass shared on Monday (Jan. 28) information from the previous week.
     There was a total of 81EMS calls for service from Jan. 22 to Jan. 28.
     There is a new Firefighter 1 program that is being offered by the Florida State Fire College through the Florida Fire Chiefs Association. The DCFS has advertised and the class has begun with 14 students currently enrolled. The students have started the course and it is moving along without issues.
     The Firefighter 1 students will have the normal book work with the class and will have to come in to do hands-on practice and skills check-offs before the end of the class, and before they can be cleared for being certified as a Firefighter 1 in the state of Florida.
     The rain this past weekend assisted the DCFS with the brush fire problem.
     In addition to the EMS assistance, the DCFS responded to four calls for brush fires, three motor vehicle crashes and one vehicle fire.
     In the vehicle fire, the firefighters were paged at 6:11 p.m. and they were on the way immediately, arriving at 6:20 p.m. at the intersection of Northeast 353 and Highway and 351 Highway in the Old Town area.
     Personnel responding were Mandy Lemmermen, Tim Porter, Michael Walker and Ed Downing.
     First District Fire Station 31 was paged to the above-noted intersection about a 1989 four-door Chevy Silverado pickup truck that was on fire. Squad 1 arrived to find the truck fully involved with a car hauler trailer attached, but not involved at arrival time.
     Squad 1 established fire command and deployed booster line. Engine 21 arrived shortly afterward and deployed front a hose. Crews made an aggressive attack, and the fire was quickly extinguished. Mop-up was completed, and all hazards were mitigated.
     The driver said he was traveling down 353 Highway when he noticed a light smoke coming from the front air vent. He stopped the vehicle and got out to check in the engine compartment. Upon raising the hood, the driver saw heavy flames and immediately shut the hood and called 9-1-1. All crews were released by fire command and available at 7:07 p.m. 


Woman dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 30, 2018 at 7:47 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
A 78-year-old Williston woman died Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 30) in a crash in Levy County, the FHP said.

     Neathel Wood Garrison, 78, of Williston was driving a 2008 Honda Fit at 12:51 p.m., according to information in a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Javon Murphy, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper K. Skelly.
     Ronald H. Hawes, 69, of Union, Maine, was driving a 2013 Kia Sorento, the FHP said, and Irene Anne Hawes, 67, of Union, Maine, was a passenger in the Kia, the FHP said.
     The Honda driven by Garrison was eastbound on Levy County Road 335 and stopped at the intersection of U.S. Highway 41, the FHP said.
     The Kia driven by Ronald Hawes was southbound on U.S. 41 approaching CR 335, the FHP said.
     The Honda entered the intersection and was struck by the Kia, the FHP said.
     Garrison was pronounced dead at UF Shands Health from
injuries she suffered in the collision, the FHP said.
     The crash investigation is ongoing, the FHP said.


14-year-old girl
suffers critical injuries in crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 30, 2018 at 9:37 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A 14-year-old Ocala girl suffered critical injuries very early Tuesday morning (Jan. 30) in a single-occupant, single-car crash in Marion County, the FHP said.

     Nikia Ingram, 14, of Ocala was driving a 2004 Hyundai Sonata, which is a mid-size passenger car, at 4:55 a.m., according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Hathcock based on information crash investigator FHP Trooper C. Ball.
     The car was traveling eastbound on Marion County Road 329 approaching a curve in the roadway near the intersection of Northwest 125 Street Road, the FHP said.
     Ingram failed to negotiate the curve in the roadway, the FHP said.
     The car left the roadway onto the south shoulder of CR 329 and hit a traffic sign reflector, the FHP said. Continuing on the south shoulder of the county road, the car hit a wooden fence, the FHP said.
     The Sonata came to final rest on the south shoulder with its front facing east and its front bumper up against the fence, the FHP said.
     Part of the wooden fencing, the FHP said, came through the vehicle's windshield and impaled the driver.
     Ingram was transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville and is listed in critical condition, the FHP said.
     Currently (8:50 a.m. on Jan. 30), the traffic crash is pending further investigation.


Alcohol may be a factor
in Levy County crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 30, 2018 at 7:47 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
A Monday evening crash (Jan. 29) in Levy County shows indications of having alcohol as a factor, the FHP said.

     Anthony W. Williams, 48, of Chiefland was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado (a small pickup truck) at 6:25 p.m. in Levy County, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Robert Williams, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Glen Ganus.
     Donald A. Lane, 69, of Chiefland was driving a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 (a big pickup truck) pulling a gooseneck trailer, the FHP said.
     The small pickup was southbound on Levy County Road 347, heading away from U.S. Alt. 27 (Turkey Town) as Williams drove it in the direction toward U.S. Highway 19 on CR 347, the FHP said.
     Williams drove the Chevrolet across the centerline and into the path of a northbound Dodge that was pulling a gooseneck trailer as that Dodge was driving away from U.S. 19 toward U.S. Alt. 27, the FHP said.
     The Chevrolet and the Dodge collided in the northbound lane of travel and overturned in that stretch of CR 347 about halfway between U.S. 19 and Alt. 27 on CR 347, just north of Grove Road, the FHP said.
      Both drivers were taken to Shands UF and North Florida Regional with non-life-threatening injuries, where Williams was listed with serious injuries and Lane was listed as having suffered minor injuries, the FHP said.
     Williams the at-fault driver is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, the FHP said.
     Charges are pending completion of the investigation, FHP Sgt. Williams noted in the 2:42 a.m. press release on Tuesday morning (Jan. 30).

 


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
Feb. 5 Through Feb. 11

Updated Feb. 13, 2018 at 12:28 p.m.


FEBRUARY 5
     Donna Renee Boyd, 35, of Williston was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
     Billie Alisa Flowers, 25, of Live Oak was arrested for poss. controlled substance without a prescription. Bond $5,000.
     Robert Lee Gaines, 32, of Williston was arrested for aggravated assault w/deadly weapon without intent to kill, aggravated battery - person uses a deadly weapon, poss. of weapon or ammo by convicted felon, burglary - occupied conveyance unarmed. Bond $540,000.
     Curtis Ray Grim Sr., 36, of Old Town was arrested for fail to obey police or fire department, DWLSR - third or subsequent offense. Bond $1,500.
     Colton James McDowell, 23, of Morriston DWLSR - first offense. No bond amount was given.
     Amelia Suzanne Purvis, 29, of Williston was arrested for flee/ elude LEO at high speed, poss. controlled substance without prescription, marijuana - poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $47,000.
     Cynthia Sigala, 44, of Bronson was arrested for drug equipment - poss. and/or use. No bond amount was given.
FEBRUARY 6
     Joseph Antonio Collins, 38, of Chiefland, was arrested for burglary - unoccupied conveyance unarmed, poss. meth w/intent to sell/ mfg./ deliver, marijuana - poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $41,000.
     Alfredo Cuateco Flores, 42, of Gainesville was arrested for operate a motor vehicle without a valid driver license. Bond $1,000.
     Mark H. Hezel, 49, of Chiefland was arrested for shoplifting - petit theft from merchant - second offense. Bond $1,000.
     Tommy Glenn Hunter, 48, of Bronson was arrested for sexual assault by custodian - sexual battery - victim 12 to under 18 years of age, lewd, lascivious behavior - victim 12 years or older, but younger than 16, offender 18 years or older. Bond $1,250,000.
     Michael Killen, 58, of Morriston was arrested for battery - touch or strike, battery on person 65 years of age or older. Bond $6,000.
     Matthew Ryan Napper, 37, of Bronson was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $2,000.
     Jeffery Brian Stout, 39, of Trenton was arrested for DUI - alcohol or drugs, harm public servant or family, drug equipment - poss. paraphernalia - advertise. Bond $53,000.
FEBRUARY 7
     Leonel Carbajal Aguirre, 24, of Ocala was arrested for larceny grand theft - $300 to less than $1,000, fraud - swindle/ obtain property under $20,000. Bond $20,000.
     Demetrious Marcell Cowart, 49, of Dunnellon was arrested for poss. cocaine, marijuana - poss. not more than 20 grams. Bond $16,000.
     Derrick L. Galloway, 39, of Gainesville was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Cash only $75.
     Ryan Levi Hallman, 42, of Spring Hill was arrested for poss. controlled substance without a prescription, marijuana - poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $3,000.
     Cruz Herrera, 27, of Summerfield was arrested for larceny grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000, fraud - swindle/obtain property under $20,000. Bond $20,000.
     Daniel E. London, 30, of Bronson was arrested for two counts of accessory after the fact of first degree felony. Bond $10,000.
     Roger John Reimer, 32, homeless was arrested for RWOV. ROR.
     Leonardo Ramirez Santos, 22, of Ocala was arrested for larceny grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000, fraud - swindle/obtain property under $20,000. Bond $20,000.
     Richard Scott Surrency, 44, of Ocala was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
FEBRUARY 8
     Angela Cher Diaz, 46, of Branford was arrested for DWLSR - habitual. Bond $1,000.
     Crystal Denese Foster, 29, of Chiefland was arrested for carrying concealed weapon/ firearm, poss. of weapon or ammo by a convicted Florida felon, poss. cocaine. Bond $90,000.
     Juan D. Gomez, 31, of Miami was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $2,000.
     Antoinette Sameka Henneghan, 24, of Waldo was arrested for DWLSR - first offense. Bond $2,000.
     Michael Patrick Hicks, 31, of Dunnellon was arrested for contempt of court - offender violated no contact order. Bond $50,000.
     Virtron L. Horton, 32, of Chiefland was arrested for fail to obey police or fire department, burglary tools - poss. with intent to use, larceny grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000, robbery with a firearm, abuse elderly or disabled adult without great harm, loitering or prowling. Bond $92,000.
     Walter Earl Stancil III, 50, of Dunnellon was arrested for petit theft - second degree - third subsequent offense, pass forged/ altered bank bill/ note/ check/ draft, FTA. No bond amount was given.
FEBRUARY 9
     Theresa Elizabeth Betts, 30, of Chiefland was arrested for poss. controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment - poss. and/or use, two VOPs. Bond $24,000.
     James Donald Goins, 31, of Trenton was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $40,000.
     Edward Joseph Labretone III, 49, of Inglis was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Joeanna Louise Malone, 39, of Old Town was arrested for FTA, marijuana - poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $2,000.
     Brenda Kay Sherman, 41, of Williston was arrested for battery - touch or strike. ROR.
FEBRUARY 10
     Noah Keith Bevins, 37, of Inglis was arrested for FTA, poss. controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $6,000.
     Richard Cohoon, 35, of Bronson was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $15,000.
     John Michael-Glenn Lundy, 21, of Archer was arrested for marijuana - poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment - poss. drug paraphernalia/ advertise. ROR.
     Nicole Elaine McPherson, 36, of Bronson was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $15,000.
     Christopher Allen Mitchell, 22, of Trenton was arrested for trespassing structure or conveyance, shoplifting - petit theft from merchant - second offense. Bond $1,000.
     David Jarvis Rose Jr., 39, of Bronson was arrested for hit and run - leave scene of crash involving damage to property, DWLSR - knowingly. Bond $11,000.
     Eddie Charles Welch, 66, of Williston was arrested for battery - touch or strike, marijuana - poss. not more than 20 grams. ROR.
FEBRUARY 11
     David Merrel Dees, 44, of Archer was arrested for poss. cocaine, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $6,000.
     Tameria Lashae Gray, 19, of Williston was arrested for battery - touch or strike. No bond amount was given.
     Kayla Marie Martinez, 26, of Williston was arrested for DUI - alcohol or drugs, cruelty toward child - abuse without great bodily harm, poss. controlled substance without prescription, marijuana - poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. No bond amount was given.
     Heath Brandon Schoondermark, 34, of Old Town larceny - retail theft $300 more dollars - coordinate others. No bond amount was given.

 




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
Feb. 5 Through Feb. 11

Updated Feb. 13, 2018 at 12:28 p.m.


FEBRUARY 5
     Bobby Dwayne Carnley, 33, of Old Town was arrested for burglary to structure – unarmed, criminal mischief – less than $200. No bond amount was given.
     Joshua Allen Beals, 29, of Old Town was arrested for a Levy County warrant. No bond amount was given.
     Shawn C. Thomas, 44, of Old Town was arrested for aggravated assault, nine counts of poss. of firearm – concealed weapon by convicted felon. Bond $5,000.
     Denise Anderson, 38, of Tallahassee was arrested for DWLSR – knowingly. Bond $1,500.
     Rowdy C. Morris, 28, of Trenton was arrested for loitering or prowling, two Levy County warrants, VOP, resist/ obstruct/ oppose officer. Bond $1,000.
FEBRUARY 6
FEBRUARY 7

     Bryce Alan Murphy, 30, of Chiefland was arrested for an out-of-county warrant, RWOV, DWLSR. No bond amount was given.
     Phillip Larry Robinson, 44, of Old Town was arrested for cruelty to animals, poss. of firearm – under the influence, tamper with/ fabricate physical evidence. Bond $3,000.
FEBRUARY 8
     Lorna S. Love, 28, of Trenton was arrested for two counts of poss. of a controlled substance. No bond amount was given.
FEBRUARY 9
     Christopher D. Akins, 28, of Old Town was arrested for aggravated fleeing/ eluding, reckless driving, poss. of controlled substance, poss. prescription drug without prescription, poss. of drug equipment. No bond amount was given.
     Roger Thomas Akins, 34, of Old Town was arrested for poss. firearm/ concealed by felon. Bond $50,000.
     James M. Pierson, 34, of Trenton was arrested for a Levy County warrant. Bond $1,085.68.
FEBRUARY 10
     Michael Jay Sears, 24, of Old Town was arrested for no valid driver license, poss. cannabis – less than 20 grams, poss./ use/ mfg./ delivery/ advertise drug. Bond $3,000.
FEBRUARY 11
     John Owens, 63, of Cross City was arrested for aggravated assault, attempted burglary. Bond $20,000.
     Jose Javier Quinones, 37, of Old Town was arrested for poss. of a firearm, controlled substance – poss./sell, poss./ sell/ mfg. drug. No bond amount was given.


 


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
Feb. 5 Through Feb. 11

Updated Feb. 13, 2018 at 12:28 p.m.


FEBRUARY 5
FEBRUARY 6

     Joseph Aron Morgan, 40, of Newberry was arrested for aggravated battery - person uses a deadly weapon. Bond $25,000.
FEBRUARY 7
     Elizabeth Faye Lenore Rivera, 21, of Trenton was arrested for aggravated battery - person uses a deadly weapon. Bond $15,000.
FEBRUARY 8
FEBRUARY 9
FEBRUARY 10
FEBRUARY 11

     Benny Jay Battle Jr., 38, of Bell was arrested for violate injunction protection domestic violence. Bond $75,000.
     Annie Hicks D’Mont, 80, of Bell was arrested for battery - touch or strike. ROR.

--UPDATED--
TUESDAY   Feb. 20   1:08 p.m.
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