Deputy treated
after being poked by needle


Danielle Lynn Veach - Suspected Needle Possessor

Mug Shot by DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 18, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A female deputy was wounded in the line of duty on Oct. 11 (Wednesday) when she was pricked by a hypodermic needle during the search of a suspected drug user, according to information in a press release by Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.

 


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     Danielle Lynn Veach, 30, of Old Town is the woman who is reported to have been concealing the needle, Harden said.
     Veach was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and grand theft of a motor vehicle. Combined bonds for this suspected criminal were set at $23,000, according to records.
     This story unfolded on the afternoon of Oct. 11, Harden said, when a DCSO deputy was at a residence on an unrelated matter. The deputy saw a vehicle arrive at the property, Harden said.
      The vehicle had been reported stolen and the deputy was detaining the female driver, Danielle Veach, when he saw her attempt to dispose of something that appeared to be methamphetamine, Harden said.
      He then requested a female deputy be sent to the scene while he completed his investigation there at the scene, Harden said.
     When the female deputy arrived, Harden said, the male deputy told her what had transpired prior to her arrival.
     As the female deputy was searching Veach, Harden said, she suffered an accidental needle stick as a result of Veach having a syringe and needle hidden in her bra.
     After finishing at the scene, Veach was transported to the Dixie County Jail and booked.
     Immediately following the incident, the female DCSO deputy was sent to a medical facility in Gainesville where she began exposure protocol treatment. This treatment is designed to protect an individual who might have been exposed to a blood-borne pathogen.


Suspect goes free when
no probable cause
found for arrest


John W. Watson

Mug Shot by DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 18, 2017 at 10:07 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
Although he had his picture taken in mug shot form, a man suspected of various crimes on Friday (Oct. 13) was freed after a judge ruled there was no probable cause for his arrest, according to information in a press release from Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.
     On Friday afternoon (Oct 13), a DCSO deputy was dispatched to the Lilly Creek Store, 12591 S.W. 351 Highway, Horseshoe Beach, in reference to an individual inside the store harassing other customers, Harden said
     When the deputy arrived, Harden said, the clerk told the deputy that she had told the suspect John W. Watson, 57, of Horseshoe Beach several times to leave the store and that it was several minutes after she called for law enforcement that he actually left.
      After leaving the store, Harden said, the deputy traveled to Watson’s home in an attempt to locate Watson, but Watson was not at home.
     Around 8 p.m. that Friday, Harden said, the clerk called again for a deputy to respond, and she said that Watson had to the front of the store and again began yelling obscenities at her, because he knew that she had called the law on him.
     While patrolling and attempting to locate Watson, the deputy found him parked on a side road near his home.  The deputy approached Watson and told him about the complaint against him, Harden said, and the deputy told Watson that he was not to return to the Lilly Creek Store or he would be arrested for trespass.
     After making contact with Watson, the deputy returned to the store to make the clerk aware of his actions, Harden said.  The clerk said that she was fearful that Watson might return near closing time, Harden said.
     The deputy remained on scene at the store until closing time and during this time, he had dispatch perform a criminal history check on Watson due to there being multiple firearms seen in plain view in Watson’s truck when the deputy had stopped him earlier, Harden said.
     At approximately 9:50 p.m., Harden said, while waiting at the store, the deputy observed Watson’s truck approaching the store and slowing as if it was preparing to stop.
     The deputy then performed a traffic stop on Watson’s truck, Harden said.  Watson was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana; four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; and trespass, Harden said.
     Watson was released at first appearance on a finding of no probable cause after the court found error with the arrest affidavit. The DCSO and the Third Judicial Circuit State’s Attorney Office intend to file an amended information for the arrest and prosecution of the suspect, Harden said.


Unidentified human
remains found


By Lauren Lettelier of the MCSO Public Information Office
Published Oct. 17, 2017 at 10:27 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
On Friday (Oct. 13), 2017, Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes detectives responded to 19897 S.W. 107th Lane in Chatmire reference to possible human remains located at that site.
     During the course of the investigation, detectives, MCSO forensic technicians, and officials with the Medical Examiner’s Office and the University of Florida CA Pound Lab searched the area and eventually located unidentified human remains.
     Detectives, in conjunction with the Medical Examiner and the UF CA Pound lab, are working to identify the remains.
    They are also working to determine whether or not these remains are related to any active MCSO case(s).
     Any person with any information on this incident, is asked to please contact Det. Bradley Bartlett at 352-438-5932, or to remain anonymous, call the Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-STOP or 352-368-7867.
     Individuals can also text tips to 274637 using keyword 368STOP and submit a tip at www.ocalacrimestoppers.com. For Crime Stoppers, please reference 17-121 in the tip.


FHP seeks hit-and-run driver
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 17, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking information about the driver of a pickup truck that hit a pedestrian and then left the scene Monday night (Oct. 16) in Marion County.

     On Monday  at approximately 7:30 p.m. a pedestrian was walking north on Marion County Road 314 on the east grassy shoulder near State Road 40, FHP Lt. Connie McNeill said.
     An unknown black pickup truck traveling north on CR 314 veered east, off of the roadway and onto the east grassy shoulder of CR 314, the FHP said.
     The right side of the vehicle collided with the pedestrian -- Christopher Peters, 27, of Silver Springs, the FHP said.
     After the collision, the black pickup truck left the scene of the crash, the FHP said.
     Peters was transported to the Ocala Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, the FHP said.
     Black vehicle parts, including a passenger side mirror, were found at the scene. A witness at the scene provided information on the truck, the FHP said.
     Anyone with more information about this crash is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol.
     The Ocala office of the FHP can be reached by calling 352-512-6630.


Gilchrist County sheriff notes
his appreciation of volunteers



By Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz
Published Oct. 17, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY --
Many of you who have attended our town hall meetings or other speaking engagements have heard me speak often and very fondly about this group of individuals who perform vital services for the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office,  thus  providing service to all the citizens of Gilchrist County.
     The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Volunteers (GCSOV) provides service for the sheriff's office that would not be easily provided if this selfless group were not available.  The GCSOV provides the sheriff's office with more trained "eyes and ears" by providing additional patrols in neighborhoods and roadways throughout the county.
     Additionally, the GCSOV assist the sheriff's office with funeral escorts and traffic control when needed. The GCSOV's traffic control assistance were vital in moving traffic through Fanning Springs, Trenton, and Bell before and after hurricane Irma threatened our county and as we experienced  an influx of out of county visitors traveling through trying to  escape the storms violent path.
     The GCSOV often assist with many community events such as (but not limited to) high school sporting events, parades and festivals. They also assist during traffic crashes and other road obstruction situations. And these examples are but a few services they provide on a daily basis. (Did I mention they also organize, provide and distribute Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of Gilchrist residents every year?)  Again, they are volunteers...they are not paid a dime. The only cost to the GCSO for this much appreciated and needed service is a couple of vehicles, (often retired law enforcement vehicles) fuel and certain equipment.
     The expense is a very small price considering the amount of services they provide. If this group didn't volunteer to perform these functions, it would require our limited staff of deputy sheriff's to be diverted from other pressing responsibilities. I would further submit that by having the GCSOV's patrolling our neighborhoods, it assists with the downward trend we are experiencing of certain criminal activity.
     In concussion, I want this hard-working group of people to know that I appreciate their contributions and service to the GCSOV, the GCSO, the county and to our citizens. I would encourage everyone to take the time and thank one of these volunteers the next time you see them out and about helping make Gilchrist County as safe of place as possible for us to live, work, and raise our families.


Man dies in
Monday afternoon crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 16, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A 54-year-old Citra man died from injuries he suffered in a crash Monday afternoon (Oct. 16), the FHP said.

     Michael Bagley, 54, of Citra was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Impala at 1:35 p.m. Monday, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Daniel A. DeWeese, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper J. Hilliard and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. W. Dill.
     The Chevrolet was stopped for a stop sign on westbound Marion County Road 316, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 441, the FHP said.
     William Crouch, 47, of Largo was driving a 2017 Dodge Journey, the FHP said, and it was southbound on U.S. 441, approaching the intersection of CR 316.
     The Chevrolet entered the intersection, driving into the path of the Dodge, the FHP said, when the front of the Journey struck the right side of Impala in the southbound outside lane.
     The Impala was redirected onto the southwest corner of the intersection, the FHP said, where it came to rest on the grass shoulder.
     The Journey began to rotate clockwise, the FHP said, and then it overturned one time before coming to rest in an upright position on the same shoulder as the Impala.
     Bagley was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, the FHP said. Crouch did not suffer any injuries, the FHP said. Charges are pending completion of the investigation, the FHP said.


FHP searches for fatal
hit-and-run driver
in Citrus County accident

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 14, 2017 at 7:07 a.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY --
The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking information about a the driver of a vehicle that hit and killed a woman last night (Friday, Oct. 13) in Citrus County.

     A vehicle, described as a low-profile recreation type vehicle, was traveling westbound on West Southern Street, west of South Fairlane Terrace at 10:20 p.m. on Friday, FHP Sgt. Steve Gaskins noted in a press release on Saturday morning based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper E. Kjekstad and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. D. Asbell.
     Dina M. Towers, 24, of Homosassa was walking along the outer roadway edge, eastbound in the westbound lane along West Southern Street, the FHP said.
     The right front of the vehicle struck Towers, and then left the scene of the crash, the FHP said.
     Airlifted to an area hospital, the pedestrian later died from her injuries, the FHP said. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the fhp by calling *fhp (*347) or 813-631-4020.


Payne's Prairie flooding
closes U.S. 441

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 8, 2017 at 11:37 p.m.
Updated Oct. 14, 2017 at 7:07 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
Motorist using U.S. Highway 441 near Payne's Prairie should avoid this area until further notice, again, the FHP said at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday (Oct. 14).

     There is flooding in the northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 441 (Payne's Prairie), resulting in the both the southbound and northbound lanes of 441 being closed at CR 234 in Micanopy and Southwest 66th Place, just south of Gainesville, the Florida Highway Patrol noted in a press release at 10:07 p.m., on Sunday night (Oct. 8).
     Motorists should avoid this area until further notice. An alternate route for northbound U.S. 441 traffic is County Road 234 westbound to Interstate 75 north; Northbound commuter traffic traveling north on U.S. 441 from Marion County to Alachua County/ Gainesville may use alternate routes of CR-318 West or SR-326 west to I-75 Northbound.


CFO Jimmy Patronis honors
fallen firefighters during
annual ceremony in Ocala


State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis speaks about the sacrifices made by firefighters in Florida.

Photo Provided

Published Oct. 13, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.
     OCALA –
Today (Friday, Oct. 13), State of Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis honored Florida firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty during the annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala.
     CFO Patronis was joined by family members of the fallen and fire service personnel from across Florida to memorialize Joseph T. DeMarinis with the Clermont Fire Department and James F. Dorminy with the Reedy Creek Fire Department.
     Seven historical line of duty deaths were also recognized as part of today’s ceremony.
     “Firefighters are deserving of our unending gratitude for laying their lives on the line each time they report to work" CFO Patronis said. "Today, we honored those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to others and lost their lives far too soon. By adding their names to Florida’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial, they will forever be remembered as the heroes that they are.”
     Joseph T. DeMarinis tragically passed away on July 14, 2016, following a cardiac event that happened after a shift.
     Firefighter DeMarinis joined the Clermont Fire Department in August 2014. DeMarinis was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps who served two tours in Iraq. He is survived by his parents, and his wife Brandi, and their five children, ages 1 to 17.
     James F. Dorminy, a 23-year veteran of the fire service, tragically passed away on May 18, 2017. Following his May 9 shift, Lt. Dorminy went to the gym where he was later found in the pool in need of urgent medical attention. Days later, he was removed from life support and passed away. He is survived by his wife Lesly and their four children.
     In addition to Firefighter DeMarinis and Lt. Dorminy, the following individuals were also added to Florida’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial, representing historical line of duty deaths:
     James Russell with the Miami Fire Department who passed away on Jan. 11, 1925; Sidney Houpt with the Miami Fire Department who passed away on March 7, 1926; Robert Knight with the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department who passed away on Dec. 27, 1940; Sam Frazer with the Miami Fire Department who passed away on Feb. 15, 1953; Norman Hasting with the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department who passed away on Nov. 28, 1961; Joel D. Wooldridge with the Miami Fire Department who passed away on Dec. 4, 1974; and Vern Gransden with the Miami Fire Department who passed away on Oct. 29, 1977.
     In total, 193 names are represented on Florida’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial.


GCSO captures two
suspected armed felons

One suspect held on $1.35 million bond

Charles Murray IV
Mug Shot by GCSO


Willie Hodges

Mug Shot by GCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 12, 2017 at 3:17 p.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY --
A couple of suspected armed thieves found the Gilchrist County Jail as their new residence after a late night raid was conducted Wednesday (Oct. 11) by members of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT), Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said in a press release on Thursday afternoon.

     The SRT executed a high risk search warrant at 219 N.W. 112th St. in Branford, after an investigation by the GCSO Criminal Investigations Division (CID) into burglaries in the northern end of Gilchrist County, Sheriff Schultz said.
      The SRT and CID members executed the raid utilizing the GCSO Armored Tactical Vehicle, ther sheriff said.
     A number of stolen items were recovered including guns, televisions, jewelry and other items, Schultz said.
     Two men Charles Murray IV, 24, and Willie Hodges, 52, both of Branford were arrested at the scene of the raid, Schultz said.
     Murray was arrested for armed burglary, violation of an injunction, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, exploitation of the elderly and dealing in stolen property. Murray's total bond was $1.35 million, according to records.
     Hodges was arrested for possession of a firearm by convicted felon and dealing in stolen property. Hodge's total bond was $300,000, according to records.
     Bonds were recommended by Eight Judicial Circuit Assistant State Attorney Robert Willis and set by Gilchrist County Court Judge Sheree H. Lancaster.
     The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released as it becomes available, the sheriff said.

 


FHP seeks information about
maroon Chevy pickup that left
the scene after reportedly
causing a crash Oct. 12


By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 12, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.
Updated Oct. 17, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking information about the driver of a vehicle that is reported to have caused a crash very early today (Thursday Oct. 12).

     If anyone has any information on the unknown vehicle, please call the FHP Jacksonville communications center at 1-800-395-8248.
     Keith Lee Robinson, 29, of Old Town was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, according to a press release from FHP Master Sgt. David K. Roberts, based on information from FHP Trooper J. Hoover.
     Robinson was driving northbound on U.S. Highway 19 in the outside lane near Northeast 592nd Street at 5:47 a.m., the FHP said.
     Robinson said that a maroon-colored Chevrolet extended-cab pickup truck encroached into his lane of travel, the FHP said, causing him to take evasive action.
     He swerved to the right and lost control, the FHP said.
     The Silverado he was driving rotated clockwise as it left the roadway, the FHP said, traveling onto the shoulder.
     The left side tires of that pickup truck began to furrow into the ground, the FHP said, causing the vehicle to overturn. It overturned into the wood line, the FHP said. While overturning, the FHP said, the Silverado struck a tree.
     The pickup truck then came to final rest facing south on its left side in the woodline on the east side of U.S. 19, the FHP said.
     Although the press release with the box to note whether a seatbelt was worn is noted to be “N/A” or not applicable, often in a rollover event with a pickup truck, the driver and passengers are ejected.
     The press release shows Robinson suffered no injuries.


Ocala man suspected of
beating elderly women
and stealing from them


Gabriel Bowen

Mug Shot By MCSO

By MCSO Public Information Officer Lauren Lettelier
Published Oct. 11, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives have arrested Gabriel Bowen, 18, for an Armed Home Invasion Robbery he committed in July 2017.

     In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 22, 2017, Bowen entered the victims’ home, battered and restrained them, and stole miscellaneous belongings along with their vehicle. Bowen was located several hours later driving the victims’ vehicle by the Holly Hill Police Department, where he was arrested for auto theft and resisting arrest charges.
     Furthermore, MCSO detectives discovered the victims’ stolen belongings in the back seat of the car Bowen was driving. Bowen was sentenced on the Holly Hill Police Department charges and was extradited back to Marion County to face the related charges Monday evening (Oct. 9).
     The two 72-year-old female victims told MCSO Major Crimes detectives that an unknown assailant, later identified as Bowen, unlawfully entered their home located on Southeast Third Court in Ocala while they were sleeping.
     One of the victims said she awoke to something being placed over her head and being physically dragged to the bathroom by her shirt. The suspect punched her in the face and grabbed her forearm area. During this incident, she said she was in fear for her life and felt that she was going to die.
     The other victim stated that she was awakened by the black male suspect standing over her, demanding money. The suspect hit her on the side of her head and forced her to the bathroom at knifepoint. When Bowen got both victims in the bathroom, he tied their hands behind their backs with one of the victim’s oxygen tubing.
     The victims said they were restrained in the bathroom for approximately 30 to 40 minutes while Bowen ransacked their home. One of the victims was able to free herself after a period of time and found that the suspect had left.
     Bowen stole TVs, a laptop, jewelry, watches, a cell phone, medication and a credit card from the victims. He also stole their car. Most of their belongings were recovered in their car after Bowen was captured.
     In addition to the Holly Hill charges, Bowen is currently being charged with armed home invasion robbery, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of aggravated battery on a person 65 years or older and grand theft of a vehicle.
     He remains in the Marion County Jail on $115,000 bond.


FBI seeks woman who
may have information
regarding the identity of a
child sexual assault victim


Jane Doe 39

Photo Provided by FBI
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Published Oct. 11, 2017 at 8:07 p.m.
     WASHINGTON, D.C. --
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown female who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.

     Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as Jane Doe 39, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.
     Click HERE to download photos and audio.
     The video depicting the unidentified female, Jane Doe 39, shown with a child, was first noted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in April of 2016; therefore, the video is believed to have been produced prior to this date.
Jane Doe 39 is described as an Asian female, likely between the ages of 25 and 35, with long black hair.
     At the time the video was produced, Jane Doe 39 was wearing a white, yellow, blue, and red floral dress. In addition, Jane Doe 39 could be heard speaking Vietnamese. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov, or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
     This case is being investigated as part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
     Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Does) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.


Human skeletal remains found
near Dunnellon are identified

By MCSO Public Information Officer Lauren Lettelier
Published Oct. 11, 2017 at 7:27 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes detectives received information from the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va., positively identifying human skeletal remains that were discovered in the Florida Highlands in August of 2016.

     The remains belong to Nicholas Shawn Tillis, who would be 32-years-old if he was alive. Tillis was reported missing to the MCSO by his family in October 2016. Tillis was known to check in with his family monthly, and they had not heard from him in three months.
     Deputies could not find anything suspicious regarding his disappearance. Detectives notified his family of this new information Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 10).
     On the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, MCSO deputies responded to a call for service of human skeletal remains being found in a wooded area near 9587 S.W. 151st Place in the Florida Highlands in Dunnellon.
     The person who found the bones said that as he was walking through the wooded area, he tripped over a tree branch and upon catching himself, saw the bones on the ground. He then called for law enforcement’s assistance.
     Currently, there are no signs of foul play among Tillis’ remains; however, the death investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information on this case, is asked to call MCSO Det. Bradley Bartlett at 352-438-5932 and to remain anonymous, please call the Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-STOP. 


Man dies after train car
runs over him
at Kirby Family Farm

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 11, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.
Updated Oct. 11, 2017 at 3:27 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
A 24-year-old Ocala man was run over by a train early Tuesday evening (Oct. 10) at a Levy County tourist attraction in the Williston area, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

     The Florida Highway Patrol in currently investigating the fatal incident that occurred on private property where Anthony Osburn-Day, 24, of Ocala was attempting to board a moving train.
     The crash investigator is FHP Trooper Glen Ganus and the homicide investigator is FHP Cpl. Jason Roberts, according to the press release from FHP Sgt. Anthony Palese. The incident happened at 6:25 p.m. on Tuesday, the FHP said.
     "The restored train is several years old and is being used for family events on a local farm," the FHP said. "The pedestrian attempted to jump onto the moving train and fell between two of the cars. The pedestrian was struck by one of the cars and succumbed to his injuries."
    The address of the accident is 19650 N.E. 30th St., Levy County, the FHP said. Later on Wednesday, Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond said the LCSO is assisting in the homicide investigation. Tummond also mentioned that the Kirby Family Farm train ride attraction, which sees a lot of traffic at Halloween and Christmas is a "non-profit organization and museum for children’s outreach and education." The LCSO spokesman also said the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration is scheduled to conduct an investigation independent of the FHP and LCSO.


Dixie County Fire Services
helps people;

Responds to two structure fires & more
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 10, 2017 at 12:57 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.

    In addition to fire services, the DCFS members also responded to 86 EMS calls for service between Oct. 2 and Oct 8,according to weekly records provided on Monday (Dec. 19) by Dixie County Emergency Services Division Chief of Fire Operations Roy Bass. All of the following information is from public records that were provided upon request.
     There were two structure fires, two road obstructions and three motor vehicle crashes to which the DCFS responded.
STRUCTURE FIRES
     On Sunday (Oct. 8) at 4:40 p.m., Station 21 was dispatched via radio to a single-wide trailer on fire in a field at 1002 S.E. Highway 346, in Old Town.
     Engine 21 and brush 22 were en route at 4:41 p.m.
     Engine 31, tanker 25, and squad 1 were also dispatched and en route.
     Upon arrival by the first unit at 4:51 p.m., a small single-wide trailer was seen to be fully-involved and almost completely burnt to the ground.
     Firefighter Mike Owens pulled a hose line and Firefighter Mike Walker charged the line.
    Owens, with the aid of a few volunteers, proceeded to extinguish the trailer with a combination of straight stream and a narrow fog pattern depending on the area being attacked.
     The flames were quickly extinguished and clean-up began by using pike poles to expose the smoldering parts that were under the collapsed roof.  The fire marshal on scene stated he believed the fire started electrically in the area of the air-conditioning unit on the north side of the trailer.
     The only property found inside the trailer was a server tower that was completely destroyed.  This trailer was apparently used for a server room and storage for light bulbs that were used on the radio/cell tower located approximately 10-15 feet away.  This tower did not seem to be damaged in this incident other than the wires that run from the trailer to the tower.
    The fire marshal stated that he approximated the property loss at $150,000. Scene mop up was completed and the hose was rolled up to be loaded back at station 21.  All units were back available, refueled, and returned to their respective stations at 5:51 p.m.
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     There was another structure fire on Sunday (Oct. 8) in the Old Town area.
     At 9:59 p.m., on Sunday Engine 21 was dispatched to house fire. And the team was on the way at 10 p.m.
     Upon arrival at 10:10 p.m., E-21 found Rescue 2 was on the scene, and was advising that smoke was coming from an RV.
     No fire was showing. E-21 noted small, older RV showing medium smoke coming from all sides of RV through top and windows. E-21 made access with hose at front entry to find heavy smoke inside. There was a small fire noted across from front door, and it was extinguished immediately.
     E-21 entered the RV, opened the window over the fire area, made way down a small hallway to the back room and opened the back door. No other fires were noted, although there was heavy smoke throughout the camper.
     Once the camper was cleared, burned materials, boxes of miscellaneous items, part of a wall, curtains, and a table that was approximately 5- to 6 feet across from the front door to right side of kitchen area was cleared of any fire hazards.
     The homeowner advised that multiple items had been plugged into a receptacle under the table.
     E-21 along with fire officers, 3103 mopped up all areas inside camper of burned area, cleared camper inside and out of any hazards.
     Firefighters listed as being active on this mission were Chris Owens, Mike Walker, M. Ferguson, R. Bass and D. Zeller.


Suspected meth owner busted

Desiree Dawn Harris

Mug Shot by DCSO

By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published Oct. 10, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
An afternoon traffic stop Sunday (Oct. 8) for an expired license plate led to the arrest of the vehicle’s passenger.
     During the stop in which Desiree Harris was a passenger, deputies found items of contraband to include methamphetamine in the passenger’s immediate area.
     Also found during the stop were items of contraband on Harris’ person that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Harris, 39, of Old Town was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug equipment.
     She is currently being held in the Dixie County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.


Husband of Fanning Springs
city councilwoman arrested 
for allegedly violating gun laws;

Suspect was reportedly drunk and angry

Marty Dale Collins

Mug Shot By GCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 9, 2017 at 4:37 p.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY --
The husband of a Fanning Springs City Councilwoman was arrested Wednesday (Oct. 4) for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and improper exhibition of dangerous weapon.

    Marty Dale Collins, 46, the husband of Fanning Springs City Councilwoman Jennifer Padot Collins, was booked into the Gilchrist County Jail at 3:22 a.m. on Wednesday and he bonded out within seven hours -- at 10:07 a.m., according to records.

     The total bonds were for $53,000 with the following breakdown: possession of a firearm by a convicted felon -- bond $50,000; aggravated assault – bond $2,500; improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon – bond $500.
     Deputy Garth Frier of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office was the primary deputy. GCSO Sgt. Stephen Stalvey and GCSO Deputy Jeff Davis assisted Frier in his response to the call for help.
     “I responded to 9419 Katherine Way in reference to a disturbance,” Deputy Frier noted in his report. “Upon arrival, I made contact with Marty Collins, who stated that this was his residence. Marty stated that he was upset with the way his brother-in-law David Padot Jr. was treating David Padot. Marty stated that he handled the situation the wrong way and that he should have waited until he was not drinking to handle this problem.”
     Deputy Frier made contact with John McDonald, 64, of Fanning Spring. This witness told the deputy that he was a family friend and he had been called by David Padot because Jennifer Collins (Marty’s wife) was scared.
      Marty had come home drunk and “was acting out,” McDonald told the investigating deputy. McDonald stated that Jennifer then called him and “was scared to death of Marty,” so she went and hid in the woods until a law enforcement officer arrived.
    McDonald said that when he pulled into the driveway of 9419 Katherine Way, the deputy reported in his incident report, he saw Marty standing in the drive way with a pistol in his hands shouting about Jennifer and David.
     The deputy noted that Marty Collins was operating the slide of what turned out to be a semi-automatic .22 caliber pistol that he had in his hands.
     McDonald told the deputy that he was concerned that Collins was going to harm him while Collins had the pistol in his possession.
     McDonald was trying to calm Collins down at this time, the deputy noted. Collins was then seen as he put the pistol in a pocket of his blue jeans and walked to David Padot’s house.
    McDonald said Collins had told him that he needed to go home before he was shot or that he had to shoot Collins.
     While Collins was making this statement to McDonald, Collins was still holding the pistol in his hands.
     McDonald told Collins then that a law enforcement officer was coming to the scene, and that Collins needed to put the pistol away so nothing bad would happen.
     McDonald stated that Collins then walked over to a dark-colored vehicle (a Prius) and tossed the pistol in the back, the deputy said.
     Jennifer Padot Collins told the deputy that Marty Collins came home drunk and started yelling and cussing. She left before Marty could hurt her.
     “Jennifer stated that she went and hid and called John (McDonald) because she knew John could calm Marty down,” the deputy noted. “I then walked by the dark-colored vehicle and was looking through the back glass, when I noticed a black and dark green-colored pistol lying on top of some items.”
     Deputy Frier then advised deputy Davis that he had located the pistol.
     Further investigation led to the collection of an ejected .22 caliber round taken from the driveway, where Marty Collins was said to have used the slide on the pistol to put a round into the chamber. A round was found in the chamber of the pistol and rounds were in the magazine for the Walther P22 pistol as well.
     That evidence was collected and put into the custody of the GCSO, according to records.
     Deputy Frier called dispatch and conducted a review of Marty Collins’ criminal history, and the review showed that Mary Collins was a convicted felon, according to records.
     Marty Collins was placed under arrest for possession of firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated assault, and improper exhibition of a firearm. He has pled “not guilty” to the charges, and is presumed innocent until proven guilty through the judicial process of Florida.
 


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
Oct. 9 Through 15

Updated Oct. 9, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.

OCTOBER 9
     Lisandro Bernal, 31, of Reddick was arrested for fail to stop/ remain at crash involving injury, operate motor vehicle without valid driver license, giving false ID to LEO. Bond $26,000.
     Denise Necole Brown, 21, of Chiefland was arrested for battery - touch or strike. Bond $2,500.
     Rayburn Matthew Corbin, 32, of Gainesville was arrested for DWLSR - first offense, FTA, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. ROR.
     Dakota Nicklas Turbeville, 19, of Williston was arrested for dwelling/ structure or conveyance - armed, grand theft $300 to less than $5,000, grand theft of firearm. Bond $55,000.
OCTOBER 10
     Tina Louise Freeman, 35, of Williston was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Solomon John Hall, 46, of Chiefland was arrested for weapon or ammo by convicted Florida felon, controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $56,000.
     William Russell Miller, 25, of Bronson was arrested for controlled substance without a prescription, drug equipment - poss. and/or use, false ID given to LEO. Bond $31,000.
     Christopher Allen Mitchell, 22, of Trenton was arrested for two counts of petit theft from merchant - second offense. Bond $2,000.
     Stephen Daniel Pollard, 36, of Williston was arrested for refuse to accept/ sign citation or post bond, with intent to sell/ mfg./ deliver - schedule II, poss. cocaine, marijuana - not more than 20 grams, drug equipment - poss. and/or use, tamper with or fabricate physical evidence. Bond $57,000.
OCTOBER 11
     Christopher Robert Barwick, 46, of Fanning Springs was arrested for violating injunction - protection domestic violence, follow/ harass/ cyberstalk after injunction. ROR.
     Nicole Elizabeth Gooswit, 34, of Bronson was arrested for battery - touch or strike. ROR.
     Sergio Sinclair Gooswit, 39, of Bronson was arrested for battery - touch or strike. Bond $5,000.
     Anna M. Langenburg, 40, of Yankeetown was arrested for poss. meth with intent to sell/ mfg./ deliver, marijuana - not more than 20 grams, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $27,000.
     Craig Alan Langenburg, 38, of Yankeetown was arrested for poss. meth with intent to sell/ mfg./ deliver, marijuana - not more than 20 grams, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $27,000.
     Justin Bryce Leggett, 29, of Bell was arrested for DWLSR - knowingly, controlled substance without a prescription. Bond $26,000.
     Stepheon Deon Rives, 30, of Williston was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Cash only $150.
     Tarry Lee Stine, 48, of Bell was arrested for drug - schedule I or II, controlled substance without a prescription. No bond amount was given.
     Otis Lemar Wiggins, 41, of Bronson was arrested for battery - touch or strike, poss. cocaine. Bond $30,000.
OCTOBER 12
     Joseph Antonio Collins, 37, of Chiefland was arrested for controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $26,000.
     Shawn Edward Florence, 39, of Archer was arrested for battery - touch or strike. Bond $2,500.
     Sydney Carl Frasier Jr., 25, of Williston was arrested for marijuana - not more than 20 grams. Bond $1,000.
     Timothy Lee Gilmore, 55, of Inglis was arrested for fail to report email address - internet identifiers. Bond $50,000.
     Melody Boredelon Huggins, 36, of Gulf Hammock was arrested for commit aggravated battery. Bond $30,000.
     Torrance Tyrone Pitts Sr., 47, of Williston was arrested for marijuana - not more than 20 grams. Bond $1,000.
     Amy Karen Watson, 33, of Chiefland was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
OCTOBER 13
     Steven Lee Kaminski, 53, of Chiefland was arrested for controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $20,000.
     Megan Victoria McNeill, 28, of Archer was arrested for battery - touch or strike. Bond $1,000.
OCTOBER 14
     Otis Glynn Craft, 67, of Gainesville was arrested for drug paraphernalia - advertise, out-of-county warrant. (ROR warrant) Bond $25,000.
     Mark Jean Carlos Pedraza, 21, of Williston was arrested for obstruct without violence, with intent to sell/ mfg./ deliver - schedule I, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $45,000.
     William Edgar Roberson III, 22, of Trenton was arrested for marijuana - not more than 20 grams, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $20,000.
     Hunter Ryan Webb, 18, of Jacksonville was arrested for grand theft of vehicle. Bond $10,000.
     Dalton Gray Younger, 18, of Ocala was arrested for poss. marijuana over 20 grams. No bond amount was given.
OCTOBER 15




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
Oct. 9 Through 15

Updated Oct. 16, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.

OCTOBER 9
OCTOBER 10

     Clyde Yarrells, 29, of Cross City was arrested for sell/ deliver/ purchase controlled substance, theft, grand theft. Bond $15,000.
     Wayne Arthur Vinson, 41, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant, warrant arrest. No bond amount was given.
OCTOBER 11
     Christopher Myles Jackson, 28, of Chiefland was arrested for grand theft motor vehicle. Bond $5,000.
     Danielle Lynn Veach, 30, of Old Town was arrested for control substance - poss./ sell/ mfg., poss/ use/ mfg./ deliver/ advertise drug, grand theft - second degree - motor vehicle. Bond $23,000.
OCTOBER 12
OCTOBER 13

     Elizabeth E. Spencer, 32, of Old Town was arrested for battery on person 65 or older. No bond amount was given.
     John W. Watson, 57, of Horseshoe Beach, three counts of poss. firearm by convicted felon, poss. cannabis, four counts poss. drug paraphernalia. No bond amount was given.
OCTOBER 14
OCTOBER 15

     Kenneth B. Edmonds, 28, of Old Town was arrested for domestic battery. No bond amount was given.
     David Ryan Bair, 30, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
     Gregory L. Starkey, 57, of Carabelle was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. 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
Oct. 9 Through 15

Updated Oct. 2, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.

OCTOBER 9
     Cornelius Lorenzo Brister, 26, of High Springs was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $35,000.
     Tina Elain Williamson, 44, of Branford was arrested for DUI - alcohol or drugs, normal faculties impaired. Bond $3,500.
OCTOBER 10
     Christopher Elviro, 28, of Bell was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
     Cynthia Hutcherson Shuman, 47, no address, was arrested for two counts of dealing in stolen property, Larceny - $20,000 to less than $100,000. Bond $250,000.
OCTOBER 11
     Luther Cole Snellgrove, 18, no address was arrested for damage to property criminal mischief - $200 and under, burglary of unoccupied dwelling - unarmed - no assault/battery, larceny - theft - $300 to less than $5,000. Bond $60,000.
OCTOBER 12
     Willie Randolph Hodges III, 52, of Branford was arrested for poss. of firearm by convicted felon, dealing in stolen property. Bond $300,000.
     Michael Jordan Mostipak, 32, no address, was arrested for DUI and damage to property. Bond $2,500.
     Charles Henry Murray IV, 24, no address, was arrested for exploitation of elderly - less than $20,000, violate injunction - domestic violence, dealing in stolen property, dwelling/ structure or conveyance - armed, grand theft $5,000 to less than $10,000, two counts of poss. firearm or ammo by convicted Florida felon. Bond $1.35 milion.
     Alura Myers, 21, no address, was arrested for theft - $300 to less than $5,000, of occupied conveyance and unarmed. No bond.
     Steven Joseph Weston, 38, no address was arrested for battery - touch or strike. Bond $2,500.
OCTOBER 13
     Gabriella Noelle White, 20, no address was arrested for battery - touch or strike. ROR.
OCTOBER 14
      Jonathan William Rice, 27, of Port Angeles, was arrested for giving false name, failure to leave property upon order by owner, disorderly intoxication, defraud innkeeper under $300. Bond $10,000.
OCTOBER 15
     Ismael Nolasco, 33, no address, was arrested for no driver license - never had one issued. ROR.
     Nebuchadnezzar Earl Watson, 82, of Fanning Springs was arrested for disorderly intoxication, RWOV. Bond $20,000.

--UPDATED--
WEDNESDAY  Oct. 18  10:17 a.m.
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