Burglary suspect arrested

Timothy Cobb

Mug Shot by LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 27, 2017 at 2:27 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
A man who has been captured and convicted for crimes on a number of occasions before has again found himself being accused of burglary, grand theft of a firearm, grand theft and possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon, according to information in a Tuesday afternoon (June 27) press release from Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond.

 

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      Timothy Cobb (12-21-72) of Bronson is a subject well known in his hometown, Tummond said, adding that Cobb is not for his contribution to his community -- but instead is known as a burglar.
     Cobb has been imprisoned in the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) system six times since 1994, Tummond said, and has amassed 40 felony arrests and 14 felony convictions, most for burglaries.
     He was released from the DOC on May 7, after serving five years for his latest conviction, Tummond said.
     On Friday (June 23), Levy County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division K-9 Deputy Gary Garboski received information from the Criminal Investigations Division (C.I.D.) to be on the lookout (BOLO) for Cobb because he was a suspect in a recently reported burglary which occurred at 10291 N.E. 20th Ave., in the Bronson area, Tummond said.
     The victim of this burglary reported jewelry, memorabilia, coins and two guns that had been stolen, Tummond said.
     K-9 Deputy Garboski located Cobb walking along U.S. Alt. 27 north of the Town of Bronson, Tummond said. The deputy stopped man and conducted a roadside interview.
     K-9 Deputy Garboski was assisted by Deputy Tucker Gaffey, and they located and identified several items being carried by Cobb as property which was reported stolen from the 20th Avenue burglary.
     Investigators from the C.I.D. responded to the scene and conducted an indepth interview with Cobb and his associate. Cobb gave information to investigators which led them to a home where he had been staying. Investigators located and recovered additional property which was identified as stolen from the 20th Avenue burglary, Tummond said.
     Cobb was arrested and booked into the Levy County Jail and has been charged with burglary, grand theft of a firearm, grand theft and possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon. His bond has been set at $275,000.


10-time convicted felon
allegedly caught with guns


Willie Charles McCray

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 27, 2017 at 1:27 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
In what sounds like a terrible ordeal for a woman, a man who charged with abusing her is in the Levy County Jail now as he awaits justice to unfold, according to information in a press release from Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond.

     The June 23 arrest resulted after a couple of calls for help to 9-1-1 operators from the alleged victim, according to what Tummond noted in a June 27 press release.
     On Thursday (June 22) at 11:13 p.m., LCSO deputies were dispatched to 2751 N.E. 200th Ave. in Williston to a 9-1-1 emergency call, Tummond said.
     A female caller told 9-1-1 emergency operators that she had been beaten up and was calling from the address where it happened, Tummond said.
     The call abruptly ended before emergency operators could get additional information.
     When deputies arrived address the caller provided, Willie Charles McCray, 40, of Williston was identified by deputies as the homeowner, Tummond said, and McCray answered the door.
     McCray told deputies that is only he and his nephew who were at the home and that no altercation had taken place there, Tummond said.
     McCray refused to allow deputies to search the home. Deputies spoke to neighbors who did not report seeing or hearing any altercation at McCray’s home, Tummond said. With no further information to verify this complaint, deputies had to leave, Tummond said.
     On Friday (June 23) at 12:10 a.m., another call from the same female was received by 9-1-1 operators, Tummond said.
     She was able to provide her name and the address from where she was calling during this second call.      She told emergency operators she had been picked up by McCray from her home in another county, Tummond said.
     When they arrived at his home in Williston, they engaged in a physical altercation where she was punched, kicked and eventually locked inside a bathroom in McCray’s home, Tummond said, and she said she was unable to make another 9-1-1 call.
     She escaped after McCray fell asleep, Tummond said.
     Deputies located McCray asleep inside the home, Tummond said. While taking McCray into custody, deputies saw firearms and drug paraphernalia in the room, Tummond said.
    McCray is a 10-time convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing firearms, Tummond said. Deputies contacted the Criminal Investigations Division, which secured a search warrant for the home where two guns -- a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun -- as well as ammunition were located. In addition, a felony amount of marijuana was located during the search, Tummond said.
     McCray has been charged with two counts of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana, false imprisonment, depriving a person of 9-1-1, felony battery and resisting an officer which stemmed from deputies first contact with him. He was booked into the Levy County Jail and his bond has been set at $150,000.


Man dies in Citrus County crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 27, 2017 at 10:57 a.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY --
A 33-year-old Beverly Hills man died Monday night (June 26), the FHP said.
     Michael Alan Camp, 33, of Beverly Hills was driving westbound on Citrus County Road 486 in the outside lane near Pine Ridge Boulevard at 7:11 p.m. on Monday, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins said in a press release based on information from crash investigator A. Conran and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. K. McMillan.
     For unknown reasons, Camp lost control of the 2000 Nissan Maxima he was driving, the FHP said.
     The vehicle collided with a curb at the road's edge, the FHP said, before colliding next with a roadway sign, shrubbery and a vehice.
     Larry George Kaider, 75, of Beverly Hills was driving the Ford Escape that Camp's Nissan Hit, the FHP said. Kaye Beatrice Kaider, 70, of Beverly Hills was a passenger in the Ford. Neither of them suffered injuries, the FHP said.
     The Nissan overturned and then came to final rest against a utility pole, the FHP said. Camp died at the scene of the crash, the FHP said.


Chiefland woman
allegedly possesses meth


Caressa Lou Rodgers

Mug Shot by DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 26, 2017 at 4:07 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A 38-year-old Chiefland woman started her Monday morning (June 26) with a ride to the Dixie County Jail, according to information from Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Scott Harden.

     Caressa Lou Rodgers, 38, of Chiefland was pulled over for allegedly failing to come to a complete stop in the area of Southeast 15th Street in Cross City, Harden said.
     During the course of the traffic stop, Harden said, the deputy observed the female driver appear to be hiding something in her shirt top or bra area.
     The deputy then called for a female deputy to come and assist with the stop, Harden said.
     During a pat-down of the driver, Harden said, a small container fell from the driver’s shirt top.
     The test of the contents of the container revealed that it was methamphetamine, Harden said.
     Rodgers was then arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug equipment, Harden said.
    As of the time of the press release (11:27 a.m. on June 26), Rodgers is in the Dixie Count Jail awaiting her first appearance hearing.


Three burglary suspects caught
 

Mason Cole (left) and Zachary Cole


Shawn Gonzalez

Mug Shots By DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 26, 2017 at 4:07 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
Three young men were arrested last week as suspected burglars, according to a Monday press release from Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.
     Zachary Cole, 19, of Cross City is charged with burglary of a business; grand theft; contributing to the delinquency of a minor; and dealing in stolen property. His bond is set at $51,000, Harden said.
     Mason Cole, 18, of Cross City is charged with burglary of a business; grand theft; contributing to the delinquency of a minor; and dealing in stolen property. His bond is set at $51,000, Harden said.
     Shawn Gonzalez, 20, of Cross City is charged with burglary of a business; and grand theft. His bond is set at $25,000.
     Last Tuesday morning (June 20), the DCSO was called to the Little Red Store in Cross City in reference to a burglary and theft that had occurred sometime during the night of June 19 or the morning of June 20, Harden said in a June 26 press release. 
     When the deputy arrived, she discovered that multiple items had been stolen.
    Later in the day, Harden said, the owners learned that there had been communications on a social media site, which indicated that one of the suspected thieves had items that fit the description of the stolen items.
     The owner contacted the DCSO with this information and during the course of the investigation, the DCSO established enough probable cause to arrest one of the suspects, Harden said.
     At this point, Harden said, the deputy and investigator traveled to the home of the suspect.
     After interviewing the suspect and other witnesses at the home, DCSO officials had enough information to charge two other individuals in connection with the burglary, Harden said.
     Along with the arrests, Harden said, a large portion of the stolen items were recovered and returned to the owners of the Little Red Store.


Pedestrian suffers
life-threatening injuries

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 25, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.
Updated June 25, 2017 at 9:37 p.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY –
A 51-year-old Live Oak man was critically injured Saturday night (June 24) when he was walking in Alachua County, the FHP stated in a Sunday morning press release, which was updated at 8:54 p.m. on Sunday night.

     Tinley-Elizabeth Collins, 55, of Hawthorne was driving a 1999 Lincoln Town Car southbound on State Road 20 in the right lane near Southeast 36th Street at 8:21 p.m., according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Anthony Palese, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Jonathan Cabral and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. D. Maclaren.
     Thomas Rockwell Roman, 51, of Live Oak walked eastbound across the southbound lane, where the front of the Town Car struck the pedestrian, the FHP said.
     Roman suffered life-threatening injuries, the FHP said, and was taken to Shands at UF listed in critical condition at that time, the FHP said.
     Charges are pending completion of the investigation, the FHP said.


One dead, one injured
in Gilchrist County shooting

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 24, 2017 at 10:37 a.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY --
One man is dead and another is seriously injured after a shooting incident in Gilchrist County on Friday night (June 23), according to a press release from Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jeff Manning on Saturday morning.

     The case remains open, Manning said, and anyone who has information related to this incident is asked to contact the GCSO at 352-463-3410.
     On Friday night at about 7:55 p.m., the GCSO communications center received a 9-1-1 call reporting a possible shooting.
     Deputies responded to 6449 S.E. 85th Ave., Manning said, where they confirmed that two individuals had suffered from gunshot wounds. 
     Brian Curtis Wells, 28, of Fanning Springs was dead at the scene, Manning said deputies reported, and Jeffrey Allen White, 57, of Newberry.
     White was treated at the scene and then transported to a hospital by Gilchrist County Fire Rescue, Manning said.
     Joining the GCSO in this fatal shooting investigtion si the Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office and the Eighth Judicial Circuit Medical Examiner’s Office, Manning said.


Man dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 24, 2017 at 5:47 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
An 81-year-old man died in a crash in Marion County late Friday afternoon (June 24), the FHP said in a Saturday morning press release.

     Jackie Doyle Wall, 81, of Eureka was driving a 2013 Chrysler Van at 4:54 p.m., according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Anthony W. Palese, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper C. Ball and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Daphne Yuncker.
     Kellie Sheree Johnson, 27, of Fort McCoy was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Equinox, the FHP said.
     Wall was northbound on 148th Terrace Road, just north of Northeast 188th Place, the FHP said.
     Johnson was driving southbound on 148th Terrace Road, just north of Northeast 188th Place, the FHP said.
     The Chrysler van being driven by Wall crossed over the double soilid line and entered into the travel lane of the Equinox that was being driven by Johnson, the FHP said.
    The two front bumpers of the vehicles collided, the FHP said. After the initial impact, the van rolled onto its passenger side and came to final rest in the roadway with its front facing west, the FHP said.
     Wall was declared dead at the scene at 5:17 p.m. by Marion County Fire Rescue, the FHP said. Johnson was taken to Shands Hospital (UF) listed in serious condition.


LCSO arrests two men on
charges of sex crimes
against a child

   
Jason Allen Fisher (left) 
and Ronald Arthur Adams
Mug Shots by LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 22, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
Two men were arrested yesterday (Wednesday, June 21), 2017, by Levy County Sheriff’s Office investigators for sex crimes against a child, LCSO Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp said in a Thursday (June 22) press release).

     Jason Allen Fisher, 35, and Ronald Arthur Adams, 58, both of Morriston, were each charged with three felony counts that included sexual battery on a child between the ages of 12 and 18 years old, and lewd and lascivious molestation of a child victim, Beauchamp said.
     Initial bond was set at $5 million by Levy County Judge Tim Browning for those three charges on each of the two defendants, according to records.
     The arrests are the result of cooperative efforts between the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), the University of Florida Child Protection Team (CPT) and the LCSO, Beauchamp said.
     The child victim was molested over a long period of time, Beauchamp said, and the offenses occurred in the Morriston area of the county.
     Fisher and Adams were acquaintances of the victim’s family. One of the victim’s relatives reported the abuse and then the involved agencies immediately began building the case, Beauchamp said. 
     LCSO lead Investigator Mike McNeil expressed confidence that theses offenders will ultimately be convicted due to the high quality of the evidence developed in this case. As always, the LCSO encourages residents and visitors in Levy County to report suspected criminal activity to CrimeStoppers anonymously at 1-877-349-TIPS (8477).
     Suspected child abuse or neglect cases can also be reported to DCF by calling 1-800-962-2873.


Crash in rain ends
with truck on its side



Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 22, 2017 at 3:27 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
There were no citations issued and no injuries reported in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday evening (June 21) in Levy County, the FHP said.


The Impala is parked just out of frame in the center of the highway. A man and woman stand in Alt. 27 speaking through a window to the trooper. The Bronson Fire Rescue response vehicle is parked in the background, helping oncoming drivers to notice the issue on the highway.

     Heavy rain in the area of the accident may have been a factor, Bronson Fire Chief Dennis Russell said.
     Julio Crespo, 48, of Chiefland was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at 4:25 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan, based on information from FHP Trooper William Bontrager.
     Corina Mouturar, 31, of Chiefland was a passenger in the pickup truck, the FHP said
     Jasmine Crane, 22, Chiefland was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Impala, the FHP said.
     The pickup truck was westbound on U.S. Alt. 27 in the right travel lane, the FHP said.
     The car was westbound in the left travel lane, the FHP said.
     Crespo said the car crossed the centerline and collided with the pickup truck, the FHP said.
     Crane said the pickup truck crossed the centerline and collided with her vehicle.


Tracks in the grass show the route of the pickup truck after it left the highway.


The Mitsubishi parked behind the cruiser is not listed as having been in the crash.

      The left side of the pickup truck collided with the right side of car, the FHP said.
     After the collision, the pickup truck went onto the north shoulder of Alt. 27, where the right side collided with a tree, it to rotate clockwise and overturn onto its left side, the FHP said.
     The pickup truck came to final rest on its left side located on the north shoulder of the highway facing north, the FHP said.
     The Impala came to a controlled stop on the median facing west, the FHP said.
 

Firefighter-EMT honored

This video shows the many emergency services vehicles at the front of a funeral procession going southbound on U.S. Highway 19 on Wednesday afternoon (June 21). This video was taken facing east from in front of the Dixie County Library in Cross City. The sounds in the background are a demolition company working to recycle metal from a former Marathon gasoline station and convenience store.
Video by By Jeff M. Hardison © June 22, 2017 at 12:47 p.m., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


     DIXIE COUNTY -- Jordon Russell Ward, 25, of Cross City died in a motorcycle accident June 16.

     This young man was a beloved firefighter-EMT with Dixie County Emergency Services. Born Feb. 28, 1992 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, he moved to the Dixie County area in 2006.
     During his time here, Ward served as a member of the Dixie County Dive Rescue Team, and had been a member of the Cross City Volunteer Fire Department as well.
     He not only served the residents and visitors of Dixie County in the past 11 years, but he was dedicated to helping people in Levy and Gilchrist counties as well as he served as a firefighter-EMT there too.
     This medical professional worked in Alachua County, too, during the past decade as he was on the ground as part of the team for ShandsCair.
     And this honorable young man also served the people of Florida by working at Cross City Correctional Institution, which is part of the Florida Department of corrections.
     Jordan Ward served the people of this nation as well. Ward was active in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a lance corporal and as an amphibious assault vehicle crewman at Bravo Company 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion in Jacksonville. Sgt. James Yanok is his platoon sergeant. “He was a great young Marine,” Sgt. Yanok said.
     Ward attended Lydia Baptist Church in Cross City.
     On Wednesday, Pastor Jarrett Thomas of Lydia Baptist Church officiated during a funeral service that was held at First Baptist Church of Cross City.
     After the funeral service, firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics and law enforcement officers drove vehicles to lead the procession of people who paid their final respects to Ward. There were emergency vehicles from Alachua, Dixie, Levy, Gilchrist and Taylor counties, and from many of the municipal stations in those counties.
     Interment was in Cross City Cemetery.
     During this part of the services in honor of the fallen firefighter-EMT, he was given full military and fire service honors.
     The young man is survived by his wife Ashley Ward, a son Bryson Ward, a daughter Alani Ward, his father Kendall Ward (Jodi), his mother Valarie Ward, a brother Dalton Ward, his maternal grandfather Russ Seymour, his paternal grandmother Gloria Hanson (Ronald), an uncle Russell Seymour, an aunt Jacqueline Keough, and other extended family members.
     He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Arliene Seymour.
     Arrangements were under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City.
     Mandy Cannon Lemmermen, a member of the Dixie County Fire Service, noted on Facebook "Today we lay a brother to rest. A brother that would do anything for any of us without hesitation. A brother that loved his family more than anything in this world. A brother that loved putting on the uniform and serving this great country no matter what badge he was wearing that day. A brother that's smile was larger than life and an attitude that was infectious. A brother who on any call, fire or medical, had our backs through it all. A brother that will always be in our hearts and will ride with us to every call from here on out. A brother that will be with me every time I place my gear on the engine. RIP 4110... We will take it from here."
 

DCFS helps people;
Jordon Ward to be honored
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 20, 2017 at 4:37 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 the most recent set of records provided by Dixie County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Darian Brown on Monday (June 19) and today (June 20), the chief also provided information about a young firefighter who lost his life recently.
     Chief Brown mentioned that Jordan Ward, 25, of Cross City was a member of the Dixie County Emergency Services, Cross City Fire Department, Gilchrist County EMS/Fire and Levy County Fire Rescue. Ward was a United States Marine Corps reservist and had worked for some time with the Florida Department of Corrections and with Shands ground transport service in Gainesville, Chief Brown said. Ward died Friday (June 16) in a motorcycle crash.
     Services will be a Level II Fire service funeral. Casket watch will be performed at the viewing tonight (June 20) by various honor guard members throughout this part of the state.
     They will be assisting tomorrow (June 21) with the honor guard duties for the service. Graveside services will include a Marine Honor/Color Guard detail along with traditional Fire Service honors as well, Chief Brown said.
     Ward was Dixie County Emergency Services and with the Cross City Fire Department since 2010-11. He moved forward with EMT and Firefighting certifications and was enrolled in and working on his Paramedic training, Chief Brown said.


GCSO catches armed suspect

Jimmie Leroy Rodgers Jr.

Mug Shot by GCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 19, 2017 at 3:57 p.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY
-- A 57-year-old Bell man armed with a rifle was arrested early Monday morning after people called the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office to report seeing him acting abnormally on U.S. Highway 129, Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said.

     Jimmie Leroy Rodgers Jr., 57, of Bell is the man who caused witnesses to call the GCSO.
    At approximately 8:48 a.m., the Sheriff's Office received a call in reference to a subject in the area of Bell Concrete (U.S. 129 North) holding what appeared to be a large stick, Sheriff Schultz noted in a press release.
     A second call was received from the area of the Gilchrist County Emergency Operations Center with a description of a white  male in the middle of U.S. 129,  armed with a shotgun, the sheriff said.
     Multiple witnesses stated that the man was demonstrating erratic behavior, Sheriff Schultz said.
     GCSO units quickly responded to the location utilizing emergency response lights and sirens to get to the scene.
     The weapon was identified as a high-powered rifle with a scope, Sheriff Schultz said, and it appeared to be on a bi-pod. The man appeared to pose a threat to individuals in the immediate area as well as to deputies responding.
     Swift action was taken to secure the area and take the subject into into custody without incident, Schultz said.
     Through a subsequent follow-up investigation, the sheriff continued, it was learned that the weapon that Rodgers was in possession of was taken during a residential burglary in the immediate  area.
     Rodgers is currently in the custody of the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office at the Gilchrssit County Jail. Multiple felony charges are pending.
     The sheriff said he is thankful to the people who provided helpful information in reference to the area and a description of the man and the behavior he exhibited.
     Schultz added that he commends his deputies "... for swiftly and safely responding and taking control of the situation."


OPD arrests murder suspect

Robert Kenard Bavle
Mug Shot by MCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 19, 2017 at 3:57 p.m.
     OCALA --
A 23-year-old man is in the Marion County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond after the Ocala Police Department investigated a fatal shooting Sunday night (June 18), according to records.
     Robert Kenard Bavle, 23, was booked at 6:36 a.m. on Monday (June 19) on a charge of second degree murder, according to records.
     On Sunday (June 19) at 9:52 p.m., Ocala Police Officers responded to Kers Wing House, 2145 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in reference to a shooting, Lou Biondi of the OPD said in a Monday afternoon press release.
     Officers located victim Jonathan Sullivan, 26, in the parking lot who had multiple gunshot wounds, Biondi said.
     Sullivan was taken to a hospital and died as a result of his injuries, Biondi said. Bavle was apprehended at the scene.
    As a result of this investigation, Bavle was arrested for second degree murder and delivered to the Marion County Jail, Biondi said.
     This investigation is still active. Anyone with information related to this incident can call OPD Det. Mat Steckman at 352-369-7147. You may also remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 352-368-STOP (7867), or you can text a tip to 274637 using keyword 352-368-STOP. 

 


Nurse shot by stray bullet;
Suspect held without bond

Jason Ronald Gignac

Mug Shot by MCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 18, 2017 at 4:27 p.m.
     OCALA --
A 38-year-old Summerfield man is in the Marion County Jail, being held without bond as a result of his allegedly fighting with Florida Highway Patrol troopers and a nurse being shot during that struggle at 3 p.m. on Saturday (June 17), according to information from the FHP.

     Jason Ronald Gignac, 38, of Summerfield had contact with the FHP on multiple occasions on Saturday, FHP Lt. P.V. Riordan said in a press release Sunday afternoon.
     He was a pedestrian in the area of the 341 mile marker on Interstate-75 in Marion County at the time, the FHP said. On the third encounter, Gignac said he was ill and requested to be transported to the hospital, the FHP said. Gignac was subsequently
transported to West Marion Community Hospital by an ambulance, the FHP said.
     After receiving medical treatment, Gignac was in the process of being discharged when three FHP troopers attempted to take
Gignac into custody on a charge of failure to obey a lawful order, the FHP said.
     A struggle ensued, the FHP said, at which time an FHP-issued firearm was discharged by Gignac.
    A West Marion Community Hospital nurse was struck in the leg by the bullet. The nurse is in stable condition, the FHP said.
    Gignac was subsequently taken into custody and booked into the Marion County Jail on three counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, one count of resisting arrest with violence and one count of resisting arrest without violence, the FHP said.
     The three FHP troopers involved during the struggle, received minor injuries, the FHP said. The FHP will be conducting an internal investigation of the incident, FHP Lt. Riordan said.


OPD arrests suspect
for attempted murder

Lester Ray Smith
Mug Shot By MCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 18, 2017 at 3:17 p.m.
     OCALA --
A 31-year-old man was arrested very early Sunday morning (June 18) as a suspect in a case of attempted murder, according to information from a press relesae from Sgt. Cynthia Barnes of the Ocala Police Department.

     On Sunday at 4:42 a.m., Barnes said, the Ocala Police Officers responded to 1223 S.W. Fort King St. in regard a shooting incident.
     The 27-year-old male victim was located with apparent gunshot wounds to his neck and leg, Barnes said.
     The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment, Barnes said, and he remains in critical but stable condition.
     Lester Ray Smith, 31, was located near the crime scene and was established as a person of interest. As this investigation progressed, Barnes said, probable cause for arrest was established for Smith on the charge of attempted second degree murder, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
     This investigation is still active, Barnes said. Anyone with information is asked to call OPD Sgt. Jamie Buchbinder at 352-369-7084. You may also remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP (7867), or you can text a tip to 274637 using keyword 368-STOP. You may also visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com.


Charges pending after
FHP master sergeant dies

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 18, 2017 at 7:57 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
The death of a 52-year-old Florida Highway Patrol master sergeant shows charges are pending completion of the investigation of the Saturday night (June 17) traffic accident leading to his death, according to an early Sunday morning (June 18) press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan.

     FHP MSgt. William T. Bishop, 52, of Lake City was investigating a previous crash, FHP Lt. Riordan said, where a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu was parked southbound in the inside emergency lane of Interstate-75 at the 403 Mile Marker in Alachua County at 6:36 p.m. on Saturday (June 17).
     Steven D. Catanach, 22, of Miami was the driver of that Malibu, Lt. Riordan noted in a press release sent at 1:51 a.m.
     John C. Sams, 67, of Lady Lake was driving a 2007 Cadillac STS and Michael T. Korta, 46, of Tampa was driving a 2016 Ford Fusion southbound in the center lane, where the Ford was in front of the Cadillac, Lt. Riordan said.
     During a secondary collision between the Cadillac and the Ford, MSgt. Bishop was struck while outside of his patrol car, Lt. Riordan said.
     Master Sergeant Bishop was transported to Shands Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Lt. Riordan said.
     Sams suffered minor injuries and was taken to Shands, Lt. Riordan said.
     Catanach and Korta were not injured, Lt. Riordan said.


FHP targets aggressive drivers
Campaign runs through June 29
Released by FHP Capt. Jeff Bissainthe
of the FHP Office of Communications                                              
Published June 16, 2017 at 4:17 p.m.
Updated June 25, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.
     TALLAHASSEE –
Passenger vehicles and tractor trailers share Florida’s highways every day, but too often aggressive driving habits result in deadly crashes between the two.

     Beginning today (Friday, June 16), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will begin Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT), a safety campaign aimed at educating motorists about the dangers of aggressive driving around large trucks and reducing commercial motor vehicle related crashes.
     “The Florida Highway Patrol remains committed to keeping our roadways safe for all motorists,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “We can all do our part in reducing traffic crashes by being cautious, patient and courteous while driving, especially around big trucks and buses.”
     During the 2016 TACT campaign, law enforcement statewide issued 67,144 citations related to aggressive driving behaviors.
     The first TACT campaign in 2017 took place from February 24 to March 9, and 15,785 citations were issued.
     The TACT campaign runs from June 16 through June 29. Troopers will be looking for car and truck drivers who display aggressive driving behavior such as following too closely, speeding and unsafe lane changes.
     Motorists should protect themselves and their passengers by learning how to share the road safely. FHP offers
these tips for driving around large trucks:
     ● Stay out of the No Zone: Be aware that large trucks have large blind spots (also known as “No Zones”);
     ● Pass trucks with caution: Pass on the left side for maximum visibility and maintain a constant speed;
     ● Do not cut trucks off: Be sure to leave plenty of room when you pull in front of a truck. Large trucks
Simply cannot stop as quickly as cars;
     ● Practice patience around larger vehicles that are not traveling at the same speed as your vehicle;
     ● Do not drive distracted: Anything that takes your full attention off of the road, even for a second, could be deadly. This includes texting, changing the radio station, talking to passengers, and much more; and
     ● Dial *FHP (*347) if you witness aggressive or dangerous driving.
    For more information about TACT and FHP’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement, visit: http://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/share-the-road/ticketing-aggressive-cars-and-trucks/.

 


 

Following are some common abbreviations:

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


Suspects Arrested Through June 25
Updated June 26, 2017 at 10:47 p.m.


JUNE 19
     Lucious Jamerson, 42, of Orange Park was arrested for DWLSR – first offense. No bond amount was given.
     Richard Ray King, 38, of Trenton was arrested for commit felony battery, abuse elderly or disabled adult without great harm, obstruct without violence, tampering in third degree felony proceeding. Bond $215,000.
     Alyssa Lillian Sinclair, 21, of Inglis was arrested for grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000, interfere with LEO without violence. Bond $20,000.
JUNE 20
     John William Brown, 35, of Chiefland was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $5,000.
     David Fike, 34, of Archer was arrested for poss. marijuana – not more than 20 grams. No bond amount was given.
     Cecilia Hickey, 61, of Trenton was arrested for battery – touch or strike. ROR.
     William Alan Lancaster, 32, of Trenton was arrested for VOP, by person detained in prison or jail facility. No bond.
     Jennifer Marie Langford, 39, of Bell was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Robert Julian Mack, 33, of Williston was arrested for battery – touch or strike. ROR.
     Scott Allan Mowery, 33, of Williston was arrested for two counts battery – touch or strike. Bond $10,000.
     Andrew George Petit, 44, of Gainesville was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Walter James Tisdale, 20, of Bronson was arrested for victim age 12 to 16. Bond $100,000.
     Trent Alexander Vaughn, 22, of Inglis fail to obey LEO order to stop, operate motor vehicle without valid driver license. Bond $6,000.
JUNE 21
     Ronald Arthur Adams, 58, of Morriston was arrested for sexual battery by custodian – victim under 18 years of age, victim 12-16 years of age - offender 18 years of age or older, victim less than 16 years of age – offender 18 years of age or older. Bond $5,000,000.
     Jason Allen Fisher, 35, of Morriston was arrested for sexual battery by custodian – victim under 18 years of age, victim 12-16 years of age - offender 18 years of age or older. Bond $3,000,000.
     Jason May, 42, of Williston was arrested for controlled substance without a prescription, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. No bond amount was given.
     Samuel Allen Monroe, 55, of Williston was arrested for DWLSR – habitual offender, marijuana – not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. No bond amount was given.
     Dolores Ann Parthree, 59, of Williston was arrested for with deadly weapon without intent to kill, two counts of battery – touch or strike. Bond $51,000.
JUNE 22
     Summer Cherie Addison, 24, of Trenton was arrested for with intent sell/ mfg./ deliver – schedule II drug, with intent to sell/ mfg./ deliver – schedule I or II drug. Bond $60,000.
     David C. Flanders, 36, of Chiefland was arrested for aggravated child abuse. Bond $50,000.
     Jesus Monroy, 25, of Bronson was arrested for $200 and under. Bond $1,000.
     Shaon M. Rice, 36, of Chiefland was arrested for flee/ elude LEO at high speed. No bond amount was given.
     Clifton Bernard Samuel Jr., 24, of Trenton was arrested for operating a motor vehicle without valid license, with intent to sell/ mfg./ or deliver – schedule I or II, with intent to sell/ mfg./ deliver/ etc. schedule II. Bond $32,000.
JUNE 23
     Jose Martin Dominguez, 29, of Morriston was arrested for battery – touch or strike, $200 and under, unoccupied dwelling – unarmed. Bond $35,000.
     Willie Charles McCray, 40, of Bronson was arrested for battery – touch or strike, commit felony battery, weapon or ammo by convicted Florida felon, deprive of means – protection or communication, interfere with LEO without violence, poss. marijuana over 20 grams. Bond $120,000.
     Andrew Allen Peeples, 39, of Dunnellon was arrested for dwelling/ structure or conveyance – armed, grand theft of firearm. Bond $30,000.
     Diamond Anquette Robinson, 27, of Williston was arrested for causing bodily harm or disability. ROR.
     Tiffany Katara Sams, 36, of Gainesville was arrested for battery – touch or strike, cause bodily harm or disability, church/ synagogue/ mosque or religious article. Bond $35,000.
JUNE 24
     Skyler Gage Donley, 27, of Bronson was arrested for battery – touch or strike, offender violated no contact order. ROR.
     Jennifer Lynn Hughes, 32, of Bronson was arrested for neglect child without great bodily harm. Bond $50,000.
     Kenneth Charles Newburn, 44, of Bronson was arrested for neglect child without great bodily harm. Bond $50,000.
     Robert Ansley Watson, 68, of Chiefland was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Adult. Bond $25,000.
JUNE 25
     Timothy Lavane Cobb, 44, of Chiefland was arrested for poss. weapon or ammo by convicted Florida felon, over $200 – under $1,000, dwelling/ structure or conveyance – armed, grand theft $300 to less than $5,000, grand theft of firearm. No bond amount was given.
     Melissa Leigh Curry, 32, of Homosassa was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. Bond $10,000.
     James Albert Dull, 20, of Chiefland was arrested for poss. harmful new legend drug without prescription, by person under 21 years of age – first offense. Bond $4,000.



Following are some common abbreviations:

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


Suspects Arrested Through June 25

Updated June 26, 2017 at 10:47 p.m.

JUNE 19
     Jimmie Leroy Rodgers Jr., 57, of Branford was arrested for assault on officer/ firefighter/ EMT/ etc., burglary dwelling structure or conveyance - armed, larceny grand theft of firearm, improper exhibit of firearm or dangerous weapon, firing weapon in public or on residential property, carrying prohibited weapon carrying weapon openly. Bond $485,000.
     William Alan Lancaster, 32, of Chiefland was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
JUNE 20
     Ervin Rubin Mills, 38, of Trenton was arrested for contempt of court - violate injunction protection domestic violence. ROR.
     James Lee Daniel, 34, of Trenton was arrested for an out-of-county warrant.  No bond.
JUNE 21
     James Wayne Milton, 31, of High Springs was arrested for carrying concealed weapon/ firearm, drug equipment – poss. and/or use, RWOV, poss. controlled substance without a prescription, an out-of-county warrant. Bond $131,570.
JUNE 22
     Eugene Wayne Shiflett Sr., 52, of Bell was arrested for poss. controlled substance without prescription, sell - opium or derivative - schedule I or II. Bond $120,000.
     Christina Lynn Bell, 44, of Bell was arrested for poss. with intent to sell/ mfg./ deliver opium or derivative schedule I or II, use 2-way communication device to facilitate a felony. Bond $125,000.
     Ashley Marie Sheffield, 23, of High Springs was arrested for deliver/distribute methamphetamine, use 2-way communication device to facilitate a felony. Bond $150,000.
JUNE 23
     Tracy Lynn Hobby, 30, of Bell was arrested for drug equipment - poss. and/or use, marijuana - poss. not more than 20 grams, poss. with intent methaqualone or mecloqualone derivative schedule I, poss. weapon or ammo by convicted felon, sell meth. Bond $630,000.
     Johnny Tyler Dees, 24, of Branford was arrested for poss. with intent methaqualone or mecloqualone derivative - schedule I, use 2-way communication device to facilitate felony, deliver/distribute meth. Bond $200,000.
     Karah Marine Robinson, 30 of Duval was arrested for marijuana – not more than 20 grams, poss. controlled substance without prescription, destroy/ tamper with or fabricate evidence, an out-of-county warrant. Bond $5,003 on warrant only.
JUNE 24
     Jesse James Spearman, 22, of Trenton was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     James R. Gluhm, 73, of Trenton was arrested for hit and run – leave scene of crash involving damage to property. No bond amount was given.
     Ricardo Citalan Damian, 50, of Gainesville was arrested for operate a motor vehicle without valid drive license. No bond.
JUNE 25
     Jose Anselmo Morales, 26, of Gainesville was arrested for poss. cocaine, attach registration/ license plate not assigned, DWLSR – second offense. 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 Through June 26
Updated June 25, 2017 at 10:47 p.m.

JUNE 19

     Kasey Lane Staley, 27, of Tampa was arrested for poss. controlled substance greater than one gram, poss. firearm by convicted felon, bond revocation. Bond $5,000.
     Russell Chris Jones, 36, of Old Town was arrested for dealing in stolen property, revoke pre-trial release. Bond $25,000.
JUNE 20
     Zachary Cole, 19, of Cross City was arrested for burglary – commercial, larceny theft, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, dealing in stolen property. Bond $15,000.
     Mason Cole, 18, of Cross City was arrested for burglary – commercial, larceny theft, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, dealing in stolen property. Bond $15,000.
     Shawn Gonzalez, 20, of Cross City was arrested for burglary – commercial, larceny theft. Bond $15,000.
     John Wayne Hudson, 49, of Trenton was arrested for RWOV, fail to report change of address by sexual offender. No bond.
     Velisha M. Shaw-Ohara, 30, of Cross City was arrested for DWLSR, attached tag not assigned. Bond $3,000.
     Dakotah Bryant, 23, of Fort Myers, was arrested DWLSR. Bond $1,500.
JUNE 22
     Charles Deen, 32, of Daytona was arrested for grand theft of trailer. Bond $2,000.
JUNE 23
     Cedric Johnson, 32, of Old Town was arrested for poss. marijuana – greater than 20 grams, flee & elude, DWLSR – third offense. Bond $10,000.
     Jamie Nicole McGuire, 26, of Old Town was arrested for a Gilchrist County warrant. No bond amount was given.
JUNE 25
     Jaquanda S. Perry, 23, of Pinellas Park was arrested for introduce contraband, poss. of drug. No bond amount was given.

--UPDATED--
TUESDAY  JUNE 27  2:27 p.m.
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