Man arrested for
2 counts of attempted murder


Anthony Walter Vessels

Mug Shot By
Broward County Sheriff's Office


By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 14, 2017 at 11:27 a.m.
     BRONSON --
Levy County Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp noted in Thursday morning (Dec. 14) press release that a man suspected of two counts of attempted murder has been arrested thanks to work by Levy County investigators and the United States Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force.

 


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     On Nov. 28, the Levy County Sheriff's Office published details of a reported shooting that occurred on Nov. 24 at Melvin and Alice's Take-Out 4011 N.E. 205th Ave. in Williston.
     The investigation revealed that two victims had been wounded by shotgun rounds fired by an unknown suspect, Undersheriff Beauchamp said.
     Based on an extensive investigation, LCSO Investigator Justin Douglas obtained an arrest warrant for Anthony Walter Vessels (7-19-91) for two counts of attempted murder. 
     On Monday (Dec. 11) members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Vessels in Broward County, Beauchamp said.
     Vessels will be held at the Levy County Jail in lieu of a $4 million bond, Beauchamp said.
     Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum said he is very proud of the investigative work by LCSO personnel, and the sheriff said he is appreciative of the assistance provided by the Fugitive Task Force and other individuals in this investigation, Beauchamp said.
     Investigators have interviewed Vessels and the case remains active, Beauchamp said.
     The  LCSO urges anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Investigator Justin Douglas or Justin VanDuren at 352-486-5111.


Second person charged
with neglect of the elderly


Nenita Alfonso Sudeall

Photo Provided by WPD

By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 14, 2017 at 10:27 a.m.
     WILLISTON --
Members of the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force located a Williston woman in Orlando this morning (Thursday, Dec. 14) who was wanted on a charge of neglect of the elderly, according to information in a press release from Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow.

     This heralds the second person from a Williston-based assisted living facility who has been arrested recently in connection with neglecting elderly people. (Please scroll down on this page to read the previous story.)
     In regard to this incident, according to what Chief Strow noted, the victim died.
     On Nov. 2, at 2:14 a.m., the Williston Police Department responded to Good Samaritan Retirement Home located at 507 S.W. First Ave. in Williston, Chief Strow noted, to assist Levy County Department of Public Safety medical professionals with an elderly female who was found unresponsive.
     Further investigation by the WPD revealed, Strow said, that on Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. the Facility Administrator Nenita Alfonso Sudeall, 48, of Williston, found an elderly female resident alone outside of the facility.
     While outside and unattended the elderly female had fallen and struck her head, Strow said.
     The defendant Sudeall escorted the victim back into the facility, Strow said, where the victim was not given any first aid care and was only put into the lockdown unit.
     Approximately six hours later, Strow said, the victim was found to be unresponsive. At that point, 9-1-1 was called for a dispatch of emergency assistance.
     The victim was transported to Shands Hospital, Strow said, where she died on the afternoon of Nov. 2, 2017.
     An arrest warrant on the charge of neglect of the elderly was signed by Levy County Court Judge J.T. "Tim" Browning to bring the defendant to jail on Dec. 8.
     Bond was set at $75,000, Strow said
     Sudeall is being held in Orange County Jail awaiting transportation back to the Levy County Jail, Strow said.


Pedestrian injured near CVS
By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 14, 2017 at 9:37 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
A pedestrian was injured by a vehicle when the young man was walking near CVS Drug Store in Chiefland on Sunday night (Dec. 10), according to a Florida Traffic Crash Report completed by Chiefland Police Department Sgt. D.J. Macy.
     Carla Renae Layfield, 53, of Trenton was driving a 2016 Kia at approximately 9:06 p.m. Sunday night and was southbound on Northwest 11th Drive, Sgt. Macy noted in his report.
     Cash Robert Hughes, 18, of Chiefland was walking northbound on Northwest 11th Drive facing traffic, Sgt. Macy noted.
     Northwest 11th Drive is the road that the Florida Department of Transportation helped the city of Chiefland extend to create a parallel route to U.S. Highway 19 by connecting it across a ditch. The road goes from the Walmart area to the Save-A-Lot area, with paved access especially leading out to the traffic control light at State Road 420 West (Manatee Springs Road), which runs next to Cash Munny Pawn, Barbecue Bill’s and Church’s Chicken.
     This accident happened just south of the CVS Drug store, which is at the light serving as a main entrance to Walmart off of U.S. Highway 19.
     Layfield told Macy that she was looking at her car's dashboard when she heard a thump, and she thought she had run over a cat.
     When she looked in her mirrors, the driver saw a pedestrian kneeling over, Macy said, and the driver turned her car around and returned to the scene to check whether she had struck the young man.
     Hughes told Macy that he saw the car approaching him. (He might have thought the driver saw him too.)
     Hughes was sitting on the curb, unable to walk, Macy said. He was transported by Levy County Department of Public Safety to a hospital. No damage was reported to the vehicle.
     Macy noted that the accident showed Layfield had failed to yield the right-of-way to the pedestrian.


FWC charges 3 in connection
to shark-dragging video

Published Dec. 14, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.
     HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY --
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office announced charges on Dec. 12 against three individuals connected to a video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at high speed.

     The charges resulted from a four-month long investigation into the video and other disturbing images on social media involving shocking disregard for Florida’s natural resources.
     “As we’ve said since this video and other images came to light, these actions have no place in Florida, where we treasure and conserve our natural resources for everyone,” said Commission Chairman Bo Rivard. “We appreciate the patience and support of the public as our law enforcement investigators worked with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office to identify a number of serious violations that will be brought to the courts for adjudication. It is our hope these charges will send a clear message to others that this kind of behavior involving our fish and wildlife will not be tolerated.”
     “The State Attorney’s Office is committed to holding these men accountable for having engaged in such senseless and unjustifiable animal cruelty. We thank the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for their work in investigating these crimes, and we stand with them, along with Florida’s fishing and hunting communities, and all those who cherish our precious natural resources, in condemning the torture of our marine wildlife,” 13th Judicial Circuit.
State Attorney Andrew H. Warren said.
     During the course of the investigation, FWC officers confirmed numerous criminal violations, resulting in felony and misdemeanor charges. Investigators conducted exhaustive research into the suspects’ social media activity, conducted numerous interviews and spoke with a number of subject matter experts on sharks.
     The public can help by reporting suspected violations to the FWC. To make a report, call the Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or text Tip@MyFWC.com.
     The suspects and their charges are listed below:
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Michael Wenzel, 21, of Palmetto
• Two felony counts of Aggravated Animal Cruelty (Third-degree felony).
• One misdemeanor count of Illegal Method of Take – Shark (Second-degree misdemeanor).
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Robert Lee Benac, 28, of Bradenton
• Two felony counts of Aggravated Animal Cruelty (Third-degree felony).
• One misdemeanor count of Illegal Method of Take – Shark (Second-degree misdemeanor).
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Spencer Heintz, 23, of Palmetto
• Two felony counts of Aggravated Animal Cruelty (Third-degree felony).


FHP increases effort
to save lives;

Holiday enforcement efforts started
By FHP Lt. Thomas Pikul
Published Dec. 14, 2017 at 8:37 a.m.
     TALLAHASSEE --
As part of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ focus on safe holiday travel, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will join thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that began on Dec. 13 and runs through New Year’s Day 2018.
     FHP will concentrate its enforcement on impaired driving throughout Florida in an effort to save lives this holiday season.
     “Impaired driving continues to be a priority for law enforcement in the state,” said FHP Director, Col. Gene S. Spaulding. “In an effort to get drunk and drugged drivers off Florida roads, FHP troopers will aggressively enforce impaired driving laws to ensure motorists and their families arrive to their destination safely.”
     Here are tips to help ensure motorists Arrive Alive this holiday season:
     • Drive sober, and only sober. Legal age adults should celebrate responsibly and plan ahead by finding a safe way home every time – designate a driver or call a ride service.
     • Observe and obey all speed limits. Speed limits may change through different types of roadways, so be sure to adjust speed accordingly. In Florida, the limit will never be over 70 m.p.h. The posted speed is the maximum speed allowed before a citation may be issued for speeding.
     • Buckle up. A seatbelt is a vehicle’s most important safety feature. Florida law requires that all drivers, all front seat passengers and all passengers under the age of 18 wear seatbelts or the appropriate child restraints. Seatbelts save lives, so buckle up every trip, every time.
     • Focus on driving. Texting, talking on the phone, eating, adjusting the stereo – are all examples of things that can take attention off the road. Motorists should always have their hands on the wheel, eyes on the road and mind on driving.
     All uniformed FHP personnel, including those normally assigned to administrative duties, will be patrolling interstates and other major state roads. FHP Auxiliary troopers will also volunteer to augment the FHP during the holiday period.
    The FHP’s increased presence throughout Florida will deter traffic violations and enhance services to motorists who break down or who need other assistance while traveling.
     Motorists should call *FHP (*347) if they see an impaired or aggressive driver, or to request roadside assistance.


Reduce odds of loss by fire
by using safe practices

Published Nov. 14, 2017 at 8:37 a.m.
     FLORIDA --
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are once again teaming up to promote winter fire safety through their joint campaign, “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires.”

     The goal of the campaign is to educate the public on increased fire risks during the winter months.
     December, January and February are the leading months for home fires. Many of these fires are caused by cooking, heating and holiday decorations such as lights, Christmas trees and candles.
     Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together.
     It is fun to decorate, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart.
     Follow these safety tips to make your holidays fire safe.
     ● Choose holiday decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
     ● Make sure you are using the correct lights. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
     ● Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
     ● Use clips, not nails or staples, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
     ● Make sure your decorations don’t block doors or windows. Create a clear path to all windows and doors for easy escape in case there’s a fire.
     ● Turn off all light strings and decorations when going to bed or leaving your home
     If your winter holiday tradition includes a real Christmas tree, you need to be aware of the fire risks. If your tree catches on fire, the fire can spread very quickly.
     When you’re decorating with a live tree, consider the following tips:
     ● Choose the freshest tree you can find. Check the needles. They should feel soft, not brittle and stay on the limb when you gently pull on the branch.
     ● After making a fresh cut on the trunk and placing the tree in a stand, fill the stand’s water basin. Water your tree every day.
     ● Keep electrical cords away from the water in the tree stand.
     ● Place your tree at least three feet from heat registers, space heaters and fireplaces.
     As for another decorative item, consider an option.
     Think about using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles. If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holder and place them where they cannot be knocked over easily.
     Keep lit candles at least three-feet away from decorations and things that can burn. Blow out lit candles when you leave your home or go to bed.


Parents arrested after death
of their 18-day-old infant


Johnny Tyler Dees


Ashley Sheffield

Mug Shots By GCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 13, 2017 at 11:37 p.m.
     TRENTON –
A High Springs couple was jailed on Nov. 15 for child neglect with great bodily harm and manslaughter, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Schultz III said in a Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 13) press release.

     The arrest happened about a year after the incident, the sheriff noted.
     On Nov. 29, 2016, medical staff members with the Gilchrist County Emergency Services were dispatched to 5698 N.E. 70th Ave., High Springs, in reference to an 18-day-old infant being in distress, Sheriff Schultz said.
    The infant was transported, Schultz said, however the infant was declared dead while the ambulance was in route to the hospital.
     Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Det. Sgt. Windy Ponce conducted a subsequent investigation into the cause of death, Schultz said.
     After an extensive and exhaustive investigation, the infant’s parents Johnny Tyler Dees and Ashley Sheffield, both 24, and both of High Springs, were both arrested on Gilchrist County warrants on Nov. 15 for child neglect with great bodily harm and manslaughter, Schultz said.
     The investigation revealed, the sheriff noted in a press release, that the parents’ use of illegal substances contributed to the neglect and subsequent death of their infant child.
    Both defendants are being held at the Gilchrist County Jail in lieu of a $750,000 bond each.


Det. Clint Anderson
arrests five drug suspects

By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 13, 2017 at 10:47 a.m.
Mug Shots By GCSO
     TRENTON -- The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office's Investigations Unit has been conducting drug investigations during the past three months, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert D. "Bobby" Schultz III announced in an email on Tuesday night, and that has resulted in five arrests.

     More arrests are forthcoming, Sheriff Schultz said.
     The sheriff said members of the whole GCSO team are helping him keep his promise to the residents and visitors of Gilchrist County to rid this county of the people participating in the selling of illegal drugs.
     "This investigation targeted all areas of the county," Schultz said.
     Following are five of the individuals who have been arrested for the sale and or possession of drugs.

     All bond amounts were set by Gilchrist County Court Judge Sheree H. Lancaster as recommended by Eighth Judicial Circuit Division Chief (in the office of State Attorney William CervoneAssistant State Attorney Robert Willis.
     All five of these individuals were arrested by GCSO Det. Clint Anderson, although the entire GCSO serves the people as one team on one mission.


Melissa Bryant
     ● Melissa Bryant, 42, of Trenton was arrested Monday (Dec. 11) for the sale of opium and possession of opium. Bond $200,000.


Ebony Williams
     ● Ebony Williams, 34, of Trenton was arrested on Dec. 7 for the sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine. Bond $225,000.


Brandon Edwards
     ● Brandon Edwards, 28, of Trenton was arrested Nov. 28 for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond $31,000


Justin Shealy
     ● Justin Shealy, 26, of Perry was arrested Nov. 28 for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond $31,000. Shealy was released on bond on Dec. 2.


Wayne Lee Collins
     ● Wayne Lee Collins, 60, of Trenton was arrested Nov. 13 for two counts of sale of opium. No Bond.

 

Two die after single-car crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 12, 2017 at 8:27 a.m.
* Updated Dec. 13, 2017 at 8:17 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
One young man died and another was listed in critical condition Monday night (Dec. 11) after a single-car crash, the FHP said.

     Austin Yarbrough, 21, of Melrose was driving a 2017 Volkswagen Jetta at approximately 9:10 p.m., according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Weber, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper (NFN) Alvarez and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. J.D. Smith.
     Austin Tison, 21, of Starke was a passenger in the vehicle, the FHP said.
     At approximately 9:16 p.m., FHP was dispatched to a single-vehicle collision on Alachua County Road 225 and Northeast 199th Lane, the FHP said.
     The Jetta was westbound on CR 225, the FHP said, when it went onto the north shoulder of the roadway where its front collided with a culvert.
     After impact, the momentum of the collision caused the car to become travel airborne, the FHP said.
     The Volkswagen continued airborne to the west, the FHP said, and then it collided with a tree.
     The collision caused the vehicle to overturn and land on its roof, the FHP said.
     Tison died and Yarbrough was taken to UF Shands in critical condition, the FHP said. (See update)
     Alcohol was not listed as a factor. The use of seatbelts by both occupants was marked as "N/A" or not applicable on the press release.
*   UPDATE: The driver, Austin Yarbrough, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at UF Health Hospital on Dec. 12 at 4:48 p.m., FHP Sgt. Lena Ward noted in a Wednesday morning (Dec. 13) press release update.

 


Bronson man hurt in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 13, 2017 at 8:17 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
A 25-year-old Bronson man was injured in a crash on Dec. 10, according to a Dec. 13 FHP press release.
     Thomas Carlisle Jr., 25, of Bronson was driving a 2004 Buick LeSabre at 3:34 p.m. on Dec. 10, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Javon Murphy, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper J. Cabral.
     Dennis Taylor, 60, of Fort White was driving a 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, the FHP said.
     The Buick was southbound on a private road located at 26900 N. U.S Highway 27 (the Lions Club), the FHP said.
     The Harley-Davidson was also southbound on the same private road, in front of the Buick, the FHP said.
     Taylor told the FHP that he was stopped on the motorcycle at the intersection of 26900 North U.S Highway 27 and U.S 27, the FHP said.
     Carlisle experienced a medical emergency while operating the Buick, the FHP said.
     The front end of the Buick collided with the rear end of the Harley-Davidson, the FHP said.
     The driver of the Harley-Davidson fell off his motorcycle upon impact with the Buick, the FHP said, however he did not suffer any injury.
     The Buick continued to travel southbound across U.S. 27, the FHP said, until it hit a tree on the south shoulder of U.S 27.
     The front right end of the Buick collided with the tree, the FHP said, and the car came to final rest on the south shoulder of U.S. 27. The Harley-Davidson was dragged by the Buick into the south shoulder of U.S. 27, where it also came to final rest, the FHP said.
     Carlisle was taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville with minor injuries, the FHP said.

 

WPD arrests suspect
for neglect of the elderly


Rhaimley Yap Romero

Mug Shot By WPD

By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 12, 2017 at 11:57 a.m.
     WILLISTON --
A 31-year-old facility administrator is in the Levy County Jail charged with neglect of the elderly, according to information in a Tuesday evening (Dec. 12) press release from Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow.

     Rhaimley Yap Romero, 31, of Apopka does not have a bond amount listed as of 11:41 p.m. in the jail records.
     Chief Strow noted that on Monday, Dec. 11, the Williston Police Department responded to Good Samaritan Retirement Home, 507 S.E. First Ave., in Williston.
     The WPD was sent to assist members of the Levy County Department of Public Safety with a resident who was requiring medical care.
     Upon further investigation into the incident, Strow said, it was determined that a resident had been taken for an outpatient procedure on Thursday Dec. 7, and then was returned to the facility.
     Romero who is the facility administrator was advised by the home health nurse assigned to the patient that if any changes with the patient’s condition arose, that she was to be contacted immediately, Strow said.
     During the weekend, Strow said, the patient’s condition declined and on two separate occasions the on-duty staff contacted the defendant who is overall responsibly for all residents' care, to report the patient's declining health.
     Police Chief Strow said staff members received no instructions for care, nor was the home health nurse contacted about the patient’s condition.
     Upon Romero's return to work on Monday, Dec. 11, the home health nurse was informed of the patient’s declining condition, Strow said.
     She advised the defendant to immediately contact 9-1-1 and have the patient transported by ambulance to a hospital, Strow said.
     Williston Police Department Officer R. Peters arrested Romero on the charge of neglect of the elderly, according to records.


Arson suspect
arrested in Levy County


Seth Myers
Mug Shot By LCSO
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By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 12, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
A 19-year-old Inglis man is in the Levy County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond charged with malicious land burning, according to records.
     The Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement today (Tuesday, Dec. 12) arrested Seth Myers, 19, of Levy County for intentionally starting a small wildfire in the midst of one of the busiest wildfire years, which burned more than 200,000 acres in total and prompted a declared State of Emergency, since 2011, according to a press release from the office of Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.
     The Florida Forest Service found the small wildfire in unincorporated Levy County to be suspicious and contacted the Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement to investigate. Following the investigation, Agricultural Law Enforcement officers charged Myers with one count of intentionally burning land, a felony of the third degree. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Levy County Jail.
     A third degree felony is punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison, five years of probation, and a $5,000 fine, according to records.


Police Chief Evaluated

Chiefland Police Chief Scott Anderson is seen moments after being evaluated by the Chiefland City Commission on Monday night (Dec. 11). The City Commission regularly evaluates the city manager, police chief and fire chief. Here Chief Anderson is standing behind the podium at the Hardy Dean Sr. Municipal Building (City Hall). This podium has a Pledge of Civility on it. There are various forms of this pledge. This one says 'We will be respectful of one another even when we disagree. We will direct all comments to the issues. We will avoid personal attacks.' It includes a quote from Abraham Lincoln - 'Politeness costs so little.' As for Chief Anderson, he is polite and professional. During the month of November, officers (and some are sergeants) T. Brown, B. Murphy, K. Schultz, M. Watkins, M. Cosseboom, P. Barnes and D.J. Macy made arrests, checked buildings for security, assisted other agencies, issued warnings, investigated traffic crashes, issued trespass notices and performed other law enforcement duties. Sgt. J. Yanok is on active military duty, so a sheet of numbers showing results from each officer for the month had blanks for his police work in the city. Among the action in November, there were 15 arrests; four drug arrests; 1,036 building checks; 23 assists of other agencies; 18 traffic citations; 162 warnings; and 14 traffic crash investigations. One official action the chief sought from the City Commission on Monday night was the acceptance of a golf cart from the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office. The Chiefland City Commission gave the chief a 5-0 vote of approval on the request to accept the golf cart.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 12, 2017 at 2:47 p.m.

 


Suspected thief
allegedly caught
with drug equipment


Erica D. Palsey

Mug Shot by DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 12, 2017 at 11:57 a.m.
     CROSS CITY --
Law enforcement officers have often noted there is a connection between people stealing and drug abuse, or drug addiction.

     Information in a Dec. 12 press release from Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden shows this potential may exist in an instance that happened Saturday (Dec. 9).
     Erica D. Pasley, 33, of Old Town was arrested for a Hillsborough County warrant for grand theft after DCSO deputies went to a residence off of Southeast 349 Highway, where they had learned she may be located, Harden said.
     Deputies went to the residence where they located Pasley and arrested here, Harden said. During the arrest, Harden added, deputies discovered a bag containing hypodermic syringes-needles along with a spoon that contained a white residue.
     Based on what the deputies learned, the residue is believed to be a controlled substance Dilaudid, Harden said, although additional lab analysis is required.
     In addition to the warrant charge of grand theft, Harden said, Pasley was charged with possession of drug equipment.
     Her bond was set at $11,500, according to records.


Naked man gets arrested

Chad Michael Princing

Mug Shot By DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 12, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A 41-year-old Steinhatchee man was arrested just over a week ago, on Monday, Dec. 4, 41, for allegedly committing a lewd and lascivious act in the presence of a child, indecent exposure and resisting arrest without violence, according to a Dec. 11 press release from Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden said.

     Chad Michael Princing is being held in the Dixie County Jail in lieu of $52,000 worth of bonds, Harden said.
     Princing is convicted sex offender who was adjudicated as such in Michigan on Aug. 15, 1994, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Florida Department of Corrections records.
     On Dec. 4, a DCSO deputy was dispatched to a residence off of Southwest 358 Highway in Jena, Hardens said, in response to a call in regard to indecent exposure.
     When the deputy arrived, he was told that Chad A. Princing had gone outside of his residence while nude, Harden said. 
     Once outside, Harden said, Princing was reported to have taken his penis and shook it at three adult victims in a sexual manner and in the presence of a 3-year-old child.
     After taking the victims’ complaint, the deputy went to Princing’s residence where he saw Princing through the screen door, Harden said.
     Princing who was still naked at the time refused to dress and come outside as the deputy requested, Harden said.
     After Princing continuously failed to come outside, the deputy entered the residence and arrested Princing, Harden said.

 


Suspects from three counties
caught in one vehicle stop


Daniel Revels


Jimmy Ellard


Jessica Sims

Mug Shots By DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 12, 2o17 at 9:07 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
One suspect from each of the counties in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties found themselves in the Dixie County Jail on Tuesday night (Dec. 5) after a deputy with the Dixie County Sheriff's Office found probable cause to place them there on drug charges, according to information in a Dec. 11 press release from DCSO spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.
     It was on that fateful Tuesday night when a DCSO deputy conducted a traffic stop on Southeast U.S. Highway 19 for faulty tail lights, Harden said.
     During the course of this traffic stop, deputies found baggies, a pipe, a needle, a straw, tubing and scales, Harden said. 
     Also found during the stop were a small amount of cocaine and marijuana, Harden said.
     As a result, three individuals were arrested.
     The suspects are Daniel Revels, 40, of Chiefland, Jimmy Ellard, 25, of Old Town and Jessica Sims, 32, of Trenton, Harden said.
     All three suspects were charged in connection with the controlled substances and paraphernalia while Ellard was charged with the additional count of possession of firearm by a convicted felon, Harden said, and Revels was charged with the an additional count of driving while his license was suspended.

 


Former employee
becomes suspected burglar


Christopher Mullins

Mug Shot By DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 12, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY
-- Sometimes employees become suspected thieves.
     This was the case at the Good Time Marina, according to information in a Dec. 11 press release from Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.
     Christopher Mullins, 35 of Steinhatchee was arrested on Dec. 8 when he turned himself in at the Dixie County Jail, Harden said.
     Mullins had become wanted in connection with a burglary and theft that occurred at the Good Times Marina in Jena in early November, Harden said.
     A DCSO deputy arrived at the scene of the burglary in November, Harden said, and the owner had already reviewed video surveillance footage and found that Mullins, who was a former employee, was the individual who entered the marina.
     The deputy later returned after the owner was able to retrieve and save of a copy of the video for evidence, Harden said.
     At that time, the deputy forwarded the filing documents to charge Mullins with burglary, theft and criminal mischief, Harden said,
     Mullins' bond was set at $21,000.


LCDPS 2017 Employee of the Year

Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Cribbs and Director Mitch Harrell are seen here. Congratulations Firefighter/Paramedic Cribbs for being the Levy County Department of Public Safety’s (LCDPS) 2017 Employee of the Year. At the Annual LCDPS Christmas Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 2, he was awarded Employee of the Year designation -- as voted by his peers.  Each year, the employees of the department nominate who they feel deserves the esteemed award. During the nomination process, the nominee was described by his coworkers as dedicated, hardworking and showing great leadership qualities. Cribbs has been serving Levy County as a member of the Department since 2005 and continues to show his commitment to serving others and dedication to the Department on a regular basis. LCDPS thanks Black Prong Equestrian Center for helping to make this event a great success!
Published Dec. 10, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.

Information and Photo Provided by Alesha Rinaudo, Assistant to the Director of LCDPS

 


Cardiac arrest patient
visits with rescuers


Seen here are (from left) Firefighter/Paramedic Andy Sapp, Capt. Devin Taylor, Paramedic Frances 'Frankie' Visconti, Alvin Green, Trenton Firefighter Troy Breton, Firefighter/EMT Dan Frost, and Chief James Campbell

Information and Photo Provided
By Gilchrist County Fire Chief James Campbell
Published Dec. 8, 2017 at 1:37 p.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY --
Crews from Gilchrist County Fire Rescue and the Trenton Fire Department were excited for the chance to recently reunite with a former patient who has made a miraculous recovery after suffering from cardiac arrest just weeks ago.
     Alvin Green and his wife Robin met with the Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics who saved the Gilchrist County man's life on Oct. 5.

     Green suffered an unexpected and sudden cardiac arrest. Emergency crews worked quickly to successfully revive and transport him to North Florida Regional Medical Center, where he underwent an emergent cardiac procedure to save his life.
     Robin Green noticed that her husband was in distress when he came into their home after just starting to trim a large tree on their property. Mrs. Green called 9-1-1 immediately and emergency crews arrived just in time to witness Alvin go into a full cardiac arrest.
     Responders quickly initiated CPR and Advanced Life Support protocols/procedures successfully restarting Mr. Green’s heart. 
     "GCFR is proud of our responders as this type of event has a national survival rate of less than 7 percent," Fire Chief James Campbell noted. "Responders train continuously to improve the national average. You too can help your community by becoming certified in CPR and calling 9-1-1 early for anyone you believe may be having a serious medical event."
     In a letter to the first responders, Green noted his appreciation.
     "I stopped breathing and went into full cardiac arrest just as paramedics Dan Frost and Frankie Visconti arrived," Green noted. "They immediately began CPR, multiple defibrillator shocks and life-saving medications. More backup arrived as Captain Devin Taylor, Paramedic Andy Sapp and Firefighter Troy Breton joined in the effort."
     The survivor noted that this team worked vigorously for more than 30 minutes just to stabilize him for hospital transport.
     "Once there, I was rushed into emergency surgery and have now made a full recovery," Green wrote. "The paramedics even stayed to watch the surgery and Chief James Campbell checked in with my family while I was in recovery. Only by the grace of God and the amazing expert care and tireless efforts was I saved from this heart attack that was 100 percent blockage of the 'widow-maker' artery.  Thank you to Chief James Campbell for all the well-trained and dedicated staff of the Gilchrist County Fire Rescue Department. We are forever grateful!"
     Information on CPR certification can be found by contacting the Gilchrist County Emergency Operations Center at 386-935- 5400.


LCSO Offers Free
Active Threat Training


Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum is offering a free Active Threat Response class to interested groups. This class is being offered in light of the many tragic active shooter and active threat events that are occurring in the United States of America country and around the world. This class is intended to help groups be more prepared for this type of situation. The class is approximately an hour long. It includes a question and answer period. It is designed for individuals who are 18 years old and older. Classes will be offered by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Community Relations Division. Calsses will be offered after interested groups have been established and a schedule can be designed. These classes are currently being offered to businesses, churches or civic groups. Sheriff McCallum urges each of these groups to take advantage of this free class to be more prepared for what to do. Please contact Deputy Grant Sandlin to inquire about class scheduling or to schedule an event by calling the Levy County Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111 or by sending an email to Deputy Sandlin directly at gsandlin@levyso.com.
Published Dec. 6, 2017 at 1:47 p.m.

Information and Graphic Provided by LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond, PIO


Friday Nights Done Right -
Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition
seeks to save lives,
families and the community


Katrina VanAernam is seen at the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition office on the afternoon before the Friday Nights Done Right event on Dec. 1. Seen here next to her on the wall are paper snowflakes and angels representing the many partners in the prevention of drug abuse in Dixie County. Drug abuse and drug addiction are seen by many law enforcement officers as being significant sources for criminal behavior.

Story And Photo
By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 2, 2017 at 4:17 p.m.
     CROSS CITY --
She was caught walking to her car in the parking lot of the Ameris Bank in Cross City late Friday afternoon (Dec. 1).

     Katrina VanAernam thought she would be able to rendezvous with her son and then be on her way to the Friday Nights Done Right program that happens on the first Friday night of each month. Instead a visiting journalist stalled that movement.
     As is the case on occasion, though, her plan was sidetracked to potentially help the causes of the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition even more than the plan of the moment had called for her to do. VanAernam leads the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition and the group is seeing success in its efforts.
     She knows that by helping prevent drug abuse and drug addiction, the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition helps to save individual’s lives, families and ultimately the community as a whole.
     On that particular Friday afternoon, a journalist had just dropped in – unannounced and unscheduled – to see the facility for the Coalition. She provided a tour of the new office and she spoke about some of the foundations of partnering with others to help stop drug abuse and addiction.
     Now established within the Ameris Bank in Cross City, the group that strives to save lives is continuing to see progress in Dixie County.
     The Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition previously had enjoyed and was thankful for the rent-free use of a building thanks to Carol West for some years prior to the move, but it had grown to a point where it needed more space.
     As for the pressing matter of the evening, VanAernam took her pending Friday Nights Done Right duties in stride.
     What is Friday Nights Done Right?
     Friday Nights Done Right is a program that shows young people that they can have a good time without drugs, alcohol or tobacco.
     This coalition does more than one monthly get-together.
     One of the other most recent events was an open house on Nov. 28 at the new office inside the Ameris Bank in Cross City. It started at 11 a.m. and lasted to at least 4 p.m.
     There were free barbecue sandwiches and more.
     About 40 people showed up to learn about the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition at the Nov. 28 event. VanAernam mentioned that communities with a coalition such as this see a 2 to 3 percent reduction in drug-related activity.
     Currently, the whole United States of America is said to be suffering from an opioid crisis. That is to say there are many people addicted to morphine, heroin and various other narcotics – including an array of pills prescribed for pain relief.
     Another drug issue affecting Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties is methamphetamine manufacturing, sales and use.
     This is a stimulant similar to the prescription amphetamines of the 1960s and 1970s, but this is a homemade concoction that is even more toxic than the pills of old that were prescribed to provide energy and reduce weight.
     One of the many partners featured during the open house event on Nov. 28 is Overcomers. They have a meeting room within the same bank confines as the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition.
     Overcomers is active in Dixie and Taylor counties, and it works with the judicial system in the Third Judicial Circuit to help people with misdemeanor and felony drug charges to work toward rehabilitation away from the drugs that helped cause their criminal behavior.
     Overcomers offers hope and help to any person struggling with an addiction. Overcomers classes are taught by Davy and Pam Cannon of Steinhatchee.
     Davy Cannon became addicted to methamphetamine and alcohol. The he became clean from those drugs in 2012 and has not returned.
     He wanted to help people quit their addictions as he had quit them. As an alternative to Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous, he created Overcomers.
     There is no cost to attend the meetings.
     Overcomers meets at three different places and times:
     ● Every Monday at 6 p.m. in the New Life Church, 28 N.E. 159 Ave. in Old Town, Florida 32680.
     ● Every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Rigoni Timber, 2365 U.S. Highway 19 N., in Perry.
     ● Every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Friendship Chapel, Church of God, Friendship Chapel, 915 Highway 51 N.E., in Steinhatchee.
 For more information about Overcomers, call Davy Cannon at 386-965-8461.
    VanAernam has found many resources in the area and she has succeeded in helping groups combine their efforts for singular causes, such as helping people who are addicted to drugs to get over their addictions, and to help young people understand the strong value of not using drugs.
     Another community partner with the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition is Heart of a Servant Outreach Ministry, which is led by Sherry Coffill of Old Town.
     This group is known for sharing the love of Jesus by feeding the body and soul. This ministry group works with the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank of Gainesville, which is led by President Marcia Conwell.
     Another significant organization that helps people quit using drugs or to not start using them is Meridian Behavioral Healthcare of North Florida.
     As for Friday Night Done Right, this program welcomes more volunteers and participants.
     For individuals who would like to host an event, there are three requirements. The event is open to all people; it must be held in Dixie County; and there is no alcohol or other drugs allowed.
     For individuals who want to host a Friday Nights Done Right event, please call Debby Sweem at 352-210-2601.


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
Dec. 4 Through Dec. 10

Updated Dec. 12, 2017 at 6:47 a.m.

DECEMBER 4
     Skyler Gage Donnelly, 27, of Bronson was arrested for grand theft of a vehicle, grand theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond $41,000.
     Sephra Lynn Fitak, 30, of Gainesville was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Alexsandro Naranjo, 23, of Chiefland was arrested for battery - touch or strike. Bond $20,000.
     Alejahblo Salquado, 22, of Ocala was arrested for obstruct without violence. No bond amount was given.
DECEMBER 5
     John William Gardenier, 24, of Inglis was arrested for grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft, burglary of an unoccupied structure, failure to obey a law enforcement officer's command to stop, three counts of obstruction of justice without violence, operating a motor vehicle without a license, and failure to register a motor vehicle. Bond $195,000.
    Heather Renee Treharne, 48, of Old Town was arrested for DUI - alcohol or drugs. Bond $2,000.
DECEMBER 6
     James Thomas Crowe, 54, of Trenton was arrested for sexual battery of a victim younger than 12 years old. Bond $50,000.
    Janet Nicole Bowman, 19, of Cross City was arrested for grand theft $300 to less than $5,000.
     Ronald Victor Joyner Sr., 37, of Bronson was arrested for grand theft of motor vehicle. No bond amount was given.
DECEMBER 7
     James Oliver Johnson Jr., 32, of Chiefland was arrested for DWLSR habitual offender, poss. drugs with intent to sell, poss. cocaine, failure to register a motor vehicle. Bond $52,000.
     Lamont Lewis Nelson, 37, of Bronson was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
     Woodrow Joseph Plemmons, 43, of Cedar Key was arrested for DWLSR, two FTAs, with intent - methaqualone or mecloqualone derivative - schedule 1 - drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $30,500.
     Matthew John Schrader, 24, of Chiefland was arrested for controlled substance without prescription. Bond $25,000.
     Victor Allan Vanderlinde, 44, of Trenton was arrested for controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $26,000.
DECEMBER 8
     Tiffany Colello, 31, of Brooksville was arrested for VOP. No bond.
     David Cedrick Flanders, 36, of Chiefland was arrested for misdemeanor poss. of marijuana, poss. of a controlled substance without a prescription, poss. of drugs with intent to sell, FTA, aggravated child abuse, and felony battery. Bond $121,000.
     Tracy Shay Knight, 39, of Cross City was arrested for DWLSR - second offense, with intent methaqualone or mecloqualone derivative - schedule I, controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. $32,000.
     Tammy Marie Williamson, 45, of Williston was arrested for battery - touch or strike. ROR.
     Christopher Wade Yawn, 32, of Newberry was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Cash only $1,146.20.
DECEMBER 9
     Everett Michael Adams, 40, of Dunnellon was arrested for abuse child without great bodily harm. Bond $5,000.
     Tyler Steve Ming, 22, of Bronson was arrested for drug - schedule 1, marijuana - not more than 20 grams. ROR.
DECEMBER 10
     Timothy Scott Burton, 32, of Cedar Key was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $5,000.
     Colin Q. Fraser, 33, of Fairhope, Pennsylvania was arrested for marijuana - not more than 20 grams, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. ROR.
     James Daniel Rone, 35, of Chiefland was arrested for controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. No bond amount was given.
     Ronald Lee Speck, 47, of Mountain City, Georgia was arrested for DWLSR - habitual, marijuana - not more than 20 grams, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $6,000.

 




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
Dec. 4 Through Dec. 10

Updated Dec. 12, 2017 at 6:47 a.m.


DECEMBER 4
     Logan Futch, 20, of Cross City was arrested for poss./sell/ mfg. controlled substance, poss./use/mfg./deliver/advertise drug. No bond amount was given.
     Chad M. Princing, 41, of Steinhatchee was arrested for lewd/ lascivious act in present of minor, indecent exposure in public, RWOV. Bond $52,000.
     Keshaun Freeman, 18, of Cross City was arrested for juv. pickup order - burglary of dwelling, juv. pickup order for absconding, controlled substance - poss./ sell/ mfg. No bond amount was given.
DECEMBER 5
     Daniel Revels, 40, of Chiefland was arrested for DWLSR, poss/ use/ mfg./ deliver/ advertise drug. Bond $500.
     Jimmy N. Ellard, 25, of Old Town was arrested for six counts of poss./ use/ mfg./ deliver/ advertise drug, two counts controlled substance - poss./ sell/ mfg., poss. firearm/ concealed weapon by convicted felon. Bond $1,500.
     Jessica Sims, 32, of Trenton was arrested for three counts poss./ use/ mfg./ deliver/ advertise drug, controlled substance - poss./ sell/ mfg. Bond $1,500.
     David Chester Lovvorn, 41, of Old Town was arrested for controlled substance - poss./ sell/ mfg., poss/ use/ mfg./ deliver/ advertise. Bond $5,000.
DECEMBER 6
     Christopher Dane Hubbert, 49, of Old Town was arrested for a Polk County warrant. No bond amount was given.
     Lylia R. Shivley, 28, of Old Town was arrested for trespass after warning, DWLSR. Bond $500.
     Tiffany Lynn Costenbader, 36, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $500.
     Waylan John Campbell, 26, of Cedar Key was arrested for a Levy County warrant. No bond amount was given.
     Charles Sidney Whitby, 33, of Old Town was arrested for a Lafayette County warrant. Bond $943.
     Ova Lee Fields, 50, of Old Town was arrested for domestic battery, DWLSR - knowingly. Bond $5,000.
     Jennifer M. Allen, 28, of Old Town was arrested for grand theft, dealing in stolen property. Bond $1,000.
     Frank Rodgers, 63, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $1,375.
     Frank Rodgers, 63, of Old Town was arrested for controlled substance - poss./ sell/ mfg., tamper with/ fabricate physical evidence, abuse/ neglect/ exp. aged. Bond $20,000.
     Christopher Eugene Morris, 33, of Suwannee was arrested for battery/ spouse abuse. No bond amount was given.
DECEMBER 7
DECEMBER 8

     Christopher N. Mullins, 35, of Steinhatchee was arrested for two counts of burglary, theft, criminal mischief. Bond $7,500.
DECEMBER 9
     Erica D. Pasley, 33, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant, poss. of drug equipment. Bond $11,500.
DECEMBER 10

 


 


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
Dec. 4 Through Dec. 10

Updated Dec. 12, 2017 at 6:47 a.m.

DECEMBER 4
     Thomas John Gross Jr., 28, of Chiefland was arrested for VOP. No Bond.
     Levi Bobby Holder, 32, of Chiefland was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Bond $250.
     Katie Faye Steele, 26, of Gainesville was arrested for VOP. No Bond.
DECEMBER 5
DECEMBER 6

     Filadelfo Amaya Sanchez, 28, of Bell was arrested for operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver license. Bond $25,000.
DECEMBER 7
     Kelly Jo Downing, 49, of Trenton was arrested for poss. weapon or ammo by convicted Florida felon, RWOV, VOP. No Bond.
     Ebony Sherese Williams, 34, of no address given was arrested for poss. cocaine with intent to sell/ mfg/ deliver/ etc. - schedule II, sell cocaine - schedule II. Bond $225,000.
     Tyler Gene Popp, 28, of no address given was charged with criminal restraint. No bond amount listed.
DECEMBER 8
DECEMBER 9
DECEMBER 10

     Shynika Monique Bradshaw, 31, of Gainesville was arrested for poss. drugs without a prescription, and keeping a public nuisance structure for drug activity. Bond ROR.

 
 

--UPDATED--
THURSDAY   Dec. 14   11:27 a.m.
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