SunState Federal Credit Union
worker arrested for grand theft


Rachel Lynn Mobley

Mug Shot by LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 25, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
A SunState Federal Credit Union (of Chiefland) teller was arrested Tuesday (Sept. 19) after two audits showed $7,300 missing from the cash drawer that was in her custody, according to records.



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     Rachel Lynn Mobley, 31, of Chiefland was arrested for grand theft, according to an incident report by arresting officer Chiefland Police Officer K. Schultz.
     Branch Manager Carole Tucker said Mobley had been audited several times throughout the month, Schultz said. Audits reflected about $7,300 missing from Mobley's drawer. Officer Schultz read the suspect the Miranda warning.
     "Mobley stated that she was having financial difficulties," Schultz reported, "which is why she was taking the money. Mobley confessed that the approximate amount of $7,300 was accurate."
     Mobley was bonded out of the Levy County Jail on Oct. 20 and her bond was for $30,000, according to records.


Fort McCoy man dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 25, 2017 at 11:57 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A Fort McCoy man died in a single-Jeep crash Monday evening (Sept. 25), the FHP said.
     Rodney Edward Booth, 48, of Fort McCoy was driving a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee at 5:30 p.m. Monday, according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Javon Murphy based on information from FHP Cpl. Jason Roberts.
     Booth was driving the Jeep southbound on Northeast 170th Avenue Road, the FHP said.
     For reasons still to be determined, the Jeep went off of the right shoulder of the road, the FHP said.
     It collided with several small trees and subsequently overturned, the FHP said.
     As a result, Booth was ejected from the Jeep, the FHP said. He was not wearing a seatbelt, the FHP said.
     He was pronounced dead at the scene, the FHP said.


Traffic and drug charges
result in Dixie County

 
Thomas Fowler                                             Mathew Dyals

Mug Shots by DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 25, 2017 at 4:37 p.m.

  DIXIE COUNTY --
A couple of young men from Old Town went to jail Saturday night (Sept. 23) after one of them drew attention to the vehicle they were through his choices while behind the wheel, according to information from Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.
     Thomas Fowler, 29, of Old Town was arrested for driving on a suspended license and willful and wanton reckless driving, Harden said. Fowler currently has a bond amount of $2,000.
     Mathew Dyals, 32, of Old Town was arrested for the possession of Methadone, possession of Alprazolam, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and introduction of contraband into a detention facility, Harden said. Dyals’ bond has been set at $17,000.
     Here is what led these two to be incarcerated.
     On Saturday night, a DCSO deputy notice a vehicle pull onto U.S. Highway 19 directly into the path of another vehicle -- almost causing a collision, Harden said.
     Even before the deputy could initiate a traffic stop, Harden said, that driver directed that vehicle through the grassy median of the highway and then across the southbound lanes of traffic entering onto Southeast 74th Avenue at a high rate of speed.
     The deputy at this point was able to conduct a traffic stop at this location, Harden said, and during the stop identified the driver as Fowler. Fowler was arrested for driving on a suspended license, and willful and wanton reckless driving.
     A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed several items of contraband that were linked to Fowler’s passenger -- Dyals, Harden said, who was first arrested for the various drug possession charges.
     Once at the Dixie County Jail, Harden said, Dyals was found to be concealing several small packages in his rectum area. These packages were found to contain Methadone and Alprazolam also. Dyals was then charged with the introduction of contraband into a detention facility.

 


Traffic infraction
leads to drug arrest


Cindy L. Ball

Mug Shot by DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 25, 2017 at 4:37 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A couple of relatively minor traffic infractions led to a woman being arrested on drug charges, according to a press release from Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.
     Cindy Lou Ball, 62, of Old Town was charged with driving on a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance, manufacture or delivery a controlled substance and tampering with evidence, according to records.
     Ball is currently being held in the Dixie County Jail under a $12,000 bail amount.
     Her current residency resulted after a series of events on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 23), when a DCSO deputy observed two individuals meeting near Northeast 351 Highway in Cross City, Harden said.
     When one of the vehicles left, Harden said, the deputy saw that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and that the rear taillight assembly was broken.
     The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle being driven by Ball.
     Upon running Ball’s information, Harden said, the deputy learned that her driver’s license had been suspended.
     Ball was taken into custody on this charge, Harden said, and a search of her purse subsequent to that arrest was conducted.
     The deputy found several syringes, Harden said, one of which was suspected to have contained dilaudid, a narcotic prescription drug.
     While being transported to the Dixie County Jail, on the first set of charges, Harden said, the deputy noticed Ball's erratic movements in the rear of his patrol car.
     After delivering Ball to the custody of jail staff, Harden said, the deputy searched the rear of his patrol car. This is where the deputy found a bottle containing 21 dilaudid pills, Harden said.
     Ball was then charged with tampering with evidence, Harden explained, for her efforts to conceal the dilaudid.


Man arrested for
pretending to be a deputy


Isael Ibrain Lima

Mug Shot by MCSO
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By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 25, 2017 at 2:27 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
The nephew of a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office is in the Marin County Jail in lieu of $33,000 on various charges including impersonating a law enforcement officer, according to a press release from MCSO Public Information Office Director Paul Bloom.

     Isael Ibrain Lima, 18, was arrested Monday morning (Sept. 25) and he is charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft of a firearm, openly carrying prohibited weapon, theft of law enforcement equipment from an emergency vehicle, burglary of a conveyance, armed burglary of a dwelling, impersonating a law enforcement official, and giving a false name to a law enforcement officer, Bloom said.
     Property Crimes detectives made the arrest, Bloom said.
     On Sunday (Sept. 24), detectives were called to investigate a possible burglary at an MCSO deputy's home, Bloom said.
     Deputy Yoandy Miranda reported that he had left town for a couple of days over the weekend of Sept. 24 and 24), Bloom said, and upon his return, he noticed that it appeared that unknown person(s) had entered his locked bedroom.
     Deputy Miranda noticed that his patrol vehicle had been entered, Bloom said, but nothing appeared to have been stolen
from either the home or the vehicle.
     On Saturday (Sept. 23), Belleview Police Department (BPD) officers responded to a disturbance call at a local convenience store, Bloom said. BPD officers made contact there with an individual, later identified as defendant Isael Lima, who had identified himself as an off-duty MCSO deputy, Bloom said.
     This man was wearing an MCSO deputy's uniform, Bloom said. Lima reported to BPD that he had witnessed a physical disturbance between two individuals at the location and had asked for BPD's assistance, Bloom said.
     At this scene, Bloom said, Lima introduced himself to MCSO Sgt. Bobby Levay as "Deputy Miranda" prior to leaving the incident location.
     Sgt. Levay was not personally familiar with Deputy Miranda and did not recognize Lima to be impersonating Deputy Miranda at that time, Bloom said.
     The following day (Sunday, Sept. 24), Deputy Miranda contacted Sgt. Levay to let him know about the possible burglary to his home and vehicle that had occurred over the weekend, Bloom said.
     Sgt. Levay realized that the "Deputy Miranda" he had met the previous day was, in fact, not the real Deputy Miranda, but was Deputy Miranda's nephew Isael Lima who lives with Deputy Miranda.
     Using footage from the BPD officer's body camera, detectives and Deputy Miranda identified the person in that video as Lima, Bloom said.
     Lima admitted to breaking into Deputy Miranda's room while he was away for the weekend, Bloom said, and Lima admitted to taking his uniform and issued equipment.
     Lima told detectives that he had initially put on the uniform and drove to his girlfriend's home because he wanted to "impress" her, Bloom said.
     Lima admitted to impersonating an officer at the convenience store in Belleview with BPD officers, Bloom said.
     Lima admitted that he had stolen Deputy Miranda's patrol vehicle, dressed in Miranda's MCSO uniform, and then conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle, Bloom said.
     Lima told detectives that he had picked up a friend who rode with him in the patrol car. Lima said that his friend recorded video of this traffic stop, Bloom said.
     This video was obtained by MCSO detectives and Lima can be seen in the video conducting a traffic stop dressed as an MCSO deputy, Bloom said.
     "I don't think this man realized the danger he put himself in by trying to impersonate a deputy sheriff,” MCSO Chief Deputy Robert Douglas said. “Our deputies undergo extensive, ongoing training to be able to do their job safely. Ensuring public safety and trust are our priorities, and this is why we take this type of crime so seriously."


Man dies in head-on crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 24, 2017 at 9:47 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
A 23-year-old Interlachen man died in the very early hours Sunday (Sept. 24) as the result of injuries he suffered in a head-on collision, the FHP said.

     Casandra Lee Carlson, 39, of New Port Richey was driving a 1993 Chevrolet 3500 pickup truck at 1:14 a.m. Sunday morning in Alachua County, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Lena Ward, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Miguel Robles and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. James Smith II.
     Cory Scott Richardson, 23, of Interlachen was driving a 2012 Honda Civic car, the FHP said.
     Carlson was driving the pickup truck the wrong way as it went westbound on State Road 20 in the inside eastbound lane, east of Southeast 193rd Terrace, the FHP said.
     Richardson was driving the small car eastbound on SR 20 in the inside eastbound lane, the FHP said.
     The Chevy pickup's front collided with the front of Honda car in a head-on collision, the FHP said.
     Richardson was pronounced dead on the scene by Alachua County Fire Rescue, the FHP said.
     Carlson was transported to UF Health Hospital with incapacitating injuries and listed in critical condition, the FHP said.
     Carlson was not wearing a seatbelt, the FHP said. Blood-alcohol content tests were conducted on Carlson, the FHP said.
     Richardson was wearing a seatbelt, the FHP said. Alcohol was not a factor involved with his driving, the FHP said.
     Charges are pending completion of the investigation of this accident, the FHP said.


Motorcyclist dies
in Hernando County

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 24, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.
(Held until after next of kin were notified)
     HERNANDO COUNTY --
A 51-year-old man died Saturday night (Sept. 23) as the result of injuries suffered in a crash in Hernando County, the FHP said.

     Gene Arden Leavitt Jr., 51, of Brooksville was driving a 2001 Yamaha motorcycle at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins, based on information from crash and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. M. Meier.
     The Yamaha was southbound on Broad Street (U.S. Highway 41), north of Ancient Trail, the FHP said.
     For unknown reason, the motorcycle departed from the roadway, the FHP said, and then it entered the west shoulder and collided with a utility pole.
     Leavitt died at the scene of the crash, the FHP said. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the FHP said. The driver was not wearing a helmet, the FHP said.


Witnesses help FHP make
quick hit-and-run arrest


Robert Lane

Mug Shot By CCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 23, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.
     COLUMBIA COUNTY --
The Florida Highway Patrol tracked and arrested a hit-and-run suspect Friday evening (Sept. 22) thanks to help from witnesses, the FHP said.

     Robert Lane, 27, of Lake City was arrested Friday after the 6:10 p.m. incident, according to a press release from FHP Lt. Kevin M. Pace, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper B. Baures.
      Lane was placed under arrest for leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, the FHP said, and he was then transported to and booked into the Columbia County Jail. The driver was also issued citations for careless driving, expired tag more than six months and for having no proof of insurance, the FHP said.
     As of early Saturday morning (Sept. 23), the Columbia County Sheriff's Office listed the inmate as being held with no bond.
     Early Friday evening, Lane was driving a 2005 Ford F-250 pickup truck southbound on Southeast October Road, the FHP said, where he was attempting to negotiate a curve in the roadway.
     The driver lost control of the vehicle and traveled off of the roadway through the east ditch, the FHP said.
     The front left of the pickup truck then collided with a mailbox and a fence post, the FHP said, before it continued traveling southeast. That is when the front left of Ford collided with a utility pole, the FHP said causing the pole to break.
     After collision with the utility pole, the FHP said, the F-250 left the scene of the crash last seen traveling south on Southeast October Road.
     Witnesses were able to provide a detailed description of the vehicle, the FHP said, and a short time later, the pickup truck was located. That vehicle had extensive damage to the front left of the it, the FHP said, and the arrest was subsequent to the crash investigator finding probable cause to effect the arrest.


Dunnellon woman arrested
for allegedly shaking baby


Rayven Annette Russell

Mug Shot by MCSO

By Lauren Lettelier, MCSO Public Information Officer
Published Sept. 22, 2017 at 2:27 P.M.
     MARION COUNTY --
Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes detectives arrested Rayven Annette Russell, 23, of Dunnellon on a charge of aggravated child abuse of a one-month-old male child that was in her care.

     Investigation revealed that Russell shook the child, which resulted in permanent brain damage.
     On Aug. 20, Major Crimes detectives were contacted by investigators with the Florida Department of Children and Families in reference to a possible child abuse case, which occurred at the 18000th block of Southwest Highway 328 in Dunnellon.
     Detectives responded to the hospital to find that the one-month-old victim had multiple injuries to include bruising on his chest, back, leg and neck areas, bleeding inside the brain and two subdural hematomas, one on the back side of the brain and one on the front side of the brain.
     Doctors determined that the child received the injuries approximately 24 hours before he was brought to the hospital by Russell.
     Additionally, detectives discovered these injuries were inflicted on the child while he was in Russell’s care.
     In a Post-Miranda interview, Russell told detectives that she was frustrated with the child because he would not stop crying -- so she shook him.
     She added that she regrets doing this to the child and said she would never do it again.
     Russell was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated child abuse. She was placed in the Marion County Jail on $10,000 bond. The child has been released from the hospital and has been placed with a medical caregiver.


Pasco County crash
leads to road repair






The crash site as seen in the daylight of Friday (Sept. 22) shows why southbound I-75 traffic is being diverted from the area for some period of time. All Lanes Are Re-opened Now.
Photos Provided by the Florida Highway Patrol

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 22, 2017 at 9:47 a.m.
* Updated Sept. 22, 2017 at 2:47 p.m.
     PASCO COUNTY --
A crash in Pasco County during the wee hours of the morning on Friday (Sept. 22) in which no person was injured, resulted however in a fire that destroyed some roadway and will result in some traffic diversion, the FHP said.

     Lortatia Marshall, 44, of Waynesboro, Ga., was driving a 2007 Freightliner semi-tractor trailer at 4:30 a.m., according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Jason Brown.
     The tractor trailer, which was hauling a load of pumpkins, was southbound on I-75 in the outside lane north of State Road 52, the FHP said.
     The vehicle traveled into the gore (a small usually triangular piece of land) near the exit of SR 52, the FHP said, and then it collided with the crash attenuator at the exit ramp.
     Post-impact, the semi traveled several hundred feet before coming to final rest in the outside lane, the FHP said.
     It erupted in flames, the FHP said. Marshall exited from the tractor trailer without injury, the FHP said.
     The crash closed the southbound lanes of I-75 for several hours and southbound traffic was diverted onto SR 52, the FHP said.
*     Extensive roadway repairs will be necessary; therefore, traffic was diverted around the crash via the adjacent construction area, the FHP said. All lanes are re-opened now.


Man dies in Marion County
motorcycle crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 22, 2017 at 9:17 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A 24-year-old Ocala man died Thursday night in a crash, the FHP said.

     Nathan Rouse-Hecken, 24, of Ocala was driving a 2013 Bash scooter motorcycle at 9:51 p.m. on Thursday night, according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Javon Murphy, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper R. Umana and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. D. Yunker.
     At the same time, Keysha McPheters, 30, of Ocala was driving a 2007 Honda Odyssey minivan with Jesse McPheters, 31, of Ocala, as the passenger, the FHP said.
     The scooter was westbound on Northeast 35th Street approaching the intersection of Marion County Road 200A, the FHP said.
     The minivan was traveling southbound on County Road 200A approaching the intersection of Northeast 35th Street, the FHP said.
     According to multiple witnesses and Keysha McPheters, the 2013 Bash motorcycle failed to stop at a red traffic signal, the FHP said.
     The front of 2006 Honda Odyssey collided with the right side of 2013 Bash motorcycle, the FHP said.
     Rouse-Hecken was transported to and was pronounced dead at Ocala Regional Medical Center, the FHP said.
     Neither occupant of the minivan suffered injuries, the FHP said. Charges are pending completion of the investigation, the FHP said.


Past preacher busted for theft

Todd Anthony Pope

Mug Shot By GCSO

By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Published Sept. 21, 2017 at 4:07 p.m.
     BRONSON --
The former pastor for Cedar Key First Baptist Church was arrested Tuesday (Sept. 19) in Gilchrist County on a Levy County warrant that stemmed from an investigation which began in late July.

     The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division received a request from an individual who requested the LCSO to look into unusual charges occurring on the church’s operational expense accounts.
     Investigators determined former Pastor Todd Anthony Pope, 54, not only utilized funds from these church accounts for personal gain, but he also opened charge accounts, credit card accounts and gas charge accounts.
     Investigators immediately identified a couple of unusual charges on the church’s bank account. Pope, whom had been confronted by the church in late June, resigned.
     The anonymous tipster did not know the extent of the unauthorized charges until a more thorough examination of bank records was conducted by LCSO investigators. Investigators discovered unauthorized ATM withdrawals and charge cards opened in the church’s name with only Pope as the authorized user.
     In total, investigators determined Pope took approximately $76,267.58 through various means over a period of several years. Investigators secured a warrant for Pope’s arrest for scheme to defraud, forgery/uttering forged bank checks and grand theft greater than $20,000 but less than $99,999.
     Pope was arrested in Gilchrist County for the Levy County warrant. His bond was set at $215,000.
     This investigation is still ongoing and additional charges are expected to be filed at a later date.


FEMA, FCC to test
Emergency Alert System;

Mandatory nationwide test of
the Emergency Alert System
to be conducted Sept. 27

Published Sept. 20, 2017 at 4:47 p.m.
     WASHINGTON, D.C. --
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Sept. 27 at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

     The test will assess the readiness for distribution of the national level test message, as well as verify its delivery.
     The EAS test is made available to radio, television, cable and direct broadcast satellite systems, and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test’s message will be similar to the regular monthly test message of the EAS with which the public is familiar, only inserting the word “national.”
     “This is a national test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test.”
      Significant coordination and regional testing has been conducted with the broadcast community and emergency managers in preparation for this EAS national test. The test is intended to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of an emergency or disaster. Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems is also a way to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure required for the distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.
     Conducting the test following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria will provide insight into the resiliency of our national-level alerting capabilities in impacted areas. The test will also provide valuable data into how the Integrated Public Alerts and Warning System performs during and following a variety of conditions. With three major hurricanes already making landfall, and a potential for one more impacting our nation, we need to have the ability to maintain the continuity of critical infrastructure under various conditions.
     Receiving preparedness tips and timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. FEMA and our partners are working to ensure alerts and warnings are received quickly through several different technologies, no matter whether an individual is at home, at school, at work, or out in the community. The FEMA App, which can be downloaded on both Android and Apple devices, is one way to ensure receipt of both preparedness tips and weather alerts. The FEMA App can be downloaded at https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app.
     The back-up date for the test is Oct. 4, at 2:20 p.m. EDT, in case the Sept. 27 test is cancelled. More information on the IPAWS and Wireless Emergency Alerts is available at https://www.ready.gov/alerts.
     This is the third mandatory nationwide test of the EAS. The first test was conducted in November 2011, in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials. The second mandatory test was conducted in September 2016. You can also access a video, FEMA Accessible Emergency Alert System IPAWS Test Message, in American Sign Language.
     In 2007, FEMA began modernizing the nation’s public alert and warning system by integrating new technologies into the existing alert systems. The new system, known as IPAWS became operational in 2011. Today, IPAWS supports more than 900 local, state, tribal, and federal users through a standardized message format. IPAWS enables public safety alerting authorities such as emergency managers, police and fire departments to send the same alert and warning message over multiple communication pathways at the same time to citizens in harm’s way, helping to save lives. For more information on FEMA’s IPAWS, go to: www.fema.gov/ipaws. For more preparedness information, go to www.ready.gov.


DCFS helps people;
Hurricane Irma
recovery has begun

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 19, 2017 at 3:47 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
The men and women of Dixie County Fire Services, which includes volunteers and career firefighters, helped people as the firefighters responded to various calls during the past week of reporting.

     Dixie County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Darian Brown shared on Monday (Sept. 18) information from the previous week.
     The Dixie County Fire Services Medical units ran 108 medical calls during the week.
     Dixie County Fire Services dealt with the effects from Hurricane Irma, which included another 200 miscellaneous calls including power lines, trees, patient transfers, rescues, etc.
     It has been a busy week for the service. DCFS crews are glad to have a small break, Chief Brown said.
    “We are also expecting a minor river flood (Suwannee River) this week as well as watching Hurricane Maria and Lee in the Atlantic,” Chief Brown said.
     Dixie County is approved for Individual Assistance for the Storm. Applicants to FEMA can call them at 1-800-621-3362.
     Please do not call Dixie County Emergency Services for FEMA information. Go to the FEMA website by clicking HERE.


Gov. Scott takes emergency
action to force assisted living
facilities and nursing homes
to have generators

Information from the Press Office of Gov. Rick Scott
Published Sept. 19, 2017 at 2:27 p.m.
     TALLAHASSEE --
On Saturday (Sept. 16), Gov. Rick Scott announced his emergency action to force assisted living facilities and nursing homes to have electric generators.

     Following the tragic deaths of eight people at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Broward County, Gov. Scott is directing Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Secretary Justin Senior and Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Jeffery Bragg to issue emergency rules to keep Floridians safe in health care facilities during emergencies.
     Pursuant to the emergency action, within the next 60 days, all assisted living facilities (ALFs) and nursing homes must obtain ample resources, including a generator and the appropriate amount of fuel, to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures for at least 96-hours following a power outage. This is based on standards already in place at all hospitals in Florida.
     The emergency action also requires:
     ● State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis to conduct inspections of these generators within 15 days of installation at the facilities;
     ● Local emergency management officials to either approve or deny the emergency management plans already required to be submitted to them by law from residential healthcare facilities to ensure it sufficiently protects life;
     ● Each local emergency management agency must post all approved facility emergency management plans to their website within ten days of the plan’s approval; and
     ● Facilities must submit proof of compliance with the emergency rules to AHCA and Elder Affairs within 48-hours of each plan’s approval.
     “Assisted living facilities and nursing homes serve our elderly and Florida’s most vulnerable residents," Gov. Scott said, "and so many families rely on the health care professionals at these facilities to care for their loved ones. I am outraged over the deaths of eight Floridians at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Broward County, and I am demanding answers as we furiously investigate this terrible loss of life. We must understand why this facility delayed calling 9-1-1 and evacuating patients and their decision to keep their patients in danger. During emergencies, health care facilities must be fully prepared to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of those in their care and there is absolutely no excuse not to protect life. The inability for this nursing home in Broward County to protect life has shined the light on the need for emergency action. Failure to comply will result in penalties, including fines up to $1,000 per day and the possible revocation of a facility’s license.
     “As ANY health care provider knows to do," he cotnineud, "if their patients are in danger – they MUST call 9-1-1. Around our state, thousands of nurses and health care professionals are rising to the challenge that Irma has presented to Florida. These individuals are heroes to the countless Floridians they serve and I am so proud of their work. Our state agencies, community partners and health care associations are also working together to shift resources in real-time to and from facilities with power to those without as power restoration continues. However, we must absolutely make sure there are laws in place to keep all vulnerable Floridians safe. I will stop at nothing to protect Floridians.”
     If family members have concerns regarding their loved ones in these facilities, they can call the Agency for Health Care Administration’s Consumer Complaint Hotline at 888-419-3456. The state will continue to work aggressively to get people in safe places with electricity, food and water. Failure to comply with the emergency rules will result in penalties including fines up to $1,000 per day and the possible revocation of a facility’s license.
     Gov. Scott also announced that he will aggressively fight for legislation to put this requirement into law in the 2018 Legislative Session.
     To see the emergency rule from AHCA, click HERE. To see the emergency rule from Elder Affairs, click HERE.


 

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
Sept. 18 Through Sept. 24

Updated Sept. 25, 2017 at 10:27 p.m.


SEPTEMBER 18
     Walter Burns Sr., 46, of Cross City was arrested for leave scene of crash involving damage to property, DUI – alcohol or drugs. Bond $10,000.
     Michelle Lynette Frazier, 54, of Chiefland was arrested for firearm, interfere with LEO without violence, controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $56,000.
     Brian Hall, 40, of Cedar Key was arrested for fail to register motor vehicle, operate motor vehicle without valid license. No bond amount was given.
     Paul F. Hodakowski, 53, of Inglis was arrested for DWLSR – third or subsequent offense. Bond $1,000.
     Jacarie Dewayne Lumford, 19, of Gainesville was arrested for poss. cocaine. Bond $25,000.
SEPTEMBER 19
     Eric Bertreand Bell, 43, of Bell was arrested for DWLSR – first offense. No bond amount was given.
     Jessica Cribbs Cano, 30, of Gainesville was arrested for poss. cocaine, drug equipment – poss. and/or use, tamper with or fabricate physical evidence. Bond $31,000.
     Blake Robert Hyatt, 18, of Chiefland was arrested for two counts $200 and under, two counts dwelling/ structure or conveyance – armed, three counts unoccupied dwelling – unarmed, unoccupied structure – state of emergency, unoccupied conveyance – unarmed, grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000, three counts grand theft of firearm, grand theft of fire extinguisher, two counts grand theft of dwelling $100 to less than $300, petit theft from merchant – second offense. Bond $560,000.
     Urbain Aldeo LeClerc, 66, of Punta Gorda was arrested for with deadly weapon without intent to kill, battery – touch or strike. Bond $35,000.
     Daniel Edward London, 30, of Bronson was arrested for $200 and under, unoccupied structure – unarmed, grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000. Bond $41,000.
     Rachel Lynn Mobley, 31, of Chiefland was arrested for grand theft - $5,000 to less than $10,000. Bond $30,000.
     Glenn Andrew Prokosch, 56, of Trenton was arrested for battery – touch or strike, offender violated no contact order. Bond $22,000.
     Zechariah Allen Tackett, 28, of Dunnellon was arrested for marijuana – not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $2,000.
     Katrina Ann Veith, 24, of Williston was arrested for offender knew/should have known victim pregnant, obstruct without violence, disorderly intoxication in a public place causing a disturbance. Bond $21,000.
     Thomas Paul Werner, 37, of Perry was arrested for second or subsequent offense, occupied conveyance – unarmed. Bond $25,000.
     Michael Anthony West, 25, of Bronson was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $30,000.
     Stephen Woodley, 41, of Bronson was arrested for battery – touch or strike, $200 and under. Bond $35,000.
SEPTEMBER 20
     Jennifer Inez Byrd, 38, of Newberry was arrested for controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond 26,000.
     Phillip Jordan Crawford, 28, of Williston was arrested for flee/ elude LEO with lights and sirens active, obstruct w/o violence, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. No bond.
     Jared Aaron Jones, 31, of Chiefland was arrested for two counts drug – schedule I or II, drug – schedule I, with intent to sell/ mfg./ deliver – schedule I. No bond amount was given.
     Richard Eugene Paulk, 47, of Tarpon Springs was arrested for commit domestic battery by strangulation, occupied dwelling – unarmed. Bond $250,000.
     Eric Dewayne Scott, 34, of Manchester, Tennessee was arrested for intent threat to do violence, battery – touch or strike, marijuana – not more than 20 grams. Bond $76,000.
SEPTEMBER 21
     Jason Mathias Dickson, 42, of Morriston was arrested for DWLSR – third or subsequent offense. Bond $1,000.
     Carissa Elizabeth Gilligan, 28, of Ocala was arrested for DWLSR – second offense. ROR.
     Jessica Lee Gleason, 31, of Archer was arrested for battery – touch or strike. ROR.
     Kotrina Voncila Haynes, 35, of Williston was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $500.
     Jesse Carl Kendall, 44, of Chiefland was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $500.
     Todd Anthony Pope, 54, of Trenton was arrested for $20,000 to less than $100,000, obtain property - $50,000 or more, utter false instrument. Bond $215,000.
     Alejahblo Miranda Salqado, 22, of Williston was arrested for obstruct without violence. Bond $10,000.
SEPTEMBER 22
     James Anthony Elder, 63, of Old Town was arrested for DUI – damage property, DWLSR – habitual offender, controlled substance without prescription. Bond $60,000.
     David Michael Holmes, 43, of Williston was arrested for DWLSR – third or subsequent offense. Bond $1,000.
     Tony Lavon Hulon Jr., 25, of Bronson was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs, refuse to submit DUI test after license suspended, with violence. Bond $10,000.
     Robin Lawrence Johnson, 38, of Newberry was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Janet M. McComb, 40, of Williston was arrested for abuse child without great bodily harm. No bond amount was given.
     Lianna Lynn O’Bry, 23, of Inglis was arrested for unoccupied structure – unarmed, petit theft – first degree - $100 to less than $300, an out-of-county warrant. Bond $20,000. No bond on warrant.
SEPTEMBER 23
     Breon Marice Mansfield, 21, of Williston was arrested for expose sexual organs, occupied structure – unarmed, obstruct without violence, disorderly intoxication in a public place causing a disturbance. Bond $40,000.
     Fidel Ulises Ortiz, 28, of Bronson was arrested for sexual battery – victim 16 or 17 years of age – by 24 years of age or older, obstruct without violence, allow minor alcohol drug open house party. Bond 252,000.
     Terry Michael Rezny Jr., 26, of Mount Dora was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
SEPTEMBER 24
     Denise Marie Ellington, 57, of Inglis was arrested for use firearm under the influence of alcohol. No bond amount was given.
     Suann Grisham, 35, of Chiefland was arrested for leave scene of crash involving damage to property. No bond amount was given.
     Damien Lee Knight, 52, of Clearwater was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. Bond $15,000.
     Hannah Elizabeth Miller, 21, of Bronson was arrested for battery – touch or strike. No bond amount was given.
     Maurice Leron Miller, 42, of Williston was arrested for abuse child without great bodily harm, obstruct without violence, use under 18 years of age to avoid detection – schedule I, marijuana – not more than 20 grams, tamper with or fabricate physical evidence. Bond $90,000.
     Susan Darlene Spivey, 51, of Bronson was arrested for battery – touch or strike. 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
Sept. 18 Through Sept. 24

Updated Sept. 25, 2017 at 10:27 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 18
     Faith Marie Davis, 29, of Old Town was arrested for poss. of controlled substance, use poss. drug paraphernalia. Bond $5,000.
     James M. Hargrove II, 34, of Warner Robbins, Georgia was arrested for improper exhibition of firearm/dangerous weapon. No bond amount was given.
     Amber Isaacs, 42, of Old Town was arrested for domestic battery. No bond amount was given.
SEPTEMBER 19
     Morgan Henry Isaacs, 51, of Old Town was arrested for domestic battery. Bond $3,000.
     Kevin James Valentine, 51, of Cross City was arrested for battery simple. Bond $5,000.
SEPTEMBER 21
     Harold F. Baxter, 38, of Old Town was arrested for domestic battery, tamper/ harass/ witness/victim info by. Bond $3,500.
     James Elder, 63, of Old town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
SEPTEMBER 22
     Bobby Lee Ellis, 39, of Old Town was arrested for trespass on property, obstruction of FWC officer, giving false name to law enforcement, a Levy County warrant. Bond $1,000.
SEPTEMBER 23
     Cindy Lou Ball, 61, of Old Town was arrested for DWLSR, poss./ use/ mfg./ deliver/ advertise drug, controlled substance – poss./ sell/ mfg., tampering with/ fabricate physical evidence. Bond $12,000.
     Mathew Glen Dyals, 27, of Old Town was arrested for two counts poss. controlled substance without prescription, introduction of contraband to jail, marijuana – poss. less than 20 grams, poss. of drug equipment. Bond $17,000.
     Thomas Eli Fowler, 29, of Old Town was arrested for DWLSR, willful/ wanton reckless driving. Bond $2,000.
SEPTEMBER 24
     Vonjerrias Emonte Woodby, 21, of Old Town was arrested for shoplifting. Bond $3,000.
     Bobby D. Carnley, 32, of Old Town was arrested for two counts of grand theft, burglary of structure, flee/ attempt to elude LEO, attach tag not assigned. 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
Sept. 18 Through Sept. 24

Updated Sept. 25, 2017 at 10:27 p.m.


SEPTEMBER 18
     Alfredo Paz, Jr., 20, of Bell was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Aaron Lee Prescott, 31, no address was arrested for DWLSR - habitual, with intent to sell, mfg., deliver - schedule III or IV. Bond $80,000.
SEPTEMBER 19
     Donald Wayne Calvert, 37, no address was arrested for drug - schedule1, drug - 4 grams to under 30 kilos, with intent to sell/ mfg. or deliver - schedule 1, introduce into detention facility, tamper with or fabricate physical evidence, use 2-way comm. Device to facilitate felony. No bond.
     Mariam Izetta Martin, 36, no address, was arrested for two counts of use 2-way comm. Device to facilitate felony, two counts with intent to sell mfg. or deliver - schedule I, drug - schedule I, sell heroin. Bond $900,000.
SEPTEMBER 20
     Sylvia Lynn Chisolm, 33, of Fanning Springs was arrested for controlled substance without a prescription, poss. drug paraphernalia. No bond.
     Todd Anthony Pope, 54, of Trenton was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.

 

--UPDATED--
MONDAY  Sept. 25  11:57 p.m.
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