Business owner posts video
and still shots
of suspected burglar;

Seeks help from the public

In this video, the suspect is seen strolling through the lit kitchen on Saturday night (March 16) at 8:44. Notice the man is wearing a black coat and gloves, indicating his intent to steal and not get caught as he escapes into the darkness of the night, while leaving no fingerprints. Notice how he is passing through the kitchen looking both ways to see if anyone is detecting him.

Suspected Burglar  HardisonInk.com

Suspected Burglar HardisonInk.com
Here are still shots to help people identify the suspected burglar.

Video and Photos Provided By Ryan Bell

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 17, 2019 at 7:29 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
Ryan Bell bought the former restaurant known as Deke’s Steakhouse north of Chiefland on the east side of U.S. Highway 19.
     The address is 6650 N.W. 140th St, Chiefland.
     Bell, an accomplished restaurateur, found a man had entered the kitchen area, gone into the walk-in cooler and was seen by Bell leaving the premises with items in his hand on Saturday night (March 16) at 8:44.
     The burglar was caught on video and is seen in the video and still shots above.
     Anyone who can help identify this suspected sneak thief is asked to call the Levy County Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111 to help solve this case.

 


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Fire chief wants
automated CPR machine

CPR machine for Chiefland Cedar Key Levy County Dixie County Gilchrist County HardisonInk.com
Michael K. Lall, president and chief operating officer of AED Professionals of Palatine, Illinois, holds up the backpack for the machine. It is very portable.

Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 15, 2019 at 4:09 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND –
Monday night (March 11), Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris explained to the Chiefland City Commission why he wants a machine that can give chest compressions to most adult patients.


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Michael K. Lall starts CPR on a dummy.

CPR Machine Chiefland HardisonInk.com
Chief James Harris starts CPR on a dummy.



In this video, Michael K. Lall starts the CPR with the machine. This device is made 100 percent in the United States of America, he said. Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris said Cedar Key Volunteer Fire Department already has one of these machines, and professionals in Gilchrist and Dixie counties have seen or were going to be shown this device this week (March 11-15) as well.


     Michael K. Lall, president and chief operating officer of AED Professionals of Palatine, Illinois, demonstrated the machine for the City Commission members to see.
     Chief Harris said this particular machine costs $11, 500 and that is about $4,000 less than a comparable machine.
     Lall explained that this automated chest-compression device conducts CPR. He told about the distance the pumping part pushes into the chest, how quickly it can be put into action and he gave a live demonstration as he spoke.
     The machine is better than humans, he said, because conducting cardio-pulmonary rescuctitaiton is an exhausting exercise, even for trained professionals. This machine performs CPR with maximum efficiency consistently, and the rechargeable battery lasts an hour.
     Chief Harris mentioned that Levy County Public Safety Department Director Chief Mitch Harrell wants to get one for each of the fire departments.
     If Levy County DPS did that, then Chiefland Fire Rescue would have two of these devices, Chief Harris said.
     The fire chief said this is equal to having another man who would perform perfect CPR.
     Harris said he knows this is a lot of money, but this is a piece of equipment that is needed because of the calls the CFR has and the number of men he has on the team.
     The chief said grants from the Florida League of Cities and Walmart may help fund this. Another option for covering this expense is the Fire Fund. The chief said he has never asked for money from the fire fund before.
     Whether the city gets grants or not, Chief Harris said he wants this machine. It will save lives. The chief was given permission to move forward with seeking grants first.

OTHER ACTION
     In other action the City Commission chose to accept letters and resumes from applicants who want to take the seat left after the death of Mayor Betty Walker.
     Candidates will have until April 1 at 5 p.m. to submit their letters and resumes. The four City Commission members by a majority vote will select the new City Commission member at the April 8 meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in City Hall.
     Candidates must be residents of the city and registered voters.
     Another action was the appointment by vote of Chris Jones as mayor and Tim West as vice mayor.
     Meanwhile, the City Commission asked City Attorney Norm Fugate to begin drafting a resolution to allow golf carts to be driven on city streets near Southern Leisure RV Resort.
     In a happy announcement, Chuck Strange, an owner of Chiefland Billiards, announced that he held a fundraiser and brought in $4,561 to be split 50-50 between the Chiefland Police Department and Chiefland Fire Rescue.


Woman hits fire hydrant with car, gets arrested for DUI




Alexandrea Marie Runyon

Mug Shot By MCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison
© March 15, 2019 at 9:09 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A 22-year-old woman hit a fire hydrant and was arrested for driving while under the influence very early Friday morning (March 15), the FHP said.
     Alexandrea Marie Runyon, 22, of Lady Lake was driving a 2004 Buick Century at 2:04 a.m. on March 15 in Marion County, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan.
     The Buick ran into a fire hydrant on the north shoulder of Southeast 156th Place at the intersection of U.S. Highway 441, the FHP said.
     As a result of the collision, the FHP said, the fire hydrant started spewing water on the roadway and northern shoulder.
     This created a hole approximately 20-feet wide and 8-feet deep, the FHP said, with the Buick Century trapped at the bottom of the hole.
     Runyon was arrested for DUI and transported into the Marion County Jail.

 


Suspected speeder arrested
for weapons law violations

Levy County Shierff's Office weapons found HardisonInk.com
The weapons found are seen here.

Photo courtesy of the LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 15, 2019 at
     BRONSON --
A 31-year-old Citra man was arrested Wednesday for possession of a short-barreled shotgun, possession of a weapon by a person served with an injunction prohibiting such possession and an out-of-county warrant, according to information in a press release from Levy County Sheriff's Office Lt. Scott Tummond, public information officer, and public records.
     Bond was set at $50,000 for each of the two weapons charges for a total of $100,000, according to records, and the suspect is being held without bond on the out-of-county warrant
     Luther Creed Hawkins, 31, of Citra caught the attention of an LCSO deputy when that law enforcement officer had reason to suspect the man of driving a vehicle faster than the posted maximum speed limit, Lt. Tummond said.

Luther Creed Hawkins suspected criminal HardisonInk.com

Luther Creed Hawkins

Mug Shot By LCSO


     LCSO Deputy Mike Sinclair was on patrol in the area of Northeast 40th Street (Levy County Road 318) in Williston, Tummond said, when he noticed a green SUV traveling at a speed that appeared to be faster than the posted 35 MPH speed limit.
     Deputy Sinclair confirmed that the SUV was traveling at 55 MPH, Tummond said, by using his in-car mounted radar equipment. The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.
     The driver was identified by his Florida driver license, Tummond said, and the deputy found that Hawkins had an active warrant issued from Marion County.
     His warrant, child abuse without great bodily harm, had a listing of "no bond," Tummond said.
     Hawkins previously had been served with an injunction for the protection of a person or persons who showed the court reason for that protective injunction, Tummond said. As part of the injunction, Hawkins was prohibited from possessing firearms.
     Hawkins was arrested on the warrant, Tummond said. The vehicle he was driving was to be towed, Tummond said.
     The lieutenant noted that all LCSO deputies must conduct an inventory of any vehicle requested to be towed.
     Deputy Sinclair’s inventory revealed firearms, including a short-barreled 12 -gauge shotgun, a Mac-10 .45 caliber pistol, a fully loaded .38 caliber revolver, as well as all of the ammunition needed to support these weapons and a pair of brass knuckles.
     Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum said proactive patrols often lead to discoveries of people wanted for crimes in other jurisdictions, Tummond said.
     "This cache of weapons was removed from a person with violent tendencies," Tummond noted as he paraphrased what the sheriff said, "which further protects the victims of these crimes and others. LCSO deputies will continue efforts to apprehend those who choose to disobey even the basic laws, such as speeding."


Crash kills two, injures four
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 14, 2019 at 11:09 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A crash Wednesday night (March 13) claimed the lives of two people and four others suffered injuries ranging from minor to critical, the FHP said.
     Jason O. Scott, 31, of Ocala was driving a 2006 Cadillac Escalade SUV at 9:47 p.m. on March 13 in Marion County, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Master Sgt. Mark Weber, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Michael Reid and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Mark Baker.
     Ordanel Espinal, 67, of Ocala was driving a 2003 Lexus RX 300 SUV. Maria Espinal, 58, and Reina Suarez De Yepez, 81, of Ocala were passengers in the Lexus, the FHP said.
     Stephanie Arias, 29, of Ocala was driving a 2015 Nissan Sentra car, the FHP said. Elliot Persue, 4, of Ocala was a passenger in the car, the FHP said.
     The Lexus SUV was eastbound on Marion County Road 484 in the eastbound lane, the FHP said, with Cadillac SUV traveling directly behind it.
     The car was westbound on CR 484 approaching the same area, which is east of Marion Oak Manor, the FHP said.
     For reasons which remain under investigation, the FHP said, the Cadillac SUV struck the rear of the Lexus SUV with its front.
     After the first collision with the Lexus, the Cadillac veered left across the westbound lane and came to rest on the northern shoulder of CR 484, the FHP said.
     The Lexus, meanwhile, the FHP said, crossed the center line and entered the westbound lane of CR 484, the FHP said, where the front of the Lexus hit the front of the Nissan. The Lexus SUV then came to rest obstructing both lanes of CR 484, the FHP said. The Nissan came to rest on the northern grass shoulder of CR484, the FHP said.
     De Yepez, a passenger in the Lexus SUV died, the FHP said.
     Arias, the driver of the Nissan car died, the FHP said.
     Persue, a passenger in the Nissan, was taken to UF Shands in Gainesville with critical injuries, the FHP said.
     Scott, the driver of the Cadillac, suffered minor injuries and was not taken to a hospital, the FHP said.
     Ordanel Espinal and Maria Espinal, driver and a passenger in the Lexus respectively, were both taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, the FHP said.
     Charges are pending completion of the traffic homicide investigation, the FHP said.

 


DEA warns of
alarming increase of scam calls

By DEA Public Affairs
Published March 13, 2019 at 3:09 p.m.
     WASHINGTON, D.C. –
The United States Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) urges its DEA-registered practitioners and members of the public to be cautious of telephone calls from criminals posing as DEA or other law enforcement personnel threatening arrest and prosecution for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities.
     DEA continues to receive reports from practitioners and the general public, alike, indicating that they have received calls threatening legal action if an exorbitant fine is not paid immediately over the phone. The callers typically identify themselves as DEA personnel and instruct their victims to pay the "fine" via wire transfer to avoid arrest, prosecution and imprisonment.
     The reported scam tactics are continually changing, but often share many of the following characteristics:
     Callers use fake names and badge numbers or, alternatively, names of well-known DEA senior officials.
     The tone of calls is urgent and aggressive; callers refuse to speak or leave a message with anyone other than the person for whom they are calling.
     Callers threaten arrest, prosecution and imprisonment, and in the case of medical practitioners, revocation of their DEA numbers.
     Callers demand thousands of dollars via wire transfer or, in some instances, in the form of untraceable gift cards taken over the phone.
     Callers falsify the number on caller ID to appear as a legitimate DEA phone number.
     Callers will often ask for personal information, such as social security number or date of birth.
     When calling a medical practitioner, callers often reference National Provider Identifier numbers and/or state license numbers. They also might claim that patients are making accusations against the practitioner.
     It’s important to underscore that DEA personnel will never contact practitioners or members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. DEA will not request any personal or sensitive information over the phone. Notification of a legitimate investigation or legal action is made via official letter or in person.
Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law.
     Anyone receiving a telephone call from a person purporting to be a DEA special agent or other law enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand and report the threat using the online form by clicking HERE, or by calling 877-792-2873.
     Reporting scam calls will greatly assist DEA in investigating and stopping this criminal activity. Any urgent concerns or questions, including inquiring about legitimate investigations, should be directed to the local DEA field division.
     To report scam activity online, click HERE.
     For contact information for DEA field divisions, click HERE.


Sexual battery investigation
ends in arrest
of correctional officer

By Brittney Patel
CCSO Community Relations Specialist
Published March 12, 2019 at 8:49 p.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY --
At approximately 10:31 p.m. on Monday (March 11), the Citrus County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) arrested James Touchton, 37, of Inverness.

     Touchton, who is a correctional officer at Lowell Correctional Institution in Marion County, was charged with two counts of capital sexual battery.
     Initial information regarding the sexual battery was reported early Friday morning (March 8). The responding CCSO deputy was able to contact both victims and gathered all of the preliminary information.
     The Citrus County Sheriff's Office Special Victims Unit, along with the Child Protection Team at Jessie's Place continued the investigation on Monday, March 11, where the victims disclosed multiple incidents of sexual abuse by Touchton.
     "A possible lifetime in prison sentence for James Touchton is nothing in comparison to the physical and emotional harm he has inflicted on his victims," Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. "He used his authority over these two juveniles to manipulate them into unspeakable acts. "It is unfortunate law enforcement agencies need to have Special Victims' Units but, because of cases like this, they are necessary. We will exhaust all efforts to ensure these victims are supported throughout the entire criminal justice process and our cases are flawless to bring forth the maximum punishment."
     After gathering all of the information and documenting the statements made by both victims and witnesses and SVU detectives, contact was made with Touchton. After being interviewed, Touchton was arrested and booked into the Citrus County Jail on the charges of capital sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 12 years of age.


Car hits trailer, two injured
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 12, 2019 at 8:49 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A compact sedan car hit a trailer loaded with logs that was being pulled by a semi on Tuesday morning, the FHP said, and two people suffered injuries.
     Herbert Lamoreau, 81, of Presque Isle, Maine, was driving a 2014 Chevy Cruze at 7:15 a.m. on March 12 in Dixie County, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Patrick Riordan, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Glen Ganus.
     Mary Lamoreau, 83, of Presque Isle, Maine, was a passenger in the car, the FHP said.
     Aubrey Davis, 33, of Old Town was driving a 1994 Peterbilt semi tractor-trailer, the FHP said
     The loaded log truck was northbound on U.S. Highway 19, in the outside lane, accelerating from where it entered the highway from Northeast 446th Street, the FHP said.
     The Cruze also was northbound on U.S. 19 in the outside lane, behind the semi, the FHP said.
     Herbert Lamoreau failed to observed the tractor trailer traveling in front of him, the FHP said.
     Herbert Lamoreau took evasive action by abruptly steering to the left, the FHP said, but not before the front of Chevy struck the rear of semi's trailer.
     The Cruze came to final rest on U.S. 19 facing east, the FHP said. The semi came to a controlled stop on the eastern shoulder, the FHP said.
     Herbert Lamoreau was cited for careless driving, the FHP said. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Shands UF, the FHP said. Mary Lamoreau suffered serious injuries and was taken to Shands UF, the FHP said.
     Davis was not injured, the FHP said.


Man arrested
for aggravated assault

Dixie County Suspect James Parler HardisonInk.com

 


James Parker
Mug Shot By DCSO

 


By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published March 12, 2019 at 8:49 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
Friday afternoon (March 8), a deputy with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence in Old Town, after the DCSO dispatcher received a call from a female caller who said that she was in an altercation with an acquaintance who was armed with a knife.
     When the deputy arrived, he found a damaged pickup truck in the front yard and the female caller inside a camper unable to get out.
     She was trapped as a result of the damage to the front of the camper and camper door.
     According to the caller, she went inside the camper and the male subject, James Parker, 47, of Old Town, drove the truck into the front of the camper.
     The female said that Parker fled on foot when he realized the law was coming. She said the argument started when she said something about how much Parker had been drinking after he got home from court that morning.
     Parker was in court Friday morning where he had been involved with a case from February when he was charged with aggravated battery.
     The deputy searched the area and found Parker hiding in some underbrush behind the camper. Parker was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in connection with this incident.

 


Two busted
after marijuana is found

Dixie County Suspects HardisonInk.com
Ronald A. Carman (left) and John K. Mitchell III

Mug Shots By DCSO

By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published March 12, 2019 at 8:39 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
Two men were arrested Friday evening (March 8) as the result of the smell of marijuana drawing attention to them.
     On Friday evening, a deputy with the Dixie County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to an Old Town business after the DCSO's dispatch received a call about a vehicle parked outside of the business. A a strong odor of marijuana was coming from the vehicle.
     When the deputy arrived, he smelled the odor of marijuana and identified two male subjects inside the vehicle.
     There was also a 2-year-old child in the rear seat.
     One of the subjects admitted that they had just smoked some marijuana in the vehicle and that was with reason for the odor. A search of the vehicle revealed 25.8 grams of marijuana the in the center console of the vehicle.
     As a result of the deputy’s findings, the two male subjects were arrested and charged in the incident.
     Ronald A. Carman, 27, of Cross City, was arrested and charged with child abuse and maintaining a nuisance vehicle for the use of drugs.
     John K. Mitchell III, 25, of Trenton was charged with child abuse, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana (a felonious amount) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 


Domestic battery investigation
leads to largest meth bust
in Citrus County S.O. history;

One-plus pounds of meth found
Citrus County Sheriff's Office guns and drugs seized HardisonInk.com
Weapons and other contraband found at the scene are shown here.

Photo by CCSO

By Brittney Patel
CCSO Community Relations Specialist
Published March 11, 2019 at 8:49 p.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY --
On Friday, March 8, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) responded to 4263 S. Centennial Ave. in Homosassa, to assist the Florida Department of Corrections Probation and Parole (FDC).
     FDC agencts had responded to the residence earlier in the day to conduct a search of the home, in reference to possible violations relayed through a separate domestic violence incident reported to and investigated by the CCSO on Tuesday, March 5.
     During the original domestic violence report, it was discovered that 26-year-old Cayla Coile, who is on state probation, had access to multiple firearms within the residence.  This information was relayed to FDC, who then responded to the home to conduct a search based on the potential criminal activity.
     Upon arrival, FDC officers and CCSO detectives made contact with Coile and another resident, 25-year-old William Vause, a convicted felon recently released from prison. FDC officers conducted a comprehensive search of the home, locating a 22 long rifle and a shotgun.
     Within various locations throughout the home, FDC officers also located in excess of a pound of methamphetamine, 3 grams of heroin, 1 milliliter of fentanyl, 12 grams of cocaine, and 4 grams of cannabis.
     "Having a close working relationship with our partners at the Department of Corrections Parole and Probation office is vital in ensuring our community is the safest in Florida," Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. "These relationships contributed to the seizure of numerous illegal drugs, which would have hit the streets of Citrus County, if not for our professional affiliations. This is the largest seizure of methamphetamines in Citrus County's history. We will not stop ridding our streets of these dangerous and very powerfully addicted drugs." 
     Both Coile and Vause were placed under arrest. Coile was charged with violation of probation, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, trafficking in methamphetamine, and multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance.
     Vause was charged with domestic battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a controlled substance.


Head-on crash claims life
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 10, 2019 at 8:39 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
A Melrose man died and a Bell man was seriously injured early Saturday morning (March 9) in a head-on crash in Alachua County, the FHP said.
     Michael A. Peterson, 36, of Melrose was driving a 2013 Hyundai four-door car at 6 a.m. on March 9, according to information in a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kevin M. Pace, based on reports from a crash investigator and a homicide investigator with the FHP.
     Robert W. Leffler, 39, of Bell was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, the FHP said.
     Melrose is an unincorporated community in Alachua, Bradford, Clay and Putnam counties.
     Bell is an incorporated municipality in Gilchrist County.
     The vehicle collided head-on on State Road 26 west of Alachua County Road 234, the FHP said.
     The car was westbound, the FHP said, when for unknown reasons at this time, it traveled into the path of the SUV.
    This head-on collision caused the car to overturn onto the southern shoulder, the FHP said. Peterson was pronounced dead on the scene, the FHP said.
     Leffler was taken by ambulance to UF Health in Gainesville, listed with serious injuries, the FHP said.
     This investigation is ongoing at this time, the FHP said.


DCFS responds to calls
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 6, 2019 at 12:49 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
Dixie County Emergency Services Operations Chief Roy Bass provided run reports and other information Monday (March 5), which shows the Dixie County Fire Services part of that team responding to two structure fires, three brush fires and two motor vehicle crashes between Feb. 24 and March 2.
     Both structure fires were brought under control even before firefighters arrived.
     District 41 was paged to 81 S.E. 65th Ave., in Cross City, was paged at 3:50 p.m. on Feb. 24 in reference to a stove fire. Squad-1 and Engine-21 responded. S1 arrived on scene of a singlewide mobile home with light smoke showing from the A side and multiple bystanders standing in the yard, and one adult female exiting the door on the A side upon arrival.
     S1 immediately conducted a head count and determined all occupants were out of the structure. S1 entered the structure and found ABC extinguished dust throughout the kitchen and living room.
     There was no active fire or smoke was found in the kitchen. S1 checked for extension and none was found. All units were Cx, S1 obtained owner/occupant information then went back in service at 4:07 p.m.
     The second structure fire call of the week was to Suwannee Lumber at 40 S.W. 10th St., in Cross City.
     Units were paged at 3:45 p.m. on Feb. 25, however, upon arrival it was found that the fire had been extinguished by the mill staff.
     Fire personnel D. Liles, D. Brown, R. Bass, C. Elton, D. Zeller, M. Walker, B. Sites and M. Ferguson deployed hoselines and cooled off the saw mechanisms where the fire had occurred. After a survey of the area for other hazards, the firefighters returned to being available for service elsewhere.


Fraud Alert:
DHS telephone numbers
used in scam to steal money

By DHS OIG Public Affairs
Published March 5, 2019 at 3:39 p.m.
     WASHINGTON, D.C. --
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this fraud alert to warn citizens of reports that DHS telephone numbers have been used recently as part of a telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the country.
     Spoofing is the deliberate falsifying of information transmitted to a caller ID display to disguise an identity.
     The perpetrators of the scam represent themselves as employees with “U.S. Immigration” or other government entities. They alter caller ID systems to make it appear that the call is coming from the DHS HQ Operator number (202-282-8000) or the DHS Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) number (202-401-1474). The scammers obtain or verify personally identifiable information from their victims through various tactics, including by telling individuals that they are the victims of identity theft.
     The scammers also pose as law enforcement or immigration officials and threaten victims with arrest unless they make payments to the scammers using a variety of methods. The scammers have also emailed victims from email addresses ending in “uscis.org.” Many of the scammers reportedly have pronounced accents.
     DHS OIG takes this matter very seriously. While we investigate the situation, we would like to remind the public that DHS never uses its HQ Operator or CRCL number to make outgoing calls of this nature. Individuals receiving phone calls from these numbers should not provide any personal information. It continues to be perfectly safe to place calls to the DHS HQ Operator and CRCL numbers and DHS officials may continue to be contacted by dialing the DHS HQ Operator number.
     Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this telephone spoofing scam is urged to call the DHS OIG Hotline (1-800-323-8603) or file a complaint online via the DHS OIG website https://www.oig.dhs.gov/. You may also contact the Federal Trade Commission to file a complaint and/or report identity theft.


Pedestrian dies
after being hit by car

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 5, 2019 at 1:39 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A 68-year-old man from New Port Richey died from injuries after being hit by a car in Dixie County, the FHP said.
     Tiffany Ross Vences, 44, of Cross City was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu at 7:17 p.m. on March 4 in Dixie County, according to Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Justin H. Bedenbaugh, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper J. McConnell and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. S. Downing.
    The Malibu was northbound on U.S. Highway 19 near Dixie County Road 317, when a Dennis Allan Woody, 68, of New Port Richey walked into the roadway near the Suwannee Gables Inn, the FHP said.
     The car struck the pedestrian, the FHP said. The pedestrian was transported to UF Health in Gainesville, the FHP said, where he later died.
     Vences was not injured in the crash, the FHP said. Blood-alcohol content test results are pending, the FHP said. Charges are pending completion of the traffic homicide investigation, the FHP said.


Traffic stop leads to arrest
of suspected meth possessor


DCSO Meth Suspect 020419

 

 

Charles L. Parson
Mug Shot By DCSO

 


By Jeff M. Hardison © March 4, 2019 at 8:29 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
It was Monday night a week ago (Feb. 25), Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Harden said in a press release on March 4, when a traffic stop led to a deputy finding a man with methamphetamine in his possession.
     Charles L. Parson, 55, of Cross City, was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine, according to records and bond was set at $15,000.
     A DCSO deputy was patrolling in the area of Northeast 592nd Street and 272nd Avenue that night, Harden said, when the deputy saw a vehicle fail to come to a complete stop at the stop sign.
     The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near Northeast 272nd Avenue and State Road 349, Harden said.
     The deputy identified the driver as Parson, Harden said, who agreed to a search of the vehicle.
     Pardon asked the deputy if he could get his snuff first, Harden said. Once Parson retrieved his snuff can from the vehicle, Harden said, the deputy asked to see the snuff can.
     It was then, Harden said, that the deputy noticed Parson attempting to conceal a small baggie of methamphetamine in his hand.
     At this point the deputy retrieved the methamphetamine and placed Parson into custody, Harden said. After the deputy completed the search of the vehicle, Harden said, Parson was transported to the Dixie County Jail.


Joint effort closes
4-month fugitive case


Photos Provided By LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 3, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.
     WILLISTON --
Through the efforts human and K-9 law enforcement officers from the Levy County Sheriff's Office, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Corrections, a 20-year-old fugitive from justice was captured Friday, according to information from LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond and public records.



     Gerald Renard Coleman (at left), 20, of Williston has been a wanted man since warrants were issued for his arrest in November of 2018, Tummond said.
     Coleman’s efforts to elude capture ended on Friday (March 1), Tummond said, after a foot pursuit.
     LCSO Sgt. Kevin Kinik saw Coleman near a parked vehicle off of Northeast 35th Street in Williston just after noon on March 1, Tummond said Sgt. Kinik approached Coleman who fled on foot from the area, Tummond said.
     LCSO Deputies surrounded the area and began searching with K-9s. Marion County Sheriff’s Office’s helicopter designated as “Air 1” supported the search effort from the sky as well as two bloodhound tracking teams from the Florida Department of Corrections tracked the fleeing fugitive, Tummond said.
     At approximately 2:50 p.m. on Friday, Coleman was located hiding under a house off of Northeast 35th Street, Tummond said.
     He was taken into custody. Coleman was transported to the Levy County Jail and warrants for robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and violation of probation (VOP) were served, Tummond said.
     Jail records on Sunday (March 3) showed the suspect is being held without bond on the charge of VOP, a $50,000 bond for robbery without the use of a firearm and $20,000 for possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon.

 


Semi hits motorhome;
One dead, two injured
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 2, 2019 at 7:29 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
One man is dead and two other people were injuted late Friday night in a crash in Alachua County on Interstate-75, the FHP said.
     Kenneth Edwards, 57, DeWitt, Arkansas was driving a motorhome of unknown year, make and model at 10:35 p.m. on March 1 in Alachua County, according to information in a March 2 press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Javon Murphy, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper J. Cabral and homicide investigator Cpl. D. MacLaren.
     Kimberly Edwards, 58, also of DeWitt, was a passenger, the FHP said.
     Jose Coronado, 49, of Ellaville, Georgia, was driving a 2012 Freightliner semi-tractor trailer, the FHP said.
     The motorhome was on the east emergency shoulder of northbound I-75, the FHP said.
     The semi-truck and trailer were northbound on I-75 in the right lane at the 40- mile marker, the FHP said.
     The motorhome entered the roadway into the right lane of northbound I-75, in front of the semi, the FHP said.
     The front end of Freightliner collided with the rear end of the motorhome, the FHP said.
     The force of the impact caused both vehicles to enter into the east grassy shoulder of northbound I-75, the FHP sid.
     The motorhome overturned and hit a tree, coming to final rest on its right side, the FHP said.
     The semi overturned and came to final rest in the east grassy shoulder on its left side, the FHP said. This crash resulted in the death of Kenneth Edwards, the FHP said.
     Kimberly Edwards and Coronado both suffered minor injuries and both were taken to UF Health at Shands, the FHP said.
     The right lane of I-75 was shut down for several hours during this investigation, the FHP said. This investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending completion of the traffic homicide investigation, the FHP said.


Levy County murderer
sentenced to life in prison


Eric L. Adams Murderer Levy County HardisonInk.com


Eric Leonard Adams
Mug Shot By LCSO

By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Published March 1, 2019
at 10:29 p.m.
     BRONSON --
Eric Leonard “Strawberry” Adams, 44, of Inglis was arrested for felony battery on Jan. 5, 2016.
     Adams was accused of striking Barbara Brewster, then 52 years old, of Inglis during an argument over an unpaid debt of $40 on Jan. 1, 2016.
     Brewster suffered injuries during the altercation, which ultimately caused her death four days later. The charge of felony battery was then upgraded to second degree murder.
     Adams has been held in custody since this date pending his trial, which concluded yesterday (Thursday, Feb. 28).
      Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office Levy County Division Chief Glenn Bryan presented the case to the jury during the two-day trial. Members of Brewster’s family, including her mother, sisters and daughter, attended every hearing prior to this trial in support of Brewster and the state in this case.
     The jury deliberated for approximately 22 minutes before returning with a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder.
     Circuit Court Judge William E. Davis immediately sentenced Adams to life in prison. 
     Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum said this verdict is a testament to the expertise, professionalism and teamwork of the LCSO personnel working together with the Office of Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s William Cervone to bring a successful resolution to this case.
     "As a result of this teamwork and the sentence of the court," Sheriff McCallum said, "it is my prayer that the family of Ms. Brewster will be given a sense of comfort and peace."


Man dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 1, 2019 at 9:19 p.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY --
A 50-year-old man who lived in the City of Crystal River died from injuries he suffered in an accident on Thursday evening (Feb. 28), the FHP said.
     Troy Allen Phipps, 50, of Crystal River, was driving a 2015 Kia Optima (a compact sedan) at 6:10 p.m. on Feb. 28 in Citrus County, according to a March 1 press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper D. Alexander and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. M. Meier.
     Krista Nicole Pierce, 19, of Lecanto was driving a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck, the FHP said.  Maxwell James Pierce, 25, and Kaiya Pierce, 1, both of Lecanto were passengers in the truck, the FHP said.
     The car was westbound on West Hampshire Boulevard, the FHP said, approaching the intersection of North Elkcam Boulevard.
     The truck was traveling northbound on North Elkcam Boulevard, the FHP said.
     At the intersection, the car failed to stop at a posted stop sign, the FHP said, and entered the path of the truck. As a result, the two vehicles collided with Phipps suffering fatal injuries at the scene of the crash, the FHP said.
     The three members of the Pierce family each suffered minor injuries, the FHP said, and were taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center. No citations were issued as a result of the crash, the FHP said.


FHP troopers join nationwide
Click It or Ticket campaign

Published Feb. 28, 2019 at 10:29 p.m.
     TALLAHASSEE --
Starting Friday, March 1, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country for the national Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign this month.
     In Florida, on average, 41 percent of those who were killed in crashes in vehicles where seat belt use is required chose not to wear one. That means hundreds of people who died on Florida roads had the option to wear a seat belt, but didn’t. Men were more than twice as likely to be killed in a crash not wearing a seat belt than females.
     “FHP’s goal and mission is to save lives through education and enforcement campaigns such as Click It or Ticket,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “The FHP will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners on such initiatives to pave the way to A Safer Florida.”
     FHP reminds everyone that Florida law requires the use of seat belts by drivers, passengers in the front seat and all children under the age of 18 in a motor vehicle. In 2009, wearing your seat belt in Florida became a primary offense with the Dori Slosberg and Katie Marchetti Safety Belt Law.
     During your travels, whether it’s to Florida’s beautiful beaches or to our theme parks, remember, seat belts save lives, but only if worn correctly every time you are in a motor vehicle.
      In a crash, your seat belt keeps you:
     • From being ejected from the vehicle.
     • From being thrown against other passengers, the steering wheel or the windshield.
     • Behind the wheel where you can control the vehicle.


Williston teen is missing
Katelynn Cohoon WPD is seeking her HardisonInk.com
Katelynn Cohoon

Photo and information provided by Brooke Willis of the WPD

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 28, 2019 at 4:09 p.m.
     WILLISTON --
The Williston Police Department is seeking help from the public as it seeks to find a missing teenager, according to a press release on Thursday (Feb. 28).
     Katelynn Cohoon, 17, has been missing since Feb. 22, the WPD said.
     She has red hair, blue eyes and is five-feet, six-inches tall. She weighs 182 pounds.
     Cohoon was last seen wearing a gray short-sleeve shirt and white shorts, the WPD said.
     Any person with information about the whereabouts of this person is asked to call the Williston Police Department at 352-528-5911. The reference number is 1900097.

 


Chiefland man arrested for sexual contact with minor;
Suspect was a Levy County School Board employee

 

Randall William Bingaman
Mug Shot By LCSO

By Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp
Published Feb. 28, 2019 at 4:09 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
On Feb. 26, deputies with the Levy County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported sex abuse incident in the Chiefland area.
     Detectives Mike Wilkinson and Justin Douglas responded to the call. The investigation revealed that Randall William Bingaman, 24, had engaged in multiple sex acts with a victim under the age of 13 years old.
     The detectives developed probable cause for the arrest after multiple interviews and the examination of physical evidence. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible. The victim and family are receiving services through the LCSO Victim Advocate Office. 
     Detective Douglas charged Bingaman with two counts each of lewd and lascivious battery and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.
     Bingaman was booked in at the Levy County Jail. Bingaman received his first court appearance on Feb. 27. His combined bond was set at $1.2 million by Levy County Court Judge J.T. "Tim" Browning. 
     Bingaman was a probationary employee with the School Board of Levy County and worked in the Food Service Division.
     According to Levy County Superintendent of Schools Jeff Edison, the process to terminate Bingaman’s employment has begun. The evidence uncovered so far indicates that none of the alleged incidents occurred at any Levy County School. 
     Both Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum and Superintendent Edison expressed their sympathies for the victim and families involved. These cases are extremely regrettable but must be addressed. The sheriff and superintendent encourage everyone to pay attention to potential signs of child victimization and to report any suspicious circumstances to law enforcement or school administrators.


One idle-speed, no-wake zone on
the Santa Fe River is still active

Flooded Santa Fe Photo By Karen Parker HardisonInk.com
A flooded area on Santa Fe River is seen on Jan. 9.

Story and Photo
By Karen Parker of the FWC
Published Feb. 27, 2019 at 10:19 p.m.
     LAKE CITY --
One idle-speed, no-wake zone on the Santa Fe River is still active.
     Only one of the eight idle-speed, no-wake zones is still active on the Santa Fe, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.
     Zone 8 begins at an unnamed island approximately 4.25 miles upstream from the confluence of the Santa Fe and Ichetucknee rivers (coordinates: 29° 54.527’ N, 82° 46.074’ W) and ends at the confluence of the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers. This includes the Ichetucknee River upstream to the U.S. Highway 27 Bridge. This zone activates when the Three Rivers gauge reaches 16.25 feet. Today (Thursday, Feb. 27), the water level was at 17.21 feet.
     An idle-speed, no-wake zone means a vessel must proceed at a speed no greater than what is required to maintain steerageway and headway. At no time is any vessel required to proceed so slowly that the operator is unable to control it or anything it may be towing.
     The zone will remain activated until the water level recedes below the activation point.


Burglary suspect arrested after video captures his likeness
Jacob Benfield suspected thief LCSO HardisonInk.com

 


Jacob James Benfield Sr.
Mug Shot By LCSO


 

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 26, 2019 at 3:39 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
Like some other suspected criminals nowadays, a 27-year-old Inglis man suspected of being a burglar is behind bars due to his likeness being captured on video and then shared with a law enforcement agency.
     Jacob James Benfield Sr., 27, of Inglis is in the Levy County Jail in lieu of $180,000 worth of bail bonds, charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of burglary of a dwelling, one count of burglary of a conveyance, one count of grand theft and one count of petit theft, Levy County Sheriff's Office Lt. Scott Tummond noted in a press release.
     The LCSO Patrol Division responded to two homes in Inglis on Thursday (Feb. 21), Lt. Tummond said. These homeowners awoke to discover someone had entered their property and made off with tools and other items, Tummond said.
    One of the homeowner’s had video surveillance in the carport area of their home, Tummond said, which captured images of the burglar and his vehicle.
     LCSO patrol deputies and detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division reviewed the video, Tummond said. They identified Benfield as the suspect, Tummond said.
     On Friday (Feb. 22), detectives located Benfield at 18351 S.E. Butler Road in Inglis, Tummond said. Detectives identified the vehicle used in the burglaries was parked at this home.
     Inside that Ford F-150, were items matching the description of the property stolen from both homes in Inglis the day before, Tummond said. Detectives learned the F-150 had been reported to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office as having been stolen from the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Inverness on Feb. 16, Tummond said.
     Benfield was wanted for grand theft from a previously reported case, Tummond said, and was taken into custody. Benfield spoke to detectives, Tummond said, and the man confessed to the burglaries reported the previous day as well as to the theft of the truck from Inverness.


One dead, two injured in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 25, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
One man died, and a man and woman suffered serious injuries Sunday (Feb. 24) night in a crash, the FHP said.
     William Lamarco, 26, of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, was driving a 2009 Infiniti G36 at 9:48 p.m. on Feb. 24 in Levy County, according to a Feb. 25 press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Tomas Dillon, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Rick Brown and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Steve Downing.
     Amy Anderson, 39, of Chiefland was driving a 2018 Jeep Cherokee, the FHP said. Justin Anderson, 38, of Chiefland was a passenger in the Jeep, the FHP said.
     The Infiniti sedan was eastbound on Levy County Road 346A, the FHP said, as it was approaching the intersection of U.S. Highway 129.
     Levy CR 346A is controlled by a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 129, the FHP said.
     The Jeep was southbound on U.S. 129, the FHP said.
     Lamarco failed to stop at the intersection of U.S. 129, the FHP said, causing the car to travel into the oncoming path of the Jeep.
     The front of the Cherokee collided into the left side of Infiniti, the FHP said.
     After the collision, the Infiniti went southeast crossing onto the east shoulder of U.S. 129, the FHP said, and it hit a tree with its front.
     When the car hit the tree, it caused it to rotate counterclockwise, the FHP said, ejecting Lamarco, who was not wearing a seatbelt, completely out of the vehicle. The Infiniti came to final rest on the eastern shoulder of U.S. 129 facing west, the FHP said.
     Post collision, the Jeep went southeast, the FHP said, coming to rest on the eastern shoulder of U.S. facing east.
     Lamarco died, the FHP said. The Andersons, who were both wearing seatbelts, were taken to Shands with serious injuries, the FHP said.

 


PDATE: Public helps catch armed robbery suspect

William F. Drubeck suspected armed robber

 

William F. Druback
Mug Shot Provided

 

 


Published Feb. 22, 2019 at 11:29 p.m.
     ORLANDO -- Members of the general public who saw information about an armed robbery suspect led Orange County (Orlando) and Levy County (Bronson) deputies to capture a suspect.
     Without the help of people willing to tell police what they saw in this regard, after the Levy County Sheriff's Office posted information and a request for help, the man might not have been arrested.
     William F. Druback, 23, of Orlando, was booked into the Orange County Jail on the Levy County armed robbery warrant, where he is being held on a $250,000 bond. Druback is scheduled to be transferred to the Levy County Jail until trial.
     Information from the public led detectives to a location on West River Road in Citrus County, where Druback was suspected to be living. An LCSO detective met with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives and through their investigation, those investigators recovered evidence of the crime.
     Detectives learned Druback had returned to his home in Orlando during this phase of the investigation. Detectives sent this information to the United States Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (RFTF).
     RFTF agents located Druback in Orlando, and while executing the LCSO robbery arrest warrant, Druback fled on foot. Druback was arrested after a brief foot pursuit.
     LCSO Detectives traveled to Orlando and met with members of the Orlando Police Department Robbery Unit. Detectives secured search warrants for Druback’s home and the vehicle used in the robbery and recovered more evidence, further confirming Druback committed the armed robbery at the Circle K in Inglis.
     The story below is what led the public to identify the armed robbery suspect.


LCSO looks for armed robber
Armed Robber of inglis HardisonInk.com
Armed robber

Story, Photo and Video
Provided by
LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Published Feb. 8, 2018 at 8:59 p.m.
     INGLIS --
About a week ago, on Feb. 2, Deputies with the Levy County Sheriff's Office responded to the Circle K convenience store located at the intersection of Levy County Road 40 and U.S. Highway 19 in Inglis to a report of an armed robbery, according to information sent by email on Feb. 8.
     The clerk reported that a white male entered the store armed with a handgun and carrying a black backpack. He demanded money and cigarettes. This white man was described by the clerk as being in his late twenties to early thirties in age. He fled in an orange vehicle south on U.S. 19.
     Deputies reviewed video surveillance from the store and determined this individual appeared to be left-handed. A tattoo is visible on the back of his right hand.
     Video additionally captured images in the parking area of the vehicle; which has been identified as a Dodge Caliber, burnt orange in color.
     The LCSO is seeking the community’s help to identify this person. He is believed to live south of Levy County in possibly the Citrus County, Hernando County or Pasco County area.
     Anyone who can identify this person or the vehicle described is asked to contact the Levy County Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111 and request Detective Justin Douglas, the assigned case agent, at extension 291.

 


Williston woman dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 18, 2019 at 9:09 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
Shortly after the start of Monday (Feb. 18), a 37-year-old Williston woman died in a single SUV crash, the FHP said.
     Brandi Jo Winningham, 37, of Williston was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer at 12:04 a.m. on Feb. 18 in Levy County, according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sargent Javon Murphy, based on information provided by crash investigator and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Mark Baker.
     The Trailblazer was westbound on Northeast 20th Street, the FHP said.
      The vehicle veered to the right, the FHP said, traveling northwest off the roadway and onto the north shoulder of Southeast 20th Street, the FHP said.
     The vehicle then veered to the left, traveling southwest across the roadway and onto the southern shoulder of Southeast 20th Street, while rotating counterclockwise, the FHP said.
     The Chevrolet continued on this travel path until it overturned and collided with a guy wire from a utility pole, the FHP said.
     The vehicle traveled through the wire, while still overturning, before colliding with a wired fence located on this southern shoulder, the FHP said.  The Trailblazer came to final rest facing southeast on its roof on the southern shoulder of Northeast 20th street, the FHP said.
     The driver was not wearing a seatbelt, the FHP said, and results from a blood-alcohol content test are pending to determine if alcohol was a factor in this crash, the FHP said.
     Winningham was later pronounced dead on the scene by personnel from the Levy County Department of Public Safety (Fire Rescue) at 1:05 a.m., the FHP said.


Woman dies and
man suffers serious injuries
in Gilchrist County crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 17, 2019 at 5:29 p.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY --
A 23-year-old Newberry woman died Sunday morning (Feb. 17) from injuries suffered in a crash, the FHP said.
     Samar Mohamed Fawzy, 23, of Newberry was driving a 2007 Toyota Prius at approximately 9 a.m. on Feb. 17 in Gilchrist County, according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. M. Hathcock, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper K. Skelly and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. J. Smith.
     Charles Robert Martin, 74, of Bell was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado, the FHP said.
     The Toyota Prius was westbound on Gilchrist County Road 232 negotiating a curve, the FHP said.
     The Chevrolet Colorado was eastbound on CR 232 and also negotiating a curve, the FHP said.
     The Toyota Prius went off of the road to the right and then overcorrected back onto the roadway, the FHP said, causing a head-on collision with the Chevrolet Colorado.
     Fawzy died and Martin was taken to Shands, listed with serious injuries, the FHP said.
     The traffic homicide crash investigation is ongoing, the FHP said.


 



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
ROR - Released On their Own Recognizance


Suspects Arrested
March 4 Through March 10

Updated March 5, 2019 at 10:09 a.m.


MARCH 4
     Joseph Dean Anderson, 18, of Chiefland was arrested for VOP. No bond.
     William Warren Griffin, 26, of Wewahitchka was arrested for FTA. Bond $2,000.
     Josiah Malcolm Jones Jr., 18, of Williston was arrested for two counts of larceny grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000. Bond $20,000.
     Juanita Nicole Milligan, 37, of Bronson was arrested for cruelty towards child – abuse child without great bodily harm, poss. cocaine with intent to sell/ etc. within 1,000 feet of specified area – schedule II, poss. methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. specified area, dangerous drugs – keep shop or vehicle, etc. for drugs – first violation, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $206,000.
     John Bufford Colton Shiver, 29, of Williston was arrested for poss. controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $11,000.
MARCH 5
     Eugene Robert Bricketto, 57, of Archer was arrested for keep public nuisance structure for drug activity, poss. meth with intent to sell/ mfg./ deliver, poss. heroin with intent to sell/ mfg./ deliver – schedule I, traffic amphetamine or methamphetamine – 14 grams or over, drug equipment – poss./ use/ mfg. paraphernalia to transport drugs. Bond $326,000.
     Neil Andrew Dortley, 45, of Gainesville was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Cash only $200.
     Jordan Lee Ferguson, 21, of Archer was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Michele Renee Keene, 50, of Archer was arrested for keep public nuisance structure for drug activity, poss. controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment – poss./ use/ mfg. paraphernalia to transport drugs. Bond $76,000.
     Ravonn Jonzell Smith, 20, of Archer was arrested for two FTAs and a VOP. Bond $25,000.
MARCH 6
     Kurtis Lorenzo Daniels, 33, of Williston was arrested for flee/ elude LEO with lights/ sirens active, poss. cocaine. No bond amounts were given.
     Rolando Ramos III, 35, of Gainesville was arrested for violation of condition of release. No bond.
     Daniel Alvin Revels, 41, of Chiefland was arrested for two FTAs. Bond $2,500.
     Stephanie Marie Tindall, 42, of Chiefland was arrested for VOP. No bond.
     Michael Thomas Watkins, 27, of Gulf Hammock was arrested for poss. marijuana – over 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $11,000.
MARCH 7
     Jamie Marie Blackburn, 34, of Old Town was arrested for two out-of-county warrants. ROR.
     Susan Schmidt Houston, 65, of Williston was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. Bond $2,000.
     Joshua Adam Koon, 18, of Williston was arrested for four counts of FTA. Bond $25,000.
     Joshua Gabriel Moretz, 28, of Inglis was arrested for VOP. No bond.
     Cynthia Marie Sigala, 45, of Williston was arrested for violation of condition of release. Bond $15,000.
     Joshua Javier Ulloa, 33, of Inglis was arrested for two out-of-county warrants. No bond each.
MARCH 8
     Darius J. Gilmore, 33, of Gainesville was arrested for DWLSR – third or subsequent offense, marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams. Bond $2,000.
     Brian Michael Hodge, 37, of Chiefland was arrested for sex offender violation – fail to register as required. Bond $75,000.
     Todd Matthew Johnson, 38, of Gainesville was arrested for VOP. No bond.
     Stacey Michelle Lamb, 51, of Chiefland was arrested for petit theft from merchant – second offense. Bond $1,500.
     Carrie Lynn Osteen, 34, of Old Town was arrested for petit theft from merchant – second offense. ROR.
     Pedro Perez Perez, 26, of Reddick was arrested for operating a motor vehicle without valid driver license. ROR.
     Christina Marie Terry, 28, of Inglis was arrested for two sex offender violations – fail to report email address/ internet identifiers and fail to re-register as required. Bond $100,000.
MARCH 9
     Suzanne Marie Barnes, 49, of Chiefland was arrested for petit theft – first degree - $100 to less than $300. ROR.
     William David Bishop, 29, of Cedar Key was arrested for two out-of-county warrants. Bond $5,000.
     James Austin Crews, 39, of High Springs was arrested for FTA. Bond $30,000.
     Jasmine Marie Dunsford, 19, of Tallahassee was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $5,000.
     Daniel Ruiz Rivera, 39, of Williston was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $5,000.
     Austin Robert White, 25, of Tallahassee was arrested for domestic battery by strangulation. Bond $5,000.
MARCH 10
     Troy William Banning, 52, of Bronson was arrested for DWLSR – knowingly, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $15,000.
     Taylor James Bryant, 26, of Bronson was arrested for VOP. No bond.
     Jacob Austin Lidlow, 19, of Orlando was arrested for DWLSR – first offense. No bond amount was given.
     Efrain Espinoza Vega, 26, of Bronson was arrested for operate motor vehicle without valid driver license. Cash $2,500.

 



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
ROR - Released on their Own Recognizance


Suspects Arrested
March 4 Through March 10

Updated March 5, 2019 at 10:09 a.m.


MARCH 4
     Donna Alyce Jones, 34, of Old Town was arrested for dealing in stolen property, an out-of-county warrant. No bond amounts were given.
     Rufus James Sherrill, 30, of Horseshoe Beach was arrested for VOP and an out-of-county warrant. No bond amounts were given.
     Mary Estella Grenstiner, 41, of Raiford was arrested for VOP. Bond $2,500.
MARCH 5
     Rex Brant Stevenson, 33, of Trenton was arrested for FTA, and bond surrender. Bond $6,000.
MARCH 6
MARCH 7

     Lindsey A. Fisk, 34, of Old Town was arrested for battery – spouse abuse, RWOV. Bond $3,000.
     Chad Anthony Bews, 45, of Old Town was arrested for spouse abuse. Bond $7,000.
MARCH 8
     Rodney Eddie Scott, 28, of Cross City was arrested for VOP. No bond amount was given.
     Dalton Blane Hardin, 20, of Chiefland was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $5,000.
     James Parker, 47, of Old Town was arrested for aggravated assault. Bond $10,000.
     Ronald Carman, 27, of Cross City was arrested for child abuse, public nuisance - controlled substances are illegally kept, sold, or used. No bond amounts were given.
     John K. Mitchell III, 25, of Trenton was arrested for child abuse, poss. of controlled substance, drug paraphernalia. No bond amounts were given.
     Matthew Grant Hosford, 38, of Tucson, Arizona was arrested for an out-of-county warrant, DWLSR, fail to stop at AG inspection. Bond $513.
MARCH 9
     Tiffany Rodriguez, 30, of Daytona Beach was arrested for introduce/remove contraband into facility. Bond $2,500.
     Tonya Kincaid, 52, of Old Town was arrested for poss. of less than 20 grams marijuana.
MARCH 10
     Arnold David Polk Jr., 53, of Old Town was arrested for battery - victim 65 years or older, RWOV. No bond amount was given.
     Guy Curtis, 53, of Old Town was arrested for DWLSR, attached tag - not assigned, poss. of controlled substance. Bond $3,000.
     Ernest S. Burns, 23, of Old Town was arrested for disorderly intoxication. Bond $1,500.

 

 





 

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
ROR -  Release on their Own Recognizance


Suspects Arrested
March 4 Through March 10

Updated March 5, 2019 at 10:09 a.m.

MARCH 4
MARCH 5
MARCH 6
MARCH 7
MARCH 8

     George Winchester Horton, 41, of Jacksonville was arrested for poss. marijuana over 20 grams, disorderly intoxication, swindle – defraud innkeeper under $300, narcotic equipment – poss. and/or use, poss. cannabis under 20 grams, exposure of sexual organs. Bond $30,000.
     Harold William Plass, 27, of Lake City was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Robyn Leigh Ste3wart, 41, of Jacksonville was arrested for swindle – defraud innkeeper under $300. Bond $5,000.
MARCH 9
MARCH 10

     Cody Lee Deal, 33, of High Springs was arrested for VOP. No bond.
     Carole Ann Heagney, 30, of Trenton was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $75,000.

--UPDATED--
MONDAY  MARCH 18  7:09 a.m.
Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties




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