Young woman dies
as hit and run victim;
* Update --
Warrant issued for suspect
believed to have fled to Mexico


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Caesar Perez-Roque
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By Jeff M. Hardison
© Dec. 2, 2018 at 5:48 p.m.
Updated Dec. 7, 2018 at 11:28 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the driver of a silver 2005 to 2010 model Chrysler 300 that was involved in a fatal crash on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.
     Gypsy Star McEntire, 22, of Ocala was driving a 2016 Zhng Scooter in Marion County on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., according to information in a press release from Florida Highway Patrol lt. P.V. Riordan, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper S. Castiglione and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. M. Baker.
     She was westbound on State Road 40, 600 feet east of Northwest 49th Avenue, the FHP said, when her motor scooter was struck by the front of an unidentified silver 2005 to 2010 model Chrysler 300.

 

 

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     After the collision, the Chrysler fled the scene, the FHP said. McEntire was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center, the FHP said, where she died at approximately 9 p.m.
     The four-door Chrysler vehicle will have significant front-end damage (missing front chrome grill and missing fog lamps) as a result of the collision and was last seen traveling north on Northwest 53rd Court, the FHP said.
     The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking any information the public may have about this fatal hit and run crash. Information and tips can be given to FHP by calling 1-800-387-1290 or by calling Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-369-6880.
*    On Friday (Dec.),  7
FHP Investigators have located the vehicle suspected of being the fatal hit-and-run car, the FHP said. The FHP now knows the identity of the driver as Caesar Perez-Roque, 28.
     An International Warrant was issue on today (Friday, Dec. 7) for his arrest, for leaving the scene of a crash with death, and for driving without a license. At this time it is believed that Perez-Roque has fled to Mexico, the FHP said.


Another crash
is seen at Park and Main

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CPD Lt. Jay Bolton (left) and CPD Officer Kyle Schultz stand between the cruiser Schultz uses and one of the two vehicles involved in a crash on Friday (Dec. 7) in Chiefland.

By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 7, 2018 at 3:18 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
In fewer than 24 hours before Santa Claus is scheduled to potentially ride in a parade on Main Street (U.S. Highway 19) in Chiefland, two vehicles crashed together at one of the intersections through which Santa and other parade participants are slated to pass tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 8).



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The front of the smaller of the two vehicles involved in the crash shows more damage than what appears on the Chevrolet.

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This late model Chevrolet SUV shows less damage from the crash. It is seen here at TJ's Auto Service & Detailing, 10 N.W. Main St., where it pulled out of the lanes of active traffic on West Park Avenue after the collision.


     Chiefland Police Officer K. Schultz is investigating the crash. Officer Schultz is the K-9 handler for CPD Dog Blitz.
     This crash scene appears to show where the smaller southbound car was struck on its left front by the front right of the eastbound Chevrolet SUV.
     People who have passed through this intersection often during the past 12 years know there have been several accidents here, even back before the Florida Department of Transportation changed the U.S. 19 speed limit from 30 to 35 m.p.h. through that intersection and the rest of downtown Chiefland.
     The Chiefland Police Department investigates crashes within the city limits.
     The Chiefland Chamber of Commerce is hosting the events tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 8), including a 5-K run at 9 a.m. and a parade in the evening on U.S. 19, going south from Chiefland High School to the Historic Chiefland Train Depot on Southeast Second Avenue. Santa Claus is anticipated to be in that parade.


Lebanese businessman
pleads guilty
to money-laundering conspiracy

By DEA Public Affairs
Published Dec. 7, 2018 at 1:38 p.m.
     WASHINGTON, D.C. –
Kassim Tajideen, the operator of a network of businesses in Lebanon and Africa whom the United States Department of the Treasury designated as an important financial supporter to the Hezbollah terror organization, pleaded guilty today (Friday, Dec. 7) to charges associated with evading United States sanctions imposed on him.
     The announcement was made by Acting united States Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker; Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers; United States Attorney Jessie K. Liu for the District of Columbia; Special Agent in Charge Raymond Donovan of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Special Operations Division; Special Agent in Charge Valerie A. Nickerson of the DEA’s New Jersey Field Division, and Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan of United States Customs and Border Protection.
     Tajideen, 63, of Beirut, Lebanon, pleaded guilty before United States District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, to conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, in furtherance of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
     Tajideen was designated by the United States Department of the Treasury as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in May 2009 as a result of his provision of significant financial support to Hezbollah, which was named a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States Department of State. This designation prohibited Tajideen from being involved in, or benefiting from transactions, involving United States persons or companies without a license from the Department of the United States Treasury.
     “This Department of Justice has put a target on Hezbollah,” Acting Attorney General Whitaker said. “In January, we started the Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team, and in October, former Attorney General Sessions named Hezbollah one of the five priority organizations for our Transnational Organized Crime Task Force. The DEA worked for three years to bring this prosecution of a Treasury Department-designated terrorist for sanctions violations to successful completion. I want to thank the prosecutors and agents Trial Attorney Joseph Palazzo and AUSAs Thomas Gillice, Luke Jones, Karen Seifert, Deborah Curtis, and SAUSA Jacqueline Barkett for helping us achieve this victory today. We are going to keep targeting Hezbollah and other terrorist groups and their supporters, and we are going to keep winning.”
     “This guilty plea demonstrates our commitment to vigorously investigate and prosecute violations of United States economic sanctions,” said United States Attorney Liu. “Through the efforts of law enforcement here and abroad, this defendant has been held accountable for violating laws protecting our national security and foreign policy interests.”
     “This is the latest example of DEA’s recent successes against Hezbollah’s global criminal support network and reflects DEA’s determination in combatting this transnational criminal organization,” said Special Agent in Charge Donovan.
     According to the statement of facts signed by Tajideen in conjunction with his plea, after his designation, Tajideen conspired with at least five other persons to conduct over $50 million in transactions with United States businesses that violated these prohibitions. In addition, Tajideen and his co-conspirators knowingly engaged in transactions outside of the United States, which involved transmissions of as much as $1 billion through the United States financial system from places outside the United States.
     The plea, which is contingent upon the court’s approval, calls for an agreed-upon sentence of 60 months in prison. The plea agreement also calls for Tajideen to pay $50 million as a criminal forfeiture in advance of his sentencing. Tajideen has been detained since extradition to the United States in March 2017 after his arrest overseas. Sentencing is scheduled to occur on Jan. 18, 2019.
     This guilty plea is the result of a three-year investigation by the DEA’s Special Operations Division/Counter Narcoterrorism Operations Center and the DEA New Jersey Field Division, with the assistance by CBP. Assistance was provided by the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
     Tajideen’s case falls under DEA’s Project Cassandra, which targets Hezbollah’s global criminal support network - dubbed by the DEA as the Business Affairs Component - that operates as a logistics, procurement and financing arm for Hezbollah. This investigation and others are part of the Department of Justice’s Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team (HFTN), a component of the Department’s Transnational Organized Crime initiative.
     The HFNT was formed in January 2018 to ensure an aggressive and coordinated approach to prosecutions and investigations, including Project Cassandra cases, targeting the individuals and networks supporting Hezbollah.  Comprised of experienced international narcotics trafficking, terrorism, organized crime, and money-laundering prosecutors and investigators, the HFNT works closely with partners like the DEA, the Department of the Treasury, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, among others, to advance and facilitate prosecutions of Hezbollah and its support network in appropriate cases.
     This case is being prosecuted by the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the DEA and CPB’s National Targeting Center Counter Network Division, with assistance from the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs and the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the National Security Division.
     The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Joseph Palazzo of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section and Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas A. Gillice, Luke Jones, Karen Seifert and Deborah Curtis and Special Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline L. Barkett of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.


Motorcyclist dies
in Marion County

By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 7, 2018 at 9:08 a.m
     MARION COUNTY --
A 29-year-old man died and a 33-year-old woman suffered serious injuries as the result of a motorcycle crash Thursday night (Dec. 6) in Marion County, the FHP said.
     Michael Myers Jr., 29, of Fayette, Ala., was driving a 2001 Yamaha XV1600 at 9 p.m. on Dec. 6 in Marion County, according to a press release from FHP Sgt. A. Palese.
     Christa Bishop, 33, of Fort McCoy was a passenger, the FHP said.
     The motorcycle was westbound on Northeast 175th Street, just west of 37th Court, the FHP said, as Myers was negotiating a curve.
     For unknown reasons, the FHP said, the driver failed to maintain control. The vehicle continued northwest across the northern shoulder of the road, the FHP said, and then the motorcycle collided with a fence.
     The Yamaha began to rotate, causing both occupants to be ejected, the FHP said. Both riders came to rest inside the fence line, as did the motorcycle, the FHP said. Neither rider was wearing a helmet, the FHP said.
     Myers died, the FHP said, and Bishop suffered serious injuries and was taken to Shands.


FHP catches suspected
indoor grow lab
for marijuana in transit


Tony Wayne Goodwin

Mug Shot By HCSO

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The growing material seized by the FHP.
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By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 6, 2018 at 11:08 p.m.
     HAMILTON COUNTY --
When in Rome, do as the Romans.
     When in Florida, do as Floridians rather than as Californians -- or face being suspected as a felonious marijuana grower.
     A 41-year-old man from Greenwood, Calif., was arrested early Wednesday evening after troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol found reasonable cause first to search a vehicle he was driving, and then to believe he had violated state law in regard to marijuana.
     Tony Wayne Goodwin, 41, of Greenwood, Calif., found Florida has a different perspective on marijuana in contrast with the state from which he is reportedly moving.
     Marijuana in California is legal for both medical and recreational uses. California has been at the forefront of efforts to reform marijuana laws, beginning in 1972 with the nation's first ballot initiative attempting to legalize cannabis.
     Although Proposition 19 was unsuccessful in 1972, California would later become the first state to legalize medical cannabis with the passage of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.
     In November of 2016, California voters approved the Adult Use of Marijuana Act to legalize the recreational use of cannabis.
     Meanwhile, in Florida on Wednesday (Dec. 5) at 4:12 p.m., a 2019 yellow-colored International (Penske rental) truck was stopped after an FHP trooper observed a moving traffic violation, according to information in a press release from FHP Lt. P.V. Riordan.
     While speaking with the sole occupant on southbound I-75 in Hamilton County, the trooper noticed Goodwin was extremely nervous, the FHP said. During the interaction with the driver, another trooper arrived with a K-9 and walked the dog around the truck.
     The FHP K-9 named "Tyson" gave a positive alert to show that he detected the odor of drugs, the FHP said.
      Subsequent to the K-9 alert, the FHP said, the truck was searched.
     The search revealed a vape pen with marijuana residue and a marijuana pipe, the FHP said.
     A vape pen is an electronic cigarette, or more precisely a type of electronic nicotine delivery system. It can be used as a method to deliver tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a crystalline compound that is the main active ingredient of cannabis. too. A vape pen can look like a cigarette, a small flashlight, or a pen, which is why they are often called e-pens.
     In addition, the FHP said, in the rear of the 26-foot long box truck, was an entire "grow house operation."
   Items and equipment discovered and seized by the FHP included: 45 large grow lights, water piping, large grow trays, dehumidifiers and electrical wiring.
     Goodwin advised the troopers he was in the process of moving from California to Florida, the FHP said.
     He was arrested and transported to the Hamilton County Jail, where he was booked for two felonies -- possession of drug equipment, and possession of a controlled substance without prescription.


Ocala man arrested
for first-degree murder

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Patience Burton
Suspected of providing false information to law enforcement. No bond.

Mug Shot By MCSO

By Valerie Strong,
of the MCSO Public Information Office
Published Dec. 6, 2018 at 10:38 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
Today (Thursday, Dec. 6), Bo Pete Jeffrey, 55, was arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office warrant for the murder of his estranged wife, Lisa Jeffrey, 48.
     Bo Pete Jeffrey will be brought back to Marion County to face the charge of first-degree murder.
     On Nov. 27, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Holiday Trav-L-Park RV Resort located at 4001 W. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala in reference to Lisa Jeffrey being missing.
     During the investigation, MCSO Major Crimes detectives spoke with Patience Burton, 47, who was not truthful in her prior statements regarding information related to her knowledge of Bo Pete Jeffrey and Lisa Jeffrey.
     She was subsequently arrested for providing false information to law enforcement and is currently being held at the Marion County Jail on no bond.
     Major Crimes detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for Lisa and Bo Pete Jeffrey’s residence where they ultimately located Lisa deceased.
     After interviewing Bo Pete Jeffrey, detectives were able to obtain a warrant for his arrest.

 


Bond adds up to $816,580
for suspected drug trafficker
who is known to be
a violent career criminal

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Courtney Harvey
Mug Shot By LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison
© Dec. 5, 2018 at 11:08 a.m.
     BRONSON --
A 30-year-old Williston man who is already designated as a violent career criminal was put into the Levy County Jail on Friday (Nov. 30) thanks to the work of law enforcement officers in Levy County, according to information in a press release from Levy County Sheriff's Office Lt. Scott Tummond.

 




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Drugs found in the car Courtney Harvey was captured in are among the physical evidence scheduled for use to show the suspect committed the crimes he is alleged to have committed.

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An investigator looks at the suspect’s vehicle.

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     As of this morning (Wednesday, Dec. 5), Lt. Tummond added in his press release that same morning, the honorable Levy County Court Judge J.T. "Tim" Browning has assigned an additional bond to the man's set of first charges, in the amount of $261,000, for the newest charges, to have a total combined bond for Courtney Harvey of $816,580.
     On Nov. 30, LCSO's Uniformed Patrol Division, Drug Task Force (DTF) and Tactical Response Unit (TRU) executed arrest warrants on this particular violent career felon in the Morriston area of Levy County, Tummond said.
     DTF Commander Lt. Duane Dykstra and DTF Investigator Rob Bowers had been working for several weeks developing intelligence as they progressed toward the safe execution of serving these pending arrest warrants on Harvey, Tummond said.
     Harvey was wanted for burglary with battery, fleeing from law enforcement officers and numerous other charges, Tummond said. Harvey’s history of violence coupled with recent intelligence developed in this case reflected that the man often carried a firearm while selling drugs in the Morriston area of Levy County, Tummond said.
     Harvey, confronted by multiple law enforcement officers, attempted to flee on Nov. 30, Tummond said, however deputies surrounded him and he surrendered without a fight.
     The vehicle he used in his attempt to flee has been seized, Tummond said, and it was towed to the LCSO impound yard.
     Yesterday (Tuesday, Dec. 4), DTF Inv. Bowers executed a search warrant for the vehicle’s interior, Tummond said, and Inv. Bowers and Lt. Dykstra searched the vehicle.
     They found a wide array of illegal narcotics, which included suspected fentanyl, the deadly tranquilizer that has flooded the streets of America and has killed many people, Tummond said.
     Sheriff Bobby McCallum who was present at the scene on Friday said, “I am extremely proud of the professionalism and expertise our members exhibited during the execution of these arrest warrants. The planning and time invested in gathering the intelligence allowed for a violent felon to be taken into custody and removed from our streets, and no one was injured. This operation was a huge success.” 
     Harvey was being held at the Levy County Jail in lieu of a $555,580 bond from the pending warrants served on him this past Friday.
     Additional charges based on the findings of the search warrant were filed on Harvey on the Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 4).
     Following are those charges:
     Trafficking in opium or a derivative -- 4 grams or more (Fentanyl);
     Possession of a synthetic narcotic with the intent to sell (MDMD/Molly);
     Possession of marijuana with the intent to sell;
     Possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell;
     Possession of opium or a derivative with the intent to sell (Buprenorphine);
     Keeping a shop or vehicle with the purpose of selling drugs; and
     Possession of drug equipment (Digital scale and clean baggies)
     Harvey was formally advised of these charges today (Wednesday, Dec. 5), during his first appearance. That is when Judge Browning assigned the additional bond in the amount of $261,000 for these new charges, which brought the total combined bond for Courtney Harvey is $816,580, Tummond said.


DCSO arrests suspected
armed felon and truck thief

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Adrian Cottrill
Mug Shot By DCSO

By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published Dec. 4, 2018 at 4:38 p.m.
     CROSS CITY --
On the Thursday morning (Nov. 29), a Dixie County Sheriff's Office deputy was dispatched to the Cross City Airport to meet with a victim who was at the airport prepping a plane for flight.
     According to the victim, he was inside the hangar prepping the plane and went back outside the hangar at approximately 6:45 a.m. and noticed that his truck was gone.
     While the deputy was on the scene with the victim of the truck theft, another deputy was dispatched to the industrial park of the airport where a vehicle had driven through the airport fence.
     The deputies completed their calls and began to look for the vehicle, when of them saw a male subject walking with a backpack that was similar in description to the one the truck owner described as being in the truck.
     The deputy then stopped the subject, identified as Adrian Cottrill, and began to inquire about his activities and the backpack.
     Cottrill’s statements further raised the deputy’s suspicions and the deputy requested to look into the backpack, which Cottrill claimed was his father’s.
     Upon looking into the backpack, the deputy discovered the identification of the victim from the vehicle theft along with some of his property.
     Adrian Cottrill, 46, of Cross City, was arrested and charged with; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, grand theft of the second degree, grand theft of a firearm (two counts), criminal mischief (two counts) and grand theft.
     Cottrill is currently being held in the Dixie County Jail under a $50,000 bond.


Sheriff presents certificates
to two Dixie County residents

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Sam Dilger accepts his Florida Sheriffs Association Distinguished Service Award certificate from Dixie County Sheriff Dewey Hatcher Sr.

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Buddy Woods accepts his Florida Sheriffs Association Distinguished Service Award certificate from Dixie County Sheriff Dewey Hatcher Sr.

Story and Photos Provided
By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published Dec. 4, 2018 at 3:08 p.m.
     CROSS CITY --
On Wednesday (Nov. 28), Dixie County Sheriff Dewey Hatcher Sr. met with two Dixie County residents to present them with their Florida Sheriffs Association Distinguished Service Award certificates.
     Bruce W. “Sam” Dilger, of Old Town received his Distinguished Service Award for 40 years of membership and contribution to the Florida Sheriffs Association.
     William H. “Buddy” Woods, of Suwannee received his Distinguished Service Award for 25 years of membership and contribution to the Florida Sheriffs Association.
     Sheriff Hatcher and the Florida Sheriffs noted their appreciation to these two men for their loyal support of the Florida Sheriffs Association as they work together to build a safer Florida.

 


LCDPS names Clayton Drew
as 2018 Employee of the Year

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Seen above are Battalion Captain Clayton Drew (left) and Levy County Department of Public Safety Director Mitch Harrell as the director presents the award to the captain.


Story and Photo
By Alesha Rinaudo, Assistant to the LCDPS Director
Published Dec. 3, 2018 at 9:28 p.m.
     BRONSON --
Congratulations to Battalion Captain Clayton Drew, Levy County Department of Public Safety’s (LCDPS) 2018 Employee of the Year.
     At the Annual LCDPS Christmas Dinner on Saturday (Dec. 1), Capt. Drew was awarded Employee of the Year as voted by his peers.
     Each year, the employees of the LCDPS nominate who they feel deserves the esteemed award. During the nomination process, the nominee was described by coworkers as dedicated, hardworking, and going above and beyond.
     Captain Drew was particularly noted for his work with the communication system used throughout the County.
     He has been serving Levy County as a member of the LCDPS since 2005 and continues to show his commitment to serving others and dedication to the department on a regular basis.
     The LCDPS thanks Black Prong Equestrian Center for helping to make this event a great success!
     Anyone who is interested in learning life-saving skills or volunteering is asked to contact the Levy County Department of Public Safety at 352-486-5209.


Chiefland man jailed
for sexual battery on a child

By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Published Dec. 3, 2018 at 3:08 p.m.,
     BRONSON --
On Saturday (Dec. 1), the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to a home in Chiefland after a child reported to her mother that “Uncle Joel” had touched her private parts.
     Investigator Mike McNeil took testimony from the mother and the 4-year-old child. They identified Uncle Joel as Joel Michael Crawford, 29, of Chiefland.
     Investigator McNeil accompanied the mother and child to the Child Protection Team at the University of Florida in Gainesville where an emergency forensic interview was conducted. The child was able to explain in detail what Crawford did to her.
     Investigator McNeil located Crawford at his home in Chiefland, and the man agreed to speak about the incident. Crawford volunteered to drive to Bronson and speak to Investigator McNeil at the LCSO.
     Investigator McNeil wrote in his arrest affidavit Crawford admitted to sexually battering the child, and the suspect was reported as having stated “I have major problems.” 
     Crawford was arrested and booked into the Levy County Jail. He has been charged with one count of capital sexual battery on a child under 12 and is being held on a $500,000 bond.
     If convicted of capital sexual battery in Florida, the defendant faces life in prison without parole as a sentence.


Williston woman dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 3, 2018 at 6:28 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A 58-year-old Williston woman died Sunday evening (Dec. 2) in a crash, the FHP said.
     Deborah Ann Ditaranto, 58, of Williston was driving a 2001 Toyota Tacoma at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 in Marion County, according to a Monday (Dec. 3) press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Anthony Palese, based on information from crash and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Mark Baker.
     The Toyota was westbound on Marion County Road 484 in the westbound lane, the FHP said, when for unknown reasons it veered to the left.
     The vehicle went southwest across the eastbound lane and onto the southern grass shoulder of CR 484, the FHP said, while it was rotating counterclockwise.
     It continued on that path until overturning on the south shoulder of CR 484, where the Tacoma continued overturning through a barbed-wire fence, the FHP said.
     The vehicle came to final rest facing southeast on private property on the southern shoulder of CR 484, the FHP said.
     Ditaranto was wearing a seatbelt, the FHP said, and alcohol-blood content results are pending to determine if alcoholic beverage consumption was a factor in the crash.


CPD officers capture
suspected truck thief

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Stephen Scott-Albert Wyler
Mug Shot By LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison
© Nov. 30, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND –
Members of the Chiefland Police Department (CPD) recently completed a successful takedown of a suspected pickup truck thief at the Walgreen's parking lot in Chiefland, according to records.
     Stephen Scott-Albert Wyler, 39, of Fanning Springs was arrested by CPD Officer K. Schultz for theft of a vehicle, felony possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, according to records.
     The total bond was set at $41,000, according to records.
     On Thursday (Nov. 29) at about 5 p.m., CPD Officer Schultz responded to a report of a stolen 2004 Chevrolet Silverado that the CPD planned to recover at the parking lot of Walgreen's Drug Store, 2227 N. Young Blvd. (U.S. Highway 19) in Chiefland.
     That vehicle belongs to Southeast Vinyl and Aluminum Inc. of Chiefland, according to records.
     Officer Schultz arrived to see that CPD Sgt. F. Macy had Wyler on the ground in handcuffs, according to record.
     CPD officers other than Schultz and Sgt. Macy who were involved in this mission were Lt. J. Bolton and Capt. R. Tremblay, according to records.
     Responding to a tip about the stolen vehicle, all four officers arrived as planned to block in the suspect vehicle, Sgt. Macy noted in his incident report.
     Sgt. Macy and Lt. Bolton approached the driver's side door of the extended cab pickup truck, the sergeant noted.
     "Once the driver exited the vehicle," Sgt. Macy noted in his incident report, "he was given multiple commands to get on the ground. The driver did not obey those commands and was assisted to the ground by myself and Lt. Bolton."
     The officers determined the driver's identification and that the vehicle was reported as stolen.
     After being read a warning about having the right to not speak without an attorney being present, which is known as a "Miranda warning," Wyler responded to a question about whether “dope” was in the vehicle.
     Macy reported that Wyler clarified that “dope” meant any illegal drugs before he said if there was methamphetamine in the pickup, then that was not his; however, if there was marijuana in the truck, then it was his, according to records.
     Officer Schultz found a few grams of marijuana in the vehicle, according to records, as well as one 9-millimeter bullet.
     The suspect did not have a card to show he uses marijuana for medicinal purposes, according to records.

 


Thursday morning crash
leaves one man seriously injured

By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 29, 2018 at 7:18 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
A Thursday morning (Nov. 29) crash involving two Ford trucks and four people resulted in one man suffering serious injuries, the FHP said.
     Dustin Joseph Stevens, 35, of Williston, was driving a 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 29 in Levy County, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kevin M. Pace, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper K. Skelly. David Allen Penney, 34, of Williston was a passenger in the F-150, the FHP said.
     Peter Edward Bouley, 72, of Williston was driving a 2016 Ford F-250, the FHP said. Sandra K. Phillips, 69, was a passenger in the F-250, the FHP sad.
     The two-truck crash happened on U.S. Alt. 27 and Levy County Road 316, the FHP said.
     Bouley was driving the Ford F-250 southbound on Alt. 27, the FHP said, as the vehicle approached the intersection with CR 316.
     Stevens was driving the Ford F-150 traveling westbound on CR 316, the FHP said, when he failed to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic and entered Alt. 27 from the yield median.
     The Ford F-150 struck the left side of the Ford F-250, the FHP said.
     The Ford F-250 was redirected and then overturned onto the west shoulder-ditch, the FHP said.
     Bouley was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, the FHP said. The other three people involved in the crash were not injured, the FHP said.
     Stevens was cited for failure to yield the right-of-way, the FHP said.


Woman hurt in crash
south of Otter Creek

By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 29, 2018 at 8:08 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
A woman suffered serious injuries Thursday afternoon in crash on U.S. Highway 19, south of Otter Creek, the FHP said.
     Linda Wagner, 77, of Spring Hill was driving a 2014 Mazda CX5 in Levy County at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 29, according to a press release by crash investigator Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. W. Ernst.
     The SUV was northbound on U.S. 19, the FHP said.
     The vehicle entered the west shoulder, the FHP said, striking an embankment.
     The Mazda continued northwest on the west shoulder, the FHP said, striking a second embankment where it came to final rest.
     Wagner was transported to Shands in serious condition, the FHP said. Wagner was wearing a seatbelt and alcohol is not a factor in the crash, the FHP said.
   


Traffic stop leads to charges
Amber Clingan Suspect - Dixie County Sheriff's Office HardisonInk.com

 

 


Amber Clingan
Mug Shot By DCSO

 


By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 28, 2018 at 3:48 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A 34-year-old Spring Hill woman was arrested the day before Thanksgiving after a vehicle was stopped in Dixie County, according to information in a press release from Dixie County Sheriff's Office Maj. Scott Harden.
     Amber Clingan, 34, of Spring Hill began her stay at the Dixie County Jail as the result of being a passenger in a car driven by another suspected lawbreaker, Harden said.
     During the early morning hours of Nov. 21, a DCSO deputy observed a vehicle being operated on Southeast 55A, Harden said.
     The deputy knew the owner and operator did not have a valid driver’s license and stopped the vehicle, Harden said.
     During the course of the stop, the deputy identified the passenger as Clingan, who was found to have an active warrant from Pasco County for Failure To Appear on a charge of possession of marijuana, Harden said.
     The driver was given a warning, Harden said, and released from the traffic stop -- while the deputy arrested Clingan for the active warrant. 
     After Clingan was delivered to jail, Dixie County Jail staff notified the deputy to return to the jail, Harden said.
     The deputy was informed that Clingan had hidden certain items in her bra, Harden said. The deputy learned that Clingan was found to have a syringe and methamphetamine hidden in her bra, Harden said.
     Clingan was then charged with the additional charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug equipment, introduction of contraband into a jail and tampering with evidence, Harden 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
Nov. 26 Through Dec. 2

Updated Dec.3, 2018 at 10:18 p.m.


NOVEMBER 26
     Robert David Duthill Jr., 19, of Bronson was arrested for damage property – criminal mischief $200 and under, burglary with assault or battery. Bond $115,000.
     Sh-Ron Antonio Ellison, 20, of Chiefland was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     James Ronald Koester, 48, no address was arrested for VOP. No bond amount was given.
     Shavontay Tantania Powell, 28, of Chiefland was arrested for aggravated assault with deadly weapon without intent to kill. Bond $10,000.
     Devin Tyree Pryce, 31, of Chiefland was arrested for failure to register vehicle, DWLSR – first offense. Bond $5,250.
NOVEMBER 27
     Paul Anthony Altman, 35, of Newberry was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Cash only $1,000.
     Chad Alexander Cumbo, 34, of Bronson was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Cash only $250.
     Margaret Melissa Davis, 48, of Cross City was arrested for damage property – criminal mischief over $200 – under $1,000, burglary dwelling/ structure or conveyance – armed, larceny - $20,000 to less than $100,000, larceny – grand theft of firearm. No bond on all charges.
     Brandon Jeffrey Fairweather, 27, of Williston was arrested for poss. cocaine. Bond $30,000.
     Norman Renay Gamble, 54, of Chiefland was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Cash only $150.
     Matthew Stephen Higgins, 27, of Amarillo, Texas was arrested for disorderly intoxication in a public place causing a disturbance. Bond $1,000.
     Nicole Diann Hooper, 27, of Orange City was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Cash only $200.
     Robert Jorden Pelton, 29, of Perry was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Cash only $300.
     John Michael Rohe, 55, of Fort White was arrested for VOP. No bond.
     Kayley Rachelle Wiggins, 19, of Bronson was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $5,145.
NOVEMBER 28
     Nancee Samantha Gioielli, 23, of Old Town was arrested for VOP. No bond.
     Rashad Nakia Hooper, 20, of Chiefland was arrested for abuse child without great bodily harm, VOP. Bond $15,000. No bond on VOP.
     Cody Michael Pointer, 25, of New Port Richey was arrested for DUI  and damage to property. Bond $2,500.
     Joseph Darryl Ross, 26, of Bronson was arrested for poss. controlled substance without prescription. Bond $30,000.
NOVEMBER 29
     Russell Christopher Jones, 37, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant, VOP. No bond on both.
     Shannon Lee Ford Jones, 40, of Homosassa was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Cash only $1,169.
     Scotty Ray Lind, 42, of Inglis was arrested for an out-of-county warrant, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $1,000. Cash bond $1,169.
     Sage Chandler O’Connor, 22, of Chiefland was arrested for trespassing – structure or conveyance, larceny – retail theft - $300 or more – coordinate others. Bond $16,000.
     Timothy Anton Woods, 52, of Archer was arrested for DWLSR – habitual offender. Bond $1,000.
     Stephen Scott Albert Wyer, 39, of Fanning Springs was arrested for poss. of weapon or ammo by convicted Florida felon, grand theft of motor vehicle, marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams. Bond $41,000.
NOVEMBER 30
     Javonte Baxter-Jackson, 19, of Gainesville was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior – victim 12 to 16. Bond $250,000.
     Eugene Robert Bricketto, 57, of Archer was arrested for poss. controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $31,000.
     Sarah Janelle Duffield, 26, of Gainesville was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $10,000.
     Courtney Cordelroe Harvey, 30, of Williston was arrested for resist officer – flee/ elude LEO with lights and sirens, flee/ elude with disregard of safety to persons or property, simple assault – intent threat to do violence, battery – touch or strike, burglary – occupied dwelling – unarmed, obstructing justice – tampering in misdemeanor proceeding two counts of non-support of children or spouse. Bond $550,000. Cash bond on support counts $4,780.
     Angel Manuel Mercado, 35, of Williston was arrested for RWOV, FTA, poss. controlled substance without prescription, marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $22,000.
     Alexander Harrison Smith, 19, of Morriston was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
DECEMBER 1
     Ricky Dean Burnett, 39, of Williston was arrested for FTA. Bond $10,000.
     James Rudd Goad, 38, of Bronson was arrested for poss. cocaine, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $10,000.
     Lasette Marie Jones, 22, of Freeport, Texas was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Bradon Ceith LaJoie, 20, of Bell was arrested for poss. cocaine, marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $9,000.
     Jessie Lee Sheffield, 31, of Chiefland was arrested for poss. cocaine. Bond $2,500.
DECEMBER 2
     Dustin Aloysius Brooke, 34, of Inglis was arrested for DWLSR, poss. controlled substance without prescription. Bond $9,000.
     Joel Michael Crawford, 29, of Chiefland was arrested for sexual assault by 18 YOA or older – sexual battery victim under 12 YOA. Bond $500,000.
     Teresa Demar, 52, of Inglis was arrested for drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $2,000.
     Christian Brett Harrelson, 24, of Cedar Key was arrested for felony battery. Bond $20,000.
     Jordan Ray Price, 24, of Bronson was arrested for six VOPs. No bond on all.

 



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
Nov. 26 Through Dec. 2

Updated Dec.3, 2018 at 10:18 p.m.


NOVEMBER 26
     Coley E. Long, 38, of Cross City was arrested for three VOPs. No bond amount was given.
     Jose Luis Carmona, 38, homeless was arrested for trespass occupied structure, disorderly intoxication. No bond amount was given.
     Sh-Ron A. Ellison, 20, of Chiefland was arrested for lewd and lascivious battery. Bond $50,000.
NOVEMBER 27
     Darla Marie Skelton, 36, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $500.
     Melvin Beals, 49, of Old Town was arrested for VOP. No bond amount was given.
     Matthew S. Herndon, 48, of Old Town was arrested for operate motor vehicle without valid driver license, attach registration/ license plate not assigned. Bond $500.
NOVEMBER 28
     Nimmi V. Patel-Futch, 33, of Old Town was arrested for DUI. No bond amount was given.
     Tiffany Lynn Costenbader, 37, of Old Town was arrested for VOP. No bond amount was given.
     Joseph Aaron Branch, 27, of Old Town was arrested for three VOPs. No bond amounts were given.
     Matthew Goins, 27, of Old Town was arrested for dealing in stolen property. Bond $50,000.
NOVEMBER 29
     Luther Snellgrove, 18, of Old Town was arrested for three out-of-county warrants. No bond amounts were given.
     Adrian P. Cottrill, 46, of Cross City was arrested for poss. firearm/ concealed, two counts grand theft, theft of firearm, criminal mischief. Bond $20,000.
NOVEMBER 30
     Jeremy R. Hall, 33, of Old Town was arrested for poss. of controlled substance. No bond amount was given.
DECEMBER 1
     Stephanie E. Armstrong, 26, of Old Town was arrested for battery/ spouse abuse, reckless driving. Bond $3,000.
     William Cary Scheider, 38, of Suwannee was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $2,170.
DECEMBER 2
     Jarvis George, 24, of Cross City was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
     Brandon Nigel Strong, 36, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $269.10.
     Joan Victoria Raulerson, 53, of St. Augustine was arrested for introduction of contraband into correctional facility. No bond amount was given.
     Dalton A. Ell, 20, of Cross City was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.

 





 

Following are some common abbreviations:

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


Suspects Arrested
Nov. 26 Through Dec. 2

Updated Dec.3, 2018 at 10:18 p.m.


NOVEMBER 26
     Briana Joy McDaniel, 26, of Trenton was arrested for two FTAs. ROR on both.
NOVEMBER 27
     Thomas Francis Roberts, 39, of Bell was arrested for domestic battery by strangulation. Bond $50,000.
     David Michael Simmons, 51, of High Springs was arrested for nine FTAs. Bond $76,000.
NOVEMBER 28
NOVEMBER 29

     Maureen Binkoski, 55, of Bell was arrested for RWOV, battery – touch or strike. Bond $5,000.
NOVEMBER 30
     Charles Kenneth Davis, 39, of High Springs was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $44,000.
     Gary Randall Hammock, 58, of Trenton was arrested for battery – touch or strike, intent threat to do violence. Bond $10,000.
     Daniel Chester Shaffer Jr, 38, of Branford was arrested for VOP. No bond.
DECEMBER 1
DECEMBER 2

--UPDATED--
TUESDAY  DEC. 10  10:18 a.m.
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