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Crash closes part of U.S. 27 temporarily
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 29, 2021 at 7:11 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
Press releases from the Florida Highway Patrol on Sunday (Nov. 28) showed U.S. Highway 27 in Marion County was closed for a few hours and traffic was detoured.


 

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     A sedan driven by a 67-year old man with a Loxahatchee residential address was southbound on U.S. 27 near Marion County Road 464-B at 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 28, according to information provided from crash investigator FHP Cpl. Crystal Sollazzo, and in the first two press releases from FHP Cpl. Jessica Sabo.
     Loxahatchee is an unincorporated community in Palm Beach County, according to records, however Loxahatchee Groves is a municipality in Palm Beach County.
     The vehicle went off of the roadway to the right, the FHP said, causing the front of the car to hit a tree and a fence.
     The driver was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center, the FHP noted, and is in critical condition.
     That section of U.S. 27 remained blocked due to the investigation, the FHP said in press releases. By 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 28, however, both lanes of the highway were reopened, according to the final press release from FHP Cpl. Mark Baker, another crash investigator at this incident.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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FHP: Improper passing claims two lives
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 27, 2021 at 8:11 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
A 32-year-old Largo (Pinellas County) man and a 78-year-old Satsuma man died, and a 29-year-old Fort McCoy man suffered serious injuries in a crash Friday morning (Nov. 26) on a road going through the Ocala National Forest, the Florida Highway Patrol noted in a press release.

     Satsuma is an unincorporated community in Putnam County. Fort McCoy is an unincorporated community in Marion County.
     The Largo man was driving a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) westbound on Marion County Road 314, east of Northeast 170th Avenue at 9:23 a.m. on Nov. 26, the FHP said. The Fort McCoy man was a passenger in the SUV, the FHP said.
     The Satsuma man was driving a sedan eastbound on CR 314, the FHP said.
     The SUV began passing in a no passing zone, the FHP said.
     The SUV continued westbound in the eastbound lanes and the front of SUV collided with the front of the sedan, the FHP said.
     The SUV came to final rest in the eastbound lanes of CR 314, the FHP said. The sedan came to final rest on the eastbound shoulder of CR 314, the FHP said.
     The driver from Largo, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene, the FHP said, as was the Satsuma man, who was wearing a seatbelt. The Fort McCoy passenger of SUV, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported to a hospital in serious condition, the FHP said.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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Two die in Thanksgiving crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 26, 2021 at 11:11 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY –
Two people died in a three-vehicle crash on Thanksgiving (Nov. 25) as they were passing through Alachua County on Interstate-75, according to information from the Florida Highway Patrol.

     The crash happened at 10:40 a.m. on Nov. 25, according to the FHP press release that resulted from information provided by crash investigator FHP Trooper D. Alexander and homicide investigator FHP Trooper N. Morgan.
     A sedan was southbound on I-75 at mile marker 397 in the center lane, the FHP said. The sedan was driven by a 23-year-old man from St. Petersburg, the FHP said. There was a 21-year-old man from St. Petersburg who was a passenger in the car, the FHP said.
     A semi tractor-trailer with a trailer was southbound on I-75 in the right lane, beside the sedan, the FHP said. A 38-year-old Clermont man was driving the semi, the FHP said.
     An SUV was southbound on I-75 in the left lane, the FHP said. A 55-year-old High Springs man was driving the SUV, the FHP said. Passengers in the SUV were a 50-year-old woman, a 13-year-old girl, and an 83-year-old woman, all from High Springs, the FHP said.
     The sedan entered into the right lane when it was already occupied by the semi, the FHP said, and the right side of the sedan hit the left side of the semi.
     The sedan then began to travel east, toward the left lane, and the sedan's left front hit the right rear portion of the SUV, the FHP said. The impact caused the SUV to go onto the right shoulder and overturn several times, the FHP said.
      Two of the SUV passengers, the 13-year-old girl and the 83-year-old woman, were pronounced dead at the scene, the FHP said. The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries, and the 50-year-old female passenger of the SUV suffered serious injuries, the FHP said.
     No person in the car or the semi suffered injuries, the FHP said.
     All southbound lanes of Interstate 75 were temporarily closed for the investigation, and traffic was rerouted. All lanes were then reopened, the FHP said.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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FWC delays release of public records
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 25, 2021 at 10:11 a.m.
     LAKE CITY –
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) delayed the release of public records Wednesday (Nov. 24), citing the public records release delay as being caused by an ongoing investigation.

     Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission North Central Regional Public Information Coordinator Karen Parker said that the request for the names of the GFC officers involved in certain arrests in Dixie County from the previous week, as well as the residential addresses of the four suspects and the narrative portion of the documents leading to arrest warrants being issued were not being released because “The investigation is still ongoing and additional misdemeanor charges are pending.”
     Parker further noted that all additional charges will be direct filed through the Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office.
     John Durrett serves as the State Attorney for the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida. He was elected State Attorney by the people of the Third Circuit in August of 2020. Durrett took the oath of office as Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney on Jan. 5, 2021, according to records.
     The Third Judicial Circuit includes Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor counties. There are 20 judicial circuits in Florida.
     The Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office has an interesting recent history. Former Third Circuit State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister, formerly of Live Oak was indicted by a grand jury on bribery, conspiracy, wire fraud, and tax fraud charges. In 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating him following allegations of a bribery scheme.
     As noted in a Feb. 26, 2021, press release from the United States Department of Justice, attorney Marion Michael O’Steen of Old Town was arrested on federal charges of conspiracy to use a facility of commerce for unlawful activity, conspiracy to commit extortion, and aiding and abetting extortion, in connection with Siegmeister’s alleged criminal acts.
     An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
     As for current Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney Durrett, he has not responded to repeated attempts by the daily news website HardisonInk.com to interview him after he took office in January.
     As for the daily news website seeking public records about people arrested by the FWC in Dixie County, and booked into the Dixie County Jail on Nov. 18, Parker provided the following information.
     The below subjects had arrest warrants issued based on a four-month long investigation that included the illegal taking of alligators and deer.
     Parker noted the arrest warrants were issued for the subjects and crimes on the counts show below:
     ● Kasen Brown, 19, two counts of illegal possession of an alligator;
     ● Keaton Aaron Brown, 19, discharge of a firearm less than 1000 feet from a vehicle;
     ● Jerrell Everett, 20, three counts of illegal possession of an alligator; and
     ● Kayla McKenzie Kline, 18, three counts of illegally taking deer.
     As for exempting information sought in a public records request from law enforcement arrest records, according to Florida Statutes, case law and Florida Attorney General Opinions, “Arrest and crime reports are generally considered to be open to public inspection, according to information in the 2021 Florida Government-in-the-Sunshine Manual.
     The Florida Government-in-the-Sunshine Law was enacted in 1967.
     According to Attorney General Opinions (AGO), there are exemptions from some public records. Since 1967, those exemptions have grown and grown.
     The statutory exemptions for active criminal investigative and intelligence information, confessions, juvenile offender records and certain victim information may apply to crime reports and other law enforcement records, according to law.
     The purpose and scope of the exemptions from the Open Public Records Law (Florida Sunshine Law) Section 119.071(2)(c)1., F.S., exempts active criminal intelligence information and active criminal investigative information from public inspection, according to the latest issue of the Florida Government-In-The-Sunshine Manual.
     To be exempt, the information must be both “active” and constitute either “criminal investigative” or “criminal intelligence” information. See Woolling v. Lamar, 764 So. 2d 765, 768 (Fla. 5th DCA 2000), review denied, 786 So. 2d 1186 (Fla. 2001), as noted in Florida law, according to the latest issue of the Florida Government-In-The-Sunshine Manual.
     Thus, if a crime report contains active criminal investigative information, the criminal investigative information may be excised from the report. AGO 91-74. See also Palm Beach Daily News v. Terlizzese, No. CL-91-3954-AF (Fla. 15th Cir. Ct. April 5, 1991), holding that a newspaper was not entitled under Ch. 119, F.S., to inspect the complete and uncensored incident report (prepared following a reported sexual battery but prior to the arrest of a suspect), including the investigating officer’s narrative report of the interview with the victim, as noted in the AGOs, case law and Florida Statutes cited in the Florida Government-In-The-Sunshine Manual.
     Regional Public Information Coordinator Parker promised to provide the records sought by the daily news website when they can be released.

 


OPD donates 50 Thanksgiving dinners
to families in need

OPD donates food

Story and Photo Provided
By Jeff Walczak, Public Information Officer
Ocala Police Department
Published Nov. 24, 2021 at 2:11 p.m.
     OCALA, FL -
On Nov. 23, Ocala Police Department employees donated their bonus 'Thanksgiving checks' to feed 50 families in need.

     Each year, the City of Ocala gives OPD employees a $30 check to help pay for their Thanksgiving dinner. This year, as well as last year, OPD employees decided to give their money back so other families in need can enjoy a nice Thanksgiving meal.
     Families received a complete Thanksgiving meal: a turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, rice, rolls, cranberry sauce, and either sweet potato or pumpkin pie.
     School Resource Officers and other community partners helped the police department identify families in need of a meal. The OPD employees hand-delivered the dinners to the homes of families in need.
     Additionally, OPD donated five turkeys to King's Embassy church for their free community Thanksgiving dinner.
     Also, with the money left over, OPD will stuff Christmas stockings filled with goodies for police officers to pass out to children during the holiday season.

 


Sheriff Bobby Schultz
catches suspected pedophile

perp

 

 

 


Juan Pablo Gamboa Vazquez
Mug Shot by GCSO

 




 


By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 22, 2021 at 12:11 p.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY –
On occasion, the high sheriff of one of Florida’s 67 counties himself or herself becomes active with boots on the ground in the war against crime.

     Yesterday (Sunday Nov. 21), was a day when just such an occasion arose, according to information provided in a press release from Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Lt. K. Weatherford.
     Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz received a call from a concerned person about suspicious activity at the Southeast Trenton City Park, in the 100 block of Northwest Second Avenue in the city that is the county seat for Gilchrist County, Lt. Weatherford said.
     Sheriff Schultz, who was at home when he received the call, responded to the park, immediately responded and observed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle reported to be involved in the suspicious activity, Weatherford said.
     Sheriff Schultz saw the driver of the vehicle commit several traffic infractions as the sheriff followed the vehicle to a safe area to conduct a traffic stop, Weatherford said.
     Upon stopping the vehicle Sheriff Schultz determined the individual was wanted on a warrant from Alachua County for lewd and lascivious molestation of a child, Weatherford said.
     Juan Pablo Gamboa Vazquez, 28, of Trenton, was arrested on a $1 million warrant and transported to the Gilchrist County Jail by GCSO Sgt. Ryan Hinote, Weatherford said.
     Sheriff Bobby Schultz encourages all residents and visitors or Gilchrist County to remain aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious activity.
     Sheriff Schultz commends the concerned individual who reported this suspicious activity that resulted in the arrest of a fugitive from justice.
     The One Team One Mission philosophy of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office was exemplified in this situation where the public worked in conjunction with law enforcement to assure Gilchrist County stays a safe place to work, live and raise a family, Lt. Weatherford noted.

 


Pickup truck hits bicycle, bicyclist dies
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 21, 2021 at 10:11 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
A 57-year-old man with a Citrus Springs residential address died Saturday morning (Nov. 20) after the bicycle he was riding was hit by a pickup truck, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

     Citrus Springs is a census-designated place in Citrus County.
     On Nov. 20 at 6:10 a.m., a 23-year-old man with an Ocala (Marion County) residential address was driving a pickup truck eastbound on State Road 200 in the right lane, according to the FHP press release based on information from crash investigator FHP Cpl. C. Sollazzo and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. J. Lander.
     The 57-year-old bicyclist was riding eastbound within the
designated bicycle lane, adjacent to the outside right lane of SR 200, east of Southwest 90th Street, the FHP said.
     The 23-year-old pickup truck driver allowed the vehicle to drift toward the right, the FHP said, going out of its travel lane. The truck entered the bicycle lane and hit the bicycle's rear section with its right front section, the FHP said.
     The bicyclist was pronounced dead on the scene by Marion County Fire Rescue, the FHP said, and the pickup truck driver did not suffer any injury during the crash.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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Friday night crash claims
Dixie County teen’s life

By Jeff M. Hardison Nov. 20, 2021 at 8:11 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
A 14-year-old girl with an Old Town residential address died from injuries suffered in a Friday night (Nov. 19) crash and the 16-year-old driver of the car they were in suffered serious injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

     At 8:32 p.m. on Nov. 19, according to an FHP press release based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Glen Ganus and homicide investigator Cpl. Nicholas Hagedorn, the crash occurred at the intersection of State Road 349 and Northeast 389th Avenue, north of Old Town.
     The northbound sedan driven by a 16-year-old boy with an Old Town residential address attempted to make a left turn onto Northeast 389th Avenue from SR 349, the FHP said.
     A southbound sedan driven by a 25-year-old man with a Bell (Gilchrist County) residential address struck the vehicle on the right side, the FHP said.
     The two drivers were transported to UF Health in Gainesville -- both in serious condition, the FHP said, and the passenger died on the scene from her injuries.
     State Road 349 was shut down to complete the investigation of the fatal crash, the FHP said.
     The teenagers’ next of kin were notified before the press release was sent, the FHP said.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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3 hurt in Levy County crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 16, 2021 at 9:11 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
One man and two women suffered injuries Nov. 7 in a three-vehicle crash, according to information in a Nov. 15 press release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

     (Sometimes, crash information is delayed due to when it was requested by HardisonInk.com from the FHP and a trooper’s work schedule, and other factors. Thank you, readers, for news tips.)
     All three accident victims were taken to Shands of UF for trauma patients, according to information in the press release provided from information in the crash report by crash investigator FHP Trooper Glen Ganus.
     On Nov. 7 at 5:27 p.m., a 2006 Dodge Caravan was southbound on U.S. Highway 41, one-third of one mile south of Southeast 42nd Place, the FHP said, and it was driven by a 26-year-old man with a Citrus Springs residential address.
     Simultaneously, at the same time and vicinity, a 2006 CTS Cadillac, driven by 45-year-old woman with a Dunnellon residential address, and a 2015 Nissan Altima driven by a 48-year-old woman with a Citrus Springs residential address were northbound on U.S. 41.
     The man allowed the Caravan to cross into the northbound lane, the FHP said.
     This caused a front-to-front collision between the Caravan and the Cadillac, the FHP said. After the initial head-on collision with the Cadillac, the Caravan's left side hit the front of the Altima, the FHP said.
     The 26-year-old man driving the Caravan suffered serious injuries, the FHP said. The 45-year-old woman driving the Cadillac and the 48-year-old woman driving the Altima both suffered minor injuries, the FHP said.
     There were no fatalities, the FHP said.

     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
Crash Report Purchasing
https://services.flhsmv.gov/CrashReportPurchasing/
Florida Crash Data
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Victims’ Rights Information
https://www.flhsmv.gov/victimsrights/

 



Man dies after ejection from SUV
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 12, 2021 at 9:11 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
A 32-year-old man with a Williston residential address died at about 12:59 a.m. this morning (Friday, Nov. 12) after being ejected from SUV he was driving, according to information in a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

     A 1999 Ford SUV was southbound on U.S. Alt. 27, north of the Northeast 86th Lane intersection, the FHP said.
     While the vehicle was southbound, it veered right off of the roadway and went onto the western grassy shoulder, the FHP said.
     The Ford then began to rotate counterclockwise while veering southeast, the FHP said. The SUV continued on this travel path across both the southbound and northbound lanes of Alt. 27, the FHP said, before traveling onto the eastern grassy shoulder of the highway.
     On that eastern shoulder, the driver counter-steered the vehicle to the right causing the Ford to rotate clockwise and to go southwest, the FHP said.
     This action caused the vehicle to overturn, ejecting the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, out the driver’s left window, the FHP said.
     The SUV came to final rest facing northeast while still located on the eastern grassy shoulder of U.S. Alt., on top of the driver, who was pinned underneath the vehicle, the FHP said.
     The driver was pronounced dead on scene by Levy County Fire Rescue Paramedic Kenny Maddox on Nov. 12 at 12:59 a.m., the FHP said. The victim’s next-of-kin have been notified, the FHP said.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
Crash Report Purchasing
https://services.flhsmv.gov/CrashReportPurchasing/
Florida Crash Data
https://www.flhsmv.gov/traffic-crash-reports/crash-dashboard/
Victims’ Rights Information
https://www.flhsmv.gov/victimsrights/

 


Inglis man dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 10, 2021 at 9:11 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
A 68-year-old man with an Inglis residential address died on Monday evening (Nov. 8) from injuries suffered in a crash, according to information in a Nov. 10 FHP press release.

     A 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck driven by a the Inglis resident was northbound on U.S. Highway 19 in the right lane at 6:24 p.m. on Nov. 8 when it was near to Southeast 140th Lane, according to the press release based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper J. McConnell and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. J.T. Bard.
     A 2014 Dodge 1500 pickup truck driven by a 37-year-old man with a Williston residential address was northbound directly behind the Chevrolet, the FHP said.
     The man from Inglis came to an abrupt stop in order to make a right turn, resulting in the front of the Dodge hitting the rear of the Chevrolet, the FHP said.
     After the initial collision the Dodge went to the northeast
until it overturned on the east grass shoulder, the FHP said.
     Post collision, the Chevrolet veered to the left, coming to a controlled stop in the grassy median, the FHP said.
     The man from Inglis was pronounced dead on scene by Levy County Fire Rescue, the FHP said. The man from Williston suffered no injuries, the FHP said.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
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     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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Two murder suspects arrested

Suspected Murderers
Ralph Fontil (left) Brandon Jordan Merizier are suspected of being murderers.

Mug Shots By MCSO
By MCSO Public Information Officer Valerie Strong
Published Nov. 10, 2021 at 9:11 p.m.
      MARION COUNTY –
Yesterday (Tuesday, Nov. 9), Ralph Fontil, 23, and juvenile Brandon Jordan Merizier, 17, were arrested for second degree murder. 
     On Saturday, June 5, 2021, at approximately 3:45 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) received a call for service in reference to a shooting. Deputies arrived in the area of Northwest 62nd Place, in Ocala Park Estates, where they located the victim, Kobe Bradshaw, 18, who had been shot.
     The victim was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
     During the past several months, MCSO Major Crimes Detective Andrew Canterberry investigated this case and, through the use of forensic evidence, video surveillance, and cellular phone records, developed evidence to prove that Fontil and Merizier murdered Bradshaw.
     The investigation revealed the murder was an act of apparent retaliation against Bradshaw, who had only a few days before been cleared of wrongdoing in connection with a justifiable homicide of an associate of the suspects that occurred in the City of Ocala in December of 2020.
     Fontil is being held at the Marion County Jail on no bond. Merizier is currently in juvenile custody and will be transferred to the Marion County Jail upon being charged as an adult. Merizier will be held on no bond.

 


Suspected heroin trafficker
arrested in Inglis

suspected heroin trafficker

 

 


Wayne J. Maclin
Mug Shot By LCSO

 

 

 


By Jeff M. Hardison
© Nov. 6, 2021 at 8:11 a.m.
     BRONSON –
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office arrested another suspected drug law violator in Inglis late last month, and that suspect who has a charge of trafficking in heroin among the crimes of which he is suspected, remains in the Levy Detention Center (also known as the Levy County Jail), according to information in a press release and public records.

     A Nov. 5 press release from the LCSO shows Wayne J. Maclin, 30, of Inglis on Oct. 26.
     Maclin remains in jail in lieu of $62,000 worth of bonds on the charges of operating a motor vehicle without a valid license; possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell, manufacture of deliver it; possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) without a prescription; trafficking in heroin in a quantity between four grams (about one-seventh of an ounce) but fewer than 30 kilograms (just over 66 pounds); and possession of drug paraphernalia (also known as drug equipment), according to records checked on Nov. 6.
     The lion’s share of the total bonds is for being suspected of trafficking in heroin -- $50,000.
     Maclin’s arrest resulted from a traffic stop conducted by LCSO Deputy Cody Weaver after the deputy saw a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign at Cason Boulevard and U.S. Highway 19, the LCSO said in the press release.
     Maclin was operated by Maclin who did not have a valid driver’s license, the LCSO said. Maclin was accompanied by a female and a 4-year-old child, the LCSO said. 
     Deputy Weaver located and seized suspected marijuana and methamphetamine in the vehicle and on Maclin’s person, the LCSO said. Deputy Weaver found plastic bags and a set of scales in the vehicle as well, the LCSO said. Some of the drugs were already packaged for resale. 
     Deputy Weaver arrested Maclin, the LCSO said.
     As always, the LCSO encourages members of the public to report drug or other suspicious activity to the LCSO or to CrimeStoppers.

 


Woman hit by truck dies
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 4, 2021 at 7:11 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
A 53-year-old Summerfield woman died this morning (Thursday, Nov. 4) when she was hit by a pickup truck, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

     A 2003 Chevrolet Silverado was southbound on Southeast 36th Avenue at 6:35 a.m. on Oct. 4, according to information in a press release based on reports by crash investigator FHP Trooper Charles Brabham and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. James Lander.
     The truck was driven by a 62-year-old Summerfield woman, the FHP said.
     A 53-year-old Summerfield woman was walking westbound across an unlit section of Southeast 36th Avenue, approximately 50 feet north of Southeast 143rd Lane, in the oncoming path of the vehicle, the FHP said.
     Prior to getting to the western shoulder of Southeast 36th Avenue, the pedestrian was struck by the right front of the Silverado, the FHP said.
     The pedestrian 1 was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead, the FHP said.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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Suspected child-killing parents
charged with manslaughter

Suspected child killers by exposing 2 year old to fentanyl
Jalynn Nichole Davis and Joseph Arthur Tierney

Information and Mug Shots Provided
By Marion County Sheriff's Office
Published Nov. 4, 2021 at 8:11 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A couple who are parents of a child and who are in separate county jails on other felonious charges had additional arrest warrants issued to each of them for aggravated manslaughter of a child on Tuesday (Nov. 2).

     On Tuesday (Nov. 2), Joseph Arthur Tierney, 36, and Jalynn Nichole Davis, 36, were charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child in connection with the death of their 2-year-old daughter about five months earlier.
     On June 13, 2021, Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies responded to 22647 S.E. Highway 42 in Umatilla in reference to a 2-year-old female who was unresponsive. Although Umatilla is a city in Lake County, this address is in the unincorporated part of Marion County.
     Upon arrival, deputies and paramedics administered CardioPulmonary Resuscitation to the victim, Miya Tierney (March 23, 2019-June 13, 2021). Miya was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
     MCSO Major Crimes Detective John Lightle began his investigation into the infant’s death.
     During interviews with her parents, Davis and Tierney, they said Miya Tierney had been asleep in a bed. Davis and Joseph Arthur Tierney said they had left her alone in the bedroom for 30 minutes, and upon their return they found her unresponsive, at which time they called 9-1-1.
     In August of 2021, Det. Lightle received Miya’s autopsy results. The Medical Examiner determined Miya’s cause of death to be “Fentanyl Toxicity.” The 2-year-old girl’s stomach contents tested positive for fentanyl. Detective Lightle’s continued investigation revealed that Davis sold fentanyl and that Joseph Arthur Tierney was an active user of fentanyl. Based upon the investigation, probable cause was developed that Davis and Joseph Arthur Tierney were criminally responsible for Miya Tierney’s death based upon their having brought her to a known drug location and by failing to protect her from the fentanyl present at the location.
     At the time of Joseph Arthur Tierney’s arrest, he was already in the Marion County Jail for charges of tampering with a witness in a capital felony proceeding and aggravated assault. He is being held on No Bond. Davis is being held on No Bond in the Lake County Jail for separate offenses allegedly committed in Lake County, including murder (for a death caused by her unlawful distribution of fentanyl), possession of fentanyl, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She will be served with the newly issued warrant upon her return to Marion County.
     “For years, law enforcement has been battling the opioid epidemic here in Marion County, throughout the United States, and at our country’s borders,” Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said. “The senseless death of this innocent child is the ultimate tragedy, and it should serve as a reminder of why we must continue our fight to keep opiates out of our communities. Everybody should know that if you or somebody you know uses drugs and wants to get clean, our community has resources available to help you.
     “But let me be perfectly clear,” the sheriff continued, “if you are using drugs or selling drugs, and if somebody overdoses or dies as a result, me and my deputies will do everything we can to hold you accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

 


Boy dies after being hit by car
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 3, 2021 at 8:11 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
A 10-year-old boy from Reddick died after being hit by a car early this morning (Wednesday, Nov. 3), according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

     A 1998 Ford Escort driven by a 34-year-old Silver Springs man was westbound on Marion County Road 318, approximately 322 feet east of Northwest 110th Court, according to information provided by crash investigator FHP Cpl. Cpl. Mark Baker and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Crystal Sollazzo.
     At 6:51 a.m. on Oct. 3, the 10-year-old boy walking west along the northern edge of CR 318, the FHP said.
     Once the eastbound traffic on CR 318 had passed by the child's location, he began to cross the westbound lane in a southwesterly direction, the FHP said.
     The driver of the Ford took evasive action in an attempt to avoid a collision, the FHP said, however the front of the vehicle struck the pedestrian.
     After the collision, the pedestrian came to final rest in the eastbound lane of CR 318, the FHP said.
     Post collision the Ford went off the roadway onto the northern shoulder, the FHP said, where it hit several mailboxes and trees, before coming to final rest.
     The boy was taken to UF Shands, where he was pronounced
dead at 7:35 a.m., the FHP said.

     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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FHP major says
‘Please, Stuff The Charger’

Stuff the Charger
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By FHP Lt. P.V. Riordan, Public Information Officer
Published Nov. 3, 2021 at 7:11 a.m.
     LAKE CITY –
“Please stop at the closest FHP Station after your next stop for groceries” said Major William “Barry” Tierney, commander of Troop B of the Florida Highway Patrol.

     FHP Maj, Tierney was referring to the annual FHP “Stuff the Charger” Food Drive, which began on Nov. 1 and concludes on Nov. 30.
     Major Tierney oversees FHP Troop B, which includes Alachua, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Levy, Lafayette, Marion and Suwannee counties. He is inviting the area’s residents and visitors, as well as corporate sponsors to drop off large or small food donations at their local FHP Station, after their next shopping trip.
     “Our goal is to feed the hungry through our partnership with local food banks and other non-profit agencies who do this important work on a daily basis,” Tierney said.
     The following is a list of items that can be dropped off at any Troop B Station located in Cross City, Lake City, Gainesville or Ocala. Canned Goods: canned meats (ham, chicken, tuna), canned sweet potatoes, carrots, corn, green beans, canned fruits, etc. Dried Goods: stuffing, boxed potatoes, rice, cornbread mix, grits & oatmeal, etc. Other Goods: nuts, energy bars, evaporated milk, broth, etc.

 


LCSO looks at fatal shooting incident
No criminal charges anticipated

Information Provided
By Levy County Sheriff’s Office
Published Nov. 2, 2021 at 9:11 a.m.
     BRONSON –
Law enforcement officers with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office continue investigating a shooting death that occurred during the early morning hours of Oct. 30, at a residence south of Chiefland at approximately 5:20 a.m. 

     As of early Tuesday morning (Nov. 2), investigators found that James Robert McCualsky Jr., 23, died from injuries he suffered from a single gunshot wound during the incident.
     McCualsky, who resided in Old Town, was treated on the scene and transported to a Gainesville hospital by the Levy County Department of Public Safety (also known as Levy County Fire Rescue EMS).
     McCualsky died from his injuries. The crime scene was processed by members of the LCSO Criminal Investigations Division. 
     Detectives are confident that they have identified all of the persons involved in the incident. The investigation remains pending, but no criminal charges are anticipated. Additional details about the investigation will be provided at its conclusion.

 


Jeep driver crashes and leaves Jeep
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 31, 2021 at 11:11 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
An unknown driver left the vehicle that he or she was driving after they crashed very early Saturday morning (Oct. 30), according to information from the Florida Highway Patrol.

     A 2020 Jeep Liberty that had been northbound on State Road 345, went off of the roadway onto the west grass shoulder 500 feet north of Southwest 41st Street (also known as Reynolds Road), the FHP said.
     FHP Trooper Kevin Davis was the crash investigator, the FHP said.
     Once off the roadway, the Jeep hit several trees with its
Front, when the crash happened at about 3 a.m. on Oct. 30, the FHP said.
     The vehicle to final rest at the point of collision, the FHP said, however the driver then fled the scene.

 


Fatal crash in Chiefland
results in DUI arrest

Suspected Vehicular Homicide guy

 

 

 


John Campbell
Mug Shot By LCSO

 

 


By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 30, 2021 at 9:11 a.m.
Updated Oct. 31, 2021 at 11:11 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
A 56-year-old man with a Chiefland residential address was put in the Levy County Jail on Friday night (Oct. 29) after being involved in a crash on Manatee Springs Road, according to information from the Florida Highway Patrol.

     An 80-year-old woman with a Chiefland residential address was pronounced dead at a Gainesville hospital, where she was taken after that crash, the FHP said.
     The woman was driving an SUV westbound on State Road 320 West (Manatee Springs Road) at 9:15 p.m. on Oct. 29, according to information in the press release from the FHP based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper R. Brown and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. M. Baker.
     John Campbell, 56, of Chiefland was driving a sedan westbound behind the vehicle the woman was driving, according to information from the FHP and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office’s Detention Bureau.
     The sedan driven by Campbell hit the rear of the SUV driven by the woman, when the two vehicle were at or near Northwest 100th  Avenue, the FHP said.
     This impact caused both vehicles to travel onto the northern shoulder of SR 320 West, the FHP said.
     The woman was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead, the FHP said.
     Campbell was arrested at the scene and charged with DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs) manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and DUI resulting in property damage, according to records at the Levy County Detention Facility, which is also known as the Levy County Jail. Combined bonds were set at $155,000, according to records.

     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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LCSO mourns passing of deputy
Funeral services listed

Deputy's death is mourned
LCSO Deputy R. Allen Breeding

Story and Photo Provided
By Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp
and Others
Published Oct. 29, 2021 at 11:11 p.m.
     BRONSON –
It is with deep sorrow that the Levy County Sheriff’s Office announces the death of Ray Allen Breeding of Williston.
      Breeding died on Oct 27, at the age of 50, one day shy of his 51st birthday.
     He passed away unexpectedly at his home from what appears to be natural causes.
     Deputy Breeding began his LCSO career as a part-time deputy in March of 1991. He served full-time in the Patrol Division from January of 2005 up until his death.
     He also worked at the Seminole Police Department from 1992 through 2000. 
     The entire Levy County Sheriff’s Office offers our deepest condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed by his comrades at the LCSO.
     Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Knauff Funeral Home Chapel, 512 E. Noble Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27), Williston. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 3at 11 a.m. in the Williston Church of God, 850 S.W. Seventh St. (U.S. Highway 41), Williston.

 


Suspect arrested for sex crimes
against a child and a disabled adult

Sex Crime Suspect

 

 

 


Johannes Van-Akkeren
 

 

 


Story and Photo Provided
By Levy County Sheriff’s Office
Published Oct. 28, 2021 at 11:11 p.m.
     BRONSON --
On Oct. 27, Levy County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Johannes Van-Akkeren, 51, on one count of a sex crime committed against a minor in Levy County and another count of a sex crime against a disabled adult.
  Van-Akkeren is being held at the Levy County Detention Center on a bond of $3 million. 
     Evidence showed that Van-Akkeren engaged in unlawful sexual acts with a victim younger than 18 years old as well as a related adult victim who is known to be disabled. The offenses occurred in the Chiefland area of Levy County.
     Evidence indicated that numerous other sex crimes were committed by Van-Akkeren against these victims in other jurisdictions. 
     The LCSO and other involved agencies have taken the necessary steps to provide for the safety and follow-up care for the victims.  Any person who may have information regarding other potential victims is asked to contact the LCSO at 352-486-5111 or 9-1-1. Reports also can be made anonymously through CrimeStoppers at 1-877-349-8477.
     The LCSO acknowledges and appreciates the assistance of the University of Florida Child Protection Team during this investigation.

 


FHP arrests man suspected in two deaths
Suspected DUI killer

 

 

 


Billy George Tomci
Mug Shot by MCSO

 

 

 

 


By Jeff M. Hardison 
© Oct. 28, 2021 at 10:11 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
A 20-year-old man with an Ocala residential address is in the Marion County Jail where he is charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor as the result of a crash in June, according to information from the Florida Highway Patrol, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and elsewhere.

     Yesterday (Wednesday, Oct. 27) Billy George Tomci, 20, of Ocala was arrested on two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs) manslaughter, and DUI with damage to property, according to records. Tomci was booked into the Marion County Jail without incident, the FHP said.
     On June 18, 2021, at approximately 3:10 a.m., the then 19-year-old Tomci, was driving a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro (V01) eastbound on Marion County Road 464 (Southeast Maricamp Road) at a high rate of speed, according to the FHP investigation.
     Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Jordan Wildeman-Stuart was the crash investigator and FHP Cpl. Justin Bard was the homicide investigator, according to information in an Oct. 27 FHP press release.
     Defendant Tomci failed to operate the Camaro within a single lane, the FHP said.
     Tomci lost control of the vehicle, the FHP said, after striking a concrete curb.
     The Chevy exited the roadway, struck several trees and overturned several times, causing the rear passenger – Rachel Michelle Buttermore, 16, of Fort McCoy, to be ejected from the car, according to records.
     Both Buttermore and Hailee Minckler, 21, of Ocala, who were passengers in Camaro driven by Tomci, suffered fatal injuries during the crash and were pronounced dead on the scene by Marion County Fire Rescue personnel, according to records.
     Tomci suffered minor injuries in the June 18, 2021, crash, the FHP said in the original press release as well as in the update from the Oct. 27 arrest.

 




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