DUI arrest upgraded after death


Angenette Marie Missett (left mug shot on May 10 - right mug shot on May 19)
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By Jeff M. Hardison © May 11, 2018 at 4:28 p.m.
* Updated May 20, 2018 at 7:08 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A three-vehicle crash late on the morning of May 10 resulted in an arrest on charges from one of the drivers allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, the FHP said.

 


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     * After the death of one victim, the suspect now faces a charge of DUI manslaughter, according to a May 19 update from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan.
     * (Due to a recent marriage Angenette Marie Welk's last name has changed to Angenette Marie Missett).
     * On May 19 at 2:30 p.m., Missett was placed under arrest by the Florida Highway Patrol for the charge of DUI manslaughter (an upgraded charge from the original charge of DUI with serious bodily injury) due to her involvement in the crash that resulted in the death of Sandra Clarkston.
     Angenette Marie Missett, 44, of Ocala was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche at 11:54 a.m. on May 10 in Marion County, according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Connie McNeill.
     Shiyanne Kroll, 18, of Seattle, Wash., was driving a 2017 Hyundai Elantra, the FHP said. Sandra Clarkson, 60, of Sarasota was a passenger in the Hyundai, the FHP said.
     Kevin McMinn, 65, of Ocala was driving a 2016 Freightliner semi-tractor trailer, the FHP said.
     The Freightliner was stopped, the FHP said, facing east on U.S. Highway 27, in the outside lane, just east of Northwest 60th Avenue.
     The Hyundai) was stopped facing east on U.S. 27, the FHP said, directly behind the Freightliner.
     The Chevrolet was eastbound on U.S. 27 in the outside lane approaching the
rear of the Hyundai, the FHP said, where all of the vehicles were at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Northwest 60th Avenue.
     The Chevrolet continued on its travel path until the front end of the Chevrolet collided with the rear end of the Hyundai, the FHP said. Due to the initial collision with the Chevrolet, the FHP said, the Hyundai went east until the front end of the Hyundai collided with the rear end of the Freightliner’s trailer.
     Missett, the driver of the Chevrolet, suffered minor injuries that did not require transport to a hospital, the FHP said.
     Kroll, the driver of the Hyundai, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center, and Clarkson, the passenger of the Hyundai, was transported to ORMC with critical injuries, the FHP said.
     During the course of the investigation, the FHP said, Missett was taken to the Marion County Jail for driving under the influence (DUI).
     The FHP cleared the crash scene without any major delay with the assistance of the Marion County Sherriff’s Office and the Marion County Fire Rescue.
     Missett was later charged by FHP with one count of DUI serious bodily injury and two counts of DUI with property damage, the FHP said. And now she faces the charge of DUI manslaughter, the FHP said.


Safe boating saves lives

FWC photo

Published May 19, 2018 at 3:38 p.m.
     TALLAHASSEE --
Although Florida’s boating season never really ends, the traditional start is marked by National Safe Boating Week – a time for boaters to focus on simple and effective steps that make boating safer.
     Leading the nation with nearly 1 million registered vessels across the state, Florida is the boating capital of the world and is world-renowned as a prime boating spot for residents and visitors. Each year, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers respond to far too many tragic and preventable boating accidents, so they want all boaters to remember to boat safely.
     “Florida is an incredible boating destination,” said Maj. Rob Rowe, leader of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section. “The upcoming Memorial Day holiday and National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25, present an opportunity to emphasize the importance of remaining safe while boating.
     “Our officers are committed to keeping people as safe as possible, but we need the public’s help,” Rowe said. “We want to reach as many boaters as we can to help them understand that most boating accidents are preventable.”
     Boaters can enjoy their time on the water even more by taking a few safety precautions such as wearing a life jacket, using an engine cut-off switch lanyard, designating a sober boat operator, paying attention and keeping a proper lookout, having an emergency locator beacon, filing a float plan, and taking a boating safety class.
     The FWC’s 2017 Boating Accident Statistical Report indicates there were 766 reportable boating accidents in Florida last year, resulting in 67 fatalities. This represents a 7 percent increase in the number of accidents, but the same number of fatalities as compared to 2016. The leading cause attributed to boating accidents in 2017 was the operator's inattention or lack of a proper lookout (24 percent). Falls overboard has been the leading type of fatal accident since 2003, with drowning as the leading cause of death.
     Accidents can often be prevented if boat operators pay attention to everything going on around their vessel, maintain a proper lookout and if everyone on board is wearing a life jacket. Fifty-two percent of boating-related deaths last year were attributed to drowning, which life jackets are designed to prevent.
     “A lot of people say they don’t wear life jackets because they are uncomfortable,” said Rowe. “But with newer inflatable models that are belt packs or suspenders, you hardly know you’re wearing one. FWC officers wear inflatable life jackets all the time while on the water.”
     The FWC has released compelling life jacket testimonials from three north Florida families whose lives have been changed by wearing – or not wearing – a life jacket when things went wrong on the water. These dramatic accounts provide vital information and a call to action for every boater to enjoy Florida’s beautiful waters safely while wearing a life jacket.
     An engine cut-off switch lanyard is a safety device that is attached from the boat operator to the ignition. If it is disconnected, the engine will shut down, potentially preventing a boater who has fallen overboard from being injured by the moving propeller of a runaway boat.
     Boating education is critical. In 2017, 67 percent of boat operators involved in fatal accidents had no formal boater education. Florida’s current boating safety education law applies to boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, and who operate a vessel of 10 horsepower or greater.
     “Safe boating is really the key to enjoying your time on the water, and education is a major component.” said Rowe. “2018 marks the year that if a boater is age 30 or younger, they are required to have a boating safety education card in order to operate a vessel of 10 horsepower or greater.”
     FWC officers patrol our waterways in an effort to keep all boaters safe by checking that they have the required equipment and are operating safely. Ensure your encounters with FWC officers are positive ones by planning ahead and paying attention while on the water.
     To report people who are operating boats dangerously, call 888-404-FWCC (3922) or text Tip@MyFWC.com. More information can be found by visiting MyFWC.com/Boating.


Alleged speed and time
violations lead to citation for
possession of marijuana

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 17, 2018 at 10:58 a.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
A 27-year-old Lake Butler man received a notice to appear in court, according to records, because he was going too fast through Chiefland with an expired license tag.     Joshua Chase Lynch, 27, of Lake Butler was driving a 2010 Ford 150 that is red in color on Saturday (May 12) at 3:20 p.m. within the city limits of Chiefland, according to an incident report by Chiefland Police Officer M. Watkins.
     Officer Watkins was on routine patrol when she observed the Ford going northbound on Northwest 14th Street in the 1500 block of the city, according to records. She estimated the truck visually to be going 45 mph in a 35-mph zone.
     At that time, she initiated the laser to measure the speed and the machine said he was going 46 mph, according to records. She drove the cruiser behind the truck and checked the license tag number, which showed it had expired more than a week earlier on May 1, according to records.
     Allegedly going 11 miles per hour faster than the maximum speed limit and allegedly having a tag that expired on May 1, Lynch was stopped by Officer Watkins at the 1500 block of Northwest 19th Avenue, according to records.
     Upon contact with the driver, the officer reported detecting the strong odor of marijuana, records showed. She asked if he had marijuana in the vehicle, records showed. He said "Yes" and produced a clear, plastic bag with a green leafy substance in it, according to records.
     He was taken to the Chiefland Police Department on East Park Avenue, where he signed a notice to appear in court on the charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, according to records. He was then transported back to his Ford pickup truck and released, according to records.
     The marijuana and body camera video from this arrest have been placed into areas where that type of evidence is stored until it can be properly disposed of in the future, according to records.


SUV crashes into cruiser
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 16, 2018 at 7:48 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A Marion County Sheriff's Office cruiser hit an SUV on Tuesday evening (May 15) and the three occupants in the two vehicles suffered minor injuries that required transportation to hospitals, the FHP said.
     Joseph Soucey, 25, of Ocala was driving a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria that is a marked MCSO patrol vehicle at 6:05 p.m. on May 15 in Marion County, according to a press release by crash investigator Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Weber.
     Margaret Segarra, 45, of Ocala was driving a 2003 Suzuki SUV, the FHP said. Jose Segarra-Moreno, 47, of Ocala was a passenger in the Suzuki, the FHP said.
     The MCSO cruiser was in emergency operation due to a call for service, traveling south on Southwest 140th Avenue, the FHP said.
     The Suzuki SUV was westbound on Marion County Road 484, the FHP said. The roadways were wet due to intermittent rain throughout the day, the FHP said.
     As the patrol vehicle approached the intersection of CR 484, Soucey failed to slow-stop in time, the FHP said, and that vehicle traveled into the SUV's lane of travel.
     Segarra did not have time to avoid collision with the patrol vehicle, the FHP said, and the SUV struck the cruiser's left side with its front section.
     After the crash, the FHP said, the Crown Victoria rotated and came to rest obstructing
the westbound lane of CR 484.
     The Suzuki exited the roadway and struck a residential fence on the north grass shoulder, the FHP said, where it came to rest. All occupants sustained non-incapacitating injuries
and were transported to local hospitals for medical treatment, the FHP said, with Soucey going to Ocala Regional Medical Center, and Segarra and Segarra-Moreno going to West Marion Hospital.
     Charges are pending completion of the investigation, the FHP said.


Bar fight in Fanning Springs
leads to arrest for felony battery

Levy County Sheriff's Office Suspect Hank Williams
Hank Williams

Mug Shot By LCSO

By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Sent Via Email on May 15, 2018
Published May 15, 2018 at 2:28 p.m.
     FANNING SPRINGS --
Deputies with the Levy County Sheriff's Office and EMS personnel with the Levy County Department of Public Safety responded to Bubba’s Place on U.S. Highway 19 in Fanning Springs on May 5, to a reported bar fight.
     Arriving deputies found an alleged victim unconscious on the sidewalk outside the bar with very few witnesses in the area. The alleged suspect fled prior to the deputies' arrival.
     The unconscious man had suffered a cut on top of his head, and he was bleeding from the mouth. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
     The on-scene investigation revealed the victim approached the suspect standing outside the bar and was able to positively identify him as Hank Williams, 27, from Fanning Springs. A witness described a brief verbal altercation between the two men.
     Williams, allegedly unprovoked, struck the victim in the face with two closed fist blows. The initial strike immediately rendered the victim unconscious and as he was falling the second strike was thrown. The victim reportedly had his hands in his pockets the entire time.
     The LCSO Criminal Investigations Division discovered Williams has a history as an MMA fighter and is registered as an amateur. Investigators requested a warrant for his arrest after gathering additional evidence. A warrant was issued for one count of felony battery with a bond of $100,000.
     Earlier this morning (Tuesday, May 15), investigators located Williams on Levy County Road 341 in Chiefland near the Chiefland Elementary School. Williams was arrested and taken into custody without difficulty. Based on Williams’s history as a fighter, multiple units were involved in this arrest.
     The LCSO wants to ensure the public that they were safe, as the LCSO used the utmost caution.
     "We WILL continue to make our community safer for everyone," LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond said. "We regret this person had to be arrested in the same general area where our children go to school, but again the safety of our children and citizens are of our utmost concern. In addition, for the few students who saw the arrest, they may now want to be law enforcement officers."


Buckle up every time;
There's no second chance


By FHP Capt. Thomas Pikul
Published May 14, 2018 at 3:08 p.m.                                                                                         
     TALLAHASSEE –
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) joins law enforcement and highway safety partners in participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign May 14 through June 3. During the campaign, drivers will see increased education and enforcement on buckling up to help motorists avoid serious injury and death.
     “FHP is committed to raising awareness and educating the public. Not wearing a seat belt is deadly.” said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “FHP will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to ensure everyone’s safety on Florida’s roadways."
     In 2017, more than 600 people that chose not to wear their seat belt were killed in a vehicle crash. FHP reminds everyone that Florida law requires the use of seat belts by drivers and passengers in the front seat and all children under the age of 18 in the front or back seat of a motor vehicle.
     "Wearing a seat belt is a quick and easy way to stay safer on the road. No matter how far you're going, the Florida Police Chiefs Association encourages all Floridians to buckle up," said Miami Shores Police Chief Kevin Lystad, President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association.
     “Our Florida Sheriffs are committed to protecting and ensuring the safety of the citizens that we proudly serve.  The “Click it or Ticket” initiative is an outstanding way or reminding our citizens to protect those they love by insisting they wear seat belts. On behalf of our Florida Sheriffs, I proudly endorse this Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles initiative,” stated Sheriff Mike Adkinson, President of the Florida Sheriffs Association.
     ● During your travels, no matter where it takes you, follow these safety tips to help you and your family Arrive Alive:
     ● Buckle up, every time. A seatbelt is your vehicle’s best safety feature. Set the example.
     ● Make sure your rear-seat passengers are also buckled. They are more likely to injure themselves and other passengers in a crash, if not buckled up.
     ● Seat belts plus air bags provide the greatest protection for adults. However, air bags are not a substitute for seat belts.
     ● Obey all speed limits. Traffic congestion and construction zones may require driving more slowly.
     ● Drive sober. One drink is one too many. 
     ● Don’t drive distracted: Anything that takes your full attention off the road, even for a second, could be deadly.
     ● Use caution when driving around bicycles or large commercial vehicles and always look twice for motorcycles. Safety on the road is a shared responsibility.


Felon arrested after being
suspected of possessing firearms


Kenneth A. Everts


A cache of weapons was stored with a friend by Everts, according to investigators.

Photos by LCSO

By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Provided on May 14, 2018 at 3:08 p.m.

     LEVY COUNTY -- On May 5, deputies with the Levy County Sheriff's Office responded to a family disturbance at a home in Inglis.
     Deputies spoke to family members who described Kenneth A. Everts, 42, as brandishing a firearm and making non-specific threats. Family members said Everts took several firearms and placed them inside of his truck then fled the home prior to the deputy’s arrival.
     Everts returned to the home shortly after deputies began their investigation and was taken into custody. Deputies discovered a bullet proof vest inside his vehicle. Everts was questioned about the firearms family members said he had, and he denied ever possessing a gun. He told deputies he was a convicted felon and was prohibited from owning one.
     These statements did not deter deputies, and eventually Everts confessed to dropping several guns off at a friend’s home before returning to his home. Everts told deputies how to find the friend’s home and deputies recovered two AK 47’s, a shotgun, and two pistols. In addition to these guns, Everts also dropped off ammunition, large knives, smoke grenades, brass knuckles, holsters and a mask at the residence.
     Everts was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and transported to the Levy County Jail. He is currently being held on a $200,000 bond for two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and a bond reduction hearing is scheduled for May 16, according to records.

 


Dixie County man busted
for possession of child porn


Keith David Hancock


Mug Shot By DCSO
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 14, 2018 at 2:18 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement with assistance from the Dixie County Sheriff's Office arrested a Dixie County man on 14 counts of possession of child pornography, according to records.
     Keith David Hancock, 66, of Jena, was arrested by FDLE agents and was then booked into the Dixie County Jail on 14 counts of child pornography on May 10, DCSO Maj. Harden said Monday (May 14) in an information release.
     This was an FDLE investigation and the Dixie County Sheriff's Office assisted the FDLE with a search warrant at the residence on that Thursday (May 10), Harden said.
     Hancock's bond was set at $210,000, according to records.
     (This story may be updated if the FDLE provides more information. Sometimes the FDLE provides information. Sometimes it does not.)


Pickup truck hits car,
driver arrested as DUI suspect

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 14, 2018 at 8:48 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A Saturday night (May 12) crash in Old Town led to an arrest for driving while under the influence of alcohol, the FHP said in a Monday morning (May 14).
     Connie Sue Lewis, 61, of Old Town was driving a 1995 GMC S15 pickup truck in Dixie County at 8:55 p.m. on May 12, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Robert H. Williams, based on information from FHP Trooper K. Skelly.
     Donna Oretha Boyette, no listed age, of Old Town was driving a 2010 Toyota Corolla, the FHP said.
     Boyette was sitting in her car at the red light on U.S. Highway 19 and State Road 349 in Old Town, the FHP said, although it did not say which way the car was facing or on which road it sat.
     Lewis hit the back of the Toyota with the front of the GMC, the FHP said.
     Neither driver suffered injuries, the FHP said.
     Lewis was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, the FHP said. She was taken to the Dixie County Jail, the FHP said.


Motorcyclist dies in crash;
Passenger suffers serious injuries
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 14, 2018 at 7:18 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
A motorcyclist died in a crash Sunday afternoon (May 13) in Alachua County, the FHP said.
     Freddie Lee Slater, 50, of Ocala was driving a 1998 Lincoln Continental at 12:54 p.m. in Alachua County on May 13, according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. W. Ernst, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper S. Xavier and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Nathan Morgan.
     Jeffrey Martin Delong, 28, of Clermont was driving a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle, the FHP said.
     Alaina Danielle Johnson, 25, of Fort McCoy was a passenger on the Suzuki, the FHP.
     The motorcycle was southbound on U.S. Highway 441, the FHP said, when at the intersection with Alachua County Road 234, Delong drove the motorcycle across the southbound lanes of U.S. 441 as he drove east when he left the stop sign at CR 234.
     As Slater was driving the car southbound on U.S. 441, the car hit the left side of the motorcycle, the FHP said.
     Delong was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, the FHP said.
     Johnson was listed with serious injuries, although the FHP listed no hospital where she was taken. Two likely hospitals in Alachua County for treating traumatic injuries such as those from a severe motorcycle crash would be Shands or North Florida Regional Medical Center.


One dead, two injured in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 13, 2018 at 9:08 p.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY --
One woman died and two suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash very early Sunday morning (May 13), the FHP said.
     Cheryl Lynn Reese, 59, of Auburndale was driving a 2007 Pontiac Vibe in Citrus County at 2:55 a.m. on May 13, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper E. Kjekstad and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. M. Meier.
     Pamela Jean Allen, 56, of Homosassa was a passenger in the Vibe, the FHP said.
     Kaitlin Jean Carroll-Cruz, 23, of Beverly Hills was driving a 2004 Toyota Camry, the FHP said.
     The Pontiac, driven by Reese, was eastbound in the westbound inside lane of State Road 44, the FHP said, approaching South Thayer Avenue.
     The Toyota, driven by Carroll-Cruz, was westbound in the inside westbound lane of SR 44, the FHP said.
     The Pontiac and the Toyota collided head-on, the FHP said.
     Reese was taken to Regional Medical Center-Bayonet Point in Hudson and was listed with serious injuries, the FHP said.
     Carroll-Cruz was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, the FHP said.
     Allen suffered fatal injuries at the crash scene, the FHP said.
     Charges are pending completion of the accident investigation, the FHP said.


Deputy catches suspected
heroin trafficker in Bronson


Tommie D. Neal

Mug Shot By LCSO

By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Published May 12, 2018 at 4:48 p.m.
     BRONSON --
Tommie D. Neal, 33, also known as “Yogi” is a lifelong Bronson native.



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     Neal is known to us at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office as a person we frequently encounter when he makes poor life choices. Neal has been arrested and booked into the Levy County Jail 16 times, beginning in 2003, with charges ranging from driving without a license, to resisting arrest and drug possession.
     May 10 was no different.
     Deputy Mike Sinclair saw Neal standing next to a red car parked at a gas pump at a local filling station. Deputy Sinclair knows Neal does not have a valid driver’s license but at the moment, Neal wasn’t driving.
     However, knowing Neal makes poor decisions, Deputy Sinclair checked to verify Neal’s license was still suspended. It was, and has been, since 2005.
     Deputy Sinclair saw the red car depart the gas station and there was only one person in the vehicle, Neal. Deputy Sinclair followed the vehicle and as required requested information on the tag that was attached to the car. This tag was reported stolen in December of 2017.
     After being stopped, Neal told Deputy Sinclair he didn’t have a driver’s license. Because we put safety first, Deputy Sinclair searched Neal and discovered drug paraphernalia in his pockets. And as we most often do when we arrest someone who is driving illegally, we tow the car. But first, make sure there aren’t illegal substances in the vehicle and we must inventory the contents of the vehicle.
     Deputy Sinclair found approximately four grams of heroin, prescription Dilaudid and prescription Suboxone; all which are illegal to possess without a prescription. And additionally, possession of four grams or more of heroin equates to a trafficking amount.
     Neal was booked into the Levy County Jail and was charged with trafficking in heroin, two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license suspended or revoked (habitual offender) and a moving traffic violation (driving while license suspended - third or subsequent offense). His bond has been assigned and is $87,000.


Woman dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 12, 2018 at 12:08 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A woman died late Friday afternoon (May 11) in a single-vehicle crash, the FHP said.
      Janice Carter, 72, of Ocklawaha was driving a 2006 Toyota 4Runner at 4:30 p.m. on May 11 in Marion County, according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. L. Ward, based on information from crash and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Kristine Schultz.
     The Toyota was southbound on Marion County Road 315 after passing Northeast 100th Street, the FHP said.
     For unknown reasons, the vehicle veered to the east, leaving the travel lane, the FHP said. The vehicle continued to the southeast along the negatively sloped grassy shoulder, the FHP said, and this caused the Toyota's front to hit a tree.
     Carter was pronounced dead on scene by paramedics, the FHP said. Witnesses stated the vehicle just veered off the road in front of them, the FHP said.


FHP seeks
hit-and-run semi driver




Photos Provided By FHP


By Jeff M. Hardison © May 12, 2018 at 11:18 a.m.
     SUMTER COUNTY --
An unknown make, model and year of semi tractor-trailer sideswiped a vehicle but kept going southbound early Saturday morning (May 12) in Sumter County and the Florida Highway Patrol is seeking information about the driver of that runaway truck.
     The hit-and-run semi, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins, was traveling southbound on The Florida Turnpike (State Road 91) in the outside lane at milepost 301 at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
     Debora Plumey, 47, of Miami was driving a 2009 International truck southbound in the inside lane, the FHP said. Orlando Plumey-Velez, 38, of Miami was a passenger in the International truck, the FHP said.
     The unidentified semi overtook and was passing the International truck, the FHP said, when the tractor-trailer entered the inside lane and sideswiped the passenger side outside mirror of the vehicle it was overtaking.
     Post-impact, the International truck departed from the roadway, entered the median, collided with a guardrail and overturned in the median, the FHP said. Debora Plumey was not injured, the FHP said, however Orlando Plumey-Velez suffered minor injuries that did not require immediate transport to a hospital, the FHP said.
     The hit-and-run vehicle, described only as a semi tractor-trailer, continued southbound and failed to stop, the FHP said.
     As a result of the crash, the load of roadway striping paint spilled from vehicle that Plumey was driving and the paint went along the roadway, the FHP said.
     Anyone with information regarding the hit-and-run semi is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol by calling *FHP (*347).

 


We Back The Blue

Daniel Maynard and his canoe racing partner Matt Schmidt hold the boat they raced to the finish line on Saturday in the 41st Annual Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race. Maynard painted the boat black with a blue stripe and put the words "We Back The Blue" and "GilchristStrong" on it to honor late Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Noel Ramirez and the late GCSO Deputy Taylor Lindsey. Maynard and Schmidt raced in the Experienced Class and they came in first in their class with a time of 1:49:06. They were ranked second overall.
Published April 30, 2018 at 3:18 p.m.

Photo by Anna Morgan - Wild Hog Photographer


May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Published April 30, 2018 at 7:48 p.m.
     TALLAHASSEE --
The Florida Department of Transportation is observing May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
     More than a million drivers in Florida have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver licenses, and many visitors ride motorcycles in the Sunshine State due to Florida’s great weather and roads. Safety is FDOT’s top priority and throughout the month the department is working to raise awareness and educate all road users on the importance of motorcycle safety.
     “It’s everyone’s responsibility to use care and drive responsibly by looking out for all motorists, especially those on motorcycles," FDOT Secretary Mike Dew said. "By working together, and following important safety practices, users of our roadways can become better aware of motorcyclists while traveling throughout the state.”
     During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, FDOT is asking motorcyclists and motorists to share the road by using these simple tips.
Tips for motorcyclists:
     • Say no to drinking and riding.
     • Make yourself more visible to motorists: Wear bright colors.
     • Always wear adequate riding gear including DOT-compliant helmet.
     • Ride in Control (within legal and personal limits).
     • Train regularly and get endorsed.
     • Inspect your motorcycle before each ride to ensure your safety by having it in good working order.
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Tips for drivers:

     • Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width; never try to share a lane.
     • Check for motorcycles by looking in your mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic.
     • When turning at intersections be extra vigilant and watch for motorcycle before turning. You must watch for motorcycles to see motorcycles.
     • Do not tailgate. Allow more following distance when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
     • Don’t drive distracted – eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind on driving.
     • Always drive sober.

 




Following are some common abbreviations:

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


Suspects Arrested
May 7 Through May 12

Updated May 14, 2018 at 9:18 p.m.


MAY 7
     Daniel Lee Banks, 34, of Beverly Hills was arrested for felony battery. Bond $200,000.
     Eric Wade Brothers, 32, of Welborn was arrested for contempt of court – violate injunction – protection domestic violence, battery – touch or strike. Bond $75,000.
     Sherry Layton Gatewood, 58, of Old Town was arrested for marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams. ROR.
     Ryan Christopher Mullins, 22, of Morriston was arrested for poss. controlled substance without prescription, marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams. Bond $11,000.
MAY 8
     Melonie Ashley Crane, 38, of Chiefland was arrested for poss. harmful new legend drug without prescription, two counts drugs – poss. controlled substance with prescription, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $28,000.
     Richard Allen Curry, 47, of Williston was arrested for two counts RWOV. Bond $15,000.
     Terry Carol Dukes, 30, of Bronson was arrested for domestic battery by strangulation, cruelty toward child without great bodily harm, fraud – impersonate – false ID given to LEO.  Bond $105,000.
     James Arthur Scheider, 42, of Chiefland was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Cash only $1,500.
MAY 9
     Indigo Janee Mcmahon, 27, of Chiefland was arrested for grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000, larceny of credit card. ROR.
      Lakhota Kaye Stoisch, 18, of Trenton was arrested for retail theft - $300 or more – switch contents. Bond $1,000.
MAY 10
     Cody Richard Adams, 25, of Williston was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Cash only $470.
     Charles Lavaughn Brown, 37, no address was arrested for two out-of-county warrants. No bond on one, $89 cash bond for other.
     Austin Maurice Hadden, 21, of Inglis was arrested for poss. controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $20,000.
     Forest Donald Love III, 32, of Steinhatchee was arrested for shoplifting – petit theft from merchant – second offence, larceny resist arrest – commit theft, resist recovery of property, poss. with intent to sell methaqualone or mecloqualone derivative – schedule I, marijuana poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $29,000.
     Jeremy Eugene McCranie, 41, of Inglis was arrested for making false report – knowingly give false info to LEO of alleged crime. Bond $10,000.
     Joshua Gabriel Moretz, 27, of Inglis was arrested for flee/ elude LEO with lights and sirens active No bond amount was given.
MAY 11
     David Brian Bliss, 33, of Yankeetown was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Robert Lee Howard, 37, of Trenton was arrested for sex offender violation – fail to report vacating permanent residence. Bond $150,000.
     Tommie Durrell Neal, 33, of Bronson was arrested for fail to register motor vehicle, DWLSR – third or subsequent offense, poss. controlled substance without prescription, heroin – traffic 4 grams to under 30 kilograms, drug paraphernalia- advertise. Bond $82,000.
     Annie Rosenogle, 50, of Archer was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. Bond $2,000.
MAY 12
     Melanie Beth Reed, 50, of Citra was arrested for poss. controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $55,000.

 




Following are some common abbreviations:

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


Suspects Arrested
May 7 Through May 12

Updated May 14, 2018 at 9:18 p.m.


MAY 7
     James F. Sizemore, 57, of Old Town was arrested for failure to report change in residence by sex offender. Bond $1,000.
     Malcolm Samuel Moore, 62, of Cross City was arrested for flee/attempt to elude LEO, poss. of drug paraphernalia. Bond $5,000.
     Daniel Kaleb Debries, 29, of Old Town was arrested for FTA, poss. drug paraphernalia, an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
     Wendy Lynn Simmons, 42, of Cross City was arrested for abuse on disabled person. Bond $3,000.
MAY 8
     Alex X. Rondon, 25, of Raiford was arrested for aggravated battery on LEO – great bodily harm, battery on LEO. No bond amount was given.
     Leonard Hollie, 28, of Raiford was arrested for battery on LEO, deprive officer of means of protection. No bond amount was given.
     Javoney D. Roberts, 39, of Raiford was arrested for battery on LEO. No bond amount was given.
     James J. Blevins, 36, of Old Town was arrested for poss. firearm by convicted felon, aggravated assault – deadly weapon. No bond amount was given.
MAY 9
     Elmer James Lane Jr., 25, of Trenton was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $35,000.
     Shelby A. Cunningham, 20, of Old Town was arrested for and out-of-county warrant. Bond $2,000.
     Justin Kyle Turner, 21, of Steinhatchee was arrested for false imprisonment, domestic battery by strangulation, aggravated assault – domestic, aggravated battery – domestic, battery  - domestic. Bond $25,000.
     Julia P. Reyes, 33, of Old Town was arrested for two out-of-county warrants, two counts - poss/ sell/ mfg. – controlled substance, tamper with or fabricate physical evidence. Bond $25,000.
MAY 10
     Keith David Hancock, 66, of Steinhatchee was arrested for poss. of child pornography – 14 counts. Bond $210,000.
MAY 11
     Kevin Johnson, 40, of Old Town was arrested for DWLR – habitually. Bond $1,500.
MAY 12
     Connie Sue Lewis, 61, of Old Town was arrested for DUI. No bond amount was given.






 

Following are some common abbreviations:

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


Suspects Arrested
May 7 Through May 12

Updated May 14, 2018 at 9:18 p.m.

MAY 7
     Maxaux Julmiste, 41, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $452.
     Robert Larry Wesley, 42, of Trenton was arrested for battery – touch or strike, two out-of-county warrants. Bond $10,000.
MAY 8
     Joseph Aaron Pate, 26, of Trenton was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Cash bond $1,490.
MAY 9
MAY 10

     Zabrus Martesze Sims, 47, of St. Petersburg was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $3,013.
MAY 11
MAY 12

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SUNDAY  MAY 20  7:08 a.m.
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