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Inmate death under investigation
Information Provided
By Lieutenant Paul Bloom
Public Information Director
Marion County Sheriff’s Office
Published Nov. 25, 2022 at 7:12 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
At approximately 7 a.m. this morning (Friday, Nov. 25), several detention deputies at the Marion County Jail responded to the administrative confinement section in response to inmate Scott Whitley III, 46, refusing to cooperate with a routine cell inspection.

 


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     Whitley refused to cooperate with deputies’ efforts to place him in handcuffs for the duration of the inspection. Detention deputies deployed pepper foam and their Electronic Disabling Devices (EDD) to stun Whitley in an effort to gain his compliance but were unsuccessful.
     Ultimately, a group of six detention deputies were required to subdue Whitley.
     After Whitley was brought outside of his cell, it was discovered that he did not appear to be breathing.
     Detention deputies immediately began life-saving measures as medical staff responded. Whitley was transported quickly to AdventHealth Ocala (formerly named Florida Hospital Ocala and Munroe Regional Medical Center), where he was later pronounced dead.
     Whitley, who was being held on charges of resisting an officer with violence and violation of an injunction for protection against exploitation of a vulnerable adult, had been recently transferred to the administrative confinement section of the jail due to previous attempts to escape from his cell and housing unit, as well as for engaging in acts of aggression towards detention staff.
     At the request of Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has responded to the jail and is actively investigating the incident. As is practice, the detention deputies involved have been placed on suspension with pay.
     The detention deputies, who as the apparent victims of a criminal offense have invoked the protection of Marsy’s Law, are not being identified at this time.

 


Sheriff comments on guilty plea
Suspect gets 15-year sentence

Convicted and Sentenced

 

 

 

Thomas Patrick Teehan
Mugshot By LCSO




 

 



By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 24, 2022 at 9:12 a.m.
     BRONSON –
Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum published a comment Nov. 22 about a man who pled guilty 38 days after his Oct. 3 arrest for six counts of sexual assault - lewd lascivious battery on an elderly or disabled person, and one count of a sexual offender failing to register as required, according to public records and a blog website maintained by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.
     Thomas Patrick Teehan, 48, was sentenced to 15 years in the Florida Department of Corrections prison system, according to information in the LCSO blog site.
     On Oct. 3, the LCSO received a complaint alleging sexual misconduct perpetrated by Teehan, registered sexual offender, the LCSO noted.
     The victim said she was forced to perform sexual acts over a period of several years at a home in the outskirts of the City of Williston, the LCSO said. Detectives interviewed Teehan.
     “Detectives and Victim Services worked tirelessly throughout the night (Oct. 3) ensuring the safe placement of the victim and concluding the investigation with Teehan’s arrest,” the LCSO noted.
     Teehan was held at the Levy County Jail (also known as the Levy County Detention Center) in lieu of a $1.25 million dollar bond until he pled guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in state prison.
     “This plea is a testament to the hard work and dedication these detectives expended and the undeniable strength of the case they were able to make on Teehan,” Sheriff McCallum said on Nov. 22. “An individual, previously convicted of a sexually-based crime who reoffends, knows prison sentences will be more severe. I am proud of how well this case was prepared and that Teehan saw no defense. This led to how quickly he accepted the prison sentence, thus saving the victim from the long and difficult process of testifying in court.”

 


Sheriff accepts money
New assistant introduced

Sheriff Bobby McCallum
Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum speaks to the County Commission on Tuesday morning (Nov. 22) to share information about the Levy County Sheriff’s Office being accredited for the first time in its history. Standing with the sheriff is his new Executive Administrative Assistant Kristan Ritter, who fills the vacancy created after the retirement of Robin Hardee McCracken.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 22, 2022 at 5:12 p.m.
     BRONSON –
Levy Cunty Sheriff Bobby McCallum brought the County Commission some happy news Tuesday morning (Nov. 22).

 

Sheriff Bobby McCallum

 


     For the first time since Levy County was formed on March 10, 1845, and became Florida's 27th county, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office is going through the process to be accredited.
     By the way one week before Levy County was formed, on March 3, 1845, Florida joined the United States of America as the 27th state.
     While the state and county have roots of being in America since 1845, it was not until 1995 when the Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA) pioneered accreditation in the state and was co-founder of the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation – a program that encourages law-enforcement agencies to maintain the highest standards of professional law enforcement for communities.
     The FSA approved the Levy County Sheriff’s Office for an accreditation grant in the amount of $51,630.24, LCSO Col. Mike Sheffield noted in the documents prior to the meeting.
     This FSA grant allows the LCSO to improve and correct required tasks for the agency to become accredited. These improvements were not able to be included in the original LCSO budget request for Fiscal Year 2022-2023. It is not a reoccurring grant and must be applied for every Oct. 1. LCSO will do all reporting for expenses, Col. Sheffield noted in the documents for this matter listed on the agenda.
     The sheriff received a 5-0 vote of approval for his request to amend the budget by accepting this money from the FSA to improve facilities at the LCSO to help it become accredited.
     In another bit of happy news from Sheriff McCallum, he introduced his new Executive Administrative Assistant Kristan Ritter, who fills the vacancy created after the recent retirement of Robin Hardee McCracken.

 



Levy County Sheriff's Office
Suspects Jailed In Levy County Florida
Levy County Suspects Jailed
Suspects Jailed Nov. 14, 2022 through Nov. 20, 2022
Published Updated Nov. 21, 2022 at 5:12 p.m.

 


Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office logo etc

Gilchrist County Suspects Jailed
Suspects Jailed Nov. 14, 2022 through Nov. 20, 2022
Published Updated Nov. 21, 2022 at 5:12 p.m

 


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Dixie County Suspects Jailed
Suspects Jailed Nov. 14, 2022 through Nov. 20, 2022
Published Updated Nov. 21, 2022 at 5:12 p.m

 


Man allegedly shoots TV and goes to jail
Mug Shot

 

 

 


Ross Martin Marple
LCSO Mugshot

 

 

 

 


By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 21, 2022 at 5:12 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
A man allegedly shot a television, but the manner in which he allegedly did this resulted in him being jailed, according to records and information in a press release from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.
     “He posed a real and dangerous threat to the individuals inside the home, any person outside the home and law enforcement as he fired the gun indiscriminately from inside his home,” LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond noted in regard to the suspect.
     Ross Martin Marple, 30, of Morriston was put in the Levy County Jail (also known as the Levy County Detention Center) when he was booked just after midnight on Nov. 19 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, a third degree felony; and simple assault on law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical care providers, public transit employees or agents, or other specified officers, a first degree misdemeanor, according to records.
     The weapons charge netted the defendant a $100,000 bond and the simple assault charge brought him a $5,000 bond, according to records.
     His early Saturday morning booking, according to information in a press release from LCSO Lt. Tummond, came after a Friday (Nov. 18) incident concluded with no injuries.
     Deputies with the LCSO responded on Nov. 18 to a home located at 3650 S.E. 197th Court in Morriston as a result of reported gunfire there, Tummond said.
     Deputies found Marple allegedly had used a handgun to threaten a family member inside the home, Tummond said. Marple is alleged to have then fired the gun at the television while issuing additional threats to the family member, Tummond said. 
     The suspected assailant is said, according to the press release from Tummond, also to have broken most of the windows out of the home.
     Deputies attempted to speak to Marple as he threatened them and barricaded himself inside the home, Tummond said.
     Levy County deputies and detectives surrounded the home and blocked access roads for several hours, Tummond said, while they called to Marple over their vehicle public address systems – asking him to surrender.
     Marple failed to respond to any of these requests, Tummond said. The LCSO Tactical Response Unit (TRU) was summoned to the scene to assist, Tummond said.
     The TRU members entered the home and took Marple into custody, Tummond said, without anyone being injured.

 


Veterans Day Shooting In Bell
Woman charged with attempted murder
Bond set at $6 million

Video Statement From The GCSO
Click on the STILL PHOTO ABOVE to see the video released from the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office regarding this suspected criminal who allegedly attempted to kill a person. This video includes Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz.

Video Provided By GCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 18, 2022 at 3:12 p.m.
     TRENTON –
A 31-year-old Bell woman is in the Gilchrist County Jail now as a result of law enforcement officers with the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office finding probable cause to charge her with attempted premeditated murder and felony child abuse, according to information in a press release provided by GCSO Chief Deputy Robert Willis on Nov. 18 at 11:38 a.m


Suspect

 

 

 

 

Samantha Jane Long
Mug Shot Provided By GCSO

 

 

 

 


     Samantha Jane Long, 31, of Bell was arrested Nov. 16 after an arrest warrant was signed that same day, Chief Deputy Willis noted.
     Her arrest came as a result of a shooting incident that happened on Veterans Day 2022 (Nov. 11), Willis said.
     On Nov. 11, shortly after 1 p.m. GCSO deputies responded to 7189 N.W. 52nd St. in Gilchrist County in reference to a domestic disturbance involving a person who had been shot, Willis said. The victim left the scene and encountered Gilchrist County Fire Rescue units who provided life-saving medical attention.
     Deputies continued to the incident location. The GCSO Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene. The preliminary investigation led to several search warrants being requested, Willis said.
     Upon execution of these search warrants, Willis said, probable cause was developed to arrest the shooter.
     The evidence revealed that Long who had initially claimed self-defense in the shooting, had shot the victim without any provocation and in cold blood more than once with a .40 caliber handgun in front of, and within feet of, a minor child, Willis said.
     “We at the GCSO appreciate the patience of our community and are thankful our citizens understand that the foundation of professional law enforcement is a thorough and complete investigation which is required before information can be released,” Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said.

 


Goethe Wildlife Management Area
general gun dog hunt runs Nov. 18-28
All hunting regulations
enforced during hunt


By Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
 (North Central) Regional Public Information Coordinator Karen Parker
Published Nov. 16, 2022 at 4:12 p.m.
     LAKE CITY -
- The Goethe Wildlife Management Area general gun dog season runs from Nov. 18-28, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.
     “This is a great opportunity for dog hunters to run deer dogs and take game in Goethe State Forest,” said Lt. Robert Johnston, area lieutenant.

 


“Our officers will be out checking for compliance to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable hunt.”
      --FWC Lt. Robert Johnston



     This is a quota, hunt which means there are a limited number of hunters allowed (by quota permit) to hunt during this time. Dogs pursing deer, wild hog, fox or coyote must be equipped and monitored with devices allowing remote tracking and behavior
correction.
     “As per Goethe State Forest rules, only roads listed on the wildlife management area map are allowed to be driven on,” Lt. Johnston said. 
     Hunters are reminded that some roads are closed in the state forest.
     “Goethe’s closed roads are used internally by Florida Forest Service staff to complete forest management objectives such as endangered species management, prescribed fire, invasive species removal, and catching wildfires,” said Mark Larson, Goethe Forest supervisor. “Each year, more closed roads are rendered impassible, and we have no resources or funding to repair these closed roads.”
     The Goethe Dog Hunt is unique as it is the only Goethe hunt that allows hunters to pursue deer using dogs. Hunting with dogs is prohibited during the archery, muzzleloading gun and the general gun still seasons.
     Hunting with dogs other than bird dogs is prohibited during the small game season.
     “Our officers will be out checking for compliance to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable hunt.” Johnston said.
     For more regulation information and a map for Goethe WMA, CLICK HERE.
     For more information about the Goethe State Forest, CLICK HERE.

 


Woman dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 15, 2021 at 7:12 a.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY –
A 49-year-old Trenton woman died in a single-car crash very early this morning (Tuesday, Nov. 15), according to information in a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

     The next of kin were notified before the press release was sent, the FHP said.
     A sedan was southbound at Southeast 80th Avenue somewhere in Gilchrist County at 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 15, according to the press release based on information from crash and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Nathan Morgan.
     The driver was not wearing a seatbelt, the FHP said.
     The sedan veered left, the FHP said, exiting from the roadway and going into the eastern tree line, where it hit a tree. The vehicle came to rest facing south with its front in contact with
the tree, the FHP said. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, 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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Hurricane's death toll at 137
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 14, 2022 at 7:12 p.m.
     TALLAHASSEE –
There are now 137 deaths in Florida attributed to Hurricane Ian confirmed by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission (MEC), as of information in a press release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) sent today (Nov. 14) at 4:25 p.m.

     The Florida District Medical Examiners report hurricane deaths to the Medical Examiners Commission (MEC) following examinations and confirming the death is storm-related, as noted by the FDLE Office of Public Information in the Monday update.
     The FDLE staffs the Florida Medical Examiners Commission.
     Body recovery efforts continue in south Florida from the devastating level of destruction left by the powerful hurricane.  
     Of the 137 deaths attributed to Hurricane Ian confirmed by the MEC, the county-by-county breakdown from the most recent report is shown here: Charlotte-8; Collier-10; DeSoto-1, Hardee-4; Hendry-2; Hillsborough-4; Lake-2; Lee-61; Manatee-5; Martin-1; Miami-Dade- 1; Monroe-7; Orange-3, Osceola-5; Polk-2; Putnam-3; Sarasota-10; St. Lucie- 1; and Volusia-7.
     Additional updates will be provided as they come in, the FDLE Public Information Office noted.

 


Tropical storm death toll at five
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 13, 2022 at 9:12 a.m.
     TALLAHASSEE –
There are five deaths attributed to Tropical Storm Nicole confirmed by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission (MEC), as of information in a press release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) sent Saturday night (Nov. 12) at 5:40 p.m.

    The Florida District Medical Examiners report hurricane deaths to the MEC following examinations and confirming the death is storm-related, as noted by Gretl Plessinger of the FDLE Office of Public Information in the Saturday night update.
     The FDLE staffs the MEC.
     There were four deaths recorded for Orange County and one death from Duval County, Plessinger noted.
     Additional updates will be provided as they come in, FDLE Public Information Officer Plessinger noted.

 


Pickup hits school bus
at railroad tracks – one child hurt

By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 12, 2022 at 7:12 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
A pickup truck ran into the back of a school bus stopped at railroad tracks on Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m., according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol.
     One child was hurt, the FHP said.
     The school bus had stopped in the right northbound lane at the railroad crossing on State Road 35 near the intersection of Southeast 66th Street in Marion County, the FHP said. The Marion County school bus was driven by a 42-year-old woman from Ocala, the FHP said.
     The northbound pickup truck was on SR 35 directly behind the school bus on SR 35 in the right lane, the FHP noted in the press release based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper C. Lanza.
     The pickup truck was driven by a 40-year-old man from Ocala, the FHP said.
     The driver of the pickup truck failed to stop in time, the FHP said, causing the front of the pickup truck to hit the rear of the school bus.
     Both the driver of the pickup truck and of the school bus were wearing seatbelts, the FHP said. Neither of them suffered injuries, the FHP said.
     In addition to the driver of the school bus, there were 49 students and one 24-year-old woman from Ocklawaha who is an aide on the bus at the time of the crash, the FHP said. Ocklawaha is an unincorporated community in Marion County.
     One child was transported to Advent Health with minor 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.
     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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Victims’ Rights Information
https://www.flhsmv.gov/victimsrights/

 


14-year-old Dixie County girl still missing
FDLE MISSING TEEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Demiah Appling

 

 

 

Story and Photo Provided
By FDLE Office of Public Information
Published Nov. 11, 2022 at 4:12 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
Demiah Appling, the 14-year-old Old Town teen who was reported missing in mid-October, has yet to be found.

     The community has shown tremendous support, Dixie County Sheriff Darby Butler said.
     “We want to thank the community for your outpouring of support and countless tips in efforts to bring Demiah home,” Butler said. “We ask for your continued assistance until she is found.”
     The sheriff encourages the people in the community to call the department’s hotline at 877-464-6982 with any information about Appling disappearance.
     The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) continues to assist in the investigation. FDLE issued a Missing Child Alert (MCA) for Appling on Nov. 3.
     The Florida MCA was established in 2003 to provide law enforcement with a tool to quickly disseminate information when a child is missing and believed to be in life-threatening danger, but there is no indication that the child has been abducted.
     For more information on Florida’s Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse (MEPIC) click HERE.

 


Girl dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 9, 2022 at 5:12 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
A 17-year-old girl from Old Town died this afternoon (Wednesday, Nov. 9) in a single-vehicle crash in Levy County, according to information provided by the Florida Highway Patrol in a press release.

     The victim’s next-of-kin were notified before the press release was sent, the FHP said.
     The girl was driving a sport utility vehicle (SUV) northbound at 12:29 p.m. on Nov. 9, on Levy County Road 207 near Northwest 28th Avenue, and the vehicle was moving at a high rate of speed, the FHP said in the press release, which was based on information from crash and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Mark Baker.
     The driver lost control of the vehicle, the FHP said, and SUV went onto the western (left) grassy shoulder, where it hit a utility pole, and overturned.
     The driver received fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene, 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/

     


Marion County closes schools
Thursday due to storm
Veterans Day program canceled

Information Provided
By Marion County Emergency Management
Published Nov. 8, 2022 at 7:12 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
The Marion Emergency Management Operations Center is currently monitoring Tropical Storm Nicole.

     At this time, discussions are underway in reference to emergency preparations.
Marion County Public Schools
     • School has been canceled for Thursday, November 10, 2022, and all extra-curricular activities are canceled starting Wednesday afternoon except for Marion Afterschool Programs.
     • The district plans to reopen all schools, departments, and district offices Friday on normal schedules pending weather and safety inspections Thursday afternoon and evening.
     • This decision also cancels MCPS’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony originally scheduled for this Friday at 11 a.m. The event will not be rescheduled.
     • For more information regarding school closures, contact the Public Relations Office of MCPS at 352-671-7555.

City of Ocala
     • The City of Ocala is opening a sandbag station at Tuscawilla Park, located at 800 NE Sanchez Avenue. The site will be open on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
     Marion County Emergency Management officials are encouraging all Marion County citizens to sign up for the emergency notification system, Alert Marion. Sign up for text message alerts, emails, and phone calls for severe weather through Alert Marion at https://alertmarion.com/.

 


DCSO catches drug suspect
Drug Suspect

 

 


Courtney Le Ann (aka Leeann) Hall
Mug Shot By DCSO

 

 

 


By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 8, 2022 at 5:12 p.m.
     CROSS CITY –
A 41-year-old Port Richey woman was arrested for drug charges that led to bonds totaling $500,000, according to records.

     Courtney Le Ann (aka Leeann) Hall, 41, of Port Richey was arrested Nov. 3 after a traffic stop in the late afternoon that day led to the discovery of different drugs that are all on the list of controlled substances, according to records.
     Hall was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and seven counts of possession of a controlled substance, according to records.
     Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Deputy T. Reed saw Hall driving a small light-blue sedan southbound on U.S. Highway 19 in the 16000 Southeast Block of that road in Cross City, at 4:39 p.m. on Nov. 3, according to records.
     The deputy noticed the driver of the vehicle – later identified as Fallon Shelby Hart -- was not wearing a seatbelt, and as the Florida Highway Patrol has tried to remind drivers in Florida “Click It or Ticket,” meaning it is required for occupants in vehicles in Florida to use seatbelts of child restraint devices.
     The driver pulled into the Marathon gas station on U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City when she saw he had lit the cruiser’s blue lights, according to records.
     Hart showed the deputy her license, registration and proof of insurance when requested, according to records. The deputy told Hart that she was not wearing her seatbelt, which she acknowledged, according to records.
     The passenger – Hall – was asked for her identification, according to records. She lacked ID, but Hall told the deputy her correct name and date of birth, according to records.
     The deputy then obtained consent from the driver and occupant to search the car and them for drugs, according to records.
     A bag in the back seat was noted as belonging to Hart, who was reportedly going to see her boyfriend, according to records.
     While searching the car, the deputy found a cellophane wrapper like those around cigarette packs in the purse that belonged to Hart, according to records. In that wrapper was a small amount of what was tested and was proved to be brown-colored heroin, according to records.
     Further investigation uncovered Clonazepam, Xanax, methamphetamine, hydromorphone hydrochloride and fentanyl. The weight of the fentanyl resulted in the arrest on the charge of trafficking in the drug, according to records.
     The other drugs added to result in seven counts of possession of controlled substances, and the subsequent bail amount of a half-million dollars, according to records.

 


Suspected kidnapper
caught in Chiefland
and held without bond
at the Dixie County Jail

suspected Felon

 

 

 

 


Shawn Tulsie Persaud
Mugshot By LCSO

 

 

 

By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 7, 2022 at 7:12 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND –
A 27-year-old Orlando man who fled from Dixie County was arrested in Chiefland in the early morning hours of Oct. 31, and while he was initially jailed in the Levy County Jail, he is sitting in the Dixie County Jail now, where he is being held without bond, according to records.

     Shawn Tulsie Persaud, 27, of Orlando, was arrested by Dixie County Sheriff’s Sgt. J. Van Zile after the sergeant, several other DCSO deputies, Florida Highway Patrol troopers, Levy County Sheriff’s Office deputies and officers with the Chiefland Police Department brought the search for this suspected felon to a conclusion, according to records.
     As of Nov. 7, Persaud was being held in the Dixie County Jail, charged with kidnapping - no bond; tampering with a witness -$500,000 bond; false imprisonment - $500,000 bond; interference with child custody - $5,000 bond; grand theft - $1,000 bond; willful and wanton reckless driving - $1,000 bond; driving while license suspended or revoked - $1,000 bond); and fleeing in an attempt to elude a law enforcement officer -$100,000 bond, according to records.
     The set of events leading to these charges began in the early morning hours of Oct. 31, when Sgt. Van Zile was conducting security checks at Dixie County parks and boat ramps, according to records.
     That is when he saw a small silver-colored Nissan sedan with fogged windows parked at Dixie County’s Turner Point Boat Ramp and Park, which has a sign posted to show it closes at dusk, according to records.
     Upon contacting the vehicle's occupants to tell them about the violation of a county ordinance, the driver Persaud drove away at a high rate of speed.
     Van Zile saw a female attempt to exit the vehicle, screaming for help. Fearing that the female had been kidnapped, Van Zile chased the vehicle for several miles, until Persaud slowed down and the female exited from the vehicle, according to records.
     Persaud then left again at a high rate of speed, reaching a speed of 130 mph at one point, according to records. 
     During the pursuit, a DCSO deputy attempted to put spike strips in front of the Nissan, to flatten the tires. They were unsuccessful. Persaud and the other deputies went to Levy County and into the city limits of Chiefland, according to records
     Persaud lost deputies when he drove into a Chiefland residential area, where he turned off the vehicle’s lights. Persaud abandoned the vehicle at a residence, where he did not know or have any affiliation with the homeowner.
     A Chiefland Police Department officer found Persaud’s vehicle parked at the residence where the suspect parked it.
     Members of the FHP, LCSO, CPD and DCSO set up a perimeter in the area. A short time later, Persaud was found hiding in the bushes near his vehicle. 
     The female victim, a 16-year-old juvenile, alleged that Persaud had contacted her via social media and lured her from her home under false pretenses, according to records. Persaud gave her a fake name and promised to take her to see her friends. After leaving her residence, Persaud took the victim to a local boat ramp and held her against her will, according to records.
     As she was being taken from the point where the deputy first saw the car, she tried to get away, according to records. At one point during the chase, the suspect took the girl’s cell phone from her and threw it out of the vehicle’s window, according to records.
     Persaud was placed under arrest at 2:45 a.m. on Oct. 31, and he was transported to the Levy County Jail, according to records. On Nov. 1, the defendant was transported to the Dixie County Jail for his first appearance, where bonds were set, according to records.
     The Dixie County Sheriff’s Office provided records to HardisonInk.com within 12 hours of them being requested on Nov. 7.

 


FDLE Capitol Police
introduce explosives detective K-9

FDLE Explosive detecting dog and handler
Capitol Police Officer Getavius Zachary introduces his new K-9 partner Hunter.


Story and Photo Provided
By The FDLE Office of Public Information
Published Nov. 7, 2022 at 7:12 p.m. 
     TALLAHASSEE –
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Capitol Police Officer Getavius Zachary introduced his new K-9 partner Hunter at a media availability today (Monday, Nov. 7) at the Florida Capitol.
     Hunter is Capitol Police’s newest explosives detective.
     Hunter is certified to detect numerous explosive compounds, like black powder and TNT. Officer Zachary and Hunter conduct routine vehicle and unattended packages checks at the Capitol Complex to maintain a safe and secure environment for elected officials, state employees and visitors.
     FDLE Capitol Police Acting Director Seth Montgomery said, “Capitol Police’s highly trained explosive-detection K-9 teams conduct an average of 1,500 sweeps annually, in addition to their routine administrative and operational assigned tasks. They are friendly stewards that provide security while welcoming elected officials and visitors to Florida’s Capitol Complex.”
     With the other Capitol Police K-9 Teams, they participate also in the North Florida Domestic Security Task Force and assist federal, state and local agencies when requested.
     Hunter joined his Capitol Police handler two months ago. He is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois- German Shepherd mix from Hungary. He is certified by the American Detection Canine Association, and he will be recertified annually.

 


Another Levy County student is arrested
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 7, 2022 at 4:12 p.m.
     BRONSON --
A Levy County teenager allegedly brought methamphetamine to school and a couple of her classmates allegedly suffered from tasting it.
     She was arrested the same day for this felonious action.
     And now, in Levy County, an 11-year-old boy, allegedly armed with a Daisy CO2 BB pistol in school at Bronson Middle High School was arrested this morning, according to information from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office via a Facebook post.
     By the way, the LCSO is unable to send press releases any more and it simply posts information on Facebook.
     According to a Facebook post allegedly put there by some worker with the LCSO, this morning (Monday, Nov. 7) at 9:49 a.m., BMHS administration announced a lockdown due to a report of a weapon on campus.
     Students allegedly reported seeing a sixth grade student in the cafeteria area just prior to reporting to first period waiving a gun underneath the table, according to the LCSO Facebook post.
     “One student reported the gun was aimed at his legs which scared (frightened) him,” the LCSO Facebook post noted. “School officials and the LCSO School Resource Deputy immediately responded to that student’s classroom.”
     LCSO School Resource Deputy K. Sheppard found the 11-year-old sixth grade student at his assigned desk and took him into custody, the LCSO Facebook post noted
     Sheppard found the BB pistol in this student’s backpack and the deputy confiscated the weapon.
     The lockdown was concluded at 10 a.m., the LCSO Facebook post noted. The student was arrested and booked into the Levy County Jail, the LCSO Facebook post noted. The suspect will be released to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice after processing.
     Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum warns that students who violate the law while on school campus, and who put other students and staff in dangerous situations, will be arrested, the LCSO Facebook post noted.
     There is no way to immediately identify this BB gun as a toy, the LCSO Facebook post noted, because it looks exactly like a handgun that uses bullet propelled by gunpower rather than BBs or pellets sent through the barrel by carbon-dioxide.
     Deputy Sheppard and BMHS school staff and administrators did exactly as they are trained to do in this type of situation, the LCSO Facebook post noted.

 


Two dead in Dixie County crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 6, 2022 at 3:12 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
Two people died in a single-car crash in Dixie County after midnight on Sunday (Nov. 6), according to information in a Florida Highway Patrol press release.
     The next of kin were notified before the press release was sent out, the FHP said.
     The crash that occurred on Dixie County Road 351 north of Horseshoe Beach, and south of Southwest 782nd Avenue, according to the press release, which is based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Glen Ganus and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Kyle Robinson.
     The sedan was northbound on CR 351, when it went onto the eastern shoulder, the FHP said. The vehicle went several feet on the shoulder until it hit a tree, the FHP said.
     Both the driver – a 26-year-old man from Cassleberry (a city in Seminole County) and the passenger a 54-year-old man from Horseshoe Beach (a town in Dixie County) succumbed to injuries suffered in the crash, and they were pronounced dead on the scene, 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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Man dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 5, 2022 at 7:12 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY – 
A 76-year-old man died in a single-car crash this afternoon (Saturday, Nov. 5), the Florida Highway Patrol noted in a press release.

     The next of kin were notified before the press release was sent, the FHP said.
     A northbound sedan driven by a 76-year-old man from Sunset was on U.S. Highway 19 near the intersection with State Road 349 in Old Town at 2:20 p.m. on Nov. 5, the FHP said in the press release based on information from FHP Cpl. Nathan Morgan, who was the crash investigator and the homicide investigator.
     Sunset is a census-designated place and an affluent neighborhood in Miami-Dade County.
     The vehicle veered to right, the FHP said, exiting the roadway and going onto the eastern grassy shoulder, where it hit a stop sign that protruded into the car’s windshield. While on the shoulder, it became airborne and went over a driveway before overturning, the FHP said.
     The sedan came to final rest on its left side, facing east on the eastern grassy shoulder, the FHP said.
     Crash witnesses rolled the car onto its tires to gain access to the driver, the FHP said. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene in the ambulance, 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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Woman arrested by FDLE
for allegedly voting in multiple states

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cheryl Ann Leslie
Mugshot Provided By
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

 

 

 


Information Provided
By FDLE Office of Public Information
and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Published Nov. 5, 2022 at 9:12 a.m.
     LOXAHATCHEE –
Inspectors with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Election Crime Unit yesterday (Friday, Nov. 4) arrested Cheryl Ann Leslie, 55, of Loxahatchee, on two counts of casting more than one ballot in an election.
     Both are third-degree felonies. The Florida Secretary of State’s Office of Election Crimes and Security assisted the FDLE with the investigation. 
     Leslie, a physician assistant, voted in both the 2020 federal and state primary elections in Florida and Alaska. Leslie’s Alaska votes were submitted by absentee ballot, and her Florida votes were submitted early and in person in Palm Beach County.
     Leslie told investigators that her work as a physician assistant required extensive travel between multiple states. Leslie works with a senior care facility in Loxahatchee. 
     The investigation revealed a pattern of double voting as Leslie also voted in both states in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
     Information on Leslie’s multi-state voting originated from the Florida Secretary of State’s Office of Election Crimes and Security, and that information was forwarded to the FDLE’s Election Crime Unit for further investigation.
     Leslie was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.
     Information from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office shows the suspect was booked at 10:02 a.m. and she left the jail at 7:34 p.m. on Nov. 4 after bonds totaling $1,000 -- $500 for each count -- were posted.

 


Traffic stop results in life prison sentence
By CCSO Community Relations Specialist Sydney Hudson
Published Nov. 5, 2022 at 9:12 a.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY –
On Oct. 31, Johnny Travis Wilson, 43, was sentenced to three life sentences to be served in a Florida Department of Corrections prison.
     Citrus County Court Judge Richard Howard sentenced the resident of the City of Crystal River.
     Wilson began his trial in August, where he openly plead to the court and was sentenced to the maximum punishment of life in prison.
     "Criminals with records as long and as severely dangerous as Wilson's deserve to be punished by the maximum extent of the law," Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. "Both detectives and an innocent bystander nearly lost their lives that evening as a direct result of Wilson's reckless actions."
     Back in November 2019, Wilson was stopped for a minor traffic violation, where he attempted to flee during the traffic stop. During this incident, Wilson intentionally rammed a patrol car and then struck a detective, seriously injuring him, in his attempt to exit the parking lot. The detective, and his partner then fired their duty weapons, striking Wilson in the head, resulting in a non-life threating injury.
     While Wilson continued to flee from deputies, he struck a motorcyclist near the Sunoco gas station off W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway in Crystal River, causing significant injury to the motorcyclist. After Wilson fled the scene of this crash on foot, deputies were quickly able to locate and arrest him at a family member's house. Upon deputies searching the area Wilson fled in, they found approximately 3.54 grams of cocaine and 117 grams of marijuana.
     Wilson was charged with:
● Attempted murder of a law enforcement officer
● Aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer
● Two counts of fleeing and eluding causing property damage
● Fleeing and eluding causing serious bodily injury
● Resisting with violence
● Possession of cocaine with intent to sell
● Possession of marijuana with intent to sell
● Possession of drug paraphernalia
● Resisting an officer without violence
     Wilson was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences, one life sentence prison term for each of the three victims in this case.

 


Florida man sentenced today (Nov. 3)
to federal prison for Jan. 6 actions

Information Provided 
By Amanda W. Videll
Public Affairs Officer | FBI Jacksonville
and from the 
United States Dept. of Justice
Published Nov. 3, 2022 at 8:12 p.m.
     WASHINGTON, D.C. –
After a trial on June 17, Jesus Rivera of Pensacola was found guilty of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol Building.
     He was arrested Jan. 20 for these crimes that he has been convicted of committing on Jan. 6, 2021, when he was among people who performed crimes in a Capitol Building.
     Rivera was sentenced this afternoon (Thursday, Nov. 3) to eight months of incarceration in federal prison, one year of supervised release and is required to pay $500 in restitution.
     The case was investigated by the FBI Jacksonville Field Office – Pensacola Resident Agency, with assistance provided by the FBI Washington Field Office, Metropolitan Police Department, and the U.S. Capitol Police.
     The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida.
     His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session on Jan. 6, 2021, of the United States Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
     The bench trial when he was convicted in June was before United States District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.
     According to the government’s evidence, in the early afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021, Rivera illegally crossed a perimeter set up by law enforcement officers and entered the Capitol grounds, initially in the area of the Northwest Lawn. He joined a crowd that surged forward towards law enforcement officers attempting to secure that area and then moved to the area of the Upper West Terrace. He encouraged the mob with shouts of, “Come on, come on.”
     Rivera also posted videos while on the Capitol grounds, including one in which he declared, “My birthday is in three days, but I’ll take it as this one. Today is my f---- birthday!”
      Rivera joined rioters outside the Senate Wing Door, as officers struggled to keep the crowd outside. He crawled into the building through a broken window. He continued to record videos as he roamed the hallways, including in the Crypt.
     Rivera finally left the Capitol after remaining inside for approximately 20 minutes. Later he boasted, “This is something we can tell our kids about.”

 


Teenage girl busted for drugs at school
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 3, 2022 at 3:12 p.m.
     BRONSON –
She just became a teenager this year, but she is facing a felony as a consequence of her alleged actions, according to Florida law and records.

     A 13-year-old girl was arrested yesterday (Nov. 2) for allegedly distributing methamphetamine at Bronson Middle High School that day, according to records.
     Methamphetamine is a schedule II controlled substance, according to records.
     Yalynskhi Orozco-Seda, 13, was booked at the Levy County Jail after deputies found reasonable cause to accuse her of violating Florida Statute 893.13 (1a1), according to records. After her booking procedure at the jail, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice decides whether to keep her in a juvenile detention facility or to release her to the custody of her parent, according to procedure in cases like these, according to LCSO Professional Standards Commander and LCSO Custodian of Records Lt. Scott Tummond,. 
     According to Florida Law, a person may not sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver, a controlled substance. By allegedly distributing methamphetamine, Orozco-Seda became charged with committing this first degree felony, because methamphetamine is that dangerous.
     A deputy with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday responded to Bronson Middle High School, 351 Ishie Ave., after the LCSO was called in regard to “several students that had possibly overdosed,” according to records.
     Upon arrival, the deputy met with the LCSO school resource officer, according to records. Witnesses related that they had seen Orozco-Seda hand a clear plastic bag with a white substance in it at the lunch table, the deputy noted in an arrest report.
     One of the students who was adversely affected by the drug, is said in the arrest report to have gone into the restroom and put her finger in the plastic bag and immediately started feeling ill. 
     School officials were notified and took appropriate action, the deputy noted.
     The Miranda warning was read to Orozco-Seda in the presence of her mother -- Noemi Seda -- and they both agreed to freely participate in an interview with law enforcement, the report noted.
     In Orozco-Seda’s first interview, the defendant stated that she had received the baggie from an unknown black male student. She did not know him or his name, the deputy noted. She did not know what to do so; she gave it to another student instead of notifying school officials, the deputy reported the defendant said.
     During Orozco-Seda’s second interview, she said she had found the plastic bag with white powder in it, on the floor in the bathroom; and did not know what to do so she gave it to another student, the deputy noted.
     In Orozco-Seda’s third interview, she stated that she was given the powder yesterday by her neighbor, the deputy noted in his arrest report. The neighbor is said to have told her that it was an anti-depressant.
     One of the students involved in the incident Wednesday (Nov. 2), the deputy reported related that Orozco-Seda gave her the baggie in the cafeteria and told her that it was powder candy.
     This victim-witness told the deputy that she took it to the restroom and put some on her finger and tasted it. She immediately felt sick and dizzy, the deputy noted. This victim was taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville by Levy County EMS for medical assistance, the deputy noted in the arrest report.
      A school resource officer advised the investigating deputy that he had conducted a field test on the substance recovered from the scene, and it showed a positive result as methamphetamine, according to information in the arret report.
     Evidence was given to an LCSO crime scene tech, according to records.

 


Truck driver charged
after school bus crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 3, 2022 at 3:12 p.m.
     BRONSON –
After a terrible school bus crash in Levy County on March 30, a 35-year-old man was charged in October with violating Florida traffic laws, according to a Nov. 3 press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan.
     One girl lost her leg in the crash. Several children suffered as a result of the crash. The Inglis-Yankeetown community helped families in the aftermath.
     Frederick J. Campbell, 35, of Seffner, was charged on Oct. 24 with the violating the following traffic laws, the FHP said.
     ● Reckless Driving with Serious Bodily Injury
     ● Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device
     ● Failure to Stop for a School Bus
     ● Careless Driving
     ● Falsification of Time Records
     ● Operating a CMV with an Out of Service Condition
     To see the archived story and photos about that crash, click HERE.

 


Two men charged
with violating drug laws
LCSO seizes $63,871, guns and drugs

suspected felons
Thomas Barr (left) and Christopher McQuay

Mugshots by LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 2, 2022 at 7:12 p.m.
     BRONSON
– Two Chiefland men were arrested yesterday (Tuesday, Nov. 1) for a variety of state crimes related to selling drugs and possessing firearms, according to information from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

Seized stuff
This is a view of the drugs, money and guns seized by the Levy County Drug Task Force.
Photo Provided By LCSO

     Thomas Barr, 47, of Chiefland is charged with the following crimes, according to LCSO Jail records.
● Possession of cocaine with the intent to sell
● Possession of marijuana with the intent to sell
● Keeping dangerous drugs in a shop, vehicle, etc., first violation
● Possession of drug equipment
● Grand theft of a firearm
● Three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted Florida felon
● Possession of deliver of an altered firearm
     Christopher McQuay, 39, of Chiefland is charged with the following crimes, according to LCSO Jail records.
● Trafficking in cocaine
● Possession of cocaine 
● Possession of drug equipment
● Keeping dangerous drugs in a shop, vehicle, etc., subsequent violation
● Three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted Florida felon
● Grand theft of a firearm
     The arrests happened as the result of an investigation conducted by the Levy County Drug Task Force (LCDTF), the LCSO said.
     Detectives spent hours searching a residence on Nov. 1, the LCSO said.
     Detectives seized $63,871 in cash, four firearms; one verified as being reported stolen from Chiefland and another reported stolen from Tampa. Detectives also seized 98 grams (about three and one-half ounces) of powder cocaine and crack cocaine, and 84 grams (about three ounces) of marijuana, the LCSO said.
     The LCDTF completed its lengthy drug investigation by executing a search warrant at a known drug house located at 10091 N.W. 40th Ave., just east of the City of Chiefland, the LCSO said.
     Barr was located inside the structure, the LCSO said. Barr is a multi-time convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing a firearm and has served one sentence in the Florida Department of Corrections, according to records.
     McQuay was located by deputies a short distance away from the home, the LCSO said.
     Detectives knew McQuay resided at the home they were searching, and they took him into custody, the LCSO said.
     McQuay has been previously convicted of multiple felonies and is prohibited from possessing a firearm, according to records. He has served three sentences in the Florida Department of Corrections, according to records.
     Both men are being held in the Levy County Jail. Barr’s combined bonds are $476,000 and McQuay’s combine bonds are $326,000, according to records.

 


Attempted murder case
set for case management

By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 2, 2022 at 8:12 a.m.
     BRONSON –
A man accused of one first degree felony, four second degree felonies and two third degree felonies after an arrest in February of this year, is scheduled for a case management hearing on Jan. 11, 2023, according to court records.

     Just over a year after the then 41-year-old Jeffrey Taylor Madden, who is now 42, was arrested for attempted murder, he is scheduled again to go before Eighth Judicial Circuit Court Judge William E. Davis, according to records.
     A series of motions to continue the cases have been granted, according to records, and some slated case management hearings have not concluded in setting a date for trial or resolution via a plea-negotiated agreement, yet.
     If this scheduled case management hearing comes to fruition in February, then the prosecution and defense attorneys may agree to a trial date or other legal points then. The case management hearing, however, may be delayed for another date in the future, too.
     Madden was arrested for allegedly trying to kill a man who was then 65 years old, according to records.
     The crimes he faces in addition to attempted murder, which is a first degree felony, are:
Second Degree Felonies
     ● Aggravated battery.— Uses a deadly weapon.
     ● Shooting into or throwing deadly missiles into dwellings, public or private buildings, occupied or not occupied; vessels, aircraft, buses, railroad cars, streetcars, or other vehicles.
     ● Discharging firearm in public or on residential property.— Any occupant of any vehicle who knowingly and willfully discharges any firearm from the vehicle within 1,000 feet of any person commits a felony of the second degree
     ● Persons engaged in criminal offense, having weapons.— Whoever, while committing or attempting to commit any felony, displays, uses, threatens, or attempts to use any firearm or carries a concealed firearm is guilty of a felony of the second degree
Third Degree Felonies
     ● Criminal mischief – If the damage is $1,000 or greater, or if there is interruption or impairment of a business operation or public communication, transportation, supply of water, gas or power, or other public service, which costs $1,000 or more in labor and supplies to restore, then it is a felony of the third degree.
     ● Aggravated assault. – An aggravated assault is an assault: With a deadly weapon without intent to kill.
     As best as can be determined from information from a previous press release from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office regarding Madden’s alleged crimes in February of this year, Madden attacked a 65-year-old man from Atlantic Beach, Florida.
      It was about 5 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 9, 2022), when Levy County deputies and detectives responded to a location near the intersection of Northwest 137th Court and Levy County Road 320 east of U.S. Highway 19, the LCSO said.
     Law enforcement was responding to a reported shooting incident, the LCSO said. A 9-1-1 call had been placed to LCSO dispatch by a female who resides in the Manatee Farms subdivision west of U.S. 19 off of State Road 320 West (also known as Manatee Springs Road), the LCSO said.
     The woman reported a suspicious man in her yard, the LCSO said. The woman reportedly confronted this man who is alleged to have made “disturbing comments” to her, the LCSO said. The woman then followed the man in her vehicle as he left from the subdivision, the LCSO said.
     As she followed the man, the LCSO said, she called her brother who lives in the general area.
     The brother -- Madden -- located his sister, the LCSO said, while she was still following the man. Madden attempted to force the man off the road, the LCSO said, and then Madden rammed his truck into the man’s vehicle causing the man, who was then 65 years old, to crash.
     Witness testimony revealed Madden exited his truck armed with a handgun and opened fire on the man, the LCSO said. First arriving deputies took Madden into custody and rendered aid to the victim, the 65-year-old man from Atlantic Beach, the LCSO said.
     The victim was transported by ambulance from the scene. He suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his head, the LCSO said.
     Madden was interviewed by detectives and later booked into the Levy County Detention Center (which is also known as the Levy County Jail). Madden was later released on bond, according to records, and he remains free pending trial.
     Attorney Robert A. Rush is representing the defendant, according to records. Eighth Judicial Circuit Assistant State Attorney Frank P. Slavichak is the prosecutor in these cases, according to records.
     All people arrested and charged with crimes in the United States are presumed innocent unless they are proved guilty through court proceedings.

 


 

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Here, Goldy (the now late) cat Hardison (Aug. 12, 2009-Aug. 25, 2021)
plays dead - her signature trick. She was among the great cats of the world.
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Here Inky the cat Hardison performs three Olympic jumps to rival the athletes in Brazil in 2016. Wait for it -- JUMP!
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