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Tampa Bay is a ‘No Drone Zone’
during Super Bowl LV

Some restrictions start Jan. 29
FAA graphic - no drones over superbowl 2021 areas

Story and Graphic Provided
By FAA Communications
Published Jan. 22, 2021 at 9:10 a.m.
      TAMPA –
Raymond James Stadium in Tampa is a “No Drone Zone” for Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7.
     Drones also are prohibited around the Tampa Riverwalk for the NFL Super Bowl Experience during the days leading up to the event.
     The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will establish a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) on game day that will prohibit drones within a 30-nautical-mile radius of the stadium up to 18,000 feet in altitude. The TFR will be in place from 5:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 7.
     Drones are also prohibited for one nautical mile around Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. until the TFR for the game takes effect. Further details are available in the drone TFR (PDF).
     The FAA will restrict drone flights for roughly two nautical miles around Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park up to an altitude of 2,000 feet from Jan. 29 to Feb. 6 during event hours.
     Pilots and drone operators who enter the TFRs without permission could face civil penalties that exceed $30,000 and potential criminal prosecution for flying drones in the TFR.

 


One dead,
two injured in crash

Separate DUI arrest made by FHP
By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 21, 2021 at 9:10 a.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY --
A 70-year-old man with a Dunnellon residential address died and two men aged 57 and 56 from Inglis were seriously injured late Wednesday afternoon Jan. 21), according to information in a press release sent Jan. 21 at 8:28 a.m. from the Florida Highway Patrol.
     Additionally, FHP Sgt. Steve Gaskins of the FHP's Tampa office noted, while conducting this fatal crash investigation, FHP troopers saw a Ford F-150 pickup truck going southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 19 and approaching the crash scene in Citrus County.
     Troopers flagged down the motorist who was going south in a northbound lane, Sgt. Gaskins noted. The troopers detected impairment, the FHP said, and arrested the driver for driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
     Joseph Francis Lux, 70, of Crystal River, was later delivered to the Citrus County Jail where he refused a breath test, Sgt. Gaskins noted.
     As for the fatal crash, a 70-year-old Dunnellon man driving a sedan was southbound on U.S. 19 in the left turn lane approaching the intersection of West Dunnellon Road at 4:21 p.m. on Jan. 20, the FHP said.
     At the same time, a sedan driven by a 57-year-old Inglis man was northbound on U.S. 19 in the outside travel lane approaching West Dunnellon Road, the FHP said.
     Under a green traffic signal, the sedan driven by the Dunnellon man turned left into the path of sedan driven by the Inglis man at the intersection, the FHP said.
     The front of the sedan driven by the Inglis man hit the right side of the other sedan, the FHP said. Transported to an area hospital, the 70-year-old Dunnellon man later died from injuries suffered during the crash, the FHP said.
     The 57-year-old driver from Inglis and his 56-year-old passenger from Inglis were seriously injured, the FHP said, although the FHP press release does not indicate if they were taken to a hospital.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     The FHP formerly provided those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” allegedly 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.
     Each year, more public records become excluded from public view in Florida.
     The Florida interpretation of Marcy’s Law by the FHP as it sends out press releases, deprives the public of information that long had been made available under Florida’s open public records law.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which appears to have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted the blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases as it attempts to stay within the bounds of the law while providing the public with information relatively quickly.

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Man arrested
for attempted murder

By Jodi Sanders, CCSO Community Relations Specialist
Sent Jan. 20, 2021 at 4:45 p.m.
Published Jan. 21, 2021 at 7:10 a.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY --
On the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 3, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) responded to a disturbance in Floral City which occurred during the early morning hours.
     The two victims described the altercation between themselves and a male named “Christian” who was residing on a neighboring property.    
     During the altercation, victim one alleged the suspect had fired a shotgun at least four times in their direction. Victim two stated the suspect pointed the shotgun in their direction and pulled the trigger, but the gun failed to go off.
     The suspect, 49-year-old Christian Gard of Dade City, who was identified by investigators, even brandished a second firearm at the end of the confrontation. Neither victim suffered from injuries during this incident.
     Gard, a two-time convicted felon, had left the area prior to any CCSO personnel arriving. Det. Dan Slingerland with the CCSO Major Crimes Unit began his investigation. After evaluating the victim's statements and the evidence found at the scene, Det. Slingerland obtained an arrest warrant for Gard.
     Members of the CCSO Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) and the United States Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force immediately began the intensive process of locating Gard.
     "As a convicted felon, Gard should never have had the firearms he used to commit this violent crime. Gard demonstrated his lack of respect for our laws and the lives of his victims," Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. "The Citrus County Sheriff's Office used every resource available to locate Gard and make sure he was safely taken into custody. Detective Slingerland's dedicated work on this case has helped to make Citrus County a safer community for our citizens."
     On Tuesday (Jan. 19), members of the Fugitive Task Force contacted Gard at a residence in Hernando County, where he was taken into custody. Gard is being held at the Hernando County Jail on two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
     His bond is $55,000 per the Citrus County arrest warrant.

 


One dead, one hospitalized
after Levy County crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 21, 2021 at 7:10 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
A 59-year-old man with a Brooksville residential address listed on his driver license died from injuries suffered late Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 20) in a two-vehicle crash in Levy County, according to information in a Florida Highway Patrol press release that was sent a few hours after the crash.
     A 52-year-old woman with a Trenton residential address suffered serious injuries and was taken to UF Health Shands in Gainesville for treatment of the injuries she suffered in the crash, according to information in the FHP press release, which was based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Glen Ganus and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Mark Baker.
     The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal crash, which happened at the intersection of Levy County Road 241 and Levy County Road 343. Both lanes of CR 343 west of CR 241 wre closed until the on-scene part of the investigation was completed.
     The crash happened Jan. 20 at 3:15 p.m., the FHP said, when a dark-colored pickup truck driven by the 52-year-old woman was westbound on CR 343 approaching the CR 241 intersection, the FHP said.
     At that time, a white-colored cargo van driven by the 69-year-old man was southbound on CR 241 approaching the CR 343 intersection, the FHP said.
     The pickup truck went west through the stop sign and stop bar at the clearly marked intersection of CR 241, the FHP said, violating the van' s right-of-way.
     The vehicles collided, the FHP said, and went onto the southwest shoulder of the intersection where they both came to final rest.
     The man driving the van was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, the FHP said. The woman driving the truck was transported to UF Health Shands with serious injuries, the FHP said.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     The FHP formerly provided those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” allegedly 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.
     Each year, more public records become excluded from public view in Florida.
     The Florida interpretation of Marcy’s Law by the FHP as it sends out press releases, deprives the public of information that long had been made available under Florida’s open public records law.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which appears to have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted the blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases as it attempts to stay within the bounds of the law while providing the public with information relatively quickly.

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FBI Jacksonville arrests
Pensacola man wanted
in U.S. Capitol siege

By FBI PAO Amanda Warford Videll
Of FBI Jacksonville Division
Published Jan. 20, 2021 at 3:10 p.m.
     JACKSONVILLE --
FBI Jacksonville has taken Jesus Rivera of Pensacola into custody for his role in the riot and assault on the United States Capitol on Jan. 6.
     The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has charged Rivera with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct on capitol buildings or grounds; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol buildings.
     Rivera was arrested in Pensacola without incident today (Wednesday, Jan. 20) by special agents from the FBI Jacksonville Pensacola Resident Agency in coordination with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.
     "The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights, but we will not tolerate those who seek to incite violence or wreak havoc on our established institutions,” said Rachel L. Rojas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division. “We will continue to hold accountable those who were responsible the violent actions at the U.S. Capitol, and coordinate with our federal, state, and local partners to ensure safety in all North Florida communities in the future.”
     FBI SAC Rojas noted she is grateful to the FBI’s partners at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.
     The FBI encourages anyone with information about individuals who incited or promoted violence of any kind during the siege, to call 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit photos and video to www.fbi.gov/USCapitol.

 


Animal rescue owner arrested
on 25 counts of animal cruelty

Suspected animal abuser in Citrus County

 

 

 


Robert Allan Schweickert Jr
Mug Shot By CCSO

 

 


By Brittney Carman
Community Relations Specialist
Published Jan. 16, 2021 at 9:10 a.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY --
On Wednesday (Jan. 13), Citrus County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) officials arrested Out of the Box Animal Rescue owner, 56-year-old Robert Allan Schweickert Jr., on 25 counts of cruelty to animals with additional charges pending.
     Schweickert, who owned and operated Out of the Box Animal Rescue located at 7007 S. Florida Ave. in Floral City, failed to correct prior citations issued by officials regarding inadequate kennel sizes and inhumane housing of animals at the rescue.
     His current bond is set at $12,500.
     "Under the guise of a rescue, these precious animals suffered in deplorable conditions because of one man's refusal to provide the basic, minimum requirements of care," Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. "Thank you to our resilient animal control officers who work diligently to protect our animal friends here in Citrus County. And thank you to those citizens who had the courage to speak up and get these animals the help they needed."
     The CCSO received complaints regarding the conditions at Out of the Box Animal Rescue. During the initial investigation into these complaints, Schweickert was cited for and found guilty of failing to meet Citrus County Code of Ordinances Chapter 14, Sec. 14-49 (a)(1), regarding the required kennel space of 80 sq. ft. per dog in November 2020. During this incident, CCSO animal control officers (ACO) issued Schweickert a citation, giving him 10 days to bring his kennels in compliance with this ordinance.
     After failing to comply, on Jan. 7, the honorable Citrus County Court Judge Bruce E. Carney ordered Schweickert to allow an ACO to enter the rescue property on Jan. 12, at 9 a.m. to inspect and document kennel sizes and housing practices of the animals on scene. When the ACO arrived, Schweickert failed to appear at the rescue. While waiting for more than an hour past the designated time, the ACO and assisting deputies were able to gather evidence showing several violations from the outside fenced area of the rescue. 
     Later in the day, Schweickert was seen by deputies outside the front gate of the rescue. The ACO again responded to the rescue and asked Schweickert if he would allow him to enter at that time to inspect the property. Schweickert refused to allow the ACO access to the rescue. Taking the existing evidence collected, along with the refusal of the court-ordered inspection, the Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office issued a warrant for Schweickert's arrest under F.S. 828.13.
     ACOs along with assisting CCSO deputies returned to the animal rescue, where they found Schweickert and two volunteers. Schweickert was arrested.
     Officials entered the property and inspected the living conditions of these animals. They discovered numerous violations, both civil and criminal, regarding housing and care of the animals on the premises. Violations on scene included: the failure to meet county ordinance regarding kennel space of 80 sq. ft. per dog required, several kennels left outside in the elements with no coverage while other small kennels were found with corrugated roofs and tarps wrapped around the entire kennel - drastically restricting the airflow to the animal, and kennels with wood or particleboard floors that were urine saturated, rotten, with large holes gaping open. Several dogs need medical care and were infested with fleas.
     Some of the most disturbing conditions discovered included dogs locked inside bathrooms with no windows or lights, with urine-covered floors. One dog was found living in an old walk-in freezer type unit that doubled as a storage room. The unit was similar to the box of a moving van - completely metal, no windows, no electricity, and no ventilation. The door to the unit was closed and locked with the animal inside.
     Due to deplorable conditions throughout the rescue, ACOs seized the animals from the rescue facility. A total of 43 dogs, three hens, and one pig were removed and transported to the Citrus County Animal Shelter.
     In addition, Citrus County Fire Rescue's Hazmat Unit responded to take air quality readings which will be forwarded for case evidence. The firefighter who took the readings attempted to enter without protective gear but had to come back out and put on Tyvek and full breathing gear due to the levels of ammonia in the buildings.
     Any person who suspects animal cruelty, abuse or neglect, is asked to report that suspected abuse. Please report suspicions of animal abuse/cruelty to the CCSO non-emergency line at 352-249-2790. When reporting animal abuse/cruelty, please try to gather as much information as possible, including names of people, the exact address of the animal(s), and a description of the animal(s).

 


LCSO arrests
a half dozen suspects

Help sought in finding another one
Suspected Criminals in Levy County Florida
Mug Shots By LCSO


By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 16, 2021 at 9:10 a.m.
     BRONSON –
Six people became suspected of crimes that included dealing in stolen property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of illegal drugs, driving while license is suspended or revoked (DWLSR), resisting arrest without violence and violation of probation (VOP), according to information in a press release from LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond, public information officer.
     One suspected criminal was not at the location and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in reeling in this man, Lt. Tummond noted.
     Charges are pending on Travis Holmes of Bronson for the theft of a UTV, Tummond said.
     Anyone with information on his current whereabouts is asked to contact Lt. Mike Narayan 352-486-5111. Individuals can provide a tip and remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477, and by doing so those individuals could be eligible for a cash reward, Tummond said.

     The unfolding of this story that involves some alleged criminals, according to statements in Tummond’s Jan. 15 press release, began on Wednesday (Jan. 13), when the LCSO Criminal Investigations Division and the Levy County Drug Task Force received information on the possible location of a stolen UTV in Bronson.
     Detectives went to 10151 N.E. 48th Lane, where they determined is the home of Tye Pierce, 31, Tummond said. By the conclusion of the operation at Pierce’s home, he was charged with dealing in stolen property and his bond was set at $50,000, Tummond said.
     Arriving at this location, Tummond said, the detectives saw a UTV parked in the yard. This UTV clearly had been altered in appearance by painting it, taking a brush-guard off and cutting the roll cage down by several inches, Tummond said.
     Detectives confirmed this UTV was reported as stolen, Tummond said and they attempted to contact the occupants of the residence, without success.
     Donna Boyd, 38, who detectives knew was on probation for possession of controlled substance was detained in the yard when detectives arrived, Tummond said. Boyd told detectives that there were some people inside the residence, and they were likely hiding and refusing to come outside, Tummond added.
     By the conclusion of this event, Boyd was arrested for VOP and is being held without bond, Tummond said.
     Detectives then conducted a security sweep of the inside of the home based on a reasonable suspicion that evidence in the home could be destroyed, Tummond said, and they found multiple people hiding inside. These individuals were detained.
     Detectives applied for and were granted a search warrant. The search warrant was executed, and detectives found a stolen motorcycle inside the living room of the residence, Tummond said.
     As the search of the home and property was being conducted, Tummond said, some people arrived at the property that was being searched. Their arrival onto the property made them subject to search, Tummond added.
     These arriving individuals were found to be in violation of Florida laws, Tummond said, and they too were detained. At the conclusion of the investigation, people were arrested and a stolen motorcycle, stolen UTV, firearms, drugs and ammunition were seized or recovered.
     In addition to Pierce and Boyd, those arrested were Roy Darrell Robinson, 37, of Bronson -- possession of weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance and DWLSR - bond $61,000; Shane Mozdzer-Mackey, 26, of Bronson -- resisting arrest without violence possession of drug paraphernalia - bond $11,000; Michele McKay, 37, of Bronson -- possession of Fentanyl - bond $11,000; Renee Shephard, 42, of Bronson -- three counts of possession of a controlled substance introduction of contraband into a detention facility bond - $55,000.

 


GCSO Announces Promotions
Sheriff and GCSO sergeants recently promoted
Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz recently announced four individuals have been appointed to the rank of sergeant. Seen here are the sheriff and the new sergeants at the GCSO. They are (from left) Gilchrist County Sheriff Schultz, Corrections Division Sgt. Elmer Brown, Corrections Division Sgt. Jonathan Sheffield, and from the Operations Division - Sgt. Rebecca Cumbie and Sgt. Robert Whitaker. The sheriff and GCSO asks everyone to please join us in congratulating these individuals in their newly appointed positions.
Published Jan. 16, 2021 at 8:10 a.m.

Photo and Information Provided By Krystal Holley of the GCSO

 


Man arrested
for inciting violence
at the Florida Capitol Building

Story and Graphic Provided
By FBI Jacksonville Office
PAO Amanda Warford Videll
Sent Jan. 15, 2021 at 12:41 p.m.
Published Jan. 15, 2021 at 3:10 a.m.
     TALLAHASSEE –
Federal law enforcement agents today (Friday, Jan. 15) arrested Daniel Baker of Tallahassee for transmission, in interstate commerce, of a communication containing a threat to kidnap or to injure. Baker issued a call to arms for like-minded individuals to violently confront protestors gathered at the Florida Capitol this Sunday.
     He specifically called for others to join him in encircling any protestors and confining them at the Capitol complex using firearms.
     Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the arrest.
     “Extremists intent on violence from either end of the political and social spectrums must be stopped, and they will be stopped,” Keefe said. “The diligent work in this case by the FBI and other public safety organizations has averted a crisis with this arrest, and we will not stop in our efforts to detect, deter, and disrupt anyone else planning to incite or commit violence.”
     Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Baker without incident early this morning with assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Tallahassee Police Department. Keefe made his initial appearance virtually this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the U.S. Courthouse before Magistrate Judge Charles A. Stampelos.
     “In these perilous times, we are steadfastly committed to being as transparent as possible about the work your government does to protect public safety and uphold the rule of law,” Keefe said. “While extremists who plan mayhem may skulk in the shadows, it’s important that we force them into the light and bring them to justice.”
     Baker, a former U.S. Army Airborne infrantryman who was kicked out of the service, has a history of expressing his belief in violent tactics. In recent days his social media posts had escalated significantly. He specifically expressed an intent to violently disrupt protests occurring between now and Inauguration Day next Wednesday, Jan. 20, and was actively recruiting others to join him.
     Baker, who actively participated in multiple protests throughout the United States last summer, has used social media as a way to promote, encourage, and educate his followers on how to incapacitate and debilitate law enforcement officers.
     “This arrest serves as a message to anyone who intends to incite or commit violence in the Northern District of Florida: If you represent a threat to public safety, we will come for you, we will find you, and we will prosecute you,” Keefe said. “Daniel Baker’s actions show that he is a dangerous extremist, and the law-abiding public is safer now that he has been arrested. We are, and will remain, on high alert and will take all appropriate actions against credible threats to the people of our District.”
     After approximately one year in the Army, Baker received an other-than-honorable discharge in 2007 after he went AWOL before his unit was to deploy to Iraq. In 2017, he joined the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a group fighting in Syria against ISIS and the Turkish government. He claimed on social media that he was a trained sniper for the YPG, and he can be seen in a documentary film fighting ISIS and Turkish militants. YPG is a sub-affiliate of the Kurdistan’s Working Party (PKK), which is designated by the United States government as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
     Baker can be seen in photos and YouTube videos with a variety of firearms, including those with high-capacity magazines. Social media posts also show that he was actively attempting to purchase additional firearms within the last 24- to 48 hours.
     “The FBI is laser focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals who are intent on inciting violence or engaging in criminal activity,” said Rachel L. Rojas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division. “We will not tolerate those who seek to wreak havoc in our communities. We are fully coordinating with law enforcement partners to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all citizens in North Florida, and our partnership of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Leon County Sheriff’s Office and Tallahassee Police Department have been especially vital in this effort. Help from the public is also critical, and we encourage anyone with information regarding potential violence or criminal activity to contact law enforcement immediately.”
     To report information, or suspicious activity, contact local law enforcement, the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), or call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
     This case resulted from a collaborative investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the Tallahassee Police Department.
      Assistant United States Attorneys Stephen Kunz and Lazaro Fields are prosecuting this case.
     A criminal complaint is merely an allegation by a sworn affiant that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to due process, to include a fair trial, during which it is the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
     The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.

 


Former assistant state attorney
busted for alleged
illegal drug purchase

By The FDLE Office of Public Information
Published Jan. 14, 2021 at 4:10 p.m.
     SAINT JOHNS COUNTY –
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents, with assistance from the Tri-County Narcotics Task Force and the Florida Highway Patrol, arrested criminal defense attorney Michael Stover, 33, of Saint Johns County today (Thursday, Jan. 14), on one count of the purchase of Adderall, an amphetamine.
     Stover was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2015 and previously served as an assistant state attorney for the Seventh Judicial Circuit before transitioning to private practice.
     The Seventh Judicial Circuit is one of 20 circuits in the state courts system. The Seventh Judicial Circuit oversees court matters in a four-county area – Flagler County, Putnam County, Saint Johns County and Volusia County.
     This month, FDLE and the Tri-County Narcotics Task Force received information that Stover was requesting and subsequently receiving drugs as payment for his services.
     During the law enforcement surveillance operation, Stover was observed meeting with a person where he took possession of Adderall pills. The total amount of Adderall equaled 60 pills with a cumulative weight of five grams.
     Stover was booked into the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. The case will be prosecuted by the Office of Seventh Judicial Circuit State Attorney R.J. Larizza.
     The Tri-County Narcotics Task Force is comprised of FDLE, Homeland Security Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and Palatka Police Department.

 


No update
on death investigation
in Gilchrist County

By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 14, 2021 at 4:10 p.m.
     TALLAHASSEE --
The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office received, and confirmed, a call of human remains found on property in the Northeast section of Gilchrist County on Jan. 2, the GCSO said.
     The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is the lead agency investigating the discovery, GCSO Chief Deputy Robert Willis said on Thursday (Jan. 14), and any information for the public regarding the discovery of those remains will come from that state law enforcement agency.
     The FDLE was unable to provide information to update the public about the human remains found in Gilchrist County a couple of weeks ago, although the FDLE Office of Public Information has been contacted for an update this afternoon (Thursday, Jan. 14).

 


Road lane closures planned
Jan. 18-20 for railroad
crossing improvements

By Troy Roberts of the FDOT
Published Jan. 14, 2021 at 11:10 a.m.
     ALACHUA and LEVY COUNTIES –
Drivers should expect lane closures in Alachua and Levy counties as part of the Statewide Traffic and Railroad Initiative Using Dynamic Envelopes initiative, officially known as “Operation STRIDE.”
     Through Operation STRIDE, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is implementing rail crossing safety measures on state roadways with the goal of eliminating crashes at state road rail crossings. The work includes installation of Rail Dynamic Envelopes (conspicuous pavement markings), enhanced signage and rail safety education.
     Construction currently is scheduled to take place at the following locations from Monday, Jan. 18 to Wednesday, Jan. 20, weather permitting:
ALACHUA COUNTY
     West Newberry Road (State Road 26) west of 253rd Street – lane closures from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
     U.S. 27 (State Road 45) north of County Road 26A – lane closures from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
LEVY COUNTY
     Sixth Boulevard (State Road 121) east of 50th Street – lane closures from 1 p.m.to 5:30 p.m.
     Work is expected to take place during times listed with each location. Once construction is completed at one crossing, crews will move to the next crossing and begin work. The lane closures will be removed early if work is completed ahead of schedule or could be in place longer due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

 


Consumers alerted
to COVID-19 vaccine scams

By FDACS Communications
Published Jan. 13, 2021 at 10:10 a.m.
     TALLAHASSEE --
As the state’s consumer protection agency, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried are warning consumers of scams surrounding availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. Joining warnings from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), FDACS is providing consumer tips and spreading the message to ensure Floridians can avoid these scams.
     “As the COVID vaccine becomes available, scammers are using this to take advantage — as Florida’s consumer protection agency, we’re working to help consumers stay safe and avoid falling victim,” said Commissioner Nikki Fried. “Consumers should beware of any offers to ‘get on a wait list’ or ‘get moved up on the list,’ or receive expedited delivery of the vaccine, among other scam concerns. When in doubt, contact the FDACS Division of Consumer Services as we will look into all consumer complaints.”
     Consumers Beware: Beware of any offers to “get on the waiting list,” “get moved up on the list,” or “expedite delivery,” or any requests for payment or personal information to gain access to the vaccine in any way, as these are the some of the biggest scam concerns at this time. Offers involving any form of payment to gain access to a vaccine may lead to receipt of a fake vaccine.
     FDACS and Commissioner Fried are encouraging consumers to:
     Seek information from trusted sources: When seeking vaccine information, consumers should turn to trusted sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, their local county Department of Health office, or their physician. Avoid unverified information shared on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and the like.
     Ignore solicitations: Do not respond to any solicitations about the vaccine, and do not give out personal information in response to unsolicited communications of any kind — calls, texts, emails, social media, or door-to-door visits.
     Report suspected fraud:  If you believe you have received a solicitation that is a scam, report it to FDACS immediately by filing a consumer complaint. All consumer complaints will be looked into. Call us at 1-800-HELP-FLA or 1-800-FL-AYUDA for Spanish speakers, or file a complaint online at https://www.fdacs.gov/Consumer-Resources.
     Remember these key points to protect yourself:
     ● The FDA has only authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use so far: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna
     ● Vaccines are not available for sale anywhere on the internet
     ● No one from a vaccine distributor, health care company, or private insurance company will ask for your Social Security number, personal credit card, or bank account information
     ● The vaccine is available in extremely limited quantities, so look to trusted sources like your doctor or local health department for guidance
     ● You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine or to get into a clinical trial — anyone offering to ship a vaccine to your home or provide special access to clinical trials is scamming you
     ● Doses purchased with taxpayer dollars will be provided at no cost; health care providers may charge an administration fee and have that fee reimbursed by insurance companies, and there are means of reimbursement for uninsured patients
     The FDACS is Florida’s state consumer protection agency responsible for regulating charities and handling consumer complaints. FDACS handles more than 400,000 consumer complaints and inquiries, oversees more than 500,000 regulated devices, entities, and products like gas pumps and grocery scales, performs over 61,000 lab analyses on products like gasoline and brake fluid, performs nearly 9,000 fair ride inspections, and returned over $2.8 million to consumers through mediations with businesses.

 


Hacker charged with fraud
and identity theft
that he allegedly committed
while in federal prison

Press Release Provided
By The Department of Justice
United States Attorney David L. Anderson
Northern District of California
Published Jan. 12, 2021 at 9:10 p.m.
     SAN FRANCISCO -
A federal complaint was unsealed today (Saturday, Jan. 12) charging Ardit Ferizi with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to an announcement by United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Rachel L. Rojas, of the Jacksonville FBI Division.
     Ferizi was sentenced in 2016 in a first of its kind cyber terrorism case that was investigated by agents from the FBI Jacksonville Cyber Squad.
     Ferizi, 25, a Kosovo citizen, last resided in Malaysia before being brought to the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) in 2016 to face federal criminal charges. Ferizi pleaded guilty to unauthorized access of computer information and to providing material support to a foreign terrorist group by providing personally identifiable information of United States government personnel to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
     He was sentenced to a 20-years federal prison term.
     According to the Jan. 12 complaint, Ferizi’s sentence was reduced in December of 2020 to time-served, plus 10 years of supervised release to be served in Kosovo, following the granting of a motion for compassionate release by an EDVA federal judge.
     Ferizi was awaiting deportation when the FBI determined he continued his criminal activities and had committed multiple new federal offenses while incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institute in Terre Haute, Indiana.
     “We allege Ferizi provided access to personal information of U.S. citizens, even as he was serving his prison sentence for providing similar information to ISIS,” said U.S. Attorney Anderson. “Ferizi’s alleged criminal conduct continued in prison notwithstanding his petition for an early prison release.”
     “Ardit Ferizi is an admitted criminal who endangered the lives of over 1,000 Americans by sharing their personal information with members of a dangerous terrorist organization," said Special Agent in Charge Rojas, in charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division.  “The FBI has never wavered in our commitment to seek justice for his innocent victims, and we will continue to vigorously investigate him and anyone else who is intent on harming our nation and citizens.”
     According to an FBI agent’s affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, in 2017 and 2018, Ferizi had been involved in multiple fraudulent schemes from prison by coordinating with a family member who was operating Ferizi’s email accounts while Ferizi was incarcerated. Ferizi instructed the family member to “keep my email alive and not expiring” and passed his email addresses and passwords on to his family member.
     The FBI determined that at least one email account included large databases of stolen personally identifiable information, extensive lists of stolen email accounts, partial credit card numbers, passwords, and other confidential information.  According to the complaint affidavit, the databases of stolen personal information were the fruits of Ferizi’s criminal hacking activity.
     Based on an IP address resolving to Kosovo, login activity to Ferizi’s other e-mail accounts, and other investigative information, it was determined the family member downloaded the databases of stolen information to liquidate the proceeds of Ferizi’s previous criminal hacking activity.
     In the course of these new crimes, Ferizi and his family member are alleged to have used electronic services of Google, PayPal, and Coinbase, each of which is located in the Northern District of California. The affidavit alleges that Ferizi continued to communicate with others to further this scheme while in custody.  It is alleged that electronic communications were used in the scheme and that personal data and information used belonged to real individuals who were victimized.
     Ferizi is charged with one count of aggravated identity theft in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A, and one count of wire fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.
     If convicted of wire fraud, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. If convicted of aggravated identity theft, he faces a mandatory minimum penalty of two years in prison in addition to the punishment imposed for a wire fraud conviction.
     However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court only after consideration of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.
     The charges contained in the criminal complaint are allegations. As in any criminal case, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
     Ferizi currently is in federal custody and will be transported to the Northern District of California to face the new federal charges.  His initial federal court appearance to face the new charges has not yet been scheduled.
     The Corporate Fraud Strike Force of the Northern District of California U.S. Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Jacksonville and Washington field offices.

 


Ten drug suspects
busted in Homosassa raid

By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 9, 2021 at 9:10 a.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY –
The first big roundup of suspected drug law violators in Citrus County happened in Homosassa on Thursday (Jan. 7), according to information in a Friday evening (Jan. 8) press release from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).
     Homosassa is a census-designated place, rather than a municipality, and it is in the unincorporated part of Citrus County.
     The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team supported the CCSO SWAT team in this operation, the CCSO community relations specialists noted in the Friday evening press release.
     The CCSO and HCSO SWAT teams executed a search warrant at 6451 W. Park Drive in Homosassa on Thursday (Jan. 7), the CCSO said.
     Detectives from CCSO's Tactical Impact Unit and Community Crimes Unit were aware of a nuisance residence in the community and those law enforcement officers developed an investigative strategy to gather evidence that led to the issuance and execution of this narcotics search warrant, the CCSO said.
     Arriving at the West Park Drive residence, deputies discovered 14 people living on the property in various sheds, campers, and recreational vehicles, all of which were utilizing power from the main structure that was already in complete disrepair, the CCSO said.
     After securing the residence and individuals on the scene, officials executed the search warrant. Detectives found drugs, including methamphetamine (35.5 grams, or 1.25 ounces), black tar heroin, narcotic pills, cannabis wax, and marijuana. A 9 mm pistol and $1,729 in cash were seized during the search warrant as well, the CCSO said.
     Following are the suspects, ages and charges:
     ● Mark Charles Weatherly, 20, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of heroin, possession of buprenorphine (an opioid), possession of cannabis wax, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a handcuff key, resisting arrest without violence, and possession of paraphernalia. Weatherly also had an outstanding Citrus County warrant for failure to appear for possession of paraphernalia. (The gun charge results from three prior felony convictions.)
     ● Amy Susan Lyons, 49, possession of paraphernalia
     ● Jamey Laramee, 44, possession of paraphernalia (two prior felony convictions)
     ● Faith Marie Bergman, 42, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia (three prior felony convictions)
     ● Louis Michael Lauro, 47, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and owning/leasing or renting a drug dwelling (four prior felony convictions)
     ● Shonda Lea Sergent, 33, - misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia (two prior felony convictions)
     ● Ashlee Rose Felsentreger, 26, possession of paraphernalia
        Richard Clarence Miller, 26, possession of paraphernalia (four prior felony convictions)
     ● Shirley Rena Hughes, 28, 0ossession of paraphernalia (one prior felony conviction)
     ● Ormond Kenneth Revels, 49, possession of paraphernalia (14 prior felony convictions)
     "Thank you to our diligent professionals for getting these drugs off our streets," Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. "They are the men and women in green that work tirelessly to protect the residents of our great county. We will continue to fight illicit drug activity in our community at every given opportunity. Thanks to great partnerships, like the one we have with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, drug dealers are not safe anywhere in Florida. "
     After the successful arrests of those involved, County Code Compliance responded to the residence to complete a thorough examination of the property's condition. County representatives advised they would begin the legal process to demolish the structures on the property and rid Citrus County completely of this nuisance dwelling.
     Citrus County residents and visitors are reminded that “If you SEE something, SAY something!”
     The non-emergency line is staffed 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, and can be reached at 352-249-2790. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call Citrus County Crimes Stoppers at 1-888-ANY-TIPS.

 


Two busted for grand theft auto
and drug offenses

Suspected Thieves and Drug users in Levy County Florida
Crystal L. Mencer and James Raley

Mug Shots by LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 7, 2021 at 2:10 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
A woman from Williston and a man from Bronson became short-term residents of the Levy County Jail Tuesday (Jan. 5) after members of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office found probable cause to suspect them of being criminals, according to information in a Jan. 7 press release from LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond, public information officer.
     Crystal L. Mencer, 35, of Williston was charged with grand theft auto, possession of methamphetamine, driving while license suspended and failure to appear (FTA). She is being held in lieu of total bonds set at $47,000, Tummond said.
     James Raley, 20, of Bronson was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $7,000, Tummond said.
     The story leading to handcuffs, fingerprinting, mugshot poses and incarceration resulted from keen observation and action by the county law enforcement officers.
     LCSO detectives were conducting targeted traffic enforcement in the Oak Ridge Estates area near Bronson on Tuesday, Tummond said. Detectives saw Mencer, who they knew had an active warrant for her arrest for FTA, driving a red car, Tummond said.
     Mencer was stopped, Tummond said, and detectives discovered she was driving while her driver’s license was suspended. Mencer was taken into custody for the outstanding warrant and the detectives continued their investigation, Tummond added.
     Detectives ran the Tennessee tag on the car Mencer was driving and were unable to find additional information, Tummond said. The Vehicle Identification Number was then checked, Tummond said, and it revealed that the car had been reported stolen when it was in Tennessee.
     Mencer was subsequently arrested for grand theft auto and the car was searched, Tummond said.
    Detectives found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in a bag belonging to Mencer, Tummond said.
     Raley was a passenger in the car Mencer was driving, Tummond said, when detectives questioned him, the man admitted to having illegal narcotics in his pocket. Detectives seized a loaded syringe that was filled with methamphetamine liquid, Tummond said.

 


Man charged with 20 counts
of child porn possession

 

 


Eugene A. Light
Mug Shot By LCSO

 


By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Published Jan. 7, 2021 at 2:10 p.m.
     BRONSON --
Eugene A. Light, 73, of Bronson became the subject of an investigation in late December when a tip was given to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.
     Detectives worked in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigative teams and determined Light was transmitting and receiving child pornography.
     LCSO detectives executed a search warrant at Light's home on Wednesday (Jan. 6). A result of this investigation was the arrest of Light. He initially has been charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography. Additional charges could be filed as this investigation continues. Light was present at his first appearance this morning and his bond has been set at $2 million.
     Anyone who has information related to the Internet activity of Light or anyone who has been in personal contact with him and wishes to offer information, is asked to contact Detective Mike McNeil at 352-486-5111. Anyone who wishes to offer information can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.

 


Man jailed after allegedly abandoning puppies

 

 

 

Michael A. Bryant
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By Jeff M. Hardison
© Jan. 6, 2021 at 3:10 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
A 52-year-old man was arrested and charged with six counts of animal cruelty on Saturday (Jan. 2) after he allegedly abandoned puppies in Dixie County, according to information provided in a press release on Jan. 4 from Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Harden.
     Michael A. Bryant, 52, of Old Town is being held in the Dixie County Jail on a $60,000 bond - $10,000 each for each count, Harden said.
     On Saturday (Jan. 2), a witness saw a car stop near an intersection on Northeast 300th Street, Harden said, and two men got out of the car.
     The witness then saw them remove a cooler from the trunk and place it off of the roadway, Harden said.
     The witness then turned around and went back to where the cooler had been placed, Harden said.
     When she got there, she realized that the men had discarded live puppies in the cooler, Harden said. She contacted law enforcement and provided information on the vehicle, Harden said.
     Dixie County deputies were located the driver of the car -- Bryant, Harden said. Bryant admitted that he had discarded the puppies because he was unable to care for them, Harden said.

 


Fatality reported at cattle field
By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 2, 2021 at 7:10 p.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
An 81-year-old Gainesville man died late Saturday afternoon (Jan. 2) after being hit by a pickup truck in a cattle field, according to information in Florida Highway Patrol press release.
     At approximately 3:21 p.m. on Jan. 2, a white Ford pickup driven by an 85-year-old Newberry man was backing up in a cattle field at 21200 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, when it struck a pedestrian, the FHP said.
     The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene by fire-rescue personnel, the FHP said. The FHP is still investigating the crash, according to the press release sent at 6:26 p.m. on Jan. 2.

 


FDLE releases six-month UCR
By FDLE Office of Public Information
Published Dec. 31, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
     TALLAHASSEE –
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has released its 2020 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR), which includes crime volume in the state from January through June of 2020.
     The report shows that crime is down across Florida, with crime volume dropping 11.7 percent, or 31,348 fewer reported index crimes, compared to the first six months of 2019.
     The Semi-Annual UCR calculates crime volume, the number of index crimes known to law enforcement.
     As one snippet of information available, clearance rates per 100 offenses in Dixie County, Gilchrist County and Levy County – comparing January to June of 2019 to January to June of 2020 is shown below:


January to June 2019 and 2020
Clearance Rates per 100 Offenses

Dixie County
2019 -- 35.2
2020 -- 53.8


Gilchrist County
2019 -- 16.3
2020 -- 22.6
(Trenton Police Department were unable to report for 2019.)


Levy County
2019 -- 51.1
2020 -- 50.9
(-Cedar Key Police Department was unable to report for 2019.)


     The complete report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found on FDLE’s website at http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/FSAC/Uniform-Crime-Report/Semi-Annual-Reports.

 


FHP makes arrest
after fatal crash, alleging DUI

By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 30, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY –
The Florida Highway Patrol on Tuesday night (Dec. 29) arrested a 65-year-old Homosassa woman on the charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (DUI) manslaughter, according to information in a press release from FHP Sgt. Steve Gaskins.
     Homosassa is a census-designated place in Citrus County that covers roughly eight square-miles, according to records.
     Janis Marie Bressan-Stacey, 65, of Homosassa was driving a sedan southbound on U.S. Highway 19 near West Huey Path at 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 29 in Citrus County, according to information in the press release based on reports from the FHP crash investigator and FHP homicide investigator.
     The former version of press releases from the FHP used to include the make, model and year of vehicles, but the new version does not. Since May of 2020, the FHP revised its release of information to protect victims via what is known in California as “Marsy’s Law.” The application of the law that changed the Florida Constitution has led to some information that can be released to not being released.
     Bressan-Stacey was driving a sedan southbound on U.S. 19 in the outside lane, the FHP said, just south of West Huey Path, when a 43-year-old man with a Homosassa residential address was jogging southbound on the shoulder of southbound U.S. 19.
     The sedan failed to maintain the lane of travel, the FHP said, when it veered off the paved roadway and struck the pedestrian.
     The man died from injuries at the scene of the crash, the FHP said.
     Subsequently, Bressan-Stacey, 65, was arrested by FHP troopers overnight Tuesday (Dec. 29) for DUI manslaughter, the FHP said.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which appears to have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted the blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases as it attempts to stay within the bounds of the law while providing the public with information relatively quickly.
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Driver cited
for careless driving
after van hits LCSO cruiser

Cruiser Crash in Levy County
The hood of a Dodge Caravan appears to be bent and popped up. The rear end of the LCSO cruiser appears to be damaged from impact with the front of the SUV. This is from the crash scene on Dec. 19 at about 8:30 p.m. on State Road 320 West in Levy County – northwest of Chiefland. This picture was taken soon after the crash.

Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 20, 2020 at 7:10 p.m.
Updated Dec. 29, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.

     LEVY COUNTY –
A 77-year-old Chiefland man was cited for careless driving after crashing into the rear end of a marked Levy County Sheriff’s Office cruiser, according to information provided in a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Shane Taylor.


Cruiser Crash in Levy County
CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE to see a dashcam view, approaching the scene of impact where it appears that a Levy County Sheriff's Office cruiser was hit from behind on the night of Dec. 19.
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Cruiser Crash In Levy County on Dec. 19, 2020
At least three emergency vehicles form a barrier and a guide for westbound motorists approaching the crash scene. It was very dark Saturday night, with only a crescent moon providing light in that part of Levy County.

 

Crusier Crah in Levy County
While a Levy County Department of Public Safety (Levy County Fire Rescue) ambulance is able to be photographed, a squad truck from a local fire department also was on the scene. 


     A westbound 2014 Chevrolet Caprice LCSO cruiser driven by a 27-year-old female deputy had stopped in State Road 320 West (also known as Manatee Springs Road), the FHP said. The deputy was responding to a call, Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum said in a telephone interview Dec. 29, and the deputy was waiting to turn left onto Northwest 70th Avenue.
     A westbound 2016 Dodge Caravan van driven by a 77-year-old male from Chiefland struck the rear of the cruiser with its front end, the FHP said.
     Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, the FHP said, and both drivers suffered minor injuries.
     Both vehicles came to final rest a short distance west of the point of collision, the FHP said. The man driving the van was cited for careless driving, the FHP said.
     There was a delay in the FHP press release being sent until Dec. 29 due to a technical glitch.


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High Visibility Enforcement
to improve
pedestrian and bicycle safety

By MCSO Public Information Officer Valerie Strong
Published Nov. 23, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
With many traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) will conduct High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) during the period of Dec. 1, 2020 through May 14, 2021.
     MCSO Traffic Unit deputies will conduct HVE details in six different areas in Marion County. These areas have seen an increase in traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.
     1. South Pine Avenue from Southeast 19th Street to Southwest 22nd Place
     2. East Silver Springs Boulevard from Northeast 14th Street to Northeast 55th Avenue
     3. U.S. Highway 441 from south of Southeast 80th Street to Southeast 62nd Street
     4. Southeast Sunset Harbor Rd from U.S. Highway 27 to Southeast 97th Court
     5. East State Road 40 from Southeast 172nd Terrace to Southeast 183rd Avenue
     6. South U.S. Highway 441 from Southeast 178th Place to Southeast 104th Terrace
     HVE details are funded through a contract with the University of North Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation’s focused initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.
     Deputies will be concentrating more on educating the public about traffic laws during this enforcement to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. However, violations may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.
     The MCSO Traffic Unit wants individuals to remember several things while they are on the roadways: Drivers - obey speed limits; never drive impaired; and always watch for pedestrians and bicyclists, obey traffic laws, ride in the direction of traffic and use lights when riding at night. Pedestrians - cross in crosswalks or at intersections; obey pedestrian signals and make sure you are visible to drivers when walking at night.


 


 

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DWLSR - Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
RWOV - Resisting Arrest Without Violence
Poss. - Possession
VOP - Violation of Probation
FTA - Failure to Appear
ROR - Released on their Own Recognizance
LEO - Law Enforcement Officer
YOA - Years Of Age



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Following are some common abbreviations:

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

LEO - Law Enforcement Officer
YOA - Years Of Age

 

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Following are some common abbreviations:

DUI - Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Some Other Drug
BUI - Boating While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Some Other Drug
DWLSR - Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
RWOV - Resisting Arrest Without Violence
Poss. - Possession
VOP - Violation of Probation
FTA - Failure to Appear
ROR - Released On their Own Recognizance
LEO - Law Enforcement Officer
YOA - Years Of Age



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