Stray bullet victim recovering
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 15, 2018 at 10:08 p.m.
GICLHRIST COUNTY – A woman who was hit in the abdomen by a stray bullet a couple of weekends ago continues recovering, Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said Monday (Oct. 15).
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She was shot by a bullet that went through her house. The bullet came from a rifle.
Deputies and investigators continue investigating all possible aspects of this case, the sheriff said, and they are leaving no stone unturned. He said this does not appear to be from a bullet shot by a hunter.
Sheriff Schultz said this is an active investigation.
There has been no arrest as a result of this case. Sheriff Schultz was unable to provide the name, age or place where the victim was shot, other than in Gilchrist County, although he said he planned to ask his person who reportedly is familiar with Florida public records to release what can be released. Apparently, the information about the name, age and place where this happened could not be released.
Anyone who has information that may help the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office identify the shooter is asked to contact that agency.
The sheriff said people must take care when they pull the trigger of a gun. They need to know the caliber of the firearm and the distance that bullet can travel.
Shooters must know their backstop, Sheriff Schultz said.
In Gilchrist County, and the same is true in Levy and Dixie counties, there are residences mixed into the wooded areas, he added.
Whether a person is hunting or just target shooting, the sheriff said they must use common sense. They need to know the area where they are firing a weapon.
The reckless discharge of a firearm in Florida is a crime. Just the improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon is a first degree misdemeanor, according to Florida Statutes.
Karen Parker, Regional Public Information Coordinator of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said people can learn about hunter safety and education by clicking HERE.
There are 10 essential rules for safety with firearms, Parker said.
1. Watch that muzzle. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. This is the #1 rule of firearms safety.
2. Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun. It might be loaded, even if you think that it is not.
3. Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions. An obstruction can cause your firearm to explode.
4. Be sure of your target before you pull the trigger, and keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. Know the identifying features of the game you hunt. Make sure you have an adequate backstop, and don’t touch the trigger of your firearm until you are ready to shoot.
5. Unload guns when not in use. Leave actions open; carry firearms in cases and unloaded to and from the shooting area.
6. Never point a gun at anything you do not want to shoot. This includes never using the scope as a pair of binoculars.
7. Never climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch with a loaded gun. Unload a gun before you use a treestand or climb a fence, or jump a ditch. Pull a firearm towards you by the butt, not the muzzle.
8. Never shoot a bullet at a flat, hard surface or water. If a bullet ricochets you can never tell where it may go.
9. Store firearms and ammunition separately and safely. Store each in secured locations beyond the reach of children and careless adults.
10. Avoid alcoholic beverages before or during shooting. Also avoid mind- or behavior altering medicines or drugs.
Parker added that the acronym SAFE can be used to remember about where to point a firearm, and how to handle it.
Safe direction –
Always point the gun in a safe direction; always be sure of your target and what lies beyond.
Finger is outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
Every firearm must be treated as if it is loaded.
3 suspected burglars
caught and jailed
Mug Shots By DCSO
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 15, 2018 at 9:38 p.m.
CROSS CITY -- Three suspected burglars, one each from Dixie County, Gilchrist County and Suwannee County, were captured by Dixie County Sheriff's deputies after an alert homeowner called for help on Thursday night (Oct. 11), according to information in a Monday (Oct. 15) press release from DCSO Maj. Scott Harden.
Two of the suspects fled when deputies arrived at the scene, but all three suspected thieves were captured, Maj. Harden said.
One suspect was caught with heroin and drug paraphernalia as well, Harden said.
Shortly after 11 p.m. on Oct. 11, the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a man who was out of town, but he owns a home on Northeast 298th Avenue. According to the caller, he has a security system that notifies his cell phone when activated, Harden said.
He received this activation and observed individuals on his property via his cell phone, Harden said.
Two responding deputies saw a male and female standing near the driver’s side of a truck, Harden said, and another male was standing near the rear of the truck.
As the deputies got out of their patrol cars, Harden said, they ordered the three individuals to the ground. The two males fled on foot leaving the female, Harden said.
One deputy chased one of the male subjects, Harden said, and that man was taken into custody. Another deputy was
arriving on the scene, Harden said.
After realizing there were items in the subjects’ truck that were stolen from the home, deputies called for additional deputies to be called out, Harden said, and added to this force was the Cross City
Correctional Institution’s K-9 Team.
The K-9 team was used to assist in tracking the other fleeing suspect, Harden said.
After the CRCCI K-9 Team arrived, Harden said, they established a track on the suspect who had fled.
The trackers found him hiding high in an oak tree, Harden said.
He too was taken into custody and the three of them were
arrested on multiple charges, Harden said.
Arrested were David Darling, 30, of Branford (Suwannee County); Walter Willoughby, 33, of Old Town (Dixie County); and Shyne Feldmann-Vantassell, 21, of Trenton (Gilchrist County).
Darling was arrested and charged with; attempted burglary of a dwelling, burglary of a conveyance, grand theft, trespass on property other than a structure or conveyance, possession of burglary tools, resisting an officer without violence and an out-of-county warrant, Harden said. Darling is being held under no bond, Harden said.
Willoughby was arrested and charged with attempted burglary of a dwelling, burglary of a conveyance, grand theft, trespass on property other than a structure or conveyance and possession of burglary tools, Harden said. Willoughby is being held on a $143,000 bond, Harden said.
Feldmann-Vantassell was arrested and charged with grand theft, trespass on property other than a structure or conveyance, possession of burglary tools, possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and possession of drug equipment. Feldmann-Vantassell is being held on a $51,000 bond, Harden said.
Trenton man dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 14, 2018 at 11:38 a.m.
GILCHRIST COUNTY -- A 21-year-old Trenton man died in the very early hours Sunday morning (Oct. 14) in a single-vheicle crash, the FHP said.
Jacob Parker Reed, 21, of Trenton was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at 2:53 a.m. in Gilchrist County on Oct. 14, according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kevin M. Pace, based on information from crash and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. E. Sumner.
The pickup truck was going to the southwest on Gilchrist County Road 342, the FHP said, when for reasons currently under investigation, it went across the northbound lane and onto the south
unpaved shoulder of the roadway.
The truck's front ran into a large tree, the FHP said.
The vehicle came to final rest facing southeast on the south shoulder of the roadway, the FHP said.
Reed was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, the FHP said. Results are pending to determine if alcohol was involved, the FHP said.
MCSO seeks perpetrator from
fatal shooting in NW Ocala
The red sedan is near the front of the store.
Photo Provided By MCSO
By Lauren Lettelier
of the MCSO Public Information Office
Published Oct. 11, 2018 at 8:38 a.m.
MARION COUNTY -At approximately 12:40 a.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 11), the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and the Ocala Police Department (OPD) simultaneously received calls for service in reference to two active crime scenes in both jurisdictions that were related to a fatal shooting.
The MCSO and the OPD responded to the Circle K gas station, located within the city of Ocala at 5986 W. State Road 40, in reference to a subject there who had been shot.
When deputies and officers arrived on scene, they discovered 18-year old June Hugo suffering from gunshot wounds, The vicitm was inside a red sedan parked in front of the store.
While law enforcement officers called for immediate medical attention for Hugo, information was received that the shooting may have occurred near the 600 block of Northwest 58th Court in the Ocala
Ridge subdivision located nearby.
This location is in MCSO’s jurisdiction, and MCSO deputies recovered evidence to confirm that a shooting had occurred there. Hugo was transported to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
MCSO Major Crimes detectives believe these two crime scenes are connected at this time. Two persons of interest were subsequently detained a short distance from the Circle K crime scene, however they have not yet been linked to the homicide.
This investigation is ongoing. Any person who has any information on this incident, is asked to please contact MCSO Detective Bradley Bartlett at 352-438-5932, or to remain anonymous, call the Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-STOP.
Chiefland man dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 9, 2018 at 12:38 p.m.
CHIEFLAND -- A 36-year-old man from Chiefland died in the very early morning hours of Tuesday (Oct. 9), the FHP said, in a single-car crash.
Kentrail Young, 36, of Chiefland was driving a 2012 Chrysler 200 at 4:25 a.m., according to information from a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan, based on information from crash and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Nathan Morgan.
The Chrysler was northbound on Southwest Fifth Street, north of Fourth Avenue, the FHP said.
The vehicle began rotating counterclockwise, the FHP said, when it left the roadway on the west side, where it struck a tree. After the collision with the tree, the car came to final rest facing east, the FHP said.
Young was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash the FHP said.
He was not wearing a seatbelt, the FHP said.
Gilchrist County woman
dies in 3-vehicle crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 8, 2018 at 8:08 p.m.
ALACHUA COUNTY -- A 42-year-old woman from Bell died early Monday morning (Oct. 8) in a three-vehicle crash that involved a school bus, the FHP said.
David J. Rhodes, 31, of Trenton was driving a 2014 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck at 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 8, according to information from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Ray Brewington and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Gabe Keyes
Tracy L. Dillion, 42, of Bell was driving a 2016 Hyundai Accent, the FHP said.
Francisco Zabetta, 56, of Alachua was driving a 2011 ICRP school bus, the FHP said.
All vehicles were traveling east on Alachua County Road 232, near Northwest 236th Street, the FHP said.
The marked Alachua County School Bus was stopped at an established route stop, the FHP said.
Shortly thereafter the pickup truck and Hyundai Accent were involved in a collision, the FHP said, which resulted in the front of Hyundai striking the rear of the school bus.
Dillion was pronounced dead at the scene, the FHP said.
Rhodes was taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center with minor injuries, the FHP said.
Zabetta was not injured, the FHP said. There were no other passengers listed on the press release as being on the school bus.
Charges are pending completion of the traffic homicide investigation, the FHP said.
LCSO seeks information
on cigarette burglar;
Cash reward possible
Photos Provided by LCSO
By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Published Oct. 6, 2018 at 3:18 p.m.
WILLISTON -- Early Sunday morning (Oct. 5), surveillance video captured images shortly after 4 a.m. of an unidentified individual and a blue Dodge pick-up truck at the Marathon convenience store located at 20551 N.E. Alt. 27 in East Williston.
This unknown person smashed the front window and entered the store. It appears the suspect only was interested in cigarettes, as the store reports over $10,000 dollars of Newport brand cigarette cartons were stolen.
Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person responsible, or the vehicle used in this burglary.
The truck has a very unique rack built into the bed of the truck which could aid in identifying the owner.
Anyone who has information is asked to contact Investigator C.J. Perryman at 352-486-5111 ext. 276. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. You could be eligible for a cash reward.
FDLE arrests police officer for
selling drugs out of patrol car
By FDLE Office of Public Information
Published Oct. 7, 2018 at 10:18 a.m.
BONIFAY -- Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents arrested on Friday night (Oct. 5) Bonifay Police Officer Dwayne Frazier White, 48, for selling a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of an assisted living facility and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
FDLE began its investigation in September at the request of Holmes County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office received information that White was selling prescription opioid tablets.
Earlier this month, FDLE agents made a controlled purchase of opioid tablets from White. At the time of that purchase by FDLE agents, White was selling the drugs out of his marked patrol vehicle, while in uniform and was using his personal cell phone to facilitate the drug deals.
White was arrested Friday night (Oct. 5) at the Bonifay Police Department. He is being housed at the Walton County Jail.
The Office of 14th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Glenn Hess is prosecuting this case.
The 14th Judicial Circuit is comprised of Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties.
Holmes County Sheriff’s Office and Bonifay Police Department are assisting with this investigation.
LCSO seizes three-plus pounds
of marijuana after traffic stop;
Dixie County man is busted
Mug Shot By LCSO
Three pounds of marijuana.
Photo By LCSO
By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Published Oct. 5, 2018 at 4:08 p.m.
BRONSON -- The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division stopped a Mustang on U.S. Alt. 27 between Bronson and Williston last night (Thursday, Oct. 4) for an equipment violation.
The LCSO deputy approached the driver’s door to speak to the driver. The deputy could smell the overwhelming odor of marijuana.
Apparently, the driver was “nose blind” because he failed to smell the aroma of marijuana within the car.
Then, to add to his problems, the driver Travon Collins, 23, of Cross City, did not have a valid driver’s license. He was previously delivered a notice from the Florida Division of Motor Vehicles to notify him that his license was suspended.
Deputies arrested Collins and conducted a search of the vehicle.
This search discovered slightly over three pounds of marijuana packaged in one-pound packages for delivery. Each package had the word “Jagoo” scribbled on it.
Collins was taken to the Levy County Detention Facility, his car was towed, he was issued a couple of citations and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and driving with a suspended license.
He is being held in the Levy County Jail in lieu of a $32,000 bond.
3 arrested for stealing
and selling child’s dirt bike;
ACSO helps LCSO in Newberry
The stolen and recovered dirt bike.
Photo Courtesy of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office
Published Oct. 4, 2018 at 3:18 P.M.
By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
BRONSON -- Levy County deputies responded to a home in Williston on Sept. 26 to investigate the report of a theft.
Deputies met with the victim who said unknown person(s) broke into her shed and stole her child’s dirt bike. The motorcycle, described as a yellow 125 cc Suzuki valued at $700 had been stored inside their shed.
The victim was able to provide deputies with a potential suspect at the time the report was filed.
This case was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division for further investigation.
Investigators learned the named potential suspect Crystal Mencer, 33, of Williston, had outstanding warrants for her arrest. Investigators located and arrested Mencer. During an interview, she denied any involvement in the theft of the dirt bike.
Investigators discovered Mencer was involved in a relationship with George Elwood, 33, of Williston. Elwood was located and interviewed by investigators. He told them that Mencer brought him a stolen yellow dirt bike.
Elwood said he contacted a person later identified as Dean Hall, 31, of Newberry and arranged to sell it to him. Hall purchased the dirt bike for an undetermined amount of cash and a small amount of methamphetamine.
Levy County Investigators went to Hall’s home in Newberry and met with Alachua County Sheriff’s Office investigators. A resourceful ACSO deputy was granted permission by a neighbor to enter into their property which would allow him to see into Hall’s back yard.
There, in plain view, the deputy saw and photographed a dirt bike. This picture allowed investigators to positively confirm this was the stolen dirt bike. Based on this discovery, investigators were able to secure a search warrant for Hall’s yard and home.
Investigators discovered more than just a stolen dirt bike; they also found more drugs inside the home.
Mencer, Elwood and Hall were arrested. Mencer has been charged in Levy County with principal to burglary, principal to grand theft and dealing in stolen property. Her bond has been set at $60,000 for these new charges and NO BOND on her warrants.
Elwood has been charged in Levy County with burglary, grand theft of a motor vehicle and dealing in stolen property. His bond has been set at $100,000.
Hall was taken into custody and has been charged with drug offenses in Alachua County and is being held at the Alachua County Jail. A warrant for Hall’s arrest for dealing in stolen property in Levy County has been granted and will be served at a later date.
The child’s dirt bike was recovered in Newberry and will be returned.
CPD recovers five stolen guns;
Convicted felon jailed
Steven Antwone Paulk
Mug Shot By LCSO
By Jeff M. Hardison
© Oct. 3, 2018 at 4:18 p.m.
CHIEFLAND -- A man who has been convicted of at least one felony went to jail charged on Tuesday (Oct. 3) with five counts of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon, according to records at the Levy County Jail.
Steven Antwone Paulk, 32, of Fanning Springs remains in jail in lieu of $200,000 in bonds, according to records.
An incident report by Chiefland Police Department Sgt. James Yanok showed that at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 2), the officer responded to Cash Munny Pawn of Chiefland in reference to a report of stolen firearms that were being attempted to be pawned, and that the possible sellers were still present at Cash Munny Pawn.
Sgt. Yanok spoke with Jack R. Strahle Jr. of Cash Munny Pawn, according to records.
At that point, four firearms the pawn broker had checked were preoted as being stolen and were listed in a case by the Levy County Sheriff's Office, Yanok said. The firarms were on the counter in the store when Yanok was speaking with Strahle, records showed.
Paulk and a woman who was with him there, Lawanna Karissa Korren Stephens of Fanning Springs, were attempting to sell the firearms, the CPD sergeant reported. They told the investigator they had bought these guns and one in the trunk of the Impala outside from a person in Fanning Springs.
That rifle was recovered and it came back listed as being stolen as well, according to records.
Paulk and Stevens drove to the CPD, where LCSO investigators interviewed them, according to records.
The weapons were a 20-guage shotgun, a .22 caliber rifle, a .243 caliber rifle, and two 12-guage shotguns, according to records.
The five weapons were recovered and given to the LCSO investigator for the LCSO firearms theft investigation case and Paulk was arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of those weapons. Stephens was not charged with anything. according to records.
Man jailed after allegedly
threatening to kill people;
WPD chaplain among those threatened
Christopher Roy Turbeville
Mug Shot By LCSO
By Jeff M. Hardison
© Oct. 3, 2018 at 2:38 p.m.
WILLISTON -- A 38-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon, Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow said, because he threatened to kill people, including a Williston Police Department Auxiliary Officer.
Christopher Roy Turbeville, 38, of Williston is in the Levy County Jail in lieu $460,000 bail on the charges of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill, and criminal mischief with damage more than $200 but less than $1,000, according to records
The WPD Auxiliary Officer involved in this incident was the Rev. Charlz Caulwell, who is also the WPD chaplain.
On Tuesday afternoon, Chief Strow noted in a press release, WPD Auxiliary Officer Rev. Caulwell reported a disturbance at the parking lot of the Dollar General located at 539 E Noble Ave.
Officer Caulwell is a civilian volunteer who patrols the city assisting on duty police officers and civilians when needed, Strow said.
As officers were responding, Chief Strow said, Officer Caulwell reported via the police radio that one man had a crowbar and was hitting the side of the building and using the crowbar to threaten harm to the other person.
Turbeville returned to his vehicle, Chief Strow said, and put the crowbar in the car and retrieved a handgun.
Once he had the handgun, Turbeville made threats to kill the man in the parking lot then pointed the weapon at Officer Caulwell and made threats to kill him, Chief Strow said.
At this point, Turbeville fled the scene in his vehicle after trying to strike the other man with his car as he was leaving, Strow said.
Officer Caulwell remained in contact with responding officers by radio, Strow said, which assisted WPD Lt. Matthew Fortney in locating the defendant as he was fleeing the area.
Lt. Fortney conducted a traffic stop on the Turbeville's vehicle, Strow said. Inside the vehicle, Lt. Fortney located the crowbar and an “air soft” pistol which resembles a real firearm, Strow said.
The defendant was arrested and transported to the Levy County Jail.
DCES helps people;
Kitchen fire suppressed
by homeowner with garden hose
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 3, 2018 at 8:38 a.m.
DIXIE COUNTY -- The men and women of Dixie County Emergency Services, which includes volunteers and career firefighters, helped people as the firefighters and medical personnel responded to various calls during the past two weeks of reporting.
Dixie County Emergency Services Operations Chief Roy Bass shared on Monday (Oct. 1) information from the previous week.
The call total for the weeks of Sept. 17 to Sept. 30, were EMS - 157 calls for service and The Fire Units had 41.
Among the whirlwind of activity as is the case with first responders around the Tri-County Area of Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties, the records Chief Bass sent included firefighters and paramedics responding to six motor vehicle crashes, one commercial structure fire alarm, a gas leak from a 200-pound above ground propane tank, a tree on fire after it was hit by lightning, the top of a utility pole that was on fire briefly after a transformer down the line had blown and the investigation of steam coming from a road and area, where the steam was reported as smoke.
Firefighters responded to a reported kitchen fire on Sept. 26.
The call for the kitchen fire was received at 5:39 p.m. Units were paged at 5:40 p.m. and were on the way to 224 N.E. 147th St. in Cross City within the minute they were paged. The first unit arrived within five minutes.
District 41 was paged to the area, which is near to the area of the old jail. Squad-1, Engine-41, EMS-1 and EMS-3 arrived and Chief Darian Brown, Chief Scott Garner, and personnel Mandy Lemmermen and Danny Liles found no smoke coming from the single-story block residence.
The homeowner had suppressed the kitchen fire with a garden hose. Damage was noted to the stove, hood, microwave and the roof area above the stove.
Equipment was used to detect any unseen hot spots. The attic was inspected as well as the air-conditioning ductwork above the area affected by the fire, and nothing was noted as presenting a danger.
The home was ventilated. The homeowner told firefighter his daughter was cooking when the pan caught on fire. All units were returned to service at 6:06 p.m.
Convicted felon arrested
for gun and drug possession
Mug Shot By LCSO
By Levy County Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp
Published Oct. 2, 2018 at 10:28 p.m.
BRONSON -- On Sept. 27, deputies with the Levy County Sheriff's Office arrested a convicted felon after finding him in possession of a firearm as well as illegal drugs and paraphernalia.
The drugs, paraphernalia, weapon and ammunition that are part of the evidence of these cases is seen here. The hypodermic syringe and needle located at the scene is not shown in this photo.
Photo Provided By LCSO
LCSO Deputy Gary Garboski conducted a traffic stop on a red Dodge passenger car in the area of State Road 24 and Southwest 88th Court near Rosewood. The stop was based on the vehicle having illegal window tint.
During the course of the traffic stop, Deputy Garboski deployed his K-9 “Molly” who gave a positive alert for the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.
Aaron Roscoe, 25, was a passenger in the vehicle. Deputies on the scene located and seized a loaded Springfield Model XD40 (.40 caliber) handgun from Roscoe’s waistband.
Roscoe also had 2.6 grams of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine on his person. The further search of the vehicle revealed a set of digital scales and syringes.
Roscoe was arrested and transported to the Levy County Jail.
He faces charges which include possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
His total bond was set at $525,000.
Methamphetamine and its related issues remain a plague on some people in Levy County. This case shows the dangers faced by deputies and individuals who come in contact with those involved in the illegal drug trade.
The LCSO will continue to combat this and other illegal drugs with every means possible.
Any person who is willing to assist the LCSO in its effort to stop problems related to drug abuse, can report drug information by calling the LCSO at 352-486-5111. Callers who want to remain anonymous, are asked to please call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.
Drug suspects caught
Billy W. Fowler (left) and Ryan N. Fletcher
Mug Shots By DCSO
By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published Oct. 2, 2018 at 3:48 p.m.
CROSS CITY -- Sunday morning (Sept. 30), a deputy with the Dixie County Sheriff's Office was in the area of Northeast 272nd Avenue, when he saw the driver of another vehicle not wearing a seatbelt.
The deputy then conducted a traffic stop. During the stop, the deputy identified the driver and passenger as Billy W. Fowler, 54, and Ryan N. Fletcher, 37, both of Cross City.
During the course of the traffic stop, a search of the driver and passenger along with the vehicle was conducted.
The deputy found Methadone, Oxycodone, cocaine, marijuana, a firearm and drug paraphernalia.
Fowler was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (2 Counts) Methadone and Oxycodone, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Fletcher was arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Fowler has since posted bond of $16,000 and is out of custody pending future court appearances. Fletcher is still in custody on a bond of $6,000.
Suspected burglar busted after video review provides evidence
James L. Colson
Mug Shot By DCSO
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 2, 2018 at 3:18 p.m.
CROSS CITY -- Technology today makes proving guilt beyond reasonable doubt a little bit easier than before the day of video.
A 26-year-old man from Old Town was arrested Sept. 28 after a Sept. 22 burglary, thanks to evidence provided to the Dixie County Sheriff's Office by the victim, according to information from DCSO Maj. Scott Harden,
On Sept. 22, DCSO deputies responded to a residential burglary alarm in the Old Town area, Harden said.
When the first deputy arrived, a neighbor told him that he witnessed a white male running from the residence, Harden said.
Another deputy who was also responding to the burglary alarm observed a white male near a wood-line of another property, Harden said, and due to the actions of this man, the deputy stopped to identify him.
That man was identified as James L. Colson, 26 of Old Town, Harden said.
After searching Colson and his immediate area, the deputy then responded to the scene of the burglary to assist the initial responding unit, Harden said.
While at the scene of the burglary, the deputies viewed footage from the homeowner’s security system, Harden said.
That video let the deputies positively identify Colson as the suspect, Harden said.
On Sept. 28, deputies located and arrested Colson for burglary of a dwelling and petit theft, Harden said.
Colson is currently being held in the Dixie County Jail under a $53,000 bond.
Williston weekend party results
in nine people being arrested
By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Published Oct. 2, 2018 at 2:48 p.m.
WILLISTON -- Approximately one month ago, unidentified sources began advertising a block party in East Williston.
The unofficial organizers of this gathering listed local rappers and other party events in efforts to entice people to attend. Based upon word of mouth and other sources, an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 people were expected to come join in the festivities.
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has been faced with unofficial parties of this size in the past. Many of these past events created numerous calls for service from the LCSO with a spectrum of crimes to include: sexual battery, shootings and drug offenses.
Knowing this event was scheduled and with information of how may were expected to attend, Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum authorized additional patrol units to be available.
“Having to allocate unscheduled resources to an event this size that has no official planning or identifiable organizers adds additional monetary stress to an already stressed budget,” Sheriff McCallum said.
However, the increased presence of deputies in East Williston netted multiple drug arrests.
The following individuals were arrested and/or charged:
Deputies conducted a traffic stop on SR 121 and CR 335. K-9 Molly alerted to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle. The road side investigation revealed driver Shelvin Lucky, 43, of Williston and passenger Stepheon Rives, 31, of Williston to be in possession of the drug MDMA (which is also known as "molly").
Devonte Dixon, 18, of Ocala was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana (fewer than than 20 grams).
Shakeria Williams, 24, of St. Petersburg was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana (fewer than than 20 grams).
Darrell Session, 25, of Palatka was arrested misdemeanor possession of marijuana (fewer than than 20 grams). and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Camirria McDonald, 18, of Ocala was issued a notice to appear for misdemeanor possession of marijuana (fewer than than 20 grams).
Yasmine Kennedy, 20, and Jakirah Johnson, 20, both of Gainesville were arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana (fewer than than 20 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A traffic stop was conducted on State Road 121 North. The driver Joseph Carlin Jr., 18, of Morriston, admitted to having a substance he called "flower" in his car. He advised it was purchased at gas stations and is legal. The substance tested positive for marijuana. Charges have been filed and Carlin was released at the scene pending identification of the substance.
Deputies conducted a traffic stop on SR 121 North. The driver Jose Negron, 33, of Gainesville was found to have a warrant for his arrest issued in Alachua County for domestic battery by strangulation.
Deputies responded to the Circle K North in Williston and observed a subject in the parking lot involved in a verbal dispute. Deputies had contact with this same person earlier in the evening and knew the subject was highly intoxicated. Jayson Martin, 27, of Gainesville was yelling profanities and racial slurs at the other party, disturbing the peace, and was arrested for disorderly intoxication.
Lewis Williams (also known as "Spiderman"), 67, of Williston was arrested for an active Levy County warrant for Failure To Appear for the original charge of driving a vehicle with no valid driver’s license and attaching a tag not assigned to the vehicle.
Sheriff McCallum said these types of parties not only affect the operations of the LCSO, but also impact the City of Williston and its Police Department. Party-goers often filter into Williston and clog the convenient stores and other open businesses. The ongoing assistance of the Williston Police Department when dealing with these events is greatly appreciated by the LCSO, the sheriff said. Both agencies work diligently to control crowds of this size.
VOP suspect jailed without bail;
Female may face charges after incident
Joshua G. Ponce
Mug Shot By DCSO
By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published Oct. 1, 2018 at 4:48 p.m.
DIXIE COUNTY -- Friday afternoon (Sept. 29), deputies with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office went to a residence in Cross City to execute an arrest warrant on Joshua G. Ponce, 26.
There were three active warrants for felony Violation of Probation (VOP) against Ponce.
The deputies located Ponce in the home and Ponce accompanied them onto the front porch, where he then attempted to flee on foot.
When the first deputy caught Ponce and forced him to the ground, Ponce continued to resist the deputy. Even as the other two deputies assisted in restraining Ponce, he continued to physically resist the deputies’ attempts to restrain him.
During this time, a female, Brittany N. Edmonds, 25, grabbed at one of the deputies and attempted to pull him away from Ponce.
Deputies subdued Ponce and took him into custody.
Ponce was arrested on the three VOP warrants and was also charged with resisting an officer. Ponce is being held in the Dixie County Jail with No Bond.
Charges are pending on Edmonds for her involvement in this incident.
Man arrested for DUI manslaughter - hit and run
Adrian Wilson Johns
Mug Shot By LCSO
By Jeff M. Hardison
© Sept. 29, 2018 at 4:38 p.m.
CEDAR KEY -- Very early on Saturday morning, a man from Otter Creek died in the City of Cedar Key after being hit by a truck driven by a man from Middleburg, the FHP said.
That driver left the scene of the fatal accident, but was caught soon-after, the FHP said
Adrian Wilson Johns, 28, of Middleburg was driving a 1996 Ford Ranger at 1:33 a.m. on Sept. 29 in Cedar Key, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. D. Wagner, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper D. Fulton and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. N. Morgan.
Ronald Thomas, 51, of the Town of Otter Creek, was walking along the edge of the roadway (State Road 24) near Sunset Point Road when he was hit by the pickup truck, the FHP said.
A suspect vehicle and driver were identified and located with assistance of the Cedar Key Police Department, the FHP said.
Following a DUI investigation, Johns was arrested for DUI manslaughter, and hit and run involving death.
Blood-alcohol content tests for both Johns and Thomas are pending, the FHP said. This case is still pending further investigation, the FHP said.
FBI seeks public help to capture
Most Wanted Fugitive
The photo on the left is from 2017 and the photo on the right is from 2014 of Greg Alyn Carlson. He is suspected to still have a gun. There is a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his capture.
Information Provided By
Amanda Warford Videll, Public Affairs Officer, FBI Jacksonville
Published Sept. 29, 2018 at 7:38 a.m.
JACKSONVILLE -- Greg Alyn Carlson is the 520th fugitive to be added to FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list.
Carlson is wanted for his alleged involvement in multiple armed sexual assaults. He fled Los Angeles after posting bond on Sept. 26, 2017, and was later seen in Jacksonville on Nov. 28, 2017 and Daytona Beach on Nov. 30, 2017
Anyone with information is encouraged to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.
There is a reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to his capture.
Carlson is charged with a 2017 burglary in Los Angeles that turned into a violent sexual assault against the female resident.
“This individual is a serious threat to the community,” said Special Agent Scott Garriola, a member of the FBI’s Los Angeles Fugitive Task Force. “Investigators have also linked him through DNA to sexual assaults dating back to 2003.”
Carlson was arrested by local authorities on September 3, 2017 for the Los Angeles attack and charged with burglary, assault with intent to commit rape, and assault with a deadly weapon. Three weeks later, he posted bond, was released, and fled.
Carlson went to a family home in Mount Pleasant, S.C., and left there with a stolen handgun, a rental car and a significant amount of cash. In November of 2017, he was spotted in Hoover, Ala., where he led police on a high-speed chase that was ultimately called off because it posed a danger to the public. A week later, the fugitive was seen in the Florida towns of Jacksonville and Daytona Beach.
“He’s got some familiarity with Florida, but he could be anywhere,” Garriola said. “He has a lot of cash, and he’s indicated that he will not turn himself in. We need the public’s assistance to help apprehend him.”
Investigators are having difficulty developing a profile of Carlson—which could provide clues to his patterns of behavior and movements—because little is known about him.
“So far, we haven’t been able to pin down what he did to earn money,” Garriola said. “It’s likely he had some family money.”
Believed to be 46 years old, Carlson previously lived in Redondo Beach, Calif. He probably is still in possession of the stolen handgun, Garriola said, and should be considered extremely dangerous. He was traveling in a stolen white, four-door 2017 Hyundai Accent rental car with South Carolina license plate NKI-770. He is 5’11” and weighs approximately 170 pounds, and has brown hair and green eyes.
Carlson is one of the few criminals named to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list who is not wanted for murder, but Garriola stressed that he is a violent individual.
“This man is a woman’s worst nightmare,” he said. “He is the prowler who breaks in at night and violently sexually assaults his victims.”
Garriola added that the publicity associated with being named to the list will give the case wide media exposure around the country, which could not only result in Carlson’s capture but also help investigators identify additional victims.
“I think there are more victims out there,” Garriola said, adding, “Carlson has demonstrated a pattern of violent crimes against women stretching over a period of years. There is no reason to think he will stop until we catch him.”
Any person who has information regarding Greg Alyn Carlson, is asked to please contact the local FBI office or the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate, or submit a tip online.
The whole list with photos of the FBI 10 Most Wanted Fugitives can be viewed here https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten.
Williston man arrested
for neglect of elderly
Mug Shot By LCSO
By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Published Sept. 26, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.
BRONSON -- The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) arrested Alex Hernandez, 48, of Williston on Monday (Sept. 24) for neglect of an elderly person and false imprisonment.
Hernandez was the caretaker and living with a 67-year-old female who suffered from the early stages of dementia and COPD. The victim often suffered “incidents,” during which she would unclothe herself and act strangely. Hernandez attempted to intervene when the victim was suffering from an “incident” and called for assistance from a friend because he was not able to control her.
Hernandez had to travel to Gainesville to pick up this friend because she did not have a vehicle. Hernandez locked the victim inside a bedroom without her oxygen, no access to a phone or restroom facilities and left the residence for over an hour. Hernandez even stopped at a local convenience store in Gainesville to buy snacks and drinks on his way back to the home. When he and the friend arrived at the home they discovered the victim injured and in immediate need of medical treatment.
Levy County Department of Public Safety EMS responded and observed the victim was unconscious, had lacerations on her face and arms, bruising on her legs and arms and was suffering from head trauma. The victim was treated at a local emergency hospital and her injuries were determined to be life threatening. After multiple days in ICU she did regain consciousness and was able to make a statement to law enforcement. Based upon her statement combined with her medical condition and Hernandez’s own admissions, investigators determined Hernandez allowed these injuries to occur.
Hernandez is being held at the Levy County Jail in lieu of a $350,000 bond.
DCSO seeks help
tracking armed robbers
This camouflage cap with the Rack and Roll Hunt Club name and logo was left in the Marathon Oasis parking lot in Cross City lot, and it appears to be one of the caps worn by one of the two six-foot tall suspects, according to witnesses. One of the armed thieves was wearing a gray shirt with the University of Georgia’s Bulldog insignia on it.
Photo Provided by DCSO
By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 24, 2018 at 8:28 p.m.
CROSS CITY -- The Dixie County Sheriff's Office is seeking information to lead to the arrest of two white men who committed armed robbery in Dixie County early Sunday morning (Sept. 23), DCSO Maj. Scott Harden noted in a press release on Monday.
Shortly before 5 a.m. on Sunday, the DCSO responded to a call from the clerk on duty at the Marathon Oasis, 15958 S.E. U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
Two white males entered the store, according to the clerk and a male customer in the store. One of them was carrying a shotgun and the other was carrying a bag, Maj. Harden said the witnesses reported.
When the two men approached the register, Harden said, the man with the bag ordered the clerk to put the money in the bag while the other male held the shotgun.
After complying with these commands, Harden said, the witness and clerk were ordered to get on the floor prior to the suspects leaving the store.
Sheriff’s officials and members of the Cross City Police Department along with the Cross City Correctional K-9 Team tracked the area.
Cross City Correctional Institution's K-9 Team led investigators to a residence in Cross City where several individuals resided, Maj. Harden said.
At the time that officers arrived there, Harden said, there was no one at the home that fit the description of the suspects. Investigators were allowed to search residence but found no items of evidence to link anyone there with the robbery, Harden said.
According to the clerk and witness, the two armed-robbers were wearing camouflage caps and hunting style face coverings.
One of the males was also wearing a gray shirt with the Georgia University's Bulldog insignia on the front and according to the clerk, both men appeared to be approximately 6 feet tall.
If anyone remembers seeing individuals matching this description Saturday night or early Sunday morning, Maj. Harden said, please call the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office at 352-498-1245.
Suspected embezzler arrested
at Ford dealership in Chiefland;
Bond hearing set for tomorrow (Sept. 20);
More cases suspected beyond these first six
Marcus Anthony Crook
alias – Marcus Carpenter
Mug Shot By LCSO
By Jeff M. Hardison
© Sept. 19, 2018 at 6:48 p.m.
CHIEFLAND – A 31-year-old man who worked at Chiefland Ford was arrested Sept. 4 after Chiefland Police Department Lt. Jay Bolton found evidence that he had stolen money from his employer.
Marcus Anthony Crook, 31, of Fort McCoy was going by the name of “Marcus Carpenter” while he was working for Plattner Automotive Group of Sarasota, the owners of Chiefland Ford, according to records.
Crook is scheduled for a bond hearing tomorrow (Sept. 20), according to records. His current bonds are in excess of half of one million dollars.
He is charged with failure to register as a convicted felon, bond of $75,000; fraud – impersonating a person or using or possessing of an ID of a person without his or her consent, $10,000 bond; six counts of grand theft, bond of $300,000; and six counts of embezzlement of trade secrets, bond $180,000.
CPD Lt. Bolton noted in his incident report that Crook had been working daily within the city of Chiefland at the Ford dealership while using the fictitious name of “Marcus Carpenter.”
Lt. Bolton believes the man was using the alias because there are 33 active warrants for him as a fugitive from justice in Rhode Island, and there are 22 open cases set for prosecution of Crook.
Florida Statute 817.568, Lt. Bolton noted in his report, shows that any felon entering a county in Florida from some other state must register with the local sheriff’s office within 48 hours as a felon.
Crook had been working in Chiefland since June 19, Lt. Bolton noted, without ever notifying the Levy County Sheriff’s Office of him being a felon.
Crook was convicted of felony domestic violence in 2010 in Rhode Island, and had been sentenced to five years of probation, Bolton noted.
Crook used the Social Security number of Phillip Crook on his employment application, Bolton said, and he has been using that Social Security number to receive employment payments. Florida law prevents this type of fraud.
On Sept. 4, Lt. Bolton met with Joseph Lengal, the regional manager for the Plattner Automotive Group. The regional manager said Crook had been stealing money from the dealership by conducting cash transactions, in which the cash portion of the transaction never was given to the company, Bolton reported.
The investigation is ongoing, Bolton noted, but as of Sept. 4 there were six cases.
Michelle Rodgers and Carmen Lozada in the finance department of the Ford dealership told the investigating officer that Crook handled all cash deals at the dealership. Crook would accept cash as a down payment from people buying vehicles there, Lt. Bolton said.
So far one customer paid $2,000 that Crook is suspected of taking. Another customer paid $4,500 and Crook is the suspected thief. Another customer paid $18,000 to Crook and that money is not in the company’s possession yet, either, according to the investigator. Another customer paid $6,000 cash that Crook is accused of stealing. Another $6,500 cash payment is missing although it was paid to Crook, and another $2,500 cash payment from yet another customer is missing, according to records.
The $39,500 from six transactions is what has been uncovered as missing from the company so far by Bolton. Bolton is said to have told the finance department in Chiefland that he was sending the cash to the corporate office in Sarasota, although that appears to have not been what happened, according to records.
As of Sept. 12, Lt. Bolton learned of several other instances of fraud and theft by Crook – in addition to these first six, according to records.
If Crook’s bond is reduced tomorrow (Sept. 20) and more charges are filed, and if he or a bondsman paid that bond and Crook was released, then he would be arrested again on the additional counts of grand theft and embezzlement.
MCSO to participate in
DEA Prescription Drug
Take Back Initiative;
So far in 2018, 47 people in Marion County
have died as a result from a drug overdose
By MCSO Public Information Officer Lauren Lettelier
Published Sept. 6, 2018 at 10:38 a.m.
MARION COUNTY -- The Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) is scheduled to be participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
So far in 2018, 47 people in Marion County have died as a result of a drug overdose, and in some of those cases, controlled prescription medications were the cause of death. Studies
show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained, knowingly or unknowingly, from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative is a safe, convenient and anonymous way of disposing of prescription drugs and preventing them from falling into the hands of those who might abuse them. This is a one-day event where Marion County citizens can bring in their unused or unwanted prescription medications to three MCSO locations.
These locations are:
South Marion District Office
8230 SE 165th Mulberry Lane
The Villages, FL 32162
Southwest District Office
9048 SW Highway 200
Ocala, FL 34481
South Multi-District Office
3260 SE 80th Street
Ocala, FL 34480
During the last National Drug Take Back Day in April 2018, 949,046 pounds (474.5 tons) of prescription medication were collected by local law enforcement and the DEA nationwide, with 30,809 pounds collected in Florida alone. The medicine collected by MCSO during this event will be submitted to the DEA for safe disposal.