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One dead, one injured
in crash near Archer

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 25, 2020 at 7:10 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY –
A 29-year-old man died, and a 24-year-old man suffered critical injuries in the wee hours this morning (Monday, May 25), the Florida Highway Patrol said.

 

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     As of May of 2020, the FHP stopped providing names of people, or the make, model and year of vehicles involved in crashes as part of its press releases. The FHP used to provide those public records for free, but now media outlets must pay a for-profit company and wait a week or more for the information.
     Both men are from Gainesville, the FHP said.
     The two-door sedan, driven by the 24-year-old, was eastbound at 1:40 a.m. on May 25, in the area of State Road 24 and Southwest 135th Street, just east of Archer, the FHP said.
     The car went off the roadway to the left, the FHP said, and struck a mailbox and several trees.
     The vehicle 1 came to final rest on the northern shoulder of SR 24, in the tree line, facing south, the FHP said.
     The 29-year-old passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene personnel with Alachua County Fire Rescue, the FHP said.
     The driver of the car was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital, listed in critical condition, the FHP said.


Inverness man dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 24, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY –
A 60-year-old Inverness man died Saturday night (May 23) in a crash, the FHP said.
     As of May of 2020, the FHP stopped providing names of people, or the make, model and year of vehicles involved in crashes as part of its press releases. The FHP used to provide those public records for free, but now media outlets must pay a for-profit company and wait a week or more for the information.
     The vehicle was northbound on East Turner Camp Road approaching the intersection of East Lakato Lane, the FHP said at 8:32 p.m. on May 23.
      While attempting to pass another vehicle, the driver lost control of the vehicle, the FHP said.
     The pickup truck went off of the roadway, entered the eastern shoulder of the road, rotated and overturned, the FHP said. The driver who was not wearing a seatbelt suffered fatal injuries at the scene of the crash, the FHP said.

 


One teen dead, one critically
injured in single-car crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 24, 2020 at 8:10 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
One teen died at the scene of a crash and the other was critically injured late Saturday night (May 23), the FHP said.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people, or the make, model and year of vehicles involved in crashes as part of its press releases. The FHP used to provide those public records for free, but now media outlets must pay a for-profit company and wait a week or more for the information.
     A 16-year-old boy from Fort Lauderdale was driving a sedan at 10:13 p.m. on May 23 in Marion County, the FHP said. A 17-year-old boy from Ocala was a passenger in the vehicle, the FHP said.
     The car was eastbound on Southwest 108th Street, the FHP said, moving at a speed above the posted maximum speed limit.
     The driver failed to maintain control of the vehicle as he ran the stop sign and turned right onto Southwest 186th Circle, the FHP said.
     The car exited the roadway traveling southbound onto the eastern shoulder, where the vehicle hit a tree and burst into flames, the FHP said.
     A bystander removed the passenger from car, and the Ocala boy was then airlifted to Shands Hospital in critical condition, the FHP said. The boy from Fort Lauderdale was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by personnel with Marion County Fire Rescue, the FHP said.

 


Woman dies after car
is hit by pickup truck

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 24, 2020 at 8:10 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
A 59-year-old Hialeah woman died in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon (May 23) in Marion County, the FHP said.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people, or the make, model and year of vehicles involved in crashes as part of its press releases. The FHP used to provide those public records for free, but now media outlets must pay a for-profit company and wait a week or more for the information.
     The woman who was driving a sedan was facing eastbound on Marion Oaks Drive, and the vehicle was stopped for a stop sign at the intersection of Marion Oaks Boulevard at 2:25 p.m. on May 23, the FHP said.
     A pickup truck driven by a 25-year-old Ocala man was southbound on Marion Oaks Boulevard in the inside lane approaching the above intersection, the FHP said.
     The sedan went into the intersection, the FHP said, and the truck’s front hit the driver side of the car.
     Both vehicles came to final rest in the center grassy median just south of the intersection, the FHP said.
     The woman from Hialeah was pronounced dead at the scene by personnel with Marion County Fire Rescue, the FHP said.
     The Ocala man was transported to a hospital with minor injuries, the FHP said. This traffic crash is being investigated by the Traffic Homicide Unit with the FHP.

 


Micanopy woman charged
with negligent homicide
after claiming victim fell on knife

Suspect Lillian Patterson of Micanopy arrested in Marion County Florida HardisonInk.com

 

 

 

Lillian R. Patterson
Mug Shot By MCSO

 

 


By Cecelia Koon
MCSO Public Information Officer
Published May 23, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
Today (Saturday, May 23), Detective Nicholas Sutliff of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit arrested Lillian R. Patterson, 19, of Micanopy and charged her with negligent manslaughter.
     Last night (Friday, May 22), at approximately 9:11, Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) responded to a home in the Micanopy area in reference to a patient experiencing cardiac arrest. When MCFR personnel arrived on scene they found an adult male, later identified as Xavier Collins, 19, dead in the home, along with Patterson and several small children.
     Initially, Patterson told MCFR personnel that Collins had stumbled out of the bedroom and collapsed on the floor, becoming unresponsive. Patterson made no mention of any injuries, however MCSO Det. Brad Bartlett and an investigator from the Fifth Judicial Circuit Medical Examiner’s Office located a traumatic injury to the victim’s upper left chest.
     Patterson then claimed Collins had fallen onto a knife held by one the children in the home. During a third explanation of events, Patterson claimed that both she and a small child were holding knives, and Collins fell onto one of the knives.
     Patterson was transported to the MCSO, where Det. Sutliff and Det. Bartlett interviewed her. During her interview, Patterson told detectives that earlier in the night she was approached by a 2‐year‐old child that was holding a steak knife, and she took the steak knife from the child. Patterson claims she held the knife in her right hand, while scrolling on her phone with her left.
     Patterson admitted to being right handed. Patterson says at some point in the evening, while she was still holding the knife, Collins entered the room and began “wrestling” with her.
     Patterson told detectives she pushed Collins off of her with her left hand, causing the victim to fall onto the knife she was holding in her right hand. Patterson changed her statement multiple times regarding where she was holding the knife.
     Patterson acknowledged she had multiple opportunities to relinquish the knife before, and during, the time the victim, Collins, was “wrestling” with her. Patterson was arrested and charged with one count of negligent homicide. The suspect was transported to the Marion County Jail. Patterson is awaiting her first appearance in court.

 


Fatal crashes claim two lives
in Levy and Gilchrist counties

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 21, 2020 at 8:10 p.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA –
A 23-year-old woman from Old Town died in a Gilchrist County crash late Friday morning (May 21, 2020) and a 70-year-old Morriston man died early Friday afternoon in a Levy County crash, the FHP noted in two separate press releases from two separate crashes.

     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol has stopped providing names of people, or the make, model and year of vehicles involved in any crashes as part of its press releases.
     The crash in Gilchrist County involved three vehicles, the FHP said. It happened at 11:43 a.m. on May 21, the FHP said.
     A pickup truck (vehicle two) was being driven eastbound on State Road 26 by a 32-year-old man from Old Town, the FHP said, with another pickup truck (vehicle one) being towed by a chain.
     A 23-year-old woman from Old Town was steering the pickup truck (vehicle one) that was being towed eastbound, the FHP said.
     Another pickup truck (vehicle three) was westbound on SR 26 with a trailer in tow, the FHP said, and it was being driven by a 75-year-old man from Gainesville.
     The pickup truck being towed, the FHP said, veered into oncoming traffic and traveled into the westbound lane of SR 26. The truck being towed struck the oncoming truck head-on, the FHP said.
     The pickup that was towing the other pickup went onto the southern shoulder and overturned, the FHP said. The woman who was steering the pickup truck being towed was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
     The two men involved in the Gilchrist County crash suffered minor injuries, the FHP said.
     On Friday at 1 p.m., a 70-year-old Morriston man died in a two-vehicle crash, the FHP said.
     The Morriston man was driving an SUV, the FHP said, eastbound on Southeast 70th Lane and approaching the stop sign where the lane intersects with U.S. Highway 41.
     A 54-year-old man from Dover (Hillsborough County) was driving a vehicle described by the FHP as a truck-tractor northbound on U.S. 41. A 47-year-old Tampa man was a passenger in that vehicle, the FHP said.
     The SUV failed to stop at the stop sign and continued eastbound through both of the lanes of U.S. 41, the FHP said, entering the path of travel of the truck-tractor.
     The front of truck-tractor hit the right front side of the SUV, which was redirected northwest and came to final rest on the western shoulder of U.S. 41, north of the intersection, the FHPO said.
     The truck-tractor veered to the right and overturned on the eastern shoulder, the FHP said. Neither the driver nor the passenger in the truck-tractor suffered injuries, the FHP said.

 


Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested

Deputies with the Levy County Sheriff's Office responded to a call for help Friday (May 15). LCSO Deputy B. Wells met with a victim of domestic violence at an undisclosed location. The victim told the deputy a story of horrible abuse that had been ongoing for several weeks. Deputy Wells enlisted the assistance of the LCSO Victim Advocates Division, which transported the victim to a safe location while Deputy Wells found and arrested the suspected offender. Deputy Wells took Brian T. Keator, 34, of Williston into custody at his home. Keator has been charged with four domestic-violence related crimes, and a firearms violation. Keator is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing a firearm. He is being held in the Levy County Jail in lieu of a $420,000 bond.
Published May 20, 2020 at 11:10 a.m.

Information and Photo Provided By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond

 

 


Two Dunnellon men arrested
and charged with child neglect
after children found to have
access to heroin and fentanyl

Two suspects
Richard William Taylor (left) and William Goodman Johnson

Mug Shots Provided
As A Courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office


By Cecelia Koon, MCSO Public Information Officer
Published May 18, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY
– On Friday (May 15), Deputy Calvin Pope of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Unit arrested Richard William Taylor, 28, and William Goodman Johnson, 44.
     Deputies found them unresponsive in a home, with three children, all two years of age or younger, who had access to uncapped hypodermic needles, heroin and fentanyl.
     On the Friday afternoon (May 15), Deputy Pope and Deputy Angie Fitch responded to the incident location as they attempted to locate Taylor who was wanted out of Marion County for petit theft and resisting a merchant.
     When deputies arrived on scene, they found a 2‐year‐old child in a carport, which had been fenced in, wearing only a t‐shirt, no diaper, pants or shoes. The child indicated to deputies that there were adults inside the home.
     Deputy Pope knocked on the door, attempting to contact the residents. While knocking, Deputy Pope was approached by Deputy Fitch, who advised she could hear a child crying inside the home.
     Deputies located an open door on the side of the residence and were attempting to contact the residents when they discovered a second child. The child was wearing only a soiled diaper.
     After multiple attempts to get the attention of anyone inside the home by shouting and knocking, deputies entered, the home to check on the wellbeing of the baby heard crying, inside the home. Upon entry Deputy Pope located Taylor asleep in one bed, and across the hall, in a second bedroom Johnson, who was asleep as well, and a crying infant on the bed with him.
     Deputy Pope awakened Taylor and took him into custody for his Marion County warrant. When asked if he had anything on his person, Taylor provided deputies with a plastic bag, containing heroin.
     Deputy Fitch located approximately 25 used, uncapped hypodermic needles on a dresser in the hallway, within reach of the toddlers.
     While waking Johnson, Deputy Fitch located an additional 10 uncapped and used hypodermic needles on the dresser next to Johnson’s bed. After taking Johnson into custody, Deputy Fitch located a piece of aluminum foil containing a brown substance, which field tested positive for heroin and fentanyl.
     Taylor was arrested and charged with two counts of child neglect, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Taylor was also charged with petit theft and resisting arrest, per an outstanding Marion County warrant.
     Johnson was arrested and charged with three counts of child neglect, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
     At the time of this media release, both men are in the custody of the Marion County Jail and awaiting their first appearance in court.
     “It’s despicable that two adults would sacrifice the safety of children to selfishly use illegal narcotics, and expose these children to those drugs,” Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said. “I’m grateful my deputies were able to intervene and get these
children into a safer environment.”


Woman allegedly falls
through ceiling and goes to jail

VOP Suspect in Dixie County Florida

 

 


Markevia Dawnshay Magouirk
Mug Shot By DCSO

 

 


By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published May 18, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
At approximately 2 a.m. this morning (Monday, May 18), deputies with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence near the community of Suwannee in reference to a domestic dispute.
     Prior to the deputies’ arrival, dispatch received a call that the female party to the disturbance was now armed with a knife.
     As the first deputy was approaching the residence, he saw the male subject running down the street and the deputy stopped to ask what happened. The male subject said that the female had been chasing him with a knife. Then the deputy learned who the female subject was. The deputy also knew that the female, Markevia Dawnshay Magouirk had two warrants for her arrest. He then went to the home and searched the residence.
     The deputy was unable to locate Magouirk at first, but he found a secured bedroom and heard noises from inside. When the second deputy arrived the first deputy asked the second deputy to watch the perimeter while he again checked the bedroom.
     It was at this point, that he realized the sheetrock on the bedroom wall was missing and a person could step through to another room -- where he found a dresser beneath the attic access.
     As the deputy was climbing into the attic, he heard a loud noise from the living area and heard the other deputy shouting verbal commands. When the first deputy returned to the living room area, he saw where Magouirk had fallen through the ceiling and onto the living room floor.
     The male victim did not wish to pursue charges. Therefore, Magouirk, 26, of Old Town, was arrested for resisting an officer without violence and on the two warrants for two counts of false report to law enforcement and Violation Of Probation for possession of a controlled substance.

 


Suspected methamphetamine
possessor arrested

Edward Smith Suspected of having Meth in Dixie County

 

 


Edward Smith
Mug Shot By DCSO

 


By Jeff M. Hardison © May 18, 2020
at 2:10 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
A Monday morning (May 18) press release from Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Harden shows information indicating drivers with illegal drugs in their vehicles should maintain the vehicles’ tag lights and update registrations to reduce the odds of being caught in the midst of their allegedly illegal activity.
     Edward Smith, 40, of Cross City was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug equipment and tampering with physical evidence, Maj. Harden said, as the result of an observation on May 12.
     It was on the night of May 12, Harden said, when a DCSO deputy observed a vehicle being driven on Northeast Dixie County Road 349 without any operational tag lights as well as having a registration that expired in February.
     The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and obtained the driver’s and passenger’s information for to perform a routine check for outstanding arrest warrants and driver’s license status review, Harden said.
     Meanwhile, as the deputy was conducting these queries, a DCSO K-9 deputy conducted an air sniff of the exterior of the vehicle, Harden said.
     The K-9 alerted his handler to indicate reason to believe there was the presence of drugs in the vehicle, Harden said, and both the driver and there passenger were removed from the vehicle so that it could be searched.
     The initial search of the vehicle revealed a set of scales on the das, Harden said, however in the initial search the deputy was unable to locate any illegal drugs until he noticed that the driver’s door panel was loose.
     Then the deputy pulled the door panel away from the door, Harden said, and that is where the deputy found two plastic baggies that contained methamphetamine, and he located pipes used for smoking drugs, as well as hypodermic syringes and a plastic straw, which are also common tools for the injection or inhalation of illegal drugs.
     That is when, as a result of the deputy’s findings, the driver and registered owner – Smith – was arrested and charged with the crimes earlier noted in the second paragraph of this story.

 


Deputy finds man
suspected of drug crimes





Daniel Groves

Mug Shot By DCSO


By Jeff M. Hardison © May 18, 2020
at 2:10 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
One of two men noticed by a deputy with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office early Friday evening (May 15) was seen as he allegedly tossed something into the bushes, according to information in a Monday morning (May 18) press release from Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Harden.
     That noticed action, Harden said, led to the man being put in the Dixie County Jail on drug charges.
     In the early evening hours of May 15, a DCSO deputy was dispatched to Northeast 935th Street regarding two individuals acting suspicious in the roadway, Harden said.
     When the deputy arrived, he saw the two men and one was sitting on the ground, Harden said. As the deputy approached the two men, he observed the one sitting on the ground, Daniel Groves, throw something in the bushes.
     Once the deputy spoke with the two men, he asked Groves what he had just thrown away, Harden said. Groves denied throwing anything, Harden said.
     The deputy had the two men stand by his car while he conducted a check to see if they were the subject of warrants, and he looked into the area where Groves threw the item. While searching, the deputy found a glass smoking pipe commonly used to smoke illegal drugs, Harden said.
     Groves, 38 of Baldwin (Duval County), was arrested for tampering with evidence and possession of drug equipment and the suspect was transported to the Dixie County Jail, Harden said. 
     Once at the jail, Groves was removed from the rear of the patrol car and upon doing so the rear seat was searched, Harden said.
     During this search, the deputy located Buprenorphine (an opioid used to relieve severe pain) and Naloxone (Narcan, a medication that is used for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose), Harden said. Both the opioid and recovery drug were in sublingual strips. (Sublingual is Latin for "under the tongue" and it refers to the pharmacological route of administration by which substances diffuse into the blood through tissues under the tongue).
     Groves was then charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, Harden said.

 


Sunday afternoon crash
claims man’s life

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 18, 2020 at 6:10 a.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY –
A 54-year-old Madison County man died in a single-vehicle car accident Sunday afternoon (May 17) according to Florida Highway Patrol.
     While as of May of 2020, the FHP has stopped providing names of people, or the make, model and year of vehicles involved in crashes as part of its press releases, in this press release the FHP noted the color of the sedan and the make.
     The man was driving a white Buick sedan on U.S. Highway 129 near County Road 307 just south of Bell in Gilchrist County, the FHP said.
     At 3:30 p.m. on Sunday (May 17), the Buick went off of the highway and hit a tree, the FHP said. The press release did not say the direction of travel of the vehicle.
     The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died the FHP said.


Three Suspected Criminals
Garcia Burks Hollriegel in Levy County Jail HardisonInk.com
The three suspected criminals seen above, with their charges and bonds are (from left) Harris Thomas Garcia, 27, of Bronson - knowingly driving while license suspended or revoked (DWLSR), $2,500 bond; and Dakota Burks, 26, of Bronson - possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), $15,000 bond, and possession of drug paraphernalia, $5,000 bond ($20,000 total); and James Edward Hollriegel, 29, of Gainesville - possession  of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), $15,000 bond, and possession of drug paraphernalia, $5,000 bond, and felony battery, $75,000 bond ($95,000 total). They are in the Levy County Jail as a result of work by the Levy County Drug Task Force (DTF), which had been monitoring the activities of a select group in the Bronson area recently. The DTF conducted a traffic stop on one of their primary suspects on Wednesday afternoon (May 6). DTF detectives arrested Garcia the driver of the vehicle, for DWLSR. Garcia’s license had been cancelled by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in 2015 from his failure to pay traffic fines. Garcia’s passengers Burks and Hollriegel both were arrested for possession of methamphetamine (a controlled substance). All three subjects were booked into the Levy County Jail. Hollriegel had an active warrant for his arrest as a result of allegedly committing felony battery, in addition to his drug charges.
Published May 16, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.

Information and Photos Provided on May 15 2020
By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond, Public Information Officer

 


Ocklawaha man charged
with capital sexual battery

William Ronald Harrison III Suspected Sex Criminal HardisonInk.com

 

 

William Ronald Harrison III
Mug Shot By MCSO

 

 


By Cecelia Koon, MCSO Public Information Officer
Published May 15, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
On Thursday (May 14), Detective Billy Burleson of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit arrested 27‐year‐old William Ronald Harrison III.
     Harrison was charged with one count of capital sexual battery on a victim younger than 12 years old, four counts of possess control or view material depicting child sex conduct, four counts of possess promote or present material depicting child sexual conduct and one count of lewd and lascivious battery promoting sexual activity victim younger than 16 years old.
     On May 14, the mother of the juvenile victim contacted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after she found nude photographs of her underage son on Harrison’s phone.
     The images depicted Harrison committing sexual acts on the victim. At Det. Burleson’s request, the victim and his mother were both transported to the MCSO to be interviewed. During the interview, the victim’s mother told Det. Burleson that she discovered four nude images of her son on Harrison’s phone, at which point in time she took screenshots of the images and sent them to herself to provide to law enforcement.
     All four images located on the suspect’s phone were sexual in nature. During an audio‐recorded phone call, Harrison said he was “doing this to teach the victim” and that he was “trying to teach the victim how to pick up a girlfriend.”
     Harrison was arrested by Burleson and charged with one count of capital sexual battery on a victim under 12, four counts of possess control or view material depicting child sexual conduct, four counts of possess promote or present material depicting child sex conduct and one count of lewd and lascivious battery promote
sexual activity victim under 16.
     At the time of this media release (11:37 a.m. on May 15), Harrison is being held in the Marion County Jail, awaiting his first appearance in court.

 


LCSO catches suspect
who allegedly failed to appear

Troy Draughn suspected of FTA, DWLRS and more

 

 


Troy Glenn Draughn
Mug Shot By LCSO

 


By Jeff M. Hardison © May 14, 2020
at 8:10 p.m.
     BRONSON
-- A 53-year-old Inglis man was booked into the Levy County Jail today (Thursday, May 14) after deputies reportedly caught him allegedly continuing to exercise bad judgment – just over a year after failing to appear in court.
     Deputies with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office arrested Troy Glenn Draughn, 53, of Inglis previously on May 8, 2019, for driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond noted in a press release.
      Draughn bonded from custody on May 10, 2019, and returned to his home in Inglis, Tummond said. He was released on a $2,500 bond, according to records on that 2019 charge.
     Draughn is suspected of refusing to participate in his scheduled court appearances for the DUI charge, Tummond said. As a result of his decision, an arrest warrant for failure to appear was issued, Tummond said.
     Draughn would call 9-1-1 each time deputies went to his house to execute his arrest warrant and bring him to jail, Tummond said. The LCSO Communications Center, receptionists, deputies and detectives spoke to Draughn many times on the phone urging him to surrender, Tummond said.
     Draughn told the authorities that he would never surrender peacefully, Tummond said, and instead he chose to hide within the sanctuary of his home. 
     Today, Troy made an error, Tummond said. He needed supplies and decided to drive to the store, Tummond said.
     An LCSO deputy saw him driving and arrested him, Tummond said.
     Draughn has no driver’s license, Tummond said, because it was suspended when he was arrested for DUI. Draughn also failed to register his tag, Tummond added.
     When deputies turned on their emergency lights, Draughn chose against pulling over and he made a run for it, Tummond said.
     Draughn now has amassed plenty of charges while on the lamb this past year, Tummond said.
     Those charges include failure to appear; seven counts of misuse of 9-1-1; driving while license suspended or revoked; and fleeing in an attempt to elude a law enforcement officer, according to records.
     Draughn also has pending charges in Citrus County, Tummond said.

 


Duo nabbed
after recovered truck
remains listed as stolen

Duo arrested in Levy County HardisonInk.com
Tony Jerome Whittle and Indigo McMahon

Mug Shots by LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 14, 2020 at 8:10 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
A 60-year-old Gainesville man and a 29-year-old Chiefland woman were put in the Levy County Jail after a twist of fate, according to information in a press release from Levy County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Tummond.
     Tony Jerome Whittle, 60, of Gainesville is being held at the jail in lieu of a $40,000 worth of combined bonds for allegedly driving while license suspended or revoked (third or more DWLRS) and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to jail records.
     Indigo McMahon, 29, of Chiefland, has combined bonds totaling $85,000, according to records. She was arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and smuggling contraband or introducing it into a detention facility, according to records.
     The set of circumstances leading to their arrest, other than them allegedly breaking the law, happened from Whittle forgetting to let the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office know that his vehicle was no longer “stolen,” according to Lt. Tummond’s press release.
     On Tuesday (May 13), LCSO Deputy Ryan Sullivan observed a speeding Chevrolet truck on U.S. Alt. 27, Tummond said.
     Deputy Sullivan followed the vehicle and before turning on his lights to stop it, checked the tag number, Tummond said.
     A return of his inquiry revealed the truck was reported to the ACSO on May 6 as having been stolen, Tummond said.
     Deputy Sullivan contacted his shift partners who joined him, and they performed a felony stop at the Chevron gas station near the AmVets Post 88 east of Bronson, Tummond said.
     Whittle, who was driving, was ordered to exit the vehicle and was taken into custody, Tummond said.
      His passenger McMahon also was taken into custody, Tummond said.
     Deputy Sullivan found that Whittle was the owner of the truck he was driving, Tummond said. On May 6, Whittle loaned his truck to a friend, Tummond said. The friend did not return the truck as he had promised, which prompted Whittle to make his report to the ACSO, Tummond said.
     Whittle apparently failed to follow through by informing the ACSO, Tummond said, after the truck was returned. Hence the “stolen vehicle” report Deputy Sullivan received when he ran the tag.
     Whittle has a history of DWLSR, Tummond said. He was arrested and equipment to smoke crack cocaine was found, Tummond said.
     McMahon was found to be in possession of crack cocaine, Tummond said.
     She attempted to conceal hydrocodone on her person after she was taken into the jail, Tummond said. She acquired a new charge as a result, Tummond said, adding that introduction of contraband into a detention facility is a third degree felony in Florida and is punishable by up to five years in prison, five years of probation, and a $5,000 fine, according to Florida law.

 


Suspect allegedly misrepresents
truth to the wrong deputy

Vincent Williams Suspect in Levy County Jail HardisonInk.com

 


Vincent Ivanhoe Williams III
Mug Shot By LCSO

 


By Jeff M. Hardison © May 13, 2020
at 4:10 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
A broken tail light led to a man allegedly trying to tell a deputy something the deputy knew was untrue, and in the end, the Gainesville man went to the Levy County Jail, according to information in a press release from Levy County Sheriff's Office Lt. Scott Tummond, public information officer.
     LCSO Deputy Mike Sinclair stopped a Toyota truck when he saw it had a broken taillight last night (Tuesday, May 12) just east of Bronson, Lt. Tummond said.
     Deputy Sinclair spoke to the driver, Tummond said, and then the deputy noticed the passenger seemed nervous. When Deputy Sinclair asked for the passenger’s identification, the passenger told him he did not have one with him and offered to spell his name, Tummond said.
     Deputy Sinclair is a native of Bronson, Tummond said, and he went to school here. This deputy knows quite a few Bronson residents, Tummond said.
     The passenger used Deputy Sinclair’s phone to typed in his name and birthday, Tummond said
     The name used by the nervous passenger was misspelled and Deputy Sinclair knew the person whom the passenger claimed to be, Tummond said. The name the nervous passenger used was a classmate of Deputy Sinclair when they were in high school, Tummond said.
     It didn’t take but a minute to figure out the real identity of the passenger, Tummond said. This man answers to the nickname of “June Bug,” Tummond said.
     "June Bug" whose real name is Vincent Ivanhoe Williams III, 28, of Gainesville was a wanted man, Tummond said.
     The Alachua County Sheriff's Office listed two outstanding warrants for his arrest for many things including burglary, grand theft auto, fleeing the police as well as child abuse. The Alachua County courts assigned a $450,000 bond to these warrants, Tummond said.
     To make matters worse for Williams, he was also “holding” a gram of cocaine. Deputy Sinclair did not entertain Vincent’s pleas of “please, please, please, don’t charge me for lying to you,” Tummond said, as the LCSO deputy added the charges of possession of cocaine and providing a false name to law enforcement to Williams' list of being suspected of having committed crimes.
     Williams remains in the Levy County Jail on the current Levy County charges, Tummond said. Then, Williams will be transferred to Alachua County from arrest warrants from this neighboring county.

 


CCSO makes drug bust,
recovers stolen gun,
motorcycle and ATV;

Human remains ID'd
as Marion County man,
CCSO seeks public's help

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 13, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY  -- 
Over the past weekend, detectives from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) served a search warrant at the residence of Brandy Nicole Risner located at 2691 W. Arbutus Drive, in Citrus Springs, Jodi Sanders, CCSO Community Relations Specialist noted in a Wednesday morning (May 23) press release.
     Beyond Sanders' press release about the lengthy drug investigation that ended in an arrest this past weekend, in another separate and unrelated press release on Wednesday afternoon she noted the skeletal remains discovered last month have been identified and the CCSO seeks help from the public in solving that case.
     As for the drug bust, Sanders noted. that while searching the residence this past weekend, detectives located methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine. This one bust alone takes approximately 250 doses of heroin off the streets and out of circulation, Sanders said.
     While continuing their search, TIU detectives located three loaded handguns, one which had already been reported stolen, Sanders said.
     They found a Honda off-road motorcycle and a Suzuki ATV (four-wheeler) as well, Sanders said.
     All of these items were reported as stolen within Citrus County, she said, adding that the Suzuki four-wheeler belongs to the Florida Forestry Service. It was reported as stolen in October of 2019.
     Risner has two prior felony convictions for drug charges, Sanders said. Sanders noted that Risner faces the following charges with a total bond of $101,000: trafficking in heroin; possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell; three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
     “Our Tactical Impact Unit is doing everything in its power to target and take down these dangerous drug traffickers, most of whom have prior drug convictions,” Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. “The Citrus County Sheriff's Office will seize every opportunity to put these traffickers back into prison, so they can no longer poison our community.
     “These detectives worked diligently to investigate Risner's illegal criminal network, where drugs, firearms, and stolen property was bartered and for that, we thank them,” Sheriff Prendergast added.
     Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity in Citrus County that they wish to report, are asked to please be sure to call the CCSO non-emergency line at 352-726-1121, or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY- TIPS to remain anonymous.


Skeletal remains identified
By Jodi Sanders, CCSO Community Relations Specialist    
     CITRUS COUNTY --
The skeletal human remains recovered on April 26 by the CCSO have been identified as 42-year-old, Marion County resident, Kevin Buonocore.
     An autopsy showed no signs of trauma, and the cause of death is undetermined.
     Buonocore's last known contact was in 2017, and he was not reported as missing to law enforcement.
     If you have information pertaining to acquaintances of Buonocore or reasoning Buonocore may have been in Citrus County, we are requesting you to contact the Citrus County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit at 352-726-1121, or contact the Citrus County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY-TIPS to remain anonymous.
     On Sunday, April 26, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office was notified by a landowner, who was surveying his property, of the discovery of skeletal human remains located in a wooded area near West Riverbend Road, in Crystal River.
     Detectives with the CCSO's Major Crimes Unit and Forensics Unit, along with Medical Examiner's Office, responded and secured the scene. Subsequently, the remains were identified, and the CCSO seeks more information in this ongoing investigation.

 


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A broad area of low pressure is expected to develop late this week or early this weekend near or within a couple of hundred miles north of the Bahamas, according to a National Weather Service forecaster in the National Hurricane Center as shown in this graphic from 8 a.m. on Wednesday (May 13). There are currently zero odds of this affecting Florida, however, as Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director Peaton noted in an email on Tuesday afternoon (May 12), this might remind people to prepare plans and restock disaster kits. Evacuations plans or group shelter plans are challenged by the potential for sickness and death due to COVID-19, and people must revise plans accordingly.
Published May 13, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.

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Old Town man charged
with attempted murder
and other crimes

Aaron Corbitt accused of Second Degree Murder Dixie County

 

 

 


Aaron Corbitt
Mug Shot By DCSO

 


By Jeff M. Hardison © May 11, 2020
At 9:10 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
A 31-year-old man from Old Town is charged with attempted second degree murder, aggravated battery, battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, resisting an officer without violence and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, according to information from the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office.
     Aaron Corbitt is suspected of having beaten and strangled a woman, according to a press release from DCSO Maj. Scott Harden sent via email on Monday (May 11). 
     Thursday morning (May 7) the DCSO received a call regarding a domestic disturbance in the Old Town area, Harden said.
     The call came from a member of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Harden said, who was with a victim of an assault at a Gainesville hospital.
     According to the victim, she attempted to awaken her boyfriend -- Corbitt, for work, Harden said.
     After more than one attempt, she returned to bed, Harden said.  A short time later, Corbitt awakened and the two of them began to argue, Harden said.
     This is when Corbitt became physical with her, Harden said, and he choked her to the point of unconsciousness and threatened to kill her along with himself.
     After the initial confrontation, the victim went to the porch area of the home, Harden said.
     Corbitt followed her, Harden said. He forced her back into the home where he repeatedly struck and kicked the victim while she was on the floor, Harden said.
     According to the victim, Corbitt’s attack on her continued until he heard his employer drive up to take him to work, at which point Corbitt left the home, Harden said.
     Deputies obtained the information from the victim and began looking for Corbitt, Harden said. After checking several addresses for Corbitt, they went to an address where they were told that Corbitt had just left on foot approximately 20 minutes ahead of deputies, Harden said.
     The Cross City Correctional Institution’s K-9 Team tracked Corbitt from the residence into an area hunting club off of Dixie County Road 55A in Old Town, Harden said.
     Corbitt was tracked down and taken into custody by the K-9 team and a deputy, Harden said.
     As noted, Corbitt, 31 of Old Town, was arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder, aggravated battery, battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, resisting an officer without violence and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, Harden said.
     Corbitt is being held in the Dixie County Jail in lieu of a $554,000 bond, Harden said.

 


Traffic stop nets
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Briana McDaniel suspected of breaking drug laws in Dixie County

 

 


Briana McDaniel
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By Jeff M. Hardison © May 12, 2020
at 8:10 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
A Saturday night (May 9) stop of a vehicle in Dixie County resulted in the arrest of an Old Town woman going to jail for drug charges, according to information provided in a press release Monday (May 11) by the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office.
     Briana McDaniel, 28, of Old Town was charged with three counts of possession of controlled substances after law enforcement found oxycodone, cocaine and hydromorphone in her possession, according to information provided by DCSO Maj. Scott Harden.
     Oxycodone, a narcotic, is also known by common brand names of OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxaydo, RoxyBond and Percodan. Cocaine is a stimulant and sometimes also used medicinally as a local anesthetic. Hydromorphone, a narcotic, is also known by common brand names of Exalgo ER and Dilaudid. 
     The three different controlled substances, and in this instance the allegedly illegally possessed drugs the stimulant-anesthetic cocaine, and illegal opioids – oxycodone and hydromorphone – all expose users to the risk of addiction.
     McDaniel was caught when she was allegedly possessing these drugs Saturday night shortly after 11, Maj. Harden said, after a DCSO deputy observed a vehicle she was riding in as a passenger did not have any operable tag lights, which are required by Florida law.
     A traffic stop was conducted, Harden said, and then circumstances led the deputy to search the vehicle and its occupants.
     Passenger McDaniel was arrested for three counts of possession of controlled substances, Harden said. McDaniel also was also charged with two counts of possession of drug equipment, Harden noted in the press release, as a result of two hypodermic syringes that were found during the search tested positive for a controlled substance.

 


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Hurricane Season starts June 1
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 9, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA --
With the COVID-19 global pandemic continuing to reduce resources in the world, the United States, Florida and the Tri-County Area, such as viable motels to use as temporary shelters, revising plans for sheltering in place or evacuating from the path of oncoming hurricanes is required now.
     Hurricanes destroying property and taking lives in Florida are seen as a threat between June 1 and Nov. 30, with the later part of the season producing the strongest storms – powered by solar heat.
     Seasonal disaster planning is more challenging now. Each family in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties is hampered to very degrees from not at all impeded to very, very shackled. Loss of revenue caused by a downturn in business activity is a factor that hit many households during the pandemic – which has not stopped.
     Annual preparation and planning for hurricane season needs some revamping now. Beyond stocking the water, food, medicine, first aid supplies, batteries, generators and other resources to survive weeks without electric service, etc., this is a time to consolidate insurance and medical records as well as to review insurance coverage that comes from hurricane or flood damage.
     Despite having to work within current limits that may be a bit perplexing to some, the best method for having to deal with hurricane-oriented inconveniences is to prepare well before the procrastinators panic-buy the shelves bare for essential supplies that will be needed to mitigate loss and to get through the aftermath of a hurricane’s visit.
     It is strongly recommended by professional Emergency Management staffers to prepare a disaster plan. Those people who endorse this sage advice include Levy County Emergency Management Director John MacDonald; Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton; Levy County Emergency Management Planner II Leather Keene; and the division chiefs of Dixie County Emergency Services – DCES Chief Darian Brown, the leader of that whole department; Dixie County Emergency Management Division Chief Scott Garner; Dixie County Division Chief of Fire Service Operations Roy Bass; Dixie County Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services Scott Pendarvis; and Dixie County Division Chief of 9-1-1 Chuck Elton.
     Like Levy and Dixie counties, Gilchrist County has its specialist for this service – Gilchrist County Emergency Management Director Ralph Smith. Director Smith advises people to plan and have resources ready now for the advent of a disaster, like a hurricane.
     Tri-County Area law enforcement agencies, as well as the fire departments and ambulance service providers likewise would tell people to prepare a disaster response plan, and to regularly restock, rotate and update supplies for that need.
     Like every emergency management service in the 67 counties of Florida, the Tri-County Area departments seek to prepare the public for a disaster. Those valiant individuals work to mitigate the damage during and after the event. Then, they strive to help people recover from disasters as well.
     The first part, however, is personal preparedness. Getting ready now to assure that families are ready for a pending hurricane is important, and it is up to each family’s leader to get their familial team onboard with the required work now. Family leaders can delegate some jobs, however they have to expend some elbow grease too.
     The Levy County Emergency Management website is among the good starting resources for family, pet and business preparedness. It is located at https://levydisaster.com/.
     Another good source to review while making a personal disaster response plan is at https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness.
     Among the many resources at the Levy County Emergency Management site is an Eight-Week Shopping Guide
https://levydisaster.com/content/files/8%20Week%20Shopping%20Guide.pdf. This helps buyers spread their costs over a couple of months. Given that the first week of May is gone, this would need to be ramped up now.
     In the event that one or more of Florida’s 67 counties’ Emergency Management websites are not functioning, there is the state site of https://floridadisaster.org/counties/ to see the method to find the links to any Florida county’s emergency management website.

 

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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 - Released on their Own Recognizance
LEO - Law Enforcement Officer
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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
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YOA - Years Of Age


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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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