Woman suspected of hiding
syringe between buttocks
before entering Dixie County Jail

Suspected Drug Possessors Whitwood and Simpson - HardisonInk.com
Anderson S. Whitwood and Vanessa L. Simpson

Mug Shots By DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 21, 2019 at 8:49 a.m.
     CROSS CITY –
A 21-year-old woman from Old Town received a felony charge added to the original charges that sent her to the Dixie County Jail on Sunday (May 19) morning, because correctional staff found a hypodermic syringe hidden between her buttocks, according to information in a press release from Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Harden.
     One defense to the charge of introduction of contraband into a detention facility, would be if a person was unaware that the contraband was on his or her person. All suspects arrested in the United States are presumed innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.
     In Florida, it is illegal to introduce contraband into a county jail or detention facility or a state prison, according to Florida statutes.
     The crime of Introduction of contraband into a county correctional facility is a third degree felony in Florida. The maximum sentence for that type of felony is five years in prison, five years of probation, and a $5,000 fine, according to Florida statutes.
     The woman was one of two people arrested Sunday morning, Maj. Harden noted in the Monday (May 20) press release.
     In the early morning hours of May 19, at approximately 1:40 a.m., a deputy with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office observed a vehicle being driven erratically on U.S. Highway 19, Maj. Harden said.
     As the deputy followed the vehicle, Harden said, it turned onto Northeast 592nd Street where the deputy initiated a traffic stop.
     During the course of the stop, Harden said, the deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle and told the occupants of his observations.
     It was at this point, Harden said, when they acknowledged having smoked marijuana in the vehicle. The occupants were then removed from the vehicle and a search was done of the vehicle and its contents, Harden said.
     The search yielded additional marijuana and crystal methamphetamine in several locations, Harden said.
     The driver, Anderson S. Whitwood, 26, of Old Town.  Whitwood was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug equipment, Harden said.
     The passenger, Vanessa L. Simpson, 21 of Old Town, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance on the scene, Harden said.
     Simpson was later charged with introduction of contraband into a detention facility when correctional staff found that Simpson had a syringe hidden between her buttocks, Harden said.

 


Levy County Emergency
Management hosts
SKYWARN training

By LCEM Assistant Director David Peaton
Published May 21, 2019 at 8:29 a.m.
     BRONSON --
Help protect yourself, your family and your neighbors by training to be a SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter.
     Levy County’s Department of Emergency Management will host the National Weather Service of Tampa Bay for SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training Wednesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Levy County Emergency Operations Center located at 7911 N.E. 90th St., IN Bronson.
     A trained SKYWARN spotter knows safety rules and can identify Florida’s weather threats and visual clues regarding thunderstorm strength. Following the free, 90-minute class, participants will receive a Weather Spotter Guidebook and join the nationwide network of citizen monitors.
     You’ll report weather emergencies such as tornadoes, flooding rains and extreme temperatures. Tampa Bay National Weather Service Warning and Coordination Meteorologist Dan Noah will teach the class.
     ● WHO: Anyone can attend the SKYWARN training; however, you must be 18 years old to receive an ID card – volunteers include fire and police personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens.
     ● WHEN: Wednesday July 17 2019 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
     ● WHERE: Levy County Emergency Operations Center, 7911 N.E. 90th St., Bronson
     ● HOW: Space is limited, but tickets are completely free, reserve a ticket by clicking HERE.
     Hurricane Season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. For more information about hurricane safety – including evacuation zones, disaster kits, preparing your home or business, special needs, protecting your pets, shelters and much more – please visit the Levy County Department of Emergency Management website at https://levydisaster.com/.
For more information about SKYWARN, visit https://www.weather.gov/tbw/skywarn.


FDLE members recognized
for exceptional performance

Written By The FDLE Office of Public Information
Published May 20, 2019 at 11:19 p.m.
     TALLAHASSEE
– FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen honored FDLE’s top performers today (Monday, May 20) at the department’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Members were recognized for their outstanding performances during 2018. In total, more than 200 members were nominated.
     “It is always a pleasure to look back on the accomplishments of our FDLE members, and last year was no exception,” said Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “Their innovation and hard work continues to keep Floridians and visitors safe and exemplifies our fundamental values of service, integrity, respect and quality.”
Award winners are
     ● Distinguished Support Member of the Year – Maggie Kleindienst, Senior Crime Intelligence Analyst II, Jacksonville Regional Operations Center
     This award goes to a member who has demonstrated consistent, superior results with accuracy, timeliness, enthusiasm, dedication, pride and initiative. In 2018, Kleindienst completed in excess of 60 background investigations for prospective agency hires, DMS employment applicants and judicial appointees, all while continuing to maintain her full-time analytical responsibilities.  She also assisted with the management and maintenance of the schedule of agents assigned to the detail ensuring full coverage of the Governor and First Family. She provides incredibly organized and detail-oriented case summaries and completed incredibly daunting tasks with accuracy, timeliness, enthusiasm and grace and she has demonstrated an uncanny ability to effectively triage analytical requests.
     ● Contribution to Criminal Justice – Genetic Genealogy Team, Orlando Regional Operations Center
Lori Napolitano; David Coffman; Debbie Abney; Laura Wenz; Corey Crumbley; Ashley Garner; Alphonso Williams; Terrence Brinson; Mike Moreschi; Chris Carney; Leigh Clark; and Danny Banks.
     This award is presented to a member or team that has made a single significant contribution or a series of contributions in support of the goals of the criminal justice community. FDLE‘s Genetic Genealogy Initiative is the combination of genealogy, analytical, forensics and investigative services. By the end of 2018, this continuing program included 19 cases across Florida. Two more were resolved in early 2019. The statewide FDLE Genetic Genealogy Program will bring answers to the victims, or family members of the victims, of some of the most heinous crimes committed on cases that have been dormant due to the lack of leads. Most importantly, Florida’s residents and visitors will be safer as violent offenders who have eluded law enforcement are identified and prosecuted.
     ● Excellence in Leadership – Jason Cook, Special Agent Supervisor, Orlando Regional Operations Center
     This award recognizes a member who exemplifies excellence in leadership by paving the way for other members to shine. Special Agent Supervisor Cook became the supervisor of the OROC Cybercrime Task Force in 2015 and elevated what was already an elite task force; comprised of the very best Central Florida law enforcement has to offer. In the past year, the Task Force opened 58 major cases, executed or provided expertise on 70 search warrants and assisted in 3 regional traveler operations; all resulting in 107 arrests during 2018. The success of this group is a testament to Cook’s leadership of an outstanding team of dedicated investigators.
     ● Distinguished Member of the Year – Deborah McDonald, Research and Training Specialist, Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center
     This award is given to a member who demonstrates superior performance or who accomplishes a significant achievement. Deborah McDonald has been a valued FDLE member for over 30 years and has been best described as the consummate professional who can always be relied on for quality assistance with any task or project. During Hurricane Michael, Ms. McDonald was an integral part of the Tampa Regional Law Enforcement Coordination Team by preparing four FDLE deployment teams to Bay County to assist in recovery efforts. This past year, she coordinated several events to include the annual Torch Run and Paint your Heart out Tampa and the Tampa regional FDLE 50th Anniversary festivities, which were a huge success. In addition, she regularly mentors young children within the Tampa Bay community.
     ● Forensic Scientist of the Year – Jennifer Clark, Crime Laboratory Analyst, Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center
     This award is given to a laboratory member who advances forensic science by implementing new or improved technology, methods development or professional expertise. In late 2017 and early 2018, a series of murders struck the Seminole Heights Community of Tampa. A serial killer was brutally hunting and shooting random victims and the city was in a state of fear. With public safety at hand and as a critical mission of FDLE, Clark quickly jumped into action. Her hard work culminated in the identification of cartridge cases from all four murders to a suspected firearm late one night in the laboratory, thus ending a city’s panic and most certainly more victims.
     ● Distinguished Team of the Year – Cyber High Tech Team – FDLE Headquarters
Sherry Aldinger; Will Bullough; Brett Cureton; David Decker; Joe Prato; Nicholas Simoncini; Christopher Skeen; Samuel Vela; Frank Zapata; Stephen Busey; and Kyle Kelly.
     This award recognizes a team that has demonstrated superior performance or accomplished a significant achievement. Members of the Cyber High Tech Crimes Unit provide expertise to FDLE Regions, local law enforcement agencies and other government agencies with technology related issues to combat the rising threat of cyber and technology facilitated crimes. In 2018, this team pushed forward in statewide innovations, took on additional assignments, managed more wiretaps than previous years and coordinated and facilitated arguably the largest Online Crimes Against Children, CART and Offender Registry state conference in the US.
     ● Commissioner’s Award Winner - Jennifer Miller, Senior Management Analyst Supervisor, FDLE Headquarters
     The recipient of this award is chosen by the Commissioner and gives special recognition to an “unsung” hero whose performance is outstanding yet low profile within the Department. This award is established for those who provide outstanding performance from “the trenches.” In February 2018, after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD), FDLE was tasked with supporting the newly created MSD Commission. Jennifer quickly became known as the “member” behind the scenes as she worked tirelessly to coordinate and handle all logistics not only for FDLE, but for all of the commission members as well. In addition, Jennifer was instrumental in FDLE’s response efforts during Hurricane Michael, which struck Florida in October 2018. Both of these missions were successful because of Jennifer’s leadership.
     ● Capitol Police Officer of the Year – Joseph Wyland, Officer, Capitol Police
Officer Wyland assumed the duties of an “acting” sergeant due to his professionalism, good work ethic and positive job performance. This assignment lasted for the next five plus months, including the duration of the legislative session. Officer Wyland rose to the challenge and not only succeeded, but impressed his fellow members and supervisors as he kept the balance of leading his peers and performing his duties. He embodied the qualities that every good sergeant should have and proved his dedication to this agency. His performance went above and beyond his normal call of duty.
     ● Innovation of the Year – Computerized Criminal History Team, FDLE Headquarters
Abdullah Alman; David Doyle; Kristen Grosh; Lee Herring; Nazarae Holcombe; Heather Ivey; Kristin Lambert; Zach Latham; Jadena Martin; Vamshi Pitta; Barbara Rehwinkle; Amanda  Taylor; and Ebony Tisby.
     This recognition is awarded to a member or group who successfully implements a cutting-edge and creative service, program or product that provides new benefits to FDLE, the criminal justice community or the public. The Computerized Criminal History, or CCH, modernization project managed the replacement of the criminal history repository that was in use for more than 45 years. In 2018, the team devoted system development, data migration and testing to accomplish the successful change. Accomplishing implementation of this magnitude required the team to work cooperatively on individual tasks as well as tasks with other stakeholders with a high level of communication, flexibility and dedication.
     ● Special Agent of the Year – Jennifer Wolf, Special Agent, Tallahassee Regional Operations Center
     This award recognizes commendable investigative or intelligence activity by a sworn member. The Live Oak Field Office serves rural North Florida and is heavily relied upon by the law enforcement agencies for assistance with economic crime, FDLE/Department of Corrections MOU and homicides. Special Agent Wolf was the case agent on a total of 10 major cases during 2018, assisted on 3 other major cases, authored 147 Investigative Reports and made a total of ten arrests. Her multidimensional investigative expertise has provided significant contributions/outcomes to several cases during the past year.

 


Five officers inducted
into Fla. LEO Hall of Fame

2019 Florida LEO Hall Of Fame Recipients HardisonInk.com
Myrna Hoover (wife of inductee Paul Hoover), Lena Lofton (wife of inductee Alphonso Lofton), inductee Manuel Gonzalez, Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford and Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast representing inductee Charles DuPont, FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen and inductee James Sewell.

Story and Photo
By the FDLE Office of Public Information
Published May 19, 2019 at 7:39 a.m.
     TALLAHASSEE –
Five current and former law enforcement officers from throughout Florida were honored Saturday (May 18) at the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
     FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen presided over the ceremony held inside Florida’s Capitol.
     The inductees were nominated by the Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Police Benevolent Association, Fraternal Order of Police and the State Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Association and then were selected by a committee. The inductees were approved by Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida’s Cabinet.


Paul R. Hoover, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
     Paul Hoover began his 30-year commitment to the protection of Florida’s natural resources in 1973 as a game manager with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. Not long after, he fulfilled his lifelong dream when he transferred to the Division of Law Enforcement as an officer. He was recognized as Florida’s Wildlife Officer of the Year in 1977. When the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) was established, he became the chief of inland operations and later served as chief of staff. During this time, he helped lay the foundation of the FWC Division of Law Enforcement. Paul also attended and graduated from the 1997 FBI National Academy. Throughout his career, he mentored and guided hundreds of law enforcement officers and was recognized by various national conservation groups, receiving the Guy Bradley Award for Outstanding Leadership and Professional Excellence in 2005. An avid runner, he coached Wakulla High School’s cross country and track teams. He was killed by a hit and run driver while on an evening run in 2017. The track at Wakulla High School is now named the Coach Paul Hoover Track and Field, and the run he created to support the cross-country program was named the Paul Hoover Memorial 5k Freedom Run in his honor.

Charles F. DuPont, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
     Charles DuPont was born in 1861 in Tampa to Romeo and Amanda DuPont, who were both freed slaves. Following the Civil War, he moved to Key West to become a carpenter and a Republican activist. In 1889, he was inaugurated as Florida’s first popularly elected African-American Sheriff. The Monroe County Grand Jury publicly commended Sheriff DuPont and his deputies for their “gentlemanly and courteous behavior,” and a circuit court judge wrote the governor that there was not a more efficient and polite officer than Sheriff DuPont. In 1891, he was ordered to bring two pro-Spain Cubans to Tampa for trial; due to protests, he kept the two men in Key West to avoid a lynching. The two men were tried four times before they were finally found not guilty. He continued to be a strong advocate for equal justice under the law after his term as sheriff ended by founding the local chapter of the NAACP, just two years after the movement began. Sheriff DuPont held a great respect from the community of Key West, which was referred to as the “freest town in the south.”

Manuel L. Gonzalez, Miami-Dade Police Department
     Manuel Gonzalez started his career at the Miami-Dade Police Department in 2011 and continues to serve there today. While working off-duty, Officer Gonzalez was involved in an exchange of gunfire and was struck multiple times. Although seriously injured, he fought back for the safety of the citizens around him, killing the suspect. Because of his heroic actions, Gonzalez was awarded the Miami-Dade Police Department Gold Medal of Valor for performing an outstanding act of bravery, and the Purple Heart Award for suffering a serious injury on duty. He was also recognized as the 2017 Police Officer of the Year by the Police Benevolent Association and as the 2017 Lee McGehee Police Officer of the Year by the Florida Police Chiefs Association. Officer Gonzalez was recently named the Florida Attorney General’s 2018 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. He is seen by the communities he serves as a true leader and is proud to still serve in law enforcement.

Alphonso Lofton, Florida Highway Patrol
     Alphonso Lofton joined the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) in 1970 after witnessing an FHP trooper investigating a hit-and-run accident, becoming the Patrol’s first African-American trooper. After graduation from the FHP academy, he was assigned to Field Operations in Miami’s Troop E. In 1973, he was promoted to Traffic Homicide Investigator, and he was assigned as a recruiter in 1981. He was appointed to FHP’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee to recruit more African-Americans into the Florida Highway Patrol. His recruitment efforts earned him recognition from the patrol and the community, receiving the Martin Luther King Brotherhood Award and a commendation from the Florida Commission of Human Relations for his recruitment efforts. Trooper Lofton succumbed to multiple sclerosis in 1984 at the age of 39. Because of Lofton’s outstanding service to the citizens of Florida, the 1989 Florida Legislature dedicated the Troop E Headquarters building in Miami to his memory.

James D. Sewell, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Gulfport Police Department
     James Sewell began his 32-year active law enforcement career in 1973 at the Florida State University (FSU) Department of Public Safety. After rising through FSU’s ranks to lieutenant, he was appointed an inspector with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and during his first tenure at FDLE, served in a variety of leadership roles. In 1986, he was named the chief of police with the Gulfport, Florida, Police Department and later became acting city manager. In 1990, he returned to FDLE and became the first director of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute (FCJEI), which, as a Chief of Police, he helped develop. Today, the FCJEI continues to further the professional development of Florida’s law enforcement executives. Over the next several years, he held a number of executive positions with FDLE and was FDLE Assistant Commissioner when he retired in 2005. Throughout his career, he was seen as a true champion for the continued development of law enforcement at every rank. Since retirement, he has provided training and consulting services to numerous law enforcement and other organizations and has been recognized for his ongoing commitment to public service. A native of Jacksonville, he received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Florida State University.
     The Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame was created by the 2014 Florida Legislature to recognize and honor law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of Florida’s residents and visitors through their works, service and exemplary accomplishments.

 


Cruiser crashes as deputy responds to reported wreck
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 15, 2019 at 11:19 p.m.
     INGLIS –
A marked unit of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a crash Wednesday evening, the FHP said.
     No injuries were reported in the two-vehicle crash, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. W. Ernst, who was the crash investigator.
     Richard Fresolone, 46, of Okeechobee was driving a 2015 Dodge Ram 2500 van at 6:25 p.m. or May 15 in Levy County, the FHP said.  Donald Skinner, 20, of Fort Pierce was a passenger in the van, the FHP said.
     Leroy Prine, 53, of Bronson was driving a 2010 Ford crown Victoria, the FHP said.
     The Ford Crown Victoria, a marked LCSO patrol car, was westbound on Levy County Road 40 with all emergency equipment activated as the deputy was in route to a serious crash in Yankeetown, the FHP said.
     That’s a man who was eastbound on CR 40, when Fresolone attempted to turn left in front of the cruiser as the van was headed for unto Betty Berger Way, the FHP said.
     Deputy Prine aggressively applied the brakes and steered to the left, which resulted in the cruiser beginning a counterclockwise rotation, the FHP said.
     As that Ford crossed the east travel lane and entered the parking lot of the Hook, Line And Sinker bait and tackle shop, it continued to travel backwards, the FHP said.
     Just prior to coming to a complete stop, the rear of the cruiser struck a signpost and two other hosts, which resulted in old damage to the rear of the vehicle, the FHP said.
     No injuries were reported and no contact was made with the van, the FHP said.  Both vehicles moved from their final resting points prior to the FHP’s arrival, the FHP said.
     Fresolone was cited for failure to yield the right-of-way, the FHP said.


Morriston man
arrested after chase;

Suspected arsonist treated for burns
Oswald Pereira suspected arsonist HardisonInk.com

 

 

Oswald Pereira
Mug Shot By MCSO



By Public Information Officer Valerie Strong
Marion County Sheriff’s Office
Published May 15, 2019 at 11:19 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
On Tuesday (May 14), at approximately 7 deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) responded to a home in southwest Ocala.
     Deputies were informed that following a domestic disturbance, Oswald Pereira, 44, poured gasoline around the victim’s house and set it on fire.  Pereira fled the scene in a Dodge Charger.
     Deputies observed Pereira on U.S. Highway 41 in Dunnellon and a pursuit was initiated. During the chase, Pereira ran a deputy off of the road and, driving at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, fled into Levy County.
     Together, the MCSO, Levy County Sheriff’s Office and Williston Police Department began searching the area. After obtaining information that Pereira also owned an SUV, officers located that vehicle, attempted to initiate a traffic stop, at which time Pereira fled.
     After stop-sticks were deployed, Pereira drove to his residence, located at 6190 S.E. 186th Terrace, in Morriston, and fled into his house.
     Officers apprehended Perieira. Due to Pereira having burns on his body, he was transported to the hospital for treatment. 
      Marion County Fire Rescue Fire Marshal and the Florida State Fire Marshal are investigating the alleged arson. MCSO has obtained warrants for Pereira’s arrest on the charges of fleeing and eluding, Violation of an Injunction of Protection (DV), aggravated assault on an officer, willful and wanton reckless driving, and resisting arrest without violence.

 


FDLE arrests APRN
for solicitation of a minor


Suspected Child Sex Solicitor FDLE HardisonInk.com

 

 

Matthew Neil Melvin
Mug Shot By CCSO

 

 


Story By Members Of
FDLE Office of Public Information
Published May 14, 2019 at 10:29 p.m.
     LAKE CITY –
Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents arrested Matthew Neil Melvin, 41, of Lake City, for solicitation of a minor for sex and transmission of materials harmful to minors.
     Melvin is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) at a local clinic.
     FDLE began its investigation on May 9 after receiving allegations of sexual assault against a male juvenile patient of Melvin’s.
    Investigators believe Melvin inappropriately touched the child during a physical exam and later began messaging the victim on Snapchat with sexual innuendoes.
     An undercover agent, posing as the boy, began communicating with Melvin.  During that exchange, Melvin indicated he wanted to sexually assault the child, and sent a photo of his underwear showing his groin area. Melvin also tried to meet with the boy.
     Melvin was arrested today (Tuesday, May 14) and was booked into the Columbia County Jail. Additional charges are pending. Bond on the current charge is $500,000, according to records.
     Any person with any information about Matthew Neil Melvin as it relates to this case, is asked to please contact the FDLE office in Live Oak at 800-226-5630.
     The Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Offices are assisting with this investigation. 


Burglary suspect
caught sitting on a couch


 

 

Taisean Edwards
Mug Shot by DCSO

 


By Jeff M. Hardison © May 14, 2019 at 3:39 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
Deputies with the Dixie County Sheriff's Office went hunting for a burglary suspect, and the hunt was almost like nabbing a sitting suspect.
     In fact, that is what happened. The two law enforcement officers took the sitting suspected burglar into custody after some resistance, while using the professional restraint they practice as members of the DCSO.
     At approximately 2 a.m. last Wednesday morning (May 8), the Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a burglary, DCSO Maj. Scott Harden noted in a May 13 press release.
     According to the caller, the victim was not at home but he had learned that someone was possibly inside of his home, Harden said.
     Two deputies responded to the residence and saw there were lights on in the home, Harden said, and found that one of the exterior doors had pry marks.
     As the deputies entered the home to clear the residence, Harden said, one of the deputies found a male subject sitting on the couch.
     When the male failed to follow commands and get off of the couch and show his hands, he was forced from the couch and taken to the ground to be secured, Harden said.
     At that time deputies were able to identify him as Taisean Edwards, 19, of Cross City, Harden said.
     Edwards was arrested and charged with Burglary of a Dwelling, Trespass in an Unoccupied Structure and Resisting an Officer without Violence, Harden said. Edwards' bonds totaled $25,000, according to records.

 


Armed burglary
suspects arrested

Suspected Armed Burglars Williams and Caldwell HardisonInk.com
Aaron Williams and Bailey Caldwell
Mug Shots By DCSO
~
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 14, 2019 at 3:19 p.m.
     CROSS CITY --
A couple of young men are suspected of stealing two firearms, according to information in a May 13 press release from Dixie County Sheriff's Office Maj. Scott Harden.
     Aaron Williams, 19, of Cross City and Bailey Caldwell, 18, of Old Town, were arrested and charged May 7 with armed burglary, Harden said.
     Bond was set at $5,000 for each of the two suspected criminals.
     On May 7, a DCSO deputy was dispatched to a residence where there had been a burglary over the Easter weekend, Harden said.
     The homeowner stated that two firearms were stolen during the burglary, Harden said, and he learn of two suspects.  The Williams and Caldwell, and a witness, were subsequently interviewed and during this time, one of the firearms was recovered, Harden said.
     This provided enough facts and evidence for the deputy to reasonably conclude the two young men stole the firearms during the burglary, which resulted in their arrests.  

 


Florida Dept. of Elder Affairs
warns to beware
of latest Medicare scam;

DNA/Genetic testing schemes
are on the rise;

By the Communications Staff
Of Elder Options' SHINE
Published May 14, 2019 at 2:39 p.m.
     GAINESVILLE --
Each year, the Medicare program loses $60 billion to fraud.
     The best way to reduce this figure is beneficiary education to prevent and reduce known pathways to fraudulent activities and unethical billing practices. The SHINE Senior Medicare Patrol Program has been hearing about DNA and genetic testing schemes in other parts of the country, and we recently learned that they are starting here in Florida.
     WHAT IS THE SCAM? Older adults at senior centers, housing complexes, and other community locations are targeted by companies promoting “free” genetic testing, cancer screening, or DNA testing. During an event, beneficiaries are asked to swab their cheek to collect a DNA sample which will be sent to the lab for analysis. They are then told falsely that the test will be covered by Medicare 100%, and all that is needed to process it is their Medicare number. This scam is resulting in fraudulent Medicare charges.
     OTHER VARIATIONS OF THIS SCAM? Yes. Some Medicare beneficiaries are being contacted at home by phone and told that they will be sent a DNA testing kit in the mail. In these cases, the person is asked to perform the cheek swab at home and then return the kit in the mail for DNA analysis. The caller then asks for the person’s Medicare number and reiterates that there will be no charge to the beneficiary. This is also false.
     WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
     All diagnostic X-ray tests, diagnostic laboratory tests, and other diagnostic tests must be ordered by the physician who is treating the beneficiary -- that is, the physician who furnishes a consultation or treats a beneficiary for a specific medical problem and who uses the results in the management of the beneficiary’s specific medical problem.
     Tests not ordered by the physician who is treating the beneficiary are not reasonable and necessary (emphasis added). Medicare only covers one genetic test to screen for a cancer, i.e., Cologuard for colorectal cancer. The posturing of any other genetic test as a Medicare-covered screening benefit (available for free no less) should send up a red flag.
     SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is operated locally through Elder Options. Senior Medicare Patrols (SMPs) empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report heath care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education.
     To receive help from SHINE, individuals may schedule appointments at designated SHINE counseling sites, attend enrollment events in their local communities, or arrange to speak with a trained SHINE counselor at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337). For a listing of SHINE counseling sites and enrollment events, please visit http://www.floridashine.org/


Operation Buzz Kill concludes
Submitted By GCSO
Published May 13, 2019 at 11:09 p.m.
     TRENTON --
The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO), in conjunction with the Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office and the Chiefland Police Department, conducted an extended drug operation over the last six months, which concluded this week with the arrests of 11 defendants.
     The defendants are currently being held on total bonds of $5,392,500 and facing a collective 300 years in prison.
     Operation Buzz Kill, led by Det. Sgt. Steven Stalvey of the GCSO, began in the fall of 2018.
     It involved countless hours of investigation and surveillance by Sgt. Stalvey, Det. Sgt. Edwin Jenkins and the entire GCSO Investigative Division. These many hours of late nights and weekends away from family is time well spent to assure the safety of the residents and visitors of Gilchrist County.
     These arrests prevent drug addiction as well as the associated thefts, burglaries, and violent crimes that are all too often the result of drug abuse and addiction.
     Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz repeatedly proved his commitment to ridding the streets of Gilchrist County of anyone involved in the sale of illicit drugs. Sheriff Schultz will not allow criminals to profit off the corruption and destruction of lives by using and selling dangerous drugs.
     This is just one of many operations by GCSO designed to keep Gilchrist County a safe place to live, work and raise a family.
     Sheriff Schultz and Lt. Keagon Weatherford express their special thanks to the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force for assistance in apprehending these fugitives.
     All the defendants in Operation Buzz Kill were arrested for the possession, sale, or delivery of heroin, prescription opiates or methamphetamine. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
~
Robert Keith Faulkner
Charges: sale of heroin; possession of controlled substance without a prescription; unlawful use of a two-way communication device
Bond 500,000
~
Mark Castor
Charges: possession of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia
Bond $7,500
~
Amy Watson
Charges: possession of controlled substance possession of drug paraphernalia; possess marijuana over 20 grams
Bond $35,000
~
Julie Smith
Charges: two counts of sale of amphetamine; two counts of possession of controlled substance without a prescription; unlawful use of a two-way communication device
Bond $900,000
~
Trevyne Joyce Willis
Charges: sale of amphetamine; possession of controlled substance without a prescription; unlawful use of a two-way communication device
Bond $500,000
~
Brandon Parsons
Charges: sale of amphetamine; possession of controlled substance w/o a prescription; unlawful use of a two-way communication device
Bond $500,000
~
Rachel Anderson
Charges: sale of amphetamine; possession of controlled substance without a prescription; unlawful use of a two-way communication device
Bond $500,000
~
Shawn Santerfeit
Charges: sale of amphetamine; possession of controlled substance without a prescription; unlawful use of a two-way communication device
Bond $500,000
~
Kent Sexton
Charges: sale of schedule III or IV controlled substance; possession of controlled substance without a prescription; unlawful is of a two-way communication device
Bond $500,000
~
Bobby Hurst
Charges: three counts of possession of controlled substance without a prescription; possession of drug paraphernalia; two counts of sale of methamphetamine; keeping a public nuisance structure for drug activity; unlawful is of a two-way communication device
Bond $775,000
~
Scotty Davidson
Charges: three counts of possession of controlled substance without a prescription; three counts of sale of methamphetamine;
Bond $900,000

 


Man hurt in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 12, 2019 at 10:29 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
A 23-year-old Cedar Key man suffered serious injuries early Sunday evening (May 12) when he was involved in a single truck crash, the FHP said.
     Cody S. Beckham, 23, of Cedar Key and was the driving a 2004 Ford F-250 pickup truck eastbound on State Road 24 east of Levy County Road 347, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. W. Ernst, based on information provided by crash investigator FHP Trooper Glen Ganus.
     The vehicle departed from the roadway and went onto the south shoulder, the FHP said.
     Beckham overcorrected, the FHP said, causing the pickup truck to go back onto the road and cross both lanes of traffic.
     The vehicle left the road onto the north shoulder and started to rotate clockwise, the FHP said.
     Then the Ford pickup traveled several feet to the northeast where it struck a stump with its left front side, the FHP said. The vehicle became airborne and overturned onto its left side, the FHP said.
     The vehicle completed two rollover events and came to final rest on its left side on the north shoulder facing southeast, the FHP said.
     Beckham, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected and came to final rest a few feet southeast of the vehicle, next to the paved shoulder of the road, the FHP said.
     He was cited for careless driving and not using a seatbelt, the FHP said. The driver, who was the sole occupant of the truck, was taken to Shands UF in serious condition, the FHP said.


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This is the wreath that rested in front of the podium before it was taken to be placed at the base of the flagpole at the Levy County Courthouse.

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These are other wreaths to honor the fallen officers.

Story, Photos and Videos
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 10, 2019 at 10:49 p.m.
Updated May 11, 2019 at 3:39 p.m.
     BRONSON –
Information shared during the Levy County Law Enforcement Memorial program Thursday afternoon (May 9) reflects the strong Tri-County Area connection among law enforcement families.


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Sheriff Bobby McCallum opens the program.

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Members of the MCSO Honor Guard present the colors.


     When Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum was speaking about last year’s murder of two Gilchrist County deputies. he shared with listeners facts to show the strong Levy-Gilchrist connections.
     The keynote speaker Thursday was Holly Reed-Stemple, the widow of the late Capt. Chad A. Reed Sr. of the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office.
     Four members of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presented and retired the colors during the program, and they escorted the wreath from Courtroom A of the Levy County Courthouse outside to the flagpole, where Sheriff McCallum and Williston Police Chief laid the wreath in closing.
     Carolyn McLain, a 17-year-old volunteer with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Pipes & Drums Corps, played Amazing Grace on bagpipes as she calmly walked away from the site where the wreath was to be laid.
     Pastor Terrell Burge of the Bronson Community Church gave the invocation at this memorial service held to honor the memory of LCSO Deputy Atticus Haygood Ellzey, WPD Cpl. David W. Moss, Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Noel Beltran Ramirez Jr. and GCSO Deputy Taylor Fletcher Lindsey.
     As Sheriff McCallum opened the ceremonies, he welcomed the families of the fallen heroes who were to be recognized. Present were Lori Moss, the widow of WPD Cpl. David Moss; the Ellzey family, including Chiefland City Manager Mary Ellzey, WPD and Williston Fire-Rescue Administrative Assistant Brooke Ellzey Willis and Wilma “Aunt Cooter” (Ellzey) Sherwood, the daughter of Haygood Ellzey; The Ramirez Family; and keynote speaker Holy Reed-Stemple, the widow of Capt. Chad Reed Sr.
     Sheriff McCallum started the program by speaking about Deputy Ellzey, who was killed on Jan. 28, 1945 in the line of duty.
     He was 63 years old at the time of his death. He was shot and killed in the town of otter creek after being lured into a wooded area by two men, Sheriff McCallum said.
     Deputy Ellzey had asked the two men to leave an African-American bar to avoid conflicts. The men shot him.
     Deputy Ellzey’s oldest son Joe, who had just bought a brand-new car, if rushed to the scene and took his dad to a local doctor’s office.  Deputy Ellzey was able to identify the two men that shot him, the sheriff said.
     While taking his father to the hospital in Gainesville, McCallum said, Joe blew up his brand-new car. Both men were arrested and convicted, McCallum said, and they served life in prison.  That can
     Deputy Ellzey was survived by his wife and 14 children, the sheriff said.
     On Jan. 25, 2018, part of U.S. Highway 19 near the Town of Otter Creek was named in honor of Deputy Ellzey.
     That story and photos can be seen by clicking HERE.

https://hardisoninkarchive.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/1-27-18-hardisonink-com-fallen-deputy-honored-by-highway-named-docx.pdf
WPD Deputy Police Chief Clay Connolly speaks about the late WPD Cpl. David W. Moss.

     Williston Deputy Police Chief Clay Connolly next spoke about an officer he knew who died in the line of duty in that easternmost city of Levy County.
     Prior to the 1988 murder of Cpl. Moss, Connolly had become an officer in the WPD.
     As the WPD “Dinosaur In Residence,” Connolly said as he began to share his thought about his friend, he asked listeners to understand he had taken some literary license.
     Moss was 31 years old when he was killed, Connolly said, saying Moss was “a big kid” and asking “Who among us is grown up at 31?”
     He loved professional wrestling, animals and children, Connolly said of Cpl. Moss, and he loved Williston and patrolling the streets.
     “During the wee hours of July 30 (1988), David rolled up on a disabled car on Southwest Fifth Street, “Connolly said. “the car hadn’t been yet reported as stolen and David went to find the driver of the car. As he rounded the corner of the pawn shop on noble avenue, David was confronted by a dysfunctional 19-year-old ne’er-do-well who had a stolen pistol that he had taken from a house where he had been squatting illegally.
     “David was ambushed,” Connolly continued. “David had then made a choice that defined the word ‘hero’ in my mind. David returned fire. He effectively neutralized the threat, so that others would not be victimized by him in the future.”
     Should Connolly be in the same position, he hopes to act similarly, he said.
     “Maybe David was not so much of a kid after all,” Connolly said. “Maybe he was pretty grown up after all.”

https://hardisoninkarchive.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/1-27-18-hardisonink-com-fallen-deputy-honored-by-highway-named-docx.pdf
LCSO Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp speaks about the connection to the Ramirez family.

     Levy County Undersheriff W.O. “Brett” Beauchamp III then spoke about the two deputies killed last year in Trenton.
     Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Noel Beltran Ramirez Jr. and GCSO Deputy Taylor Fletcher Lindsey were gunned down while they were eating a meal in Trenton last year, Beauchamp said.
     That incident shook the community to the core, he said. No one in law enforcement anywhere in the Tri-County Area will ever be the same, he said.
     To read the story, photos and videos about that incident, click HERE.
     Undersheriff Beauchamp explained why these deaths hit the Levy County Sheriff’s Office very hard.
     Sgt. Ramirez began his career at the Williston Police Department, Beauchamp said. He then worked from 2o11 to 2016 at the LCSO, he added.
     “He left friends and colleagues in both agencies,” Beauchamp said. “Secondly, Sgt. Ramirez’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Noel Ramirez Sr. live in Levy County. And finally, Sgt. Ramirez’s sister Solianet Ramirez works as a detention corporal for, you guessed it, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.”
     The undersheriff said the agency is honored to have the Ramirez family at the memorial service.
     He thanked the family members of all of fallen officers.
     “Your loved ones’ memories will not be forgotten by the members of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office,” he said. “And you, as survivors, will always hold a place in our hearts at the Sheriff’s Office.”

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Holly Reed-Stemple speaks about the loss of her husband DCSO Capt. Chad Reed Sr., and how it affected her and their two boys. He was shot and killed Jan. 14, 2010, while he and other deputies attempted to arrest a murder suspect fleeing from south Florida.



This video shows Holly Reed-Stemple as she begins telling people about what it means to a family of a law enforcement officer after he is gone.


     Holly Reed-Stemple, the keynote speaker of the day, is on the Board Trustees of the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Concerns Of Police Survivors.
     This national group helps survivors of law enforcement officers who have been killed, including helping fellow officers affected by those deaths. To learn about COPS and-or to donate to them, please visit this website https://www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org/.

     Reed-Stemple said people should see the fallen officers as heroes, and they should see their surviving families as heroes as well, because their favorite officer isn’t here anymore.
     Their boys were 9 and 5 when Capt. Reed was killed, his surviving spouse said. The older boy knew what it meant to be dead, but the younger boy needed help learning about it.
     As time passed, her old boy asked “Why?”
    “I can’t explain why,” she told her oldest son. “All I can tell you is that God has a bigger plan. We may not understand that plan, but we just have to keep our faith in the Good Lord, and put one foot forward.”
     Not a person to be in the limelight, nine years ago, Reed-Stemple’s life has changed in that way as well.
     She said being the public speaker “was Chad’s job.”
     Back then, her duties were the behind-the-scenes support functions of a law enforcement officer’s wife.
     While he has been gone for years, there is not a day when she does not think about her late husband. She and their sons have learned to focus on the positive aspects of life, and to take things one step at a time.
     She and her sons are thankful to God for the time they had when he was alive, she said.
     She spoke about that day.
     “One Jan. 14, 2010, our lives were changed forever,” she said. “Change we were not prepared for. Change that we didn’t want. Change that happened because one person made a split-second decision to pull a trigger and shoot my husband.”
     She worked in Mayo then, and was about 45 minutes away from Cross City.
     They would talk at noon to make plans for their evening activities.
     The boys were in karate, she said. Her mom was with them. Capt. Reed was leaving from the jail that day, she said. He was on the phone with her as he left. She could hear the radio chatter in the background.
     It was a statewide BOLO (be on the lookout) for the murder suspect from south Florida.
     Dixie County deputies found the suspect on U.S. Highway 19, and he told his wife that he had to go check on the officers.
     “But he said that he would see me when he got home and that he loved me,” she said. “That’s the last time I spoke to him.”
     From the time the officers arrived on scene at the gas station until it was over, she said, was 35 seconds.
     Her boys are now 14 and 18 years old, and C.J. Reed is getting ready to graduate from Dixie County High School, she said.
     “This is not our first milestone without Chad,” she said.
     An example she gave was the first time C.J. Reed had to wear a tie at an FFA event. They used a YouTube video for him to learn how to tie a tie.
     “And now we all three know how to tie ties,” she said.
    She put it in perspective for everyone to consider.
     “Milestones are tough no matter how many years have passed,” she said. “So, for those of you who are here today, if you don’t hear anything else I’m telling you, remember milestones are monumental.”
     She intimated that this is bittersweet because her son is graduating, but his father is not going to be there.
     Reed-Stemple shared with people that when they see a person like her or some other surviving person from a tragedy like this, please don’t wait for that person to ask for help. Just go forward and act.
     The smallest of gestures can help a person’s spirt to an immeasurable degree, she said.
     She shared her very strong endorsement for Concerns Of Police Survivors.
     To learn about COPS and-or to donate to them, please visit this website.
https://www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org/

     After Reed-Stemple spoke, the memorial concluded in the parking lot next to the courthouse at the flagpole, where Sheriff McCallum and WPD Chief Strow laid the wreath. Sheriff McCallum thanked his Executive Assistant Robin Hardee McCracken for coordinating the Levy County Law Enforcement Memorial and making it a success.

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In this still shot, Sheriff McCallum and WPD Chief Dennis Strow prepare to lay the wreath at the base of the flagpole after accepting it from the MCSO Honor Guard, as Carolyn McLain, 17, a volunteer with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Pipes & Drums Corps, plays Amazing Grace on bagpipes.  


In this video, the wreath is laid as Carolyn McLain, 17, a volunteer with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Pipes & Drums Corps, plays Amazing Grace on bagpipes as she calmly walked away from the site where the wreath was to be laid. The MCSO Honor Guard is seen in action as well.

 


DCSO deputy involved
in fatal Moped crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 8, 2019 at 4:39 p.m.
Story held until after next of kin notified
     GILCHRIST COUNTY --
A deputy with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a fatal crash in the very early hours Wednesday May 8, the FHP said.
     Dixie County Deputy Scott P. Anderson, 26, of Gainesville was driving a 2018 Ford Explorer, which is a marked DCSO cruiser, at 12:15 a.m. on May 8, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release from based on information from crash investigator FHP Sgt. J.H. Bedenbaugh and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. S. Lattinville.
     The press release was sent May 8 at 7:20 a.m.
     Walter L. Gibson, 30, of Gainesville was driving a 2019 ZHNG Moped (scooter) on State Road 26 west of Gilchrist County Road 313, west of Trenton within Gilchrist County, the FHP said.
     The DCSO Ford Explorer patrol vehicle and the Moped collided
shortly after 12:15 a.m. on May 8 on SR 26, the FHP said.
     Prior to the crash, both vehicles were eastbound on SR 26, with the scooter traveling in front of the cruiser, the FHP said.
     For unknown reasons at this time (4:35 p.m. on May 8) the front of the DCSO vehicle struck the rear of the Moped, the FHP said.
     Upon EMS arrival, the driver of the scooter was pronounced dead as a result of injuries he suffered in the collision, the FHP said. Deputy Anderson refused medical treatment on scene from emergency medical personnel, the FHP said.
     This investigation is ongoing at this time 4:35 p.m. on May 8), the FHP said.

 


 


Following are some common abbreviations:

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


Suspects Arrested
May 6 Through May 12

Updated May 14, 2019 at 8:39 a.m.


MAY 6
MAY 7

     Aaron Williams, 19, of Cross City was arrested for armed burglary. Bond $5,000.
     Bailey T. Caldwell, 18, of Old Town was arrested for armed burglary. Bond $5,000.
MAY 8
     Corrie Hachman, 50, of Old Town was arrested for three Levy County warrants. No bond amounts were listed.
     Rachel Marie Nessmith-Anderson, 27, of Old Town was arrested for a Gilchrist County warrant. Bond $500,000.
     Shawn Santerfeit, 27, of Cross City was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was listed.
     Taisean A. Edwards, 19, of Cross City was arrested for burglary of dwelling, trespass – unoccupied structure, RWOV. Bond $25,000.
     Dennis Ray Rollison Jr., 41, of Old Town was arrested for attach tag not assigned, DWLSR, poss. controlled substance, poss. drug equipment. Bond $1,000.
     Desser Kulka West, 41, of Old Town was arrested for DWLSR. Bond $1,500.
     Robert James Kaleita, 62, of Old Town was arrested for lewd/ lascivious act in presence of child, RWOV, marijuana – poss. less than 20 grams. Bond $25,000.
MAY 9
     Tyler Storm Parrish, 27, of Cross City was arrested for DWLSR, poss. controlled substance. Bond $3.00.
     Robert Mansel Raulerson, 54, of Old Town was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with cancelled/ suspended license. Bond $3,000.
     Joanna Louise Malone, 31, of Old Town was arrested for grand theft auto, marijuana - poss. of less than 20 grams, poss. of meth. Bond $5,000.
MAY 10
     Ronald Bennett, 56, of Steinhatchee was arrested for controlled substance – poss./ sell, marijuana– poss. less than 20 grams. Bond $15,000.
     Larry Duane Teckenbrock, 29, of Trenton was arrested for FTA. No bond amount was given.
MAY 11
     Heather J. Valentine, 35, of Old Town was arrested for poss. of controlled substance, poss. of drug paraphernalia, poss. of less than 20 grams – cannabis. Bond $10,000.
     Helder David Tello-Cifuentes, 25, of Starke was arrested for DUI, operating a motor vehicle without valid driver license. Bond $3,000.
     Janie Marie Coats, 50, of Crystal River was arrested for resist with violence, two counts of RWOV, poss. of controlled substance, poss. of 20 grams marijuana, refusal to submit to testing. Bond $5,000.
MAY 12
     Charles B. Killian, 28, of Old Town was arrested for DUI, poss. less than 20 grams marijuana, poss. drug equipment. Bond $3,000.
     Octavious Shane Matthews, 37, of Old Town was arrested for a Marion County warrant. No bond amount was given.

 





 

Following are some common abbreviations:

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


Suspects Arrested
May 6 Through May 12

Updated May 14, 2019 at 8:39 a.m.

MAY 6
MAY 7
MAY 8

     Charles Douglas Condon, 23, of Old Town was arrested for VOP. No bond.
     Robert Keith Faulkner, 31, of Trenton was arrested for distribute heroin – schedule I, poss. controlled substance without prescription, use 2-way communication device to facilitate felony, second count of controlled substance without a prescription, VOP. Bond $550,000. No bond on VOP.
     Julie Ann Smith, 46, of Trenton was arrested for two counts sell Meth, two counts controlled substance without a prescription, use 2-way communication device to facilitate a felony, keep public nuisance structure for drug activity. Bond $925,000.
MAY 9
     Rachel M. Anderson, 40, of Old Town was arrested for poss. controlled substance without prescription, sell Meth, use 2-way communication device to facilitate a felony. Bond $500,000.
     Trevyne Joyce Willis, 29, of Newberry was arrested for poss. controlled substance without prescription, sell Meth, use 2-way communication device to facilitate a felony. Bond $500,000.
     Audrey Rae Crews, 37, of Branford was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Charles Edward Hahn, 38, of Trenton was arrested for cruelty toward child – abuse without great bodily harm, property damage – personal injury, driving under the influence (bicycle). Bond $20,000.
     Lester Lucius Johnson, 60, of High Springs was arrested for battery – touch or strike, VOP. Bond $15,000. No bond for VOP.
     Brandon Mikeal Parsons, 37, of Newberry was arrested for poss. controlled substance without prescription, use 2-way comm. Device to facilitate felony, opium or derivative – sell – schedule I or II. Bond $500,000.
     Shawn Monroe Santerfeit, 27, of Alachua was arrested for use 2-way communication device to facilitate a felony, controlled substance without a prescription, sell Meth. Bond $500,000.
     Kent Matthew Sexton, 38, of Trenton was arrested for sell drug – schedule III or IV, poss. controlled substance without prescription, use 2-way communication device to facilitate a felony. Bond $450,000.
MAY 10
     Steven Shelby Barber, 36, of Apopka was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $15,000.
MAY 11
     James Jeffrey Dixon, 24, of Merritt Island was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $10,000.
     Christopher Eugene Land, 34, of Bell was arrested for petit theft - $200 or under. Bond $5,000.
     Devin Leonard Monroe, 33, of Plant City was arrested for DUI and damage to property, refuse to submit to DUI test/ Bond $10,000.
     Howard James Schultz Jr., 45, of Trenton was arrested for poss. Meth, drive on permanently revoked license, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $25,000.
MAY 12
     William Sifuentes Cano, 20, of Trenton was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. No bond amount was given.
     Fredy Leon Morales-Leon, 39, of Chiefland was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Cash bond $4,070.


 



Following are some common abbreviations:

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


Suspects Arrested
May 6 Through May 12

Updated May 14, 2019 at 8:39 a.m.

MAY 6
     Stephen Darby Driggers, 41, of Trenton was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $10,000.
     Amber May Greer, 24, of Chiefland was arrested for larceny – resist arrest – commit theft – resist recovery of property. ROR.
     Michael Alan Knowles, 48, of Bronson was arrested for battery – commit domestic battery by strangulation. Bond $75,000.
     Andrea Mobley, 42, of Ocala was arrested for DWLSR – second offense. No bond amount was given.
     Kristy Nubin, 39, of Gainesville was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Cash only $300.
     Alfredo Paz Jr., 21, of High Springs was arrested for FTA. Bond $2,000.
     Brittany Ward, 27, of Bronson was arrested for DWLSR – knowingly, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $1,000.
MAY 7
     Dana Shannon Barnes, 40, of Inglis was arrested for fail to register motor vehicle, operating motor vehicle without valid driver license. Bond $1,000.
     Jeremy DeWayne Gibbs, 35, of Trenton was arrested for VOP. No bond.
     Malcom Walker, 20, of Bronson was arrested for FTA. Bond $2,000.
     Valentina Elaine Williams, 32, of Williston was arrested for marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams. Bond $500.
MAY 8
     William Edward Coggins, 47, of Inglis was arrested for larceny grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000, RWOV, obstruct police – deprive of means protection or communication. Bond $35,000.
     Troy Glenn Draughn, 52, of Inglis was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. Bond $2,500.
     Todd Andrew Ridenour, 41, of Williston was arrested for two counts poss. of controlled substance without prescription, marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams. Bond $30,000. ROR on marijuana.
     Kent Matthew Sexton, 38, of Trenton was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $500,000.
MAY 9
     Christopher James Anderson, 46, of Chiefland was arrested for FTA. Bond $2,000.
     Caleb Joseph Collins Bailey, 19, of Yankeetown was arrested for two counts aggravated assault with deadly weapon, without intent to kill, battery – touch or strike. Larceny – petit theft – second degree – first offense, resist officer with violence, obstruct without violence, escape.
     Salina Marie Garber, 24, of Newport, Vermont was arrested for deliver/ distribute drugs other – schedule III or IV, poss. controlled substance without prescription, marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams. Bond $31,000.
     Thomas Vaillancourt, 35, of Williston was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $15,000.
MAY 10
     Theresa Lee Gale, 29, of Ocala was arrested for poss. controlled substance without prescription. Bond $1,000.
     Paul Moore, 32, of Inglis was arrested for battery – touch or strike, obstructing justice – tampering in misdemeanor proceeding. Bond $20,000.
     Lionel Marquese Stanley, 32, of Pensacola was arrested for flee/ elude LEO with lights/ sirens active. Bond $25,000.
     Daniel Robert Yunk, 35, of Homosassa was arrested for fail to register vehicle, DWLSR – third or subsequent offense, poss. controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $30,000.
MAY 11
     John Brian Bennett, 56, of Williston was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Cash only $2,570.
     Scott Michael Chapman, 37, of Chiefland was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Commit domestic battery by strangulation. Bond $35,000.
     Alison Eileen Jones, 39, of Georgetown, Georgia was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. Bond $10,000.
     Krystal Lynn Kilbourn, 33, of Chiefland was arrested for shoplifting – petit theft from merchant – second offense. Bond $5,000.
     Rufino Leonel Lopez-Carillo, 24, of Ocala was arrested for operate motor vehicle without valid driver license. Bond $1,000.
     Misty Electra Dughn Nichols, 26, of Inglis was arrested for battery – touch or strike, battery on officer/ firefighter/ EMT/ etc., resist officer with violence, RWOV. Bond $95,000.
     Corey Jason Scott, 32, of Tallahassee was arrested for obstruct without violence, disorderly conduct/ brawling/ fighting/ corrupt public moral decency. Bond $10,000.
MAY 12 
     Michael Arthur Bray, 40, of Williston was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $10,000.
     James Lee Lamb, 32, of Trenton was arrested for commit battery by strangulation. No bond amount was given.
     Luis Anthony Lemus, 20, of Ocala was arrested for carrying concealed weapon/ firearm, marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. ROR.
     Carrington Ashley Penninger, 18, of Ocala was arrested for marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams. ROR.

 

--UPDATED--
TUESDAY  MAY 21   9:09 a.m.
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