LCSO arrests two men on
charges of sex crimes
against a child

   
Jason Allen Fisher (left) 
and Ronald Arthur Adams
Mug Shots by LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 22, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
Two men were arrested yesterday (Wednesday, June 21), 2017, by Levy County Sheriff’s Office investigators for sex crimes against a child, LCSO Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp said in a Thursday (June 22) press release).

 

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     Jason Allen Fisher, 35, and Ronald Arthur Adams, 58, both of Morriston, were each charged with three felony counts that included sexual battery on a child between the ages of 12 and 18 years old, and lewd and lascivious molestation of a child victim, Beauchamp said.
     Initial bond was set at $5 million by Levy County Judge Tim Browning for those three charges on each of the two defendants, according to records.
     The arrests are the result of cooperative efforts between the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), the University of Florida Child Protection Team (CPT) and the LCSO, Beauchamp said.
     The child victim was molested over a long period of time, Beauchamp said, and the offenses occurred in the Morriston area of the county.
     Fisher and Adams were acquaintances of the victim’s family. One of the victim’s relatives reported the abuse and then the involved agencies immediately began building the case, Beauchamp said. 
     LCSO lead Investigator Mike McNeil expressed confidence that theses offenders will ultimately be convicted due to the high quality of the evidence developed in this case. As always, the LCSO encourages residents and visitors in Levy County to report suspected criminal activity to CrimeStoppers anonymously at 1-877-349-TIPS (8477).
     Suspected child abuse or neglect cases can also be reported to DCF by calling 1-800-962-2873.


Crash in rain ends
with truck on its side



Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 22, 2017 at 3:27 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
There were no citations issued and no injuries reported in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday evening (June 21) in Levy County, the FHP said.


The Impala is parked just out of frame in the center of the highway. A man and woman stand in Alt. 27 speaking through a window to the trooper. The Bronson Fire Rescue response vehicle is parked in the background, helping oncoming drivers to notice the issue on the highway.

     Heavy rain in the area of the accident may have been a factor, Bronson Fire Chief Dennis Russell said.
     Julio Crespo, 48, of Chiefland was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at 4:25 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan, based on information from FHP Trooper William Bontrager.
     Corina Mouturar, 31, of Chiefland was a passenger in the pickup truck, the FHP said
     Jasmine Crane, 22, Chiefland was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Impala, the FHP said.
     The pickup truck was westbound on U.S. Alt. 27 in the right travel lane, the FHP said.
     The car was westbound in the left travel lane, the FHP said.
     Crespo said the car crossed the centerline and collided with the pickup truck, the FHP said.
     Crane said the pickup truck crossed the centerline and collided with her vehicle.


Tracks in the grass show the route of the pickup truck after it left the highway.


The Mitsubishi parked behind the cruiser is not listed as having been in the crash.

      The left side of the pickup truck collided with the right side of car, the FHP said.
     After the collision, the pickup truck went onto the north shoulder of Alt. 27, where the right side collided with a tree, it to rotate clockwise and overturn onto its left side, the FHP said.
     The pickup truck came to final rest on its left side located on the north shoulder of the highway facing north, the FHP said.
     The Impala came to a controlled stop on the median facing west, the FHP said.
 

Firefighter-EMT honored

This video shows the many emergency services vehicles at the front of a funeral procession going southbound on U.S. Highway 19 on Wednesday afternoon (June 21). This video was taken facing east from in front of the Dixie County Library in Cross City. The sounds in the background are a demolition company working to recycle metal from a former Marathon gasoline station and convenience store.
Video by By Jeff M. Hardison © June 22, 2017 at 12:47 p.m., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


     DIXIE COUNTY -- Jordon Russell Ward, 25, of Cross City died in a motorcycle accident June 16.

     This young man was a beloved firefighter-EMT with Dixie County Emergency Services. Born Feb. 28, 1992 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, he moved to the Dixie County area in 2006.
     During his time here, Ward served as a member of the Dixie County Dive Rescue Team, and had been a member of the Cross City Volunteer Fire Department as well.
     He not only served the residents and visitors of Dixie County in the past 11 years, but he was dedicated to helping people in Levy and Gilchrist counties as well as he served as a firefighter-EMT there too.
     This medical professional worked in Alachua County, too, during the past decade as he was on the ground as part of the team for ShandsCair.
     And this honorable young man also served the people of Florida by working at Cross City Correctional Institution, which is part of the Florida Department of corrections.
     Jordan Ward served the people of this nation as well. Ward was active in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a lance corporal and as an amphibious assault vehicle crewman at Bravo Company 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion in Jacksonville. Sgt. James Yanok is his platoon sergeant. “He was a great young Marine,” Sgt. Yanok said.
     Ward attended Lydia Baptist Church in Cross City.
     On Wednesday, Pastor Jarrett Thomas of Lydia Baptist Church officiated during a funeral service that was held at First Baptist Church of Cross City.
     After the funeral service, firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics and law enforcement officers drove vehicles to lead the procession of people who paid their final respects to Ward. There were emergency vehicles from Alachua, Dixie, Levy, Gilchrist and Taylor counties, and from many of the municipal stations in those counties.
     Interment was in Cross City Cemetery.
     During this part of the services in honor of the fallen firefighter-EMT, he was given full military and fire service honors.
     The young man is survived by his wife Ashley Ward, a son Bryson Ward, a daughter Alani Ward, his father Kendall Ward (Jodi), his mother Valarie Ward, a brother Dalton Ward, his maternal grandfather Russ Seymour, his paternal grandmother Gloria Hanson (Ronald), an uncle Russell Seymour, an aunt Jacqueline Keough, and other extended family members.
     He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Arliene Seymour.
     Arrangements were under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City.
     Mandy Cannon Lemmermen, a member of the Dixie County Fire Service, noted on Facebook "Today we lay a brother to rest. A brother that would do anything for any of us without hesitation. A brother that loved his family more than anything in this world. A brother that loved putting on the uniform and serving this great country no matter what badge he was wearing that day. A brother that's smile was larger than life and an attitude that was infectious. A brother who on any call, fire or medical, had our backs through it all. A brother that will always be in our hearts and will ride with us to every call from here on out. A brother that will be with me every time I place my gear on the engine. RIP 4110... We will take it from here."
 

DCFS helps people;
Jordon Ward to be honored
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 20, 2017 at 4:37 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
The men and women of Dixie County Fire Services, which includes volunteers and career firefighters, helped people as the firefighters responded to various calls during the past week of reporting.

     In the most recent set of records provided by Dixie County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Darian Brown on Monday (June 19) and today (June 20), the chief also provided information about a young firefighter who lost his life recently.
     Chief Brown mentioned that Jordan Ward, 25, of Cross City was a member of the Dixie County Emergency Services, Cross City Fire Department, Gilchrist County EMS/Fire and Levy County Fire Rescue. Ward was a United States Marine Corps reservist and had worked for some time with the Florida Department of Corrections and with Shands ground transport service in Gainesville, Chief Brown said. Ward died Friday (June 16) in a motorcycle crash.
     Services will be a Level II Fire service funeral. Casket watch will be performed at the viewing tonight (June 20) by various honor guard members throughout this part of the state.
     They will be assisting tomorrow (June 21) with the honor guard duties for the service. Graveside services will include a Marine Honor/Color Guard detail along with traditional Fire Service honors as well, Chief Brown said.
     Ward was Dixie County Emergency Services and with the Cross City Fire Department since 2010-11. He moved forward with EMT and Firefighting certifications and was enrolled in and working on his Paramedic training, Chief Brown said.


GCSO catches armed suspect

Jimmie Leroy Rodgers Jr.

Mug Shot by GCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 19, 2017 at 3:57 p.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY
-- A 57-year-old Bell man armed with a rifle was arrested early Monday morning after people called the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office to report seeing him acting abnormally on U.S. Highway 129, Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said.

     Jimmie Leroy Rodgers Jr., 57, of Bell is the man who caused witnesses to call the GCSO.
    At approximately 8:48 a.m., the Sheriff's Office received a call in reference to a subject in the area of Bell Concrete (U.S. 129 North) holding what appeared to be a large stick, Sheriff Schultz noted in a press release.
     A second call was received from the area of the Gilchrist County Emergency Operations Center with a description of a white  male in the middle of U.S. 129,  armed with a shotgun, the sheriff said.
     Multiple witnesses stated that the man was demonstrating erratic behavior, Sheriff Schultz said.
     GCSO units quickly responded to the location utilizing emergency response lights and sirens to get to the scene.
     The weapon was identified as a high-powered rifle with a scope, Sheriff Schultz said, and it appeared to be on a bi-pod. The man appeared to pose a threat to individuals in the immediate area as well as to deputies responding.
     Swift action was taken to secure the area and take the subject into into custody without incident, Schultz said.
     Through a subsequent follow-up investigation, the sheriff continued, it was learned that the weapon that Rodgers was in possession of was taken during a residential burglary in the immediate  area.
     Rodgers is currently in the custody of the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office at the Gilchrssit County Jail. Multiple felony charges are pending.
     The sheriff said he is thankful to the people who provided helpful information in reference to the area and a description of the man and the behavior he exhibited.
     Schultz added that he commends his deputies "... for swiftly and safely responding and taking control of the situation."


OPD arrests murder suspect

Robert Kenard Bavle
Mug Shot by MCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 19, 2017 at 3:57 p.m.
     OCALA --
A 23-year-old man is in the Marion County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond after the Ocala Police Department investigated a fatal shooting Sunday night (June 18), according to records.
     Robert Kenard Bavle, 23, was booked at 6:36 a.m. on Monday (June 19) on a charge of second degree murder, according to records.
     On Sunday (June 19) at 9:52 p.m., Ocala Police Officers responded to Kers Wing House, 2145 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in reference to a shooting, Lou Biondi of the OPD said in a Monday afternoon press release.
     Officers located victim Jonathan Sullivan, 26, in the parking lot who had multiple gunshot wounds, Biondi said.
     Sullivan was taken to a hospital and died as a result of his injuries, Biondi said. Bavle was apprehended at the scene.
    As a result of this investigation, Bavle was arrested for second degree murder and delivered to the Marion County Jail, Biondi said.
     This investigation is still active. Anyone with information related to this incident can call OPD Det. Mat Steckman at 352-369-7147. You may also remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 352-368-STOP (7867), or you can text a tip to 274637 using keyword 352-368-STOP. 

 


Nurse shot by stray bullet;
Suspect held without bond

Jason Ronald Gignac

Mug Shot by MCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 18, 2017 at 4:27 p.m.
     OCALA --
A 38-year-old Summerfield man is in the Marion County Jail, being held without bond as a result of his allegedly fighting with Florida Highway Patrol troopers and a nurse being shot during that struggle at 3 p.m. on Saturday (June 17), according to information from the FHP.

     Jason Ronald Gignac, 38, of Summerfield had contact with the FHP on multiple occasions on Saturday, FHP Lt. P.V. Riordan said in a press release Sunday afternoon.
     He was a pedestrian in the area of the 341 mile marker on Interstate-75 in Marion County at the time, the FHP said. On the third encounter, Gignac said he was ill and requested to be transported to the hospital, the FHP said. Gignac was subsequently
transported to West Marion Community Hospital by an ambulance, the FHP said.
     After receiving medical treatment, Gignac was in the process of being discharged when three FHP troopers attempted to take
Gignac into custody on a charge of failure to obey a lawful order, the FHP said.
     A struggle ensued, the FHP said, at which time an FHP-issued firearm was discharged by Gignac.
    A West Marion Community Hospital nurse was struck in the leg by the bullet. The nurse is in stable condition, the FHP said.
    Gignac was subsequently taken into custody and booked into the Marion County Jail on three counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, one count of resisting arrest with violence and one count of resisting arrest without violence, the FHP said.
     The three FHP troopers involved during the struggle, received minor injuries, the FHP said. The FHP will be conducting an internal investigation of the incident, FHP Lt. Riordan said.


OPD arrests suspect
for attempted murder

Lester Ray Smith
Mug Shot By MCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 18, 2017 at 3:17 p.m.
     OCALA --
A 31-year-old man was arrested very early Sunday morning (June 18) as a suspect in a case of attempted murder, according to information from a press relesae from Sgt. Cynthia Barnes of the Ocala Police Department.

     On Sunday at 4:42 a.m., Barnes said, the Ocala Police Officers responded to 1223 S.W. Fort King St. in regard a shooting incident.
     The 27-year-old male victim was located with apparent gunshot wounds to his neck and leg, Barnes said.
     The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment, Barnes said, and he remains in critical but stable condition.
     Lester Ray Smith, 31, was located near the crime scene and was established as a person of interest. As this investigation progressed, Barnes said, probable cause for arrest was established for Smith on the charge of attempted second degree murder, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
     This investigation is still active, Barnes said. Anyone with information is asked to call OPD Sgt. Jamie Buchbinder at 352-369-7084. You may also remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP (7867), or you can text a tip to 274637 using keyword 368-STOP. You may also visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com.


Charges pending after
FHP master sergeant dies

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 18, 2017 at 7:57 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
The death of a 52-year-old Florida Highway Patrol master sergeant shows charges are pending completion of the investigation of the Saturday night (June 17) traffic accident leading to his death, according to an early Sunday morning (June 18) press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan.

     FHP MSgt. William T. Bishop, 52, of Lake City was investigating a previous crash, FHP Lt. Riordan said, where a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu was parked southbound in the inside emergency lane of Interstate-75 at the 403 Mile Marker in Alachua County at 6:36 p.m. on Saturday (June 17).
     Steven D. Catanach, 22, of Miami was the driver of that Malibu, Lt. Riordan noted in a press release sent at 1:51 a.m.
     John C. Sams, 67, of Lady Lake was driving a 2007 Cadillac STS and Michael T. Korta, 46, of Tampa was driving a 2016 Ford Fusion southbound in the center lane, where the Ford was in front of the Cadillac, Lt. Riordan said.
     During a secondary collision between the Cadillac and the Ford, MSgt. Bishop was struck while outside of his patrol car, Lt. Riordan said.
     Master Sergeant Bishop was transported to Shands Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Lt. Riordan said.
     Sams suffered minor injuries and was taken to Shands, Lt. Riordan said.
     Catanach and Korta were not injured, Lt. Riordan said.


FHP targets aggressive drivers
Campaign runs June 16-29
Released by FHP Capt. Jeff Bissainthe
of the FHP Office of Communications                                              
Published June 16, 2017 at 4:17 p.m.
     TALLAHASSEE –
Passenger vehicles and tractor trailers share Florida’s highways every day, but too often aggressive driving habits result in deadly crashes between the two.

     Beginning today (Friday, June 16), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will begin Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT), a safety campaign aimed at educating motorists about the dangers of aggressive driving around large trucks and reducing commercial motor vehicle related crashes.
     “The Florida Highway Patrol remains committed to keeping our roadways safe for all motorists,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “We can all do our part in reducing traffic crashes by being cautious, patient and courteous while driving, especially around big trucks and buses.”
     During the 2016 TACT campaign, law enforcement statewide issued 67,144 citations related to aggressive driving behaviors.
     The first TACT campaign in 2017 took place from February 24 to March 9, and 15,785 citations were issued.
     The TACT campaign runs from June 16 through June 29. Troopers will be looking for car and truck drivers who display aggressive driving behavior such as following too closely, speeding and unsafe lane changes.
     Motorists should protect themselves and their passengers by learning how to share the road safely. FHP offers
these tips for driving around large trucks:
     ● Stay out of the No Zone: Be aware that large trucks have large blind spots (also known as “No Zones”);
     ● Pass trucks with caution: Pass on the left side for maximum visibility and maintain a constant speed;
     ● Do not cut trucks off: Be sure to leave plenty of room when you pull in front of a truck. Large trucks
Simply cannot stop as quickly as cars;
     ● Practice patience around larger vehicles that are not traveling at the same speed as your vehicle;
     ● Do not drive distracted: Anything that takes your full attention off of the road, even for a second, could be deadly. This includes texting, changing the radio station, talking to passengers, and much more; and
     ● Dial *FHP (*347) if you witness aggressive or dangerous driving.
    For more information about TACT and FHP’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement, visit: http://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/share-the-road/ticketing-aggressive-cars-and-trucks/.


Cross City man dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 16, 2017 at 11:57 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
A 25-year-old Cross City man died very early today (Friday, June 16) in a motorcycle crash, the FHP said.

     Jordon Ward, 25, of Cross City was driving a 2005 Suzuki GSX-R motorcycle at 12:50 a.m. on Friday, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Jonathan H. Young, based on information from crash and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. James D. Smith.
     The motorcycle was westbound on State Road 26 (Newberry Road), the FHP said.
     The driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn, the FHP said. Ward and the motorcycle came to final rest in the westbound lanes of SR 26, the FHP said. Ward was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, the FHP said. The crash is still under investigation, the FHP said in the press release at 7:31 a.m. on June 16.
     PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Jordon Ward was active in the  United States Marine Corps Reserve as a lance corporal and as an amphibious assault vehicle crewman at Bravo Company 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion in Jacksonville. Sgt. James Yanok is his platoon sergeant. “He was a great young Marine,” Sgt. Yanok said.


Summerfield man arrested
on child pornography charges


John McDowell

Mug Shot by MCSO

By Lauren Lettelier
MCSO Public Information Officer
Published June 15, 2017 at 4:07 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
Yesterday (Wednesday, June 14), Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes detectives arrested John Robert McDowell, 40, of Summerfield on 20 counts of possession of child pornography.

     On Dec. 26, 2016, and Feb. 14, 2017, detectives received information that multiple files of child pornography were uploaded to McDowell’s email account. It was later determined that McDowell possessed the child pornography in November 2016.
     Contact was then made with McDowell, who was already in the Marion County Jail on unrelated charges.
     Detectives executed a search warrant of McDowell's phone, which was with his property at the jail. Detectives discovered 20 explicit files of child pornography in the form of screenshots.
     These screenshots were time stamped, confirming that McDowell took the screenshots on Nov. 20, 2016.
     McDowell denied having a cell phone and the email accounts in question. When detectives told the man that they had requested information from his phone and email providers for the details of his
accounts, McDowell requested an attorney.
     McDowell was previously ordered to serve 330 days in the Marion County Jail for three violation of probation charges. McDowell was given credit for 235 days that he already had served. His date for
release on those charges would have been July 19.
     Now, McDowell will have to pay the $400,000 bond on the 20 child pornography charges before he can be released.


Blazer hits pole
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 15, 2017 at 7:37 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
A 61-year-old Levy County man suffered minor injuries Wednesday afternoon (June 14) after the vehicle he was driving hit a pole, the FHP said.

     Steve Tyson, 61, of Chiefland was driving a 2004 Chevy Blazer at 1:49 p.m., according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Daniel DeWeese, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper J. Cabral.
     The Blazer was westbound on State Road 26 in the right lane at Northwest 91 Street in Alachua County, the FHP said, when for an unknown reason, it departed from the roadway to the right.
     The Chevrolet went onto the north shoulder of westbound SR 26, the FHP said.
     The front end of Blazer collided with a utility pole, resulting in numerous traffic lights to lose power, the FHP said.
     The SUV came to final rest in the right lane of westbound SR 26, the FHP said.
     Traffic in the affected area was diverted for a short period of time while repairs were made to restore power to traffic signals, the FHP said.
     Tyson was taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center with minor injuries, the FHP said. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, the FHP said.


Police chief evaluated

Chiefland Police Chief Scott Anderson prepares to hear from the City Commission on Monday evening (June 12).

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 14, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
Police Chief Scott Anderson received his six-month evaluation from the Chiefland City Commission during a meeting Monday evening (June 12).



Chiefland City Commissioner Teresa Barron looks at the budget. The empty seat next to her is where City Commissioner Rollin Hudson sits.
 

     City Commissioner Rollin Hudson was not present for that meeting, which started at 5:30 p.m., but he was at the regular twice-monthly meeting that started a half-hour later.
     All five city commissioners previously had provided their written scores and comments. City Commissioner Hudson noted his pleasure at having a police chief who lives in the city limits now.



(from left) Chiefland Mayor Betty Walker, City Commissioner Donald Lawrence and Vice Mayor Chris Jones prepare to speak to Police Chief Scott Anderson.

     Vice Mayor Chris Jones opened the verbal commentary during the meeting.
     He said he is happy overall with the work that Chief Anderson has done in his first six months. Jones said he sees a little different methodology used than former Chief Robert Douglas, as Jones added that it not either bad or good.
     Jones said he is pleased to have seen Chief Anderson "clean up some of the bad elements around here" in a professional manner.
     Another point that Vice Mayor Jones noted was his pleasure at seeing the police officers going into the community and meeting people on a one-to-basis.
     City Commissioner Donald Lawrence said he is absolutely pleased with the work shown by Chief Anderson and the Chiefland Police Department's personnel. In his poll of the police force members, Lawrence found everyone was well pleased by the chief.
     As for Lawrence highlighting a point, he mentioned his happiness at seeing the police chief working within a budget that was created before Anderson accepted the office. Lawrence mentioned that he was glad to see the chief leading the Annual Watermelon Festival Parade.
     Lawrence said he noticed the picture of Chief Anderson in HardisonInk.com, as well as seeing the photo of Vice Mayor Jones driving the fire engine. The city commissioner also mentioned that he thought Mayor Betty Walker was obviously enjoying running the siren on the fire engine during the parade.
     Lawrence said he is glad, too, to see the CPD working with the Levy County Sheriff's Office and the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office. Chief Anderson acknowledged that, adding "Their problems are our problems."
     City Commissioner Teresa Barron mentioned that she sees the chief is at 70.2 percent on the budget, which she considers to be close. Barron also provided her opinion on the amount of traffic infraction enforcement.
     Barron previously had commented to the chief that she had heard comments from people who thought the CPD was too zealous on that enforcement. There were some significant drug arrests in the past six months as a result of officers enforcing traffic laws in the city limits.
     Barron said she appreciates the chief’s work.
     Mayor Walker said she advises the chief to not worry about the money, because that is not something he can control. She said she understands there are times when there may be an amendment needed due to circumstances calling for officers to put in more time.
     The mayor also said she is thankful for the success of the CPD in making the city even safer from the criminal element than it has been.
     Like Vice Mayor Jones, Mayor Walker said she is very happy to see the officers having friendly conversations with people as they let everyone know the police are friends of the law-abiding public.
     Chief Anderson said he is thankful for the opportunity to lead the CPD.
     “This is my home,” Chief Anderson said. “This is my heart.”
     Following are the total numeric values awarded to Chief Anderson from an extensive review form completed by each City Commission member:
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Mayor Betty Walker: 211
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Vice Mayor Chris Jones: 183
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City Commissioner Teresa Barron: 167
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City Commissioner Rollin Hudson: 169
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City Commissioner Donald Lawrence: 225


Man injured, traffic diverted
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 13, 2017 at 8:37 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A 31-year-old Ocala man drove an SUV into a concrete utility pole connected with a traffic control device and caused traffic to be diverted from that intersection at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday morning (June 13), the FHP said.

     Justin R. Griffis, 31, of Ocala was driving a 2005 Buick Rainier southbound on Southwest 60th Avenue, just north of the intersection with 95th Street Road, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Mark Weber said in a press release based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Mark Baker.
     As the SUV went south through the intersection, it exited the roadway toward the right and crashed into a concrete utility pole on the southwest shoulder, the FHP said, causing total traffic signal failure.
     Due to the collision, the concrete pole broke in half, causing the traffic signal lines to fall across the roadway and obstruct the intersection, the FHP said.
     Griffis suffered serious injuries during the crash and was transported to the Ocala Regional Medical Center for medical treatment, the FHP said.


Trooper captures
Dixie County suspect


Cheryl Bulino

Mug Shot By DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 12, 2017 at 10:57 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol on Saturday (June 10) captured a suspect who was wanted for grand theft, according to information sent in a press release from Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.

     In September of 2016, the DCSO received a complaint of credit card fraud and theft from a resident in Old Town, Harden said.
     The investigation revealed that a family member apparently had used the victim’s information to obtain credit cards in their name, Harden said.
     That suspect -- Cheryl Bulino, 57, of Pinellas County (St. Petersburg-Largo) -- used the credit cards at various stores, including Sears and Wal-Mart, Harden said.
     Bulino is reported to have charged in excess of $12,000 worth of merchandise, Harden said.
    Along with the credit card theft, Harden added, it is reported that Bulino stole several thousand dollars’ worth of jewelry from the victim’s home and then pawned or sold those items in Chiefland. 
     The DCSO's officials turned their findings over to the Office of Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister, whose office prosecutes suspected criminals in Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor counties.
     As a result, the Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office filed an information requesting a capias for the arrest (an arrest warrant) for Bulino.
     On Saturday night, Bulino had the opportunity to cross paths with a local state trooper, who, during the course of the stop, checked her name and at that point found on the database that she was wanted, Harden said.
     The trooper then transported her to the Dixie County Jail where she was turned over to a deputy and arrested on the capias for grand theft III, and bond was set at $25,000.


 

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


Suspects Arrested Through June 18
Updated June 19, 2017 at 10:47 p.m.


JUNE 12
     William Patrick Matthews, 67, of Madeira Beach was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs, DWLSR – second offense. Bond $10,000.
     Bennie Lee Richardson Sr., 57, of Williston was arrested for petit theft from merchant – second offense. Bond $5,000.
JUNE 13
     Brian Anthony Brown, 44, of Archer was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $2,500.
     Joshua Ryan Hughes, 29, of Trenton was arrested for poss. weapon or ammo by convicted Florida felon, unoccupied structure – unarmed, grand theft $300 to less than $5,000, grand theft of firearm. No bond.
     Michael Prather Porterfield, 27, of Inglis was arrested for poss. weapon or ammo by convicted felon, dealing in stolen property. Bond $75,000.
     Kasey Lane Staley, 27, of Land-o-Lakes was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $6,000.
JUNE 14
     Allison Jesse Brown, 49, of Cedar Key was arrested for abuse child without great bodily harm. Bond $15,000.
     John Capell Jr., 37, of Austin, Texas was arrested for with intent to sell/ mfg./ deliver – schedule I or II drug, poss. drug - schedule I or III or IV, controlled substance without prescription, marijuana – not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. No bond amount was given.
     Roy Clark, 63, of Bronson was arrested for poss. drug – schedule I, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. No bond amount was given.
     Nicole Renee Hogan, 30, of Bronson was arrested for neglect child without great bodily harm. Bond $25,000.
     Stephen Woodley, 40, of Bronson was arrested for second or subsequent offense. Bond $50,000.
JUNE 15
     Charles Gibbson Jones, 42, of Chiefland was arrested for abuse child without great bodily harm. ROR.
     Daniel Edward London, 29, of Bronson was arrested for with deadly weapon without intent to kill. Bond $15,000.
     Thomas Allen Moody, 64, of Chiefland was arrested for DWLSR – habitual offender. ROR.
JUNE 16
     Darrin Kerby Carr, 30, of Cross City was arrested for DWLSR – second offense, grand theft of motor vehicle. Bond $6,500.
     Michalia Dawn Gibson, 20, of Archer was arrested for grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000. ROR.
     Suann Grisham, 34, of Chiefland was arrested for battery – touch or strike, abuse child without great bodily harm. Bond $25,000.
JUNE 17
     Jeremy Dante Donald, 31, of Williston was arrested for $200 and under, occupied dwelling – unarmed. Bond $52,000.
     Kevin Jay Kyer, 43, of Fork Union, Virginia was arrested for DWLSR – first offense. Bond $250.
JUNE 18
     Cantrell Davone Richardson, 27, of Chiefland was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. ROR.



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


Suspects Arrested Through June 18

Updated June 19, 2017 at 10:47 p.m.

JUNE 13
     Nicolas Bazan Meneses, 56, no address was arrested for hit and run leave scene of crash involving damage to property. Bond $1,000.
     Irwin Jerome White, 54, of Bell was arrested for battery - touch or strike. Bond $2,500.
JUNE 14
     Spencer Edward Coleman, 21, of Newberry was arrested for marijuana - poss. marijuana over 20 grams, sell schedule III or IV drug, drug equipment - poss. and/or use (ROR). Bond $10,000.
     Latasha Ann Smith, 33, of Trenton was arrested for grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000.
JUNE 18
     Charles Cody Hull, 21, of Fleming Island was arrested for sex offense video voyeurism - 19 years of age or older $15,000
 


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


Suspects Arrested Through June 16
Updated June 20, 2017 at 12:47 p.m.

JUNE 12

     Keith Friese, 27, of St. Petersburg was arrested for criminal mischief. Bond $2,000.
JUNE 13
     Amanda N. Ziegler-Lee, 33, of Punta Gorda was arrested for VOP, introduction of contraband. No bond amount was given.
JUNE 14
     Christina Renee Boyington, 42, of Steinhatchee was arrested for an out-of-county warrant, obstruct. No bond amount was given.
JUNE 15
     Robert J. McAllister, 37, of Old Town was arrested for domestic battery. Bond $3,000.
     Arthur D. Campbell, 54, of Old Town was arrested for DUI. Bond $3,000.
JUNE 16
     James J. Blevins, 35, of Old Town was arrested for three violation of injunction charges. Bond $150,000.

--UPDATED--
FRIDAY  JUNE 23  4:07 p.m.
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