Ocala man refuses to stop,
crashes in Levy County

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 21, 2017 at 7:47 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
After a man chose against pulling over for a deputy Wednesday night (March 21), he crashed, the FHP said.

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     Devin Bennett, 28, of Ocala was driving a 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse north on U.S Highway 41 when a deputy with the Levy County Sheriff's Office attempted a traffic stop, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan said in a press release based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Earl Mash.
     The deputy saw reason to believe there was a faulty equipment violation when he tried to pull over the vehicle at 9:54 p.m., the FHP said.
    However Bennett did not stop his vehicle when the emergency lights of the patrol car were activated, the FHP said.
     Instead he accelerated the vehicle and continued north on U.S. 41, the FHP said. Then, Bennett lost control of the Mitsubishi and it traveled off of the U.S. 41 onto the west shoulder near Levy County Road 335 where it collided with a tree, the FHP said.
     The vehicle then came to final rest on the west shoulder of U.S. 41 facing in a northeast, the FHP said.
     Bennett was taken to Shands in Gainesville with minor injuries, the FHP said. Charges are pending completion of the investigation, the FHP said.


Cocaine smuggling attempt
valued at $38 million is stopped



Information from U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Published March 21, 2017 at 8:57 p.m.
on the Police Page of HardisonInk.com
     JACKSONVILLE –
United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircrews based in Jacksonville detected two vessels carrying more than 2,923 pounds of cocaine operating in the Eastern Pacific Ocean this month.

     AMO crew members aboard a P-3 aircraft detected two suspicious go-fast style vessels engaging in transnational narcotics trafficking. The P-3 crew then handed off surveillance to a Miami-based DHC-8 crew who continued tracking the vessels.
     The crews coordinated with Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATF South) who sent a United States Coast Guard cutter to intercept the vessels, resulting in the arrest of three suspects and the seizure of more than 2,900 pounds of cocaine.
     “This latest seizure provides a glimpse of the vigilance our experienced air crews exhibit when patrolling the open waters,” said Director of National Air Security Operations Center - Jacksonville Robert Blanchard. “Our crews remain committed to disrupting transnational criminal organizations’ attempts to smuggle illicit narcotics.”
     AMO  patrols a 42 million-square mile area of the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific, known as the Source and Transit Zone, in search of drugs that are in transit towards U.S. shores. National Air Security Operations (NASO) P-3 Orions have been an integral part of the successful counter-narcotic missions operating in coordination with JIATF South. Operation Martillo, coordinated by JIATF South in support of U.S. Southern Command, is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. U.S., partner nation ships and aircraft support the efforts to interdict illicit trafficking near Central American waters.
     In Fiscal Year 2016, AMO P-3 aircrews operating from Corpus Christi, Tex., and Jacksonville, Fla., directly contributed to 145 drug seizure or disruption incidents in the transit zone, resulting in the interdiction of 34,108 pounds of marijuana and 193,197 pounds of cocaine.
     AMO is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities. With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft, and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO conducts its mission in the air and maritime environments at and beyond the border, and within the nation's interior.


MCSO assists USAF
in locating
suspected deserter
- AWOL for 45 years

By MCSO Public Information Officer Lauren Lettelier,
Published March 21, 2017 at 8:57 p.m.
on the Police Page of HardisonInk.com
     MARION COUNTY --
On Tuesday (March 21) deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) assisted agents with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations in locating Linley Benson Lemburg (date of birth: Aug. 29, 1941), who has been AWOL (Absent Without Leave) from the Air Force since 1972.
     Lemburg was living at 7847 S.W. Fifth Place in Ocala with his wife. He was using the alias of William Michael Robertson, and had a fictitious date of birth of Aug. 29, 1951.
     MCSO deputies were asked by Air Force agents to assist in locating Lemburg, which culminated in this morning's apprehension.
     Lemburg was then transported to the MCSO Evidence Division, where the MCSO latent print examiners obtained his fingerprints and compared them against samples that the Air Force had in its possession from his enlistment.
     MCSO latent print examiners confirmed Lemburg’s identity and Lemburg was then taken into the U.S. Air Force's custody.
     Lemburg has been transported by the Air Force to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa for further investigation. Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods commends the deputies and latent print examiners on their excellent work in assisting the Air Force in successfully locating and identifying the subject in this case.


Sunday crash nets citation


Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 21, 2017 at 7:47 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
A busy intersection with a blinking light to alert motorists to the danger there was the scene of an accident Sunday afternoon (March 19) and the investigating Chiefland Police Department officer responding to investigate issued a citation, according to records.




In this video, an ambulance from Levy County Department of Public Safety arrives at the scene. (Notice how the news vehicle moves over properly.) Then, it is repositioned to accept patients as people direct traffic around the crash site.


     The crash involved three vehicles, according to a Florida traffic crash report completed by a CPD officer.
     Henry Richard Hamm of Trenton was driving a 1999 Dodge pickup truck southbound on Northwest 14th Street in Chiefland, according to records, after 1 p.m.
     Michelle L. Lindsey of Trenton was driving a 2016 Chrysler four-door sedan eastbound on Northwest 19th Avenue (State Road 320 West), according to records. That road is an east–west route in Levy County connecting U.S. Highway 19 with Manatee Springs State Park.



     Deedary Vashen Bell of Chiefland was driving a 2011 Chevrolet truck north on Northwest 14th Street, according to records.
     Hamm pulled out from the blinking red light into the path of Lindsey, according to records.
     Lindsey car was then redirected, where it hit Bell’s truck, according to records.
     Hamm was cited for failure to yield the right-of-way, according to records.
     Hamm and Lindsey were taken to a hospital due their injuries, the CPD investigator noted in the report.


Suspect allegedly
tampers with a victim

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 21, 2017 at 10:07 p.m.

Michael Burke of Cross City

     DIXIE COUNTY --
A 28-year-old Cross City man is in jail without any bond as a result of crimes he is suspected of committing.
     Michael Burke, 28, of Cross City is charged with tampering with a victim.
     On March 12, Burke was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault, according to a press release from Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.
     This arrest was in connection with a disturbance involving another male subject, Maj. Harden said.
     In this incident, Harden said, it was reported that Burke drove his truck in a threatening manner at the victim more than once.
     During one of the times when he drove at the victim, Harden said, Burke's truck actually struck the victim causing abrasions to the victim’s chest.
     Burke bonded out of jail two days later -- on March 14, Harden said.
     On Saturday (March 18), the DCSO received a complaint from the victim that since Burke’s release from jail, Burke had been texting and calling the victim in an attempt to get the victim to drop the charges.
     The victim reported that during one of these calls that Burke offered to pay him $300 to drop the charges, Harden said.
     The deputy then made contact with Burke and during the course of the investigation, arrested Burke for tampering with a victim.
     During a search subsequent to Burke’s arrest, Harden said, the deputy found a smoking pipe with residue on his person. Burke was charged with the additional count of possession of drug equipment.
     Burke is currently being held in the Dixie County Jail -- with no bond -- on the tampering with a victim and possession of drug equipment charges, Harden said.


Former motel guest busted
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 21, 2017 at 4:37 p.m.

Benny Battle Jr. of Bell

     DIXIE COUNTY --
There is a time for everything -- including checking out of a motel and moving on to some other place.
     A motel guest in Dixie County on Friday night (March 17) was reminded of this pearl of wisdom with the help of members of the Dixie County Sheriff's Office, according to information in a Monday (March 20) press release from DCSO spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.
     While deputies were busy with a traffic stop involving methamphetamine Friday night, they received a call about an individual refusing to leave the Suwannee Gable Motel on U.S. Highway 19 just south of Old Town.
      When deputies arrived at the Suwannee Gable shortly before 11 p.m. on Friday night, Maj. Harden said, they learned that the suspect, Benny Battle Jr. had been a guest of the motel earlier and had checked out of his room at approximately 2 p.m. that same afternoon.
     Battle continued to come back to the property throughout the evening after being repeatedly told by the owner to leave the property and not return, Harden said.
     When deputies arrived, Harden said, they found Battle outside the office door.
     During questioning by deputies, Battle admitted to having been told by the motel owner to leave the property and to not return, Harden said.
     Battle was arrested for trespassing, Harden said.
     When the deputy searched Battle prior to placing him in the patrol car, the deputy discovered a syringe containing methamphetamine, Harden said.
     Battle, 38, from Bell, was arrested and charged with trespassing, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug equipment.
     As of Monday morning (March 20), Battle was in the Dixie County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.


Fifth victim dies after crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 20, 2017 at 1:37 p.m.
* Updated March 21, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
Four people from Hollywood died and one was critically injured in a crash on Sunday morning (March 19) in Alachua County, the FHP said in a press release sent March 20.

     Nathan E. Russell Sr., 37, of Hollywood was driving a 2016 Chrysler 200 southbound on Interstate-75 at 8:43 a.m. on Sunday, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan noted in a press release based on information by crash investigator FHP Trooper Jessica Sabo and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Daniel Wagner.
     Passengers in the car were Lynda Russell, 35, Natayah Russell, 10, Nathan E. Russell Jr., 10, and La'Nyah N. Russell, 15, all of Hollywood, the FHP said. Everyone except Nathan E. Russell, Jr., 10, died in the crash the FHP said. The child was taken to Shands in critical condition.
(Update)     * The fifth victim -- Nathan Russell Jr., 10, was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m. on Monday (March 20) at Shands Hospital, the FHP said in a press release at 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon (March 21).
     * Nathan E. Russell Jr. was listed in critical condition when he was taken to Shands of UF, the FHP said. The other four occupants of the Chrysler died in the crash, the FHP said.
     The Chrysler failed to maintain a single lane, the FHP said, and it went off of the roadway and to the right shoulder of I-75 southbound at Mile Marker 397, where it collided with a disabled semi tractor-trailer that was parked on the west shoulder, the FHP said.
     Alton Lucius Gravely, 55, of Newberry was the driver of the 2016 Freightliner Cascadia that was on the side of the highway, the FHP said.
     Thon Dexter Rice, 52, of St. Petersburg was driving a 2015 Nissan Altima when that car struck debris in the roadway that was there as a result of the crash, the FHP said.
     Gravely and Rice were not injured, the FHP said. There are no charges, the FHP said.


FHP makes drug arrest

Jeremy Jermaine Willis
Photo by MCSO


By Jeff M. Hardison © March 20, 2017 at 8:27 p.m.
     OCALA --
The Florida Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on a 2015 Maserati for excessive speed in the area of Marion County Road 484 and Marion Oaks, west of Summerfield, very early Monday morning (March 20), the FHP said.

     Troopers detected an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle at about 1 a.m., the FHP said, resulting in a vehicle search.
     There was only one occupant in the vehicle, who was later identified as Jeremy Jermaine Willis, 35, of Ocala.
     During the search, the FHP said, approximately 40 grams of cocaine, 11 grams of marijuana, and in excess of $28,000 cash were recovered.
     Willis was arrested on charges of trafficking in cocaine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
     He was transported to the Marion County Jail for booking.


Body recovered in Chiefland
CPD, LCSO helps in murder investigation

LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond fields questions Monday morning from TV reporters as he stands near the dirt driveway leading to the woods where the body of Tricia Freeman, 37, of Palatka was recovered.

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 20, 2017 at 2:27 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
The body of a woman believed to be a murder victim was recovered in some woods in the city limits of Chiefland, and the Chiefland Police Department and the Levy County Sheriff's Office are assisting in the matter, according to CPD Chief Scott Anderson and LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond, a spokesman for the LCSO, said on Monday (March 20).



Investigators work at the scene. The body was recovered and taken by the Eighth Judicial Circuit Medical Examiner's Office. Palmetto is in the 12th Judicial Circuit.
Photo Provided by the LCSO - March 20, 2017 at 4:17 p.m.


     Palmetto Police Scott Tyler on Sunday (March 19) sent a press release in regard to the murder of Tricia Freeman.
     On Wednesday evening (March 15), concerned friends of 37-year-old Tricia Freeman contacted the Palmetto Police Department after not hearing from her since late Monday evening, Chief Tyler said.
     Investigators learned that Freeman had not reported for work as scheduled, Tyler said. She did not answer her phone, and did not appear to have fed her beloved dogs for a day or so, he added.
     All of these things were out of character for the woman, the chief said.
     On Thursday (March 16), Palmetto Police investigators began speaking to individuals who knew the woman, and they started the process of obtaining bank and cell phone records for her, in an effort to trace her whereabouts, Tyler said.
     Authorities issued a nationwide BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for the woman’s green 2016 Chevrolet Sonic. Late Thursday, officials in Ashland, Kentucky, located the vehicle in a park in that city, Tyler said.
     Based on the circumstances, Chief Tyler said, they secured the vehicle.
     On Friday (March 17), investigators with the Ashland Police Department obtained a warrant to search the car.
     Aided by forensic technicians from the Kentucky State Police, the investigators found apparent human blood in different spots inside the car, Tyler said.
     Later that same day, Palmetto Police Department detectives, aided by investigators in Ashland, Kentucky, and Lawrence County, Ohio, developed probable cause that 21 year-old Kayla Colyer and 26 year-old Roy Nichols Jr. had stolen Tricia Freeman’s car in Palmetto, driven it to Ashland, Kentucky, and abandoned it, Tyler said.
    Colyer is the victim's daughter. Palmetto Police Department detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Colyer and Nichols for stealing the car, Tyler said.
     Colyer and Nichols were taken into custody on Saturday morning (March 18), at a truckstop in nearby Cabell County, West Virginia, Tyler said.
     A clerk working at the store recognized them from a news broadcast and alerted authorities.      Once in custody, the pair were interviewed by Ashland detectives. During his interview, Roy Nichols Jr. admitted that he killed Tricia Freeman in her home on Tuesday, March 14, during a struggle, Tyler said.
     He and Colyer then transported the victim in her car, to another location in Florida where they left her body. The two then continued on to Ashland, Kentucky, where Nichols had an acquaintance.
     Palmetto Police Detectives obtained arrest warrants charging Roy Nichols Jr. with second degree murder and Colyer with accessory to murder after the fact. The State of Florida will also begin the process to extradite the pair back to Florida, Tyler said.
     During their interviews, the two identified the area where they left Tricia Freeman.
     The Levy County Sheriff's Office on Saturday night assembled a search team. On Monday morning (March 20), Lt. Tummond identified the location of the house where the body was placed. It is southwest of Buie Park, just off of Buie Park Road, in Chiefland.
     Chief Tyler noted that he appreciates the devoted efforts of Chief Todd Kelly and the men and women of the Ashland, Kentucky Police Department; The forensic investigators of the Kentucky State Police; The men and women of the Lawrence County, Ohio Sheriff’s Department; The men and women of the Cabell County, West Virginia Sheriff’s Department; The other members of the Manatee County Homicide Unit; The friends of Tricia Freeman who recognized that something was wrong in Tricia’s life and cared enough to alert the authorities.


GCFR sends ambulance
to Levy County crash



Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 19, 2017 at 6:37 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
Gilchrist County Fire Rescue sent an ambulance to a Levy County crash Friday (March 17), Gilchrist County Fire Chief James Campbell on Saturday morning (March 18) in Trenton at the quilt festival.



     Chief Campbell said GCFR sent an ambulance to that wreck because the Levy County Department of Public Safety did not have an available ambulance. There had been a motorcycle crash at the same time in Bronson, and that victim, who later died, was taken to a Gainesville hospital, according to records.
     Chief Campbell said that since Gilchrist County added its most recent ambulance, there have been very few times when Gilchrist County has had to call on a neighboring county to provide an ambulance. In this instance, although the crash victim suffered very minor injuries, the chief said he was glad to be able to provide Levy County with mutual aid, just as all neighboring counties help each other when the need arises.
     As for the overturned truck, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Patrick Riordan on Sunday (March 19) sent a press release based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper D. Fulton.
     William Robinson, 56, of Chiefland was driving a 1992 Dodge Ram pickup truck northbound (going toward Chiefland) on State Road 345, the FHP said.
     As the vehicle was traveling, at about Northwest 90th Street, the front left tire experienced a blowout, which caused it to begin pulling to the left toward oncoming traffic, the FHP said.
    Robinson attempted to recover control by steering it to the right sharply, the FHP said.
     The Ram went onto the grass and sand shoulder where it began to rotate clockwise, the FHP said. As it slid northeast on the grass and sand shoulder, the dirt build up on the tires and the vehicle’s momentum caused it to overturn onto its driver side, the FHP said.
     The truck rolled an unknown number of times before coming to final rest, the FHP said.
     At final rest, the truck’s front end had struck a wooden plank that was part of a fence structure along the roadway, the FHP said. The pickup truck came to final rest on the eastern shoulder of SR 345, facing in east and on its roof, the FHP said.
     Robinson suffered minor injury that did not require hospitalization. There was no traffic citation issued as a result of this crash, the FHP said.


ACSO and FHP catch
suspected hit and run driver

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 19, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
A 33-year-old Lake City man was arrested for hit and run and operating a motor vehicle without a driver's license early Saturday evening (March 18), the FHP said.

     David B. Godbolt, 33, of Lake City was driving a 2003 Acura 3.2 TL in Alachua County Saturday at approximately 4:40 p.m., according to information in a March 19 press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Javon Murphy, based on information from FHP Trooper J. Cabral.
     There was a hit and run crash reported about that time on Interstate 75 northbound at the 389 mile marker in Alachua County, the FHP said.
     Godbolt fled from the scene but was stopped farther north on I-75 by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, the FHP said.
     Based on the physical evidence and statements from both drivers, the ACSO and FHP determined, according to the FHP, that Godbolt was traveling north in the left lane on I-75.
     At the same time, Courtney Kraft, 32, of Springhill was driving a 2008 Jeep north in the right lane of I-75, the FHP said.
     Godbolt said that a vehicle was approaching his vehicle from his rear at a high rate of speed and then he attempted to change lanes to the middle, the FHP said.
     That is when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and went into the lane of travel of the oncoming Jeep, the FHP said.
     The right front of Acura collided with the front left of the Jeep, the FHP said.
     The Jeep traveled off of the road into the east shoulder and came to final rest, the FHP said.
     The Acura continued traveling north on I-75, the FHP said, until his vehicle was stopped by the ACSO.
     That is when Godbolt was placed under arrest for hit and run, and operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license, the FHP said.
     Godbolt was not listed as an inmate at the Alachua County Jail as of 8 a.m. on March 19, according to records.


Active witness injured
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 18, 2018 at 9:07 a.m.
     FANNING SPRING --
A person who saw an accident near a bar became involved and then was seriously injured very early Saturday morning (March 18), the FHP said.

     A 1997 Dodge Ram pickup was driven by Lloyd Aaron Roosa, 46, of Chiefland at 2 a.m. on Saturday, according to information in a March 18 press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Daniel DeWeese, based on information provided by FHP Trooper Glen Ganus.
     That Dodge pickup was parked against the sidewalk in front of 17650 N.W. U.S. Highway 19 (Bubba’s Place - a bar) in Fanning Springs.
     There was a 2004 Pontiac legally parked in front of 17650 N.W. U.S. 19 (Bubba’s Place) several feet west of the Ram next to U.S. 19, the FHP said. Shekena Keiara Robinson, 34, of Cross City was a passenger in the Pontiac and there was no driver listed. It was parked.
     The Dodge backed up in an easterly direction and struck the Pontiac, the FHP said. Robinson was not injured, the FHP said.
     The Dodge then drove through the parking lot and stopped before entering U.S. 19, the FHP said.
     Dinah Merelan, 24, of Gainesville was a witness to the incident, the FHP said, and she ran over to the Dodge Ram and tried to stop the vehicle from leaving the scene.
     Merelan, then jumped onto the side of the 1997 Dodge Ram pickup bring driven by Roosa, and she became a passenger, as the driver fled the scene traveling south on U.S. 19 with that witness still holding onto that vehicle, the FHP said.
     Roosa drove the Ram for more than one-half of one mile, prior to the witness -- Merelan -- falling off from the Ram onto the grassy median of U.S. 19, the FHP said.
     Roosa never stopped and the Ram continued traveling south on U.S. 19, the FHP said.
     Merelan was transported to Shands UF in Gainesville with serious injuries, the FHP said.
     Charges are pending completion of the investigation, the FHP said.


Bronson man dies
in motorcycle crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 18, 2018 at 7:37 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
A 50-year-old Bronson man died Friday evening (March 17) in a motorcycle accident, the FHP said.
     James Edward Moniz, 50, of Bronson was driving a 2016 Yamaha R6 at 5:30 p.m. on Friday in Levy County, according to information in a March 18 press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Javon Murphy, based on information from crash and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Shaun Lattinville.
     The Yamaha was traveling eastbound on Northeast 61st Place at a high rate of speed, the FHO said.
     The motorcycle traveled off of the roadway, the FHP said, after Moniz failed to negotiate a left curve.
     The vehicle traveled onto the southern grass shoulder of Northeast 61st Place, the FHP said, where it collided with a fence.
     The motorcycle came to final rest on the southern grass shoulder of the road lying on its left side facing west, the FHP said.
     The driver who was not wearing a helmet was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital, in Gainesville, where he was pronounced dead, the FHP said.


Man arrested after allegedly
leaving two crashes scenes

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 17, 2017 at 7:47 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
A 39-year-old Summerfield man went to jail Thursday night (March 16) after leaving two places where he crashed in Marion County, the FHP said.




     Ryan Joseph Clark (above) of Summerfield was arrested for two counts of driving while license revoked (felony) and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident (misdemeanor), according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Anthony W. Palese, based on information from FHP Trooper J. Lander.
     The 39-year-old Clark was driving a a 2004 Dodge Dakota at 10:02 p.m. on Marion County Road 42west of CR 467, the FHP said. His wife Trisha Leeann Clark, 43, of Summerfield was a passenger, the FHP said.
     Mr. Clark drove the Dakota off of the roadway, where the vehicle collided with a fence, the FHP said. Mrs. Clark exited the vehicle there and remained at the scene of the crash while Mr. Clark fled the scene with the Dodge wan was then seen going northbound on CR 467, the FHP said.
     At 10:15 p.m., the Dodge was involved in a collision with a 2005 Chrysler automobile being driven by Wendy Ann Lanier, 46, if Summerfield, the FHP said. Passengers in that car were Courtney Eyes, 20, and Benjamin Eyes, an infant, both of Summerfield, the FHP said. That crash happened at the intersection of CR 467 and Southeast 145th Street, the FHP said.
     Lanier and her passengers remained at the scene of that crash with the Chrysler, the FHP said, while the Dodge driven by Mr. Clark was then seen going northbound on CR 467.
     There were no injuries to individuals listed in either crash, although damage to property occurred.
     The Dodge was then located at the Clarks' residence and he was arrested, the FHP said.

 


San Luis CBP officers seize
$377,000 worth of cocaine
and methamphetamine

Information and Photos
Provided by United States Customs and Border Protection
Published March 16, 2017 at 2:57 p.m. (EDT)
on the Police Page of HardisonInk.com
     TUCSON, Ariz.
– United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Arizona’s Port of San Luis arrested two Mexican nationals after finding a combined 92 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine during two inspections Monday (March 13).

 


Upwards of $240,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine were removed from a smuggling vehicle.



     Officers searching a Chrysler sedan, driven by an 18-year-old Mexican woman, were led to the rear rocker panels by a CBP narcotics-detection canine.
     Officers then found 12 pounds of cocaine and 34 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $240,000 combined.


Upwards of 45 pounds of methamphetamine were removed from a rocker panel of a smuggling vehicle.

     A short time later, officers referred a 27-year-old Mexican man, for a secondary inspection of a Dodge sedan using a CBP narcotics-detection canine. During the search, officers located 45 pounds of meth, worth more than $136,000, hidden throughout the vehicle.
     Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
     U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.


Bronson man dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 15, 2017 at 7:27 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
A 52-year-old Bronson man died Wednesday morning (March 15) in a single-vehicle accident, the FHP said.

     Steven P. Miller, 52, of Bronson was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle at 10:59 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Daniel A. DeWeese, based on information by crash investigator and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. W. Dill.
     Miller was driving northbound on U.S. Highway 19 in Chiefland to the north of Northwest 26th Avenue, the FHP said.
     Witnesses advised that the Miller was looking down to his right at some part of his motorcycle, the FHP said, when he drifted off of the roadway and onto the eastern shoulder of the highway.
     Miller lost control, the FHP said, and the Harley overturned -- ejecting him onto the shoulder.      Miller was transported to Shands UF Hospital in Gainesville, where he died, the FHP said. He was not wearing a helmet, the FHP said.


 

The people listed below are charged with the crimes listed next to their names. In the United States of America, every person maintains that presumption of innocense unless and until they are determined to be guilty through the judicial process. 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 March 19
Updated March 20, 2017 at 8:17 p.m.


MARCH 13
     Latoya Shanik Coleman, 40, of Williston was arrested for two counts of fail to report vacating permanent residence. Bond $100,000.
     Dale Vernon Morgan, 62, of Inglis was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
MARCH 14
     Joshua Coots, 31, of Shelbyville, Tennessee was arrested for an out-of-county warrant, 2 VOPs. Bond $5,000 on warrant. No bond on VOPs.
     Morgan Henry Isaacs, 50, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $2,000.
MARCH 15
     Joseph Butcher, 37, of Chiefland was arrested for controlled substance without prescription, marijuana - not more than 20 grams, use/ poss./ mfg. paraphernalia to transport drugs. Bond $3,000.
     Johnny Lee Coleman Jr., 46, of Chiefland flee with disregard of safety to persons or property, DWLSR - second offense. No bond amount was given.
     Michael Stephen Doolittle, 32, of Trenton was arrested for marijuana - not more than 20 grams, drug equipment - poss. and/or use, tamper with or fabricate physical evidence. ROR.
     Cash Robert Hughes, 26, of Chiefland was arrested for poss. cocaine. Bond $5,000.
     Richard Allen Warren, 32, of Williston was arrested for deprive custody of minor incompetent person, aggravated child abuse. Bond $15,000.
     Devon Xavier Williams, 19, of Ocala was arrested for DWLSR - habitual offender. Bond $5,000.
MARCH 16
     Daniel James Sell, 48, of Bell was arrested for marijuana - not more than 20 grams, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $2,000.
     Dagoberto Eduardo Solano-Lerma, 31, of Morriston was arrested for operate motor vehicle without valid driver license. Bond $1,500.
     Antonio Torres, 36, of Morriston was arrested for battery - touch or strike. Bond $2,500.
MARCH 17
     Sametri D. Griffin, 26, of Live Oak was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Shoan Rice, 35, of Chiefland was arrested for fail/ redeliver hired/ leased property $300 or over. Bond $500.
MARCH 18
     Michael Filippou Dimitrios, 20, of New Port Richey was arrested for marijuana - poss. not more than 20 grams. Bond $5,000.
     Charlene Kaye Newton, 39, of St. Petersburg was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
     Jessica Leigh Potter, 32, of Williston was arrested for DUI - alcohol or drugs. ROR.
     Nathan Garrett Roberts, 36, of Williston was arrested for DWLSR - first offense. ROR.
MARCH 19
     Christopher Branson, 21, of Chiefland was arrested for DWLSR - knowingly. No bond amount was given.
     Miles Christianson, 38, of Ocala was arrested for DWLSR - third or subsequent offense ROR, marijuana - not more than 20 grams. Bond $5,000.
     Gerald Coleman, 18, of Williston was arrested for structure or conveyance, obstruct without violence, with intent to sell within 1,000 ft. specified area - methaq. Or methaloq. - schedule I, drug equipment, use two-way communication devise to facilitate felony. No bond amounts were given.
     John William Lawson, 33, of Old Town was arrested for marijuana - not more than 20 grams. Bond $5,000.
     Gerry Arnold Muhammad, 35, of Williston was arrested for DWLSR - habitual offender, marijuana - not more than 20 grams. ROR.



The people listed below are charged with the crimes listed next to their names. In the United States of America, every person maintains that presumption of innocense unless and until they are determined to be guilty through the judicial process. 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 March 19
Updated March 20, 2017 at 8:17 p.m.


MARCH 14
     James Edward Pleasant, 61, of Cross City was arrested for hit and run - fail to stop/ remain at crash involving injury, DWLSR - second offense. Bond $30,000.
MARCH 15
     Geoffrey Brent Mills, 35, of Trenton was arrested for marijuana - poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment - poss. and/or use. Bond $3,000.
MARCH 16
     Randolph Archibald Feola III, 30, of Bell was arrested for dealing in stolen property, two counts larceny - grand theft $300 to less than $5,000, burglary - unoccupied dwelling - unarmed. No bond amount was given.
     Terry Mitchell Volner, 33, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
MARCH 18
     Summer Danielle Gerald, 22, of Chiefland was arrested for trespassing structure or conveyance. ROR.
     Scotty Dale Hagan, 31, of Trenton was arrested for marijuana - poss. not more than 20 grams. No bond amount was given.
     James David Foshee Sr., 44, of Trenton was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
MARCH 19
     James Theodore McCook, 43, of Trenton was arrested for battery - touch or strike. Bond $5,000.

 



The people listed below are charged with the crimes listed next to their names. In the United States of America, every person maintains that presumption of innocense unless and until they are determined to be guilty through the judicial process. 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 March 18
Updated March 20, 2017 at 8:17 p.m.

MARCH 14
     Richard Smith, 53, of Old Town was arrested for trespass. Bond $3,000.
     Morgan Henry Isaacs, 50, of Old Town was arrested for battery. Bond $1,000.
MARCH 16
     Claude Earl Robarts, 36, of Old Town was arrested for marijuana - less than 20 grams. Bond $3,000.
MARCH 17
     Terry M. Volner, 33, of Old Town was arrested for fail to register sex offender. Bond $75,000.
     Benny J. Battle, 36, of Bell was arrested for trespass, poss. of meth, poss. of drug equipment. Bond $5,000.
     Maggie Irene Cannon, 33, of Cross City was arrested for drug trafficking - manufacture, drug poss. methamphetamine, drug poss. marijuana. Bond $250,000.
MARCH 18
     Benjamin E. Simmons, 47, of Old Town was arrested for an Alachua County writ of bodily attachment. Bond $2,500.
     Michael Ray Burke, 27, of Cross City was arrested for tamper with victim, poss. drug equipment. No bond amount was given.

--UPDATED--
WEDNESDAY  MARCH 22  7:47 p.m.
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