SUV hits fences at school
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 22, 2014
     DIXIE COUNTY -- A 2008 GMC SUV sustained an estimated $4,000 to itself as it went at about 10 m.p.h. through fences at Anderson Elementary School, according to a media release by Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Glen Ganus, reviewed by FHP Sgt. Jason Berger.


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     Sharon Rae Correll, 74, of Cross City was driving the SUV at 8 a.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 22) at the time of the accident, the FHP said. She was wearing a seatbelt. Alcohol is not a factor, the FHP said.
     The vehicle made a right turn into the driveway of the Anderson Elementary School at 815 Dixie County Road 351 from CR 351, the FHP said. The vehicle went from the driveway to the northeast on the north side of the driveway, where it and struck a fence with its left front, the FHP said.
     The GMC then went east alongside the fence for several feet before traveling to the southwest, where it struck the fence again with its right front, the FHP said. The vehicle crossed the driveway and struck another fence that was on the south side of the driveway with its right front, the FHP said.
     The SUV continued traveling in a southeasterly direction and struck a support post to a canopy over a sidewalk between two buildings with its right front, the FHP said. It then went a few feet and struck another support post with its left front and came to final rest against the second support post and was facing southeast, the FHP said.
     The speed was an estimated around 10 m.p.h. and according to witnesses, the FHP said. Witnesses both stated it appeared Correll was traveling through the fences and was not trying to stop and slow down or accelerate, the FHP said.
      After the vehicle came to final rest against the support post, the witnesses stated Correll appeared to be having medical problems, the FHP said. Correll was taken to North Florida Medical Center with minor injuries, the FHP said.


Research of sexual offenders
and predators housing laws
is approved by consensus

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 22, 2014
      BRONSON – Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum found the County Commission on Tuesday (Oct. 22) giving County Attorney Anne Brown the nod of consensus as the five commissioners approved her conducting research for the sheriff to find a means of uprooting a certain element that is concentrated in an area of the county near Williston.
       The problem McCallum seeks to solve is the concentration of sexual offenders and sexual predators all under the same roof in the unincorporated area of east Williston.
      There is a house on Northeast 35th Street, off of U.S. Alt. 27, the sheriff said, where seven sexual offenders and three sexual predators all reside. McCallum said he is speaking with Levy County Building Official Bill Hammond about possible zoning violations, because the structure is in an area zoned for single-family residences.
      Since this is a four-bedroom structure, McCallum thinks there must be some people sleeping on the couch and elsewhere. A man owns the property, which he subleases to a woman and she rents it, McCallum said.
      The assistance of the county attorney, though, is something he wants for potential future instances of a similar nature.
      McCallum said he believes this woman “camps out at court hearings” and to solicits renters.
      The sheriff asked the County Commission to let Brown check with other counties to see how leaders in other areas of Florida are handling similar situations. McCallum considers the concentration of convicted sexual criminals in Levy County to be abnormal.
      There are 176 sexual offenders and predators in Levy County as of Oct. 20, he said. Most of these criminals come from other places, he said he believes. Out of the 10 offenders and predators at this one house, only one was sentenced in Levy County or has any connection to Levy County, he said.
      Distance restrictions which are imposed on convicted sex criminals to preclude them from living near parks, schools, playgrounds and other places frequented by possible victims have cause this type of criminal to discover rural Florida, because there are houses that are far enough away from those structures and places, the sheriff surmised.
      The nearby city wants something done about this housing situation too.
Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann said he had spoken with Williston Police Chief       Dennis Strow about this matter. The City Council and Chief Strow support what the sheriff is asking the county to do, Lippmann said on Tuesday morning.
      This particular house is just outside the distance limit from Cornelius Williams Park, Lippmann said, to make it a viable residence for sexual offenders and predators.
      “There is also a middle school that is not too terribly far away,” Lippmann added.
      There was no vote on the request, but it was clear that a majority consensus of the County Commission exists for the county attorney to look at methods to resolve this potential problem from a concentration of sexual criminals living in one place.


LCSO nabs burglary suspect
Published Oct. 22, 2014
     LEVY COUNTY -- The Levy County Sheriff’s Office arrested David Michael Smith, 26, for burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property, according to an Oct. 22 press release from Levy County Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp.
     The crime occurred at a residence in the Bronson area, and was reported on Oct. 3. The victim said an unknown suspect had removed copper wire from the walls and appliances at his home.  
     On Oct. 20, LCSO deputies received additional information from the victim and another person, which led to the identity of the suspect being determined.
     LCSO investigators Scott Stancil, Mike Wilkinson and Crime Scene Investigator Zeb Richburg worked the case to its conclusion, Beauchamp said.  
     Smith ultimately confessed to the reported burglary and theft, Beauchamp said. After the theft Smith admitted he sold the stolen wire at the Williston Recycling business, Beauchamp said. In addition, Smith confessed to similar crimes at eight additional residences in Levy County, , Beauchamp said, and additional charges will be filed in those cases as soon as possible.  
     The LCSO thanks the public for the assistance in solving these cases. Residents and visitors are reminded they can report suspicious activity to the LCSO 24-hours-a-day by calling 352-486-5111. Individuals can also make anonymous reports to Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.  


Suspected drug dealer busted
Published Oct. 22, 2014
     DIXIE COUNTY -- A suspected drug dealer was arrested Oct. 15 in Dixie County, according to an Oct. 21 press release from Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.
DCSOmalino102214     On the morning of Oct. 15, DCSO investigators negotiated a narcotics transaction with Frank A. Malino, 47, from Tavares.

Frank A. Malino

     That night, Malino, traveled to Cross City where he met with an investigator in the parking lot of a Cross City business, where the narcotics transaction took place, Harden said.
     At that time, Malino sold Oxycodone to the investigator as had been previously arranged, Harden said, and once the transaction was completed, the subject was taken into custody and arrested for trafficking in Oxycodone.
     Malino was transported to the Dixie County Jail, where he remains in lieu of a $100,000 bond, Harden said.


Suspected thief arrested
Published Oct. 21, 2014
DCSOtimmons102114     DIXIE COUNTY -- A man suspected of being a thief is currently being held in the Dixie County Jail, according to an Oct. 21 press release by Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.

Johnny Timmons

      On Oct. 12, DCSO deputies responded to a residence in Old Town in reference to a theft. Deputies learned that she had become friends with an individual who had been in her home, Harden said.
     After the individual, identified as Johnny Timmons, left the residence, she noticed that she had several items of jewelry missing, Harden said.
    DCSO investigators recovered the stolen jewelry and connected Timmons to the jewelry and theft, Harden said.
     On Oct. 15, investigators arrested and charged Timmons with grand theft, Harden said.


Motorcyclist hurt in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 19, 2014
     SUWANNEE COUNTY -- A Gilchrist County man suffered minor injuries after he was involved in an accident on Saturday morning (Oct. 18), according to a media release by the Florida Highway Patrol.

     David Edward Stephens, 62, of Bell was driving a 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle southbound on U.S. Highway 129 in Suwannee County at about 9:39 a.m.
     An unidentified year, make and model of a gray-colored pickup truck was also southbound in front of the motorcycle, the FHP said.
     Stephens said he was following the pickup truck at highway speed, when it suddenly locked up the brakes to make an abrupt right turn onto 280th Street, the FHP reported.
     While attempting to avoid hitting the pickup truck with his motorcycle, Stephens laid the bike down on its right side and came to rest in the road, the FHP said.
     The pickup truck made 23 feet of gouge marks in the southbound lane and those marks began 68 feet from the center of the intersection with 280th Street, the FHP said.
     Stephens' injuries did not require transportation to the hospital, the FHP said. He was wearing a helmet. No charges are anticipated, the FHP said. The FHP estimated damage to the motorcycle at $1,000.


GCSO

GCSO arrests
to Oct. 18

 
Publisher’s note: The following information was provided by the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office in regard to people arrested. These defendants were arrested by the GCSO and other agencies. People suspected of Failure To Appear (FTA) or of Violation of Probation (VOP) are not listed here. Every person suspected of a crime is presumed innocent until he or she is proved to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
DWLSR– Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
Poss. – Possession
DUI – Driving while Under the Influence of alcohol or other drugs
LEO – Law Enforcement Officer
RWOV– Resisting Arrest Without Violence

OCTOBER 15
     Travis Wade Whitney, 26, of Trenton was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Bond $570.
OCTOBER 16
     Bradly Earl Croft, 19, of Trenton was arrested for accessory after the fact – third degree felony – level 1 or two. Bond $15,000.
     Jesse Robert Montgomery, 23, of Trenton was arrested for burglary – occupied dwelling – unarmed, larceny – grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000.
     Joseph Tyler Smith, 21, of Newberry was arrested for damage property – criminal mischief - $200 and under, burglary – occupied dwelling – unarmed, larceny – grant theft - $300 to less than $5,000, dealing in stolen property. Bond $200,000.
OCTOBER 18
     Robert William Sullivan, Jr., 35, of Trenton was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $2,000.
     Claude Richard Bowman IV, 19, of Trenton was arrested for sex offender violation - fail to report email address, instant msg. name. Bond $25,000.


 DCSODCSO arrests
to Oct. 18

The following information was provided by the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office in regard to people arrested. These defendants were arrested by the DCSO and other agencies. People suspected of Failure To Appear (FTA) or of Violation of Probation (VOP) are not listed here. Every person suspected of a crime is presumed innocent until he or she is proved to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
DWLSR– Driving While License Suspended or Revoked Poss. – Possession
DUI – Driving while Under the Influence of alcohol or other drugs
LEO – Law Enforcement Officer
RWOV– Resisting Arrest Without Violence

OCTOBER 12
     Stephen Kyle Wells, 25, homeless was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $2,000.
OCTOBER 13
     A 14-year-old juvenile from Cross City was arrested for domestic battery. No bond amount was given.
OCTOBER 14
     A 16-year-old juvenile from Cross City was arrested for grand theft III. No bond amount was given.
OCTOBER 15
     Willie Jerome Smith, 61, of Valdosta, Georgia was arrested for a warrant. Bond $500.
     Johnny Junior Timmons, 53, of Cross City was arrested for grand theft. Bond $25,000.
     Rhonda Jean Chavous, 46, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant and obstruction. Bond $2,500.
     Frank A. Malino, 47, of Tavares was arrested for trafficking Oxycodone. Bond $75,000.
OCTOBER 16
     James A. Williamson, 34, of Old Town was arrested for a warrant. Bond $75,000.
OCTOBER 17
     Charles E. Turner, 29, of Old Town was arrested for burglary while armed, grand theft III. Bond $75,000.
     Edward Floyd, 28, of Live Oak was arrested for a Suwannee County warrant. No bond amount was given.
OCTOBER 18
     Brandon Lee Evans, 39, of Old Town was arrested for simple battery. Bond $2,500.
     Meegan Michaele Robson, 39, of Cross City was arrested for battery. Bond $2,500.


LCSOStar1LCSO arrests
to Oct. 19

Publisher’s note: The following information was provided by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office in regard to people arrested. These defendants were arrested by the LCSO and other agencies. Every person suspected of a crime is presumed innocent until he or she is proved to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

DWLSR–
Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
Poss.
– Possession
DUI –
Driving while Under the Influence of alcohol or other drugs
LEO –
Law Enforcement Officer
RWOV
Resisting Arrest Without Violence

OCTOBER 13

      Tonya Michelle Andrews, 40, of St. Cloud was arrested for larceny petit theft – second degree – first offense, retail theft. No bond amount was give.
      Tamara Askew Brown, 52, of Old Town was arrested for larceny petit theft, second degree, third offense, dealing in stolen property, VOP. No bond amount was given.
      Paula Alejandra Clairmont, 35, of Chiefland was arrested for battery – touch or strike. ROR.
OCTOBER 15
      Karen Edwards, 42, of Chiefland was arrested for DWLSR – knowingly, marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $12,000.
      Ricki Norman Hemenway Sr., of Trenton was arrested for hit and run – fail to stop/ remain at crash involving injury, unlawful blood alcohol DUI and serious bodily injury to another. Bond $50,000.
OCTOBER 17
      Ronald Edward Haynes, 43, of Chiefland was arrested for criminal attempt – solicit/ conspires – first degree felony, poss. controlled substance without prescription, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $70,000.
      Jesse Marie Mahar, 57, of El Paso, Texas was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. ROR.
      William Jesse Underwood, 59, of Chiefland was arrested for criminal attempt solicit/ conspire – first degree felony, drug equipment – poss. and/or use, battery on officer/ firefighter/ EMT, etc. Bond $70,000.
OCTOBER 18
      Guy Neal Landon, 55, of Morriston was arrested for DWLSR. Bond $2,500.
      David Ortiz, 26, of Bronson was arrested for DWLSR – knowingly. Bond $2,500.
      Tammie Marie Wheelock, 55, of Inglis was arrested for battery – touch or strike. ROR.
OCTOBER 19
      Michael Defilippo, 38, of Williston was arrested for battery – touch or strike. No bond amount was given.
      Christopher M. Stride, 45, of Morriston was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $5,000.

-- UPDATED --
WED.  OCT. 22  11:57 p.m.
Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist counties



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