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DCSO captures three suspected methamphetamine traffickers
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Published Feb. 27, 2015 @ 8:37 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY -- Investigators with the Dixie County Sheriff's Office captured three people suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine and trafficking in methamphetamine on Friday (Feb. 27), according to a press release from DCSO spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.

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     The capture resulted after the DCSO investigators searched for and found a man suspected of failing to appear for sentencing, Harden said.
     In January of 2014, Jeremy Golonka, 27, of Cross City, pled guilty to drug charges in the Third Judicial Circuit Court for Dixie County, Harden said. The defendant was released by the sentencing judge until his scheduled sentencing the following month, in February of 2014, Harden said.
    Golonka failed to appear and a court notice was sent rescheduling his sentencing until March of 2014. When Golonka again failed to appear a capias for his arrest was issued for failure to appear with no bond.
    DCSO officials have made several attempts to make contact with Golonka since that time and were unable to locate him, Harden said. The latest attempt was this past Monday when DCSO officials were unable to locate him on Dixie County Road 55A at his last known address.
     On Friday morning, investigators learned that he might be in Levy County headed back to Dixie County, Harden said.
     At that point, a DCSO investigator traveled to Chiefland where he located the vehicle in one of the shopping centers.
     As the vehicle left, the investigator observed Golonka along with three other occupants. Additional units were stationed near the Suwannee River and after the vehicle entered Dixie County, a traffic stop was performed, Harden said.
    During the course of the arrest of Golonka, it was discovered that one of the other occupants had a violation of probation warrant for their arrest. Investigators and deputies discovered an active methamphetamine production concealed in the vehicle.  
     As a result of executing this capias for failure to appear on Golonka, DCSO officials filed additional charges on not only Golonka, but two of the other occupants of the vehicle, Harden said.
     Those arrested were Golonka; Troi Walker, 38, of Old Town and Maelynn Locke, 34, of Cross City, Harden said.
     All three suspects were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine, Harden said.


Two die in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 1, 2015 @ 9:07 a.m.
Updated March 1, 2015 @ 5:27 p.m.

     MARION COUNTY -- A 10-year-old Gainesville girl died Saturday afternoon (Feb. 28) in a crash on Interstate-75 when she was ejected from the vehicle as a result of not wearing a seat belt, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Tracy Hisler-Pace, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Richard Crawford and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Wallace Dill.
     The driver or the vehicle died on Sunday at 11:49 a.m., the FHP said.
     Pearlie M. Gibbs, 35, of Gainesville was driving a 2005 Kia Sorento north on I-75 at 2:41 p.m. Jamiya Postell, 10, and Jakera Postell, 18, both of Gainesville were passengers in that vehicle, the FHP said. Gibbs and Jakera Postell were wearing seat belts, the FHP said.
     Kevin R. Chasteen, 21, of Tampa was driving a 2004 Chrysler Pacificia north on I-75 at the same time as both vehicles were near the northbound 363 mile marker, the FHP said. He was wearing his seat belt, the FHP said.
     As both vehicles went north through Marion County on I-75 at that point, the Kia was in the center lane, and the Chrylser was in left lane, the FHP said.
     Gibbs began to move the Kia into the left lane, which was occupied by Chrysler. This caused Chasteen to turn to the left to avoid the incoming vehicle, the FHP said. As a result of Chasteen turning to the left, he drove onto the paved shoulder, the FHP said. He then attempted to reenter the
I-75, the FHP said, when the Chrysler began rotating clockwise.
     The two vehicles then collided. After the initial collision, the FHP said, the Kia was redirected to the northeast where it began to rotate and overturn.
     The passenger Jamiya Postell was in the back seat unrestrained and was ejected, the FHP said. As a result of her injuries, the FHP said, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
     Gibbs was transported to UF Health due to critical life-threatening injuries. She died at 11:49 a.m. on Sunday (March 1), the FHP said. 
     Jakera Postell was transported to UF Health with minor injuries, the FHP said. Chasteen was not injured, the FHP said.


Driver dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 28, 2015 @ 4:27 p.m.
     YANKEETOWN -- A 71-year-old man from Maine died very early Saturday morning (Feb. 28) in a single-truck accident, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Dan Miller based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper R. Rodriguez and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. D. Yuncker.
     Robert J. Okeefe, 71, of Lamoine, Maine, was driving a 2007 Ford Ranger westbound on Levy County Road 40 approaching the county boat ramp, the FHP said. The vehicle went past a stop sign without stopping and into the boat ramp and then into the Gulf of Mexico, the FHP said.
     The vehicle was submerged for approximately 3.5 hours while a dive team from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office worked with the U.S. Coast Guard to confirm the location of the vehicle, which went into the water at 12:15 a.m., the FHP said.
     The truck was recovered by Bronson Lube Tow Co. Levy County Department of Public Safety pronounced Okeefe dead at the scene. Okeefe was wearing a seat belt. A test to determine if alcohol was a factor is pending, the FHP said.


Woman charged
with manslaughter

By Jeff M. Hardison @ 8:57 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY -- A 32-year-old woman who is suspected of being intoxicated when the car she was driving hit and killed a pedestrian on Thursday morning (Feb. 26) was arrested for DUI manslaughter and failure to maintain a single lane, according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Daniel Caulk, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper James Whitmore and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Shaun Lattinville.
     Deandra Latron Stone, 32, of Reddick was driving a 2007 Hyundai Sonata at 9 a.m. on Thursday, the FHP said. She was going north on U.S. Highway 441 in the right lane, the FHP said. She was stopped at the red light at Marion County Road 329.
     After the traffic signal cycled from red to green, according to a witness, Stone failed to observe the change in the traffic signal, the FHP said. The other driver honked to alert Stone of the ability to proceed ahead, the FHP said.
    The Sonata eventually proceeded northbound from the traffic signal, the FHP said, and while it was swerving it nearly struck a guardrail several times.
     Timothy Jeremiah Taylor, 42, of Anthony was walking northbound along the east shoulder, the FHP said.
    Stone failed to negotiate a left curve with the car she was driving and the vehicle entered the east grassy shoulder, the FHP said. The front right of car collided with the pedestrian, the FHP said.
     Taylor came to final rest on the east shoulder, the FHP said, and he was pronounced dead on the scene by Marion County Fire Rescue.
     After the collision, the vehicle veered left and continued northbound on U.S. 441 before being stopped by bystanders, the FHP said.
     Stone exhibited signs of being under the influence of drugs, the FHP said. FHP Cpl. Tomas R. Dillon obtained a search warrant in Marion County and blood samples were drawn from the driver. FHP Cpl. Susan Barge responded and conducted a DUI investigation. Cpl. Barge's investigation revealed that Stone was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash, the FHP said.
     Stone was placed under arrest for DUI manslaughter and transported to the Marion County Jail, the FHP said. She was also cited for failure to maintain a single lane, the FHP said.


Yankeetown man dies
in Dixie County crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 26, 2015 @ 5:17 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY -- A 51-year-old Yankeetown man died in an accident in Dixie County very early on Thursday morning, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Tracy Hisler-Pace based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Glen Ganus and FHP homicide investigator Cpl. Kenneth Boatright.
     Gregory Smith, 51, of Yankeetown was driving a 1998 Chevy S-10 pickup truck east on Dixie County Road 358 approaching U.S. Highway 19 at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, the FHP said.
     Joseph Burnett Jr., 53, of Cross City was driving a 2006 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer north on U.S. 19 in the inside lane approaching CR 358, the FHP said.
     The Chevrolet pickup proceeded onto U.S. 19, where it went into the path of the semi, the FHP said.
     The semi hit the Chevy on the left front with its right front, the FHP said. Smith, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected, the FHP said. It is unknown whether Smith had alcohol in his blood, the FHP said.
     The pickup truck rotated clockwise and came to final rest on the right shoulder of U.S. 19, the FHP said.
     The semi tractor-trailer left the roadway and entered the median, the FHP said. The semi overturned onto its left side. Burnett was wearing his seat belt. He is not thought to have alcohol in his blood at the time.
     Smith was pronounced dead at the scene, the FHP said.
     Charges are pending further investigation, the FHP said.


Williston man injured from fire
Published Feb. 25, 2015 @ 1:07 p.m.
     WILLISTON -- A 77-year-old man was taken to UF Health Shands in Gainesville on Wednesday morning (Feb. 25), after suffering from burns, according to a press release from Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow.
     Members of the Williston Police Department, Williston Fire Rescue and Levy County Public Safety Department responded to reports of a man being on fire 141 N.E. 11th St. in Williston, on Wednesday at 9:13 a.m.
     Upon arrival, the first responders determined that Paul Dennis Jr., 77, had placed an electric radiator heater in an outdoor fire to burn off the wiring prior to scrapping it. The heater contained oil that, once heated up, caused the heater to explode. As a result, the explosion set the clothing that Dennis was wearing on fire, Strow said.
     A neighbor, Norman James Jr. heard the explosion and observed Dennis' clothing on fire and rushed to his aid. Dennis was treated at the scene and then transported by ambulance to Gainesville for treatment, Strow said.


Ray Tremblay Wins
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(from left) State Rep. Charlie Stone, Chiefland Chamber of Commerce 2014 Citizen of the Year CPD Capt. Ray Tremblay and Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas pause for photo opportunities.
Photos By Albert Rese

Winner022515EChiefland Police Department Capt. Ray Tremblay won the 2014 Citizen of the Year Award from the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce, and that was presented Tuesday night (Feb. 24) at the Tommy Usher Community Center. This marked the 31st year when the Chamber named the man, woman or couple who earned the special recognition. It would have been 32, but no person or couple was named as the winner in 1988. Tremblay has served the women of many communities with his RAD instruction, his time, his and his passion. He also assisted some people in need by providing them with a bed, furniture and clothing, funded from his own money. Tremblay was recently mentioned by Police Chief Robert Douglas as being the man who led the Chiefland Police Department after Douglas suffered an injury that incapacitated him for a period of time.
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Harry Coleman, seen at left as he accepts the award, won the 2014 Humanitarian Award from the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce. Coleman was awarded for his long period of service to Haven Hospice. He has helped Haven Hospice with its efforts since the 1990s by volunteering his time, wherever he was needed. He has been named several years by Haven Hospice during its annual awards programs for his service to the hospice that has a care center in Chiefland. Coleman was among the team of people who were instrumental in ensuring that the The Attic had a successful opening in Chiefland, even donating his own truck.



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Suwannee Valley Players members who are participating in the musical comedy play titled ‘You're A Good Man Charlie Brown,’ sing as a tribute to Capt. Ray Tremblay, the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce 2014 Citizen of the Year. Like his predecessor 2013 Citizen of the Year Kary Colson, Capt. Tremblay will be in parades, at Chamber meetings and elsewhere serving in his capacity with this title.
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Annual Candidates
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This year, the nominees were honored as well as the winner. There were nine nominees for the 2014 Chiefland Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. Seen here standing in front of Chiefland Chamber President Tom Ten Broeck are some of the nominees -- (from left) Becky Gill, Connie Brown, Diana Child, Judy Benton, A.D. Goodman, Terance Reed and the winner Capt. Ray Tremblay. (Not pictured Dr. Bill Martin and Harry Coleman)
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Published Feb. 25, 2015 @ 10:17 a.m.
Updated Feb. 25 @ 12:37 p.m.


WPD and WFR Awards Banquet
is slated for March 13

RSVP now, because seating is limited
Published Jan. 30, 2015 @ 1:37 p.m.
     WILLISTON – One of the great banquets of the year is on the calendar now.
     The Williston Police and Fire Annual Awards Banquet is scheduled to happen on March 13, starting at 6 p.m. in the clubhouse of Williston Crossings RV Resort, 410 N.E. Fifth St., in Williston.
     The cost is $12 per ticket. The menu shows the meal will be a steak, potatoes, a veggie, salad and dessert, and drinks.
     The last date to RSVP, however earlier is better because there is a limit to the number of people that can attend. Everyone is invited to this great annual event where the WPD and WFR honor their own for their efforts and success in protecting life and property for the residents and visitors of Williston and the surrounding unincorporated area of Levy County that the WFR covers beyond the city limits.
     To purchase a ticket, contact Brooke Willis at the WPD by calling 352-528-4991 or send an email to brooke.willis@willistonpolice.org.


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to Feb. 21

     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

Published Feb. 23, 2015 @ 2:47 p.m.

FEBRUARY 16
     Eric Leonard Adams, 40, of Inglis was arrested for poss. controlled substance without prescription. Bond $25,000.
     Joseph Edward Cromwell, 55, of Williston was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $5,000.
     Raulney Davaris Macon, 32, of Gainesville was arrested for marijuana – distribute/ schedule I or II – subsequent violation. Bond $75,000.
     Tim Edward Rodgers, 55, of Archer was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. No bond amount was given.
     Steve D. Tharp, 54, of Gulf Hammock was arrested for DUI  and damage to property. Bond $20,000.
     James Robert Whigham, 42, of Williston was arrested for DWLSR – knowingly, DWLSR – first offence. No bond amount was given.
FEBRUARY 17
     Dennoris Frashun Carter, 31, of Archer was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
     Theordore D. Gudger, 32, of Brooksville was arrested for deliver methamphetamine, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $60,000.
     David Vincent Summers, 38, of Dunnellon was arrested for DWLSR – first offense, poss. methamphetamine with intent to sell/ manufacture/ deliver, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $61,000.
     Rita Marie Valinski, 40, of Brooksville was arrested for poss. methamphetamine with intent to sell/ manufacture/ deliver, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $60,000.
FEBRUARY 18
     Dorothy Francis Ahm, 46, of Old Town was arrested for petit theft, poss. of controlled substance without prescription. No bond amount was given.
     Brian Hernandez, 23, of Williston was arrested for fraud – impersonate/ false ID given to LEO. Bond $1,000.
     Ellen Elizabeth Strickland, 45, of Archer was arrested for DWLSR, poss. controlled substance without prescription, marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams, amphetamine – traffic 14 grams or over, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $113,000.
FEBRUARY 19
     Stephanie Crosby, 30, of Williston was arrested for larceny/ grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000, dealing in stolen property. ROR.
     Larry Joe Skidmore III, 22, of Crystal River was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $1,005.
FEBRUARY 20
     Charles Theodore Blumenberg III, 29, of Chiefland was arrested for DWLSR – first offense. No bond amount was given.
     David W. Carter, 47, of Gainesville was arrested for three counts of DWLSR. Bond $5,000.
     Stanley Greene, 50, of Williston was arrested for sex offender violation – fail to report name or residence change. Bond $250,000.
     Jennifer Mae Landsiedel, 40, of Morriston was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $500.
FEBRUARY 21
     Matthew Christopher Holder, 23, of Trenton was arrested for poss., make or attempt to make destructive device, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. ROR.
     Maris Denise Schmitt, 50, of Morriston was arrested for three counts of aggravated assault with deadly weapon without intent to kill. Bond $75,000.


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      Publisher’s note:
The following information was provided by the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office. These defendants were arrested by the GCSO 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

Published Feb. 23, 2015 @ 3:27 p.m.


FEBRUARY 16
     James Kenneth Benson, 36, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-state warrant. No bond amount was given.
FEBRUARY 18
     Leigha Gwen Touchton, 30, of Cross City was arrested for drug, drug equipment. Bond $2,000.
FEBRUARY 19
     Jennica Darcel Tyson, 35, of Cross City was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $500.
FEBRUARY 20
     Shelbi Lynn Walker, 30, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $381.50.
     Gregory Scott Davis, 40, of Cross City was arrested for petit theft, VOP. Bond $1,500.
FEBRUARY 21
     Quincy Leonardo Carter, 22, of Cross City was arrested for burglary – residence, two counts of battery, aggravated battery on pregnant person, discharger firearm in public, resisting arrest without violence, aggravated battery, criminal mischief, revoke pre-trial release, FTA. Bond $15,000.
FEBRUARY 22
     Quincy Leonarldo Carter, 22, of Cross City was arrested for two counts of criminal mischief, burglary – assault. Bond $2,000.


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      Publisher’s note: The following information was provided by the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office. These defendants were arrested by the GCSO 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

Published Feb. 17, 2015 @ 3:47 p.m.

FEBRUARY 18
     Travis Satelle Minor, 30, of Adell, Georgia was arrested for larceny grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000, pass forged/ altered instrument. Bond $20,000.
FEBRUARY 19
     Joseph Bert Burkett, 51, of Bell was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
FEBRUARY 21
     Curtis Ray Snellgrove, 41, of Suwannee was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. Bond $20,000.
     Rebecca Adelaide Sweeney-Linzi, 36, of Cross City was arrested for resist officer – obstruct by disguised person. Bond $10,000.
FEBRUARY 22
     George Ronald Wilson Jr., 39, of Bell was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $1,500.

-- UPDATED --

SUN.   MARCH 1   5:27 p.m.
Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist counties



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