Deputy Makes Drug Bust
And Seizes Cash
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On Aug. 29, Deputy Wayne Dasher of the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office arrested Brian William Jones (pictured above), 33, of Jacksonville as a suspect for possession of controlled substance (bond $2,000); misdemeanor possession of marijuana (bond $2,000); and possession of drug paraphernalia (bond $2,000). Also found and seized during the arrest was $26,200 in cash, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert 'Bobby' Schultz III noted in a press release on Tuesday (Sept. 1).
Published Sept. 1 @ 10:17
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Drowsy driving
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Published Sept. 1, 2015 @ 3:37 p.m.
     TALLAHASSEE -- Driving while tired can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Fatigue behind the wheel can lead to loss of concentration and even falling asleep at the wheel, sometimes with tragic results.
     Whether it’s due to lack of sleep or taking medication that makes you drowsy, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida Department of Transportation are teaming up with safety advocates to bring awareness to the dangers of drowsy driving during Florida’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week on Sept. 1–6.
     “Florida had 14 fatalities in vehicle crashes last year due to drowsy driving,” said Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “We are proud to partner with Ronshay Dugans’ family and the Florida Department of Transportation to highlight the importance of drivers being well-rested behind the wheel to keep themselves, their passengers and other road users safe”.
     Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Jim Boxold said, “Providing a safe transportation system for our residents and visitors is the most important thing we do at FDOT. I am proud to continue our partnership with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to promote awareness of Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. FDOT encourages motorists to stay alert while on the roads and use our welcome centers, service plazas and rest areas when they need to take a break from driving.”
     It is always important to rest before driving but there are other steps to take to prevent drowsy driving.
     * Avoid driving at times when you would normally be asleep.
     * Read the warning information on all medications you take. If it will make you drowsy, do not drive a vehicle.
     * On long trips, take a break every two hours.
     * If you start feeling tired while driving, pull over in a safe place and take a nap if you can.
     * Use the “buddy system,” and switch drivers when needed.
     * Drink caffeine. Two cups of coffee can increase alertness for several hours.
     * Always drive sober. Even one drink is too many.
     The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement.


DCSO arrests
suspected drug dealer

Published Sept. 1, 2015 @ 3:17 p.m.
DCSOjackson090115    DIXIE COUNTY -- Today (Sept. 1), in the early morning hours, a deputy with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office arrested Khiri Jackson, 22, of Cross City, DCSO spokesman Maj. Scott Harden said.

Khiri Jackson

      Jackson was arrested on two separate capias’ that resulted from an April drug investigation conducted by DCSO investigators. In those two cases, Jackson sold drugs to an undercover informant that was working with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office, Harden said.
     During these transactions, Harden said, Jackson was accompanied by a 17-year-old female and was within 1,000 feet of a place of worship, Harden said.
      As a result of this investigation, Jackson has been charged with two counts of sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a place of worship and two counts of child abuse.
     Jackson is currently being held in the Dixie County Jail, Harden said.


Man charged with
dealing in stolen property

Published Sept. 1, 2015 @ 2:57 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY - A 25-year-old resident of Old Town was recently arrested on a capias as the result of a Dixie County Sheriff’s Office investigation that began in October of 2014, according to DCSO spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.
DCSOmason090115     Adam Mason is in the Dixie County Jail in lieu of a $15,000. He is charged with dealing in stolen property.
     The investigation began when someone called about vehicles being loaded onto a car-hauler at a residence in Old Town, Harden said.

Adam Mason

     While responding to the residence, the deputy encountered the car-hauler and stopped it to identify the driver who was able to produce salvage declaration signed by Mason.
     The deputy then contacted Mason who said that he was given permission to sell the vehicles by the owner. As the investigation continued, the deputy identified the out-of-state property owners and the deputy contacted them, Harden said.
     According to the property owners, Mason had no authority or permission to sell the vehicles that were on the property. This information was then submitted to the State’s Attorney Office, which led to the arrest capias being issued, Harden said.


Man charged
with domestic battery

Published Sept. 2, 2015 @ 3:17 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY -- A deputy with the Dixie County Sheriff's Office responded on the afternoon of Aug. 23 to an address off of Southeast 148th Avenue in Old Town, DCSO spokesman Scott Harden said.
      The complaint was in regard to an altercation between a male and female. When the deputy arrived, he learned that there had been a physical altercation involving the suspect Jesse J. Odom, 18, and the female, Harden said.

Jesse J. Odom

     According to statements received by the deputy, Odom used his closed fist to strike the female victim during this altercation. During the course of his investigation, the deputy discovered a small container belonging to Odom and also discovered that it contained what was identified drug paraphernalia, Harden said.
     Odom was then arrested on the charges of domestic battery and possession of drug equipment and transported to the Dixie County Jail. Odom is currently being held in the Dixie County Jail on a $2,500 bond, Harden said.


Man dies in crash
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This is the 1996 GMC pickup truck that was hit in the rear end.
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By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 28, 2015 @ 10:17 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY -- A 60-year-old Trenton man died Thursday evening (Aug. 27) as the result of injuries suffered in a crash in Levy County, according to the FHP.
     Dashel Nejee Stron, 20 of Archer was driving a 2002 Nissan Sentra westbound on U.S. Alt. 27 near Levy County Road 132 (between Bronson and Chiefland) in the right, outside, lane at 5:30 p.m., according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Tracy Hisler-Pace, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper William Sheheane and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Tomas Dillon.

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This is the 2002 Nissan Sentra.
Photo by Luther Stockman

     Natlya Shanel Yarber, 5 months old, of Archer was a passenger. Stron, who was not wearing a seatbelt suffered serious injuries and was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, the FHP said. Yarber, who was wearing a seatbelt or was in a child restraint seat, suffered minor injuries and was also taken to Shands, the FHP said.
     David White, 60, of Trenton was driving a 1996 GMC pickup in the right, outside, westbound lane of U.S. Alt. 27, the FHP said. That red pickup truck was traveling at a slow speed and it was behind a slow-moving lawn tractor, the FHP said.
      White was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital at 6:33 p.m., the FHP said. It is unknown whether he was wearing his seatbelt, the FHP said.
     The accident happened after Stron failed to observe the slower moving pickup truck in the lane in front of her, the FHP said. The front of the Nissan Sentra collided with the rear of GMC pickup truck, the FHP said.
     Both vehicles rotated counterclockwise, the FHP said. The Sentra came to final rest in the inside westbound lane of U.S. Alt.27, facing northeast, the FHP said.
     The pickup truck came to final rest, facing northeast, partially in the inside westbound lane of U.S. Alt. 27 and partially in the grassy median, the FHP said.
     Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in this accident, the FHP said. However, charges are pending the outcome of the traffic homicide investigation, the FHP said.
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Labor Day Safety Tips
Published Aug. 25, 2015 @ 7:47 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
Labor Day marks the end of summer, and for most, it’s a weekend for family gatherings, cookouts, and boating.
The Levy County Department of Public Safety reminds residents and visitors of a few simple safety tips to help assure a safer holiday weekend.
     • Never go boating or swimming alone.
     • Provide constant supervision to children playing near water.
     • Check weather conditions before heading out on the water.
     • Carry plenty of personal flotation devices (PFDs) for everyone on the boat.
     • Do not drink alcohol and operate watercraft, vehicles, or machinery.
     • Use sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids.
     • Keep grills away from the house and anything that could catch fire.
     • Keep children and pets away from the grill.
     • Keep an emergency kit in boats and other vehicles.
     According to the National Safety Council, nearly 400 deaths result from motor vehicle collisions over Labor Day Weekend. Remember, weekend traffic will be heavy. So drive safely, use defensive driving techniques, and wear a seatbelt.


adLCSOStar1LCSO arrests
through Aug. 30

     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
ROR - Released on Own Recognizance

Published Aug. 31, 2015 @ 8:17 p.m.

AUGUST 24
     Victor Alicea-Ortiz, 43, of Williston was arrested for resisting officer with violence. No bond amount was given.
     Theondoe D. Gudger, 32, of Brooksville was arrested for poss. with intent to sell – amphetamine. No bond amount was given.
     Jaret Wayne Martin, 26, of Cedar Key was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $10,000.
     Glen Wiggins, Sr., 63, of Williston was arrested for trespass after warning, FTA. Bond $2,000.
AUGUST 25
     Stanley Byron Cardwell, 57, of Ocklawaha was arrested for DWLSR – knowingly. Bond $5,000.
     Likevis Jerrell Johnson, 26, of Chiefland was arrested for domestic battery. Bond $5,000.
     Shaun Michael Patterson, 57, of Chiefland was arrested for larceny – grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000. Bond $5,000.
AUGUST 26
     Debra Jane Appling, 58, of Old Town was arrested for larceny – grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000, fraud – impersonate/ give false information to obtain refund. Bond $20,000.
     Phillip Jordan Crawford, 26, of Williston was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
     Timothy Martin, 48, of Cedar Key was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Bond $200.
     Kendale Lewis Oliver, 25, of Williston was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $5,000.
     Edward C. Remling, 35, of Inglis was arrested for larceny – grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000. Bond $40,000.
     John Bufford Colton Shiver, 26, of Williston was arrested for larceny – petit theft – second degree – first offense, two counts of counterfeiting of public record certificate, etc., pass forged altered instrument. Bond $17,000.
     Christopher Sinnard, 43, of Chiefland was arrested for battery – commit felony battery. Bond $100,000.
AUGUST 27
     Manuel Ziniga Desantiago, 32, of Williston was arrested for operate a motor vehicle without valid driver license, an out-of-county warrant. Bond $6,500.
     Albert Lamar Epperson, 42, of St. George, Georgia was arrested for larceny – grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000, non-support of children or spouse. No bond amount was given.
     Lowell Hall Jr., 28, of Williston was arrested for operate motor vehicle without valid driver license, DWLSR – second offense. No bond amount was given.
AUGUST 28
     Jason Keith Grissett, 38, of Fanning Springs was arrested for domestic battery – touch or strike, battery on officer/ firefighter/ EMT/ etc., resist officer with violence, obstruct – RWOV. Bond $205.000.
AUGUST 29
     Nikki Marie Compher, 30, of Williston was arrested for two counts of disorderly conduct – affray. ROR.
     Kyle Anthony Cribbs, 29, of Morriston was arrested for obstruct - RWOV. ROR.
     Vernie Loyal Dees, 45, of Trenton was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs, refuse to submit DUI test after license suspended. ROR.
     Jesse Krumenacker, 24, of Chiefland was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $5,000.
     Tony James Layfield, 34, of Archer was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $5,000.
Danny Reid, 33, of Lake City was arrested for RWOV, disorderly intoxication in a public place causing a disturbance. Bond $2,000.
     Destin Ray Reza, 38, of Williston was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $2,360.
     Tony Lynn Summers Jr., 28, of Trenton was arrested for contempt of court – violate injunction – domestic violence – poss. firearm/ammo. Bond $50,000.
AUGUST 30
     Catherine G. Gertner, 71, of Bronson was arrested for disorderly intoxication in a public place causing a disturbance. ROR.
     Johnny Lake Jr., 48, of Trenton was arrested for poss. of weapon or ammo by convicted Florida felon. Bond $150,000.



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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
ROR - Released on Own Recognizance

Published Aug. 31, 2015 @ 8:17 p.m.

AUGUST 25
     George William Patterson, 27, of Cross City was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $25,000.
      Carol Ann Sullivan, 72, of Bell was arrested for battery – touch or strike. ROR.
AUGUST 27
     Norman Benjamin Hamilton III, 48, of Bell was arrested for DWLSR – habitual, two VOPs. No bond for VOPs, $15,000 for DWLSR.
     Joshua A. Steedley, 37, of Ft. White was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Bond $4,000.
AUGUST 29
     Manuelito Aucel Mendez-Perez, 35, of Old Town was arrested for operate motor vehicle without valid driver license, DUI – alcohol or drugs. ROR.
AUGUST 30
     Brian William Jones, 33, of Orange Park was arrested for marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use, poss. controlled substance without prescription. Bond $6,000.


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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
ROR - Released on Own Recognizance

Published Aug. 31, 2015 @ 8:47 p.m.


AUGUST 24
     Kimberly Wagner-Foy, 48, of Old Town was arrested for theft/ shoplifting. Bond $500.
AUGUST 25
     Ashley Brian Teague, 31, of Old Town was arrested for trespass. Bond $1,500.
AUGUST 26
     Brittani Irene Mathieu, 23, of Old Town was arrested for DWLSR and a Levy County warrant. Bond $1,000.
     Adam Daniel Mason, 29, of Old Town was arrested for dealing in stolen property. Bond $15,000.
     Ronald Arthur Working 26, of Old Town was arrested for DWLSR, no motor vehicle registration. Bond $500.
AUGUST 27
     Winfred C. Peyton, 59, of Old Town was arrested for DWLSR – habitual. Bond $2,500.
AUGUST 29
     Charles Ray Stephens, 46, of Westville, Florida was arrested for DUI and damage property. Bond $3,000.
AUGUST 30
     Rita Bennett Robinson, 49, of Cross City was arrested for disorderly conduct. Bond $500.

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TUE.   SEPT. 1   10:17 p.m.

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