Two teens arrested for
torturing a gopher tortoise

By Karen Parker of the FWC © July 25, 2014
     CLAY COUNTY -- Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) arrested two Clay County teenagers Friday morning on charges of torturing a gopher tortoise.
     Danielle Susan Dionne, 15, and Jennifer Emoke Greene, 18, have been arrested on charges of felony cruelty to animals, a third-degree felony, and taking, harassing, harming or killing a gopher tortoise, a second-degree misdemeanor.
     On July 15, the FWC received a tip about the torture and death of a gopher tortoise. FWC and Clay County Sheriff’s Office investigators immediately followed up on the information.
     “We take these issues very seriously,” said Col. Calvin Adams, director of the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. “We appreciated the help from the public and our partners in working to protect our valuable natural resources.”
     The FWC worked with the State Attorney’s Office of the Fourth Judicial Circuit to decide the appropriate charges related to the crime.
     “We will not tolerate this behavior in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. We are committed to fully prosecuting those responsible for the torture and death of this vulnerable and threatened species,” State Attorney Angela Corey said.
     If convicted, Greene faces up to five years in prison on the animal cruelty charge. The misdemeanor charge carries a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.
     Dionne’s case will be prosecuted in the juvenile system. Due to this fact, there will be no further comment on her case.


OPD provides records
from theft of truck

By Jeff M. Hardison © July 24, 2014
     OCALA -- The Ocala Police Department provided public records to show that David Anthony Newmeyer Jr., 17, of Ocala is the boy who stole a truck, endangered lives by continuing a harrowing high-speed chase from Ocala through Williston, through Bronson, through Chiefland, through Old Town and was finally stopped by Dixie County Sheriff Dewey Hatcher Sr. who ran the stolen vehicle off the road.
     Newmeyer died as a result of injuries he suffered in the crash. Two teenaged passengers were treated and released from a hospital. Every account shared with HardisonInk.com by several eyewitnesses reflected the stolen vehicle was being operated with reckless indifference to life.
     The records provided by OPD Sgt. Angy Scroble, who is the OPD public information officer, provide the perspective of that agency's officers involved in the case, which is now closed because the single suspected thief died.
     Christopher Cheyenne Morris, 29, of Belleview had gone to the To Your Health Spa in a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 (valued at $25,000). In addition to leaving his wallet, which had cash and credit cards, Morris left a .38 caliber Taurus semiautomatic pistol in the truck, according to the report by OPD Officers Arnoldo Colon and Douglas J. Russell.
     Morris placed the keys to the truck on a board at the establishment, which is provided for the convenience of people as they use the spa.
     He looked out a window and noticed the Ram missing at about 7 a.m. and it was reported to the OPD, which responded to the scene of the possible crime within seven minutes, records showed.
     Newmeyer had walked into the gym, where he was a member and took Morris’ keys, records showed. A BOLO (Be On The Look Out) was issued for the truck and the suspect, records showed. David Newmeyer Sr. was contacted by the owner, the OPD officers noted.
     The father is said to have reported that his son bragged about stealing his grandfather’s truck the day before, and that he intended to steal another vehicle, records showed.
     The two passengers, which were identified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as being teenagers, were not part of the vehicle theft, according to records. Hence, they were released from the hospital.


Joint force preps
for basketball mission

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The players on the joint-agency team are Levy County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Shawn Hunt, and deputies Chase Gregory, Mike Rome, Keagon Weatherford, Noel Ramirez, Kyle Schultz (Sheriff Schultz’s son) and Ryan Hinote. The participants from the GCSO are Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert D. 'Bobby' Schultz III, Sgt. Alex Gaston, Sgt. Steve Cruz, Deputy Matthew Rexroat and Correctional Officer Henry Howe. Participating but not pictured are Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert D. 'Bobby' Schultz III, LCSO Deputy Chase Gregory and Ryan Hinote.

Photo by Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert D. 'Bobby' Schultz III

By Jeff M. Hardison © July 21, 2014

     TRI-COUNTY AREA -- A team of officers from Levy and Gilchrist counties are scheduled to compete in the 2014 "Florida First Responders Games" in Palm Beach County on Aug. 8-10.
      They will be competing in the five on five basketball tournament on Aug. 8-10. The team has been practicing for the past three months in preparation, LCSO Lt. Shawn Hunt said.
     All 12 participants are excited at the opportunity to represent their respective communities and agencies Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert D. “Bobby” Schultz III said.
     The participants from the LCSO are Lt. Hunt, and deputies Chase Gregory, Mike Rome, Keagon Weatherford, Noel Ramirez, Kyle Schultz (Sheriff Schultz’s son) and Ryan Hinote.
     The participants from the GCSO are Sheriff Schultz, Sgt. Alex Gaston, Sgt. Steve Cruz, Deputy Matthew Rexroat and Correctional Officer Henry Howe.
     The team is looking for donations to help offset expenses. While Levy County Sheriff Robert “Bobby” McCallum Jr. is not going to play, he said he plans to donate "a couple of hundred dollars."
     “We can’t take money out of the agency’s budget, McCallum said. “This is all from our own pockets.”
     Sheriff Schultz said he is playing as part of the combined agencies’ team to help reinforce the theme of teamwork and camaraderie between Levy and Gilchrist counties.
     The two counties are on the brink of completing paperwork for the GCSO to join the LCSO and Chiefland Police Department in the multi-agency Drug Task Force.
     This event and the practice beforehand of the team provides opportunities for good exercise for the men. The sheriff’s presence on the team also helps represent Gilchrist County and the agency.
     For people interested in providing some financial support for the team, an account has been established. Please Deputy Weatherford at 352-949-5257 or Sgt. Gaston at 352-222-2571 for more details in that regard.


Free teen driver program offered
Published April 24, 2014
Updated July 17, 2014

     LEVY COUNTY -- The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Community Relations Division, is offering a Teen Driver Improvement Program to all Levy County students who have a current Operator's License or Learner's Permit or who are about to get their Learner's Permit.
     The goal of this program is to educate the teen drivers of Levy County of the dangers of aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving, and to reinforce the benefits of seatbelt use. These four issues have been found to be major causes of teen involved crashes, injuries and fatalities.
     This program is free of cost and is four hours in duration. This program consists of classroom instruction, videos, power point presentations and hands-on time during which the students will drive golf carts through a course to learn firsthand the dangers of their choices they make while driving.
     This is a graphic presentation that will show students the human consequences of their driving choices. Parent waivers are required due to the graphic nature of the presentation. Waivers are available online at www.levyso.com. Go there, and then click on the Teen Driver Improvement Icon on left side of screen.
     All students will be required to pre-register for the class by calling Lt. Sean Mullins or Sgt. Max Long at 352-486-5111, ext. 276 or via e-mail smullins@levyso.com or mlong@levyso.com. This class has a minimum of five students for the class to take place so these dates are tentative.
     ALL CLASSES BEGIN AT 9 a.m. The Class Is Four Hours Long. Lunch is Not Served.
* Williston High School - July 31; and Aug. 5 and 6
* Chiefland High School - July 29; and Aug. 7 and 11
* Bronson High School - July 30; and Aug. 12
* Yankeetown School - Aug. 4


 LCSOStar1LCSO arrests
to July 27

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. 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
 
JULY 21
     Demetrius Kenard Christia, 21, of Williston was arrested for fraud, no valid driver license, petit theft from merchant – second offense.
     Desmond McMahon, 20, of Williston was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $5,000.
     Andrew Hooks Murray, 18, of St. Petersburg was arrested for loitering or prowling, false name, arson – first degree – dwelling building – people present, grand theft of motor vehicle. Bond $200,000.
     Sage Chandler O’Connor, 18, of Chiefland was arrested for fraud, utter false band bill/ note/ check/ draft, petit theft from merchant – second degree. Bond $11,000.
     Matthew Ryan Thompson, 31, of Trenton was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $10,000.
JULY 22
     Robert Joshua Fink, 32, of Chiefland was arrested for disorderly intoxication. Bond $2,000.
     Roy Companellia Nichols Jr., 23, of Chiefland was arrested for battery – touch or strike. No bond amount was given.
     Stacie Lynn Reid, 29, of Lake City was arrested for expired driver license. No bond amount was given.
JULY 24
     Jackie Ray Lanier, 54, of Williston was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
     David Morris McAllister, 51, of Williston was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $30,000.
     Jonathan JC Mitchem, 23, of Archer was arrested for intent threat to do violence. Bond $15,000.
     Walter Willoughby, 29, of Gainesville was arrested for false owner info – pawn items less than $300, larceny/theft. Bond $20,000.
JULY 25
     Valrize Latrice Bristol, 35, of Bronson was arrested for domestic battery. No bond amount was given.
     Marcus Kevron Burch, 29, of Lake City was arrested for grand theft, battery on officer/ firefighter/ EMT, etc., with violence, criminal attempt solicit/ conspire – third degree felony. Bond $50,000.
     Raymond Standford Crouch, 42, of Chiefland was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
     Justin Foxx, 17, of Morriston was arrested for five counts of burglary – unoccupied dwelling – unarmed, nine counts of larceny/ theft, two counts of stolen property, damage property, criminal mischief - $200 and under, trespass warning. Bond $400,000.
     Stacey Lee Pavis, 51, of Williston was arrested for DUI. Bond $4,000.
     Timothy Reynolds, 21, of Bronson was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $10,000.
     Josephine Carol Weston, 78, of Inglis was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
JULY 26
     Herminio Gonzalez, 66, of Hammond, Indiana was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. No bond amount was given.
     Ernest Edward Holifield III, 32, of Old Town was arrested for petit theft from merchant – second offense. Bond $2,000.
     George V. Housekeeper, 41, of Chiefland was arrested for burglary, criminal mischief, grand theft - $5,000 to less than $10,000, grand theft of motor vehicle. Bond $55,000.
     Clinton Taylor Parnell, 52, of Crystal River was arrested for refuse to submit DUI test after license suspended, DUI. Bond $4,000.
     Tarry Lee Stine, 45, of Trenton was arrested for battery on person 65 years of age or older. Bond $2,000.
JULY 27
     Bertin Ramiro Cruz, 26, of Trenton was arrested for no valid driver license. No bond amount was given.
     Kenneth Kyle Deas, 20, of Trenton was arrested for flee with disregard of safety to persons or property. Bond $50,000.
     Wayne Joseph Drake, 48, of Inglis was arrested for burglary – unoccupied structure – unarmed, two counts of grand theft. No bond amount was given.
     Johnathan Macri-O’Dowd, 23, of Inglis was arrested for tampering with or harassing a witness/ victim. No bond amount was given.
     Antonio Deshae Wiggins, 31, of Bronson was arrested for battery – touch or strike. No bond amount was given.


GCSOGCSO arrests
to July 27

 
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
 
JULY 21
     Lekelcy Roberts Miller, 38, of Lake City was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $507.25.
JULY 23
     Arnold James Pope, 62, of Bell was arrested for aggravated assault – weapon w/deadly weapon without intent to kill, kidnap – false imprisonment – adult, burglary dwelling, structure or conveyance – armed, obstructing justice – harassing in third degree  felony proceeding. Bond $330,000.
     Lamont Leo Rochelle, 35, of Trenton was arrested for contempt of court – violate injunction protection domestic violence. Bond $50,000.
     David W. Stickles, 37, of Trenton was arrested for battery – touch or strike. No bond amount was given.
     Deborah Kay Venable, 56, of Fanning Springs was arrested for damage property – criminal mischief $200 to less than $1,000. No bond amount was given.
JULY 24
     Richard Lee Brenner, 30, of High Springs was arrested for marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams. Bond $1,000.
     Keith Tavares Brown, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale was arrested for aggravated battery – person uses a deadly weapon, smuggle contraband – poss. firearm/ weapon/ explosive on grounds. Bond $150,000.
     Tyler Austin Gray, 21, of High Springs was arrested for contempt of court – violate injunction protection domestic violence, battery – touch or strike. Bond $65,000.
     Brandi Marie Thomas, 23, of Trenton was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $15,000.
JULY 26
     Nicholas Jay Belair, 20, of Tampa was arrested for resist officer with violence. Bond $10,000.
     Summer Brook Grace, 30, of Orange Park was arrested for trespassing property – not structure or conveyance, resist officer/ obstruct without violence, marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $4,000.
     Hannah Kathleen Lamot, 20, of Orange Park was arrested for resist officer without violence. Bond $1,000.
JULY 27
     Curtis Cybenko, Sr., 44, of Gainesville was arrested for marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $2,000.


 DCSODCSO arrests
to July 27

Publisher’s note: 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
 
JULY 21
     James Jason Deloach, 37, of Old Town was arrested for DWLSR. No bond amount was given.
JULY 22
     Rafael E. Gonzalez, 58, of Old Town was arrested for improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon. Bond $3,000.
     Bobby Joe Bullock III, 19, of Horseshoe was arrested for hunting while license suspended. No bond amount was given.
JULY 25
     Robert Ray Weeks, 28, of Old Town was arrested for DUI – with property damage. Bond $3,000.
JULY 26
     A 15-year-old juvenile, of Cross City was arrested for aggravated assault with deadly weapon, petit theft – more than $100. No bond amount was given.
JULY 27
     Tracy Lynn Troxell, 38, of Cross City was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. Bond $3,000.
     Timothy G. Laskley, 18, of Steinhatchee was arrested for DUI and DUI with property damage. Bond $3,000.

-- UPDATED --
MON.  JULY 28  3:07 p.m.
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