Ocala police officer arrested
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 31, 2014
     OCALA -- An officer with the Ocala Police Department was arrested Friday evening (Oct. 31) for two counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity with Certain Minors, according to a press release from OPD Sgt. Angy Scroble, public information officer.


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     Officer Bennie L. Wilson III, 41, was arrested by OPD Sgt. Brian Young at 7:45 p.m. Friday, Scoble said.
     On Tuesday (Oct. 28), Sgt. Young was requested to investigate a criminal complaint against Officer Wilson, Sgt. Scroble said. Sgt. Young spoke with the alleged 16-year-old victim who told the sergeant that she had run away from home about a month and a half prior and was engaging in prostitution.
     She encountered Officer Wilson one night and spoke with him, Scroble said the investigation showed. This conversation led to Wilson allegedly fondling her that night, Scroble said.
     The girl said that approximately two weeks later she encountered Officer Wilson again, and on that night they engaged in sexual activity. He gave her $20 afterwards, Scroble said the girl alleged.
     On Friday night, when Officer Wilson returned to work at OPD, he was immediately called in to be interviewed.
     Officer Wilson is assigned to the Community Policing Bureau, which works 12 hour shifts. Sgt. Young interviewed him and Officer Wilson advised to being aware the victim was under the age of 18 and that certain sexual activities did occur, Scroble said.
     Officer Wilson was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail. His bond is set at $10,000. He has been placed on unpaid suspension pending the internal investigation, Scroble said.


Man dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 31, 2014
     GILCHRIST COUNTY -- One man died and two other men suffered serious injuries in a crash Friday morning (Oct. 31) in Gilchrist County, according to a media release by Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Gregory B. Sullivan, reviewed by FHP Sgt. Bruce Simmons.

     Robert Lamar Moulton, 52, of Lake City was driving a 1995 Ford F-150 pickup truck south in the southbound travel lane on State Road 47 as he approached Gilchrist County Road 232 at 8:55 a.m., the FHP said. James Mark Kite, 52, also of Lake City was a passenger in the truck.
     Henry Frank Coker, 22, of Old Town was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck east in the eastbound travel lane on CR 232.
     Coker failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of CR 232 and SR 47, the FHP said. The Silverado went into the southbound travel lane of SR  47 and caused a collision the Ford, the FHP said.
     The Chevrolet’s front end collided with the Ford’s right side, the FHP said.
     The Ford then overturned while sliding across the intersection in a southeastern direction and into the east ditch area, the FHP said. It came to a final rest on its right side facing north, the FHP said.
     The Chevrolet then slid across the intersection going southeast and into the east ditch coming to final rest right-side-up, facing southeast, the FHP said.
     Kite died as a result of injuries he suffered in the crash, the FHP said. Coker and Moulton were taken to UF Health at Shands in Gainesville, both listed with serious injuries, the FHP said.
     No charges were listed in the initial media release. The report showed it was unknown whether anyone was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor.


Wallet returned to owner
Published Oct. 31, 2014
      GILCHRIST COUNTY -- Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert D "Bobby" Schultz III and the men and women of the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office commended a couple on their thoughtful action.
      On Wednesday (Oct. 29), Daniel and Anne Talley of Trenton found a wallet sitting next to Gilchrist alongside County Road 232 and it had in excess of $1,000 inside it, the sheriff said.
      On Thursday, the Talleys turned the wallet over to the GCSO hoping to reunited the wallet with its owner.
      After a brief investigation, Deputy Matthew Rexroat located the owner. The owner, a local farm worker, was ecstatic to see the large sum of money returned to him. He tried to give Deputy Rexroat a cash reward to pass on to the Talleys, Schultz said.
      Deputy Rexroat had already been instructed, however, to not accept any reward because as the Talleys said, giving the found wallet back "Was just the right thing to do."
Sheriff Schultz thanked the Talleys for their integrity and honesty. The sheriff said actions like these by the people in this community are part of what make Gilchrist County a wonderful place to live, work and play.
      "It also reaffirms our belief that there are people out there with great core values," Schultz said, "that do the right thing for the right reasons."
      In other news from the GCSO, on Oct. 29 GCSO Deputy Scotty Douglas arrested Casandra M. Meyer, 27, of Bell for possession of crack cocaine and tampering with evidence. Gilchrist County Judge Sheree Lancaster set the combined bail for that defendant on those two charges at $5,000.


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Published Oct. 29, 2014
     LEVY COUNTY -- Ten days after being rescued, a bald eagle is recovering.
     On Oct. 19, Levy County Sheriff's Office Victim Advocate Amanda Sauder and other motorists observed a wounded bald eagle beside Levy County Road 337, just north of Bronson.
     Sauder reported the eagle to the LCSO Communications Center and Cpl. Joe Sabbag responded to the scene along with deputies Chase Gregory and Franco Almeida.  
     The deputies determined that the eagle had most likely been struck by a car. It was unable to fly but appeared to be in good condition otherwise. They contacted the state agency for wildlife conservation but learned that the FWC had no one available to immediately respond to care for the eagle. Sabbag advised that the eagle was standing in the mid-day sunlight, and he became concerned about it going into heat distress.  
     Deputy Gregory took a cage from his home. The deputies then gently placed the eagle into the cage and moved it to a cooler area at the Sheriff’s Office in Bronson.  
     FWC personnel eventually responded and delivered the eagle to a proper rescue facility in the Newberry area. At last report, the eagle was recovering well.  
     The LCSO thanks the public for its concern for this symbol of our national freedom, Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp noted in a media release.  Coincidently, Bronson High School’s mascot is the American Bald Eagle.


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Registered sex offender
arrested in Gilchrist County

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 28, 2014
     TRENTON -- A 34-year-old registered sex offender was arrested Tuesday (Oct. 28) in Gilchrist County, according to information released by Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert D. "Bobby" Schultz III.
     Jeffrey Brian Carson of Trenton was arrested by GCSO Sgt. Alex Gaston during the sergeant's regular check of registered sex offenders and sexual predators.
     Following are the charges placed against Carson, and the bonds set by Gilchrist County Judge Sheree Lancaster for each charge:
     Count 1: Sex Offender Failure to Update Driver License within 48 hours, bond $15,000.
     Count 2: Sex Offender Failure to Register Internet Identifier, bond $15,000.
     Count 3: Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, bond $2,500.
     Count 4: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, bond $2,500.
     Total of all bonds equals $35,000.


Pedestrian dies in
Monday morning accident

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 27, 2014
     MARION COUNTY -- A 41-year-old man from Nottingham, Penn., died from injuries he suffered after a car hit him early Monday morning (Oct. 27) on Southwest 60th Avenue near 52nd Street, according to a media release by Florida Highway Patrol Cpl. Shaun Lattinville, reviewed by FHP Sgt. William Berger.
     Phillip Kyle Hashagen, 51, Ocala was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier northbound on Southwest 60th Avenue in the right lane at about 5:10 a.m., the FHP said.
     David A. Santavicca, 41, of Nottingham, Penn., was walking within the right lane of Southwest 60th
Avenue, in the path of the oncoming Chevrolet, the FHP said. The pedestrian was wearing dark clothing. Hashagen was unable to avoid a collision with Santavicca, the FHP said.
     The right front section of the Chevrolet struck the man. Hashagen did not sustain any injuries, the FHP said. Santavicca suffered injuries that proved to be fatal during the crash, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by Marion County Fire Rescue, the FHP said.
     Hashagen was wearing a seat belt. Charges are pending, according to the FHP, and a blood-alcohol test was taken.

Stolen guns recovered
Published Oct. 28, 2014
LCSObell102814     LEVY COUNTY -- Levy County Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp in an Oct. 28 press release noted that Kyle Bryan Bell, 19, of Archer was arrested on Oct. 23 for burglary of a dwelling, armed larceny and grand theft.

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     Bell's bond was set at $150,000, Beauchamp said. There was a male juvenile who was arrested, too.
    The crimes occurred at a residence south of Williston on U.S. Highway 41, Beauchamp, and that was reported on Oct. 15 to the LCSO.
     The thieves stole eight firearms, a computer, a cellular phone and other personal property, Beauchamp said.
     On Oct. 18, deputies received information from an informant indicating that the juvenile suspect was attempting to sell guns which matched the description of those that were stolen. LCSO Sgt. Mike Narayan and other deputies located the suspect who confessed to the crime. That suspect was arrested on Oct. 18.
     Deputies identified Bell as a co-defendant in the case. Bell confessed to his involvement in the crimes.  LCSO investigators recovered the eight stolen firearms.

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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 20
     Jessica Carver, 34, of Morriston was arrested for DWLSR – knowingly. Bond $10,000.
     Megan Lynn Davies, 24, of Williston was arrested for DWLSR – third offense. Bond $500.
OCTOBER 21
     Christopher Barron, 31, of Chiefland was arrested for poss. marijuana – less than 20 grams. No bond amount was given.
     Lancey Derosa, 29, of Archer was arrested for larceny – grand theft $300 to less than $5,000, fraud – utter false instrument. Bond $10,000.
     David Michael Smith, 26, of Bronson was arrested for burglary – unoccupied structure – unarmed, larceny – grand theft $300 to less than $5,000, dealing in stolen property, burglary – dwelling, structure or conveyance – armed, larceny – grand theft $300 to less than $5,000. Bond $215,000.
     Joshua Scott Yapp, 26, of Inglis was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
OCTOBER 22
     Galdino DeJesus Araiza-Madera, 21, of Morriston was arrested for violation of nonresident exemption – driver license. Bond $500.
     Carl Brian Cox, 47, of Jacksonville was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. ROR.
     Michael Lee Lewis, 33, of Bronson was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $500.
     Douglas Galen McElyea, 23, of Yankeetown was arrested for DWLSR – knowingly. No bond amount was given.
     Kenneth Dale Simmons, 19, of Chiefland was arrested for fraud – false owner info. – pawn items less than $300, dealing in stolen property. No bond amount was given.
     Alphonso Alonzo Timmons, 39, of Chiefland was arrested for battery – touch or strike. ROR.
OCTOBER 23
     Kyle Bryan Bell, 19, of Archer was arrested for burglary – dwelling, structure or conveyance – armed, larceny – grand theft $300 to less than $5,000. Bond $150,000.
     Helen Mae Hall, 27, of Inglis was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $5,000.
     Chad Richard Walker, 39, of Chiefland was arrested for disorderly intoxication in a public place causing a disturbance. Bond $500.
OCTOBER 24
     Robert James Carter, 22, of Williston was arrested for burglary – unoccupied structure - unarmed, larceny – grand theft $300 to less than $5,000. Bond $15,000.
     Torrance Tyrone Pitts, 44, of Williston was arrested for operate motor vehicle without valid driver license. No bond amount was given.
     Matthew John Schrader, 21, of Chiefland was arrested for damage to property – criminal mischief - $200 or less – subsequent offense, burglary – unoccupied dwelling – state of emergency – larceny – grand theft - $300 to less than $5,000. Bond $80,000.
     Christopher Lee Seaborne, 38, of Locust Grove, Georgia was arrested for retail theft. Bond $2,000.
OCTOBER 25
     Marion Louise Donahe, 29, of Chiefland was arrested for shoplifting – petit theft from merchant – second offense. ROR.
     Anel Paul Espinosa, 25, of Bronson was arrested for poss. marijuana – less than 20 grams. No bond amount was given.
     Ricardo Ramirez, 18, of Williston was arrested for aggravated battery – offender knew/ should have known victim was pregnant. ROR.
     John Ernest Sears, Jr., 36, of Williston was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs, operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver license. Bond $2,500.
OCTOBER 26
     Elbert Scott Bullard, 42, of Cedar Key was arrested for battery with bodily injury. No bond amount was given.
     Clarence Jones III, 37, of Gainesville was arrested for DWLSR – subsequent offense. Bond $2,000.
     Ismael Lopez Luis, 29, of Trenton was arrested for no driver license. No bond amount was given.
     John Patrick Reeve, 31, of Bronson was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $1,502.


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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

OCTOBER 20
     Jeromy Eugene Dozier, 33, of High Springs was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
     Gordon Keith Roberts, 31, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $3,000.
OCTOBER 22
     Johnathan Ray Roberson, 30, of Trenton was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $100,000.
OCTOBER 23
     Amanda Dawn Ritchey, 32, of Branford was arrested for burglary – unoccupied dwelling – unarmed, larceny – grand theft $300 to less than $5,000. Bond $25,000.


 DCSODCSO arrests
to Oct. 26


The following information was provided by the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office. These defendants were arrested by the DCSO 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 20
     William Ross Wade, 29, of Cross City was arrested for grand theft III. Bond $15,000.
     Gordan Keith Roberts, 31, of Old Town was arrested for DWLSR, no motor vehicle registration. No bond amount was given.
OCTOBER 22
     Ricky D. Turner, 30, of Old Town was arrested for tampering with a witness, battery, DWLSR. Bond $25,000.
     Houston Lee Myers, 18, of Cross City was arrested for criminal use of person info, petit theft. Bond $10,000.
     Jeffery Linden Thomas, 27, of Old Town was arrested for domestic battery – simple. Bond $3,000.
OCTOBER 23
     Joanie Alaine Brim, 55, of Old Town was arrested for grand theft III. Bond $15,000.
     Barbara Alyse Douglas, 25, of Trenton was arrested for petit theft. Bond $1,000.
     Barbara A. Douglas, 23, of Trenton was arrested for petit theft. Bond $1,000.
OCTOBER 24
     John Charles Gramling, 45, of Steinhatchee was arrested for a drug charge, drug equipment and a violation of an injunction. Bond $50,000.
     Terry Lee Slayton, 54, of Old Town was arrested for battery – spouse. Bond $3,000.
OCTOBER 25
     Elizabeth Mazella Brookins, 35, of Cross City was arrested for RWOV. Bond $1,500.
     Christopher Edward Schofner, 26, of Old Town was arrested for DUI. Bond $3,000.
OCTOBER 26
     Steven Eric Music, 39, of Cross City was arrested for grand theft auto. Bond $25,000.
     Donnie Quincy Mills Sr., 60, of Old Town was arrested for battery. Bond $3,000.

-- UPDATED --
FRI.  OCT. 31  10:07 p
.m.
Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist counties



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