Man hurt in ATV crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 2, 2014
     DIXIE COUNTY -- A 29-year-old man suffered serious injuries from an ATV accident late Monday night (Aug. 1) in Dixie County, according to a media release by Florida Highway Patrol Glen Ganus, reviewed by Sgt. Kevin Pace.
     Brian R. Schell of Old Town was driving a 2006 Baja ATV, the FHP said, at 11:25 p.m. when the vehicle entered Northeast 808th Street from a private driveway on the west shoulder of Northeast 808th Street, the FHP said. The ATV started traveling to the north.
     For an unknown reason, the FHP said, it overturned onto its right side in the southbound lane and Schell -- who was not wearing a helmet -- was thrown from the vehicle.
     The ATV came to rest in the northbound lane of Northeast 808th Street, the FHP said, and the vehicle came to final rest upright in the northbound lane of the street, a few feet north of the driver.
     Schell was taken to UF Health (Shands) in Gainesville, the FHP said. Charges are pending completion of the investigation, the FHP said.

Motorcyclist hurt
in Chiefland

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The helicopter takes the injured man to Gainesville.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 30, 2014

     CHIEFLAND -- A 47-year-old man from Minnetoka, Minnesota, suffered critical injuries Saturday morning when he was involved in a motorcycle accident in Chiefland, according to a media release by Florida Highway Patrol Trooper R. Rodriguez, reviewed by FHP Sgt. J.E. Barber.

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An officer from Chiefland Police and a deputy from the Levy County Sheriff's Office are seen directing traffic around the crash scene.

     Vera Mae Thomas, 68, of Chiefland was in a 2001 Ford Tauris that was stopped in the northbound left turn lane of U.S. Highway 19 at State Road 320 (West), the FHP said.
     Daniel Keith Mason was driving a 1994 Honda CBR southbound on U.S.
19 in the left lane approaching SR 320, the FHP said.
     Thomas attempted to make a left turn onto SR 320, but she failed to yield the right-of-way to Mason, causing the Honda's front to strike the right front of the Ford, the FHP said.

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A firefighter helps direct traffic. Firefighters from Chiefland and Fanning Springs responded and paramedics from Levy County Department of Public Safety took the victim to the helicopter launch area in downtown Chiefland.

     Mason was ejected from the motorcycle, the FHP said, and he landed approximately 20 feet south of the point of impact between the motorcycle and the car.
     The car came to rest in the area of the collision, facing northwest on
U.S. 19. The motorcycle was at final rest facing northeast on its right side at the front part of the car, the FHP said.
     Mason was transported to U.F. Health at Shands in Gainesville with critical injuries, the FHP said. Thomas suffered minor injuries, the FHP said, and did not require hospitalization.

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     All southbound lanes of U.S. 19 were blocked and re-routed for approximately three hours, the FHP said, with support by Chiefland Police Department and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.
     Charges are pending completion of the investigation, the FHP said.

Sleepy?
Save a life, pull off the road

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Published Aug. 30, 2014

     TALLAHASSEE -- Do you fight to keep your eyes open and your head up when you are tired?
     All too often this scenario is real on Florida’s roadways. To help prevent crashes caused by driver fatigue and to bring awareness to the dangers of drowsy driving, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida Department of Transportation are teaming up with lawmakers and safety advocates during Florida’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week on Sept. 1–7 in memory of Ronshay Dugan, who was killed in 2008.
     “Alert drivers make for safer roads," says DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. "To help get everyone home safely, the Department reminds motorists never to drive tired."
     Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad said, “The department recognizes that making our roads safer includes driver responsibility and encourages all motorists not to drive drowsy. Be alert every trip, every time you get behind the wheel.”
     One member of the Florida House of Representatives offers a reminder.
“Six years ago, the life of a little girl was tragically taken in a crash that easily could have been prevented,” said state Rep. Alan Williams (Dem. Tallahassee, Dist. 8) , who sponsored the legislation in 2010. “Drowsy driving can be eliminated by simply planning and making a conscious decision to pull over and rest when you’re tired. I applaud Ronshay’s family for keeping her memory alive and fighting to prevent other senseless deaths.”
     How to prevent fatigue driving:
 Allow plenty of time to get to your final destination.
     * Avoid driving at times when you would normally be asleep.
     * Drink caffeine. Two cups of coffee can increase alertness for several hours.
     * Drive sober.
     * Get a good night’s sleep before you travel.
     * Take a break every 100 miles or 2 hours.
     * Take a nap—find a safe place to take a 15 to 20-minute nap, if you think you might fall asleep.
     * Use the buddy system, switch drivers when needed.

Club 212 case ends
for one defendant;

Second defendant awaits her trial
Published Aug. 28, 2014
     BRONSON -- The Levy County Sheriff’s Office partnered with Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office Lead Prosecutor Bill Ezzell, and won a major case in the eyes of the East Williston community, LCSO spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond said Thursday (Aug. 28) in a press release.
     Eugene Donald was convicted by a jury of his peers on Wednesday (Aug. 27) in Levy County for keeping or maintaining a public nuisance where drugs are sold (a felony) and maintaining a dwelling where alcohol is sold without a license (a misdemeanor), Tummond said.  
     Club 212, as it was named by some East Williston residents, was a thorn in the side of local law enforcement, and for the residents of the neighborhood in which it was located, Tummond said.
     The LCSO and Sheriff Bobby McCallum himself began receiving complaints from the East Williston community members and surrounding areas in April of 2013, Tummond said. These complaints varied from loud music, excessive crowds, and traffic problems to gunfire heard in the area. Because of the nuisance caused by the club's activity, the LCSO was forced to dedicate significant resources to the area each weekend, Tummond said.
     The LCSO began to monitor and document these complaints. The Sheriff's Office enlisted the assistance of the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and the Gainesville Police Department, Tummond said.
     As the investigation gained traction, it was obvious to law enforcement officers that many violations were occurring. Open sales of alcoholic beverages without proper licensing and drug violations were being seen. LCSO also conducted an investigation during which one person was shot in the parking lot patrons were using across the street from the club, Tummond said.
     Undercover operations began in August 2013 in efforts to strengthen the now building criminal case. Investigators were able to gain access to the interior of the building through undercover operations and discovered the doublewide mobile home had been gutted to accommodate the large crowds gathering there, Tummond said.  
     On Nov. 15, 2013, the LCSO, Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, and the Levy County Code Enforcement Department executed a search warrant at Club 212 located at 3711 N.E. 212 Court, where they arrested Eugene and Chrissi Donald, husband and wife, Tummond said.
    The LCSO thanks the Williston community and the agencies who assisted in the investigation for all of the support the Sheriff's Office received from everyone. Charges are still pending in case against Chrissi Donald and she is awaiting her day in court, Tummond said.
     “I hope the efforts made by my office and our deputies have assisted the community," Sheriff McCallum said. "And (I hope) the residents feel more secure in their homes, now that we have returned it to the peaceful neighborhood they had before Club 212.”

Gilchrist County seeks people
with special needs for shelters
before a storm hits

Published Aug. 28, 2014
     GILCHRIST COUNTY -- Gilchrist County Emergency Management Director David Peaton wants to improve the county's preparedness to help people with special needs, by working now to assure shelter space -- before a storm hits
     A Special Needs Shelter is a place to stay when you have no other sheltering option and should only be used as a back-up to your personal sheltering plan. Special Needs Shelters provide more care and supervision than a general shelter but are not equipped with advanced medical equipment, and are not staffed to provide advanced levels of care. Individuals who require advanced care should discuss other sheltering arrangements with their caregiver, health care provider, or physician.
     Special Needs Shelters do not provide the comfort or convenience of a home or hotel, nor do they provide the level of care found in a medical facility. Local Special Needs Shelters are located in public schools and will most likely be crowded, noisy, and boring. Special needs shelters are equipped with an emergency generator to supply power to medical equipment; however, there may be times when air conditioning may not be available in order to conserve power.
     A Special Needs Shelter client may include a person:
     • with a stable medical condition who requires periodic observation;
     • requiring periodic wound care assistance;
     • medically dependent on electricity for oxygen, nebulizers, or feeding tubes;
     • with limitations that require assistance with daily living activities;
     • or with mental or cognitive limitations requiring assistance (example: Alzheimer’s related conditions).
     Learn more about how to sign up for a Special Needs Shelter, along with any other questions that you may have by contacting the Gilchrist County Health Department at 352-463-3120, or the Gilchrist County Department of Emergency Management at 1-866-751-1728.

FHP seeks hit and run suspect;
Clues found from Levy County fatality
By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 27, 2014
     MORRISTON – A Florida Highway Patrol investigation into a fatal hit and run crash in Levy County has revealed clues to help find the vehicle and person driving it, according to a news release from FHP Sgt. Tracy Hisler-Place.
     The vehicle probably is a 2010 to 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, (2500 or 3500) pickup truck that is white in color, the FHP said. There will be damage to the left headlight and fog light, the FHP added.
     Investigators stated the left side mirror is missing and there is additional damage to the left side of the hood and fender area.
     The FHP responded to a fatal hit-and run-crash on Levy County Road 337 and Southeast 40th Street in Levy County on Aug. 24, the FHP said.
    The investigation has revealed the crash occurred on Aug. 23 at approximately 11 p.m., when James Thomas Lowman, 69, of Morriston was walking near the center of the roadway as a vehicle was traveling southbound on County Road 337, the FHP said.
    The vehicle struck Lowman, propelling him onto the east shoulder of the roadway where he died as a result of injuries he suffered in that crash, the FHP said. The vehicle then left the scene, the FHP said.
     Lowman, whose 70th birthday is on Aug. 28, was pronounced dead on Aug. 24 at 8:02 a.m. by Levy County Department of Public Safety EMS Paramedic Mandy Willis, the FHP said.
     The Florida Highway Patrol is urging anyone with information regarding this fatal crash to please contact Cpl. Shaun Lattinville at 352-732-1260 (extension 236); or call the Jacksonville Communications Center at 1-800-395-8248 (Troop Watch Supervisor); or dial *FHP (#347) on a cell phone.

Cop kills dog
By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 26, 2014
     CHIEFLAND -- Police Chief Robert Douglas reported to the City Commission on Monday night (Aug. 25) that one of his officers sent a Bullmastiff breed of dog to "Doggy Heaven" after emptying two rounds from the officer’s service weapon into the animal that was attacking.
     On Aug. 19, at about 8:18 p.m. Chiefland Police Officer Justin Douglas (not related to Chief Douglas) and Sgt. D.J. Macy responded to a call for help in the 200 block of Northwest Sixth Court, according to records.
     An 8-year-old girl had been bitten in the abdomen by the dog, which attacked the girl’s 34-year-old mother and bit both of her hands and forearms, causing severe trauma. The mother had rescued her daughter from the attacking dog. The people were trapped in a bedroom, while the dog, which weighed more than 150 pounds, waited outside.
     Douglas called Levy County Sheriff’s Office for Deputy Matt King to be back-up for him, according to records. The people in the bedroom, in addition to the woman and child, were all screaming that they were afraid to exit the room.
     Officer Douglas and Deputy King entered the residence. The two law enforcement officers tried to lure the dog outside, but they failed in that attempt, Douglas wrote in his report.
     Officer Douglas heard them screaming for him to shoot the dog. He ascertained the location of the occupants of the structure. He learned there may be a person in the backyard, which was in his line of fire at that time, Douglas said.
     Officer Douglas asked dispatch to contact CPD Sgt. D.J. Macy to inform the sergeant that he may need to shoot a vicious dog inside a house. The animal would not let anyone in the bedroom area to check on the wellbeing of the people who been bitten, Douglas said.
     “The animal tried to go down the hallway where the bedrooms were, and the residents were opening and closing the bedroom doors,” Douglas wrote in his report. “I stepped in the way of the animal going down the hallway, and diverted him to the kitchen area in an attempt to get him out the back door.
     “At that time,” Douglas continued, “the animal came at myself and Deputy King in an aggressive manner with teeth showing as if to cause harm to us.”
     Douglas assured his line of fire was clear and he squeezed off two rounds into the dog’s head.
     At that time, LCSO Deputy Pete Barnes arrived, Douglas said.
     The residents of the house said the animal was their property, Douglas said. The animal had attacked members of the family before, but that had not been reported, Douglas said.
     Levy County Department of Public Safety EMS took the two victims to a hospital where they were treated for the bites, Douglas said.
Fatal hit and run reported
By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 25, 2014
     LEVY COUNTY -- A man who was four days shy of his 70th birthday died after being hit by an unknown vehicle on Saturday night (Aug. 23), according to an Aug. 25 media release by Florida Highway Patrol Cpl. Shaun Lattinville, reviewed by FHP Sgt. Tammy L. Wildy.
     James Thomas Lowman, 69, of Morriston was walking in the southbound lane of Levy County Road 337 (a two-lane rural highway) near the intersection of Southeast 40th Street at about 11 p.m., the FHP said.
     An unknown vehicle was traveling southbound on CR 337, when the front left of that vehicle struck Lowman, the FHP said.
     The victim was thrown to the east shoulder before coming to final rest on the east shoulder, several feet east of the edge of the roadway, the FHP said.
     The driver of the vehicle took the machine away from the scene prior to the arrival of the FHP, and that driver has not been identified at the time of this report, the FHP noted in the media release.
     Lowman, whose 70th birthday is on Aug. 28, was pronounced dead on Aug. 24 at 8:02 a.m. by Levy County Department of Public Safety EMS Paramedic Mandy Willis, the FHP said.

Driver charged after
leaving the scene of a crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 24, 2014
Updated Aug. 25, 2014
     DIXIE COUNTY -- A driver of a 2012 Nissan Versa disappeared after driving the wrong way on U.S. Highway 19 north of Cross City 35 minutes after midnight on Sunday morning (Aug. 24), according to a media release by Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Glen Ganus, reviewed by FHP Sgt. Kevin Pace.
     A media release on Aug. 25 showed Andrew C. Konvalinka, 21, of Live Oak was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, driving on the wrong side of a divided highway and failure to wear his seat belt, the FHP said in an Aug. 25 media release.
     Konvalinka was driving the Versa, which was traveling southbound on U.S. 19 in the northbound inside lane, the FHP said.
     Barney M. Osteen, 35, of Mayo was driving a 2006 Chevy C-1500 pickup truck northbound on U.S. 19 in the northbound inside lane, the FHP said.
     As the vehicle Osteen was driving approached the Versa, Osteen swerved to his left trying to avoid a collision, the FHP said, and just before impact, the Versa struck the right front of the Chevy pickup truck with its right front.
     The Versa rotated clockwise and started traveling southwest, the FHP said. It then overturned onto its left side, the FHP said, and after making one complete rollover event, the Versa left the road and entered the grassy median area.
     The Versa came to final rest upright in the median and was facing in a northeasterly direction. The Chevrolet continued traveling several feet in a northerly direction and entered the outside lane, the FHP said. That pickup truck came to final rest in the outside lane and was facing north, the FHP said.
     Two witnesses made contact with Osteen and then went to check on the driver of the Versa, but there was nobody in or around that vehicle, the FHP said.
     Several Dixie County deputies and fireman canvassed the median and wooded area around the crash, however Konvalinka was not located until later, the FHP said.
     Estimated damage to the pickup truck by the FHP was $8,000. Osteen was not injured and he was wearing a seatbelt. Estimated damage to the Versa was $12,000, the FHP said.

RAD classes forming
Published Aug. 24, 2014
     LEVY COUNTY -- Classes are forming for free classes to help women defend themselves from rape.
     The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Women’s Physical Defense program was designed with the needs and strengths of women in mind. In the class, participants learn practical safety tips and risk reduction strategies, have the chance to practice specialized defensive techniques, and utilize those techniques in dynamic simulations.  
     Most importantly, R.A.D. classes are fun and provide you with the knowledge and techniques to avoid potentially dangerous situations and to effectively defend against a violent encounter.  
     Women of all ages and fitness levels have successfully participated in this program.  
     Classes are scheduled for:
* Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6-9 p.m. at the College of Central Florida Levy Campus (By Save A Lot in Chiefland)
* Oct. 20 (Mon.), 22 (Wed.) 28 (Tues.) and 30 (Thurs.) from 6-9 p.m. at the College of Central Florida Levy Campus (By Save A Lot in Chiefland)
     Register by emailing the program coordinator, Ray Tremblay, at suwanneevalleyrad@gmail.com or by calling the Chiefland Police Department at 352-493-6777. Please provide your name, email address, phone number, and which class you would like to attend.
     A $25 registration fee is required at registration, but will be refunded at the first class. Please make checks out to “Friends of the Chiefland Police” and put “RAD” in the memo section.

Motorcyclist injured
By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 24, 2014
      LEVY COUNTY -- A 24-year-old Morriston man suffered serious injuries at about 3 a.m. on Saturday morning (Aug. 23) when he crashed his motorcycle, according to a media release by Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Glen Ganus, reviewed by FHP Sgt. Kevin Pace.
      Carlos Ayello Zamora was driving a 2000 BMW motorcycle east on Levy County Road 335 and rounding a curve to its left -- east of State Road 121 -- at an unsafe speed, the FHP said.
      The BMW left the road on the right shoulder and Zamora lost control on the grassy shoulder, the FHP said.
      The motorcycle overturned on its left side and made three complete rollover events, the FHP said.
The vehicle went several feet to the north and Zamora, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from it as it overturned, the FHP said. The BMW came to final rest on its left side and was facing northeast, the FHP said.
      Zamora was taken to UF Health Shands in Gainesville and was listed in serious condition, the FHP said. Charges are pending completion of the FHP investigation, the FHP said.

CPD busts meth lab at motel
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The fire engine and police car that transported some of the first responders sit behind the Manatee Springs Motel.

Story and Photos

By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 20, 2014
      CHIEFLAND -- An alert officer with the Chiefland Police Department uncovered a methamphetamine lab on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 20) that was set up in the Manatee Springs Motel, which is near to Tri-County Chiropractic Clinic and across the street from Discount Liquor and Walgreens Drug Store.

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CPD Lt. Jay Bolton walks toward a photographer to advise that the chemicals are inert and safe at this point on Wednesday evening.

 ChfMeth082014F     CPD Officer Blake Murphy was called to check a room at the motel, he said. When he arrived, he found Danny Emerich of Fanning Springwas in the room. A check of records showed there was a warrant for Emerich, Murphy said.
      Upon arresting the man, the officer found methamphetamine. Murphy said asked the woman in the room with Emerich for consent to search the room, after Murphy smelled the odor of chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine emanating from the room.
      Carrie Hyatt of Chiefland provided written consent to search the room, Murphy said.
The officer found a methamphetamine manufacturing process in plain view, he said.
      He called the Levy County Drug Task Force for help, because he knew the chemicals are toxic and volatile. Chiefland Fire Rescue sent a fire engine manned by Chief James Harris and Capt. Ben Lowe to be on scene in the event of a fire or explosion.
      The Drug Task Force made the chemicals inert. The couple had been in the room since the previous Friday. The room will be checked to see if there is residue from the toxic chemicals that were used there.
      CPD Lt. Jay Bolton said officer Murphy did a good job, including the arrest of Emerich and Hyatt for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell it, and manufacturing methamphetamine.
      The suspects were taken to the Levy County Jail in Bronson.

Two die in fire;
Toll adds to first responders’ burden
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Bronson Fire Rescue Firefighter Adam Macedward extinguishes one of the last smoldering parts of the house. 


Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Published Aug. 20, 2014
Updated
     BRONSON – There is no evidence of any foul play in the deaths of a 78-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl from a fire early Wednesday morning (Aug. 20), Levy County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond noted in a press release that day.
     The Levy County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fire that left two people dead on Wednesday, according to an earlier press release from LCSO Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp.
     Tummond confirmed the deaths of Elizabeth Fredrick, 78, and Rhiannon Rickmyer, 10, who were located inside the home that was totally consumed by fire. The family of the victims has been notified. The school where Rickmyer attended is arranging grief counseling for the students and faculty who may be affected by this terrible incident, Tummond said.
     At approximately 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday, the LCSO and firefighters from Bronson Fire Rescue responded to 12331 N.E. 105 Ave., in the University Oaks area of Levy County when a fire was reported, Beauchamp said.

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A vehicle from the Eighth Judicial Circuit Medical Examiner’s Office leaves the scene Wednesday morning.

    Units from Williston Fire Rescue, Chiefland Fire Rescue, Archer Fire Rescue and the Levy County Department of Public Safety also responded. Deputies and a victim advocate assisted investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Eighth Judicial Circuit Medical Examiner’s Office with the investigation, Beauchamp said.
     “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family members,” Tummond said. “It is hard on people when they lose a family member, and it is especially hard on them when it is a child.”
     This fire marks the third tragic death of a child in Levy County in a month, Tummond said. A teenage boy died when he killed himself in the Williston area. A young boy was killed by one or two pit bulldogs in Fanning Springs. Those two deaths were on the same day, he added.
     And now, this child died in a fire near Bronson.
     Tummond said there is toll taken upon first responders who witness the deaths of young people. Deputies, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics are people just like everyone else, and the horror and tragedy of scenes like these impact them just as one might expect, Tummond said.


FHP hunts for drunk drivers
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Published Aug. 17, 2014
    TALLAHASSEE
– The Florida Highway Patrol will concentrate its enforcement efforts on drunk driving over the next two weeks as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that began on Aug. 15 and runs through Labor Day on Sept. 1.
     The FHP will join law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation to remove impaired drivers from our roadways in an effort to save lives.
     “Take a shot at drinking and driving, and we’ll provide the chaser,” said FHP Director Col. David Brierton. “The choice to drink and drive is a bad decision that could have grave consequences. Be responsible, don’t drink and drive.”
     To arrive at your destination safely, ALWAYS:
     • Drive sober, and only sober
     • Buckle up
     • Eliminate distractions
     • If you do drink, plan ahead and have a designated driver
     • Observe and obey all speed limits
     The campaign coincides with the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend which marks the traditional end of the summer travel season. All uniformed FHP personnel, including those normally assigned to administrative duties, will patrol interstates and other major state roads during the four-day holiday. FHP Auxiliary troopers also will volunteer to augment the Patrol during the travel period. The Patrols increased presence throughout Florida will deter traffic violations and enhance services to motorists who break down or who need other assistance while traveling.
     Call *FHP (*347) if you see an impaired or aggressive driver, or to request roadside assistance.
     The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement.


LCSOStar1LCSO arrests
to Aug. 24

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
 
AUGUST 18
     Daniel Lee Bennett, 26, of Floral City was arrested for grand theft. Bond $50,000.
     Bobby Duffy Jr., 33, of Chiefland was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. No bond amount was given.
     William Jackson Hooper, 27, of Old Town was arrested for three counts petit theft – first degree - $100 to less than $300, three counts pass forged altered instruments, poss. of weapon or ammo by convicted Florida felon, old for court. Bond $65,000.
     Melissa Sue Pontes, 31, of Inglis was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.
AUGUST 19
     Richard Cooke, 19, of Tampa was arrested for marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams, poss. drug paraphernalia. Bond $1,000.
     Dustin Lee Hall, 22, of Bronson was arrested for a warrant and probation violation. Bond $5,000.
     Freddie Seyez, 21, of Chiefland was arrested for burglary – unoccupied dwelling – unarmed, damage property – criminal mischief $200 and under, grand theft - $5,000 to less than $10,000. Bond $155,000.
     Nathan Williams, 21, of Zephyrhills was arrested for DWLSR. Bond $500.
AUGUST 20
     Danny Emrich, 50, of Fanning Springs was arrested for petit theft – second degree – first offense, two counts poss. meth with intent to sell/ manufacture/ deliver, listed chemical with intent to manufacture controlled substances, poss. drug paraphernalia. Bond $122,000.
     Carrie Lynn Hyatt, 41, of Chiefland was arrested for two counts poss. meth with intent to sell/ manufacture/ deliver, listed chemical with intent to manufacture controlled substances, poss. drug paraphernalia. Bond $95,000.
AUGUST 21
     Shannon April Brown, 36, of Old town was arrested for petit theft from merchant – second offense. Bond $500.
     Wendy Edgemon, 59, of Morriston was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. Bond $1,000.
     Amanda Lynn Harris, 29, of Williston was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. No bond amount was given.
AUGUST 22
     John Moore, 26, of Chiefland was arrested for dealing in stolen property. Bond $25,000.
     Johnathan Robert Riga, 22, of Auburndale was arrested for DWLSR. Bond $500.
     Brett Vradenburgh, 30, of Bronson was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $5,000.
AUGUST 23
     Vernon Linden, 46, of Dunnellon was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. Bond $2,500.
     Daniel Figueroa Mendez, 27, of Gainesville was arrested for no driver license. No bond amount was given.
     Jody Ruth Surprenant, 40, of Trenton was arrested for petit theft from merchant – second offense. No bond amount was given.
AUGUST 24
     Ronald Victor Joyner, 34, of Bronson was arrested for battery – touch or strike. No bond amount was given.
     Billy Shores, 26, of Trenton was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs, DWLSR. Bond $7,500.
     Matthew Ryan Thompson, 31, of Trenton was arrested for violate injunction - protection domestic violence. No bond amount was given.


 DCSODCSO arrests
to Aug. 23

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

AUGUST 18
     Adam Joseph Kirk, 28, of Cross City was arrested for domestic battery, and abuse. Bond $28,000.
     John T. Osteen, 32, of Cross City was arrested for felony battery. Bond $25,000.
     Blake K. Riels, 24, of Cross City was arrested for burglary – residence, battery – 65 years or older, tampering with or harassing a witness. Bond $175,000.
AUGUST 19
     Brian Shon Roberts, 51, of Old Town was arrested for DWLSR. Bond $3,000.
     James F. Sizemore, 53, of Old Town was arrested for violation of injunction. Bond $1,000.
AUGUST 20
     Jason Hurtubise, 42, of Steinhatchee was arrested for writ of bodily attachment. Bond $1,070.
AUGUST 21
     Margaret Ruth Brown, 27, of Cross City was arrested for DWLSR, marijuana – less than 20 grams. Bond $1,000.
     Kevin Delroy Renfroe, 32, of Trenton was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $10,000.
AUGUST 22
     Andy Bourgeois, 50, of Chiefland was arrested for four counts of child abuse – contributing. Bond $12,000.
     Troy D. Sprawling, 30, of Cross City was arrested for three FTAs, four counts of sell/ deliver/ purchase controlled substance, RWOV. No bond amount was given.
AUGUST 23
     Mark Hauser, 30, of Old Town was arrested for domestic battery by strangulation. Bond $25,000.


 GCSOGCSO arrests
to Aug. 24

 
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

AUGUST 18
     Anthony R. Elliott, 26, of Trenton was arrested for fail to register motor vehicle, DWLSR – knowingly. ROR.
AUGUST 20
     James David Foshee Sr., 41, of Trenton was arrested for battery – touch or strike, cruelty towards child – abuse child without great bodily harm. Bond $12,500.
     Ronald Paul Gibson, 61, of Old Town was arrested for DWLSR – first offense. ROR.
AUGUST 21
     Stephen Michael Swackhammer, 34, of Branford was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $5,000.
AUGUST 22
     Horace Gordon Minto, 85, of Bell was arrested for battery – touch or strike. ROR.
     Ronald Eugene Watson, 65, of Trenton was arrested for battery – touch or strike. ROR.
AUGUST 23
     Clint K. Bowers, 30, of Trenton was arrested for failure to register motor vehicle, DRWSR – first offense, marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams. Bond $7,500.
     Billy Ray Fowler, 21, of Branford was arrested for marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $4,000.
     Lawrence Ronald Granger, 27, of Gainesville was arrested for swindle/ defraud innkeeper under $300. ROR.
     Joseph Lloyd Hall, 33, of Old Town was arrested for poss. controlled substance without a prescription, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $30,000.
     Jon Samuel Prentice, 35, of Trenton was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. ROR.
AUGUST 24
     Sarah Jessica Figueredo, 25, of Gainesville was arrested for swindle/ defraud innkeeper – under $300. ROR.
     Katlin Marie Henley, 18, of Micanopy was arrested for swindle/ defraud innkeeper – under $300. ROR.
     Laressa Gay Watts, 26, of Hawthorne was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was given.

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