17-year-old goes to adult jail
Dixie County

 

 

Zaytarious Chisolm
Mug Shot By DCSO


By Jeff M. Hardison
© June 15, 2019 at 9:29 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
Florida law provides for prosecutors to charge juveniles as if they were adults in some instances.
     A 17-year-old Cross City boy who is suspected of burglarizing a couple’s home while they were in jail found the Dixie County Sheriff's Office protects everyone's property from theft, according to information provided in a June 14 press release from DCSO Maj. Scott Harden.
     On June 10, the DCSO served a search warrant at a residence on Northeast 118th Street, Maj. Harden said.
     Deputies returned to the residence at 5:40 a.m. on June 12, Harden said, after a neighbor and relative of the homeowners called to report that he had found a broken window and a stool underneath this probably entry point into the home.
     The caller knew the homeowners were in jail, Harden said, so he notified the DCSO.
     When the deputy arrived, Harden said, he obtained a key from the relative and entered the home. Inside, he found Zaytarious Chisolm, 17, of Cross City asleep on the couch, Harden said.
     After securing Chisolm in hand restraints, the deputy searched him and found several items of jewelry that belonged to the homeowners, Harden said.
     Chisolm was arrested and transported to the Dixie County Jail.
     Chisolm was charged with burglary of a dwelling, criminal mischief, grand theft, trespassing in an unoccupied structure and throwing a missile into a dwelling, Maj. Harden said.
     Once at the jail the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice was notified of Chisolm’s arrest, Harden said.
     The DOJ representative forwarded paperwork that showed that Chisolm already had been filed through the adult court as a defendant in a previous criminal case, thereby causing him to be processed as an adult in this case as well, Harden said.
     Chisolm was then booked and held in the Dixie County Jail.



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DCSO continues big drug busts
Dixie County
Willie Carter                                              Chiketa Spencer

Mug Shot by DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 15, 2019 at 9:19 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has assisted the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office with investigating, over the past several months, drug activity located at a residence on Northeast 118th Street in Cross City, DCSO Maj. Scott Harden noted in a June 14 press release.
     Residents in the home suspected of being used for illegal drug-oriented activity, Harden said, are Willie C. Carter, 48, and Chiketa Spencer, 40.
     Based on information developed by DCSO investigators and due to Carter having previously been charged federally with drug-related criminal activity, the DEA adopted the case and began working with the DCSO.
     On Monday morning (June 10), the DEA obtained a federal search warrant for the residence, Harden said.
     That afternoon, agents with the DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the DCSO executed the search warrant, Harden said.
     When agents and investigators arrived to execute the warrant, Harden said, Carter attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended.
     During the search of the home, , Harden said, agents recovered several thousand dollars in cash, heroin, crack cocaine, powdered cocaine, methamphetamine, a handgun and several hundred pills to be identified later by the DEA.
     Carter and Spencer were both arrested and charged in connection with the case.
     Carter was arraigned in federal court and is being held on no bond pending the outcome of his case, Harden said.
     Spencer was arrested on state charges of two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a drug dwelling and neglect/endangerment of a child, Harden said.
     The neglect/endangerment charge results because Spencer had two minor children living in the home where the drugs and firearm were found to be in readily accessible common areas of the home, Harden said.
     Spencer has since posted $115,000 bond is out of custody pending further court appearances, Harden said.

 


Traffic stops net
six suspected drug law violators

Mug Shots By DCSO
By DCSO Major Scott Harden
Published June 15, 2019 at 9:08 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
Several routine traffic stops for minor infractions resulted in multiple drug arrests this past week by deputies with the Dixie County Sheriff's Office.
     Traffic stops included no taillight, non-visible temporary tag and running a stop sign.
     During the course of these stops, either consent to search or the use of a DCSO K-9 led to searches that resulted in the discovery of marijuana, methamphetamine and drug equipment.
     Those arrested as a result of these stops include:

Dixie County
Matthew Blackburn, 21, of Old Town - possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment

Dixie County
Cheyanne Cannon, 22, of Old Town - possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug equipment

Dixie County
Jeffrey Cannon, 56, of Cross City - possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment

Dixie County
Jasmine Music, 19, of Cross City - possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence

Dixie County
William C. Pinner, 32, of Cross City - possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug equipment and tampering with evidence

Dixie County
Justin Turner, 22, of Old Town - possession of a marijuana

 


Semi hits parked semi on I-75
Alachua County
The crash scene is cleaned up. This photo taken late this afternoon explains a traffic jam through that part of I-75.

Photo Provided by FHP

By Jeff M Hardison © June 14, 2019 at 11:09 a.m.
Updated June 14, 2019 at 4:49 p.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY –
A semi tractor-trailer hit a parked semi tractor-trailer, that was on the side of Interstate 75 during the very early morning hours of Friday (June 14), the FHP said.
     Jorge Fernandez, 47, of Miami was driving a 2008 Volvo semi tractor-trailer at 4:30 a.m. on June 14 in Alachua Countuy, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Javon Murphy based on information from FHP Trooper Thomas DeiMaio.
     The 2008 semi was southbound on I-75 in the right lane, the FHP said.
      A 2007 Volvo semi tractor-trailer that was unoccupied was
parked on the right shoulder, the FHP said.
     According to witnesses to the crash, the new Volvo began to drift to the right shoulder and collided with the slightly older Volvo semi, the FHP said.
     The moving semi's right side hit the parked semi’s left side, the FHP said.
     After the collision, the vehicle driven by Fernandez began to travel on the right grass shoulder, the FHP said, and then it went through the grass area and down the embankment coming to final rest in a large amount of standing water.
     That vehicle became partially submerged in water on the right shoulder, approximately 100 feet from the roadway, the FHP said.
     As noted, there were no occupants in the parked vehicle at the time of the crash, the FHP said.
     There were no injuries reported on scene, the FHP said. The right and center lanes of Interstate 75 southbound were shutdown temporarily due to the crash, the FHP said.
     Fernandez was cited for failure to maintain a single lane {Florida Statute 316.089(3)}, the FHP said.


Old Town man charged with
sex crimes against children

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Carl G. Thompson
Mug Shot By DCSO



By Jeff M. Hardison
© June 13, 2019 at 9:09 p.m.
Updated with Mug Shot
June 14, 2019 at 11:09 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
A 50-year-old man was arrested today (Thursday, June 13), after two juvenile females, both younger than 12 years old, came forward with allegations of sexual abuse, according to a press release from Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Harden.
     DCSO deputies and investigators executed a search warrant on June 13 at the residence and property of Carl G. Thompson, 50. That property is on Northeast 434th Street in Old Town, Maj. Harden said.
     This search warrant was obtained after the two girls were interviewed on June 11, and during the interview, they disclosed the abuse along with their allegations of other illegal activities occurring at the residence and property, Harden said.
     According to one of the children, Harden said, the activity included assisting Thompson in cutting the “buds” from the marijuana plants.
     When investigators arrived, Thompson was present at the home, Harden said, and he was informed of the complaint and search warrant.
     During the execution of the warrant, Harden said, investigators found the marijuana grow operation that was being conducted in an out-building on the property along with the sexual aids that were described by the children involved.
     Investigators identified one of the areas that was described by the children, Harden said, as the location where the incidents of sexual abuse occurred.
     The grow operation was dismantled and the other items of evidence were seized. Thompson was arrested and charged initially with two counts of sexual battery on a child under 12 years of age, two counts of using/allowing a child to engage in sex, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and manufacturing a controlled substance, Harden said.

 


Four-vehicle crash
leaves two dead

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 13, 2019 at 8:09 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
Two motorcyclists from Italy died Thursday morning (June 13) on Interstate-75 in Marion County, causing traffic delays and detours that lasted well into the afternoon, the FHP said.
     Bruno Dicosimo, 55, of Torino, Italy and Francesco Vitagliano, unlisted age, of Torino, Italy, were each driving 2018 Harley-Davidson FLTRX motorcycles at 9:47 a.m. on June 13 in Marion County, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan.
     Rudolph J. Henriques, 66, of Lauderhill was driving a 2019 Volvo semi tractor-trailer, the FHP said.
     Ralph Plato, 50, of Castleberry was driving a 2018 Subaru Forester SUV, the FHP said.
     All four vehicles were northbound on I-75 at the 343 mile marker, the FHP said.
     Dicosimo and Vitagliano were on the two motorcycles in the inside lane, the FHP said, slightly the semi tractor-trailer, which was in the center lane.
     The SUV was also in the inside lane slightly behind the semi, the FHP said.
     Traffic ahead of Dicosimo and Vitagliano slowed, the FHP said. When Dicosimo attempted to slow, the FHP said, he lost control the motorcycle he was driving, causing it to be laid down.
     When Vitagliano attempted to avoid striking the first motorcycle to go down, he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving, causing it to be laid on its side, the FHP said.
     Once Dicosimo and Vitagliano separated from their motorcycles, both traveled men to the center lane, where
both were struck by the semi, the FHP said.
     After the collision with Dicosimo and Vitagliano, semi was involved in a secondary collision, the FHP said, when its trailer was struck on the left rear by The SUV’s right front.
     The two motorcyclists died at the scene, the FHP said. The other two drivers suffered no injuries, the FHP said.
     Charges are pending completion of the traffic homicide investigation, the FHP said.

  


FDLE arrests police officer
for identity theft,
fraud and grand theft;

Search continues for more victims
Written By The Staff Members of
The FDLE Office of Public Information
Published June 12, 2019 at 10:09 a.m.
     JASPER --
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents arrested Reginald Akins, 56, of Jasper, for identity theft, credit card fraud and grand theft.
     Akins is a police officer with Jasper Police Department. He was immediately suspended by Jasper Police Chief Jeffrey McGuire upon his arrest.
     The FDLE began its investigation on April 17 at the request of Chief McGuire after he received a complaint. Investigators say Akins, who had performed private investigative work for the victim, fraudulently added his name to the victim’s credit card. Akins began using the credit card without authorization from the victim. 
     The investigation shows that Akins illegally charged more than $6,800 for motorcycle parts and accessories at a Harley-Davidson dealership. He also charged $1,000 for a down payment on a new car and spent nearly $200 on eyeglasses.  
     This FDLE investigation is active, and agents believe there could be additional victims.
     Anyone who has any information about Reginald Akins as it relates to these allegations, is asked to please contact the FDLE Live Oak Field Office 386-330-2840. 
     Akins was arrested yesterday (Tuesday, June 11) and booked into the Suwannee County Jail.  This case will be prosecuted by the Office of the Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister.

 


Two busted for trafficking;
Woman suspected of
hiding meth in crotch area of pants

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Rowdy C. Morris and Brittney Gottman

Mug Shots By DCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 11, 2019 at 1:09 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
Information in a Monday (June 10) press release from Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Harden shows a couple of facts that people who are inclined to violate the laws may want to consider.
     First, this is a rural area and law enforcement officers recognize people more easily because there are fewer of them per square-mile than in a metropolitan area.
     Second, when a person attempts to keep drugs concealed after an arrest, they may want to consider voluntarily surrendering them before they get to jail, because introduction of contraband into a detention facility is an added felony in Florida, which tags onto the various forms of possession (trafficking or sales) charges.
     A Trenton man and an Old Town woman were arrested after the man was first seen as being a potential driver who was operating while his license was suspended or revoked. Then, they both became suspected methamphetamine traffickers, according to information in Maj. Harden’s press release.
     On Sunday night (June 9), a DCSO deputy observed a vehicle being driven by Rowdy C. Morris in the Old Town area, Maj. Harden said.
     The deputy had previous experience with Morris, Harden said, and knew that Morris’ driver license was suspended.
     Upon verifying the suspension through dispatch, the deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, Harden said.  When the deputy approached the vehicle, Harden said, he could smell an odor that indicated the presence of marijuana, and that smell was coming from within the vehicle.
     The deputy then placed Morris in hand restraints and placed him in his patrol car, Harden said.
     After doing this, Harden said, the deputy told the passenger that a search would be conducted of her due to the smell of marijuana.
     During the course of the search, the deputy found substances that tested positive for methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and several syringes that tested positive for methamphetamine, Harden said.
     Morris, 29, of Trenton, was arrested and charged with possession of fewer than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and driving while license suspended or revoked, Harden said.
     Brittney Gottman, 27 of Old Town, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug equipment, Harden said.
     Both suspects were transported to the Dixie County Jail where officials discovered that Gottman had concealed approximately 30 grams (more than an ounce) of crystal methamphetamine in the crotch area of her pants, Harden said.
   Upon further interviews by the deputy, Gottman and Morris were both charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and tampering with evidence, Harden said.
     Gottman was also charged with introduction of contraband into a detention facility, Harden said.


Suspect arrested after
allegedly wounding himself

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Jerry Lee Barnes
Mug Shot By DCSO

 


By Jeff M. Hardison

© June 11, 2019 at 1:09 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
Being intoxicated while shooting a firearm is illegal in Florida (and Georgia).
     Shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday (June 9), Dixie county Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Harden noted in a June 10 press release, a DCSO deputy was dispatched to a motel in Jena in reference to a gunshot coming from inside one of the rooms.
     When the deputy arrived, he made contact with two male subjects inside the room where the shot was heard, Maj. Harden said.
     One of the subjects, Jerry Barnes, 68, of Moultrie, Georgia, was holding a towel to his forehead where there was visible blood, Harden said.
      According to the report, Harden said, both men were under the influence of alcohol and stated they had been drinking throughout the day (Saturday day and night).
     Prior to the gunshot the two said they had been arguing, Maj. Harden said, when Barnes took possession of the firearm and fired the gun toward the ceiling.
     The bullet grazed his forehead before going through the ceiling, Harden said.
     Barnes was arrested for shooting within an occupied structure, improper exhibition of a firearm and use of a firearm while under the influence, Harden said.
     Barnes was transported to the Dixie County Emergency Services where his wound was treated and bandaged prior to being booked into the Dixie County Jail, Harden said. Total of bond was $25,000, according to records.

 


Forced entry is followed

by arrest for domestic violence
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Lane Rood
Mug Shot By DCSO

 


By Jeff M. Hardison
© June 11, 2019 at 1:09 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
A man listed as a Levy County resident went to the Dixie County Jail as a short-term resident Sunday (June 9) after a deputy had to kick a door open to investigate screams and cries, according to a Monday (June 10) press release from Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Harden.
     On Sunday morning (June 9), a DCSO deputy was dispatched to a residence on Southeast 911th Street in Old Town regarding a disturbance, Harden said.
     When the deputy arrived, he heard yelling coming from inside the residence, Harden said.
     The deputy knocked on the door, when he heard a male yell about the knocking on the door, Harden said.
     A man then opened the door, Harden said, only to tell the deputy that the deputy wasn’t coming into his house.
    At this point, Harden said, the deputy again heard screaming and children crying. It was at this point, Harden said, when the deputy kicked open the door to gain entry into the home.
     After interviewing the female and children in the home, the male, Lane Rood, 22, of Morriston, was arrested for battery (domestic) and resisting an officer without violence, Harden said.

 


Altercation arrest leads
to added drug charge

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Amy White

Mug Shot By DCSO


By Jeff M. Hardison
© June 11, 2019 at 1:09 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
 A 45-year-old woman was arrested for drug possession after deputies first responded to the report of a disturbance or on Thursday June 6, according to information in a June 10 press release from Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Harden.
     Last Thursday (June 6), a DCSO deputy was dispatched to a residence on Northeast 682nd Avenue in reference to a disturbance, Maj. Harden said.
     When the deputy arrived, Harden said, it was discovered that the suspect, Amy White, 45, of Old Town, had become involved in an altercation after her father was involved in a disturbance with another female.
     According to the deputy’s report, Harden said, White is accused of reaching into a vehicle and striking the victim several times while the victim and her children were seated in the car.
     When learning the she was being arrested and taken to jail, , Harden said, White disclosed that she had six Fentanyl patches attached to her person. By letting the deputy know about the drugs, she was not charged with introduction of contraband into a detention facility.
     These drug patches were removed and White was transported to the Dixie County Jail, Harden said, where she was charged with battery and possession of a controlled substance. White has since bonded out of jail and is awaiting further court appearances, Harden said.

 


Bicyclist dies after crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 10, 2019 at 3:19 p.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY –
A 36-year-old man died Sunday (June 9) as the result of injuries suffered in a bicycle crash FHP said.
     Jamie Jo Fox-Brady, 32, of Weeki Wachee, was driving a 2017 Chevrolet pickup truck at 8:43 a.m. on June 9 in Citrus County, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper T. Cloud and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. D. Asbell.
     Jeromy Landon Bresler, 36, of Homosassa was riding a bicycle the FHP said.
     The pickup truck was southbound going through the parking lot of the RaceTrac gas station located at 3861 S. Suncoast Blvd., the FHP said.
     The bicyclist entered the parking lot and was traveling in front of the pickup truck, the FHP said. Fox-Brady fail to see the bicycle and hit the rear of it with the front of the pickup truck, the FHP said.
     Bresler suffered serious injuries and was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center, the FHP said, where he later died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash.
     This crash was not alcohol-related, the FHP said. Charges are pending completion of the traffic homicide investigation, the FHP said.


Commissioner Fried highlights
risk of gas pump skimmer fraud
in Central Florida

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Commissioner Nikki Fried and Inspector Joe Scobbo speak during today’s skimmer press event in Orlando.

Story and Photo
By FDACS Office of Communications
Published June 9, 2019 at 3:09 p.m.
     ORLANDO --
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried participated in a gas pump skimmer inspection Saturday (June 8) to highlight the growing risk of gas pump skimmer fraud in Central Florida.
     The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently completed a statewide skimmer sweep, with 259 skimmers found across the state in recent weeks, 15 of those in the Orlando area alone. More than 2,800 skimmers have been found in Florida since 2015.
     Joined by Inspector Joe Scobbo of the Division of Consumer Services, Commissioner Fried stressed the urgent need for stronger consumer protections.
     “Florida is known for beaches, oranges, Disney, but also fraud — we are the top state for scams, and we can’t let that continue,” Fried said. “Since my election, I’ve made fighting consumer fraud and consumer protection top priorities in my agenda – and a big part of that fraud is happening at the gas pump. It’s important we’re sharing with consumers exactly what to look for, because each skimmer can defraud consumers up to a million dollars. We’re here to let Floridians know there’s a lot of fraud out there, but we’re working with law enforcement to crack down on this criminal activity.”
     This past legislative session, Commissioner Fried worked with lawmakers on legislation to address the growing problem of skimmers. Senate Bill 1652 and House Bill 1239 were common-sense, bipartisan bills to establish the Consumer Fraud, Identity Theft, and Skimmer Working Group statewide interagency task force — unfortunately, the bills did not pass during this year’s session. Fried intends to see the legislation filed again next year.
     Florida has the highest fraud rate per capita in the entire nation, with $84 million lost to fraud in 2018, about $400 lost per person. Florida consumers filed 15 percent of the 1.4 million fraud reports to the FTC in 2018, while accounting for only 6.5 percent of the population.
     With Central Florida as an important hub during the summer travel season, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services wants to raise awareness of how consumers can protect themselves at the pump. According to Commissioner Fried and the Department, here are five tips for consumers to avoid credit card fraud by gas pump skimmers:
     ● Take a close look at the pump: Avoid using pumps that are open or unlocked, have had the tamper-evident security tape cut or removed, or otherwise appear unusual. Some newer pumps may also have encrypted credit card readers – look for an illuminated green lock symbol near the credit card reader.
     ● Use a credit card – not a debit card: If a credit card number is skimmed, you’re protected by the card issuer’s zero-liability policy – but a stolen debit card number could be far more damaging. If you must use a debit card, choose to use it as credit, instead of selecting debit and entering your PIN.
     ● Pay inside, with cash or credit, instead of at the pump: It takes just seconds for criminals to place a skimmer in a gas pump – but it’s far less likely that a fraudster placed a skimmer on the payment terminal in front of the clerk inside the gas station or convenience store.
     ● Choose gas pumps closest to a physical building: Don’t use gas pumps out of the attendant’s line of sight, such as those around a corner or behind a building.
     ● Check your card statements and sign up for fraud alerts: Nearly every credit card issuer offers fraud alerts, and many will email or text you when your card is used at a gas station. Check your credit card and debit card transactions frequently to make sure no fraudulent activity has occurred.
     When in doubt, consumers should contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – all consumer complaints will be investigated. To file a consumer complaint, visit FloridaConsumerHelp.com or call 1-800-HELP-FLA or 1-800-FL-AYUDA (in Spanish).
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Background on Gas Pump Skimmers:
     Skimmers – small electronic devices illegally installed inside gas pumps – first began to appear in Florida in 2015 and have grown exponentially since. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Bureau of Standards inspects 464,000 gas pumps at 19,000 gas stations, truck stops, and marinas each year, and has removed over 2,800 skimmers since 2015. The Bureau also inspects pumps for safety and accuracy.
     Skimmers can be undetectable to consumers because of their location inside gas pumps, and have a potential for $1 million in fraudulent credit card charges per skimmer. They range from simple devices that clamp onto internal wiring that criminals must later retrieve, to sophisticated devices that deliver stolen credit card data via Bluetooth and automated text messaging.


FHP seeks information
on hit and run driver;

Bronson man among two injured
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 9, 2019 at 11:29 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY –
The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking help from the public in regard to a hit-and-run crash that included injuries on Friday night (June 7) in Alachua County.
     Devon Roberts, 22, of Bronson was driving a 2001 Mercury Marquis at 9:50 p.m. on June 7 in Alachua County, according to a press release from FHP Sgt. Anthony W. Palese, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper J. Cabral.
     Autumn Waters, 18, of Gainesville was a passenger in the Mercury Marquis, the FHP said.
     A westbound vehicle on State Road 24, near Southwest 138th Street, appeared to be passing another vehicle when it hit the eastbound Mercury Marquis, with both vehicles connecting at their right-front areas, the FHP said, based on information -- including from a witness.
     Post-collision the unknown driver of the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV fled the scene, the FHP said.
     Waters suffered serious injuries and was listed in critical condition at UF Health at Shands Hospital, the FHP said. Roberts suffered minor injuries and did not require transportation to a hospital, the FHP said.
     Anyone with information about the driver of the Tahoe is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol by dialing star (*) 347.


Elder Options warns of scam
Published June 9, 2019 at 9:39 a.m.
     GAINESVILLE --
Elder Options recently sent an email to warn people about a scam.
     Following is the information provided by this agency.
     Genetic Testing is NEVER free. Don't fall victim to the newest scam targeting Medicare beneficiaries.
     While genetic testing is a legitimate service, it is not always covered by Medicare. Scammers are offering "free" genetic testing and screenings for cancer and other diseases- claiming that these tests are "paid for by Medicare." Sadly, you'll never get the results. Even worse, you or Medicare could be responsible for tens of thousands of dollars. What you need to know:
     • Do not give out your Medicare number or Social Security number. Be cautious of unsolicited requests for this information. If your personal information is compromised, it may be used in other fraud schemes.
     • Never consent to any lab tests at senior centers, health fairs, or in your home. Be suspicious of anyone claiming that genetic tests and cancer screenings are "free" or "covered by Medicare."
     • If you need genetic testing, always work with your doctor. Medicare only covers genetic tests that are medically necessary and were ordered by your primary physician
     • Monitor your Medicare Summary Notice to see if there are any services you did not receive (or if you were billed for services that you can't identify).
     If you think scammers may have targeted you, please contact your local SHINE/SMP program at Elder Options: (1-800-96-ELDER)


Coast Guard offloads
26,000 pounds of cocaine and
1,500 pounds of marijuana
at Port Everglades

Coast Guard Cocaine Marijuana

The United States Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753) crew interdicts a low-profile vessel in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on May 10. Drugs were interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America and include contraband seized and recovered in over a dozen interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels by U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy ships.
Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray, U.S. Coast Guard District 7   

By U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Public Affairs
Published June 6, 2019 at 3:39 p.m.
     PORT EVERGLADES --
The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753) crew offloaded approximately 26,000 pounds of seized cocaine and 1,500 pounds of seized marijuana Thursday (June 6) at Port Everglades.

 

Coast Guard Cocaine
Bales of interdicted cocaine lie on the flight deck of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753), May 9. The drugs were interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America and include contraband seized and recovered in over a dozen interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels by U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy ships.
Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray, U.S. Coast Guard District 7   

     The drugs were interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, including contraband seized and recovered in over a dozen interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels by U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy ships:
     The cutter Hamilton was responsible for four cases, seizing approximately 1,400 pounds of marijuana and some 9,000 pounds of cocaine.
     The Coast Guard Cutter Resolute (WMEC-620) was responsible for four interdictions seizing approximately 7,550 pounds of cocaine.
     Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Whitehorse with a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment aboard interdicted two suspected smuggling boats seizing more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine.
     HMCS Yellowknife, also with a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment aboard, was responsible for one interdiction seizing more than 50 pounds of marijuana.
     The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) was responsible for five cases, seizing nearly 8,600 pounds of cocaine.
     “The crew of Hamilton has shown the utmost commitment and dedication to the Coast Guard and to the United States over the course of the last three months," said Capt. Mark Gordon, commanding officer of the cutter Hamilton. "It is incredibly difficult for our crew to be separated from family and loved ones for such an extended period of time, but their perseverance and enthusiasm to conducting this mission was fundamental to our success. Without their determination these criminal organizations would continue to spread fear and violence throughout the Americas.”
     The cutter Hamilton’s crew along with those of the other ships conducted operations targeting transnational criminal organizations in conjunction with Joint Interagency Task Force-South, Department of Defense, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Justice, and a number of other Coast Guard aircraft, the Ecuadorian Coast Guard, and the Costa Rican Coast Guard. The cutter Hamilton’s presence and efforts are critical to disrupting and dismantling the transnational criminal organizations that attempt to smuggle these drugs through the ocean and into Central and North America.
     The cutter Hamilton is a 418-foot national security cutter homeported in Charleston, South Carolina.
     The cutter Resolute is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in St. Petersburg.
     HMCS Whitehorse and Yellowknife are Royal Canadian Navy Kingston-class coastal defense vessels homeported in Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada.
     The cutter Mohawk is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Key West. 


Motorcyclist dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison June 6, 2019 at 9:09 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
A 27-year-old Ocala man died Wednesday night (June 5) after the motorcycle he was driving was involved in a crash, the FHP said.
     Beth Ann Hoover, 34, of Ocala was driving a 2018 Ford F 250 pickup truck at 9 p.m. in Marion County, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. M. McFarland, based on information from an FHP crash investigator and an FHP traffic homicide investigator.
     Justin Allen Hoover, 41, of Ocala was a passenger in the pickup truck, the FHP said.
     Carlos Luis Infantes, 27, of Ocala was driving a 2018 Honda CBR 600 RR motorcycle, the FHP said.
     The pickup truck was westbound in the left turn lane of Marion County Road 484, just east of Marion Oaks Manor, the FHP said.
     The eastbound motorcycle, the FHP said, was on CR 484 traveling at a high rate of speed.
     The pickup truck began to turn onto Marion Oaks Manor, the FHP said, when the front of the Honda hit the front of the Ford. Both vehicles caught on fire.
     Infantes was pronounced dead on the scene, the FHP said. The Hoovers both suffered minor injuries that did not require immediate transport to a hospital, the FHP said.
     Blood-alcohol content test results from Infantes and Beth Hoover are pending, the FHP said, to determine if this was an alcohol-related crash.
     Charges are pending completion of the traffic homicide investigation, FHP said.


FDLE arrests
former Broward County deputy

By FDLE Office of Public Information
Published June 4, 2019 at 4:09 p.m.
     FORT LAUDERDALE –
Following an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, former Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, 56, was arrested in Broward County today (Tuesday, June 4) on seven counts of neglect of a child and three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury.
     The arrest comes after a 15-month investigation into the actions of law enforcement following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.  
     “The FDLE investigation shows former Deputy Peterson did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers and staff and injured 17 others,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives.”
     The high sheriff of the county commented on the arrest.
     “I was pleased the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in conjunction with the State Attorney’s Office conducted a thorough investigation that yielded the arrest of Scot Peterson. All the facts related to Mr. Peterson’s failure to act during the MSD massacre clearly warranted both termination of employment and criminal charges. It’s never too late for accountability and justice,” Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said.
     Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was suspended by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who then appointed Tony as sheriff.
      The case was investigated with the office of 17th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Michael J. "Mike" Satz. The case is scheduled to be handled by Assistant State Attorney Tim Donnelly.
     Peterson was the school resource officer at MSD High School during the school shooting. The investigation shows Peterson refused to investigate the source of gunshots, retreated during the active shooting while victims were being shot and directed other law enforcement who arrived on scene to remain 500 feet away from the building.
     During the investigation, FDLE agents interviewed 184 witnesses, reviewed countless hours of video surveillance, and wrote 212 investigative reports -- totaling more than 800 hours on the case to determine the actions of law enforcement as they responded to the Feb. 14, 2018 school shooting.
     The FDLE agents received the full cooperation and assistance from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Coral Springs Police Department and all other agencies that responded to the school shooting. 
     Peterson was arrested at the Broward Sheriff’s Office headquarters and booked into the Broward County Main Jail. The Broward State Attorney’s Office, 17th Judicial Circuit will prosecute the case.


Man dies in Jeep crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 3, 2019 at 11:09 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
A 35-year-old man died Saturday afternoon (June 1) after a Jeep crash in Marion County, the FHP said.
     Jesse W. Henne, 35, of Fort McCoy was driving a 2010 Jeep Wrangler at 3:05 p.m. on June 1 in Marion County, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. P.V. Riordan, based on information from crash investigator and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Richard S.  Crawford.
     The motorcycle was northbound on State Route 35 (Baseline Road) in the left lane, the FHP said.
     The vehicle traveled to the west onto the grass shoulder, the FHP said. The driver turned to the right to reenter the roadway, but over steered, the FHP said.
     Henne then turned back to the lasts causing the Wrangler to rotate counterclockwise, the FHP said. As the Jeep was rotating, the FHP said, it continued to go to the northwest onto the grass shoulder – where it overturned.
     Henne was transported to Ocala Regional where he died from his injuries, the FHP said. Blood-alcohol ratio results are pending, the FHP said, to determine if this was an alcohol-related crash.


Motorcyclist dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison June 3, 2019
     ALACHUA COUNTY –
A 49-year-old man died Sunday evening (June 2) as result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash, the FHP said.
     Charles David Reid, 49, of Archer was driving a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle at 7:06 p.m. on June 2 in Alachua County, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sargent M. McFarland.
     A few minutes after the crash on Northwest 156th Avenue near Burnetts Lake Boulevard, the FHP was notified, the FHP said.
     The motorcycle was westbound on Northwest 156th Avenue, the FHP said, approaching a right curve.
     For unknown reasons, the FHP said, the motorcycle failed to negotiate the curve. It traveled off of the roadway and went onto the left grass shoulder, the FHP said.
     Reid was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, the FHP said. Blood-alcohol ratio results are pending, the FHP said, to determine if this was an alcohol-related crash.


Troopers Rescue Pelican
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The pelican had injured wings and was walking in the travel lanes. Troopers and Road Rangers secured the pelican against the outside concrete barrier wall and transported the bird to the South Skyway Fishing Pier, where wildlife rescue professionals took custody of the pelican to later transport the animal to Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores (Pinellas County).
Published May 30, 2019 at 9:09 p.m.

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Four Levy County residents
busted in Dixie County

 

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Deanna M. Drew

Robert Kirkland of Levy County Busted In Dixie County HardisonInk.com
Robert W. Kirkland

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Daniel E. London

Cody Norwood of Levy County Busted In Dixie County HardisonInk.com
Cody J. Norwood

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 28, 2019 at 11:29 a.m.
     CROSS CITY –
Tuesday a week ago (May 21), four Levy County residents became short-term residents of the Dixie County Jail as a result of facts and evidence uncovered by a deputy with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office, according to information in a May 28 press release from DCSO Major Scott Harden.
     Deanna M. Drew, Robert W. Kirkland, Daniel E. London and Cody J. Norwood are the names of those four Dixie County visitors who are residents of Levy County, according to information from Maj. Harden.
     It was shortly before 5 a.m. on that fateful Tuesday morning, Maj. Harden said, when a DCSO deputy saw a van being driven north on U.S. Highway 19, near Dixie County Road 55A, which is near to Eugene.
     Eugene is an unincorporated area of Dixie County, south of Cross City and north of Old Town, according to records.
     The deputy noticed that the van did not have a working taillight, Maj. Harden said, and the deputy began to follow the van.
     The deputy observed the van cross the center line several times, Harden said, and then eventually, it continued to straddle the center line.
     At this time the deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, Harden said, and that is when he identified the driver as London and the front passenger as Norwood.
     While speaking with those two occupants, Harden said, the deputy smelled the odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle.
      After running the driver’s license and warrants check, Harden said, the deputy discovered that Norwood had active warrants for his arrest.
     Upon returning to the vehicle, Harden said, the deputy placed Norwood under arrest for the warrants. He told Norwood and London that he would be searching the van based on the odor of marijuana.
     When the deputy opened the side doors to the van, Harden said, he discovered two additional occupants asleep in the back of the van. These two occupants were identified as Kirkland (the owner of the van) and Drew, Harden said.
     The deputy found several items, including pills that are listed as controlled substances, as well as methamphetamine, marijuana and drug equipment, Harden said.
     Based on these findings, Harden said, all four individuals were arrested.
      Following are the names, ages, residences and charges:
     Robert W. Kirkland, 45, of Williston, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, three counts of possession of drug equipment, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of prescription drugs without a prescription.
     Deanna M. Drew, 33, of Chiefland, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
     Cody J. Norwood, 27, of Chiefland, was arrested on the two outstanding warrants and he was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
     Daniel E. London, 31 of Bronson, was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.


Motorcyclist dies
after crashing into ambulance

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 27, 2019 at 10:19 p.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY --
A 45-year-old Floral City man died after a Monday morning crash, the FHP said.
     Stephanie M. Bryant, 27, of Inverness was driving a 2013 Chevrolet ambulance owned by Nature Coast EMS Ambulance at 10 a.m. on May 27 in Citrus County, according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins, based on information from crash investigator FHP Lt. H. Glenny and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. D. Asbell.
     Nicholas J. Strain, 29, of Inverness was a passenger in the ambulance, the FHP said.
     William Phillip Freeman, 45, of Floral City was driving a 2018 Harley Davidson motorcycle, the FHP said.
     The ambulance was southbound on U.S. Highway, 41 approaching East
Apex Lane, the FHP said.
     The motorcycle northbound on U.S. 41, the FHP said.
     The ambulance attempted to turn left onto East Apex Lane, the FHP said, when it entered the path of the Harley Davidson.
     The front of the motorcycle hit the right side of the ambulance, the FHP sad.
     Freeman was taken to Citrus Memorial Hospital, the FHP said, where he later died from injuries he suffered during the crash. He was not wearing a helmet, the FHP said.
     Neither occupant of the ambulance, both of whom were wearing seatbelts, suffered injuries the FHP said.
     Charges are pending completion of the traffic homicide investigation, the FHP said.


Corn-hauling
semi crashes and burns;

Driver listed in critical condition
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 27, 2019 at 10:09 p.m.
     MARION COUNTY --
Corn-hauling semi crashes and burned early Monday morning (May 27) and the driver suffered critical injuries, the FHP said.
     This two-vehicle crash occurred on Interstate 75 on the northbound side at mile marker 371, according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Javon Murphy, based on information by crash investigator FHP Trooper Matthew Mays and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Shane Crawford.
     This crash resulted in the northbound lanes being closed, the FHP said.
     An unoccupied passenger vehicle (1999 Infinity four-door) was disabled in the right (outside) northbound travel lane of Interstate 75, the FHP said.
     Antwon Gemeyal Allen, 36, of South Bay was driving a 2005 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer northbound on Interstate 75, in the right lane, approaching the rear of the stopped Infinity, the FHP said, and the front of the semi struck the rear of the car.
     After impact, the FHP said, the semi went onto the right shoulder as it traveled to the northeast, and struck a guardrail.
     The semi continued through the tree line, and struck multiple trees, the FHP said. The semi became completely engulfed with fire, the FHP said.
     Allen was taken to Shands Heath with life-threatening injuries, the FHP said. The trailer of the semi was loaded with corn at the
time of the crash, the FHP said. The right northbound lane of Interstate 75 was closed due into the afternoon on Monday due to recovery efforts, the FHP said.
     This crash is currently still under investigation, the FHP said.

 


One dead, one injured
in Ford SUV crash


By Jeff M Hardison © May 26, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
one man died and one man was seriously injured in an SUV crash Saturday evening (May 25), the FHP said.

     Stephen Sevick, 29, of Fort McCoy was driving a 1999 Ford SUV at 6:51 p.m. on May 25 in Marion County, according to a press release by Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. A. Palese, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper J.  Gurrieri and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. J. Roberts.
     Kevin Libby, 34, of Fort McCoy was a passenger in the vehicle, the FHP said.
     The SUV was northbound on Northeast 203rd Avenue, just south of Nation Forest 75-1, when for an unknown reason, the vehicle veered off of the roadway, resulting in it rolling over, the FHP said.
     Sevick and Libby, neither of whom were wearing seatbelts, the FHP said, were both ejected.
     Sevick was pronounced dead at the scene by Marion County Fire Rescue, the FHP said. Libby was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, the FHP said.
     This crash was alcohol-related, the FHP said, in regard to Sevick’s driving. As far as Libby, the FHP said, it is unknown whether alcohol was a factor. The investigation is ongoing, the FHP said.


CPD busts
suspected drug dealer


 

Francisco Javier Aquilera Jr.,
Mug Shot By LCSO

 

By Jeff M. Hardison
© May 24, 2019 at 10:19 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND –
A search warrant executed by the Chiefland Police Department on Monday night (May 20) resulted in the booking into the Levy County Jail early on the morning May 21 of a 35-year-old Ocala man on several drug charges, according to an incident report by CPD Police Chief Scott Anderson and jail records.
     Francisco Javier Aquilera Jr., 35, of Ocala was arrested on the charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell; trafficking in methamphetamine; possession of a hallucinogenic drug with intent to sell; possession of methaqualone or a mecloqualone derivative; possession of marijuana with intent to sell; and possession of drug equipment.
     Combined bonds on these charges were $151,000, according to records.
     Police officers conducted the search at 1104 N.W. 16th Ave., apartment 5 in Chiefland, Chief Anderson said in his incident report.
     “While conducting the search warrants, a confidential informant (CI) advised he could contact his narcotics supplier (Cisco) later identified as Francisco Aquilera and ordered up 28 grams of methamphetamine and 21 grams of cannabis,” Anderson noted.
     On May 21, at approximately 12:40 a.m., Cisco arrived at 1104 N.W. 16th Ave., apartment 5 in Chiefland, Chief Anderson said.
     “While standing inside the bedroom of the apartment,” Anderson noted, “I could hear Cisco and CI talking about the narcotics he had bought.”
     The confidential informant used a scale and weighed the narcotics, Anderson noted, and CPD officers entered the room and arrested the suspect on the various drug charges.
     The CPD recovered the following drugs and items 30 grams of methamphetamine; 26 grams of marijuana; 2.8 grams of MDMA; two Oxycodone pills; one marijuana grinder; one glass methamphetamine pipe; a glass bottle marked “Lidocaine”; a WD 40 can that was hollow to conceal drugs; a Crown Royal bag; one Batman backpack; and $1,585 in cash, Chief Anderson reported.
     The defendant drove to the scene in a 2013 Buick Verano (registered owner Maria D. Palmer), and it was taken to the CPD impound yard and inventoried, Anderson noted.

 

 


Alligator Saved
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Levy County Sheriff Office Cpl. Tom Martin, Deputy Sam Quincey and Deputy Mike Sinclair (and others) worked to save this alligator Thursday morning (May 23). The big gator was wandering near to U.S. Alt. 27. The deputies put an alligator leash around his neck and took him back toward the Florida Department of Transportation retention pond where he lives. No reptile or humans were injured in this rescue operation. Among the many facts the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission provides in regard to alligators, it notes 'Remember, never feed an alligator and keep your distance if you see one. Swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. And keep pets on a leash and away from the water.'

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Following are some common abbreviations:

DUI - Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Some Other Drug
DWLSR - Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
RWOV - Resisting Arrest Without Violence
Poss. - Possession
VOP - Violation of Probation
FTA - Failure to Appear
ROR - Released on their Own Recognizance


Suspects Arrested
June 3 Through June 9

Updated June 11, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.

JUNE 3
     Amillia Ann Chilcote, 28, of Cross City was arrested for FTA. No bond amount was given.
     Mallory Parrott, 29, of Old Town was arrested for DWLSR. Bond $1,500.
     Richard Lee Kincaid, 37, of Old Town was arrested for VOP. No bond amount was given.
     Ryan Neal Fletcher, 35, of Old Town was arrested for VOP. No bond amount was given.
JUNE 4
     Ray Dean Thompson, 43, of Old Town was arrested for DWLSR. Bond $2,000.
     Jodi Robinson, 39, of Old Town was arrested for controlled substance – poss./ sell/ mfg. Bond $15,000.
JUNE 5
     Briana Joy McDaniel, 27, of Fanning Springs was arrested for FTA. No bond amount was given.
     Pat Dee Fitzgerald, 38, of Old Town was arrested for poss. concealed firearm by convicted Florida felon. Bond $50,000.
JUNE 6
     Zachary Stephens, 21, of Old Town was arrested for DWLSR. Bond $1,500.
     Amy Marie White, 45, of Cross City was arrested for simple battery, deprive LEO of means to defend self or summon assistance, poss. controlled substance – Fentanyl. Bond $1,000.
     Amber Dionne Butler-Hyder, 42, of Cross City was arrested for sale of controlled substance – meth. Bond $300,000.
JUNE 7
     George Wayne Miller, 58, of Old Town was arrested for VOP. Bond $3,000.
     Austin B. Dow, 21, of Old Town was arrested for domestic battery, simple battery. Bond $1,000.
     Christopher Straub, 32, of Perry was arrested for two counts of controlled substance – poss./ sell/ mfg., poss./ use/ mfg. advertised drug, two counts aggravated child abuse. No bond amounts were given.
JUNE 8
     Cody Allmon, 25, of Old Town was arrested for DWLSR. Bond $1,500.
     Arthur Clay Kelly, 29, of Cross City was arrested for poss. Meth, poss. prescription medication, tampering with evidence. Bond $15,000.
     Candace M. Colbert, 27, of Old Town was arrested for trafficking a controlled substance, poss. of controlled substance, two counts of poss. of drug equipment, poss. of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Bond $100,000.
     Katie F. Steele, 27, of Bell was arrested for trafficking a controlled substance, poss. controlled substance, two counts of poss. of drug equipment, poss. of marijuana – less than 20 grams, a Gilchrist County warrant. Bond $100,000.
     Alyssa Ann Lamb, 20, of Old Town was arrested for trespass after warning. Bond $1,000.
JUNE 9
     Jerry Lee Barnes, 68, of Moultrie, Georgia was arrested for shoot/throw missile into dwelling, improper exhibition of a firearm, use of firearm while under the influence. Bond $25,000.
     Arthur Clay Kelley, 29, of Cross City was arrested for five counts of dealing in stolen property. Bond $30,000.
     Lane Rood, 22, of Old Town was arrested for battery – spouse abuse, RWOV. Bond $1,500.
     John M. Golden, 60, of Old Town was arrested for misuse of 911 system, RWOV, false info to LEO. Bond $3,000.
     Brittnay L. Gottman, 27, of Old Town was arrested for traffic/ poss. controlled substance, tamper with or fabricate physical evidence, introduce/ remove contraband into detention facility, poss. of drug equipment. No bond amount was given.
     Rowdy C. Morris, 28, of Trenton was arrested for drug – sell/ mfg./ delivery, tamper or fabricate with physical evidence, DWLSR – habitual, poss. of marijuana. No bond amounts were given.

 





 

Following are some common abbreviations:

DUI - Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Some Other Drug
DWLSR - Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
RWOV - Resisting Arrest Without Violence
Poss. - Possession
VOP - Violation of Probation
FTA - Failure to Appear
ROR -  Release on their Own Recognizance


Suspects Arrested
June 3 Through June 9

Updated June 11, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.


JUNE 3
JUNE 4

     Tony Eugene Eubanks Jr., 44, of Old Town was arrested for an out-of-county warrant, DWLSR. Bond $16,000.
     Lotteka Shanae Perry, 34, of Gainesville was arrested for DWLSR – third or subsequent offense. Bond $10,000.
JUNE 5
     Charles Dana Crace, 58 of Bell was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs, refuse to submit to DUI test. Bond $25,000.
JUNE 6
     Amanda Rachel Merced, 30, of Gainesville was arrested for poss. and/ or use narcotic equipment, controlled substance without a prescription, neglect child without great bodily harm.  Bond $12,500.
     Joshua Lee Young, 41, of Bell was arrested for three FTAs, one out-of-county warrant, damage to property – criminal mischief $1,000 or more. Bond $75,000.
JUNE 7
JUNE 8
JUNE 9

     Adam Joseph Hack, 39, of Orange Park was arrested for disorderly intoxication. Bond $1,000.




Following are some common abbreviations:

DUI - Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Some Other Drug
BUI - Boating While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Some Other Drug
DWLSR - Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
RWOV - Resisting Arrest Without Violence
Poss. - Possession
VOP - Violation of Probation
FTA - Failure to Appear
ROR - Released On their Own Recognizance


Suspects Arrested
June 3 Through June 9

Updated June 11, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.


JUNE 3
     Haley Michelle Allmon, 22, of Archer was arrested for battery – touch or strike, aggravated battery – person uses a deadly weapon. Bond $7,000.
     Todd Matthew Johnson, 38, of Gainesville was arrested for VOP. No bond.
     Joseph Randall Kirkland, 25, of Archer was arrested for battery – touch or strike, kidnap – false imprisonment – adult or child under 13 years of age. Bond $10,000. ROR on kidnap.
     Bradley Dean Kruise, 28, of Chiefland was arrested for two VOPs. No bond on each.
     Jackie Ray Lanier, 59, of Williston was arrested for trespassing – occupied structure or conveyance. Bond $1,000.
     Joann Lynn Stacy, 35, of Lake City was arrested for FTA. ROR.
     James Ray Suggs, 57, of Chiefland was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. Bond $500.
     Ronald Gregory Wesley Jr., 36, of Archer was arrested for operate a motor vehicle without valid driver license. No bond amount was given.
     David William Wilkins, 29, of Chiefland was arrested for two FTAs. Bond $2,500.
JUNE 4
     Jack Ray Barnes, 34, of Crawfordville was arrested for DWLSR – second offense. Bond $1,000.
     Kotrina Voncila Haynes, 37, of Williston was arrested for burglary – occupied dwelling – unarmed, petit theft – first degree - $100 to less than $300. Bond $41,000.
     Terry LaJuan Hunt, 48, of Eustis was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Cash only $200.
     Clifton Edward Johnson, 49, of Williston was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Bond $2,000.
     Nathaniel Leslie Linhoff, 28, of Crawfordville was arrested for poss. controlled substance without prescription, marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $27,000.
     Norberto Valladares, 49, of Orlando was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. Bond $15,000.
JUNE 5
     Clarence Lamar Galloway, 31, of Ocala was arrested for common law offenses. Bond $40,000.
     Burgess Leonard Green, 40, of Ocala was arrested for poss. weapon or ammo by convicted Florida felony. Bond $40,000.
     Perry Hazelton Greenspan, 59, of Williston was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. No bond.
     Douglas Scott Hibbett, 26, of Williston was arrested for poss. cocaine, marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams, marijuana – poss. over 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $23,000.
     Amos Edward Mills, 41, of Dunnellon was arrested for Obstruct without violence. Bond $10,000.
     Bobby Frank Sherman, 26, of Williston was arrested for two counts of common law offenses, two counts of poss. meth with intent – 1,000 ft. of worship/ business, two counts of sell Meth with intent 1,000 of worship/ business. Bond $240,000.
     John Bufford Colton Shiver, 30, of Williston was arrested for DWLSR – second offense. Bond $1,000.
JUNE 6
     Devin Patrick Payne, 51, no address, was arrested for non-support of children or spouse. Cash only $100.
     Louise Mary Peters, 58, of Chiefland was arrested for common law offenses, poss. controlled substance without a prescription, drug equipment – poss. and/or use, public order crime – use 2-way communication device to facilitate a felony. Bond $41,000.
JUNE 7
     Dominick Antonio Baker, 44, of Williston was arrested for marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams. Bond $5,000.
     Jeffrey Scott Boatwright, 45, of Inglis was arrested for commercial harvest of blue crabs without license endorsement. Bond $5,000.
     David Chilcote, 54, of Bronson was arrested for DWLSR – knowingly. Bond $1,000.
JUNE 8
     Anthony Enrique Diaz, 19, of Citrus Springs was arrested for deliver/poss./ sell altered firearm, marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. Bond $60,000.
     Wade Avery Hall Jr., 34, of Williston was arrested for DWLSR – knowingly. Bond $3,000.
     Douglas Arthur Lamb, 47, of Yorktown, Virginia was arrested for FTA. ROR.
     Sarah Jean Schuhlein, 23, of Ocala was arrested for DUI – alcohol or drugs. Bond $3,000.
     Alfred Smith, 46, of Chiefland was arrested for aggravated battery – cause bodily harm or disability. No bond amount was given.
     Heather Woods, 27, of Cedar Key was arrested for VOP. No bond.
JUNE 9
     Michelle McKay, 35, of Archer was arrested for battery – touch or strike. No bond amount was given.
     Chastity Nicole Meeks, 38, of Cedar Key was arrested for fail to register motor vehicle, DWLSR – knowingly, battery – touch or strike, poss. controlled substance without prescription, marijuana – poss. over 20 grams, marijuana – poss. less than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use, fraud – impersonate – false ID given to LEO. Bond $10,000.
     Michelle Elaine Wilkinson, 30, of Dunnellon was arrested for marijuana – poss. not more than 20 grams, drug equipment – poss. and/or use. ROR.

 

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