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One dead, two injured
in Marion County crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 9, 2024 at 7:30 a.m.
     MARION COUNTY –
An-18-year-old woman died, a 20-year-old man suffered critical injuries and a 2-year-old boy suffered serious injuries late Saturday afternoon (June 8) in a two-vehicle crash, according to information in a Florida Highway Patrol press release sent at 4:18 a.m. on June 9.

     The next of kin of the woman who died were contacted before the press release was sent, the FHP said.
     The three occupants of the pickup truck that collided with the sedan were not injured, the press release, which was based on information provided by crash investigator FHP Trooper M. Freitas and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. J. Bard, noted.
     The crash happened at 4:42 p.m. on June 8 at the intersection of Southwest 95th Circle and Marion County Road 484 (east of Dunnellon), the FHP noted.
     A southbound sedan, driven by an Ocala man, 20, and occupied as well by an Ocala woman, 18, and an Ocala boy, was on Southwest 95th Circle in the right turn lane, the FHP said.
     A pickup truck, driven by a 43-year-old Minneola man, and occupied as well by a 38-year-old Minneola woman and a 2-year-old boy from Minneola, was westbound on CR 484. 
     Minneola is a city in Lake County.
     The sedan entered the intersection, the FHP said.
     The front of the pickup truck hit the left side of the sedan, the FHP said. The two vehicles came to final rest at the southern shoulder of CR 484, the FHP said.
     The Ocala woman who died and the Ocala man who suffered critical injuries were not wearing seatbelts while they were in the sedan, the FHP said. The 2-year-old Ocala boy who suffered serious injuries was in a child safety seat or was wearing a seatbelt while he was in the car, the FHP said.
     The Minneola man and woman in the pickup truck were not wearing seatbelts, the FHP said. The 2-year-old Minneola boy, however, was in a child safety seat or was wearing a seatbelt, the FHP said. As noted, none of the people in the pickup truck were injured.

     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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Man jailed after
allegedly beating woman severely
Combined bonds set at $200,000

Suspet
Mug Shot Provided By LCSO

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 7, 2024 at 2 p.m.
     BRONSON –
A woman who suffered from serious internal injuries, lacerations and broken bones caused by a violent attack has been treated by medical professionals, according to information in a press release from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.
     On June 5 and 6, a 47-year-old Inglis man was charged with crimes related to those injuries, according to the LCSO.
     Timothy Wade Arnold, 47, of Inglis was first arrested on June 5 for battery, second or subsequent offense, according to jail records.
     On June 6, records show, he was booked into the Levy County Jail (aka Levy County Detention Center) on two counts of aggravated battery with intent to cause harm or disability, according to records.
     His combined bonds are set at $200,000, according to records.
     On June 5, LCSO Deputy Mary Weaver and LCSO Deputy Rowdy Roberts responded to a report of domestic violence in Inglis, the LCSO said.
     Deputies found a woman with significant injuries to her face, head and body, the LCSO said.
     The victim reported that she and Arnold, her live-in boyfriend, got into an argument, the LCSO said. Arnold accused her of infidelity and began to hit and kick her, the LCSO said. She waited until Arnold passed out before making her escape to a nearby friend’s home and calling 9-1-1, the LCSO said.
     Deputies found Arnold passed out, inside the travel trailer where he resides at 50 Palm Drive, in Inglis.
     Deputies awakened him and took him into custody, the LCSO said. He was transported to the Levy County Detention Center and charged with battery, second or subsequent offense, as noted on June 5.
     On June 6, LCSO detectives were alerted that the victim was admitted to a local hospital for treatment of injuries she suffered during the altercation with Arnold, the LCSO said.
     A second interview was conducted with the victim where detectives learned Arnold punched, kicked and struck the victim with blunt objects as well as a machete causing the injuries, the LCSO said.
     A search warrant was executed in the travel trailer where Arnold resides. Detectives seized items described by the victim that were used by Arnold during the attack, the LCSO said.

 


Inglis man dies after being hit
by pickup truck in Dixie County

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 5, 2024 at 11:45 a.m.
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     DIXIE COUNTY –
A 47-year-old Inglis man died yesterday morning (Tuesday, June 4) after being hit by a pickup truck in Dixie County, according to a press release sent this morning from the Florida Highway Patrol.

     Next of kin of the victim had been contacted before the press release was sent the FHP said.
     A 62-year-old Cross City man was driving a pickup truck northbound on Dixie County Road 351 south of Northeast 326th Avenue at 5:50 a.m. on June 4, according to information in the press release, which is based on reports from crash investigator FHP Trooper Jairus McConnell and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. David Hughes.
     At the same time, the man from Inglis was riding a pedal-cycle on the paved shoulder of the same road and heading in the same direction, the FHP said.
     The pickup truck hit the pedalcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, the FHP said, and the man from Inglis was pronounced dead at the scene.
     The press release shows it is unknown if the truck driver was wearing a seatbelt. The pickup truck driver suffered no injuries, the FHP said.

     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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Suspected poachers caught
Suspected murder gun recovered

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 4, 2024 at 9 p.m.
Updated June 5, 2024 at 7:30 a.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA –
A report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement for the period of May 24 through May 30, shows some of the actions by the FWC in the Tri-County Area of Dixie County, Levy County and Gilchrist County.

     People suspected of violating fishing laws, created to attempt to assure a sustainable natural resource for all people who abide by the laws when they go fishing, showed suspected violators in Dixie County and Levy County during those days.
     Also, the FWC was among the active law enforcement agencies assisting the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office during a murder investigation at Ginnie Springs during the Memorial Day Weekend. The FWC recovered a gun suspected as the murder weapon, according to records.
     This report sent via email on June 4 at 11:33 a.m. represents some events the FWC handled over the above-specified weeks; however, it does not include all actions taken by the FWC Division of Law Enforcement, the FWC noted.

Dixie County
     FWC Investigator Joshua Troiano conducted a fisheries inspection on a recreational fishing vessel in Horseshoe Beach. During the inspection, Troiano and another FWC officer located five undersized spotted seatrout aboard the vessel. There were also multiple licenses and boating safety violations. Appropriate citations were issued for the violations.
     FWC Officers William Robson and Austin Sheffield observed a vessel being operated at night on the Steinhatchee River without the required navigation lights. The officers stopped the vessel and found the subject possessed three undersized spotted seatrout. Officer Sheffield issued the subject a notice to appear for the violation. He also issued written warnings for the navigation light violation and a boat safety violation.

Levy County
     Officer James Fox was conducting resource inspections at the Levy County Road 40 boat ramp in Yankeetown.
     During one inspection it was revealed two individuals possessed a gag grouper and a spiny lobster out of season. Officer Fox also noticed the spiny lobster had been speared with a spear gun. He issued the individuals citations for the violations.

Gilchrist County
     Senior FWC officers Joseph Johnston, Jerry Yates, and Luke Davenport assisted the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) with the recovery of a firearm and magazine used during the commission of a homicide at Ginnie Springs.
     FWC officers quickly responded to the Santa Fe River near the incident location to preserve the integrity of the evidence and assist with crowd control because thousands of visitors were recreating there.
     Senior Officer Davenport, who is a dive team member, entered the water and within a matter of minutes located the handgun and magazine used during the homicide. The evidence was immediately turned over to FDLE crime scene technicians who were on scene.
     Publisher's Note: 
As noted in previous stories published by HardisonInk.com, there were two separate incidents. One man, who has been arrested as a suspect, is said to have used one gun to kill one person; and one man or woman (still on the loose as of June 5) used one gun to kill one person and wound two people.

 


Minor injuries suffered in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 3, 2024 at 2:30 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
A 26-year-old man from Weeki Wachee suffered minor injuries in a crash late Sunday afternoon (June 2), according to information from the Florida Highway Patrol.
     Weeki Wachee is an unincorporated community and a former city located in Hernando County.
     A 2007 Nissan Murano was northbound on U.S. Highway 19 about a half mile north of the intersection of State Road 24 (Town of Otter Creek’s blinking light), when the driver let the vehicle travel off the road to the western should, where the front of the Nissan hit a tree. The crash happened at 4:09 p.m. on June 2, the FHP said.
     Chiefland Fire Rescue responded and cut the roof off of the sports utility vehicle to free the man.
     Levy County Fire Rescue transported the crash victim to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, the FHP said. There is no hospital or trauma center in Levy County.
     The man, who was wearing a seatbelt when the car hit the tree, suffered minor injuries, the FHP said in the press release based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Shane Taylor.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
Crash Report Purchasing
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Florida Crash Data
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Victims’ Rights Information
https://www.flhsmv.gov/victimsrights/
      

 


USCG rescues
three missing men off Steinhatchee
Coast Guard Station Yankeetown
boat crew transports men to safety

Information and Photo Provided
By USCG Public Affairs Detachment Tampa Bay
Published June 1, 2024 at 8:15 p.m.
     CLEARWATER —
United States Coast Guard crews rescued three missing men, Saturday (June 1), after their 21-foot vessel became disabled due to an electrical issue 20 miles west of Steinhatchee.   
     Missing were Adam Simpson, Scott Snow, and Dillon McCrea. No injuries were reported.  

     Sea Tow Steinhatchee crews contacted Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders at approximately 8 a.m., Saturday, reporting the three men were overdue after launching from Steinhatchee River Inn and Marina the previous day. 
     An Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew located the disabled vessel with all three men aboard around 1 p.m. The aircrew vectored in a Coast Guard Station Yankeetown boat crew who transported all three men, while a Good Samaritan towed the disabled vessel, to the Steinhatchee River Inn and Marina.
     “The key to any search and rescue case is accurate and reliable information paired with safety equipment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Dana Grady, a search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector St. Petersburg. “The Coast Guard strongly encourages you to provide a float plan with someone you trust before taking your boat out on the water. A float plan can be as easy as sending your friend a text with information such as voyage locations and timelines, a picture of your vessel, the number of people aboard, and contact information. All these are vital pieces of information that give our rescue crews a head start when time is of the essence during distress incidents and can save lives.”
     The crews' search area covered approximately 350 square nautical miles in two- to three-foot seas and 10-15 knot winds (a moderate breeze of 13 to 18 mph).

 


FWC North Central Region
reports 12 BUI arrests an
 zero fatal boating accidents
over Memorial Day weekend

By FWC North Central Regional Public Information Director Ashley Williams 
Published June 1, 2024 at 8 p.m.
     LAKE CITY --
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers in the North Central Region -- Between May 25 and May 27 -- removed 17 vessel operators from the water for boating under the influence and there were no fatal boating accidents reported in the region.

     “Our officers have one main goal when they are patrolling our waterways, especially during times of high boating traffic - to keep residents and visitors safe while boating through proactive patrol,” said Maj. Scott Lee, North Central Regional Commander. “We know that an impaired vessel operator is a dangerous operator and we will stop them when we see them.”
     The FWC reminds all boaters to enjoy time with friends and family but do so safely and don’t forget to designate a sober operator before departing from the dock.
     FWC officers patrol and investigate more than 8,400 miles of coastline, 13,200 square miles of offshore waters and more than 34 million acres of land encompassing Florida, and they all had one main objective over Memorial Day weekend: to keep boaters safe.
     FWC officers in the North Central Region were out in full force patrolling Florida’s waterways during that holiday weekend. The North Central Region includes 17 counties from Taylor County, south to Citrus County on the west coast and over to Nassau and Duval counties on the east coast, and includes the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County and Gilchrist County.
     Partnering with other law enforcement agencies, FWC officers were proactive in getting boating safety messaging out to the public prior to the holiday and they continued educating the public while remaining on the lookout for reckless or impaired operators during the popular boating weekend.

 


DEA brings in
670,136 pounds of medicine

Information Provided
By U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Published May 31, 2024 at 8:30 p.m.
     WASHINGTON, D.C. -
- This spring, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and law enforcement partners collected 670,136 pounds of unneeded medications at collection sites across the country.

     Since 2010, DEA, along with its partners, has collected nearly 18.6 million pounds of old, unwanted prescription drugs.
     Among the participants this spring were law enforcement agencies in Levy County, who were assisted by the Levy County Prevention Coalition.

 


Morriston man arrested for three counts
of attempted murder and more

Suspect
Mugshot Provided By LCSO As A Professional Courtesy

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 31, 2024 at 12 p.m.
     BRONSON –
A 35-year-old man from Morriston is in the Levy County Jail (aka Levy County Detention Center) charged with three counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated battery and burglary of a dwelling, according to records.
     A Friday morning (May 31) Levy County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) press release notes that additional charges are expected to be filed.
     Justin Ray Bryant, 35, of Morriston is being held without bond at the jail, according to records, where he was booked into the detention center at 8:16 p.m. on May 30.
     On Thursday (May 30), 2024 shortly after 4 p.m., multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a stabbing were received by the LCSO Communications Division, the LCSO noted. Deputies were dispatched to the area of Southeast 132nd Court in Morriston, the LCSO said, where they were told a known suspect attacked two people at their home, inflicting multiple stab and slash wounds.
     Morriston is a census-designated place in eastern unincorporated Levy County, south of Williston with the western edge of the community formed by U.S. Highway 41.
     Victims told deputies the suspect had been to their home before and borrowed their phone to make a call, and they were able to provide his name, the LCSO said.
     Other than this, they did not know him, the LCSO said. The victims escaped from the attacker and fled to neighbors’ homes nearby, the LCSO said. The suspect fled prior to law enforcement’s arrival, the LCSO said.
     Deputies received a second report from a nearby home and upon arrival found two more individuals suffering from blunt force object wounds inflicted by weapons of opportunity, the LCSO said. Bryant, also known to these victims, had fled this location, the LCSO said.
     Byrant was located by deputies and Williston Police Department officers in a wooded area near to a victim’s home, and he was taken into custody, the LCSO said
     The motive for these apparent random and violent attacks is still under investigation. All four victims were taken to nearby trauma units and are being treated, the LCSO said on Friday morning. Their current conditions are reported as stable.  
     Detectives have determined that Bryant was known to all four victims and had been “hanging out” with two of them earlier in the day, the LCSO said. Detectives pieced together Bryant’s activities earlier that day and discovered that he took a vehicle from a known associate, the LCOS said.
     Bryant drove this vehicle to a home in Levy County where he abandoned it and stole a truck, the LCSO said. He then drove the truck to another home approximately one mile away and attempted to steal a side-by-side vehicle, the LCSO said. That theft was unsuccessful and he apparently walked away, the LCSO said.
     This was a large crime scene with eight separate locations that required extensive coordination between law enforcement officers, rescue personnel from the Levy County Department of Public Safety (aka Levy County Fire Rescue), the Williston Police Department and ShandsCair, medical helicopter transport, the LCSO said.
     This cooperative effort enabled rapid care for the victims and quick apprehension of the suspect, the LCSO said.

 


Crystal River man jailed
in Levy County without bond
Suspect allegedly threatened
former girlfriend with death

Suspect
Mugshot Provided By LCSO As A Professional Courtesy

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 30, 2024 at 3 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
A 22-year-old Crystal River man is in the Levy County Jail (aka Levy County Detention Center) charged with false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a firearm, battery-second or subsequent offense, theft and use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony, according to records. 
     He is being held without bond, according to records.

     Joshua Robinson Carter, 22, of Crystal River was booked on Saturday (May 25) at 7:08 p.m., according to records. 
     On May 25, Deputy Steven Williamson with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) was dispatched to a complaint that Carter had held his former girlfriend against her will at a location in Morriston, according to information in a May 30 press release.
     Deputy Williamson, through his investigation, determined that Carter had lured the female to a home in Morriston, the LCSO said.
     The two argued, information in the press release noted, and when she attempted to leave, Carter pushed her onto a couch, took her glasses and threatened to kill her and then himself.
     Carter chambered a round into the firearm he was holding, the LCSO said, and refused to let the female leave. The victim escaped later after reasoning with Carter to let her leave, the LCSO noted.
     Deputy Williamson called Carter by phone and determined the man had fled the jurisdiction of the LCSO, and had gone to Citrus County, the LCSO said.
     Carter agreed to return to Levy County and speak to Deputy Williamson, the LCSO said, and then Carter was arrested.
     Deputy Williamson contacted LCSO Det. Cpl. C.J. Perryman to assist in the investigation, the LCSO noted.
     A search warrant was executed at the residence where the victim had been held, the LCSO said. Detectives recovered a loaded firearm described by the victim as well as other evidence of this crime, the LCSO said.

 


Stopped truck attracts help
Help Arrives
Here, the pickup truck formerly blocking traffic as the driver slept is seen parked on the south side of Levy County Road 347 to the east of Northwest 97th Court, facing east, on what is now known as Jemlands Hill.

Story and Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © May 29, 2024 at 8 p.m.
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     LEVY COUNTY –
A motorist in Levy County a little bit before noon on Wednesday (May 29) noticed an eastbound pickup truck stopped in the road on the west side of Jemlands Hill.

     This is a two-lane road known as Northwest 60th Street or Levy County Road 347. The scene was a few miles west of State Road 345.
     Realizing that any vehicles passing the stopped pickup truck would have to cross the solid line indicating it is not a safe of legal area to pass a vehicle there, the motorist pulled to the grass and looked at the pickup truck.
     A man was asleep at the wheel and a woman appeared to be asleep on the passenger side with the door open and one leg out.
     The motorist contacted Levy County Sheriff’s Office dispatch via 9-1-1.
     Another motorist parked and tapped on the driver’s window and was unsuccessful in rousing the driver. The female passenger sauntered away into some nearby woods.

Help Arrives
Chiefland Fire Chief Dwayne King is seen near the area where the incident occurred late Wednesday morning.


Help Arrives
Looking east on the southern grassy median of Levy County Road 347, a little bit east of Northwest 100th Avenue, Squad 71, a Levy County Fire Rescue ambulance, the front of Fire 71 are seen.

Help Arrives
One of the two Levy County Sheriff’s Office cruisers that responded to the scene and one of the two ambulances that responded are seen there late Wednesday morning.

Help Arrives
The front of Fire 71 is seen at the scene. In the distance on the right side of this picture, Jemlands Hill is visible with the pickup truck that was blocking traffic now on the southern grassy shoulder of Levy County Road 347.


     Chiefland Fire Chief Dwayne King responded in Fire 71. Also responding from Chiefland Fire Rescue was Squad 71.
     Helping to assure the pickup was moved to the side of the road were Levy County Sheriff’s Deputy D. Dowling and LCSO Sgt. J. Dean. This solved the traffic blockage.
     From Levy County Fire Rescue (aka Levy County Department of Public Safety), two ambulances responded, and one battalion vehicle was on the scene for a bit too.
     The driver was checked inside an ambulance and chose against further medical assistance. The man and woman then left the area in the pickup truck.
     If the two Levy County motorists had not become involved enough to call for help for people who seemed to be in distress, then the odds of a more serious situation happening at that scene are relatively high.
     All of the first responders arrived relatively quickly, and the pre-lunchtime traffic just to the north of the unrecorded subdivision known as Jemlands continued without further incident.

 


 

 


Two shootings reported
in Gilchrist County this weekend
Undersheriff thanks agencies assisting

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 27, 2024 at 11 a.m.
     TRENTON --
Gilchrist County Undersheriff Robert Willis sent a press release this morning (Monday, Memorial Day, May 27) at 9:22 a.m., concerning two allegedly separate shooting incidents that happened in Ginnie Springs during the nights of Friday (May 24) and Saturday (May 25).
     Ginnie Springs is a privately owned park in Gilchrist County.
     The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) responded to the two shootings on those two nights, Willis said.
     Both incidents are currently under active investigation by both GCSO and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Willis said.
     “No additional details are being released at this time to maintain the integrity of the ongoing investigations,” Willis noted at 9:22 a.m. on May 27 in regard to the shootings in Gilchrist County on May 24 and 25.
     Willis noted, however, that the men and women of GCSO and the neighboring law enforcement agencies have worked tirelessly, around the clock, for some days now “… to investigate these horrible crimes and to bring those responsible to justice.”
     Undersheriff Willis noted, too, that the GCSO notes its appreciation for the work and assistance rendered by the FDLE, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office, Gilchrist County Fire Rescue, Gilchrist County Emergency Management, and the Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office for their and assistance in both of these cases.
     “Details and additional information about these cases will be released at the appropriate time, hopefully in the very near future,” Willis noted in the press release on Monday morning.

 


Teenage girl dies near Old Town
when hit by SUV

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 26, 2024 at 8 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
A 13-year-old girl died Saturday night when she was hit by an SUV, according to information in a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

     The next of kin were notified before the press release was sent the FHP said.
     A 30-year-old man from Morriston (a community in Levy County) was driving a sport utility vehicle at approximately 10:35 p.m. on May 25, according to the FHP press release based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper Joshua Allen and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Nicholas Hagedorn.
     The SUV was southbound on State Road 349 (known locally as Highway 349) near Old Town, the FHP said.
     The southbound SUV hit the pedestrian who was standing in the roadway, the FHP said.
     The girl was pronounced dead at the scene, the FHP said.
     The driver of the SUV who was wearing a seatbelt was not injured, the FHP said.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.
     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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Woman dies after crash
at Circle-K in Chiefland

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 26, 2024 at 8 a.m.
     CHIEFLAND –
The big Circle K convenience store at the Intersection of Main Street and (U.S. Highway 19) and Northeast Eighth Avenue (also known as North Young Boulevard or U.S. Alt. 27) was the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon (May 25), according to information in a Florida Highway Patrol press release.
     The next of kin were notified before the press release was sent the FHP said.
     A 52-year-old woman from Old Town (Dixie County) was driving a motorcycle at 2 p.m. on May 25 in Chiefland , according to the FHP press release based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper John Dryden and homicide investigator FHP Cpl. Richard Crawford.
     As she was driving the motorcycle into the parking lot of the Circle K at the intersection of U.S. 19 and U.S. Alt. 27, for
unknown reasons, the vehicle quickly accelerated ahead and hit a traffic barrier in the parking lot, the FHP said.
     The driver, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to Shands Health UF in Gainesville, where she was pronounced dead, the FHP said.

     There are no hospitals in Levy County, Dixie County or Gilchrist County.
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people and some other information from crashes as part of its press releases.

     Prior to May of 2020, the FHP formerly provided that information via those public records in its press releases.
     The FHP and some other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” of California, which is allegedly used to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the Florida Constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, which may have been the legislative intent of the Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” approved by voters, the FHP adopted its current blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     Although the FHP adopted this new practice, not every law enforcement agency has done so.
     For instance, the Chiefland Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Ocala Police Department all have provided crash information in press releases or traffic crash reports, except when there is an actual victim of a crime, as demonstrated in the reports provided to the press since the onset of the FHP’s revision in its press release practices in May of 2020.
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Cadillac recovered
WPD releases more information
about fugitive robbery suspect

Suspect
Photos Provided As A Professional Courtesy Of The WPD

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 25, 2024 at 9:45 a.m.
     WILLISTON –
Williston Police Chief Mike Rolls announced recently that the Cadillac stolen by a suspected convenience store robber has been recovered.

     The Williston Police Department is seeking more leads to bring this suspected car thief and robber to justice, Chief Rolls said.
     On the evening of May 17, the clerk at the BP Station located at 524 W. Noble Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27) was robbed and currency was taken, Chief Rolls said.
     The clerk’s 2010 Cadillac was taken, Rolls said. The car has been recovered.
     The suspected robber and car thief is described as a black male that is approximately 35 years old, six-feet tall and weighs about 190 pounds, Rolls said. The suspect is further noted to have short hair.
     New photos are released, as shown above.
     Detectives think this criminal on the run has ties to people in Monticello (Jefferson County) in North Florida, Rolls said. This man is to be considered dangerous, Rolls said.
     Anyone who comes in contact with this suspect is advised to not approach him, but instead to call the WPD at 352-528-4991 or call the Levy County Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111.

 


LCSO busts suspected drug trafficker
Pound of meth, ounce of fentanyl
more drugs, guns and ammo seized

LCSO DTF Wins
Photos Provided By LCSO As A Professional Courtesy

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 21, 2024 at 8:45 a.m.
     BRONSON --
The Levy County Drug Task Force (DTF) concluded an investigation that resulted in the arrest Friday (May 17) of a man suspected of drug trafficking, according to information in a press release and public records.

     Thomas R. “12-Pack Tommy” Weber, 62, of Dunnellon was arrested for trafficking in methamphetamine; trafficking in fentanyl; possession of controlled substance without prescription; felonious possession of marijuana; possession of a firearm by convicted felon; possession of ammunition by a convicted felon; 
maintaining a drug dwelling; and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to records.
     Initial combined bail bonds were set at $1.61 million, according to records.
     He was booked at 9:26 a.m. on Friday (May 17), according to records.
     Detectives with the DTF received information that Weber was selling large quantities of methamphetamine and fentanyl from his residence, according to information in a press release sent from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) on May 20.
     An investigation that was conducted over several months, DTF detectives established probable cause to search Weber’s residence, and a search warrant was obtained, the LCSO said.
     Early on the morning of May 17, LCSO personnel executed a search warrant at 13731 S.E. 110th Place in Rainbow Lakes Estates, the LCSO said.
     The Rainbow Lakes Estates Subdivision is partially in the unincorporated areas of both Marion County and Levy County. Weber’s address is listed as “Dunnellon,” and people in the Tri-County Area know that residential listings do not necessarily mean the person is a city.
     Law enforcement personnel found Weber in his garage, and he was detained while DTF detectives as they initiated their search of the residence, the LCSO said.
     After execution of the search warrant, searchers seized: 441 grams of methamphetamine (13 grams short of a pound); 27.7 grams of fentanyl (part of one gram shy of an ounce); 138 grams (almost five ounces) of marijuana; prescription drugs in a pill form; a 9 millimeter pistol; a .22 caliber rifle; ammunition; and scales and other drug paraphernalia, information in the press release noted. 

    


LCSO comments on induction ceremony
By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Published May 21, 2024 at 8 a.m.
     BRONSON -- 
Five former law enforcement officers from throughout Florida were honored this past Saturday, May 18th at the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) headquarters in Tallahassee.
     FDLE Commissioner Mark Glass presided over this ceremony. Two individuals with local ties were honored -- the late Michael F. Joyner and Don Moreland.
     Mike was a former deputy and undersheriff at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. He also worked in many counties around the state including Citrus County and Levy County as an undercover deputy. He brought justice for many victims including the case of the notorious serial killer Aileen Wuornos.
     Mike’s dedication, sacrifices and commitment to his profession was second to none. After his retirement from law enforcement, Mike served as a Levy County Commissioner.
     Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum attended the ceremony and stated.
     “It was an honor to be with Diane and all the Joyner family for Mike’s Induction into the 2024 Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame,” Sheriff McCallum said. “It was also an honor to be present for retired Marion County Sheriff Don Moreland’s induction.  I have known Sheriff Moreland for many years.  I appreciate his friendship and congratulate him on his induction into the Hall of Fame.”
     Congratulations from everyone at LCSO to all five of those added to the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame for 2024.

 


 

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Here, Goldy (the now late) cat Hardison (Aug. 12, 2009-Aug. 25, 2021)
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