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  • Chiefland police charge man in $13,000 ring theft

     

                      A Quincy man who had pawned one ring at Mitch’s Jewelry in Chiefland should have shopped around for another shop before he tried to pawn a second one — this time a diamond and platinum ring valued at almost $13,000.

  • Fugitive arrested In North Carolina

    Federal fugitive, John Roger Sager on the run from a federal indictment charging him with conspiracy to manufacture, posses and distribute the product from more than 1,000 marijuana plants was arrested at a campground in Canton, N.C., on Friday, July 17 by the Levy County Sheriff's Office working with the U.S.

  • County’s business recruiter doesn’t want to be fenced in

    Levy County’s business recruiter Amanda Douglas has asked the commission for a better place to meet representatives of businesses interested in moving to Levy County and her boards of directors are backing the move.

    Douglas, who has an office in the county Road Department’s maintenance yard, asked the County Commission in its regular meeting Tuesday to consider for space in the Baker Building in Bronson.  Douglas is executive director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council and the Levy County Enterprise Zone Development Agency.

  • Commission chair closes door on spat over travel

    Levy County Commission Chair Nancy Bell had a closed door talk with fellow Commissioner Danny Stevens after the two sparred in a public meeting over her plans to attend a national conference while forcing budget cuts on county constitutional officers, departments and agencies.

  • Arrest comes with bonus for fugitive task force

    When the U.S. Marshals Service’s Florida Regional Task Force went to arrest a man at a Chiefland motel in connection with a home invasion and the shooting of his wife and nephew, they got a little bonus.

    They also nabbed two men and a woman on drug charges, and a second woman on an outstanding warrant from Union County.

  • Crist names Johnson to Parker's seat

     

    Owen Chad “Cracker” Johnson has been named to the Levy County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat, nine months after Gov. Charlie Crist suspended Tony Parker for being indicted on federal charges.

    He will take the oath of office at the start of the commission's regular meeting at 9 a.n. Tuesday in the commission meeting room at the Levy County Courthouse on Court Street in Bronson. County Judge Joseph Smith will administer the oath.

  • Man accused of sexual battery

    A Williston man has been arrested and charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious sexual battery on a child.

    Investigator Mike Bell arrested Brent Elskan on July 24 after the victim reported to the Levy County Sheriff's Office that Elskan sexually assaulted her in 2004 and 2005 in the Williston area. Elskan was 28 years of age when he allegedly sexually assaulted the victim who was 14 years old.

    Elskan was interviewed on July 24 and he admitted to having sexual intercourse with the victim on numerous occasions.

  • Pioneer’s sister paper has new editor

    Change is in the air at the Chiefland Citizen and veteran journalist and former news editor Lou Elliott Jones steps up the helm as the newspaper’s editor.

    Jones replaces Jim Clark, who has taken another editor position near his home in Ocala.

    Jones joined the Citizen a year ago as a staff writer, and because of her strong newspaper background and leadership abilities, was promoted to news editor last fall.

  • Ride to Provide looks for sponsors

    Grease the chain and check the tires – it’s time to get ready for the Fourth Annual 2009 Ride to Provide to benefit Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC). The Ride is a rapidly growing bike run with plenty to recommend it. First, the Ride runs through 60 of the prettiest miles in Levy County.

    Second, once kickstands come up, the boots don’t touch the ground until the file pulls up for a picnic lunch at the LARC campus in Otter Creek. This is a law-enforcement escorted ride, and all intersections are held for riders – no red lights!

  • Man brandishes knife in Yankeetown Park

    A man accused of chasing people with a knife at the County Park on CR 40 has been arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, felony battery and one count of corruption by threat to a public official.