Local News

  • Williston candidate forum sparks little debate

    There was almost no debate among 22 political candidates Saturday at a political forum held at the Williston Community Center.
    For three hours, a packed room listened to candidates running for eight different county seats explain why each was qualified to take office. Audience members were encouraged to ask questions during the forum, sponsored by the Williston Area AARP, though only a few took advantage of the opportunity, and questions were mostly asked of sheriff's candidates.

  • Commission cuts $2 million from budget

    The Levy County Commission, displeased that its "cut your budget requests" message went unheeded, went line by line over the proposals and cut them.
    In the end, the board removed more than $2 million in proposed expenditures for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 in a workshop on July 12.  Chief among the targets were items where the same amount of dollars were requested for three years but the money was never spent.

  • Patrol sergeant named

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith has promoted Cpl. Todd Houchin to the rank of sergeant for the Patrol Division. Houchin is with Alpha Company with Lt. Perry Ott as Watch Commander.
      Houchin began his law enforcement career with the Cedar Key Police Department in February 1998. He started with the Sheriff's Office in August 1999 and was promoted to the rank of corporal in February 2003.
    Smith said Houchin has "stepped up to the plate" in a leadership role for his shift.

  • Sexual predator registers address

    Jesse J. Crain, 30,  has registered as a sexual predator with the Levy County Sheriff's Office because he is living within the county. Crain is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes his address.
      Crain was convicted in Pinellas County in 2002 for lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 12. Crain is living tat 11851 N..E 106th  Court in Archer.

  • Quick draw's first victim: himself

    A man  who was practicing his "quick draw"  at a friend's home shot himself in the leg, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Deputies said when they responded to a call about a shooting at a home on Northeast 61st Place in Bronson, they found  Robert Bishop,  62, had a single gunshot wound in the back of his right calf.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of July 19

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n July 12, James Devon Baker, 46, Morriston, two counts FTA. Bond $2,500.
    n July 10, Jose Angel Barrera, 31, Melbourne, VOP. Bond $5,000.
    n July 14, James Bowen, 45, Inglis, disorderly intoxication.
    n July 10, Jamie Lee Burton, 39, High Springs, three out of county warrants. Bond $15,000.
    n July 15, Salvador Jose Cavillo, 33, Brooker, battery. Bond $10,000.
    n July 11, Kimberly A. Childs, 49, Williston, DWLS habitual DUI. Bond $35,000.

  • Meth lab's toxic fumes yield five arrests

    Apparently five people charged with making "shake and bake" meth in a unit of a second floor duplex in Sumner were so overcome by the fumes of the chemical process they did not know drug officers were knocking on their front door.
    But when the officers could not get the attention of the people inside the unit, the next door neighbor helped out deputies and officers by kicking down the adjoining door between the units, according to Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond.

  • Bronson still seeking money from school board

    Bronson is still waiting to get paid.
    Although it's been about eight months since the issue was first brought up, council members say they haven't forgotten about $29,000 they say the School Board of Levy County owes them for services Bronson schools benefitted from regarding the town's sewer expansion project.

  • Child in suspicious incident found, safe


    DUNNELLON – Dunnellon Police Department officers located a 6-year-old boy at his home late Thursday afternoon, after a “suspicious incident” in the parking lot at the Dunnellon Wal-Mart had authorities scouring the area for the vehicle witnesses saw drive away from the store.

  • Free lunches offered to area children

    In conjunction with the USDA and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Levy County is offering free meals for local children over the summer.
    Through the Break Spot program, breakfast, lunch and snacks are offered for anyone in the county 18 years or younger. Food is offered Monday through Thursday at several locations across the county. This included Bronson Elementary School and VFW post 5625 in Chiefland.