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  • Commission looking at big Medicaid bill

    Levy County could be on the hook for up to $900,000 in Medicaid bills due to the state under a new law passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

  • Bronson man: Town reneging on arrangement

    Only one Bronson council member at a sewer workshop Monday spoke up in support of local business owner Jim Beck’s claim that town officials are breaking a promise made years ago.

  • Fugitive nabbed after 16 years

    A fugitive living in Montbrook was arrested after 16 years on the run by the Levy County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force on Friday, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

    Benjamin Monroe Hamilton, 59, who used the alias Benjamin Crawford, was jailed on an outstanding Highland County warrant dating back to 1996 for violation of probation. He was convicted of running over and seriously injuring a man with a vehicle during a bar brawl.

  • Fade to Brown

    Bronson Blue Springs has lost its sparkle.

    Severe drought, according to Suwannee River Water Management District Engineer Meagan Wetherington, has caused the spring to quit flowing. And recent rains, though not enough to recharge the aquifer, have caused water from nearby swamps, heavy with tannins, to flow into the spring, staining it muddy brown.

  • No billboard for Cedar Key this year

    “Come to Cedar Key” is not a message motorists driving on Interstate 75 are likely to see in 2012.
    Not unless some entity other than the Levy County Tourist Development Council is willing to pay for it.
    Council members told a small group requesting $10,000 at the LCTDC’s March 29 meeting that there are no funds for such a project in the current budget.

  • State coloring winner goes national

    Karina Lowyns, center, a fourth grade student at Chiefland Elementary School, is congratulated by CES Principal Patrice McCully, left and Judy Allen of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 Ladies Auxiliary, for winning first place at the state level in the organization's Patriotic Coloring Contest. She took home a check for $100 and a certificate. Her entry now moves on to the national VFW Auxiliary competition.

  • Sheriff's Report and Most Wanted for April 5

       The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n March 22, Austin Ryan Bouten, 20, Williston, lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim. Bond $100,000.
    n March 22, Crystal Elaine Braswell, 29, Old Town, VOP.
    n March 22, Spencer McSwain Colson, 28, Newberry, obstruction, fleeing/eluding. Bond $65,000.
    n March 23, Ashley Nicole Coronado, 23, Bronson, VOP. Bond $10,000.
    March 19, Jeanne Cutrona-Vera, 52, Morriston, out of county warrant. Bond $2,000.

  • Man charged with arson

    The state Fire Marshal's Office has determined that a house fire on Sunday, April 1, on Northeast 92 Court in Bronson was an arson and a man on felony probation on a drug charge has been charged with setting the fire, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Jermain Lashaun Griffin, 28, of Bronson, is being held without bond on an arson charge at Levy County Jail.

  • Morriston man arrested in farm thefts

    Henry Joel Melendez Prestol, 32, of Morriston, faces three counts of burglary, three counts of grand theft, six counts of dealing in stolen property, forgery and uttering a forged instrument according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    He was arrested after two horse farms in the Morriston area reported numerous thefts from January through March.

  • Levy officers get their man a year later

    A drug bust in Chiefland last year has led to the arrest of a Melrose man who initially escaped arrest by the Levy County Sheriff's Office, but has found out he could not escape their notice, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.
    Kenyatta Daron Howard, 36, of Melrose, was arrested Saturday, March 30, for possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia by Sheriff's Capt. Scott Anderson.