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  • Officials mum on ongoing operation after suspect apprehended

    By Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    A three-hour standoff ended peacefully after the Marion County Sheriff's Office SWAT Unit was called onto scene, according to a spokesman with the U.S. Marshal's Office.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of July 23

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    •July 18, Keny Alfredo Cano, 24, Cross City, operate motor vehicle W/O valid license. Bond $2,500.

    •July 15, Sarah Lynn Copeland, 21, Chiefland, operate motor vehicle W/O valid license. ROR.

    •July 14, Geoffery Edward Farnsworth, 35, Dunnellon, out of county warrant. Bond $2,660.

    •July 17, Terrence Boyd Felder, 44, Williston, grand theft 300 less than $5,000. ROR.

  • What the abbreviations in the arrest reports mean

     n Driver’s License–DL

    n Driving While License Suspended or Revoked–DWLSR

    n Driving Under the Influence–DUI

    n Failure to Appear–FTA

    n Released on Own 

    n Recognizance–ROR

    n Resisting With 

    n Violence–RWV

    n Resisting Without Violence–RW/OV

    n Violation of Probation–VOP

  • Drug probe snags 65 arrests

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum has a message for those using and selling drugs: Quit now.

    On Monday, McCallum announced the arrest of 65 people and that his department is seeking two others on various drug charges in Operation Melting Pot.

    There are 74 cases and 135 charges against the 67 individuals named in warrants. A sheriff's office press release said investigators made 72 controlled purchases of illegal drugs from 67 different suspects. It was the largest roundup since one several years ago that netted 40 suspects.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of July 30

    The names in bold type were arrested as part of Operation Melting Pot, see story Page 1A

    •July 25, Jason Eric Adams, 20, Inglis, failure to appear, VOP. Bond $5,000.

    •July 21, Michael Bradley Ainsworth, 23, Morriston, traffic opium or derivative. Bond 100,000.

    •July 23, Russell Paul Anderson, 47, Sardinia, Ohio, driver’s license expired. Bond $1,000.

    •July 20, Jonathan Lee Austin, 30, Archer, DUI. Bond $1,000.

  • EMT earns state license

    Chris Anderson was recognized for completing his EMT training and getting his state license at the Fanning Springs City Council Meeting on July 7.

    The meeting also happened to mark his five year anniversary with the Fanning Springs Fire Department.

  • Paramedics represent Levy

    Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) Paramedics Stephen Ferguson, Humberto Jimenez and Joe Brooks volunteered to represent Levy County in the Bill Shearer International Advanced Life Support (ALS) Competition at CLINCON 2015 in Orlando on July 9-10.

    This event is a challenge for critical thinking and problem solving in advanced life support skills used in the field. The LCDPS Team represented the North Florida Region well placing 15th overall out of 36 teams.  

  • Sexual predator registers in Levy County

    On July 9, John Wayne Hudson registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    Hudson was convicted in 2004 in Levy County for sexual battery by weapon or force. He was released from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2014 and registered a change in address to 11950 NE 116 Street, Archer.

    By Florida law Hudson is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses.

  • Man charged with child molestation

    Brandon Michael McClurg of Williston was arrested by Investigator Scott Stancil in the late afternoon of July 7, after confessing to sexually abusing a 5 year old child.

    The child’s father filed his complaint on June 28 after his child disclosed to him “Dude”, as the child refers to McClurg, had touched her inappropriately.

  • AG, FTC stop credit card interest scam

    TALLAHASSEE – For the second time in two weeks, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Federal Trade Commission have filed a federal court lawsuit to protect consumers from a credit card interest rate reduction scam. This time, Bondi and the FTC halted a Pinellas County-based group of businesses and individuals from operating a nationwide telemarketing scam that defrauded consumers out of at least $8.5 million.