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Police/Courts

  • Traffic stops lead to drug arrests

    Three traffic stops by Chiefland police officers last week led to drug arrests. 

  • Expired tag decal leads to drug arrests

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division was on their "A" game Tuesday afternoon when an expired tag decal led to the arrest of four people on drug charges.

    According to a press statement released by LCSO Public Information Officer Scott Tummond, Deputy Kevin Davis observed a red pickup truck occupied by four people that had an expired tag decal at the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and Rogers Boulevard in Chiefland. Davis stopped the vehicle and during investigation found the tag was attached to the wrong vehicle.

  • School zone traffic control leads to drug bust

    Chiefland Police Officer Blake Murphy made a sizable drug arrest Tuesday morning while enforcing school-zone traffic laws. At approximately 8 a.m., Murphy conducted a traffic stop on a 2015 Nissan Versa passenger car for unlawful speed of 29 mph in a 15-mph school zone.

    According to a press release prepared by the Chiefland Police Department, officer Murphy smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle driven by John Capell Jr.

  • Bones found near the site of missing plane

    DNA testing will be done on bones found in the area off Cedar Key where a single engine plane crashed.

    On Feb. 12, a single engine plane bound for Cedar Key crashed into the Gulf of Mexico approximately 6 miles south southeast of the island. The pilot, Jasper Jerrels, 65, passengers, Jerrels’ 17-year-old Dylan Jerrels and Hue Singletary perished.

  • Joint drug task force nets 18 arrests

    A combined drug task force between the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Chiefland Police Department has culminated in 18 arrests and 12 additional warrants.

    The effort, known as “Operation Snap Cat,” yielded 41 separate cases, including 104 felony drug charges, mostly relating to the sale, delivery and purchase of illegal drugs.

    “Snap Cat” began in January 2016, according to the LCSO.

  • Slow down or move over when emergency vehicles are stopped

    The Levy County Department of Public Safety and Florida Highway Patrol reminds drivers to switch lanes or slow down when they see stopped emergency or service vehicles. Move over when it’s safe or slow to 20 mph below the posted speed limit for the safety of both the drivers and emergency personnel on scene. 

  • Slow down or move over when emergency vehicles are stopped

    The Levy County Department of Public Safety and Florida Highway Patrol reminds drivers to switch lanes or slow down when they see stopped emergency or service vehicles. Move over when it’s safe or slow to 20 mph below the posted speed limit for the safety of both the drivers and emergency personnel on scene. 

  • City commission evaluates Anderson

    Chiefland City commissioners generally expressed satisfaction with the direction the police department is going under the guidance of chief Scott Anderson.

  • Chief Anderson talks about the importance of K-9 police officers

    Chiefland Police Chief Scott Anderson said drug arrests are up in the city because of the two K-9 Units operating in the police department. The two teams train weekly in warehouses owned by Central Florida Electric Co.

  • Barnes comes out of retirement because he could not be idle

    Chiefland Police Officer Willie Barnes joined the Chiefland Police Department about two months ago after a career in law enforcement with the Florida Department of Corrections and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.