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Police/Courts

  • Collaborative 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.

  • High-speed chase through Levy County turns deadly

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated Feb. 2.

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  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Jan. 3

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

    • Dec. 31, Alan William Brewster, 55, Inglis, possession of a controlled substance w/o a prescription. Bond $10,000.

    • Dec. 31, Brian Scott Clapper, 39, Port St. Lucie, possession not more than 20 grams. ROR.

    • Dec. 30, Gary Mason Clark, 37, Chiefland, failure to register motor vehicle, DWLS, possession of marijuana over 20 grams, drug paraphernalia. Bond $19,000.

  • Two Grinches fail to get away

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested a couple of possible Christmas Grinches on charges similar to those Dr. Seuss’ famous character would have faced if he had not repented stealing a town’s gifts.

  • Man arrested in Nov. 13 shooting in city

    A registered sex offender has been arrested at the local McDonald’s on attempted 2nd degree murder and weapons charges after a Nov. 13 shooting in South Chiefland.

    Willie Tyron Davis, 29, sits in Levy County Detention Center under a $1.75 million bond. He is charged after his Dec. 28 arrest with being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon or ammunition, specifically a “shortened shotgun” that he is accused of using to shoot a Chiefland man in the buttocks.

  • Chiefland losing police chief

    Chiefland Police Department Chief Robert Douglas teared up Monday evening as he publicly announced his resignation from the job he has held for 11 years to take a job as chief deputy in the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

    Douglas, who came to work in Chiefland after losing a bid for Marion County Sheriff said he is looking forward to working with incoming Sheriff Billy Woods.

    Douglas’ last day on the job is Dec. 13.

  • Body sought in Bronson

    A tip that a body might be found on a homesite near the Bronson Speedway has brought out Levy County Sheriff's deputies, the 8th Circuit Medical Examiner's Office, specially trained K-9 cadaver dogs and a team from the A.C. Pound Human Identification Lab worked through Wednesday night and Thursday to find and unearth the remains and investigate the suspicious death. 

    Postings to Facebook by neighbors said deputies brought in portable generators with lights to illuminate the site of the remains. 

  • 2 men shot at Bubba's Place; investigation continues

     

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    It's almost a whodunit as Levy County Sheriff's investigators try to piece together a shooting that wounded two men outside Bubba's Place in Fanning Springs at abut 2:10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, but it has been complicated as eyewitnesses were inebriated at the time.

    Sheriff's Sgt. Carl Rogers and Deputy Chase Gregory were on duty in the area when they heard a gunshot coming from the direction of Bubba’s Place.

  • Man arrested for burglaries in Chiefland

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office says it has solved a string of burglaries in the Chiefland and Fanning Springs areas with the arrest of an Old Town man.

    Norman “Ashley” Burnett, 39, is in the Levy County Detention Facility with a $150,000 bond, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

    Burnett first became a person of interest when the Juice Box, in Fanning Springs, was burglarized on Oct. 4. The owner reported approximately $900 worth of merchandise had been stolen when the burglar broke through a window.

  • Wrong passing move nets arrest

    A Dixie County deputy on patrol on Northeast 349 Highway around 2 p.m. on Oct. 3 noticed a car with two people inside pass another vehicle on the grass shoulder of the road while traveling north.