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Police/Courts

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of September 18

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

    • Sept. 12, Joseph Ray Ainsworth, 20, Orange City, VOP

    • Sept. 9, Raheal Andres, 32, Bronson, no valid drivers license, $500 bond.

    • Sept. 12, Johnathon Beau Bender, 19, Chiefland, poss of altered firearm, false info to LEO, tampering with evidence, $10,000 bond.

    • Sept. 13, Cory Dallas, 25, Gainesville, drive suspended license, fleeing at high speed, tampering with evidence, $30,000 bond.

  • 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

  • 5 Lancaster staffers fired

    The state Department of Corrections, on a campaign to implement a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate and criminal behavior by staff, on Friday fired five employees of Lancaster Correctional Institution and an investigator recommended they be arrested.

    Corrections Officers Earl Short, Stephen Nygard and Julious Riley, and Sgt. Robert La Puma, and Sgt. Brittain Williams, were dismissed for battery on an inmate, according to a DOC press release.

  • Otter Creek man loses appeal on gun charge

    The 1st District Court of Appeals agreed with felon Allen S. Kraay's argument that a Levy County judge's reasoning for not dismissing a charge of being a felon in possession of a gun was flawed, but the judge's ruling was also correct and Kraay's conviction and three-year sentence stands.

  • Boy, 12, outwits burglars

    Two people were arrested after they were allegedly caught in the middle of a burglary.

    According to a press release, Levy County Deputies Cpl. L. Prine and K. Weatherford’s rapid response to a 12-year-old’s panicked phone call for help resulted in the capture of two suspects.

    Delania Evans, 35, and Earl Peterson, 56, both convicted burglars with long criminal histories, picked the wrong house at the wrong time.

  • Inglis Mason Lodge lauds community heroes

       Inglis Mason Lodge No. 324 held their 2nd Inaugural Public Services Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 6, and thanked outstanding first responders for their work.

    Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) employees, Firefighter Paul Shearer and Paramedic Paul Shear received awards for their dedication to serving the citizens and visitors of Levy County. Masonic Master Richard Corcoran presented the awards noting each nominee as a hero to the community.

    Also awarded a certificate of appreciation was Levy County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Finnen.

  • Free self defense classes for women More classes to come

    With the fourth attack on a woman in the Gainesville area in recent weeks, some might be feeling the need to pay attention to how to prepare to fend off an attack.

    The Suwannee Valley R.A.D. — Rape Aggression Defense — classes might be what's needed.

    The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Women’s Physical Defense program was designed with the needs and strengths of women in mind.

  • State urges residents to keep tabs on credit

    TALLAHASSEE — In the wake of a major security breach that exposed the records of 406,694 Floridians who are clients of Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS), Attorney General Pam Bondi is urging those state residents to take advantage of free credit monitoring services.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of September 11

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

    • Sept. 1, Ranie Ronald Baker, 55, Inglis, out of county warrant. Bond $250.

    • Sept. 1, Tammy Lyn Baker, 41, Inglis, out of county warrant. Bond $250.

    • Sept. 6, Brittany Eyvonne Blacketer, 20, Chiefland, battery.

    • Sept. 4, Jeffery Alan Cowart, 42, Williston, DWLS-habitual. Bond $10,000.

    • Sept. 3, Eva Marie Crooms, 48, battery. Bond $10,000.

  • $5,000 reward offered in high-dollar theft

    A $5,000 reward has been offered in the theft of a tractor, trail bike, a Honda 500 Foreman 4-wheeler, arigging for a carriage horse, appliances, linens and utensils from a Morriston Home.

    Levy County Sheriff's Office and the resident at 11331 S.E. 21st Place in Morriston are asking for the public's help.

    The homeowner’s caretaker found the house and barn had been virtually emptied of all possessions and reported it on Aug. 22.

    Taken were: