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Police/Courts

  • Couple charged with making meth at home with children

    A Chiefland couple was arrested on Wednesday, May 25, after a search of their home on May 19 turned up evidence of methamphetamines being made while children were in the residence, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    Jeffrey and Kelly Koschatzky were not at home when the search warrant, which was issued based on information gathered by sheriff's investigators, was carried out.

    Jeffrey Koschatzky, 37, and Kelly Crews Koschatzky, 38, are charged with manufacturing meth, possession of meth, child neglect and keeping a house for drugs.

  • Drug operation Melting Pot racking up convictions

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is winning convictions — 58 thus far — for its massive Operation Melting Pot that concluded July 2015 with the arrests of 68 people.

    The operation name was selected by lead Sheriff's Investigator Robert Bowers because of the diversity of drugs purchased through undercover operations during the 11-month investigation.

    While 57 cases have been resolved when the defendants pleaded guilty, ne defendant is in federal custody and another suspect died as a result of an automobile crash prior to his arrest.

  • One-vehicle accident on 121 injures 3

    A one-vehicle rollover accident on State Road 121 at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, left a Dunnellon man with serious injuries, while another from Yankeetown and Lecanto sustained minor injuries, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Andre Fairley, 39, of Dunnellon, a passenger in a 1998 International box truck was transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville with serious injuries. The driver, Shane Orshal, 38, of Yankeetown and a pedestrian, Laquon Knoght, 29, of Lecanto, were also transported to Shands for treatment of their injuries.

  • Investigators arrest man for burglaries

    Levy County Sheriff’s Office investigators recently arrested a man and charged him with two commercial burglaries which occurred on April 9 and 29 at the Little Food Ranch on State Road 121.

    During each of these burglaries, the owner reported the suspect broke the front door window with a cinder block and took lottery tickets, rolled coins and cigarettes.

    The owner reported a combined loss of approximately $1,635.00 including damage to the building.  

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of May 12

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

    •May 4, Richard Lee Allen, 71, Chiefland, FTA. Bond $2,000.

    •May 7, Mario Areaga Barrios, 63, Bronson, assault with deadly weapon. Bond $100,000.

    •May 2, Christopher Shawn Bradley Jr., 29, Williston, VOP. No bond.

    •May 2, Jerald Brodus, 42, Chiefland, battery. Bond $10,000.

    •May 5, David Cardoza, 21, Bell, two counts VOP. No bond.

  • Couple arrested on meth charges in CK

    On Monday, May 9, two people were arrested in Cedar Key on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    Larry Teckenbrock, 29, of Trenton, and Natasha Corbin, 29, of Old Town, have been charged with the manufacture of meth, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The bond has been set at $115,000 for each of them.

  • FHP job fair for Troopers

    The Florida Highway Patrol will be opening its doors after regular business hours on Thursday, May 5, for a job fair at the Cross City FHP Station. Anyone interested in a career as a state trooper is urged to visit the station between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m.

  • Teen takes officers on 105 mph chase in city

    Chiefland Police Capt. Ray Tremblay was heading into Chiefland from Fanning Springs on U.S. Highway 19 Saturday shortly before 10 p.m. to work a second job when a gray 2016 Hyundai Elantra with five occupants blew by him.

    Tremblay alerted officers on duty and started pursuing the vehicle as it headed into town at speeds that reached 105 mph.

    Tremblay said in a phone interview on Monday that traffic was “kinda light” in Chiefland at the time.

  • Ex-ag office manager arrested on theft charge

    The former office manager of the Levy County Extension Office was arrested on April 14 in Marion County and charged with misuse of a county-issued credit card in purchasing $7,700 in merchandise for herself.

    But that arrest is not the end of the case as there is an investigation under way by the University of Florida IFAS Extension Service program into the finances at the Levy Office that is jointly operated by the county and UF.

    Lacy Shae Harris, 26, of Ocala was booked into the Marion County Jail and released on $30,000 bond.

  • Daytime burglaries solved with arrest of duo

    By Buster Thompson

    Investigators from several agencies are still sifting through a cache of goods believed stolen by an Ocala couple suspected of burglarizing over 60 homes around central Florida.

    Darren Decker, 41, and his 44-year-old wife Jessica Baker were arrested April 18 during a traffic stop in Marion County on an arrest warrant stemming from a burglary that happened that day in Sumter County.

    They are being held without bond at the Sumter County Detention Center on charges of unarmed burglary and grand theft.