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Police/Courts

  • It's the season for scamming the unsuspecting

    It must be something in the air, but scams seem to be blooming in Levy County.

    Levy County Commissioner Mike Joyner of Morriston issued what is becoming an annual warning about unscrupulous contractors who offer homeowners deals that are too good to be true, while the Levy County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that it has received several complaints in the recent days alerting the office to potential scams.

  • Firefighters save family's Christmas

    A Morriston family's Christmas has been assured despite a fire in their home on Sunday, Nov. 30, shortly before 11 a.m. as the county's first responders saved the already wrapped presents, according to a Levy County Department of Public Safety press release.

    The call came in to the Levy County 9-1-1 Communications Center about a structure fire at 1670 N.E. 124th Terrace, in Morriston.

  • FHP seeks hit-n-run driver

    The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking a vehicle and its driver who were involved in a hit and run on Southwest 122nd Street and Southwest 24th Avenue in Gainesville on Sunday at about 5:15 p.m. that left a bicyclist hospitalized in critical condition..

    Witnesses told investigators that a white, four-door sedan, possibly an Oldsmobile, struck the bicyclist and left the scene northbound on Southwest 122nd Street. The FHP notice said the vehicle should have damage to the right front bumper, hood and windshield.

  • Sheriff's report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    • Nov. 17, Douglas Aldrich, 22, Orlando, VOP.
    • Nov. 22, Amber Lynn Alexander, 26 Williston, DWLSR. ROR.
    • Nov. 18, Juanita Batten, 50. FTA. ROR.
    • Nov. 17, Bobby Joe Blatchford, 29, Morriston, VOP.
    • Nov. 20, Joseph B. Burchett, 53, Palm Bay, out of county warrant. ROR.
    • Nov. 22, Anthony Scott Burnett, 35, Old Town, two out of county warrants. Bond $30,000.
    • Nov. 23, Ira Colon Cribbs, 34, Williston, two counts VOP.

  • Cell phone use cited in SR 24 accident

    A driver's cell phone use was cited as the cause of a chain-reaction three vehicle collision at a construction zone on State Road 24 on Wednesday afternoon that left one person injured and blocked traffic for two hours, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

    The accident occurred about 1.2 miles west of the intersection of SR 24 and U.S. Highway 27A where a project to resurface 11 miles of SR 24 begins. 

  • Driving forward to end hunger

    What do Thanksgiving turkeys and Florida Highway Patrol cars have in common?

    They are both “stuffed” to feed Florida families for the holidays.

    In the case of the cars (known as Chargers), they were stuffed last week as part of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (DHSMV) inaugural “Stuff the Charger” food drive.

    Each DHSMV location across the state spent the past few weeks collecting non-perishable food items to help feed Florida families during the upcoming holiday season.

  • Court Dispositions published November 20

    • Steven Antoine Paulk, VOP on aggravated stalking after injunction for protection, probation reinstated, 45 days with credit for 30 days served. Must pay probation, VOP costs, civil judgment, jail fund. 

    • Crystal Merline Porter, VOP on fraud by uttering, larceny between $300-$5,000, probation reinstated, 14 days with credit for 14 days served. Must pay VOP cost, probation cost, civil judgment, jail fund. 

  • Ticket adds to golf cart driver's injury

    An Archer woman was seriously injured and taken to the hospital when she crashed her golf cart at about 4 p.m., Saturday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Debra Ann Hill, 51, of Archer, who has an invalid driver's license and was ticketed for her driving, was attempting to turn the golf cart onto Northeast 120th Street from Northeast 105th Ave. when she hit the dirt embankment on the north shoulder. The cart overturned and came to a rest on its side.

    Hill had a 3-year-old passenger with her, Braden Duthill, though the boy was not injured.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for November 20

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

    • Nov. 12, Edwin Alexander Aguilar-Siciliano, 29, Chiefland, no DL. ROR

    • Nov. 15, Shannon Brown, 36, Old Town, trespassing, retail theft. Bond $4,000.

    • Nov. 13, Kenneth John Bullard, 34, Jasper, VOP.

    • Nov. 10, Timothy Lee Dallas, 27, Gainesville, four out of county warrants. Bond $85,000.

    • Nov. 13, Kurtis Lorenzo Daniels, 29, Bronson, battery. Bond $15,000.

  • Deputies receive K-9 cards

    Kids for K9s, a volunteer group that provides education for the public about the roles of service dogs in every day life, has presented Levy County Sheriff's K-9 deputies with “trading cards” about their K-9 partners to distribute to children.

    The glossy cards were presented to Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum on Monday at the Sheriff's Office by Kaye and Michael Gaither and Barbara Snow, executive director of the U.S. War Dogs Association, Southern Chapter.