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Police/Courts

  • 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.

  • Fleeing suspect fails to outrun deputies

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received several calls from citizens reporting a reckless driver on State Road 121 at approximately 11:30 p.m. on April 1. Deputy Ryan Sullivan located the green Mustang described by the 911 callers as it turned onto U.S. Highway 19 in Lebanon Station driving south in the north bound lane. 

    Sullivan paralleled the Mustang driving south in the north bound lane with his emergency lights and siren on attempting to gain the driver’s attention and get him stopped.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of April 14

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

    April 6, Carlos Alonzo Allen, 43, Bronson, FTA. Bond $2,000.

    April 5, Shelby Don Boyette, 66, Fanning Springs, sex offender fail to register email address. Bond $200,000.

    April 10, Keith Allen Colson, 54, Chiefland, petit theft, possession of methamphetamine.

    April 6, Travis Donald, 27, Chiefland, resist W/O violence, possession of methamphetamine, possession and/or use of drug paraphernalia. Bond $41,000.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of April 7

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

    •March 28, Jerome Brown, 64, Williston, battery. Bond $2,000.

    •April 2, Jeffrey Brian Cooper, 32, Bronson, non support of children or spouse. Bond $2,000.

    •April 1, Contrail Antonio Davis, 22, Archer, selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of designated area, possession of cocaine W/ intent to sell. Bond $70,000.

    •March 30, Christopher Derosa, 55, Williston, battery. Bond $5,000.

  • Bronson man charged with child neglect

    A Bronson man was arrested Monday after a Levy County deputy was notified that an infant was inside a locked car at the Bronson Laundromat.

    Nelson Santo Perez, 31, was charged with felony neglect of a child and placed under a $100,000 bond following events that occurred around 4 p.m. April 4.

  • Citrus sheriff: Somebody knows something

    By Buster Thompson

    Paul Vollmer thought something was wrong when he didn’t see Don Terryl Plumeri’s garbage at the end of his neighbor’s driveway on Thursday.

    That suspicion was confirmed Friday morning when he saw Citrus County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars in front of Plumeri’s wooded home and crime-scene tape across the street in the Dunnellon- area neighborhood.

  • Daytime burglaries cross county lines

    Levy County and surrounding counties have been experiencing a trend in daytime burglaries. Homes in rural areas are being forced into and ransacked by unknown suspect(s). The burglars are taking guns, jewelry and cash as well as other valuables.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of March 31

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

    •March 23, Rachel Marie Anderson, 36, Trenton, out of county warrant. Bond $500.

    •March 22, Joseph William Brooks, 62, Morriston, possession of weapon or ammo by convicted felon, cause cruel death pain and suffering to an animal. Bond $40,000.

    •March 25, Rashey Lava Garrison, 28, Gainesville, out of county warrant. Bond$100,000.