• Gold coin theft - a mystery

    A Chiefland couple has reported the theft of 20 gold coins valued at $24,589, stored under a bed in a guest room, has gone missing from their home sometime between April and early September and the Chiefland Police Department is investigating the case as grand theft.

    The couple, in their 80s, said family, friends and a cleaning lady have been in the home during that time period. And they said the cleaning person, who has worked for them for five years, had a key to the home.

  • Man arrested in wife's disappearance 35 years ago

    Thirty six years to the day after Merl McFarland Mackey, Jr. married Evelyn LaVerne Trulock in Pinellas County, and almost 34 years after she disappeared from their Hernando County home, Mackey was booked into the Levy County Jail on a charge of 1st degree premeditated murder. 

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Oct. 22

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

    •Oct. 14, Frederick Ashford, 65, Atlanta, GA, FTA. Bond $4,005.

    •Oct. 12, Ray Anthony Bailey II, 22, Chiefland, petit theft.

    •Oct. 14,Spencer Theodore Barnes, 22, Newberry, DWLSR, drug possession. Bond $1,500.

    •Oct. 18, Allen James Brannin, 58, Cross City, possession of listed chemical w/intent to manufacture controlled substance.

    •Oct. 13, Angela Kaye Carter Callihan, 36, Inglis, FTA. Bond $1,000.

  • Chiefland woman charged in stabbing of relative

    An argument over who would care for an elderly relative escalated and ended with one person stabbing the other with a box cutter, according to a Chiefland Police Department report.

    Lasonya Denise Collins, 46, of Baxley, Ga., then transported the elderly relative to North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville where she was later arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the Chiefland Police Department.

  • Burglary investigation leads to five arrests, meth lab

    The Levy County Sheriff's deputies who responded to a Chiefland resident's complaint about a burglary at a shed on his property must have thought it was their lucky day as they ended up arresting five people and discovering a methamphetamine lab.

    On Friday, Sept. 11, Chiefland resident said his shed had been broken into within the last 18 hours. Deputies learned guns, ammunition and tools had been taken when the burglars cut locks and forced the door off the tracks to gain entry.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Oct. 1

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

    •Sept. 26, Jessee Carroll Baggett Jr., 35, Williston, DUI alcohol or drugs, possession of marijuana, possession and/or use of drug equipment. Bond $13,000.

    •Sept. 24, Jonathon Beau Bender, 20, Chiefland, VOP.

    •Sept. 21, Kerry Leann Bush, 35, out of county warrant.

    •Sept. 27, Cory Taylor Chadwick, 29, Chiefland, brawling. Bond $2,000.

    •Sept. 23, John Champion, 26, Chiefland, robbery with weapon.

  • Driver cited in crash that affected traffic light box

    The traffic light at the intersection of State Road 24 and U.S. 27A in Bronson was not functioning for most of Tuesday, Sept. 22 after a driver entered the intersection while the light was still red and collided with another vehicle that took out the traffic light’s control box.

    Caeli Woodard, 17, of Bronson, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Venture and stopped behind another vehicle on SR 24, while the light was red.

  • Florida Highway Patrol seeks help in hit-and-run crash

    The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the public's assistance in solving a hit-and-run crash that occurred on Friday, Sept. 25, at approximately 8:40 p.m. when a vehicle collided with a motorcyclist on U.S. Highway 27A and left the scene.

    Daniel A. Montalbano, 36, of Bronson, was westbound in the left lane of US 27A when an unidentified vehicle traveling south on Wilson Avenue turned left onto US 27 into Montalbano's path.

    Montalbano was unable to avoid a collision striking the rear of the vehicle.

  • Duo faces underage alcohol sales charge

    A citizen's tip that minors were able to buy alcoholic beverages sparked an investigation that has resulted in two arrests of convenience store clerks.

    The tip to the Levy County Sheriff's Office came from a parent who said they recently discovered their underage child was purchasing beer from a local convenience store.

    The Sheriff's Office contacted the State Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) which regulates sales of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

  • Man's bond on sex charges: $4 million

    A man accused of molesting acquaintances' daughters during visits to his home is facing four charges and a $4 million bond to get out of jail.

    James Lambert, 65, of Fanning Springs, was arrested on Monday, Sept. 21, by Levy County Sheriff's Cpl. Jay Crooms.

    The Sheriff's Office was contacted in August by a parent of the two children who reside outside the county, according to a sheriff's press release.