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Police/Courts

  • Body of missing Palmetto woman is found buried near Eddie Buie Park

    The body of a missing woman from Manatee County was found buried in southwest Chiefland Monday.

    Tricia Freeman, 47, was reported missing last Tuesday in Palmetto, approximately 40 miles south of Tampa.

  • City commission evaluates Anderson

    Chiefland City commissioners generally expressed satisfaction with the direction the police department is going under the guidance of chief Scott Anderson.

  • Chief Anderson talks about the importance of K-9 police officers

    Chiefland Police Chief Scott Anderson said drug arrests are up in the city because of the two K-9 Units operating in the police department. The two teams train weekly in warehouses owned by Central Florida Electric Co.

  • Barnes comes out of retirement because he could not be idle

    Chiefland Police Officer Willie Barnes joined the Chiefland Police Department about two months ago after a career in law enforcement with the Florida Department of Corrections and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

  • High-speed chase through Levy County turns deadly

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated Feb. 2.

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  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Jan. 3

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

    • Dec. 31, Alan William Brewster, 55, Inglis, possession of a controlled substance w/o a prescription. Bond $10,000.

    • Dec. 31, Brian Scott Clapper, 39, Port St. Lucie, possession not more than 20 grams. ROR.

    • Dec. 30, Gary Mason Clark, 37, Chiefland, failure to register motor vehicle, DWLS, possession of marijuana over 20 grams, drug paraphernalia. Bond $19,000.

  • Two Grinches fail to get away

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested a couple of possible Christmas Grinches on charges similar to those Dr. Seuss’ famous character would have faced if he had not repented stealing a town’s gifts.

  • Man arrested in Nov. 13 shooting in city

    A registered sex offender has been arrested at the local McDonald’s on attempted 2nd degree murder and weapons charges after a Nov. 13 shooting in South Chiefland.

    Willie Tyron Davis, 29, sits in Levy County Detention Center under a $1.75 million bond. He is charged after his Dec. 28 arrest with being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon or ammunition, specifically a “shortened shotgun” that he is accused of using to shoot a Chiefland man in the buttocks.

  • Chiefland losing police chief

    Chiefland Police Department Chief Robert Douglas teared up Monday evening as he publicly announced his resignation from the job he has held for 11 years to take a job as chief deputy in the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

    Douglas, who came to work in Chiefland after losing a bid for Marion County Sheriff said he is looking forward to working with incoming Sheriff Billy Woods.

    Douglas’ last day on the job is Dec. 13.

  • Body sought in Bronson

    A tip that a body might be found on a homesite near the Bronson Speedway has brought out Levy County Sheriff's deputies, the 8th Circuit Medical Examiner's Office, specially trained K-9 cadaver dogs and a team from the A.C. Pound Human Identification Lab worked through Wednesday night and Thursday to find and unearth the remains and investigate the suspicious death. 

    Postings to Facebook by neighbors said deputies brought in portable generators with lights to illuminate the site of the remains.