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Police/Courts

  • CPD seeks help ID'ing robber

    Chiefland Police Department is asking the public's help in identifying a liquor store robber.

    On July 4 at approximately 8:30 p.m. there was a robbery at Chiefland Package at 2311 N.W. 14th St. The suspect is a black male, about 5 foot 8 inches, thin build, wearing a burgundy colored shirt, white undershirt, burgundy shorts, white basketball style sneakers, dark colored gloves and a camouflage ski mask.

    The robber was armed and ordered the store clerk to hand over an estimated $4,000 in cash from the store register and safe, and fled the scene.

  • Toddler found walking along US 19

    Motorist Mitzi Lacoste, a travelling nurse, could not believe her eyes when she spotted the truck in front of her braking ― for a toddler dressed only in a shirt, walking by himself about 6 feet off of U.S. Highway 19 approximately ¾ of a mile north of the caution light at Gulf Hammock.

  • Truck thief shoulda’ left town

    Friday morning someone broke into Plattner’s Chiefland Ford sales office, but that person was not in a buying mood.

    The person instead took the keys to vehicles on the sales lot and picked out a top of the line $70,000 Ford F-150 Platinum pickup truck, black in color, and drove off. But not before also damaging an orange Mustang and scattering keys in the lot and taking two dealer tags, numbers PG535G and PG533G.

  • Man charged with attempted murder

    Michael Lee Hannigan, 33, of Chiefland is sitting in the Levy County Jail under a $1 million bond after being arrested on Sunday, July 3 at about 10:30 p.m. by the Chiefland Police Department and Levy County Sheriff’s Office following a report of a man being attacked with a knife in the area of Northeast 11th Terrace.

    The victim said he found a man sleeping in his camper located in the back yard of his residence. The victim said when he tried to call police, the man followed him and attacked him with a knife before fleeing on foot.

  • Second person dies from SR 24 accident

    UPDATE: A Chiefland woman is the second fatality in a July 2 accident that ccurred on State Road 24 near Bronsn Speedway.

    Susan R. Hill, 50, died at Shands Hospital on Sunday, July 10. She had been hospitalized since the accident.

    EARLIER STORY:

    A Gainesville woman and Starke man were killed in a pair of traffic accidents in Levy County on State Road 24 over the Fourth of July weekend.

  • CPD arrests sexual predator after attack on teen

     

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    Chiefland police on Monday arrested a registered sexual predator after a woman reported he forced his way into her home while she was out and sexually battered her 15-year-old son.

  • Deputies bust large volume meth lab in Bronson Friday

    The Levy County Drug Task Force and Levy County Sheriff's Office investigators wrapped up an investigation into a methamphetamine lab that started shortly after deputies responded Feb. 22 to a call about a child's death at 755 Pennsylvania Ave, in Bronson.

    During that investigation a meth lab was discovered and dismantled on the property. Based on the evidence gathered in February, Investigator Joe Barrera was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Amanda Marie Davis, 37, for one count of trafficking in meth and one count of manufacturing meth.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of May 26

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

    •May 21, Christopher Allen Barron, 33, Trenton, possession of marijuana. Bond $2,500.

    •May 16, Pedro Louise Bautista, 29, Bronson, battery. Bond $1,000.

    •May 20, Dana M. Benton, 24, Trenton, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and/or use. Bond $2,000.

    •May 22, Teresa Elizabeth Betts, 28, Chiefland, petit theft.

  • 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.