• 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.

  • Court Dispositions published November 13

    • Vincent Louis Baker, VOP on destroying evidence, dismissed.  

    • David Bezanson, possession of paraphernalia, 35 days with credit for 35 days served; possession of controlled substance, 35 days with credit for 35 days served, 24 months drug offender probation; served concurrently. Must pay probation cost, civil judgment, jail fund. 

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for November 13

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

    • Nov. 7, Isaac Buchanan, 33, Chiefland, three counts aggravated assault.

    • Nov. 7, Salvador Jose Calvillo, 35, Bronson, out of county warrant.

    • Nov. 9, William Stephen Escue, 34, Alachua, DUI, possession of marijuana.

    • Nov. 6, Kyle Guthrie, 22, Bronson, domestic battery.

    • Nov. 10, Michael Hawkins, 53, Bronson, possession of drug equipment.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for November 6

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

    • Oct. 30, Demi Ember Appling, 24, Old Town, DWLS. Bond $15,000.

    • Nov. 1, Johnnie Russell Arnett, 31, Lakeland, FTA. Bond $10,000.

    • Oct. 30, Bobby Leon Baker, 69, Inglis, FTA. ROR.

    • Oct. 27, Charles Anthony Baugh, 66, Bronson, out of county warrant. Bond $2,000.

    • Oct. 27, William E. Beck, 54, Wellborn, DUI. Bond $10,000.

  • Man arrested on manslaughter charge

    It was just a simple report by the caretaker of a 96-year-old woman who claimed she died of natural causes.

    But Helen Bishop's story was not yet finished.

    And it was left for a funeral director, the 8th Circuit Medical Examiner, the Levy County's Sheriff's investigators and the 8th Circuit State Attorney's Office to write the final chapters.