• Meth making ingredients found in backpack

    The Levy County Drug Task Force arrested a local repeat offender on methamphetamine related charges on Monday, Aug. 10. Task force investigators went to Northwest 125th Street, Chiefland, in order to execute an arrest warrant. There, investigators located and arrested 35-year-old Nevina Tease on an outstanding violation of probation warrant.

  • Teen driving courses continue

    Teen drivers who have procrastinated and not enrolled in the summer Teen Driver Improvement Program better get on the move as there are only a few classes remaining.

    The class, offered by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Relations Division, is open to all Levy County students who have a current operators license, learners permit or who are about to get their learners permit and it is free. It just takes four hours.

  • Authorities need help solving Williston murder

    On July 5, 2014, deputies from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of 3571 NE 218th Avenue in Williston to the report of a deceased person.  The investigation revealed that Leo Rives, 31, had been found dead beside his vehicle. 

    After following up on initial leads, the case has remained unsolved.  With the passing of the first anniversary of Rives' murder, LCSO Investigators are asking the public for its assistance in closing this case for the friends and family of Rives.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of August 4

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

    •Aug. 2, Justin Adkins, 20, Archer, DUI. Bond $1,000.

    •July 29, Cody Lyle Allmon, 21, Chiefland, larceny grand theft. No bond.

    •July 31, Zena Bethune Baker, 52, Williston, battery. Bond $1,000.

    •Aug. 2, Kenneth Eugene Brown Sr., 46, Chiefland, battery. Bond $15,000.

    •July 28, Gerald David Browning, 34, Trenton, battery. Bond $50,000.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of July 30

    The names in bold type were arrested as part of Operation Melting Pot, see story Page 1A

    •July 25, Jason Eric Adams, 20, Inglis, failure to appear, VOP. Bond $5,000.

    •July 21, Michael Bradley Ainsworth, 23, Morriston, traffic opium or derivative. Bond 100,000.

    •July 23, Russell Paul Anderson, 47, Sardinia, Ohio, driver’s license expired. Bond $1,000.

    •July 20, Jonathan Lee Austin, 30, Archer, DUI. Bond $1,000.

  • Drug probe snags 65 arrests

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum has a message for those using and selling drugs: Quit now.

    On Monday, McCallum announced the arrest of 65 people and that his department is seeking two others on various drug charges in Operation Melting Pot.

    There are 74 cases and 135 charges against the 67 individuals named in warrants. A sheriff's office press release said investigators made 72 controlled purchases of illegal drugs from 67 different suspects. It was the largest roundup since one several years ago that netted 40 suspects.

  • EMT earns state license

    Chris Anderson was recognized for completing his EMT training and getting his state license at the Fanning Springs City Council Meeting on July 7.

    The meeting also happened to mark his five year anniversary with the Fanning Springs Fire Department.

  • Paramedics represent Levy

    Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) Paramedics Stephen Ferguson, Humberto Jimenez and Joe Brooks volunteered to represent Levy County in the Bill Shearer International Advanced Life Support (ALS) Competition at CLINCON 2015 in Orlando on July 9-10.

    This event is a challenge for critical thinking and problem solving in advanced life support skills used in the field. The LCDPS Team represented the North Florida Region well placing 15th overall out of 36 teams.  

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of July 23

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

    •July 18, Keny Alfredo Cano, 24, Cross City, operate motor vehicle W/O valid license. Bond $2,500.

    •July 15, Sarah Lynn Copeland, 21, Chiefland, operate motor vehicle W/O valid license. ROR.

    •July 14, Geoffery Edward Farnsworth, 35, Dunnellon, out of county warrant. Bond $2,660.

    •July 17, Terrence Boyd Felder, 44, Williston, grand theft 300 less than $5,000. ROR.

  • Officials mum on ongoing operation after suspect apprehended

    By Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    A three-hour standoff ended peacefully after the Marion County Sheriff's Office SWAT Unit was called onto scene, according to a spokesman with the U.S. Marshal's Office.