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Police/Courts

  • Inglis Mason Lodge lauds community heroes

       Inglis Mason Lodge No. 324 held their 2nd Inaugural Public Services Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 6, and thanked outstanding first responders for their work.

    Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) employees, Firefighter Paul Shearer and Paramedic Paul Shear received awards for their dedication to serving the citizens and visitors of Levy County. Masonic Master Richard Corcoran presented the awards noting each nominee as a hero to the community.

    Also awarded a certificate of appreciation was Levy County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Finnen.

  • Free self defense classes for women More classes to come

    With the fourth attack on a woman in the Gainesville area in recent weeks, some might be feeling the need to pay attention to how to prepare to fend off an attack.

    The Suwannee Valley R.A.D. — Rape Aggression Defense — classes might be what's needed.

    The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Women’s Physical Defense program was designed with the needs and strengths of women in mind.

  • State urges residents to keep tabs on credit

    TALLAHASSEE — In the wake of a major security breach that exposed the records of 406,694 Floridians who are clients of Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS), Attorney General Pam Bondi is urging those state residents to take advantage of free credit monitoring services.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of September 11

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

    • Sept. 1, Ranie Ronald Baker, 55, Inglis, out of county warrant. Bond $250.

    • Sept. 1, Tammy Lyn Baker, 41, Inglis, out of county warrant. Bond $250.

    • Sept. 6, Brittany Eyvonne Blacketer, 20, Chiefland, battery.

    • Sept. 4, Jeffery Alan Cowart, 42, Williston, DWLS-habitual. Bond $10,000.

    • Sept. 3, Eva Marie Crooms, 48, battery. Bond $10,000.

  • $5,000 reward offered in high-dollar theft

    A $5,000 reward has been offered in the theft of a tractor, trail bike, a Honda 500 Foreman 4-wheeler, arigging for a carriage horse, appliances, linens and utensils from a Morriston Home.

    Levy County Sheriff's Office and the resident at 11331 S.E. 21st Place in Morriston are asking for the public's help.

    The homeowner’s caretaker found the house and barn had been virtually emptied of all possessions and reported it on Aug. 22.

    Taken were:

  • Remembering Fred Oliver, Sheriff's Office volunteer

    From the Levy County Sheriff's Office:

  • Vicious dog's attack ends when shot by police

    Chiefland police shot and killed a 150-pound bull mastiff Aug. 19 inside the home of a mother and daughter who had been attacked and were being held hostage by the animal, according to police.

    After being dispatched to 207 N.W. 6th St. a little after 8 p.m., Chiefland Police Officer Justin Douglas discovered that family members had locked themselves into rooms to get away from the dog, which had bitten an 8-year-old girl in the stomach and mauled the arms of her mother when she tried to fend the dog off.

  • Court dispositions published September 4

    • Paul Lavell Alexander Jr., VOP on 2 counts of cocaine possession, probation reinstated and modified to have curfew from 7 p.m.-6 a.m. Must pay probation and VOP costs.

    • Michael Bivins, resisting officer with violence, 12 months probation. Must pay probation, $125 restitution, $100 cost of investigation. 

    • Manuel Canela, battery, adjudication withheld, 12 months probation; kidnapping, 36 months probation, served concurrently. Must pay probation cost. 

  • Sheriff's Report for the week of September 4

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

    • Aug. 26, Melba Paige Alexander, 23, Williston, non support of children or spouse. Bond $500.

    • Aug. 26, Erica Sue Allen, 36, Inglis, two counts non support of children or spouse. Bond $1,160.

    • Aug. 26, Eugene Carter, 53, Cross City, non support of children or spouse. Bond $586.

    • Aug. 25, Tammie Lee Chapin, 23, Archer, abuse without great harm to child. Bond $40,000.

  • County tests firefighters

    LCDPS conducted new hire and promotional Firefighter assessments on Saturday, July 12th.

    Current LCDPS EMS members that hold a valid Bureau of Fire Standards and Training Certificate of Compliance were eligible to test for dual certified positions with LCDPS. The assessment consisted of a 50 question written test and timed circuit drill.