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Police/Courts

  • Man arrested on burglary charges

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has arrested David Michael Smith, 26, on burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property charges in connection with a break-in at a residence in Bronson on Oct. 3 and are investigating him in connection with eight other residential burglaries he admitted, according to a sheriff's office press release.

    The victim reported that an unknown suspect had removed copper wire from the walls and appliances at his home. 

  • Task force paying off

       Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum, left, presented the City of Chiefland with a check for more than $19,000 monday night.

       The money was from drug forfeitures from four cases handled by the Levy County Joint Drug Task Force.

       McCallum, standing next to Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas, said he was pleased to bring the money to the city and thanked Chiefland for partcipating in the task force.

  • Otter Creek crash injures two

    Two people were sent to Gainesville for medical treatment after two vehicles collided shortly after noon Saturday, Oct. 11, near Hershel's Store I - Otter Creek, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and State Road 24, according to official reports.

    Donna Jones Ruffner, 64, and Theodore A. Fosgreen 65, both of Tallahassee sustained minor injuries. The occupants of the other vehicle Mathew Ryan Reams and Rebecca B. Garrison, both of Ocala, were not injured.

  • Vehicle rollover

    No one was injured when a truck towing a trailer with another vehicle on it rolled over at the intersection of County Road 326 and U.S. Highway 27 at 3:54 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10. Responding to the crash were the Levy County Department of Public Safety Station 11 in Morriston and Rescue 10 in Williston, the Levy County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Highway Patrol. The full-size pickup truck was in the westbound ditch.

  • Crash on SR121 sends one to Shands

    One person was transported to Gainesville for medical treatment following a two-car crash on State Road 121 north of County Road 331A at 2:43 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, according to a Levy County Department of Safety press release.

    The drivers involved in the accident sustained minor injuries, but one, Ha Young Hahn, 21, of Gainesville, was transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville by the LCDPS.

  • Sheriff's Report for October 16

    The Levy County Sheriff reports the following arrests:

    • Oct. 13, Tamara Brown, 52, Old Town, VOP, petit theft, two counts dealing in stolen property.

    • Oct. 11, Kimberly Delores Downing, 25, Cross City, VOP.

    • Oct. 7, John Hennessey, 23, Newberry, producing marijuana, arson, aggravated battery, two counts selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of a place of worship.

    • Oct. 11, Eric Len Henry, 24, Williston, out of county warrant.

    • Oct. 10, Matthew Carl Huston, 26, Chiefland, DWLS.

  • One dead, one injured in Friday accident

    A Keystone Heights woman died and a man suffered critical injuries when the car they were in left County Road 341 and traveled off the road until the driver's side hit a tree on Friday at about 1 p.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

    Victoria Annette Beasley, 22, of Keystone Heights died and Daniel Ernest Butler Jr., 38, of Hawthorne, was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville for treatment.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for October 9

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

    • Sept. 29. McRobert Conrad Alphonse, 47, Archer, abandonment of an animal. ROR

    • Oct. 4, Kim Marie Bouterie, 47, Brooksville, burglary with assault or battery. Bond $15,000.

    • Sept. 29, Ehren Michael Brown, 36, Williston, out of county warrant. Bond $2,160.

    • Oct. 1, Leland Donald Deighton, 20, Old Town, failure to register motor vehicle. ROR.

    • Oct. 3, Margaret Marie Draper, 52, Old Town, petit theft, fraud. Bond $3,500.

  • 8 deaths in murder-suicide in Bell

    It's probably more than anyone in Bell, population 400, could imagine happening — eight people, six of them children, shot to death in a murder suicide. But Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert "Bobby" Schultz III said while the children of the community will be devastated by the news, the community will pull through. 

  • Otter Creek man loses appeal on gun charge

    The 1st District Court of Appeals agreed with felon Allen S. Kraay's argument that a Levy County judge's reasoning for not dismissing a charge of being a felon in possession of a gun was flawed, but the judge's ruling was also correct and Kraay's conviction and three-year sentence stands.