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Police/Courts

  • Sheriff's Report and Most Wanted for August 2

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Department reports the following arrests:
    n July 25, Jonathan Michael Beree, 40, Cedar Key, out of county warrant. Bond $10,000.
    n July 26, Christina Danielle Boyd, 31, Gainesville, out of county warrant.
    n July 29, Issac Butler, 56, Chiefland, DUI. Bond $5,000.
    n July 29, William Edward Carter Jr., 38, Williston. Bond $5,000.
    n July 25, Christopher Lynn Coup, 34, Bronson, out of county warrant.
    n July 27, Charles Leslie Delaney, 66, Chiefland, battery.

  • Accident ties up intersection

    Charges are pending in an accident on July 18 after 4 p.m. between two log trucks at the intersection of State Road 24 and U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson, according to a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman.

    Roberto Febles of Ocala was driving a 1995 International tractor hauling a pole trailer loaded with logs eastbound on SR24 when it collided with a 1995 Peterbuilt hauling an empty flatbed trailer operated by Kempton Shipman of Port Charlotte.

    Traffic was diverted into Bronson for two hours while officers investigated the accident and freed the heavyweight vehicles.

  • Chiefland man arrested in underage sex sting

    A Chiefland man was arrested Saturday by investigators with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and the Gainesville Police Department.
    Michael Shaine Smith, 24, was charged Saturday on five felony charges of obscene communication and for using a phone to commit a felony when, according to law enforcement officials, he solicited sex from investigators posing as a 14-year-old girl and her 32-year-old boyfriend.
    According Smith’s arrest report, Smith and the investigator posing as an underage girl “discussed having a sexual encounter.”

  • Sheriff's Report and Most Wanted for July 26

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Department reports the following arrests:
    n July 18, David Richard Appling, 24, Old Town, two counts FTA, four counts VOP.
    n July 20, James Bowen, 45, Inglis, burglary, grand theft. Bond $75,000.
    n July 20, Jesse James Crain, 30, Archer, two counts VOP.
    n July 20, Roger Lee Daniels, 42, Inglis, possession of drug equipment, attached registration not assigned. Bond $20,500.
    n July 17, Steven Wayne Edwards, 20, Inglis, DWLSR. Bond $500.
    n July 17, April Marie Gay, 28, Trenton, two out of county warrants.

  • Patrol sergeant named

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith has promoted Cpl. Todd Houchin to the rank of sergeant for the Patrol Division. Houchin is with Alpha Company with Lt. Perry Ott as Watch Commander.
      Houchin began his law enforcement career with the Cedar Key Police Department in February 1998. He started with the Sheriff's Office in August 1999 and was promoted to the rank of corporal in February 2003.
    Smith said Houchin has "stepped up to the plate" in a leadership role for his shift.

  • Sexual predator registers address

    Jesse J. Crain, 30,  has registered as a sexual predator with the Levy County Sheriff's Office because he is living within the county. Crain is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes his address.
      Crain was convicted in Pinellas County in 2002 for lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 12. Crain is living tat 11851 N..E 106th  Court in Archer.

  • Quick draw's first victim: himself

    A man  who was practicing his "quick draw"  at a friend's home shot himself in the leg, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Deputies said when they responded to a call about a shooting at a home on Northeast 61st Place in Bronson, they found  Robert Bishop,  62, had a single gunshot wound in the back of his right calf.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of July 19

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n July 12, James Devon Baker, 46, Morriston, two counts FTA. Bond $2,500.
    n July 10, Jose Angel Barrera, 31, Melbourne, VOP. Bond $5,000.
    n July 14, James Bowen, 45, Inglis, disorderly intoxication.
    n July 10, Jamie Lee Burton, 39, High Springs, three out of county warrants. Bond $15,000.
    n July 15, Salvador Jose Cavillo, 33, Brooker, battery. Bond $10,000.
    n July 11, Kimberly A. Childs, 49, Williston, DWLS habitual DUI. Bond $35,000.

  • Two identified in murder, suicide

    Two people who died in an apparent murder/suicide Tuesday afternoon on Northwest 168th Lane in Fanning Springs have been identified by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.
    Sheriff's deputies were called to the residence of Genoveva Magnolia Recinos Castillo, 46,  by a sobbing female juvenile who told 911 operators that someone had killed her mother.
    Based on information from neighbors and the child, officers located Arturo Ranferi Zacarias, 26, in a room of his residence across the street. Zacarias appeared to have died from self inflicted wounds.

  • Businessman arrested on tax charge

    Michael Pitts, former owner of Pitts Custom Glass, Inc., in Chiefland, faces two felony charges related to a failure to file six tax returns, and four misdemeanor charges of refusing to file returns and and pay taxes.
    Pitts, a resident of Ocala, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office. If convicted he could face up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines and repayment of investigative costs,