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Police/Courts

  • Driver airlifted to hospital in crash

    At about noon Jan. 4, the Levy County 9-1-1 Communications Center received a call reporting a motor vehicle accident involving a rollover with entrapment of the vehicle’s driver on S.R.121, near County Line Road.

    On scene, rescue personnel found a small car on its roof resting unstable on top of a power pole that was broken in half. Members worked together to quickly stabilize the vehicle and assess all occupants of the vehicle. Air support was requested.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for January 22

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

    • Jan. 16, James Devon Baker, 49, Orlando, DWLSR, possession of drug equipment, destroying evidence. Bond $16,000.

    • Jan. 12, Rexford Lee Batten, 30, Inglis, VOP.

    • Jan. 13, Ashley Lynn Bennett, 23, Chiefland, VOP/DWLSR. Bond $10,000.

    • Jan. 13, Lindsey Jay Bruce, 71, Morriston, battery. Bond $100,000.

    • Jan. 16, Stephanie Marie Crosby, 30, Williston, DWLSR. ROR

    • Jan. 14, Marty Days Sr., 51, Williston, parole violation.

  • Drivers reminded to heed 'Move Over' law

    In 2013, there were over 130 traffic crashes in Florida that involved motorists who violated the Move Over law. Of those crashes, 81 resulted in injuries and 2 in fatalities. This month, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is reminding motorists of the state’s Move Over law.

    The Move Over law was enacted in 2002 to help protect law enforcement officers, emergency workers, and tow truck drivers when they are performing their duties along the roadside. In July 2014, the Move Over law was expanded to include sanitation and utility vehicles.

  • Third Bronson burglary suspect jailed

    The third person wanted in a string of Bronson burglaries was arrested Jan. 6 ad new burglaries were occuring int he town. 

    Philip Andrew Mosely, 20, is in the Levy County Detention Center on a $60,000 bond. He was charged with burglarizing the Bronson Public Library in 2014, as well as criminal mischief and petit theft during the same incident.

  • Williston teen dies in auto accident

    A Williston High School student was killed Monday night when the 2004 Dodge Ram he was driving left the roadway on C.R. 318 and hit a tree.

    Jonathen Joseph Stuart “Stewie” Bishop, 17, of Williston was pronounced dead on the scene by Marion County Fire Rescue Paramedic Robert Williams.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Bishop was traveling westbound on CR 318 when he steered off the road as he rounded a curve. He then traveled northwest on to the grass shoulder and the left side of the truck hit a turn arrow sign.

  • Man dies from injuries in Dec. 3 crash

    A Morriston man has died from injuries sustained in an accident on U.S. Highway 41 at County Road 326 on Dec. 3, 2014, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Edward Winslow Reeder was pronounced dead on Dec. 30, 2014. He had been transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville following the accident. His passenger, Robert Michael Howanitz, 61, sustained serious injuries and was also taken to Shands.

  • Sheriff's office warns about construction scams

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible construction scam in the Bronson area on Dec. 30.  The Suspect approached a homeowner and offered to do a paving job with “leftover” materials.  After agreeing to the offer verbally, the suspect attempted to change the price and the homeowner contacted the Sheriff’s Office. 

  • Employee recognized for service

    Logistics Technician Ronnie LeCompte, of the Levy County Department of Public Safety, was named 2014 Employee of the Year at the annual LCDPS Christmas Dinner Dec. 19.

    LeCompte, who has worked for the department since 2012, received the award by vote from his peers.

  • Bronson burglaries solved

    One man is in jail, a second suspect is being sought, and at least one other unnamed suspect is being sought as the Levy County Sheriff's Office cleans up after as many as 20 separate burglaries in the past 14 months in the Bronson area.

    Victims included churches, businesses and schools. The target was money, but other items were also taken according to Lt. Scott Tummond, spokesman for the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

  • Driver checkpoint on US 19 for New Year's Eve

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and The Florida Highway Patrol will team up for a Comprehensive Roadside Safety Check Point (CRSC) to be conducted on Wednesday, Dec. 31, beginning at 10 p.m. at 13574 N. U.S. Highway 19, Chiefland. 

    Deputies and troopers will be working to:

    1.     Deter vehicles with defective equipment from being operated on the highways;

    2.     Deter drivers without a valid driver’s license, or proper insurance and/or proper registration from operating a vehicle;