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Police/Courts

  • Lawmaker promotes early release for inmates

    By LES COLEMAN
    Florida News Connection

    Clearing Florida's bulging prison population is the topic of the state House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. The debate is about HB177, a bill to provide early release for non-violent drug offenders who are currently clogging prisons and crimping the state's budget. Rep. Ari Porth (D-Coral Springs) introduced it.
    "In the language in the bill, you have to serve 50 percent of your sentence before being reconsidered for re-entry."

  • Williston man arrested in jury tampering

    A Williston man who tried to persuade a juror to vote not guilty for his friend on trial for drug charges is now sitting in the Levy County jail under a $250,000 bond.
    Robert Earl Patterson, 38, was arrested on Oct. 27 and charged with tampering with a juror after the juror told deputies Patterson came to her home and left his cell phone number for her to call. When the juror's mother called the phone number Patterson asked that the juror vote not guilty in the trial of Hermie McClendon and offered to buy her dinner and pay her.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for Oct. 20

    The Levy County Sheriff  Office reports the following arrests:
    n July 18, Jack Smith Jr., 41, DUI alcohol or drugs.
    n Oct. 10, Kenneth Purdom, 22, High Springs,  two out of county warrants.
    n Oct. 14, Samuel Scott Deloach, 40, disorderly intoxication in public place causing disturbance. Bond $1,000.
    n Oct. 14, Kathryn Jane Shroka, 25, two out of county warrants. Bond $12,000.
    n Oct. 15, Rachael Lynn Gilbert, 38, Gainesville, DUI alcohol or drugs. Bond $5,000.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for Oct. 13

    The following information was taken from Levy County Sheriff's Office arrest reports:
    n Oct. 7, Eddie Gene Barley, 67, Orlando, VOP.
    n Oct. 3, Joseph Barr, 30, Chiefland, battery. Bond $30,000.
    n Oct. 5, Jerald Samuel Billups, 35, Inglis, trespassing. Bond $2,000.
    n Oct. 3, Joseph Boleman, 28, Morriston, schedule marijuana. Bond $25,000.
    n Oct. 9, Howard Eugene Brown, 48, two counts battery. Bond $30,000.

  • CORRECTION

    Due to an error by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office the Chiefland Citizen on Sept. 8 incorrectly reported the charges against Donna Murphy. She was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and domestic battery.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for Oct. 6

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n Sept. 29, Terry Lee Arnold, 38, Inglis, DWLSR. Bond $1,000.
    n Sept. 26, Beverly Sue Bellomy, 44, Williston, obstruction w/o violence.
    n Sept. 28, Christopher Lee Brunelle, 20, Williston, petit theft, damage to property. Bond $35,000.
    n Sept. 26, Fredrick Alvin Charles, 33, Inglis, DWLSR. Bond $500.
    n Sept. 27, Terrel Eugene Dexter, 48, Lakeland, non support of children or spouse. Bond $750.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for September 29

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n Sept. 25, Jerry Lee Allen, 29, Trenton, aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability. Bond $40,000.
    n Sept. 24, Francisco Penilla-Alvarez, 29, Williston, operating motor vehicle without a license. Bond $5,000.
    n Sept. 23, Chastity Falia Anderson, 34, Williston, VOP.
    n Sept. 25, Michael Arthur Chase, 20, Gainesville, battery.
    Sept. 25, Gary Mason Clark, 32, Chiefland, VOP.

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for September 22

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Department reports the following arrests:
    n  Sept. 12, Jeffrey Steven Baggett, 36, Bronson, VOP.
    n  Sept. 16, Jessica Danielle Barlow, 23, Gainesville, FTA.
    n  Sept. 16, Walter Alexander Burns, 40, Chiefland, trespassing. Bond $2,500.
    n  Sept. 13, Everett Troy Crawford, 46, Chiefland, VOP.
    n  Sept. 12, James Russell Crawford, 22, Old Town, petit theft. Bond $1,000.
    n  Sept. 12, Libbi Rose Eilola, 27, Inglis, three VOP.

  • Car chase ends in murder suspect's arrest

    Wednesday evening's rush hour took on new meaning as a murder suspect tore through downtown Williston, running vehicles off the road, hitting speeds of up to 100 mph and going the wrong way up Highway 27,  all the while leading about 20 law enforcement vehicles.

  • Robbery at Tackle Box in Fanning Springs

    A Saturday robbery at the Tackle Box in Fanning Springs might have a clerk questioning the cost of good customer service.
    The clerk, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office, had just locked the front door to tend to business in the back of the store when he heard someone at the front door. He let the man in and went around the counter to serve him.