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Police/Courts

  • Court Dispositions

       The following persons were sentenced, found not guilty or the case nolle pros — dropped — in the Criminal Division of the 8th Circuit Court in Levy County. The information is taken from public records. VOP means violation of probation.

  • Motorcyclist dies in U.S. 19 crash

    An Old Town man was killed after his motorcycle was rear-ended and pushed for 300 feet on U.S. Highway 19 south of Chiefland on Monday at 8 p.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
    Marvin Hancock, 58, was pronounced dead at 11:22 p.m.  

  • Court Dispositions

    The following persons were sentenced, found not guilty or the case nolle pros — dropped — in the Criminal Division of the 8th Circuit Court in Levy County. The information is taken from public records. VOP means violation of probation.
    n Santos Bautista, burglary, nolle pros.
    n Drew J. Bennett, larceny by theft between $300 and $5,000 and dealing in stolen property, 24 months probation on each, served concurrently. Must pay civil judgment and $40 restitution.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for June 16

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n June 7, Randy Edward Baggett, 52, Cedar Key, VOP, RWV.
    n June 9, Danny Dewayne Boettner, 34, Old Town, conceal information to obtain prescription. Bond $15,000.
    n June 10, James Edward Foster, 27, Chiefland, petit theft, criminal mischief, burglary of vehicle. Bond $9,000.
    n June 10, Jonathan Dwight Kirkland, 20, Chiefland, false information to law enforcement and petit larceny. Bond $2,500.
    n June 7, Dorothy Mae Raynor, 36, Williston, child abuse/neglect. Bond $20,000.

  • Cross City correctional officer jailed

     James Leslie Cassidy, a Cross City corrections officer for 24 years, drank moonshine and what followed afterward could cost his career.
    Cassidy, 43, is  charged with groping two women against their will, slashing tires on six vehicles, and while going to jail cursing and threatening to "cut ... gut ... stab" a Levy County Sheriff's deputy and kill his family, according to sheriff's arrest reports.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted — JUNE 9

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

  • Prescription drugs found on woman driving moped

     A Trenton woman was arrested near a Fanning Springs bar May 24 for driving with a suspended license, no vehicle registration and possession of narcotics without a prescription.

  • Ex-con preaches to the youth

     By ALICE DU PONT

  • Power pilfering leads to grow house arrest

    Two people were arrested at a Chiefland home on May 25 after a probe into electricity theft by Central Florida Electric Cooperative led investigators and drug agents to a marijuana grow house.
    Rafael Russinyol, 47, and Katia Calleiro-Russinyol, 61, were arrested by Levy County Drug Task Force and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents at a Northwest 127th Place home.
    The investigation found electricity had been rerouted underground in two ditches. One line led to a concrete building where the odor of marijuana was evident.

  • Weekend proves jail has revolving door for Otter Creek teen

    Some folks might say Brian Smetana, 19,  just had a bad weekend. The Otter Creek resident is in Levy County Jail after being arrested twice — once on a charge of shooting into an occupied dwelling and, the second time after being found naked in the bedroom of a 15-year-old — in less than 24 hours.