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Police/Courts

  • Prank phone calls land soldier in jail

    An active-duty Army man was arrested in Chiefland Tuesday after making seven 911 calls in which he pretended to be the victim of a stabbing.

    Twenty-two-year-old Alexander Leroy Shelton, Fort Riley, Kan., first called 911 at 1:33 a.m., but he would not tell the Levy County Sheriff's Department where he was, a report from the Sheriff's Office said.

    Officials said Shelton, calling from a cellular phone, claimed to be being stabbed in the neck by a black man.

    He hung up, but called back minutes later with a low and gurgling voice, authorities said.

  • Pot grower nabbed at motel

    Some of the guests at the Bronson Motel have been there so long they have their own houseplants.

    The management doesn't care, unless those plants happen to be of the illegal variety.

    Thomas Clayton Delaino, a 20-year-old resident at the Bronson Motel, was arrested Monday morning after local authorities discovered a batch of marijuana growing in his room.

    According to a report from the Levy County Sheriff's Department, Delaino was found to have 10 of the illegal plants growing in his bathroom under grow lights.

  • Sheriff's Arrests

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

    Eddie Lee Strong, 30, of Bronson, conservation animals, causing cruel death, tormenting/mutiliating to death. Bond $15,000.

    Karon Creal, 39, of Bronson, two counts domestic battery. Bond $7,000.

    John Theodore Creel, 42, of Bronson, aggravated assault with a firearm. Bond $2,500.

    Theresa Peterson, 44, of Inglis, disorderly intoxication. Bond $1,000.

    Sandra Kay Vecchio, 46, of Lake Worth, DUI. Bond $2,500.

  • Man nabbed after home invasion

    A man was arrested Monday after kicking in the front door and illegally entering a Chiefland house, police said.

    In a Monday night interview, Police Chief Robert Douglas said 24-year-old Tristan Vashuan Stokes, Chiefland, was arrested in connection with a home-invasion burglary at the home of Cindy Reyes at 25 S.E. 4th St.

    According to Douglas, Reyes' 15-year-old daughter Sabrina was the only one home when the incident occurred earlier that day

    "I was in my room when I heard a bang on the door...he was in the house," Sabrina said later in a phone interview.

  • Clerk arrested for selling drugs

    A Williston convenience store clerk was arrested last week for selling drugs from his place of business.

    Illahi Waqas, 27, of Williston was charged with two counts trafficking in a controlled substance, three counts sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, three counts resisting with violence and possession of cannabis/less than 20 grams.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    Deputies with the Levy County Sheriff's Office and other officers recently arrested the following people. Suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    _ Warren Frazier, 17, Gainesville, unarmed burglary with person inside, petit larceny. Bond $30,000.

    _ Dakorian Frazier, 16, Gainesville, unarmed burglary with person inside, petit larceny. Bond $11,000.

    _ Billy K. Swinford, 42, Inglis, driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond $5,000.

    _ Jimmy D. Lance, 36, Reagan, Tenn., possession of more than 20 grams cannabis. Bond $10,000.

  • Sting lands 24 in jail

    BRONSON - Back many moons ago, there was a cartoon series called "Superfriends" where crimefighters like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman joined hands to battle evil.

    In a similar vein, the Levy County Sheriff's Department along with the Chiefland Police Department, the Dixie County Sheriff's Department and state and federal agencies joined forces to crack down on a major cocaine infestation.

    Details of the law enforcement effort were revealed at a press conference on Friday, April 18, at the Levy Sheriff's headquarters in Bronson

  • Two arrested in pot bust

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office-Chiefland Police Department Drug Task Force found more than it bargained for April 17 while attempting to serve an arrest warrant for a probation violation.

    When the task force arrived at 5511 N.E. 139 Terrace, Williston, they detected a strong odor of marijuana inside the residence. Agent Rob Bowers obtained a search warrant and upon its execution discovered an indoor grow house.

  • Sheriff's Repots

    Deputies with the Levy County Sheriff's Office and other officers recently arrested the following people. Suspects are presumed innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.

    Tiffany M. May, 25, of Williston was charged with two counts domestic battery. Bond $5,000.

    Jamie L. King, 27, of Bronson was charged with domestic battery. Bond $5,000.

    Sheena Marie Deenmark, 23, of Bronson was charged with one count domestic battery and one count battery. Bond $7,000.

  • Two raids lead to eight suspects' arrests in Fanning Springs and Chiefland

    BRONSON - A search warrant served at a Fanning Springs residence on recently netted eight people suspected of drug crimes on April 2.

    A subsequent raid in Chiefland on April 3 resulted in the arrest of another suspect, more cocaine, more cash and an assault rifle, according to Lt. Sullivan of the Levy County Sheriff's Office.