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Police/Courts

  • Florida Highway Patrol seeks help in hit-and-run crash

    The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the public's assistance in solving a hit-and-run crash that occurred on Friday, Sept. 25, at approximately 8:40 p.m. when a vehicle collided with a motorcyclist on U.S. Highway 27A and left the scene.

    Daniel A. Montalbano, 36, of Bronson, was westbound in the left lane of US 27A when an unidentified vehicle traveling south on Wilson Avenue turned left onto US 27 into Montalbano's path.

    Montalbano was unable to avoid a collision striking the rear of the vehicle.

  • Duo faces underage alcohol sales charge

    A citizen's tip that minors were able to buy alcoholic beverages sparked an investigation that has resulted in two arrests of convenience store clerks.

    The tip to the Levy County Sheriff's Office came from a parent who said they recently discovered their underage child was purchasing beer from a local convenience store.

    The Sheriff's Office contacted the State Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) which regulates sales of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

  • Man's bond on sex charges: $4 million

    A man accused of molesting acquaintances' daughters during visits to his home is facing four charges and a $4 million bond to get out of jail.

    James Lambert, 65, of Fanning Springs, was arrested on Monday, Sept. 21, by Levy County Sheriff's Cpl. Jay Crooms.

    The Sheriff's Office was contacted in August by a parent of the two children who reside outside the county, according to a sheriff's press release.

  • Suspected meth dealer arrested

    A man walking along Southeast 144th Place near Inglis on Thursday, Sept. 17 about 2:30 a.m. got a ride to a place with beds and food, but it was not his expected destination as sheriff's deputies arrested him and transported him to the Levy County jail on drug charges.

    Patrick A. Lookingbill, 28, appeared to be intoxicated and Levy County Drug Task Force deputies stopped to check on his welfare.  They conducted a pat-down search of Lookingbill for weapons and recovered a folding knife. 

  • Traffic stop nets drug arrest

    Deputies from the Levy County Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 model Ford dually truck for erratic driving after it had been spotted earlier at an inactive clandestine methamphetamine lab site.

    Deputies noticed the vehicle's driver Reinhard Bailey, 60, of Dunnellon had lye and two containers of Coleman camp fuel in plain view in the vehicle. Both substances are used in the process of illegally manufacturing methamphetamine.

  • Pedestrian on 19 suffers critical injuries in accident

    A pedestrian walking along U.S. Highway 19 south of Chiefland suffered critical injuries when he was struck by a sedan at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Oscar Ramirez, 42, of Chiefland, was transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

    According to the report by FHP Trooper M.D. Geoffroy, Ramirez was walking south along US 19 near the white edge line. The portion of U.S. 19 was not lighted.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Sept. 24

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

    •Sept. 18, Alicia Ruth Anderson, 27, Beverly Hills, FTA. Bond $2,000.

    •Sept. 16, Jonah Lee Arthur, 33, Bronson, cruelty to animals. Bond $10,000.

    •Sept. 17, Reinhard Bailey, 60, Dunnellon, drug possession, possession/and or use of drug equipment. Bond $90,000.

    •Sept. 18, Kartik Kishore Bose, 58, Chiefland, give liquor to individual under 21. Bond $2,000.

  • Pedestrian hospitalized after being hit by car

    A pedestrian walking along U.S. Highway 19 south of Chiefland suffered critical injuries when he was struck by a sedan at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Oscar Ramirez, 42, of Chiefland, was transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

    According to the report by FHP Trooper M.D. Geoffroy, Ramirez was walking south along US 19 near the white edge line. The portion of U.S. 19 was not lighted.

  • Sheriff's office wants your old prescription

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office in partnership with the Levy County Prevention Coalition and the Williston Police Department, will be participating in the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency's National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative.

    This year's event will be on Saturday Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sheriff's deputies will be present to accept all medications. There will be four collection sites available in Levy county. They are:

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Sept. 17

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

    •Sept. 8, Shelley Kay Andrews, 39, Chiefland, DWLSR, possession of marijuana. Bond $1,000.

    •Sept. 7, Joel Ray Anzualda Sr., 28, Immokalee, operate motor vehicle W/O valid license.

    •Sept. 13, Zachary David Armlin, 21, Chiefland, two counts child abuse.

    •Sept. 8, Terry Lee Arnold, 42, Inglis, FTA, RW/OV. Bond $30,000.

    •Sept. 19, Otis Ray Bean, 53, Inglis, conditional release violation. Bond $100,000.