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Police/Courts

  • Sex crime charge dropped against alleged bank robber

    BRONSON - A charge of attempted sexual battery was dropped against a 23-year-old Newberry man who remains in jail accused of robbing a bank, according to records.

    Joshua Kane O'Hara was arrested Nov. 9 for attempted sexual battery when he surrendered himself to authorities at the Levy County Sheriff's Office in Bronson, according to records.

    LCSO spokesman Lt. Evan Sullivan said the attempted rape charge was dropped due to a lack of cooperation from the alleged victim.

  • November felony convictions listed

    BRONSON - The following people were convicted of felonies in Levy County Circuit Court during the month of November.

    These names have been provided to the Levy County Supervisor of Elections. Convicted felons are not allowed to vote in Florida or to possess a firearm until their civil rights are restored for those purposes.

    * Michael P. Alumbaugh, 46, of Bronson, possession of marijuana, producing marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver.

    * Adam Bergdoll, 19, of Hernando, larceny.

  • Boy busted for bringing guns to school

    BRONSON - John H. Peyregne, 17, of Cedar Key was arrested Nov. 26 for possession of a firearm on school grounds. Cedar Key Chief Bubba Castell contacted School Resource Officer Sean McMullen, who recovered a loaded 30.06 caliber rifle, a .22 caliber rifle and a shotgun. It is a felony to possess a firearm on school grounds.

    The police chief previously warned the student not to bring firearms to school, but the young man told the chief he thought that since it was after school hours, it was permitted. He was at a school event at the time - about 5:45 p.m.

  • Car stolen at knifepoint from Chiefland

    An unknown assailant committed armed carjacking, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and theft of a motor vehicle, according to a Chiefland Police Department incident report by CPD Officer Ken Hutson.

    Gregory L. Meitinger, 50, of Chiefland had allowed Darrin Keith Bracewell Jr., 19, of Gainesville to use Meitinger's blue 1992 Toyota Corolla, the officer reported.

  • Sheriff's Report

    Officers with the Levy County Sheriff's Office recently arrested the following people. All people charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proved guilty in court.

    * Lisa Marie Collins, 20, of Williston was arrested Nov. 9 for domestic battery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Bond $5,000.

    * Jarvis D. Penny, 22, of Williston was arrested Nov. 9 for domestic battery. Bond $2,500.

  • Quarterback Club offers $250 reward for CHS burglar

    A Nov. 4 break-in at Chiefland High School included the removal of two football jerseys, a CHS football playbook, two dual DVD VCRs, three camcorders, and a Dell computer and monitor, according to Chiefland Police Det. Sgt. Chris Barwick.

    The Quarterback Club, CPD Chief Robert Douglas said, is offering a $250 reward to the person who leads police to arrest one or more suspects in this burglary. The two jerseys taken were Number 1 and Number 9.

  • Weekly arrests listed by Levy County Sheriff's Office

    The following people recently were arrested by members of the Levy County Sheriff's Office as suspects in crimes, according to records provided by the LCSO.

    All people are presumed innocent of crimes until they are proved to be guilty in court.

    * John Edward Blair Jr., 41, of Newberry was arrested on an Alachua County warrant on Nov. 7 for dealing in stolen property. No bond.

    * Gerald R. Coleman, 37, of Williston was arrested Nov. 5 for aggravated battery and obstruction of justice. Bond $17,500.

  • Suspected drug dealer is busted

    BRONSON - A four-month investigation by the Levy County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force ended Nov. 7 with the arrest of a 39-year-old man in Morriston, according to Lt. Evan Sullivan, LCSO spokesman.

    After executing a search warrant, deputies seized three pistols, jewelry, more than $13,600 worth of drugs, three pistols, assorted jewelry and $589 in cash, Sullivan said.

    The LCSO Drug Task Force arrested Christopher Michael Cittadini on 25 felony charges and two misdemeanor charges, Sullivan said.

  • Runaway boy causes schools to lockdown in Bronson

    BRONSON -- A 15-year-old Bronson High School student ran away from home early on the morning of Nov. 8 and he took weapons from the residence, according to Lt. Evan Sullivan, public information officer with the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    Although there were no threats to students or school faculty, the LCSO placed all Bronson schools in a state of "lockdown."

  • Sexual predator will live in Bronson

    On Nov. 2 Bobby J. Waters, 24, a convicted sexual predator from Putnam County, registered with the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    Waters was convicted on March 19, 2004 in Putnam County for lewd and lascivious molestation on a child less than 12 years of age.

    Waters was sentenced to five years in prison in 2004 and he was released on Nov. 1.

    Waters registered with the Levy County Sheriff?s Office on Nov. 2, indicating that he will be residing at 11831 NE 85th Terrace, Bronson.

    He is on probation until March 12, 2111.