Today's News

  • Suspects arrested in connection with Williston homicide

    By Lt. Scott Tummond

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) has made two arrests in connection with the home invasion homicide that occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 4, in Williston.

    Homicide victim James Patterson and shooting victim Ramon Patterson were confronted by armed suspects who opened fire inside the home that night.

    On Tuesday, CID investigators executed two simultaneous search warrants in the Lincoln Heights subdivision off of County Road 318 in east Williston. As a result of these search warrants, multiple people were interviewed and two juveniles have been arrested.

    Jalen Keyshawn Days, 18, and Andrew Lee Robinson, 17, were taken into custody and have been charged with first degree murder, home invasion robbery with a firearm, and aggravated battery with a firearm.

    Both have been booked into the Levy County Detention Facility and will be transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Gainesville later today.

  • June home sales look good

    DGL Board of Realtors

    A large white house with black shutters made its way south on NE 80th Avenue Tuesday, Aug. 1, near the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, causing people to make double takes.

    The home was built in 1958 by Linus Sache of Chiefland. Sache was Donna Shipp’s uncle, brother to Shipp’s mother Muzeta Sache Wilkerson. Upon Linus Sache’s death, Wilkerson purchased the home and moved it across a pasture to her 10 acres. When she died, Donna and her husband, Danny, bought the house and moved it to Bronson in January 1990.

    The remodeled house with added porches, the house sat on five acres for 27 years. After acquiring 30 acres in Levyville, and loving the white house, the Shipp’s decided to move their house instead of building another one.

  • IFAS ‘science’ protects lawns, not springs

    By Bob Palmer, Florida Springs Institute

    For five years, researchers from UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have presented highly flawed recommendations to city and county commissions all over the state. Many commissions concluded that IFAS’s advice constituted “sound science” and voted accordingly, ignoring contradictory evidence from concerned citizens deemed less “scientific” than IFAS. However, it’s now apparent that IFAS’s positions are closer to junk science than sound science. And sadly, the upshot of heeding IFAS’s advice has been further degradation of already impaired springs, rivers, and estuaries.

    The issue is lawn fertilizers, the stuff we spread in our pursuit of perfect greenness. Nitrogen fertilizers may help grass grow, but they also bleed into the environment, threatening our waterways with unwanted pollution and algal gunk.

  • LCSO arrests 3 in first drug sweep

    By SCOTT TUMMOND, LCSO Media Relations

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force and Uniformed Patrol Division conducted a targeted drug enforcement operation Thursday, Aug. 3, in the Rosewood/Cedar Key area which began Wednesday evening and continued into Thursday morning.

    Citizens who reside in these areas of the county have filed complaints of recent drug activity in their neighborhoods and Sheriff Bobby McCallum answered their call.

    Early Wednesday afternoon, K-9 Sergeant K. Kinik conducted a traffic stop in Rosewood and with the assistance of his K-9 partner Zombie located marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

    The driver was issued a notice to appear in court for both misdemeanor violations and released at the scene.

    Shortly afterward, DTF investigators made a traffic stop on SR 24. DTF investigators arrested Chad Hammock (2-21-78) of Cedar Key for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; and Heather Woods (8-13-91) of Cedar Key for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Six more caught in second sweep

    By SCOTT TUMMOND, LCSO Media Relations

    On Saturday evening, Aug. 5, and into Sunday, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and Uniformed Patrol Division continued high intensity narcotic interdiction in the Cedar Key/Rosewood area. K-9 Supervisor Sgt. Kevin Kinik with his partner, Zombie, and Deputy Gary Garboski with his partner, Molly, along with multiple patrol deputies made six additional arrests Saturday and Sunday in the sheriff office’s continued drug interdiction efforts.

    Shaune Cherry (10/08/81), of Cedar Key, was arrested for possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sgt. Kinik conducted a traffic stop at the Dollar General in Rosewood and found Cherry to be in possession of three grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $15,000.

    Robert Cherry (01/09/99), of North Carolina, was arrested for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Sgt. Kinik conducted a traffic stop in front of Robinson’s Seafood.

    Deputy Garboski, with his K-9 partner, Molly, discovered marijuana in the vehicle. His bond was set at $1,000. 

  • Chamber gets lesson on computer security

    Never open an email from an unknown sender to prevent successful phishing expeditions on computers.

    That’s the best piece of advice Miranda Hudson and Justin Schmitz offered members of the Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce Friday during the monthly meeting at Haven Hospice. Once an email containing a virus or malicious software (malware), then the sender can take over the recipient’s computer.

  • CMHS football players put in service

    The Chiefland Middle High School football team kicked off football practice this week in style.

    The Indians celebrated the occasion with a Midnight Madness Monday morning, the first official day schools were allowed to hold practice in Florida.

    On Tuesday morning, football players put in community service hours at CMHS, helping landscape the grounds in front of the school.

    The players practiced under the lights Monday and spent the night at the school, later shooting hoops in the gym and playing video games in the new players’ lounge.

  • School millage rate falls as property values rise

    The rise in total property value in Levy County has led to a drop in the tentative millage rate just passed by the School Board of Levy County.

    The SBLC on Monday voted to adopt the tentative millage at the rollback rate, which is the rate required to collect roughly the same amount of revenue as the previous fiscal year.

  • Walker seeks help for Levy Arc

    By Rebecca Gallagher, Citizen Correspondent

    “Ms. Betty” Walker spoke to the Chiefland Rotary Club Wednesday, July 26, as executive director of Levy County Arc to ask for “help.” Walker is also mayor of Chiefland.

    The Levy County Arc is a chapter of The Arc, the largest community-based national organization advocating for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD).

  • Epic turnout for end-of-summer bash

    Near 1,000 parents and children went to the First United Methodist Church Saturday for school supplies to get students ready for the first day of school Aug. 10.

    Parents who took advantage of the free school supplies saved families an estimated $30 to $50 for elementary students, not counting clothes.

    It was the 6th Annual Epic End of Summer Bash to help families get ready for school. The church gave away 650 backpacks filled with school necessities. There was no income test, everyone was welcome.