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Today's News

  • Memorial Day 2011
  • Teen, 15, charged in death at mud bog

    A 15-year-old New Port Richey boy is charged with manslaughter in the stabbing death of a man on Saturday at Horse Hole Creek Mud Bog near Inglis, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    Roderic L. Sparks, 24, of Crystal River, was pronounced dead at Seven Rivers Memorial Hospital in Crystal River where he was taken following an altercation at the mud pit.

    Christopher Suterlin Jr., 15, is charged with manslaughter and incarcerated at Levy County Jail. State law allows the publication of a juvenile's name when charged with a felony.

  • Pitching machines stolen from CHS

    A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons that stole three pitching machines from a locked shed at McCallum Park.

    “It’s right at $4,000 worth of equipment. That’s about two and a half years of fundraising,” said CHS sotball coach Ginger Fuller. “We were really hoping to get a batting cage, but this sort of knocks out that idea.”

  • Deputy injured in fiery crash
  • Power pilfering leads to grow house arrest

    Two people were arrested at a Chiefland home Wednesday 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.

  • Deputy seriously injured in fiery crash

    A Levy County Sheriff’s deputy is hospitalized in the intensive care unit following an accident where his patrol car struck a concrete pole on U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday.

    The car burst into flames and caused bullets in a firearm left inside to explode.

    Sheriff's Cpl. Brian Marra, 36, of Dunnellon, is hospitalized in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, according to Sheriff's Maj. Evan Sullivan. 

  • Exercising, socializing for seniors

    The sounds of country music can be heard blaring out of the Chiefland Multipurpose Senior Center on any given Friday afternoon. A dozen or more participants attend line dancing weekly at the center as they sweat to everything from the Electric Slide to the West Coast Shuffle.

  • Chiefland has short drive for scrimmage

    Chiefland travels to Bronson today for a spring scrimmage that begins at 7:30 p.m. The teams combined for 1-19 records in 2010.

    Indians coach Jim O'Neal hopes to see a vast improvement on the fumbles and penalties that were prevalent during an intrasquad scrimmage on Friday.

    "That’s what we’ll work on this week," O'Neal said. "They were not issues during practice. Those are things that happen when you turn the lights on, on a Friday."

  • Sloppy scrimmage

    Penalties, fumbles, a safety and players unsure if they’re on a certain special team made up a typical spring intrasquad scrimmage for Chiefland.

    Hundreds sprinkled the stands and lined the fence on the home side of Wayne Pridgeon Stadium on Friday for a first look at the 2011 Indians. Fans witnessed many miscues, but also got glimpses of greatness as the Gold held off a late rally by the Blue to win 29-26.

  • Scott vetoes CF Levy Campus money

    Gov Rick Scott's office has released his list of vetoed projects in the state budget and the $4.8 million appropriation for the College of Central Floria Levy Campus was on it.

    The money was for the first phase of construction on 35 acres donated to the school north of Chiefland.

    This is the second blow for the campus as Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a $14.8 million appropriation to build the campus in the 2010 budget.