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Today's News

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for Feb. 11 - 17

    The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.

    ALACHUA COUNTY:

    Archer Road (State Road 24)  Nighttime lane closures at Southwest 40th Avenue to extend the left turn lane.

    Archer Road (State Road 24)  Nighttime lane closures Tuesday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. between Southwest 44th and 78th streets, west of Interstate 75, for paving.

  • CHS wins in District 1A-7, moves to title game

    CHS Indians boys basketball team topped Dixie HS Bears 59-49 in District 1A-7 tournament in Newberry. Plays Union County at 7 p.m. Satirday in Newberry. Details in the Feb. 16 issue of the Chiefland Citizen.

  • Find Somebody Tough

    Spirits were high at the Chiefland High School auditorium on Feb. 2. They were supposed to be. A search that captivated the town finally came to a close. The wait was over and Chiefland welcomed a great man for the job.

    But it was the second half of the introductory conference that was the most important.

    After Aron Richardson spoke and fielded questions, CHS principal Bill Tovine took the stage. 

  • Man jailed on sex charge

    Timothy Ray Fields Jr., 27, of Bronson, was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 8 on a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    Sheriff's Cpl. Mike Bell and Deputy Kevin Kink investigated the complaint from a juvenile who told them she had been raped two weeks ago in Fields' vehicle. She said she delayed reporting the crime because she was scared.
    Bell obtained a tape statement from Fields confessing to the incident.

    Fields is in Levy County Jail on a $400,000 bond.
     

  • FWC adopts new seasons for gag grouper in Gulf

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted on Wednesday, Feb. 8, to change how gag grouper is managed in Gulf of Mexico state waters (excluding Monroe County).
    The decision, which came during day two of the three-day February Commission meeting, will achieve consistency with federal management efforts while potentially providing a region-specific recreational season in four counties.

  • Get Free Financial Aid Advice at College Goal Sunday, Feb. 12

    College Goal Sunday Florida helps students and families navigate the financial aid process to gain access to higher education. It's a national program with a local event 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Big Open Lab (Building N, room 216) on the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd St., Gainesville. It is free and open to the public.

  • Levy fugitive arrested in Arizona

    The U.S. Marshals Service, working in conjunction with the Levy County Sheriff's Office, has arrested a violent Levy County fugitive that fled to Mexico in 2002, according to a LCSO press release.
    Stephen Ray Douglass, 62 was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender.  Douglass was convicted in 1989 for brutally raping a woman.  During the sexual assault, he intimidated his victim and threatened her with retaliation if the victim disclosed the crime.

  • Levy fugitive arrested in Arizona

    The U.S. Marshals Service, working in conjunction with the Levy County Sheriff's Office, has arrested a violent Levy County fugitive that fled to Mexico in 2002, according to a LCSO press release.
    Stephen Ray Douglass, 62 was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender.  Douglass was convicted in 1989 for brutally raping a woman.  During the sexual assault, he intimidated his victim and threatened her with retaliation if the victim disclosed the crime.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for Feb. 9

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n Feb. 3 Sean Aaron Aucker, 38, Williston, battery. Bond $15,000
    n Feb. 1, James Gordon Ballengee, 46, Chiefland, Bond $1,000
    n Feb, 3, David Lee Beech, 34, Chiefland, operate motor vehicle WO valid license. Bond $1,000
    n Jan. 30, Jay Carlton, 58, Chiefland, DWLSR. Bond $2,000
    n Feb. 1, Amanda Marie Crespo, 25, Williston, battery. Violation of injunction protection domestic violence. Bond $5,500

  • Sexual predator address change

    Raymond Eli Wortham, convicted in 2006 of sexual battery on a child in Duval County, has moved to Levy County from Jacksonville.
    Wortham, 37, is living at 11631 N.E. 105th Ave., Archer.
    For a complete listing of all registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County, or to search by zip code,  visit www.flde.state.fl.us and go to the sexual data base.