Sheriff's Reports

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By Jeff M. Hardison

BRONSON - An Okeechobee man who was arrested in Alabama on four counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child and one count of interference in child custody was returned to Levy County on Feb. 21 to face those felonies, according to records.

David Lawrence Emrick was charged with these crimes from an encounter he had with a Levy County girl in late October of 2007. Emrick befriended the victim through text messaging and he persuaded the victim leave her residence, the Levy County Sheriff's Office reported. They hitchhiked to Clanton, Ala., where she escaped from the man, the LCSO reported.

Emrick is a convicted sexual offender who was living in Okeechobee.

His bond was set at $150,000 on the five felonies in Levy County.

The following people also were arrested recently by the Levy County Sheriff's Office on the charges listed below. All people are presumed innocent until they are proved guilty in a court of law.

* Thomas McKnight, 44, of Bronson was arrested Feb. 18 for two counts of burglary and two counts of grand theft. Bond $10,000.

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