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Today's News

  • Inmate health insurance cost triples

    Imagine Levy Sheriff Bobby McCallum's surprise last week when he opened the bill for inmate health insurance and saw the premium went from $51,000 last year to $152,000.

    And that payment is due with the start of the new budget year today.

  • Accident victims identified

    A Bronson woman was killed and her teen passenger seriously injured in an one car crash on U.S. Highway 27A on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 6:43 a.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Jessica R. Perrault, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene, and her passenger, Janessa Taylor, 15, was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital. There was no update as of Thursday moring on the teen's condition, according to a FHP press release.

  • Crab Fest shooter takes plea deal

    The man who opened fire in the middle of a crowd at the 2013 Crab Fest, killing one person and wounding four others will serve a minimum 20 years in a plea deal sealed in Levy County Circuit Court on Friday.

    All of the sentences on the six charges, rqanging from 10-20 years, are to be served concurrently by Devonte Tremaine Ocasio, 23, of Ocala. He was found guilty on all charges and sentenced by 8th Judicial Circuit Senior Judge Maurice Guinta on Friday morning after several hours of negotiations between his attorneys and the State Attorney's Office.

  • Duo faces underage alcohol sales charge

    A citizen's tip that minors were able to buy alcoholic beverages sparked an investigation that has resulted in two arrests of convenience store clerks.

    The tip to the Levy County Sheriff's Office came from a parent who said they recently discovered their underage child was purchasing beer from a local convenience store.

    The Sheriff's Office contacted the State Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) which regulates sales of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

  • Man's bond on sex charges: $4 million

    A man accused of molesting acquaintances' daughters during visits to his home is facing four charges and a $4 million bond to get out of jail.

    James Lambert, 65, of Fanning Springs, was arrested on Monday, Sept. 21, by Levy County Sheriff's Cpl. Jay Crooms.

    The Sheriff's Office was contacted in August by a parent of the two children who reside outside the county, according to a sheriff's press release.

  • Watch the Levy County Commission meeting on Sept. 22

    The Chiefland has started live streaming of the Levy County Commission meetings on the Chiefland Citizen channel on Ustream and making the videos available on the Chiefland Citizen channel on You Tube. 

    And we are making it available on our website.

    Please take a moment and let us know what you think. One viewer told us he wanted pizza with his live stream. 

    Thank you for watching.

  • Suspected meth dealer arrested

    A man walking along Southeast 144th Place near Inglis on Thursday, Sept. 17 about 2:30 a.m. got a ride to a place with beds and food, but it was not his expected destination as sheriff's deputies arrested him and transported him to the Levy County jail on drug charges.

    Patrick A. Lookingbill, 28, appeared to be intoxicated and Levy County Drug Task Force deputies stopped to check on his welfare.  They conducted a pat-down search of Lookingbill for weapons and recovered a folding knife. 

  • Traffic stop nets drug arrest

    Deputies from the Levy County Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 model Ford dually truck for erratic driving after it had been spotted earlier at an inactive clandestine methamphetamine lab site.

    Deputies noticed the vehicle's driver Reinhard Bailey, 60, of Dunnellon had lye and two containers of Coleman camp fuel in plain view in the vehicle. Both substances are used in the process of illegally manufacturing methamphetamine.

  • Pedestrian on 19 suffers critical injuries in accident

    A pedestrian walking along U.S. Highway 19 south of Chiefland suffered critical injuries when he was struck by a sedan at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Oscar Ramirez, 42, of Chiefland, was transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

    According to the report by FHP Trooper M.D. Geoffroy, Ramirez was walking south along US 19 near the white edge line. The portion of U.S. 19 was not lighted.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Sept. 24

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    •Sept. 18, Alicia Ruth Anderson, 27, Beverly Hills, FTA. Bond $2,000.

    •Sept. 16, Jonah Lee Arthur, 33, Bronson, cruelty to animals. Bond $10,000.

    •Sept. 17, Reinhard Bailey, 60, Dunnellon, drug possession, possession/and or use of drug equipment. Bond $90,000.

    •Sept. 18, Kartik Kishore Bose, 58, Chiefland, give liquor to individual under 21. Bond $2,000.