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Williston police reports

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By The Staff

A Williston woman has been charged with grand theft after she allegedly stole money while on the job as a cashier at Sparr Lumber.

Kelly Jo Claflin, 20, of Northeast 84th Street, Williston, was charged by Investigator James Bond of the Williston Police Department after interviews with store personnel.

Originally, according to the report, she tried to implicate a co-worker, but records showed that the co-worker was not on duty when the transactions, which involved getting money from the register for returns that did not exist.

She allegedly said she took the money to help a friend who was having problems at home with finances. The friend was not identified.

Other arrests announced by police:

Matthew Lee Grigg, 22, of Bradenton, and Robert Eric Smotherman were charged with felony possession of cannabis and felony possession of prescription pills after their vehicle was stopped by Officer David Deonarine for making an illegal u-turn at West Noble Avenue and Seventh Street. A K-9 unit alerted officers to the possibility of the presence of drugs.

Timothy T. Davis, 41, listed as homeless, was charged with misdemeanor assault (threat) on medical staff and disorderly conduct by Cpl. Fred A. Morris and Officer Deonarine after he had to be subdued at the emergency room at Nature Coast Hospital. He was also issued a trespass warning.

Jason Christopher Merrick, 25, of Belleview, was charged with driving while license suspended or revoked after being stopped by Deonarine for speeding.

Travis John Henry, 21, of Northeast 40th Place, Williston, was charged with driving with a license that had been cancelled for failure to complete a traffic collision course. He was stopped by Deonarine for failure to move over while another vehicle was being stopped by police.

Christopher DeRosa, 47, was charged with traffic violations for failure to stop exiting a parking lot and open container violation, and with driving while under the influence and driving with his license suspended three times. Cpl. Charles W. Strachan had observed him fail to stop while leaving the Winn-Dixie parking lot onto Seventh Street, and then saw his vehicle fail to maintain a straight line while driving down the street. The original complaint was called in by someone who had seen him at a bank ATM.