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Law and Courts

  • Crime is up in Levy County

    Gov. Rick Scott may be crowing about Florida having its  lowest crime rate in 30 years in 2010 with a drop of 6.6 percent, but Levy County experienced a 4.1 percent increase in crime.

    The numbers released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Monday come from crime report information submitted by local law enforcement agencies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

    According to the report:

    • Population went from an estimated 40,674 residents to 41,451 in 2010

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report 5-12-2011

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

    • May 8, Valrize Latrice Bristol, 31, Dunnellon, DUI, DWLSR, leaving scene of accident with personal injury. Bond $46,000.

    • May 6, Jeffery Blake Browning, 52, Dunnellon, RWV, disorderly intoxication and corruption by threat against a public servant. Bond $21,000.

    • May 3, James Stevenson Ellerby, 45, Chiefland, aggravated assault. Bond $50,000.

    • Miranda Lee McClain, 19, Bronson, VOP retail theft. Bond $5,000.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports for May 5, 2011

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

    April 28, Duncan Ryan Anderson, 21, Williston, VOP burglary and VOP grand theft.

    April 27, Larry Robertson Andrews, 46, Trenton, DUI. Bond $5,000.

    April 27, Gary Ryan Booth, 26, Pensacola, possession of controlled substance. Bond $5,000.

    April 27, Christopher Nicholas Britt, 24, Pensacola, two counts possession of controlled substance. Bond $15,000.

  • Sheriff adds two dispatchers

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, which has been trying to find money to hire more dispatchers for its busy communications center found the answer next door at the jail.
    Maj. Evan Sullivan, head of law enforcement, requested and received unanimous approval to move $41,157.18 from the jail budget to the dispatch budget during Tuesday’s regular County Commission meeting.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports-April 28

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    • April 21, Richard Demond Addison, 24, Archer, housed for Alachua County–possession of cocaine, attempted murder/robbery.
    • April 19,  Paul Edward Brady, 37, St. Pete Beach, DWLSR habitual. Bond $2,000.
    • April 18, Jerry Thomas Brissenden, 49, Crystal River, DWLSR and DUI. Bond $50,000.
    • April 18, Richard Squire Brock, 51, Trenton, domestic battery, aggravated domestic assault. Bond $260,000.

  • Teen arrested after running wild in Bronson

       A 15-year-old is accused of stealing two cars, taking gas from a third, and nearly hitting a Levy County patrol deputy head-on during a car and foot chase Wednesday morning, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.

    Cody Thatcher, 15, is charged with grand theft, accused of taking a car in Clay county on Monday and later abandoning it in the Bronson Middle/High School parking lot.

  • Drugs, guns $100,000 land 'Jane Doe' in jail

    A woman who claims to not understand English or Spanish and was in a home with drugs, guns and over $100,000 in money has been jailed as a "Jane Doe," according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
     The arrest came after deputies and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents did a "knock and talk" at a home on Southeast 80th Street in Morriston. A woman answered the door and officers detected the odor of marijuana.

  • WPD wants your drugs

    The Williston Police Department will be participating in the National Prescription Take Back Day on April 30. 

    An officer will be standing by in the parking lot of the Police Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday, April 30 to assist in the collection of unwanted, outdated or excess prescription drugs. 

    Citizens can dispose of their unwanted prescriptions legally and safely with anonymity and without documentation. 

  • Levy County Sheriffs Reports

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

    April 15, Deana Michelle Anderson, 29, Cedar Key, VOP forgery, VOP passing forged instrument and VOP grand theft. Bond $25,000.

    April 16, Miranda Jo Armitage, 31, Bronson, DWLSR.

    April 16, Mariano Francis Bonilla-Perez, 27, DWLSR times four. 

    April 14, Lacrisha Mae Bills, 19, Bronson, possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond $500.

    April 16, Amy Lynn Combs, 29, Fanning Springs, petit theft.

  • One killed in four-car collision

    A four-vehicle accident April 12 that involved seven people resulted in the death of one person.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on US Alt 27 at NE 100 Court, approximately a mile east of Bronson around 9:47 p.m.

    The 16-year-old juvenile driver of a 2005 Toyota was traveling north across the westbound lane of US 27A, the report says, and a motorcycle was traveling west on US 27A in the outside lane.