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Law and Courts

  • Man charged in toddler's death

    A Morriston man has been charged with aggravated manslaughter following the death of a toddler in November 2009.

    Kalin Halchak, 31, of NW 160th Avenue

    and Tiffany Baker, 20, of Belleview were charged Jan. 6 after two-month investigation by Marion County authorities.

    The case began Nov. 9, 2009, when detectives responded to Munroe Regional Medical Center in reference to a child who was brought in by his mother and later pronounced dead. The child’s mother, Tiffany Baker, told officials the toddler had ingested medication.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Office

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

    Rolando Perez-Melendez, 18, of Williston was charged with sexual battery Dec. 18.

    Drew Anthony Gore, 18, of Ocala was charged with burglary, grand theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carry a concealed firearm Dec. 28. Bond was $20,000.

    Jeremy Mason Arrington, 29, of Chiefland was charged with two counts larceny and burglary of a structure Jan. 1. Bond was $20,000.

  • Blair trial delayed

    The trial of former Levy County EZDA Director Pamela Williams Blair has been delayed until March 1 to allow her attorney time to recover from surgery.

    Blair, who was indicted in November 2008 along with suspended County Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker,  is accused to lying to a federal agent during a political corruption investigation.

  • Don't drink and drive

    On Dec. 31, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office will host a DUI, Driver’s License Vehicle Safety Check Point on SR 121 in the area of 250 NE 6th Blvd in the city of Williston from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

    This will be a part of a statewide effort to crack down on impaired driving over the holidays.

    Drivers are asked have their insurance, registration and driver’s license ready when entering the check point.

     

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    Yolanda Regina White, 37, of Williston was charged Dec. 21 with possession of cannabis more than 20 grams, maintaining a drug dwelling, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis with the intent to distribute. Bond was $10,000.

    Richard N. Corbin, 44, of Williston was arrested Dec. 23 with corruption by threat and resisting without violence after he was picked up on violation of probation (VOP) warrant. Bond was $4,000.

  • Criminal sentences handed down

    The following persons were sentenced, found not guilty or the case nolle pros–dropped–in the Criminal Division of the 8th Circuit Court in Levy County. The information is taken from public records.

    August: Debbie J. Barfield, 55, of Chiefland, driving with a suspended or revoked license, 90 days with credit for 17 days served; and attaching tag not assigned to vehicle, 60 days with credit for 17 days served, served concurrently. Must pay jail fund and civil judgement.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Michael R. Hammock, 42, of SE 2nd Avenue, charged on an Alachua County warrant for fraud Dec. 24.

    • Warren Rashard Frazier, 19, of NE 1st Avenue, charged with resisting without violence Dec. 22.

    • Edgar Amilcar Munoz-Coto, 25, of NE 117th Avenue charged with driving without a license Dec. 27.

  • Churches burglarized

    A Williston church was burglarized Monday night, according to Police Chief Dan Davis and the thieves were targeting money left in the church.

    The burglary is the second in as many weeks, and are part of a regional problem where houses of worship have been targeted in several jurisdictions.

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is asking all churches to revisit their security procedures to include the way they handle and store money to reduce the impact of a such a burglary at their church.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    • David H. Darling, 21, of Fanning Springs, was arrested Dec. 14 and charged with home invasion. Bond was $50,000.

    • Dytrona Lewis Harvey, 29, of Ocala, was charged Dec. 14 with three counts sale of a controlled substance and three counts possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $145,000.

    • Tavaris Linell Hill, 31, of Williston was charged with violation of probation (VOP)–DUI on Dec. 18. Bond was $10,000.

  • Robbery suspects sought

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Williston Police Depatment are investigating an armed robbery that took place Dec. 18 in East Williston.

    The victim reported that he had just been paid and then robbed at gunpoint after he gave an unknown man a ride.

    When the two arrived in the 4500 block of NE 210 Avenue, the suspect took the victim’s cell phone and made a phone call.  A short time later another black male walked out of the woods armed with a gun and robbed the victim at   gun point of an undisclosed amount of money.