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Law and Courts

  • Man charged with second degree murder after wife shot

    In October Felicia Ann "Red" Fine, 22, and Charles Edwin Duke, 23, picked up a marriage license. They had been in an off and on relationship for several years.

    They returned from their honeymoon on Nov. 3 and Fine, who worked as a front desk clerk at Island House in Cedar Key, went to work the next day. Duke did not go to work.

    When she came home, the couple argued about money, alcohol and an unpaid credit card bill at their home near Southwest 95th Avenue.

  • Woman charged with fraud, grand theft

    Williston police have charged a Gainesville woman with grand theft, forgery, uttering a forged instrument and criminal use of personal information after she allegedly stole a check and credit card numbers from a Williston resident.

    Aja A. Hammonds, 26, was arrested in late October.

    According to the police report, Hammonds cashed a stolen check in the amount of $3,000 at Perkins State Bank. A surveillance tape shows her entering the bank and speaking with a teller.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    The following information is taken from public records provided by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    Jose Anival Alva, 26, of Fanning Springs, charged with indecent exposure, disorderly/intoxication. Bail was $5,000.

    Kyle Jason Arsenault, 23, of Cedar Key, charged with DUI (driving under the influence). He was released.

    William C. Cobb, 63, of Bronson, charged with two counts of domestic battery, No bond.

  • Foreclosures occupy most of judge’s civil docket

    Judge Stan Griffis stays busy presiding over cases that involve family issues, probate and other non-felony civil matters, but he says it’s the foreclosures that keep him tied up these days.

    “Foreclosures are a staggering portion of my docket,” Griffis told Williston Rotary members last week.

    Griffis, who sits on the bench in Levy, Gilchrist and Alachua counties, said for the most part the people involved in the foreclosures are good folks who have found themselves in difficult situations.

  • Williston man accused of taking radiators

    A Williston man is facing charges of burglary and grand theft after admitting to sheriff’s investigators that he took 50 radiators, valued at $2,000, from Ed’s Auto Salvage on NE 200th Ave.

    Bruce Nichols, 47, who lives near the business, was charged with two counts burglary and two counts grand theft earlier this week.

    The victim told deputies that someone entered his business Oct. 6 by scaling a six-foot fence topped with three strands of barbed wire.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff reports the following arrests:

    • Reginald Jones, 45, of Tallahassee was charged with dealing in stolen property. Bond was set at $10,000 bond.

    • Kevin D. James, 36, of Gainesville was arrested Oct. 20 and charged with Failure to Appear (FTA) sex offense violation/failure to notify of residential change. Bond was $5,000.

    • Adam Paul Wagner, 24, of Chiefland was charged Oct. 20 with larceny and burglary of a dwelling. Bond was $30,000.

  • Charges brought 18 months after high speed chase

    Eighteen months after he led deputies on a high speed chase, Stephen Michael Troy was charged in the incident.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Troy, 30, of NW 160 Ave., Williston, allegedly stole a vehicle March 20, 2008 and led deputies on a chase that sometimes reached speeds of 90-100 mph. Authorities say he refused to stop on SR 500 and Deputy Marshall Smith used stop sticks prior to Troy entering Chiefland.

    Troy mnanaged to evade the stop sticks and attempted to run over Smith, the sheriff’s office said.

  • Sheriff finds money for cars

    In a reversal of fortune, Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith told the Levy County Commission that on Monday he discovered he had about $450,000 left in the budget year that ended Wednesday and he spent it on 15 new patrol cars.

    At the same time, he told the commissioners who sat quietly during his announcement, that he will be returning $70,000 they put in next year's budget for repairs to the aging sheriff's patrol fleet and another $40 that was in the budget for repairs.

  • Sheriff's Report

    The following information is taken from public records supplied by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    Johnny Lee Welch, 20, of Chiefland, charged with three counts of sale of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of public housing, one count of possession of crack cocaine, two counts of possession of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of public housing. Bail is $175,000.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The following information is taken from public records provided by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    Kurtis Lorenzo Daniels, 24, of Ocala, charged with sale of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of public housing, possession of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of public housing; two counts of sale of crack cocaine, and two counts of possession of crack cocaine. Bail is $65,000.

    Karon Creal, 41, of Bronson, charged with two counts of battery on anofficer, resisting arrest without violence, resisting arrest with violence and battery. Bail is $17,500.