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Law and Courts

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Nerl Abraham Cano Cifuentes, 28, of Morriston, charged with burglary and grand theft. Bail is $10,000.

    Justin T. Hart, 21, Chiefland, charged with theft of a firearm, theft/others, three counts of dealing in stolen property, fraudulent use of credit card and possession of firearm by a felon. Bail is $45,000.

    James Robert Blacketer, 38, of Old Town, charged with keeping a gambling house and possession of coin-operated device on a warrant from Marion County. Bail is $2,500.

  • Peanut man charged with selling more than nuts

    It apparently just wasn’t peanuts he was serving up at his roadside stand.

    On Sept. 1, Joey Barrera of the Drug Task Force arrested James W. Scott, 51, of NE Hwy. 27 for selling narcotics and marijuana from his vendor booth between Williston and Bronson.

    Scott was charged with the sale of marijuana, less than 20 grams and possession of marijuana following a four-month investigation led by Agent Rob Bowers.

  • Couple refuses to cede custody despite court order

    A Williston couple who refused to comply with a court order found sheriff’s deputies at the door, ready to do whatever was necessary to enter the home.

    William Bennett, 50, and Lori Bennett, 49, of NE 153th Court were arrested Sept. 15 after they refused a court order to remove their handicapped son from the home.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    Edwin Floridan Lopez, 26, of Morriston, charged with aggravated assault and domestic battery. Bail is $7,000.

    Timothy Scott Sterling, 45, of Bronson, charged with domestic battery. Bail is $1,000.

    William Grady Fortner, 27, of Bronson, charged with domestic battery. He was released.

    Terry Lynn Herndon, 51, of Williston, charged with violation of probations (VOP) on production of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. No bond.

  • Jailed inmate charged in Morriston theft

    A 22-year-old Coconut Creek man was charged with entering a residence in Morriston and stealing a Toshiba laptop computer valued at $220.

    Michael Kerklin, who is in the Levy County Jail on unrelated burglary and grand theft charges, was charged with additional burglary and grand theft charges in the Aug. 18 incident .

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    • Michael Allan York, 50, of Yankeetown, charged with domestic battery. Bail is $3,500.

    • Michelle Lee McNeal, 21, of Bronson, charged with forgery or altered public record, passing forged or altered instrument, petit larceny – first offense. Bail is $11,000.

    • Dennis R. Cranfill, 49, of Inglis, charged with domestic battery. Bail is $3,500.

  • Woman charged with pointing shotgun at three

    For three months Valerie Melinda Campbell stewed because of something that was said about her mother. On Aug. 28, she’d had enough.

    Campbell, 28, of Bell was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after three people claimed she pulled a gun on them at NW 168th Lane, Chiefland.

    A male victim said he was asleep in his chair and awakened to find Campbell entering his home and pointing a shotgun at him.

  • Knife comes out during domestic dispute

    A case of domestic violence took a turn Sept. 1 when Doyle Smith Jr., 42, allegedly brandished a knife against his wife while she sat in the car.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, the victim told authorities that Smith wanted prescription drugs and when she refused, he hit her. She left the residence and he followed.

    The victim said he threatened both her and the property and only left when his son arrived.

  • Williston Police

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Sydney C. Frasier, 49, of NE 10th Street was arrested Sept. 1 on an Alachua County warrant.

    • Travis M. Haynes, 19, of NW Hwy. 335 was charged Aug. 27 on a failure to appear warrant for fraud/insufficient funds.

  • Shed owner charged with grand theft

    The owner of a shed where a woman lived has been charged with grand theft and stolen property.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Chad Alexander Cumbo, 25, of NE 75th Place, Bronson, was charged Sept. 3 after a tenant in his shed said she had been unable to retrieve items she left in the shed because Cumbo denied her access.

    The victim reported that a surround sound system, a mini refrigerator, jewelry and a window air conditioner valued at $2,150 was missing.