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Law and Courts

  • Levy County Sheriff

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

    Felix M. Quinones, 50, of Morriston, violation of community control. No bail.

    Joaquin M. Mora, 44, of Trenton, felony domestic battery. Bail is $15,000.

    Dale Michael Davis, 41, of Chiefland, writ of bodily attachment for non support with cash purge of $500; and writ of bodily attachment for non-support with cash purge of $400.

  • Sentences handed down

    The following persons were sentenced or had their cases nolle pros — dropped — in the Criminal Division of the 8th Circuit Court in Levy County. The information was taken from public records.

    • Adams, Frank Eugene, 62, County Road 337, Morriston, possession of paraphernalia, probation revoked, 60 days with credit for 52 days served. Must pay jail fund and civil judgment.

  • Officer of the Month

    Cpl. Chuck Strachan, right, was named Officer of the Month by the Williston Police Department, as it recognizes superior performers among the ranks. Strachan was singled out for his case follow up leading to an arrest, improvement to instrument test systems and professional compliance efforts. Steve McMillan, left, of Turning Point Fitness Center donated a free month membership to Strachan. Also shown is Police Chief Dan Davis.

  • Beware: Internet scams are rampant

    Computer fraud, fraudulent company checks and internal theft have dominated the action for Williston Police Officers in recent weeks. A Williston man wired $25,000 to California to purchase a boat on ebay. There is no boat, the bank account in California has been cleaned out and the suspect has disappeared. Another resident thought he had his pickup sold on Craig's List. The would-be-buyer sent a check for the truck and money to pay a transporter. The check is bad. There will be no sale. In another area case, a person expressed interest in a horse for sale on ebay.

  • Reward offered in 2007 double homicide

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons involved in a 2007 homicide in Fanning Springs.

    On Dec. 21, 2007 at 9:19 p.m., the Levy County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 9210 NW 178 Lane. The caller stated that a vehicle crashed in the McDougal Mobile Home Park and the vehicle was on fire.

  • 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 was taken from public records.

    Berryhill, Racheal, 21, Northeast 131st Terrace, Bronson, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, 18 months probation.

    Blair, Debra Ann, 50, Park Street, Inglis, possession of controlled substance with a prescription and larceny/petit between $100 and $300, nolle pros.

  • Crime down in Williston

    Crime may be on the rise but not in Williston.

    For the fourth consecutive year, total index offenses (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft) were down 29 percent in the first six months of 2009.

    The police department’s closure rate increased from 27 percent to 47 percent.

    “Having a fully staffed department has enabled us to maintain a superior response time–two minutes on average–and an excellent investigative effort,” said Chief Dan Davis, who has been with the city for 10 years.

  • Officer of the Month

    David Deonarine was named officer of the month for July by Chief of Police Dan Davis.

    Deonarine is the commander of the Police Explorers. During July, he was instrumental in several drug arrests, which led to a series of robbery investigations.

  • WPDee^offers car seat class

    The Williston Police Department will host a car seat class between 9 a.m. and noon Sept. 3 at the police department, 5 SW 1st Ave.

    Sign up today and receive a car seat at reduced-cost: $45 (infant, convertible seats and high-back boosters) or $20 (belt-positioning booster seats).

    Car seats are available for $20 to those who are government subsidized and on some kind of public assistance like WIC or Medicaid. Proof of participation will be required at time of purchase.

  • WPD gets stimulus grant

    A few more Williston police cars will soon be equipped with video cameras, thanks to a stimulus grant from the Department of Justice.

    The department will use the $24,097 to outfit the cars, according to a spokesman. Currently three cars have video cameras.

    The money is expected in October and comes partially due to the department’s accurate and timely reporting of Uniform Crime Reporting. It is the largest award to a city police department in Levy County.