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Law and Courts

  • 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.

     

  • New gun owner injured with purchase

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is reminding gun owners of how to safely handle firearms in the wake of an accidental shooting of a man with a new gun.

    On Aug. 29, Jeremy Woodard took a recently purchased a .22 rifle and was target practicing with his family at a site in Chiefland.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    Lisa Thomas, 38, of Bronson, charged with disorderly conduct. Bail is $1,000.

    Soloman John Hall, 38, of Bronson, charged with violation of probation on aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. No bond.

    Karon Creal, 40, of Bronson, charged with violation of probation on DUI. No bond.

    Charlton Lando Carter, 34, of Old Town, charged with fraud-insufficient funds under $150. He was released.

  • One charged, one on lam for home burglary

    A man who offered to mow someone’s lawn is now accused of burglarizing that same residence.

    According to a press release from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, the victims left their home around 3 p.m. Aug. 20 and when they returned at 4 p.m. they saw Ricky D. Crutcher and Michael Kerklin driving in the neighborhood.

    The victims told deputies that Crutcher offered to mow their yard, as he had done the month before. They agreed and he said he would return that weekend.