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Law and Courts

  • Trip to the pawn shop lands Chiefland man in jail

    A Chiefland man was arrested June 23 after he allegedly pawned jewelry that belonged to his girlfriend’s aunt.

    Roy Companellia Nichols, Jr., 18, was charged with dealing in stolen property and grand theft. Bond was $10,000.

    Also arrested by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office were:

    • Willie Terrell Crowley, 33, of Bronson was charged June 25 with battery and affray after allegedly fighting in the street. The victim had a head laceration but denied medical treatment. Bond was $3,000.

  • Bank robbery lookout gets probation

    Shameeka Lafeye Gorden, who was charged with being the lookout in the Dec. 12 robbery of the Bronson branch of the Capital City bank has been sentenced to 5 years probation.

    Gorden, 26, of Gainesville, was charged with robbery without the use of a gun or deadly weapon. Also charged in connection with the robbery is John Patterson, 43, Pine Street, Bronson and his daughter, Shakima Samara Patterson, 23. Gorden is John Patterson’s neice.

  • Driver license, safety checks ongoing through June

    The Florida Highway Patrol will conduct driver license and vehicle inspection checkpoints during daylight hours through June on the following Levy County roads:

    •SR 24, SR 45, SR 49, SR 121, SR 500, CR 320, CR 339, CR 341, CR 345, CR 337, CR 335, CR 316, CR 464, CR 323 and CR 326.

    Troopers will focus on vehicles that are being operated with defects such as worn/unsafe tires, bad brakes, improper window tinting, cracked/broken windshields, unsecured loads and defective lighting.

  • Sheriff's Report

    A Morriston man was arrested June 21 on charges of sexual battery.

    David Matthew Goodman, 25, allegedly committed forced sexual battery on a visitor to his travel trailer.

    A witness to the alleged incident told authorities that the victim told Goodman no several times but he refused to stop.

    Investigator Mike Bell arrested Goodman and transported him to the Levy County Jail.

    Goodman was out of jail for felony battery probation, according to the arrest report. Bond was set at $30,000.

    Also arrested were:

  • Williston Police

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Marcelius Romero Monroe, 32, of SE 10th Street was arrested on an Alachua County warrant June 12. Bond was $700. He was also charged with driving while license suspended or revoked times six and giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

    • Eric T. Ross, 32, of SE 144th Avenue was charged with habitual driving while license suspended or revoked and possession of cannabis, less than 20 grams on June 13. He was also picked up on an Alachua County writ of bodily attachment.

  • Breaking News High speed chase "fun" for driver, dangerous to deputies

     An Otter Creek man who led officers of the Alachua and Levy County officers on a chase at speeds in excess of 100 mph, hit a rescue vehicle and nearly sideswiped three deputies in the process, declared the episode “fun.”

                      The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has declared it three counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement officers and fleeing and attempting to elude at high speed — that’s one misdemeanor and three felony charges ± n

  • High speed chase was ‘fun’ for Otter Creek man

    An Otter Creek man who led officers of the Alachua and Levy County officers on a chase at speeds in excess of 100 mph, hit a rescue vehicle and nearly sideswiped three deputies in the process, declared the episode “fun.”

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has declared it three counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement officers and fleeing and attempting to elude at high speed - that’s one misdemeanor and three felony charges ± not to mention a traffic citation for running a red light, too.

  • Williston Police

    Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • David A. Pugh, 53, of Ocala was arrested June 3 and charged with driving under the influence–alcohol.

    • Wendy E. Fuller, 34, of Williston was charged June 11 with worthless checks. Bond was set at $496.11.

    • Moises Alvarez, 22, of Williston was charged with depriving 911 and domestic battery,

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Marly Eugene Days Jr., 20, of Bronson was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana, less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia on June 1. The arrest came on the heels of law enforcement officers serving an Alachua County warrant for VOP robbery with a firearm.

    Upon entering the residence on N.E. 72nd Court, law enforcement personnel allegedly spotted the illegal items. A search of the subject’s car also turned up cocaine. Bond was $16,000.

    Other arrests reported by the Levy County Sheriff’s Department are:

  • Williston Police Department

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Nicholas A. Bunch, 20, of Williston was charged June 3 with domestic battery.

    • Christopher Lynn Coup, 31, ofee^Ocala was picked up June 3 on an habitual violator warrant.

    • Thomas Anthony Dempsey, 46, of Williston was arrested on a writ of bodily attachment.