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Law and Courts

  • Dunnellon man charged after Oasis Bar damaged

    When he couldn’t get cash from an ATM, a Dunnellon man allegedly took it out on the interior of the Oasis Bar in Morriston.

    On June 28, Levy County deputies answered a 911 call and upon arrival, Deputy Crooms was met with a man, who said, “Go ahead and take me to jail. I'm the guy you are looking for.”

    The bartender told the deputy that Anthony Mammarello, 46, did over $1,200 in property damage when he broke two televisions, destroyed a Budweiser bar light and threw a bar stool through the air condition ducts.

  • Teen critically injured in Friday wreck

    A single car accident June 3 left a Williston teenager in critical condition.

    According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Geremy G. Williams, 18, was traveling on County Road 316 around 11:40 a.m. when he lost control of his 2000 Toyota. The car traveled onto the east shoulder and overturned.

    The report states Williams was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car.

    Williams was transported by Levy County EMS to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in critical condition.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    • Neri Abram Cano-Cifuentes, 27, of Williston was charged June 30 with Violation of Probation (VOP), no valid driver’s license. No bond.

    • Sheila Marie Zubek, 53, of Chiefland was arrested June 30 for VOP grand theft. No bond.

    • Jonathan Robert Erlandson, 26, of Crystal River was charged June 29 with domestic battery. He was released on his own recognizance.

  • Deborah Hart, 45, of Bronson was charged with disorderly intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and solicitation to do lewd acts June 8. The arrest came near the Bronson Motel where witnesses alleged Hart was attempting to do sex acts with Hispanic males in exchange for drugs. None of the Hispanic men questioned would become involved, according to the arrest narrative because they were in the country illegally. Bond was set at $1,000.

    Other arrests by the sheriff’s department included:

  • 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