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Law and Courts

  • Animal cruelty charges dropped

    Charges against Sandy M. McClung, 62, of Northeast 76th Place, Bronson, who was charged with aggravated assault and animal cruelty after an incident outside her home have been dropped due to lack of prosecutorial merit and the facts not constituting a criminal offense, according to the Levy County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Kathryn J. Shroke, 23, of Morriston was arrested June 26 on a Gilchrist County warrant for Failure to Appear, petit theft.

    • Jeffrey Earl Stark, 45, of NE 10th Street was arrested June 24 for Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, with knowledge after he was pulled over in a traffic stop for allegedly running a stop sign on W. Noble Avenue.

  • Woman charged with disrupting church service

    A Bronson woman was arrested June 28 when she allegedly slapped a fellow church member during service.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Lucinda Mongo, 47, initiated a verbal altercation with another woman at Church of God by Faith at 360 Glover St., Bronson. When the woman told her she did not want to speak with her, Mongo slapped her hand.

    The victim told the deputy that she was so upset that she left the service. Several witnesses completed sworn statements regarding the incident.

  • 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.