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Law and Courts

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office announces the following arrests:

    * Joseph Walters, 16, of Northwest 60th Lane, Bronson, was arrested on a felony charge of possessing weapons on school property after the search of a bag that allegedly belonged to him found two knives.

    * Kenneth Wiedman, 26, of Northeast 60th Place, Bronson, was accused of battery after an incident at a residence on County Road 337.

  • Drug task force turns to Bronson

    Reports from the Levy County Drug Task Force keeping coming in, but now the focus has shifted from Williston to Bronson.

    The Task Force announced eight arrests this week, some with multiple counts, all in the Bronson area.

  • Police arrest burglary suspects

    Williston Police on Tuesday arrested two area teens for the attempted burglary of a residence in the 100 block of Northeast Third Avenue.

    A neighbor saw two suspicious subjects by the back door of a house at 9:25 a.m. The resident was not at home. The suspects saw the neighbor and fled on foot with the neighbor in pursuit.

    The suspects split up, but were later located by officers Bond and Morris at a residence on Northeast 10th Street they have been called to before.

    Arrested were Chauncee Myers of Southeast 10th Street and Sydney Frasier Jr. of Williston.

  • County speeding crackdown set

    Mud boggers who use a private site on County Road 337 near Northeast 125th Street need to have their driver's licenses, vehicle registrations and insurance papers up to date on Sunday, Oct. 26 as the Levy County Sheriff's Office is conducting a checkpoint at the intersection.

    Capt. Evan Sullivan, spokesman for Sheriff Johnny Smith, said neighbors around the site are complaining about drunk drivers and littering associated with the weekend gatherings. "This is not a sanctioned mud bog because they do not charge money," Sullivan said.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has announced the following arrests:

    Matt Wilson, 44, of Oak Avenue Bronson, and Marty Wilson, 42, of the same address, were charged with dealing in stolen property and grand theft auto after officials recovered a travel trailer that had been stolen from Bronson.

    Bond was set at $25,000 each.

    Stephanie Fawn Rizer, 34, of Old Town, whose occupation was listed as a corrections officer, was charged with driving while license suspended or revoked and violation of restriction after she was stopped in Bronson. Bond was set at $1,000.

  • Drug task force arrests pair

    The Levy County Drug Task Force announced more arrests in the Williston area.

    Jethro Herbert White Jr., 21, of Northeast 40th Street, Williston, was charged with three counts of possession of crack cocaine, three counts of sale of crack cocaine and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after alleged purchases by a confidential source.

    His total bond was set at $75,000.

  • Statistics show it's safer in Williston

    Crime is up in Levy County, statistics show, but not in the city of Williston.

    Uniform crime statistics released by the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement on Tuesday showed that the crime rate in Williston dropped 15.2 percent in the first six months of 2008. In Levy County, that same statistic climbed 42.5 percent.

    According to Williston Police Chief Dan Davis, the Levy figure was the third highest increase in the state.

  • Williston Police Reports

    A disturbance at a local motel resulted in the arrest of a Mount Dora man on three charges.

    Police responded to the motel at 10:45 p.m. on Sept. 30 to respond to complaints of a man banging on the doors of other motel guests. Upon arrival, officer Kevin Sheppard found that Malcom T. Barnett, 47, was at his room and according to the report appeared "highly intoxicated." The report says he looked at officers in "an aggressive manner."

    Other guests said he had threatened to shoot someone with a gun, but no weapon was found in his room.

  • Stand by your pan

    How often has the doorbell rung or a child interrupted you while you were cooking, causing you to forget about the chicken you left sizzling on the stove - until smoke filled the house?

    If this sounds familiar, I hope you'll read on, because you're running the risk of having a dangerous fire. Chief Lamar Stegall of the Williston Fire Department often talks to people about the ways they can stay safe in their homes. Too often, we have that talk after they've suffered a damaging fire.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Dept. announces the following arrests:

    Tracy O. Carbonaro, 28, of Northeast 123rd Lane, Bronson, was charged with grand theft auto and driving while license was suspened or revoked. She was stopped by an officer at Northeast 10th Street and Northeast 2nd Avenue on Sept. 19 at approximately 5 p.m. The vehicle was listed as being stolen out of Alachua County on Sept. 8.

    Jessie Leann Hiers, 24, of Northwest 13th Street, Dunnellon, was arrested on two active warrants, one out of Hendry County and the other out of DeSoto County.