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Law and Courts

  • Store clerk faces narcotics charges

    The clerk at a Williston convenience store has been arrested on various charges by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    On May 7, Waqas Illahi, 27, was arrested for trafficking in controlled substance, sale of controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school and three counts of resisting arrest with violence.

  • Reward offered in horse abuse case

    The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for several acts of apparent animal cruelty at an equine rescue center near Morriston.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    A Williston man was charged April 24 with sexual battery on a mentally defective victim.

    Mark Ezzell, 39, was arrested after someone found him and the alleged male victim in bed while his caregiver was away. Bail was set at $100,000.

    Others charged with felonies last week by officers with the Levy County Sheriff's Office include:

    Christopher P. Hicks, 30, of Trenton, forgery-obtaining a controlled substance. Bond $2,500.

    Catrell L. Evans, 25, of Micanopy, fraud, failure to redeliver leased property. He was released on his own recognizance.

  • Williston police reports

    The Williston Police Department has announced the following arrests:

    Roy T. Rutlin, 45, of Southeast Fourth Drive, Williston, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and was also arrested on a felony warrant from Levy County for forgery, fraud (false name to law enforcement officer), driving while licenses suspended or revoked as a habitual traffic offender.

  • Make your home safer

    * Invest in solid doors and good quality locks on doors and windows. This includes on all sliding glass doors as well. Make it not only difficult but also time consuming for a burglar to gain entry.

    * Whenever you go outside, lock the door and take the key with you, even if you are just stepping next door or out mowing the back yard.

    * Don't put valuables where they can be seen from the window, especially items that can be easily carried.

    * Be sure your garage door can be secured. Do not leave it open when you are away; that broadcasts your absence.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Deputies with the Levy County Sheriff's Office and other officers recently arrested the following people. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

    * Warren Frazier, 17, Gainesville, unarmed burglary with person inside, petit larceny. Bond $30,000.

    * Dakorian Frazier, 16, Gainesville, unarmed burglary with person inside, petit larceny. Bond $11,000.

    * Billy K. Swinford, 42, Inglis, driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond $5,000.

    * Jimmy D. Lance, 36, Reagan, Tenn., possession of more than 20 grams cannabis. Bond $10,000.

  • Williston police reports

    The Williston Police Department lists the following arrests:

    * Pedro Cortez, 22, of Southeast Sixth Street, Williston, was arrested for no valid driver's license after being stopped for speeding on Northeast Fourth Avenue.

    * Elder Leonel Alvarado Alba, 23, of Southeast Third St., Williston, was charged with DUI (alcohol) and no valid driver's license after being stopped for weaving in and out of lane on Northeast U.S. Highway 27.

  • Honoring the dispatchers

    April 13-19, 2008 is National Public Safety Telecommunication Week. In 1991, Congress proclaimed this particular week to nationally recognize dispatchers across our country. I want to take a special moment to personally honor the men and women who serve as public safety dispatchers for Levy County.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Deputies with the Levy County Sheriff's Office and other officers recently arrested the following people. Suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    * Joseph Thomas Hodge, 22, Dunnellon, possession of ammunition by convicted felon, possession of RX drugs without prescription.

    * Travis Scott Thorrington, 41, Bronson, theft of gas/attendant present, bond $1,000.

    * Jeffrey Vernan Coleman Jr., 16, Gainesville, burglary of unoccupied dwelling, unarmed, assault, larceny, theft, bond $30,000.

  • Williston police reports

    With the price of recycled materials going up, police say the chances of theft are rising also.

    On April 9 Williston Police arrested Malina Gaye Browning, 39, of Southeast Fourth Street, and Robert Rutlin, 49, of Southeast Fourth Drive, on charges of dealing in stolen property.

    The two were charged with taking a variety of items from a local yard and then taking it to a local recycling company.

    A Williston woman was arrested last week on six warrants, two each from Marion, Levy and Alachua counties.