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Law and Courts

  • Levy's biggest indoor pot grow house raided

    Law enforcement officials seized more than a ton of marijuana and arrested four people last Wednesday in raids in the Williston area, shutting down what is believed to be the largest indoor grow site in Levy County history.

    The estimated street value of the drugs was $1.2 million.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff's Office, a federal warrant was executed at 4150 N.E. 167th Court by the Levy County-Chiefland Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

  • Staged Automobile Crashes

    Consider this scenario: You're stuck in heavy traffic on a busy highway. Another car cuts off the driver in front of you, forcing him to slam on the brakes. You try to stop, but there's no time ... and you rear-end the guy in front of you.

    An everyday accident? Not this time. Turns out you've been had by a well-organized criminal ring that staged the entire thing.

  • Convicted felons

    BRONSON - There were 21 people convicted of felonies in Levy County from March 1 through March 31, according to records.

    Following are the people and the crimes for which they were convicted:

    * Alfredo Aragon, 21, of Newberry, grand theft of a vehicle.

    * Richard Blackshear, 24, of Newton, Ga., aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    * Keith A. Colson, 46, of Chiefland, fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.

    * Dennis Malone Daniels, 23, of Dunnellon, possession of cocaine.

  • 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 they are proved guilty in a court of law.

    * Richard Z. Horne, 63, of Chiefland was arrested March 27 for aggravated assault and resisting arrest without violence. Bond 32,000.

    * Ronald W. Knea, 51, of Williston was arrested March 28 on Duval County warrants for two counts of grand theft, and theft from a person older than 65 years old. No bond.

  • Williston police reports

    A Gainesville man who was picketing a Williston church was arrested on Sunday, March 30, after allegedly ignoring a trespass warning.

    Edward E. Young, 53, of Southwest 75th Street, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, a felony, threat through intimidation, also a felony, and two misdemeanors, trespass after warning and resisting without violence.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    A traffic stop conducted by Levy County Sheriffs Deputy Jimmy Anderson on a 2007 Saturn reported stolen from Alachua County resulted in an arrest.

    Marcus Daine Bolden, 28, of Brunswick, Ga., was arrested for grand theft auto when Anderson stopped him just after midnight on March 27.

    A search of Bolden uncovered a small plastic bag with marijuana in it, Anderson said. Then the deputy found 31 pieces of crack cocaine in a white pill bottle.

  • Williston Police reports

    The Williston Police Department has announced the following arrests:

    * Dannette D. Parmley, 49, of Northwest 100th Street, Micanopy, was arrested on a Marion County warrant after being stopped for a tag obstruction. She was also charged with giving false information to a law enforcement officer, after Inv. Eliza D. Kolak recognized her from a picture of those who had warrants.

    * Benjamin David Gilland 49, was charged with driving with a suspended license (with knowledge) after being stopped for driving with an inoperative headlight.

  • No charges in fair check case

    Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone said on March 14 that his office would not prosecute Bob Levesque for check fraud in regard to an instance four months ago.

    Levesque was the president of the Levy County Fair Association when he wrote a $2,000 check on the association's account to cover a payment due to Robinson's Racing Pigs. He wrote the check on Nov. 13, 2007, according to the victims.

    Restitution was made to pig owners Randall and Sharon Ross of Fort White, Cervone said.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Officers with the Levy County Sheriff's Office recently arrested the following people.

    * William Alan Lancaster, 24, of Chiefland was arrested March 12 for grand theft of a firearm and dealing in stolen property. Bond $20,000.

    * Jesse Bryan Balogh, 20, of Chiefland was arrested March 12 for dealing in stolen property. Bond $1,000.

    * John Andrew Flynn, 30, of Bronson was arrested March 12 for burglary of a vehicle and petit theft. Bond $3,500.

    * Debbie Hammonds Bouchard, 51, of Williston was arrested March 11 for grand theft auto. Bond $5,000.

  • Williston police reports

    The Williston Police Dept. announced the following arrests:

    Marty Eugene Days Sr., 44, of Williston Arms Drive, was charged by officer Michael Bracaglia with felony domestic battery after Days allegedly punched a female victim in the eye.

    William Joseph Schafer, 48, of Southeast 179th Place, and Andrea Lynn Phillips, 23, of the same address, were arrested at Williston Arms and charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia after being found in a car parked at that location.