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Law and Courts

  • Credit card fraud protection

    Credit card fraud is a serious problem. Credit card fraud causes an estimated $1 billion each year in losses in the United States. The consumer pays for the fraud by way of higher finance charges and annual fees. To protect against credit card fraud, consider the following:

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  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Officers with the Levy County Sheriff's Office recently arrested the following people. All people in the United States are presumed innocent of crimes until they are proved guilty in a court of law.

    * Zachary Allen Baggett, 16, of Bronson was arrested March 1 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft auto, theft, two counts of grand theft, armed burglary and three counts of burglary. The name of a juvenile charged with a felony in Florida can be published.

    * Wendy Barnhill, 35, of Williston was arrested March 1 for disorderly intoxication. Bond $500.

  • Williston police reports

    Arrests announced by the Williston Police Dept. include:

    * Rodrigo Sanchez, 42, of Alachua, no valid driver's license, after he was stopped for speeding.

    * Jason C. Lampos, 30, of Southeast First Street, Williston, domestic aggravated battery after an incident in his home with a pregnant woman.

    * Pebbles Y. White, 36, of Southeast 66th Place, Morriston, on an Alachua County warrant for fraud.

    * Priscilla Ann Meeks, 42, of Southeast Ninth Street, Williston, shoplifting, four packs of steaks at Hitchcock's.

  • Riot halted at youth camp

    Seven inmates at the Forestry Youth Camp in Inglis were charged after a disturbance on Monday, March 10.

  • Williston police reports

    A Williston woman has been charged with grand theft after she allegedly stole money while on the job as a cashier at Sparr Lumber.

    Kelly Jo Claflin, 20, of Northeast 84th Street, Williston, was charged by Investigator James Bond of the Williston Police Department after interviews with store personnel.

    Originally, according to the report, she tried to implicate a co-worker, but records showed that the co-worker was not on duty when the transactions, which involved getting money from the register for returns that did not exist.

  • Drugs seized in Morriston

    A Morriston man was arrested for trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in marijuana, maintain a drug dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia, after he allowed law enforcement officials to search the residence for a murder suspect.

    The alleged killer wasn't there, but plenty of drugs were, and Juan Alvarado, 27, was arrested.

  • Suspect 'looking for work' at 4 a.m.

    On Feb. 28, Wesley Leon Lindsey of Southwest 73rd St. Road, Ocala, was arrested on a Marion County warrant. During the arrest the defendant resisted arrest with violence and fought two Levy County deputies.

    At 3:51 A.M. the Levy County Sheriff's Office Communication Center received a call at 5251 N.E. 140th Court in reference to a suspicious vehicle in the driveway. The caller stated that the dogs were barking at a white male walking in front of the residence.

  • Convicted felons

    There were 27 people convicted of felonies in Levy County from Feb. 1 through Feb. 29, according to records.

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

    * James Ausherman, 28, of Bronson, resisting arrest by using a vehicle to elude law enforcement officers.

    * Ronald J. Barwick, 50, of Vidalia, Ga., producing methamphetamine and possession of illegal chemicals.

    * Joseph Burnett, 46, of Cross City, burglary and grand theft.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Hello and welcome to Your Sheriff's Corner. I would like to focus this week on a topic that we all encounter during our daily driving experiences, emergency vehicles. It is important that we are all educated on the importance of yielding to emergency vehicles. It is also imperative that we are aware of the laws surrounding emergency vehicles.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The following people were arrested by the Levy County Sheriff's Office. All people in the United States are presumed innocent of crimes until they are proved guilty in a court of law.

    * Darrel Petrykowski, 19, of Bronson was arrested Feb. 23 for three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count of carrying a concealed weapon. Bond $37,500.

    * Timothy Ronald Wetherington, 19, of Chiefland was arrested Feb. 29 for aggravated battery. Bond $15,000.