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Law and Courts

  • 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.

  • 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.