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Law and Courts

  • House damaged by fire

    Williston Fire Rescue responded to a reported structure fire on Dec. 10 two miles north on CR 241 off Alt Hwy 27. On arrival Williston Fire units reported a log cabin style home with flames and heavy smoke coming from the roof. The on scene officer requested immediate assistance for water tankers and engines for Bronson, Morriston and Alachua County Fire Departments. Due to the homeowner calling 911 quickly and hard efforts of all firefighters the home should be able to be rebuilt even though the home had heavy damage to the roof.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    A Crystal River woman was arrested Dec. 9 after she allegedly committed aggravated battery and allegedly resisted arrest without violence, according to records.

    Santa Maria Shaffer, 31, allegedly hit someone with a beer bottle when they were at the Hickory Island Lounge in Inglis.

    Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Ronald Byrd responded to a complaint about this alleged attack.

    The victim told the deputy that Shaffer hit her with the bottle.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department announces the following arrests:

    *Marna Aracely Merida-Salasar, 20, of Southeast Fifth Street, Williston, was charged by officer Michael Bracaglia with driving while license suspended or revoked after being stopped for speeding in the 300 block of West Noble Avenue on Dec. 9.

    *Jose Julio Navedo, 22, of Willistgon was charged by Sgt. Matthew Fortney with driving while license suspended or revoked after being stopped for driving at night with no lights on in the 400 block of West Noble Avenue on Dec. 8.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Once you have summoned help, you want the emergency responders to find you quickly. It doesn't matter what you need - Law Enforcement, Fire Department, or Ambulance Service - they all have to find the house first! The old saying about "following the smoke to the fire" doesn't work.

  • Levy County Sheriff's reports

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

    * Jodie M. Schultz, 24, of Inglis was arrested Dec. 7 for driving while under the influence of alcohol. She was released on her own recognizance (ROR).

    * Leisa A. Thomas, 37, of Bronson was arrested Dec. 5 for uttering a forged instrument and grand theft. Bond $10,000.

    * Susie A. Bennett, 52, of Chiefland was arrested Dec. 6 for larceny. ROR.

  • Williston Police Reports

    A young man walking down the street with a paintball gun was arrested for burglary by the Williston Police Department, and a day later the resident of the burglarized home was arrested for possession of stolen property.

    On Dec. 3, an animal control officer notified city police about two white males carrying a paintball gun walking down Northeast First Avenue. One of the suspects, identified as Duncan R. Anderson, 18, of Northwest 160th Avenue, allegedly told officers he had taken three paintball guns from 118 N.E. First Ave.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    We all take pride in our children and consider them our most precious resource. Unfortunately because of their built-in trust of people and vulnerability, children are popular targets for drug dealers, child molesters and many other criminals. Starting at an early age, we must educate our children on personal safety and reinforce their trust in adults who care for them like parents, police and teachers. Encourage your children to confide in you, even when the topic makes them feel uncomfortable.

  • Felony convictions from November

    The following people were convicted of felonies in Levy County Circuit Court during the month of November.

    These names have been provided to the Levy County Supervisor of Elections. Convicted felons are not allowed to vote in Florida or to possess a firearm until their civil rights are restored for those purposes.

    * Michael P. Alumbaugh, 46, of Bronson, possession of marijuana, producing marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver.

    * Adam Bergdoll, 19, of Hernando, larceny.

  • Levy County Sheriff's reports

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

    John H. Peyregne, 17, of Cedar Key was arrested Nov. 26 for possession of a firearm on school grounds. Cedar Key Chief Bubba Castell contacted School Resource Officer Sean McMullen, who recovered a loaded 30.06 caliber rifle, a .22 caliber rifle and a shotgun. It is a felony to possess a firearm on school grounds.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department announces the following arrests:

    *Shavonte T. Johnson, 19, of Southeast Second Avenue, Williston, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and altering or removing a firearm serial number after he was found in an area where Pfc. Charles Strachan was assisting the Sheriff's Office in a battery case. In the report the officer says he searched the suspect for the officer's safety and found the weapon, which was not loaded, but the serial number had been scraped and was unreadable.