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Law and Courts

  • Aftermath of Morriston home invasion

    Hello and welcome to Your Sheriff's Corner.

    Last week a person entered a Morriston couple's residence and the suspect shot the victim leaving him critical wounded.

    I have had many phone calls from home owners in the Morriston area disturbed and alarmed about this incident. I totally understand why the residents are alarmed because this is a quiet and peaceful neighborhood and usually there is little to no crime in this rural community.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department has announced the following arrests:

    * Dasharee D. Berry, 39, of Highway 318, Reddick, was arrested on a Violation of Probation for fraud warrant out of Alachua County.

    * Jeremy D. Donald, 19, of Northeast 40th Avenue, Williston, was charged with felony possession of marijuana after the car in which he was riding was stopped for loud music.

    * Harold Dallas Jr., 19, was arrested for felony possession of marijuana in the same incident. A third suspect ran from the scene.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    A 30-year-old Chiefland man was arrested Jan. 6 on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

    David Beech reportedly hit a man with a large stick because the man made fun of Beech's girlfriend. The man was hit on Jan. 5 and was transported to North Florida Regional Hospital.

    Bond was set at $15,000.

    Other people arrested by members of the Levy County Sheriff's Office recently are listed below. Every person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proved guilty in court.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Charities were developed to meet certain needs of society that are not part of public assistance.

    Unfortunately, some charities that have been developed are not really assisting for the "public good". Charities can solicit funds in many different ways such as raffles, mail or phone solicitation, paper advertisements and ticket sales.

    Some of the things that you might want to consider before you contribute to a charity are:

    * Avoid giving cash to strangers and take time to learn more about the charitable organization you are contemplating giving to.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department reported the following arrests:

    * Neil William Sawyer Jr., 23, of Southwest Seventh Avenue, Williston, was arrested for aggravated domestic battery after a fight with his girlfriend over a cell phone.

    * Terrance Germani, 51, of Westwoode Drive, Franklin, N.C., was arrested on a Citrus County warrant for violation of probation.

  • December convicted felons

    People who were convicted of felonies in Levy County during the month of December are listed below:

    * Tina Louise Butler, 40, of Williston, burglary.

    * Brandi Jo Crouse, 27, of Fort White, larceny.

    * Charity Joanna Duncan, 20, of Old Town, four counts of fraud-uttering a false bill or promissory note, and one count of larceny.

    * Scott Richard Eldridge, 26, of Chiefland, burglary, aggravated battery, fraud swindle-obtain property worth less than $20,000, fraud-illegal use of credit cards.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    A burglary is committed every 10 seconds in the United States. Some of these burglaries even occur in gated communities where often time residents have become complacent about safety issues.

    A false sense of security dictates that this will never happen to me, but nothing could be further from the truth.

    Most burglars take the path of least resistance and look for an open window or unlocked door.

    Most burglars usually have a good working knowledge of different types of doors and windows, how they work and their weak points.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Some shooting incidents resulted in arrests by the Levy County Sheriff's Office this week.

    An 18-year-old Williston man was arrested Dec. 31 for discharging a firearm in public and felonious criminal mischief.

    Michael W. Simpson admitted shooting approximately eight road signs when he was caught at about 3:30 that morning, according to records.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department has announced the following arrests:

    *Ledrick L. Ferguson, 33, of Southeast Fourth Drive, Williston, was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery after he allegedly threw a plastic glass and struck the victim in the arm.

    *Jose Flores-Martinez, 23, of North U.S. Highway 27, Ocala, was charged with disorderly intoxication after he allegedly caused a disturbance at a local convenience store.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    What a traumatic experience, to be involved in a vehicle collision, but was it a true accident or was it a "staged collision"? There are some collisions that are "staged" and are "criminal conspiracies" where criminals intentionally place motorist and their passengers in harm's way by staging collisions for financial gain.