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Law and Courts

  • 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.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    A 39-year-old Williston man was arrested for felonious child abuse on Dec. 22.

    The victim and witness said Terence Bartges had been drinking most of the night before the deputy arrived at about 11:25 p.m., according to records.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    The phone rings, you pick it up, and the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He/She says you failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant is out for your arrest. You say you never received a notice. To clear it up, the caller says he'll need some information for verification purposes your birth date, social security number, maybe even a credit card number.

    This is when you should hang up the phone. It's a scam!

  • Deputies stop fleeing suspect

    BY JEFF M. HARDISON

    For the Pioneer

    Levy County Sheriff's Office deputies ended a 31-minute pursuit that started in Marion County on Dec. 21 just before 10 p.m., LCSO Lt. Evan Sullivan said.

    Larry Ray Griffis, 39 was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief and driving while license suspended or revoked, Sullivan said.

  • Williston Police Reports

    A Bronson man was arrested by Williston Police and charged with felony attempted carjacking and misdemeanor theft after an incident on Dec. 16.

    Victor Manuel Alicea Ortiz, 36, of Northeast 105th Avenue, allegedly walked up to a woman's car in the Williston Subway parking lot and began talking to her and her passenger. He then ordered them out of their car as he began to unzip his jacket, police said, but the driver fled the scene and contacted police.

  • 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.