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Law and Courts

  • 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.

  • 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.