Law and Courts

  • Three charged with abuse of mentally handicapped man

    BRONSON — Three people have been charged with mistreatment of a 51-year-old mentally handicapped man who was found malnourished and weighing between 80 to 100 pounds when found by deputies acting on an anonymous tip. One officer who saw the victim said he looked like a prisoner of war.

    A Levy County Sheriff’s Office press release said the trio, who were his caretakers, has admitted to leaving the man handcuffed in a home on Mashburn Drive for up to four hours while they dined in a restaurant. The man said he was fed rice and beans and was always hungry.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Dept. has announced the following arrests.

    Chauncee Meyers, 17, of Southeast 10th Street, Williston was charged with trespass upon school grounds.

    According to the report, Meyers was expelled from school but was on the grounds threatening other students. One student reported receiving a text message that said he would be killed.

    Meyers was located sitting on a bench near the hospital. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has released information on the following arrests:

    A traffic stop at a South Chiefland gas station for no tag light resulted in drug charges against two people.

    According to reports, Deputy Willie Barnes arrested Jonathan Clemons, 24, of Northwest 12th Avenue, Chiefland, for possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and tampering with evidence after a search of the car in which he was riding.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    Heather M. Lowe, 18, of Northeast 135th Terrace, Williston, charged with Possession of Cannabis less than 20 grams after being stopped for having illegal tint on her car window. The male in the car with her fled the scene after marijuana was allegedly found in his possession.

    Marcia Kay Burr, 50, of Northwest 7th Street, Williston, was arrested on an Alachua County warrant for failure to appear, larceny theft over $300.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has listed the following arrests:

    James Powell, 32, of Northeast 100th Street, Bronson, was charged with retail theft after he was allegedly caught trying to smuggle beer out of IGA in his pants.

    Christina L. Haven, 29, of Jacksonville, was charged with disorderly intoxication after she refused to stop screaming in the parking lot of the Dawg House Bar.


  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    A 36-year-old Fanning Springs man who allegedly improperly touched a 17-year-old girl was accused of battery, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office reports.

    Vaughn Winford Drake, of Northwest 167th Place, allegedly moved a small child for whom the victim was babysitting, lay down beside the victim and touched her. Officers came after she called her mother. Bond was set at $2,500.

    Richard Earl Aldrich Jr., 25, of Orlando, was charged with disorderly intoxication after an incident on Northeast 77th Court.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Dept. announced the following arrests:

    Keith Eric Benson, 28, of Northeast 85th Terrace, Bronson, was chargted with fleeing and eluding and reckless driving of his motorcycle after leading police on a chase in which he reached a speed estimated at 110 mph. He was first spotted at Southwest 18th Street driving at 61 mph, according to the report, and eventually lost control of his bike after trying to make a left turn. Officer David Deonarine made the arrest.

  • Williston Police Reports

    A 19-year-old Williston woman was charged with alcohol possession under the age of 21 and fleeing to elude a police officer after she reportedly failed to stop for a stop sign at Northeast 10th Street and Northeast 2nd Avenue.

    When Officer James Tegart tried to stop Cierra L. Harden, 19, of Southeast 10th Street, the vehicle continued on before stopping, and he then observed a half empty bottle of light beer and a full unopened 12-pack of light beer next to it. She received a notice to appear from the officer.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    A woman who expected to get money in envelopes from her parents was disappointed recently, and allegedly went through the parents house picking up some guns instead.

    As a result, Kim Nicole DeWees, 30, of Bell was arrested for armed burglary.

    According to the sheriff’s report, DeWees went to the parents’ home on U.S. 129 in Chiefland. When she was given the envelopes from the housekeeper and they contained no money, she allegedly “forcefully entered the residence without permission...”

  • Woman faces fraud charges after pleas at churches

    A woman who allegedly told local churches that her child needed a kidney transplant has been arrested by Levy County Sheriff’s officials on one count of scheme to defraud, and could face more charges in the city of Williston and in Marion County.

    On Dec. 2, Investigator Roger Bell arrested Misty Dawn Everly, 34, of 19039 S.W. 29th St., Dunnellon.