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Law and Courts

  • 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.

  • 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.