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Today's News

  • Differences between burglary and robbery

    I would like to clear the air and inform you the difference in the crimes of burglary and robbery. At times the Levy County Sheriff's Office receives a call from a complainant stating that have been robbed when they had the unfortunate incident of being a victim of burglary.

    In 2007 Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a State report that the Levy County Sheriff's Office seen a reduction in robberies by 40 percent and burglary and theft were also down by 21 percent.

    Below are definitions of what constitutes the elements of robbery and burglary.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Thrown beer bottles followed by a car chase resulted in the arrest of two men on Sept. 1.

    According to a report from the Levy County Sheriff's Office, a deputy responded to the area of State Road 121 and Northeast 20th Street shortly after 11 p.m. after a complaint of an occupant of a vehicle throwing beer bottles at a residence.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department announces the following arrests:

    * Edwardo Sick Jeronimo, 29, address unknown, was charged with DUI, resisting with violence, resisting without violence and no valid driver's license after being stopped for driving on the wrong side of the road by Officer David Deonarine. While a passenger was being directed back into the car, the driver ran from the scene, chased by the officer.

  • Do people care about the sacrifices?

    Editor:

    Seems like you and I have the same common thought, people don't appear to care about the sacrifices others made for the freedoms they enjoy.

    Our generation made major sacrifices to the extent of thousands killed every day in battle on some far away shore.

    Yes, we lost a few thousand on 9-11 and we still continue to count up the 4,000 plus we have lost in Iraq.

    But today's generation doesn't count these lives toward their freedoms and rights enjoyed by all living in the U.S. today legally or illegally.

  • Traffic pattern problems resurface

    After all these many months, the recent action at the City Council meeting should not have come as a surprise.

    One year ago this week I wrote a short piece about the traffic pattern for the new Walgreens. I called it "convoluted" and commented that the happiest people about the pattern would be one of Walgreens' competitors.

    So what happened at the meeting? A Walgreens representative got up and asked for part of Northwest Main Street to remain open for better access into the parking lot.

  • City faces budget deficit

    The problem is straightforward; the solution is going to be complex.

    That was the message Finance Director Mark Schiefer delivered to the city council and department heads at a workshop about the fiscal year 2008-2009 budget.

    The problem: according to Florida statute, the city must have a balanced budget by the end of September. At this point, after Schiefer has incorporated all of the directives given him by the council, the deficit is $309,067, based on a budget of nearly $13 million.

  • Getting the word(s) out

    The Williston Rotary Club and the Williston Pioneer Sun News got the word out, actually lots of words, to third-graders at the elementary school last week.

    At an event held at the school's auditorium, members of the club and representatives of the newspaper distributed free dictionaries to each of the students.

  • Upcoming events

    Candidate holds

    meeting Friday

    Congressional candidate Tim Cunha, running for the 6th District seat, will hold Williston town meeting on Friday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Victorian Tea Room, 115 S.E. 1st Ave., one block south of Noble Avenue. Light refreshments will be served by the Democratic candidate, who will face Republican incumbent Cliff Stearns in November.

    Bronson church

  • Ride to Provide a blessing to LARC

    U.S. 19 looks like a pretty big piece of road, at least until both northbound lanes are crammed with motorcycles - some 275 of them. Cars and trucks waited, and their drivers stared, as a mile-long parade of chrome, fringed leather and flames flowed through the tiny U.S. 19-State Road 24 interchange into Otter Creek Saturday morning.

  • Doctor turns to tunes after his retirement

    The word "retirement" can mean different things to different people. Take Dr. Lou Jensen, for example. He "retired" after a 34-year-career working at a medical clinic in Cocoa-Rockledge where he had spent a great deal of time treating space center employees. That was in 1988. Instead of taking life easy, though, he stayed active in his profession. He was often sent to different Florida cities to fill in where medical help was needed. He worked in clinics and nursing homes in a number of towns from the Panhandle to Lake City to Dowling Park.