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Today's News

  • A visit to the state basketball tournament

    Sitting at the state high school basketball championships in Lakeland last Friday, watching P.K. Yonge get swept away in the Class 3A final, I had someone next to me lean over and say, "I wonder what Williston would be thinking right now."

    I was wondering, too.

    Were it not for one bad quarter in the regional final against P.K. Yonge, that might have been Williston's boys out there playing for the title. They had worked real hard to get where they ended up, but falling behind in the first quarter of the regionals was their downfall.

  • Williston police reports

    A Williston woman has been charged with grand theft after she allegedly stole money while on the job as a cashier at Sparr Lumber.

    Kelly Jo Claflin, 20, of Northeast 84th Street, Williston, was charged by Investigator James Bond of the Williston Police Department after interviews with store personnel.

    Originally, according to the report, she tried to implicate a co-worker, but records showed that the co-worker was not on duty when the transactions, which involved getting money from the register for returns that did not exist.

  • Drugs seized in Morriston

    A Morriston man was arrested for trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in marijuana, maintain a drug dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia, after he allowed law enforcement officials to search the residence for a murder suspect.

    The alleged killer wasn't there, but plenty of drugs were, and Juan Alvarado, 27, was arrested.

  • Suspect 'looking for work' at 4 a.m.

    On Feb. 28, Wesley Leon Lindsey of Southwest 73rd St. Road, Ocala, was arrested on a Marion County warrant. During the arrest the defendant resisted arrest with violence and fought two Levy County deputies.

    At 3:51 A.M. the Levy County Sheriff's Office Communication Center received a call at 5251 N.E. 140th Court in reference to a suspicious vehicle in the driveway. The caller stated that the dogs were barking at a white male walking in front of the residence.

  • Convicted felons

    There were 27 people convicted of felonies in Levy County from Feb. 1 through Feb. 29, according to records.

    Following are the people and the crimes for which they were convicted:

    * James Ausherman, 28, of Bronson, resisting arrest by using a vehicle to elude law enforcement officers.

    * Ronald J. Barwick, 50, of Vidalia, Ga., producing methamphetamine and possession of illegal chemicals.

    * Joseph Burnett, 46, of Cross City, burglary and grand theft.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Hello and welcome to Your Sheriff's Corner. I would like to focus this week on a topic that we all encounter during our daily driving experiences, emergency vehicles. It is important that we are all educated on the importance of yielding to emergency vehicles. It is also imperative that we are aware of the laws surrounding emergency vehicles.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The following people were arrested by the Levy County Sheriff's Office. All people in the United States are presumed innocent of crimes until they are proved guilty in a court of law.

    * Darrel Petrykowski, 19, of Bronson was arrested Feb. 23 for three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count of carrying a concealed weapon. Bond $37,500.

    * Timothy Ronald Wetherington, 19, of Chiefland was arrested Feb. 29 for aggravated battery. Bond $15,000.

  • What time is it? I have no idea

    Just when I was used to getting up at a certain hour, I'm going to have to start waking up during what seems like the middle of the night.

    It's time to turn the clocks ahead for daylight-saving time.

    That means that when the alarm goes off at 5:30 or 6 a.m. next Monday, my body is immediately going to say, "No, it's only 4:30." Too bad, body. It's time to rise and shine.

  • No bad beef in local schools

    Parents nationwide were alarmed and appalled when they learned that a major beef supplier to schools across the country was being accused of cattle abuse.

    A recent video showed sick cows heading to the slaughterhouse at the California-based Westland/Hallmark plant.

    Worries ran rampant of potentially diseased meat being fed to schoolkids across the USA.

    Reportedly, 143 million pounds of beef was recalled - 37 million from school lunch programs.

  • Shadow Trailers office approved

    In its regular meeting Tuesday, the Williston City Council approved additional office space at the new Shadow Trailers site at the Industrial Park. Larry Pruitt, a principal in the Shadow Trailers enterprise, assured council members that work was progressing smoothly at the new site. He said that he hopes to move in early in April, but expects that May 1 is more realistic.