Month: May 2009

Lees Grocery Fire


Date: May 11, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM

Bronson, Florida-On May 11, 2009 at 7:26 AM the Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 in reference to a fire at Lees Grocery. The clerk stated that he seen a spark at the back of the building and he is not sure why or how the fire started. The clerk stated that he was having electrical work done in the back of the building and that is where he seen the spark. After the clerk called 9-1-1 he attempted to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher but he could not contain the fire.

The Bronson and Archer Fire Department have contained the fire and the building appears to be a total loss. There were two 500 hundred gallon diesel tank and one diesel tank over 1500 gallons next to the building. The fire fighters contained the fire very quickly and the diesel tanks were never in danger.

The State Fire Marshal Office has been called to investigate the cause and origin of the fire.


Law Enforcement Appreciation Day


Date: May 8, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM

Fowlers Bluff-The ninth annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was celebrated at noon time in Fowlers Bluff. This event was founded by the late Circuit Judge W.O. Beauchamp Jr.

Law Enforcement from Levy-Gilchrist County observes this event along with elected County, State and Federal Officials. The traditional fish dinner will be on the menu and there will be plenty of good food, sunshine and fellowship on the banks of the historic Suwannee River.


Boat Ramps Reopen in Levy/Dixie County

MEDIA RELEASEDate: May 5, 2009Time: 4:30 PMBronson, Florida- On May 5, 2009 Levy and Dixie County has reopened all public boat ramps on the Suwannee River. We are happy to report that the river has receded and life along the river is getting back to normal.The Fowlers Bluff was a major concern for Officials since the flood level is at 5.5 feet and there was flooding in several homes. The current river level in Fowlers Bluff is at 4.15 feet. Manatee and Fanning Springs are open to the public but swimming is not allowed.###

Arrest Sandy McClung


Date: May 5, 2009
Time: 10:30 AM

Bronson, Florida-On April 28, 2009 Deputy Britton Drew arrested Sandy Maryjo McClung for aggravated assault and cruelty to animals.

The victim and two friends were walking their dog in the area of 13051 NE 76 Place in Bronson, Florida. The suspect, Sandy McClung lives at the above address and McClung walked out of her house with a silver pistol in her hand. The victim heard a shot and she seen her dog runaway. McClung brandished the gun at the victim and threatened to shoot her and she left the area and called 9-1-1.

Deputies responded to McClung’s residence and located a BB gun on top of the roof. McClung stated that after she threw the gun on the roof she stated that she had other guns in her house. No other weapons were confiscated.

The victim stated that she did not know the weapon was a BB gun but stated she was in fear for her life. One of the witnesses in this incident stated that McClung has threatened other neighbors in the past. The victim’s dog was examined and appeared to not be injured.


Sandy Maryjo McClung
13051 NE 76 Place
Bronson, Florida
White Female


Student Arrested for Drugs

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                May 4, 2009 Time:                4:00 PM   Chiefland, Florida- On April 30, 2009 School Resource Deputy Steve Ellis arrested Jimmy Rana for possession of marijuana less than 20 grams.   Canine Deputy Willie Barnes was doing a random drug search on vehicles parked at the Chiefland High School on April 30, 2009.  K-9 Taz alerted on a blue Toyota Tundra truck that belonged to Jimmy Rana a student at Chiefland High School.    The search revealed a small amount of marijuana inside the center console and marijuana residue known as shake on the floor board.  Rana admitted that the marijuana belonged to him and he was arrested and transported to the Levy County Jail.     Defendant:   Jimmy Rana 9430 NW 60 Street Chiefland, Florida White Male 07/26/90     ###