Task Forces Siezes Meth Lab

On Monday, February 14, 2012, the Columbia County Multi Jurisdictional Task Force seized materials used in the clandestine production of methamphetamine.  Detectives served a search warrant at 247 NE Old Jacksonville Loop, Lake City, FL. Detectives located ingredients and paraphernalia consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine. Though the meth lab was not actively making methamphetamine [...]

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District 2 Office Making Progress in Ft. White

On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, the former Ft. White Library was opened to Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter, Ronnie Brannon (Tax Collector) and Columbia County Commissioner Rusty Depratter. Construction personnel from Columbia County had previously laid out the interior of the structure with tape on the floor to show the location of walls and doors. [...]

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Two More Volunteers Join the Citizens Service Unit

On Friday, February 3, 2012, two citizen volunteeers joined the Columiba County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Service Unit. In a swearing in ceremony held this morning, Sheriff Mark Hunter and staff welcomed Bill Sepko and Kenneth Whitehurst to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office family. Last year, the Citizens Service Unit provided over 11,000 hours of volunteer [...]

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Deputies Seize Substantial Amount of Meth

On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, two Georgia men were arrested after a large amount of crystallized methamphetamine (crystal meth) was located in their vehicle. At approximately 5:45 pm, Sgt Chris Sharpe conducted a traffic stop on northbound Interstate 75. The red Honda Civic was stopped by Sgt Sharpe for speeding. Sgt Sharpe and Deputy Matt [...]

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CCSO Dive Team uses Sonar to locate drowning victim

Story is courtesy of the Gainesville Sun. (www.gainesville.com) The body of an Alachua County fisherman was recovered from Lake Alto Tuesday morning, more than a day after he left home to go fishing alone. Nathan William Scholtz, 27, left home around 6:30 a.m. Monday and told his mother he was headed to the lake southeast [...]

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