Man Arrested for Growing Marijuana

On Monday, May 23, 2011, a man was arrested by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office following a narcotics investigation. Deputy James Finnell, the School Resource Officer at Lake City Middle School, discovered several marijuana plants that were growing in a wooded area on school property. It was obvious that the marijuana plants were being cared [...]

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Robbery Leads to Shooting

On Sunday, May 29, 2011, a Columbia County man was shot in the leg during a robbery. At approximately 1:45 a.m., Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to 376 NE Bonds St., Lake City, FL to investigate a robbery/shooting. Deputies determined that the suspect approached a group of people standing near a car. The [...]

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DEA Bans “fake pot”

On March 1, 2011, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) exercised its emergency scheduling authority and published a Final Order to control five chemicals used to make so-called “fake pot” products. The five chemicals are JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47, 497 and cannabicyclohexanol. Except as authorized by law, the action makes possessing and selling these [...]

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Fraud discovered by CCSO employee

A Columbia County Sheriff’s Office employee recently discovered that fraudulent checks that were written on a Sheriff’s Office bank account. Fiscal Specialist Amy Royal was conducting audits of the Sheriff’s Office bank accounts when the fraud was discovered. Ms. Royals learned that the suspect’s had created false payroll checks in a different company’s name but [...]

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Three arrested for burglary

On Sunday, April 10, 2011, three Columbia County people were arrested for burglarizing a local business. At approximately 3:30 a.m., Deputy Brian Lucas conducted a traffic stop on a van at U.S. 441 South and C.R. 252 for a traffic violation. Deputy Lucas observed that a home air conditioning unit was in the back of [...]

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