Detectives Investigate Homicide

Wednesday night, August 8, Detectives were called to the scene of a homicide in the 300 block of Raven Ln in unincorporated Columbia County. At about 8:30 pm, patrol deputies responded to a service call to assist EMS medics who were out with a male lying in the street on Raven Ln. The deputy arrived…

Sheriff Promotes One and Awards Three Life Saving Medals

On Friday, July 27 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Detective Shayne Foote to the rank of Corporal and awarded Life Saving medals to Deputy Olivia Roberts, Deputy Lemny Sanchez and Sergeant Keith Spradley. Corporal Foote has been with CCSO since 2011 and will be assigned…

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces New Board for 2018-2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 25, 2018) –The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA), one of the largest and most successful law enforcement associations in the nation, is pleased to announce its leadership for the 2018-2019 year, which is led by Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter who has been elected as president. Sheriff Hunter will be responsible for presiding…

Detectives Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect

On Thursday afternoon, July 19, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested a Fort White man for two armed robberies he committed during the last week of June. Michael Lanter, 41 was arrested at his home, 6165 SW CR 18 in Fort White after Detectives served a search warrant on the residence and recovered evidence of…

Deputy Uncovers Neighborhood Drug Operation

On Thursday, June 21, a Deputy patrolling a neighborhood in unincorporated Columbia County uncovers a substantial drug operation. The Deputy was driving through the Wise Estate subdivision, when he noticed a car starting to drive away from a home. The car suddenly stopped and the driver tried to conceal himself by reclining his seat back. …

Sheriff Hunter Presents FSA Award

On Tuesday, June 12, Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter recognized a local gentleman for his tremendous support to the Florida Sheriffs Association. In a ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Sidney Strickland Jr. of Lake City was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by Sheriff Hunter. He was recognized for 40 years of contributing to…

Sheriff Hunter Recognizes Three for Awards

On Wednesday, May 16 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter awarded three Deputies the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Lifesaving Medal. Deputy Eric Wright was awarded the Lifesaving Medal for his actions on February 25, 2018 when he gave first aid to a severely injured 5 year old.…

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

A traffic stop by a Columbia County Deputy Sheriff has led to a large amount of illegal drugs being taken off the streets. On Tuesday, May 15, a Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a car travelling on I75 near mile marker 429 for speeding and driving too fast for conditions while taking part in…

Subject of Manhunt Turns Himself In

At 10 am Wednesday, May 9, a shooting suspect turned himself in to Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives at the Sheriff’s Operation Center , 4917 U.S. Highway 90 E in Lake City.   The shooting investigation began Tuesday night when a 911 caller reported a disturbance with shots fired at a home on SE Robinhood…

Mary Robertson Missing For 3 Years

Mary Rhodes Robertson went missing from her home near the area of SW Parker Lane and SW Barwick Terrace on May 6th, 2015.  She was last seen by her husband at their home at approximately 10:00am, an hour later she was gone.  After looking for Mary himself, along with the help of neighbors, the husband…

Columbia Sheriff Launches Teen Driver Challenge

On Saturday, April 21, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will launch the Florida Sheriffs Association sponsored teen driver challenge in our county. The teen driver challenge was created in 2007 to address the many challenges teen drivers face and this successful program is used across the state to help teens become better drivers. The program…

Jacksonville Man Found Guilty of Child Porn Charges

On Monday, April 16, in a case initiated by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, a federal jury has found Jason James Neiheisel 28 of Jacksonville guilty of sharing child sex abuse videos and making them available for online distribution. The investigation began in April of 2017 when a CCSO Detective assigned to the North Florida Internet Crimes…

Lussier Graduates from FBI National Academy

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that Lieutenant Todd Lussier graduated from the FBI National Academy. The FBI National Academy is a professional course for law enforcement leaders held at the FBI training facility in Quantico, Virginia. The course of study serves to improve the administration of justice in law enforcement agencies…

Traffic Stop Uncovers Major Fraud Operation

A routine traffic stop by a Columbia County Deputy Sheriff has potentially uncovered a major fraud operation that possibly has international ties.   On Wednesday, January 17, a CCSO Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a car travelling on I75 for failing to maintain a single lane.   The driver produced a Brazilian identification card…

Sheriff Presents Lifetime FSA Award

On Friday, December 29, Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter recognized a national business organization for their support to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.   In a ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office, Select Rehabilitation LLC was presented with the Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Florida Sheriffs Association by Sheriff Hunter.   Select Rehabilitation oversees the rehabilitation…

Sheriff Hunter Promotes Lee, Recognizes Two for Awards

On Monday, December 11 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Corporal Martin Lee to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Lee has been with CCSO since 2011 and will remain in the Criminal Investigations Division as the agency’s Internal Affairs Inspector. Following the promotion, Sheriff Hunter recognized…

Sheriff Hunter Promotes Sullivan

On Friday, December 8 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Deputy Brett Sullivan to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Sullivan has been with CCSO since 2014 and will remain in the Patrol Division as a shift supervisor. We would like to congratulate Corporal Sullivan on his…

***Update On Missing Caitlyn Frisina-She Has Been Located And Is Safe***

On Friday evening after 4 pm, a NY State Police Officer spotted the red Mercury in Syracuse NY. He stopped the car that was occupied by Rian Rodriguez and Caitlyn. Rian was taken into custody without incident and Caitlyn is detained. Caitlyn’s family has been notified. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will hold a press conference…

Missing Teen Sparks Multi-State Search

    On Sunday, November 26, Columbia County Sheriff Office Detectives began a search for a missing 17 year old female believed to be accompanied by an adult.   Caitlyn Frisina, 17 of Fort White left her home, leaving behind her cell phone after doing a factory reset on it. Footprints leading away from the…

Sexual Predator Address Change

Sexual Predator Address Change   In accordance with Florida Statute 775.21, this is a mandatory notification of the changing of address of a registered sexual predator in Columbia County.   Name:  Leroy James Duckworth Address: 343 NW Patriot Ct, Lake City, FL 32055 DOB: 05/22/1964 Hair Color: White Eyes: Brown   The above subject was…

Carjacking Ends With Suspect in Custody

On Tuesday, October 31, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested a 13 year old juvenile on multiple charges including carjacking and abduction following a frantic 911 call from the victim.   At 4:05 pm, the Columbia County Combined Communication Center received a 911 call from a female stating a subject had stolen her car at…

Local Couple Receives 50 Year Plaque

On Thursday, October 26, Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter recognized a local couple for their tremendous support to the Florida Sheriffs Association. In a ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office, George and Carol Richardson of Wellborn were presented with the Distinguished Service Award by Sheriff Hunter. They were recognized for their 50 years of contributing to…

Two Men Arrested Following Pursuit and Crash

On Wednesday, October 25, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested two men on multiple charges including drug and firearm charges following a vehicle pursuit and crash.   At 1:46 pm, a CCSO Deputy stopped a U-Haul truck on I75 near mile marker 431 for an improper lane change which nearly caused a crash. The Deputy…

Sexual Predator Address Notification

Sexual Predator Address Change   In accordance with Florida Statute 775.21, this is a mandatory notification of the changing of address of a registered sexual predator in Columbia County.   Name:  Heather Lea Burroughs Address: 175 SW Sundown Way, Lake City, FL 32024 DOB: 4/15/1983 Hair Color: Brown Eyes: Brown   The above subject was…

Senator Rob Bradley Given Friend of the Sheriff Award

On Thursday, October 5, Sheriffs from Florida’s district 5 gathered as Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter, the current vice president of the Florida Sheriffs Association awarded Florida Senator Rob Bradley the “Friend of the Sheriff” award.   In the ceremony at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Operation Center, Senator Bradley was praised for supporting drug control…

Sheriff Hunter Accepts Thank You From State Partner

On Tuesday, October 3, Sheriff Mark Hunter accepted a plaque and thank you letter from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation for CCSO’s involvement in a statewide sting conducted in June of 2017.   CCSO worked jointly with personnel from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (FDBPR) during the one day…

Cone Retires With 30 Years Of Service

On Thursday, September 21, a luncheon was held at the Sheriff’s Operation Center in honor of Ms. Susan Cone. In the retirement ceremony at the beginning of the luncheon, Sheriff Mark Hunter shared with gathered well-wishers that Ms. Susan has been a dedicated and valued member of the Sheriff’s Office for 30 years. Her position…

Sexual Predator Address Notification

In accordance with Florida Statute 775.21, this is a mandatory notification of the changing of address of a registered sexual predator in Columbia County.   Name:  Edward Leroy Thomas Address: 560 SE Peacock Terrace, Lake City, FL 32025 DOB: 7/3/1943 Hair Color: Grey Eyes:   Brown   The above subject was convicted of:   9/22/2014 for…

Sheriff Recognizes Member for Outstanding Performance

On Thursday, August 17, in a ceremony attended by friends, family, and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter presented Detective Andrea Useche with the Sheriff’s Office Commendation Medal for her outstanding work on a long term multifaceted investigation. In May 2016, Detective Useche began an investigation into a local fraud complaint. As her investigation progressed,…

***Update***Detectives Investigate Shooting

Late Tuesday evening, August 8, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested Steven Moot, 32 of Lake City for attempted murder of his wife as the investigation into a person being shot at a home on Corwin Glen  continues.   Thursday at 5:21 pm, Deputies responded to a 911 call at the home and discovered Amanda…

Detectives Investigate Shooting

On Tuesday, August 8, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were called to the 400 block of Corwin Glen in unincorporated Columbia County due to a 911 call reporting a person had been shot.   At approximately 5:20 pm, the Columbia County Combined Communications Center received a 911 call where an argument could be heard. During…

Harmony in the Streets Summer Camp #2

CCSO School Resource Deputies and staff from the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches put on the second summer camp in Columbia County at Fort White High School last week.  Fun was had by all as highlighted in the attached video.  Many thanks to the local sponsors, who join with Sheriff Mark Hunter to provide a great…

Sheriff Hunter Promotes Crews

On Friday, July 14 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Deputy Blaine Crews to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Crews has been with CCSO since 2014 and will remain in the Patrol Division where he will be a shift supervisor. We would like to congratulate Corporal…

Harmony in the Streets Summer Camp #1

Each Summer, Sheriff Mark Hunter hosts two summer camps for students to offer them a fun and safe environment, while interacting with first responders.  This 14 minute video from the first camp at Melrose Elementary School demonstrates the excellent time had by all!. The Sheriff’s Office teams up with the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches to provide these quality camps.  Local businesses and…

Unlicensed Contractor Sting Nets Six

On Thursday, June 22, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested six subjects during an undercover sting targeting unlicensed contractors.   CCSO worked jointly with personnel from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (FDBPR) during the one day sting to highlight the need for the public to use due care when hiring contractors.    …

Deputies Arrest White Springs Fugitive

On Thursday, June 8, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested a dangerous fugitive that two days earlier shot at a bail bondsman in White Springs, Florida.   A CCSO warrants Deputy received information that Damon Crosby, 39 was seen in an apartment at the Cedar Park Apartments in Lake City. Deputies and Detectives cordoned off…

Sheriff Hunter Promotes Clay

On Friday, June 2 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Detective Darrel Clay to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Clay has been with CCSO since 2006 and will be transferred from the Criminal Investigation Division to the Patrol Division where he will be a shift supervisor.…

Public Notice of Sexual Predator Address

Sexual Predator Address Change   In accordance with Florida Statute 775.21, this is a mandatory notification of the changing of address of a registered sexual predator in Columbia County.   Name:  Roy E. Welch Address: 284 SW Lowery Terr Lake City, FL 32028 DOB: 3/16/1955 Hair Color: Bald Eyes: Blue   The above subject was…

Detectives Arrest Arsonist

On Thursday, May 25, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested a Lake City woman for arson and attempted murder following a three month investigation.   The investigation began in the early morning hours of February 16, when Deputies were called to the 400 block of Thompkins Loop in unincorporated Columbia County. It was reported that…

Detectives Arrest Murder Suspect

In the late evening hours of May 20, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested a local woman for murder as they continue to piece together the events that took place earlier.   The investigation began around 6:30 pm, Saturday, when the Columbia County Combined Communication Center received a 911 call from a female stating she had shot…

Sheriff Hunter Promotes Stapleton

On Tuesday, May 16 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Detention Deputy Gregory Stapleton to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Stapleton has been with CCSO since 2013 and will remain assigned to the Detention Division where he will be a shift supervisor at the Detention Facility.…

This year the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office joins the State and Nation in recognizing the men and women in the Corrections field by participating in the “National Corrections Officers’ Week.” In 1984, President Ronald Regan signed Proclamation 5187, “National Correctional Officers’ Week”, as a way to recognize the men and women in the corrections profession.…

Sheriff Recognizes Members with Commendation Medals

On Thursday, April 27, in a ceremony attended by friends, family, and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter presented three agency members with awards due to their outstanding work achievements. Sergeant Jimmy Watson, Detective Cal Fenner (Ret), and Forensic Technician Jason Massey were awarded the Sheriff’s Office Commendation Medal for their efforts in solving a…

Detectives Investigate Suspicious Death

On Wednesday, April 26, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives began a death investigation in unincorporated Columbia County.   Just after 4:30 am, CCSO Deputies responded to the 1900 block of SW Nautilus Road due to a report of an unresponsive female lying on the side of the roadway. When Deputies arrived, they discovered the female…

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Member

On Wednesday, March 22 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Detention Deputy Amy Geiger to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Geiger has been with CCSO since 2013 and will remain assigned to the Detention Division where she will be a shift supervisor at the Detention Facility.…

Sheriff Hunter Presents Florida Sheriffs Association Award

On Monday, March 13, Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter presented an award to local man for his tremendous support to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. In a ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office, Captain Joseph Victor USCG (Ret) was presented with the Honorary Lifetime Membership award to the Florida Sheriffs Association by Sheriff Hunter and, Debi…

Public Notice of Sexual Predator Address

Sexual Predator Address Change   In accordance with Florida Statute 775.21, this is a mandatory notification of the changing of address of a registered sexual predator in Columbia County.   Name:  David E. Bailey Address: 1482 SW Commercial Glen Lake City, FL 32025 DOB:  9/1/1974 Hair Color: Brown Eyes: Brown   The above subject was…

Sheriff Hunter Presents Sheriffs Youth Ranch Award

On Thursday, March 9, Sheriff Mark Hunter recognized a local couple for their outstanding support to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. In a ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Eunice were presented with the Crystal Star Award from the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches by Sheriff Hunter, accompanied by Bill Frye, President of…

Statement from Immediate Family of Fred Paul Laster

Lake City, Fla– The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has been asked by Fred Paul Laster’s immediate family to distribute this statement on their behalf:   “We, the immediate family of Fred Paul Laster, have gathered together at this time to support each other as we experience the intense emotions caused by the heartbreaking loss of…

Press Conference on Arrest in 23 Year Old Murder Investigation

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Trucker Arrested Following Pursuit

In the early morning hours of Saturday, February 25, a truck driver was arrested after he made threats and then led Deputies on a chase.   Around midnight, the Columbia County Combined Communication Center received a 911 call from a subject making threats against President Trump. The subject later identified as Ausarmaat Rahotep, 37 of…

“Cupid’s Arrow” Nets 12 Child Predators

Detectives and Agents with the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) arrested 12 child predators from Tallahassee to Lake City as part of a weeklong investigation known as Operation Cupid’s Arrow. Operation Cupid’s Arrow was a joint law enforcement operation involving local, state and federal law enforcement agencies including members of the…

Suspicious Person Call Leads to Arrest

On Wednesday, February 15, a White Springs man with an active arrest warrant, resisted arrest and led Deputies on a car chase.   At 3:03 p.m. the Columbia County Combined Communication Center received a report of a suspicious vehicle near U.S. 41 and NW Fiddlers Ln. The responding Deputy located the truck parked with no…

Drug Task Force Arrests Two

On Wednesday, December 28, the Columbia County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force served a search warrant at 112 SW Birch Glen in unincorporated Columbia County and concluded a lengthy narcotics investigation. The investigation began nearly a year ago when a group of citizens alerted the Sheriff’s Office to suspicious activity at a home in their neighborhood.…

Christmas Shopping Deputy Locates Wanted Felon

Shortly before 4 P.M. Detective Sergeant Don Meyer was off for the day doing some Christmas shopping at the Lake City Mall. As he waked the mall interior, he saw someone he had never met, but that he quickly recognized, a wanted subject, Terrance Davis, 29.

Sergeant Meyer recognized Davis from a wanted bulletin that the FBI had send out Thursday morning alerting the Sheriff’s Office to be on the lookout for Davis because he was wanted for murder in Las Vegas.

***Update*** Reckless Driver Flees after Striking Deputy with Motorcycle

On Tuesday, November 15, at 9 pm, the suspect, Kyle Jarod George, 24 of Lake City was captured near Hudson Street and SR 47 following an extensive manhunt.   George struck Corporal Archie Crews with a motorcycle and fled on foot. K9 teams from CCSO, FHP, and DOC began tracking George, who travelled nearly .75…

Reckless Driver Flees after Striking Deputy with Motorcycle

On Tuesday, November 15, at 6 pm, a Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured when he was struck by a motorcycle in the area of SW Packard Street east of SR 47 in unincorporated Lake City.   The Columbia County Combined Communication Center received a report of dirt bikes driving recklessly in the area and…

Sheriff Recognizes Members for Outstanding Performance

Sheriff Mark Hunter presented four agency members with awards due to their outstanding achievements. Sergeant Howard Bulthuis, Detective Chris Parker, Detective Marcella Mayo and Analyst Yvette Tyler were given the awards for 2016 cases where they preformed their duties in a manner that brought great credit on them and the agency.

Deputy Saves Baby That Fell Into Pool

A Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputy saved a child, using CPR, who had fallen in a pool and was unresponsive Thursday, October 27th. The 22 month old baby was flown to a hospital in Gainesville where she is in stable condition.

Detectives End Five County Burglary Spree

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested a Lake City man who has been on a multi county burglary spree. Over a two month period, 14 burglaries were committed by the suspect who used the same method and burglary tools. Five of the 14 burglaries were outside of Columbia County in Suwannee, Baker, Lafayette, and Union Counties.

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Members

On Friday, September 9 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted three CCSO members. Sergeant Richard Glover was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, Corporal Randy Harrison to the rank of Sergeant and Deputy Matthew Baucom to the rank of Corporal. Lieutenant Glover, who has been with…

Drug Task Force Arrests Two

The Columbia County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force arrested two men following an intensive 8 month long, multi-agency investigation. Task Force Detectives along with personnel from Suwannee, Gilchrist and Colquitt County Ga. Sheriff’s Offices have arrested Leroy Valdez, 36 and Leroy Haynes, 38 both from Georgia on multiple drug related charges.

Fort White Harmony in the Streets Summer Camp

On Friday, August 5th, 50 students graduated from the 5th annual Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch Mobile Day Camps in Fort White.   These camps are sponsored by the  Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, who partners with the Youth Ranch to provide a quality camp at no cost to the citizens of our community.  The camp enables…

Sheriff Hunter Promotes Daniels and Sweat

Sheriff Mark Hunter promotes Corporal Ronnie Daniels to the rank of Sergeant and Detention Deputy Howard Sweat to Corporal. Sergeant Daniels, who has been with CCSO since 2006, will be assigned as a watch commander at the Detention Facility and Corporal Sweat, who has been at CCSO sine 2012 will be a shift supervisor in the Detention Division.

Drugs Found On Aircraft Being Serviced

On Wednesday, July 20, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office began a narcotics investigation when approximately 1 kilo of cocaine was found on an aircraft at HAECO Aviation Services Inc. located at 102 SE Academic Ave.   HAECO service personnel found the narcotics while servicing a Jet Blue A320 aircraft and notified CCSO. The investigation revealed…

Detention Deputy Arrested

On Saturday, July 23, a Columbia County Detention Deputy was arrested at the county detention facility when he brought in and delivered contraband to an inmate. Dillon Moore was arrested at 6:50 am and was booked on one count of delivering contraband into a detention facility.   The investigation began earlier in the week when…

***Update-County Inmate Walks Off Work Crew-Captured***

On Thursday morning, July 7, Steven Shuman was captured in Folkston, Georgia. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office alerted Folkston Police that Shuman was possibly in their city based on the on-going investigation. Folkston Police also received a tip from a citizen that saw the news report on a local TV station.

County Inmate Walks Off Work Crew

A Columbia County Detention Facility inmate escaped while assigned to a work crew doing lawn maintenance at a county facility in the Fort White area. Steven Swain Shuman, 22 walked off the work site around 11:10am. He was one of three inmates working in that area. Once the supervising Detention Deputy discovered the escape, Patrol Deputies along with additional Detention Deputies responded to the area and set up a perimeter.

Detectives Investigate Late Night Shooting

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives investigate a shooting that occurred on Forest Terrace in unincorporated Columbia County .Deputies were dispatched to Lake Shore Medical Center where a gunshot victim was being treated for a gunshot wound. The victim was in a vehicle driving by her boyfriend when the shooting occurred.

Elks Lodge Gives Check for Summer Camps

Sheriff Mark Hunter was given a $600 check from Elks Lodge #893 to help with expenses of two summer youth camps hosted by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

The camps provide two weeks of fun and education for over 120 local students. Each week long camp, one in Lake City and one in Fort White, focus’ on helping the students learn about and interact with Deputies and other first responders.

Detectives Investigate Shooting in South Columbia County

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are investigating a shooting in the 300 block of SW Tommy Lites St. in unincorporated Columbia County. At this time investigators believe this is a targeted attack and not a random act of violence.

Detectives Investigate Shooting on Tranquil Glen

On Friday, May 20, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are investigating a shooting in the 100 block of Tranquil Glen in unincorporated Columbia County. From the preliminary investigation, investigators believe that the weapon used is possibly a bb or pellet gun.

Sheriffs Youth Ranch Silver Star Awards

Detention Deputy Dewayne Smith and Captain Katina Dicks were presented the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Silver Star awards for their financial support of the Youth Ranches for the past 15 years.

Spradley Promoted to Sergeant

On Thursday, April 21 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Corporal Keith Spradley to the rank of Sergeant.

Torch Run 2016

Local Law Enforcement agencies came together to participate in the 2016 Torch Run. The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.

Detectives Make Arrest in Shootout

***Update***Detectives Investigate Shooting On Thursday, April 14, Detectives arrested a White Springs man for his involvement in a shootout at Munchies Food Store a day earlier. Darafael McKire, 29 of White Springs was released from the hospital

Welcome New CSU Members Nick Ojanovac and Pat Walsh

If you want to give back to your community, our volunteer unit provides an excellent means to do so. Our Citizen Service Unit is manned by volunteers and provides vital services to our community at no cost.

Sheriff Appoints New Chief Deputy and Jail Administrator

Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Captain Joe Lucas to the rank of Major, naming him the new Chief Deputy and Detention Deputy Chris Douglas to the rank of Captain as the Jail Administrator.

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Member

On Friday, February 12, 2016 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Detention Deputy John Finley to the rank of Corporal.

Student Baker Acted After Threatening Statements

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, Columbia County School Resource Deputies completed an investigation into threatening statements made by a Columbia High School student.

Burglary Spree Cut Short After Trio Inadvertently Target CCSO Deputy’s Personal Vehicle

On Saturday, January 30 in the early morning hours, a trio of burglars were making their rounds when their crime spree was cut short.

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Member

On Wednesday, January 27 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Corporal Murray Smith to the rank of Sergeant.

**UPDATE** Detectives Arrest Man Who Was Shot By Homeowner

On January 12, Detectives arrested Steven Craycraft, 25 for the burglary he committed last week where he was shot by the homeowner.

**UPDATE** Suspect in Infant’s Death Arrested

On January 8, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested Dwight Tyre III, 23 on an arrest warrant for Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child.

Homeowner Shoots Armed Intruder

On the night of January 7, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were called to 123 August Road in unincorporated Columbia County where a homeowner shot an intruder.

**UPDATE** Infant at the Heart of Abuse Case Dies

On January 6, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was notified shortly after 4 pm that the infant had died.

**UPDATE** Detectives Investigate Cause of Baby’s Injuries

Following the interview with the mother of the infant, Molly Hill, she was allowed to leave the Sheriff’s Operations Center to go to the hospital to be with her child.

Detectives Investigate Cause of Baby’s Injuries

On Tuesday, January 5, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding a seriously injured baby that had been brought into the Lake City Medical Center for treatment by the baby’s mother and her boyfriend.

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Members

On Wednesday, December 30 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted three Sheriff’s Office members.

Meth Lab Lands Fort White Man on Santa’s Naughty List

On Tuesday, December 22, patrol Deputies from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office discovered a meth lab at 941 SW Longhorn Terrace in Fort White.

Bitter Sweet Day At CCSO

On Tuesday, December 22, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office held a luncheon in honor of two valued members of the CCSO family who are retiring on December 31.

Eastside Safety Patrol and Student Leaders Tour Sheriff’s Office

On Friday, December 18, 42 students from Eastside Elementary School toured the Sheriff’s Operation Center. The students were made up of the school’s safety patrol and student council.

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Members

On Friday, December 4 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted three Sheriff’s Office members.

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Member

On Friday, November 20 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Corporal Steven Khachigan to the rank of Sergeant.

Suspicious Package at Columbia County Courthouse

On Monday, November 9, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigated a suspicious package at the main entrance of the Columbia County Courthouse prompting an evacuation of the facility.

Vehicle and Foot Pursuit Ends with Lake City Man in Custody

On Wednesday, November 4, a Lake City man is in jail following a vehicle pursuit which ended with a single car crash. The driver fled the scene and was captured by deputies after a foot chase.

Sheriff Hunter Gives Opinion on Open Carry Bill

After receiving numerous requests to give his position on the Open Carry bill submitted to the Florida legislature, Sheriff Mark Hunter wrote the attached letter.

Shooting Sends One to Hospital and Lands Other in Jail

On Saturday, October 24 the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigated an early morning shooting which left one person in the hospital with a gunshot wound and the suspect behind bars.

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Member

On Friday, October 23 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Sergeant J.T. Williams to the Lieutenant.

New Members Join CCSO

On Wednesday, October 21, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in two new CCSO members. Mr. Aaron Rose was sworn in as a Detention Deputy and Mr. Thomas Norris was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff.

Tragedy Averted, 96 Year Old Found By K9 Team

On Tuesday, October 20, a DOC K9 team from Baker Correctional Institution located a missing 96 year old Fort White man during a search effort initiated by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Members

On Friday, October 9 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted SSgt. Robert Dees to the rank of Lieutenant and Lt. Katina Dicks to Captain.

New Members Join CCSO

On Wednesday, October 7, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in two new CCSO members. Ms. Martha Adams was sworn in as a School Crossing Guard and Mr. Kevin Cox was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff.

Lake City Man Arrested Following Pursuit

On Wednesday, September 30, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Lake City man on multiple charges following a vehicle pursuit. CCSO deputies were in the area of the Super 8 motel on SR 47 when they saw Christopher Jones, 43 whom they knew had a felony warrant for his arrest.

Major Marijuana Grow Operation Uncovered

On Wednesday, September 23, personnel from the Columbia County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force uncovered a major marijuana grow operation at 1357 SW Wilson Springs Rd.

New Members Join CCSO

On Wednesday, September 23, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in two new CCSO members. Ms. Katherine Milligan took the oath of office for civilian employees and Mr. Jordy Stewart was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff.

New Member Joins CCSO

On Friday, September 11, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in a new CCSO member. Ms. Brenda Taylor Jones took the oath for civilian employees. Ms. Jones will be assigned to the Administrative Division as the Fiscal Assistant.

Deputies Locate Stolen Property

On Tuesday, September 8, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office recovered a large amount of stolen property taken in two separate burglaries that occurred over the weekend.

Deputies Arrest Lake City Man for Burglary

On Friday, August 21, at approximately 2 pm, Deputies responded to a burglary in progress at 249 NE Meeks St. in the unincorporated county area. When Deputies arrived, the burglar had fled the area on foot.

Sheriff Awards Deputy the Commendation Medal

On Friday, August 21, Sheriff Mark Hunter presented a Detention Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office Commendation Medal for her actions on July 21, 2015 which thwarted the escape of a jail inmate.

Massive Search Effort Concludes With Child Found Safe

On Friday, July 31, at 5:18 pm the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was called to 427 SW Breckenridge Lane near Fort White due to a missing 10 year old child. Family members of Katelynn Mosher, 10 reported her as a runaway, which prompted the search.

Bitter Sweet Day at CCSO Jail

On Friday, July 31, the Columbia County Detention Facility was host to a luncheon in honor of one of their retiring members. Ms. Sharon Parker, the administrative secretary for the Detention Division of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, retired with more than 28 years of service.

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, July 29, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in a new CCSO member.

Detectives Investigate Stabbing

On Tuesday, July 28, at approximately 2 pm, Deputies responded to a stabbing at 349 NE Clara Glen in the unincorporated county area.

CCSO and FDLE Investigate Deputy Involved Shooting

On Tuesday, July 28, at approximately 10:30 am, a Columbia County Deputy Sheriff was involved in a shooting at 4204 SW Pinemount Rd in the unincorporated county area.

New Members Join CCSO

On Thursday, July 23, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in two new CCSO members. Mr. Chris Douglas was sworn in as a Detention Deputy and Ms. Ashley Stalvey took the oath of office for civilian employees.

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Member

On Wednesday, July 22 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Detention Deputy Raymond Brown to the rank of Corporal.

Jail Escape Thwarted

On Tuesday, July 14, CCSO detention facility personnel learned of an elaborate escape plan at the Columbia County Detention Facility and took steps to prevent it.

New Member Joins CCSO

On Thursday, July 16, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in a new CCSO member. Mr. Roger Moody took the oath of office for civilian employees.

Robbery Suspects Arrested

On Thursday, July 9, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two men following a dramatic vehicle pursuit which began in north Columbia County on I75.

UPDATE-DECEDENT IDENTIFIED-K9 Search Team Locate Human Remains

The body found by K9 search teams Friday July 3 has been positively identified as the missing Baker County woman, Ms. Sharon Jackson. The cause of death has not yet been determined and the case is still active and ongoing.

K9 Search Team Locates Human Remains

On Friday, July 3, at approximately 11:30 am, K9 teams from First Response Search Team out of Tallahassee found human remains while searching for a missing person.

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Member

On Wednesday, July 1 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Deputy Sheriff Brian Lucas to the rank of Corporal.

***Update- Detectives Investigate Inmate’s Death***

On Thursday, June 18, at 8:09 pm, an inmate at the Columbia County Detention Facility was found unresponsive in a cell. Detention personnel began CPR and alerted EMS, who arrived and pronounced the inmate dead.

Detectives Investigate Inmate’s Death

On Thursday, June 18, at 8:09 pm, an inmate at the Columbia County Detention Facility was found unresponsive in a cell. Detention personnel began CPR and alerted EMS, who arrived and pronounced the inmate dead.

Detectives Investigate Altercation and Shooting

On Monday, June 8, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a deadly altercation that left one man dead and another in jail.

New Members Join CCSO

On Wednesday, June 3, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in three new CCSO members. Ms. Ranisha Williams was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff, Mr. Justin Porter sworn in as a Detention Deputy and Mrs. Stephanie Massey took the oath of office for civilian employees.

Deputies Search for Missing Female

On Thursday, May 28 at approximately 10:30 am, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to 359 NE Williams Rd due to a missing endangered female. A home health care worker alerted CCSO that Myra L. Williams, 62 had left her home on foot and could not be located.

Annual Crime Report Released

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has released the annual crime report. The statistics are from a reporting period of January 2014 to December 2014.

Update-Detectives Investigate Deaths

Detectives have identified the victim as Gewedolyn Cart, 72 and next of kin has been notified. A presumptive ID on the male suspect is Robert Hupp, 79.

Detectives Investigate Deaths

On Wednesday, May 13 the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the death of a man and woman at 419 Tribble Street in unincorporated Columbia County.

***UPDATE***FDLE Provides Update on Death Investigation

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement continues to investigate the death of a 16-month-old female child who was found deceased in a vehicle at 111 SW Stafford Court.

Detectives Investigate Infant’s Death

On Tuesday, May 12, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to 111 SW Stafford Court to investigate a 16 month old infant’s death.

American Heritage Girls Show Appreciation to CCSO

On Monday, May 11, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office had a surprise visit from Troop FL8811 of the American Heritage Girls.

Detectives Investigate Missing Adult

On Wednesday, May 6 the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office began a missing person’s investigation on a 61 year old woman at 158 SW Leonard Terrace in unincorporated Columbia County.

CCSO Announces Dates for Summer Camps

On Tuesday, May 5, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office announced the dates for its two summer mobile day camps for kids ages 8-13.

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Member

On Friday, May 1 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Ms. Cathy Davis to the position of Director of Human Resources.

Bitter Sweet Day at CCSO

On Monday, April 27, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office held a luncheon in honor of two valued members of the CCSO family who are retiring after many years with the agency. Sheriff Mark Hunter took the opportunity to point out that between them both they have over 60 years of service to the Sheriff’s Office and Columbia County.

Sheriff Recognizes Two Deputies with the Distinguished Service Award

On Monday, April 20, Sheriff Mark Hunter presented two deputies with the Distinguished Service Award for their heroic actions which resulted in saving a life during a house fire.

CSU Members Receive Commendations

On Monday, April 20, Sheriff Mark Hunter gave three members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Service Unit commendations for their exceptional work with the agency’s Crime Scene Unit.

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, April 1, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in Mr. Dillon Moore as a Detention Deputy.

Bittersweet Day for Columbia County Detention Facility

On Friday, March 27 at a retirement luncheon Sheriff Mark Hunter presented Detention Deputy Linda Harrington a plaque and a heartfelt thank you for her 13 years of dedicated service to the Sheriff’s Office and this community.

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Member

On Friday, March 27 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Detective Todd Lussier to the rank of Sergeant.

CCSO Retires Two K9s

On Tuesday, March 17, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office officially retired two of its canines after years of faithful and productive service to the community.

CCSO Exposes Local Human Trafficking Group

On Saturday, March 7, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a kidnapping, rape and false imprisonment case which uncovered a local human trafficking group.

CCSO and FDLE Need Public’s Help

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are asking for the public’s help with any information regarding this cold case homicide.

Two New Members of CCSO Hit the Ground Running (literally)

On Friday, February 27, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office officially welcomed two new members to the agency’s K9 unit during a ceremony attended by friends, family and Sheriff’s Office personnel.

New Members Joins CCSO

On Friday, February 27, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in two new deputies. Mr. Aaron Green was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff and Mr. Cornelius Lorton as a Detention Deputy.

FFA Leadership Tours the Sheriff’s Office

On Thursday, February 19, FFA Leadership from Fort White and Columbia High School toured the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Operations Center.

Vehicle Pursuit Lands Two Alabama Men in Jail

On Wednesday, February 11, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested two Alabama men on a host of charges following an altercation and vehicle pursuit.

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, February 11, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in Mr. Matthew Marzucco as a Deputy Sheriff.

Sheriff Hunter Presents FSA Award

On Monday, February 9, Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter recognized a local resident for his service to the Florida Sheriff’s Association.

***2ND Update-Detectives Investigate Suspicious Death***

The preliminary examination by the medical examiner revealed no trauma to the body and cause of death has not been determined. The medical examiner is awaiting toxicology.

***Update-Detectives Investigate Suspicious Death***

The decedent has been identified by fingerprints as Veronica Witcher 43, of Lake City. The cause of death is still undetermined pending examination by the medical examiner in Jacksonville Florida.

Detectives Investigate Suspicious Death

On Saturday, February 7 at 1:09 pm, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 187 NW Joland Way to investigate a possible homicide.

Sheriff Hunter Presents FSA Award

On Thursday, January 29, Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter recognized a local resident for his service to the Florida Sheriff’s Association.

Sheriff Reads to Kindergarteners

On Monday, January 26, Sheriff Mark Hunter visited a kindergarten class at Eastside Elementary School to read to the students.

Sheriff Hunter Swears in New CSU Members

On Wednesday, January 21, in a ceremony attended by friends, family and Sheriff Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in two new members of the Citizen Service Unit.

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Members

On Friday, January 16 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Corporal J.T. Williams to the rank of Sergeant and Deputy Sheriff Murray Smith to the rank of Corporal.

Detention Visitation System Upgrade

On Wednesday, January 14, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office video visitation at the detention facility became fully operational again.

Equine Seizure Sale!!!

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will be selling at auction 31 Equine at the North Florida Livestock Market. The Equine are owned by the Sheriff’s Office due to the results of an animal neglect investigation where the animals were seized and custody was granted to the Sheriff’s Office.

Florida Sheriff’s Association Honors State Senator Dean

On Tuesday, January 13, Sheriff Mark Hunter on behalf of the Florida Sheriffs Association presented State Senator Charles “Charlie” Dean with the FSA Legislative Champion Award.

***Update-Detectives Investigate Shooting***

The investigation into the homicide of a 16 year old is continuing and additional information is now available.

Detectives Investigate Shooting

On Monday, January 5 at approximately 10:00 pm Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 1205 Sophie Dr. in reference to a report of a person being shot.

New Year’s Resolution

Each year, we are inclined to make a “new year’s resolution,” and we decide that this is the year that we will actually stick with it. Resolutions normally consist of weight loss goals, exercising, eating healthier, or quitting bad habits such as smoking or drinking.

NY Fugitive May Get Coal In His Stocking

On Tuesday, December 23, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office assisted the U. S. Marshal Service in the arrest of a wanted fugitive out of New York.

Detectives Uncover Evidence of Child Exploitation

On Monday, December 22, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a residence, 300 SE Fawn Glen in Lake City and subsequently arrested a local man on multiple charges relating to internet crimes against children.

Students Learn About Their Sheriff’s Office

On Friday, December 19, students from Eastside Elementary School toured the Sheriff’s Office Operations Center, seeing firsthand how the Sheriff’s Office personnel perform their various duties.

***Update*** Investigation Underway in Inmate Death

On Wednesday, December 10, at approximately 3:30 pm, the deceased inmate’s next of kin was notified by CCSO detectives.

Investigation Underway in Inmate Death

n Wednesday, December 10, at 4:50 am, an inmate at the Columbia County Detention Facility was found unresponsive in their cell. Detention personnel began CPR and alerted EMS, who transported the subject to Lake Shore Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

New Members Join CCSO

On Wednesday, December 3, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in two new members. Ms. Mackenzie Guerra and Mr. Anson Johnson were sworn in as detention deputies. Detention Deputies Guerra and Johnson will be assigned to the Detention Division as detention officers. We wish them the…

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Members

On Thursday, November 20 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted three members of the Detention Division. Sergeant Holly Castagna was promoted to Lieutenant, Corporal Tocarra Gainer was promoted to Sergeant and Detention Deputy Ronnie Daniels was promoted to Corporal. Lt. Castagna will be the Security Lieutenant…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, November 19, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in Ms. Evelyn Searcy as Detention Deputy. Detention Deputy Searcy will be assigned to the Detention Division as a detention officer. We wish her the very best in her new career.

CCSO Provides for Those in Need

On Thursday, November 19, members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office delivered food baskets to Catholic Charities as part of a holiday food drive. While there the Director of Catholic Charities, Suzanne Edward made them aware of an additional need in the community. Suzanne shared that there were children at a local school in need…

Sheriff Hunter Presents FSA Award

On Monday, November 17, Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter recognized a local resident for his service to the Florida Sheriff’s Association. In a ceremony attended by employees of the Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Tom Brown was presented with a Distinguished Service Award by Sheriff Hunter. Mr. Brown was recognized for his 35 years of contributing to…

Sheriff Thanks Our Volunteers

On Friday, November 14, in a ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office Operations Center, Sheriff Mark Hunter praised the members of the Citizen Service Unit for their dedication and thanked them for their volunteer service. The Citizens Service Unit (CSU) was formed in 2006 and is comprised entirely of citizen volunteers who provide non-law enforcement services…

Two New Members Join CCSO

On Wednesday, November 12, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in two new members. Mr. Evan Brand was sworn in as Detention Deputy and Mr. John Hartzog took the oath as a civilian employee. Detention Deputy Brand will be assigned to the Detention Division as a…

Deputies Arrest Two on Violent Felony Warrants

On Thursday, November 6, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two violent felons after a brief standoff. Deputies received a tip from a citizen that a warranted male, Tyrece Roundtree 25, was just seen at 140 SW Jupiter Glen in the unincorporated area of the county. Deputies arrived and saw Roundtree on the porch with…

Detectives Seize Drugs, Cash and Gun at Fire Scene

On Wednesday, November 5, the Columbia County Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force served a search warrant at 309 NE Alpha Terrance resulting in the seizure of over 5 pounds of marijuana, a large amount of cash, and an illegal firearm. The investigation began Tuesday night at 10 pm when two patrol deputies came upon a car…

Deputies Receive Commendations

On Monday, November 3, the local chapter of The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution honored two Columbia County Deputy Sheriffs for their part in saving the life of a two month old baby on March 7, 2014. Lieutenant Katina Dicks and Deputy Brian Lucas were awarded the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal…

Halloween Safety Tips

As the ghost, goblins, cowboys and princesses roam the streets in search of candy please be mindful of them. There are no set hours for this activity however great care needs to be exercised during the night. I have gotten a great safety list from SafeKids.org and thought we would share it.                                                                       HALLOWEEN SAFETY…

Sheriff Visits Students

On Tuesday, October 28, Sheriff Mark Hunter visited six classes at Eastside Elementary School to talk with students. The Sheriff spoke to the children about making good decisions and gave advice on how to respond when faced with issues that may come up. After the interactive talk was complete, Sheriff Hunter treated the kids to…

School Resource Deputies Teach Students to “Just Say No”

On Friday, October 24, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputies visited the 5th grade students at Five Points Elementary School to teach about the dangers of drugs. The program teaches the students to “Respect yourself” and “Say No to Drugs”. Sergeant Tim Ball, Corporal Clint Dicks and Deputy Jimmy Finnell spoke to the students…

CCSO Unveals New App

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is beta testing a new app designed to give the public quick and efficient access to our website, social media sources and other useful information. In it’s current form, the app is downloaded by using the attached web address and following the online instructions. If the app is well received,…

New Members Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, October 15, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in three new members during a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel. Sheriff Hunter swore in Ms. Tashahnda Baldree and Mr. Joshua Green as Deputy Sheriffs and Mr. Calvin Haight as a Detention Deputy. Deputies Baldree and Green will be assigned to the Patrol…

“IRS” Scam Alert

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a phone scam that is taking place throughout our area. This particular scam has been widely seen across the country. The scammers call and fraudulently identify themselves as the IRS. They advise that you owe back taxes and demand immediate payment via a prepaid credit card. The…

CCSO School Resource Deputies Teach Students to “Just Say No”

On Friday, October 10, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputies visited the 5th grade students at Columbia City Elementary School to teach about the dangers of drugs. The 30 minute program given to over 90 students in two sessions had a simple yet effective message. “Respect yourself” and “Say No to Drugs”. Corporal Clint…

Task Force Detectives Serve Search Warrant, 73 Marijuana Plants Seized

On Thursday, October 9, at approximately 7 pm Detectives from the Columbia County Multi-jurisdictional Task Force served a search warrant at 1839 SW Wilson Springs Road in Fort White which yielded 3 arrests and seizure of a large number of marijuana plants. Earlier that day, the Task Force received information about an indoor marijuana grow…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, October 8, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in a new member during a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel. Sheriff Hunter swore in Mr. Troy Freeman as a Deputy Sheriff. Deputy Freeman will be assigned to the Patrol Division for field training and solo assignment. We wish him the best in…

Pink is the New Green

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, the CCSO family came out in pink this Friday. Pictured is Sheriff Mark Hunter with some of the support staff and the Lieutenants Diane Johnson and Cedric May with some of the support staff at the Columbia County Detention Facility.

Deputies Foil Burglar’s Plan

In the early morning hours, Friday, October 3, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies foiled a burglar’s escape plan after a break in at Green’s Marine, 1613 E Duval St. At 4:20 AM, a citizen called 911 and reported seeing a male climb the fence into Green’s Marine and tamper with the security camera at the…

Operation Teddy Bear

On Friday, September 19, Florida Gateway College Student Body donated a host of new stuffed toys to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office as part of a community service project. The service project was to collect new stuffed toys and donate them to the Sheriff’s Office so that the deputies and detectives could give them to…

Are You A Future Victim of A Vehicle Burglary?

During the last 30 days, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has investigated 44 vehicle burglaries throughout the unincorporated areas of the county. The M.O. has been the same in each case; valuables stolen from unlocked vehicles. Most vehicle burglaries are crimes of opportunity. The thief looks for easy access and doesn’t want to make much…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, September 3 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in a new member. Sheriff Hunter swore in Mr. Daniel “Danny” Blanton as a Detention Deputy. Detention Deputy Blanton will be assigned to the Detention Division as a detention officer. We wish him the best in…

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Members

On Friday, August 29 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Corporal Jason Langston to the rank of Sergeant and Detention Deputy John Geiger to the rank of Corporal. Sergeant Langston and Corporal Geiger are assigned to the Detention Division and will remain in that division as…

FDLE Investigates Death of Local Man After Encounter with Deputy

On Sunday, August 24 at 6:24 pm, a Deputy Sheriff with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office took a local man into custody. During the arrest, the man resisted and the deputy used his “taser” to gain control. The deputy called for EMS due to the subject acting strange prior to the arrest. While waiting, the…

New Members Join CCSO

On Wednesday, August 20 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in four new members. The members were sworn in at the positions indicated; Martha Escobar as a School Crossing Guard, Mary Luke as a LPN, Keith Thomas as a Detention Deputy, and Brett Sullivan as a…

CCSO Members Inducted Into Silver Star Society

On Friday, August 15, the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches honored three members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office for their 15 years of continuous giving and support. Mike Heller, Special Events Manager for the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch inducted Captain David Wingate, Detention Deputy Adam Jernigan and Ms. Holly Castagna into the Florida Sheriffs Youth…

School’s Back In So Watch for Children!!!

On Monday August 18, the Columbia County schools are back in session and that means the familiar sight of yellow school buses, crossing guards, and lots of children.  The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force making a concerted effort to remind drivers of the hazards and encouraging them to slow down during…

Investigation Uncovers Potential Health Risk

On Friday, August 1, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeffery Brown for failure to properly care for nearly 20 horses on his property located at 385 NW The Lords Ct. The investigation began in mid-July, when deputies were called to an address in the unincorporated county area to check on horses that had wandered…

Two New Members Join CCSO

On Friday, August 1, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in two new members. Jessica Smith was sworn in as Detention Deputy and Chelsea Collins took the oath as a civilian employee. Detention Deputy Smith will be assigned to the Detention Division as a detention officer…

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Member

On Friday, July 25 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Corporal Jimmy Watson to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Watson will remain in the Criminal Investigation Division in his current assignment as the supervisor of the Crime Scene Unit. We would like to congratulate Sergeant Jimmy…

Argument Leads to Stabbing; 4 Injured

On Saturday, July 19 at 8 pm, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to 290 SW Wendy Terrence due to a report of 3 or 4 people being stabbed. When deputies arrived they located 2 victims that had been stabbed and 2 that were cut. The preliminary investigation revealed an argument between the occupants of…

Two Toddlers on a Walkabout Lands Three in Jail

On Monday, July 14, at 9:28 am, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Mayfair Subdivision off SR 247, where a concerned citizen found two toddlers wandering unsupervised. Deputies learned that Tony Petty had found the toddlers near the intersection of Pilots Way and Mayfair Lane at about 8:30 am. Mr. Petty took them…

Deputies Investigate Sexual Battery, Lake City Man Arrested

On Monday, July 14, at 3:10 am, deputies and detectives with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigated a sexual battery on a child which led to the arrest of a Lake City man. The investigation began when Lake City Medical Center notified the Combined Communication Center that they were treating a child suspected of being…

***Update*** Robert Church in Custody

***UPDATE July 9 10:30 pm***Church In Custody  On Wednesday, July 9 at 10:20 pm, Robert Church turned himself in at the Columbia County Detention Facility.  He was booked on aggravated battery, felon in possession of a firearm, and discharging a firearm in public with no bond.   (Updated July 9, 10 am) Victims Status-Deputies Investigate Early Morning…

Detectives Serve Search Warrant

On Wednesday, July 9, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a residence, 3839 E US Hwy 90 lot 1 in Lake City. The warrant was a result of an investigation into internet child pornography. The investigation was initiated after information was received that a local man had downloaded child pornography onto…

***Update*** Victims Status-Deputies Investigate Early Morning Shooting

On Wednesday, July 9, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocate reported that the victims, security guard Niaja Bowles, 33 and bystander Alvia Lee, 37 both of Lake City have been released from the hospital and are recovering from their injuries. Robert Dell Church, 29 is still at large as detectives continue to investigate the…

Deputies Investigate Early Morning Shooting

On Saturday, July 5 at 2:30 a.m., Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at Elks Lodge at 1688 NE Washington Street in Lake City. The initial investigation revealed an argument between two unknown females and a single male, Robert Church, 29 began inside the Elks Lodge at closing. The on-site security guard attempted…

Sheriff Hunter Promotes Two CCSO Members

On Wednesday, July 2 in a ceremony attended by family and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Deputy Sheriff Brian Rix and Detective Keith Spradley to the rank of Corporal. Corporals Rix and Spradley will be assigned to the Patrol Division as shift supervisors. We would like to congratulate Corporals Rix and Spradley on…

Emotionally Disturbed Man Shoots Gun In Home

At 3:40 pm Tuesday, July 1 the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to 2618 SE Country Club Road due to a 911 call reporting a suicidal subject in the home with a gun. While deputies were responding, the caller told the dispatcher that Robert Larson, 49 armed himself with a pistol during an argument and…

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Members

On Friday, June 20 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted three members. Corporals Rick Damon, Matt Grinstead and Jennifer Wolf were promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Damon will be assigned to the Administrative Division as the Community Services Sergeant. Sergeants Grinstead and Wolf will…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, June 18 in a ceremony attended by Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in a new member. Mr. James Stuhr was sworn in as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Reserve Program was formed for the purpose of augmenting and supporting the Sheriff’s Office operational and administrative efforts. This force…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Monday, June 16 in a ceremony attended by Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in a new member. Mr. John Hall was sworn in as a Detention Deputy and will be assigned to Detention Division.

Bitter Sweet Day At CCSO

On Friday, June 13, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office held a luncheon in honor of three valued members of the CCSO family who are leaving the agency. Sheriff Mark Hunter took the opportunity to thank them for their service to the Sheriff’s Office and Columbia County by presenting them with plaques for their exceptional service. Ms.…

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Member

On Friday, June 6 in a ceremony attended by family and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Deputy Sheriff Scott Staley to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Staley is assigned to the Patrol Division and will remain in that Division as a shift supervisor. We would like to congratulate Corporal Staley on his promotion…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, June 4 in a ceremony attended by his family and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in a new member. Robert Steele was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff and will be assigned to Patrol Division.

Drug Evidence Is Readied For Destruction

On Monday, June 2, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office concluded an audit of drug evidence scheduled for destruction. This type of audit is conducted semiannually prior to the destruction of drug evidence that is no longer required for trials. The inspection is conducted by a member of the Sheriff’s command staff, the evidence custodians and a…

Sheriff Hunter Promotes CCSO Member

On Wednesday, May 28 in a ceremony attended by Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Detention Deputy Michael Stancil to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Stancil is assigned to the Detention Division and will remain in that Division as a shift supervisor. We would like to congratulate Corporal Stancil on his promotion and wish…

Lake City Man Faces Child Abuse Charges

On Wednesday, May 21, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Lake City man for multiple counts of child abuse and neglect. The investigation was initiated Tuesday evening, May 20 when a juvenile walked into the Lake City Police Department reporting physical and emotional abuse. Since the suspected crime occurred in the unincorporated area of the…

K9 Team Locates Two in Distress

On Tuesday, May 20, a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office K9 team located two people in separate incidents, illustrating the effectiveness of program. The first incident involved an elderly man wandering off from his home on SW Walter Avenue. Charles Myers, 74 who suffers from Dementia & Parkinson’s disease left his home and his daughter became…

Sheriff Accepts Award for CCSO Safety

On Tuesday, May 20, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Mark Hunter received an award for the fiscal year 2012- 2013 for its advances in “Fleet Safety and Loss Control.” Sheriff Hunter accepted the award from Dick Hunt of the Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund for the agency’s continued improvement in the area of vehicle…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Monday, May 19, in a ceremony attended by Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in a new member. Adam Taylor was sworn in as a detention deputy and will be assigned to Detention Division.

New Member Joins CCSO

On Friday, May 16 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in a new member. Olivia Roberts was sworn in as Deputy Sheriff and assigned to the Patrol Division.

***UPDATE*** ARREST MADE-Deputies Investigate Theft of Meds at School

***Updated*** School Nurse Investigated On Friday, May 9, the Columbia County Sheriff Office initiated an investigation into the theft of prescription medication from the nurse’s station at Pinemount Elementary School in Lake City. The investigation, conducted by the school resource deputies is active and on-going as potential victims are being identified and others associated with…

***UPDATE- ROBERTS CAPTURED!!!***Escapee On The Run

On Wednesday, May 7, an inmate from the Columbia County Detention Facility has escaped and currently remains at large. The preliminary investigation has revealed that around 4 am, an inmate told detention deputies inmate Steve A. Roberts had escaped during the night. Although the investigation is on-going, it is believed that Roberts left sometime after…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Monday, May 5, in a ceremony attended by Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in a new member. Cynthia Sikes was sworn in and will serve as a LPN assigned to the Corrections Division.

Student Makes Hoax Call Triggering Lockdown

***UPDATED at 9 pm April 23*** Student Makes Hoax Call Triggering Lockdown On Wednesday, April 23, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to Columbia High School due to a 911 call from an unknown person indicating another student had brought a weapon into the school. The 911 call triggered emergency procedures by the school and…

Two New Members Join CCSO

On Wednesday, April 23, in a ceremony attended by Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in two new members. Charity Payne was sworn in as School Crossing Guard and Terry Libbert was sworn in as a volunteer with the Citizen Service Unit.

Annual Crime Report Released

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has released the annual crime report. The statistics are from a reporting period of January 2013 to December 2013. The report shows an overall increase of 5.1% in the crime index for Columbia County from the previous year. The unincorporated county area had a 4.4% increase due to…

Sheriff Presents Distinguished Service Award

On Monday, April 21, Sheriff Mark Hunter presented the Distinguished Service Award to Mr. Zimmie Petty for 30 years of service and support to the Florida Sheriff’s Association. We would like to extend our most sincere appreciation to Mr. Petty for his unwavering support for our Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs these many years.    …

Fort White Burglars Arrested

On Thursday, April 17, detectives from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people suspected of a string of burglaries in Fort White and High Springs. The ongoing investigation began in mid-March when a residence on SW Boulder Glen in Fort White was burglarized. During the initial report, deputies noted that a suspicious vehicle had…

Narcotics Investigation Leads to Seizure of Drugs and Cash

On Tuesday, April 15, detectives from the Columbia County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force seized narcotics, cash, and a vehicle as a result of a narcotics investigation. The five month investigation revealed that narcotics were being sold out of a residence, 6525 N U.S. Hwy 441. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team secured the home…

Man Arrested for Internet Child Porn

On Friday, April 11, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a residence, 1647 SW Camellia Lane in Lake City. The warrant was a result of a three month long investigation into internet child pornography. The investigation, which began in February, was initiated after a cyber-tip was received from the National Center…

Sheriff’s Office Is Seeking Public’s Help

***Updated April 9*** The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway. On April 1, 17 year old Katherine Faye Taylor left her home on SW CR 242 in Lake City after an argument with her parents. She was last seen wearing white stretchy jeans, dark colored sandals, and…

Sheriff’s Office Seeks To Limit Victims Through Education

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to lock their cars when unattended. By taking this simple step, you may prevent yourself from becoming a victim of a burglary and theft. Over the past week, the Sheriff’s Office has responded to several (approximately 18) vehicle burglaries where unlocked cars were entered and items…

Investigation Leads to Seizure of Drugs and Cash

On Friday, detectives from the Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force seized narcotics, cash, and a vehicle as a result of an ongoing investigation. The investigation began on April 1, when an anonymous tip was received on the drug tip hotline. Task Force Detectives, acting on the tip information, conducted an investigation and developed probable cause for…

Deputies Awarded Medal of Distinction

On Thursday evening at the Board of County Commissioners meeting Sheriff Mark Hunter awarded Lt. Katina Dicks and Deputy Brian Lucas the Medal of Distinction. The medals were awarded for their actions on March 7 when they responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive infant, 2 month old Maleigh Robertson. When the deputies arrived…

Search Warrants Yield Guns and Drugs

On Wednesday, detectives from the Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force served search warrants at residences, 411 NW Bascom Norris Dr. Apt. 104 and 843 NE Catawba St. in Lake City. The warrants were a result of a lengthy undercover investigation into narcotics violations. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office SWAT deputies assisted by securing the homes for the…

Deputies Assist Columbia Correctional Institution

At 5:14 p.m., the Columbia County Combined Communication Center received a 911 call from Columbia Correctional Institution (CCI) in reference to two inmates being stabbed.   911 Center subsequently notified the Sheriff’s Office Watch Commander of the incident. Deputies were dispatched to CCI to assist if needed.  While en route, CCI updated the 911 Center that…

Third Annual Fins and Pins Benefit

Join Sheriff Mark Hunter in supporting the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Third Annual Fins and Pins Benefit on Saturday, April 26th, 2014.  The bowling tournament will begin at 1 p.m. at Lake City Bowl, 347 SW SR 247 in Lake City with a free fish fry following at the…

Lake City Man to Face Multiple Charges

At 3 p.m., detectives with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested Steven Hankins, 51 of Lake City at the conclusion of a seven month investigation. The investigation, which began in September 2013 focused on an employee of Anderson Columbia, Inc. who was suspected of ordering items on corporate accounts and then selling them for personal…

Detectives Shut Down Home “Drug Store”

On Monday night, detectives from the Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a residence, 233 SW Riddle Lane. The warrant was a result of an undercover investigation into narcotics being sold out of this home. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office SWAT deputies assisted by securing the home for the detectives. The search uncovered…

CSU and Columbia County Crime Stoppers take part in Home Show

While folks enjoyed the 11th Annual North Florida Home and Patio Show at the fairgrounds the past weekend, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Service Unit and Columbia County Crime Stoppers did what they do best, serve the community! They were on hand to answer questions and provide information on their services. We are indeed…

Scam Alert

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received an email report from a citizen about a suspicious incident that occurred on Saturday.   The incident involved a teen coming to the door selling magazines for a “school trip”.  Wisely, the citizen contacted the school this morning and learned they had no such fundraiser going on.  The Sheriff’s Office…

Deputies Locate Missing Elderly Man

At 8:37 am, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to 375 SW Old Spanish Road due to a missing elderly man. The preliminary investigation revealed that Richard Irving Preston, 87 was missing from the home he shares with his wife. When a home health worker arrived at 8:30 am to care for the couple, she…

Fort White Man Arrested After Standoff

At 3:18 pm Thursday, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to 3764 SW Wilson Springs Road due to a 911 call from a male reporting “a man had a gun was going to kill everyone”. When deputies arrived, the caller told the deputies that Patrick James Dempsey, 32 armed himself during an argument with his…

Detective Seeks Public’s Help in Cold Case

In April 2008, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division began an investigation into a missing person, Jarrick Benard Lindsey, 21. Jarrick had not been seen for approximately a month and was reported missing by his mother, who felt “something bad had happened to him”. Jarrick lived in the Lake City area and interviews…

Thank You Columbia County

Few people could imagine more heartbreaking news than a serious crash of a van loaded with church youth; however that’s exactly what happened on Friday, February 21.  The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office provided only minimal assistance at this tragic crash by directing traffic and securing the area for FHP.  It is what occurred afterward that…

Florida Sheriffs Resolution Explains Opposition to Legalized Marijuana

On January 16, 2014  the Florida Sheriffs Association of which Sheriff Mark Hunter is a member,  released the following resolution.   Concerned that legalizing marijuana will jeopardize public safety; Florida’s sheriffs have passed a resolution opposing the legalization of marijuana in Florida. The Florida Sheriffs Association today announced the majority vote, stressing that the main priority of FSA…

Scam Alert

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a phone scam that is taking place throughout the state.  This particular scam has been widely seen in south Florida, but is now moving north. The scammers call and fraudulently identify themselves as Florida Power and Light associates.  They advise that your bill is past due and…

Scenario Training Provides Hands On Experience

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office participated in training exercise near Fort White High School conducted by County Emergency Management. The purpose of the exercise was to train and evaluate first responders by using a realistic scenario which enabled agencies to work together.  Some of the agencies involved were the Sheriff’s…

Deputies Nab Robber

In the early morning hours Saturday, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a robbery in progress at the S & S store, 3919 N US Hwy 441.  The deputies saw the suspect’s vehicle speeding south on US 441.  They attempted to stop the car, however it fled and a brief pursuit ensued.   The driver…

Valentine’s Day Robbery Suspect Arrested

In the early morning hours Friday, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a robbery in progress at the Shell Station, 3317 US Hwy 90 W.  A white male had entered the store and attempted to distract the clerk by telling him there was a snake in the restroom.  The clerk came out and found…

Fort White Robber Arrested

On February 5, 2014, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was notified by U.S. Marshal Service they arrested Dennis Godden, 31 as a result of an active Columbia County warrant.  Gooden was arrested without incident in Brevard County Fla., booked into their jail and later extradited to Columbia County where he is currently in jail. The arrest…

Detective Seeks Public’s Help

In September 2013, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division began an investigation into thefts from a local business, Anderson Columbia Co. Inc.  The investigation focused on an employee who was suspected of ordering items on corporate accounts and then selling them for personal gain. The stolen property consisted of new and used laptops,…

Plans for Torch Run Underway

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, along with other law enforcement agencies in the area have begun gearing up for this year’s Law Enforcement Torch Run®.   Friday, January 31, we will be outside Publix accepting donations for the Florida Special Olympics Summer Games. The torch run is scheduled for April 9th at 9:30 a.m. starting at the…

Multi-Agency Joint Operation Yields Arrest For Narcotics & Firearms Violations–Nets Impressive Results

On Thursday, January 23rd, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), working in conjunction with the Columbia County Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force, served several arrest and search warrants following an extensive 14 month long investigation. The Columbia County Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force is comprised of law enforcement personnel from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Lake City…

Three New Members Join CCSO

On Friday, January 17, 2014, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in three new members. Christopher Parker, Michael Crews and Bradley Carpenter were sworn in as Deputy Sheriffs and assigned to the Patrol Division.

Deputies Respond to Stabbing

On Friday, January 10th, 2014, at 8:21 a.m., Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a stabbing at 262 SW Santos Terrace, lot #52 in Lake City. When deputies arrived, it was discovered that 19 year old Jorge Josh Arata had received a knife wound to his upper body. It was determined that 18 year…

Deputies Investigate Shooting

On Thursday, January 9th, 2014, at 11:40 a.m., Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to an accidental shooting at 11814 SE CR-245 in Lulu. The investigation revealed that homeowner, Patricia Barber, had a 22 caliber rifle leaning against the front door to defend her chickens from a fox. Her 30 year old son, Brian Ward,…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, January 8th, 2014, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in Pedro Ovalle as a Deputy Sheriff. We would like to welcome Deputy Sheriff Ovalle to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office family and wish him the best of luck.

Detectives Locate Meth Lab

On Tuesday, January 7th, 2014, at 2:25 p.m., detectives from the Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force were conducting an investigation at 1207 NW Ashley Street in Lake City, when they discovered a methamphetamine lab. Due to the dangers associated with such labs, Lake City Fire Department and Lifeguard ambulance personnel provided over watch as Task Force…

Detectives Investigate Deadly House Fire

On Monday, January 6th, 2014, at 4:10 a.m., Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a house fire at 484 SE Alfred Markham Street. When deputies and Columbia County Fire Department arrived, the home was fully involved. FD personnel extinguished the fire and reported they had discovered what is believed to be human and animal…

Detectives Arrest Robbery Suspects

On Friday, January 3rd, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., Columbia County Sheriff’s Office detectives made arrests resulting from a month long investigation of two armed robberies. The robberies occurred on December 9th, 2013, to the Subway Sandwich Shop located at 1686 SE Baya Drive and the S & S convenience store at 3544 SE Country Club…

Students Tour Sheriff’s Operations Center

On Friday, December 20th, students from Eastside Elementary School toured the Sheriff’s Office Operations Center, seeing firsthand how the Sheriff’s Office personnel perform their various duties. During the visit, the students, who were made up of the School Safety Patrol and Student Council members were provided an overview of the Sheriff’s Office, talked with detectives…

Sheriff Hunter Promotes Two CCSO Members

On Monday, December 23, 2013, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office Members, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Deputy Sheriff Harry Paul Lee Jr. to the rank of Corporal and Corporal Romey Luke to rank of Sergeant. Both Corporal Lee and Sergeant Luke are assigned to the Detention Division. We would like to…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Monday, December 23, 2013, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in Robert Morando as a Deputy Sheriff. We would like to welcome Deputy Sheriff Morando to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office family and wish him the best of luck.

New Member Joins CCSO

On Monday, December 23, 2013, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in Richard Conger as a Deputy Sheriff. We would like to welcome Deputy Sheriff Conger to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office family and wish him the best of luck.

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in Dennis Hampton as a Deputy Sheriff. We would like to welcome Deputy Sheriff Hampton to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office family and wish him the best of luck.

Broward County Homicide Suspect Located Deceased in Columbia County

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received a request for assistance from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in reference to locating a homicide suspect. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office was searching for Pedro Jose Maldonado, a Weston, Florida resident, in regards to a double homicide that was discovered on Tuesday afternoon…

Sheriff Hunter Presents Distinguished Service Award

On Tuesday November 19th, 2013, Sheriff Mark Hunter presented the Distinguished Service Award to Mr. Arthur C. Butler Sr. for 30 years of service and support to the Florida Sheriff’s Association. We would like to extend our most sincerest appreciation to Mr. Butler for supporting our Sheriff’s and Deputy Sheriff’s for all of these years.

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in Lesli Strait as a Deputy Sheriff. We would like to welcome Deputy Sheriff Strait to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office family and wish her the best of luck.

Death Investigation

On Sunday, November 17th 2013, at 11:30 p.m. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a call of a shooting at a residence on 252B North of Troy Road. Upon arrival Deputies found that Christopher Curry and Michelle Curry had been shot Preliminary investigation revealed that Christopher Curry and Michelle Curry were involved in a…

House Fire Update – Dante Terrace

The preliminary investigation reveals nothing of a suspicious nature at this time and both occupants were asleep in different areas of the residence at the start of the fire on SW Dante Terrace. Officer Greear was awakened by the fire and initially made efforts to extinguish the fire which were unsuccessful. He then attempted to…

Juvenile Arrested after Deputies Pursue Him in Stolen Vehicle

On 10/30/2013, at approximately 10:30 pm, Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputies spotted a vehicle that had been recently reported stolen. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the vehicle fled and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Demyus Alphonzo Robinson swerved in front of deputies to…

Body Found after House Fire was Extinguished

On 10/31/2013 at approximately 12:48 am, Columbia County 911 communications center received a call of a house fire on Dante Terrace. Columbia County Fire Rescue, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and Lifeguard Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputies reported the home was fully involved with flames throughout the…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in a new Sheriff’s Office employees. Amy Geiger was sworn in as a Detention Deputy and will be assigned to the Columbia County Detention Facility. We would like to welcome Amy to the Columbia County…

Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch Donation

On Friday, October 25, 2013, Dennis Roberts was honored for his support and donation to the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch. Mr. Roberts, former Columbia County Public Defender was thanked by Maria Knapp, President of Donor Relations for the Youth Ranch and Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter for his generous donation. Mr. Roberts donated a boat…

Two New Members Join CCSO

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, Sheriff Mark Hunter welcomed two new members to the Sheriff’s Office family. In a ceremony attended by family, friends and coworkers, Mr. Aaron Mckenzie and Joshua Satterwhite were officially sworn in as a Deputy. Deputy Mckenzie and Satterwhite will be assigned to the Patrol Division as a Deputy Sheriffs. We…

Man Pronounced Dead after Stabbing

On Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 12:11a.m., Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a fight in progress at 767 NW Amanda Street, Lot # 4. Upon arrival Deputies found Deeante Gibson lying on the ground unresponsive with several stab wounds to the upper torso. Columbia County EMS responded to the scene and transported Deeante…

Fort White Convenience Store Robbed

On Friday, October 11, 2013, The Chevron gas station at 7692 SW Highway 27 in Fort White was robbed at gunpoint. The unknown suspect stole approximately $3,500, before fleeing the store on foot. No injuries occurred during the robbery. The suspect is a white male approximately 6’1” to 6’2”, with a medium build. The suspect…

Lake City Country Club Burglar Arrested

On Monday, October 7, 2013, a woman was arrested for a burglary after Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives found stolen property in her yard and home. Detectives developed information that Brandy Colwell was a suspect in several recent burglaries that occurred in the Lake City Country Club. Upon arrival at Colwell’s residence, stolen property was…

Theft Suspect Sought for Arrest

On October 2, 2013, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to the “Step In Food Mart”, 4039 W US Highway 90, Lake City in reference to a retail theft and criminal mischief case that had occurred inside the attached laundry mat. Upon arrival deputies observed that three commercial washing machines were damaged and that the…

Man’s Arrest launches Fraud Investigation

On Monday, September 16, 2013, Jerami Robinson was arrested by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office on Fraud and Theft charges. An investigation was initiated after management of Anderson Columbia notified the Sheriff’s Office that they were seeing inconsistencies in the companies’ invoices. An inquiry by staff of Anderson Columbia showed items ordered by IT Manager…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Mr. Scott Krueger officially joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony attended by co-workers, Sheriff Mark Hunter provided Mr. Krueger with the Oath of Office, making him an official member of the Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Krueger became a member of the Citizen Support Unit. We would like to…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Friday, September 13, 2013, Mrs. Gayle Rains officially joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony attended by family and co-workers, Sheriff Mark Hunter provided Mrs. Rains with the Oath of Office, making her an official member of the Sheriff’s Office. Mrs. Rains is a civilian employee and will be assigned as a…

Gratitude for Service

On September 12, 2013, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was presented with a plaque by Danny Murray of Columbia County Cycles for its support of the All Gave Some, Some Gave All Ride to benefit the American Legion Post 57 Service Officer’s Fund. Along with the plaque, a letter was presented as well, stating the…

Safety Patrol Pinning Ceremony

On September 5, 2013, members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Lake City Police Department showed their support in the annual Eastside Elementary Safety Patrol Pinning Ceremony. During the ceremony, Capt. Wingate of the Sheriff’s Office and Chief Gilmore of the Lake City Police Department took turns pinning the newly appointed Safety Patrol Member…

Sheriffs Office Member Promoted

On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office Members, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Deputy Sheriff Brian Blevins. Deputy Sheriff Brian Blevins was promoted to Corporal and is assigned to the Judicial Division. We would like to congratulate Corporal Brian Blevins on his promotion and wish him luck in…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in a new Sheriff’s Office employee. Matthew Baucom was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff and assigned to the Patrol Division.

Murder Suspect Captured

Murder Suspect Captured On Thursday, August 29, 2013, Ernest Larry Grandison was arrested by the Louisiana Jefferson Parrish Sheriff’s Office and United States Marshal Service Fugitive apprehension team. On April 27, 2012, Ernest Grandison robbed the A&M Discount Beverage located at 394 East Duval Street, Lake City. During the robbery, Grandison fatally shot Rajnikant Patel.…

Three New Members Join CCSO

On Thursday, August 22, 2013, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in three new Sheriff’s Office employees. Jeffrey Higginbotham became a member of the Citizen Support Unit, Eric Fraddosio was sworn in as a Detention Deputy and was assigned to the CCDF and Chris Hale was…

Four Sheriff’s Office Members Promoted

On Monday, August 19, 2013, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office Members, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted four Deputy Sheriffs. Deputy Sheriff Clint Dicks was promoted to Corporal and is assigned at Columbia High School as a School Resource Deputy. Deputy Sheriff Thomas Mansfield was promoted to Corporal and is assigned to…

Double Homicide Suspect Arrested

On Saturday, August 10, 2013 at approximately 1:15am, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the Santa Fe Bar, 23731 US Highway 441, High Springs, FL, in reference to a disturbance that resulted in two people being shot. Columbia County Deputies, along with High Springs Police Department responded to the scene and confirmed that two…

New Victim Advocate Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, Hope Crawford joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Mrs. Crawford will be the Victim Advocate for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony attended by family, friends and coworkers, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in Mrs. Crawford, making her an official member of the Sheriff’s Office family. We would like…

Deputies Investigate Fatal Vehicle Fire

On July4, 2013, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to SW Cypress Rd. to investigate a vehicle fire. At approximately 4:00 am., Columbia County Fire Department and CCSO units arrived on scene to find a Chevrolet pickup on fire near the roadway. Upon the fire being extinguished, a male subject, and the only occupant, was…

Man Arrested for Arson

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a structure fire at 149 NE Campus Place. The unoccupied residence suffered interior damage from the fire after being extinguished by the Columbia County Fire Department. Witnesses at the scene advised deputies that a suspicious person was seen near the house prior to…

Deputy Promoted

On Friday, June 21, 2013, Deputy Sheriff Steven Khachigan was promoted to the rank of Corporal. In a ceremony attended by family, friends and coworkers, Sheriff Mark Hunter officially promoted Steven to Corporal.Corporal Khachigan was most recently assigned as a School Resource Deputy. He will be transferred to the Patrol Division as a supervisor. We…

Louisiana Man Arrested on Drug Charges

On Wednesday, June 12, 2012, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Louisiana man on drug charges. Corporal Rick Damon and Deputy Calvin Lee contacted the suspect, Peter Guarisco, in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. Guarisco was sitting in his 2004 Cadillac. Deputies discovered that Mr. Guarisco did not have a valid driver license from…

Ft. White Man Arrested for Growing Marijuana

On Friday, June 7, 2013, a Ft. White man was arrested by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies after an indoor marijuana growing operation was discovered in his home. At approximately 8:15 pm, a search warrant was served by the Columbia County Multi Jurisdictional Task Force at 418 SW Bangor Way, Ft. White, FL. Deputies discovered…

Man Arrested for Credit Card Theft

On Friday, June 7, 2013, a Live Oak man was arrested by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office detectives following an investigation into credit card fraud and theft. On June 4, 2013, the victim reported to Sheriff’s deputies that her credit card had been stolen, along with cash, from her purse. Detective Andrea Useche was assigned to…

Tropical Storm Andrea Update

Tropical Storm Andrea made landfall in the Steinhatchee Area at 5:35 p.m. this afternoon. She continues to track to the N-NE at 17 mph. It is expected that TS Andrea will cross our county to the northeast of Lake City around 8 pm and move on through. We still could see sustained winds in the…

Man Arrested on Drug Charges

On Monday, June 3, 2013, a Ft. White man was arrested on narcotics charges after deputies discovered a methamphetamine laboratory in his home. At approximately 1:00pm, Deputies were serving an arrest warrant on Jonathan Keen at 168 SW Freedom Ct., Ft. White, FL. During the service of the arrest warrant, deputies discovered materials and chemicals…

Suicidal Man Shot by Deputy

On Friday, May 31, 2013, a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputy was involved in a shooting. At approximately 1:00 am, deputies responded to 315 NW Lamar Place in reference to a subject that was armed and threatening to harm himself and law enforcement. Deputies encountered the subject in the front yard of the home and observed…

Two Citizens Recognized for Their Service

This morning, May 30, 2013,  Sheriff Mark Hunter presented the Distinguished Service Award to Mr. George Richardson and his wife Carol. The Richardson’s are being recognized for 45 years of service and support to the Florida Sheriff’s Association. We would like to extend our most sincerest appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Richardson for supporting our…

1st Annual Fins and Pins Charity Event an Overwhelming Success

On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Sheriff Mark Hunter was honored to present a check to the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches. The proceeds were from the 1st annual Fins and Pins community fish fry and bowl-a-thon recently held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Thanks to our generous and caring community, we were able to raise $18,000.00…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, Sheriff Mark Hunter welcomed a new member to the Sheriff’s Office family. In a ceremony attended by family, friends and coworkers, Mr. Gregory Lance Stapleton was officially sworn in as a Deputy. Deputy Stapleton will be assigned to the Columbia County Detention Facility as a Detention Deputy. We would like…

2012 Annual Crime Statistics

Today, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has released its annual crime report. The statistics are from a reporting period of January 2012 to December 2012. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is very proud of the statistics for the year but also realize that there is always ways to improve. In Columbia County, a…

Two Arrested on Burglary Charges

On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, two men were arrested for allegedly committing a burglary and stealing several firearms. On May 6, 2013, the victim reported to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office that her home was burglarized and several items of value, including firearms, were stolen. The victim received information that identified a suspect in the…

Deputies Involved in Shooting

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, deputies with the Columbia County Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force were involved in a life threatening confrontation. At approximately 11:50 pm, Task Force deputies were conducting a narcotics investigation at 611 NW Bronco Terrace. When deputies attempted to make contact with persons inside the home, a suspect exited the house armed with…

Runaway juvenile being sought

On 4-7-2013 Alana K. Johnston left out her bedroom window with a bag of clothing and other personal items. Alana is known to have friends in Live Oak, FL and is possibly hiding out with friends in that area. Alana also has  friends that live in Lake City that she may be staying with. Anyone…

Hurricane Season is Approaching

The start of the 2013 Hurricane season is fast approaching. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office wants to make sure that you are informed and prepared. Please visit this link for tips on making a plan, preparedness and other storm tips. http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes  

Deputies Seize Large Amount of Marijuana

On Friday, April 26, 2013, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies seized a large amount of marijuana. At approximately 5:30 pm, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on East Hwy 90. Deputies observed two unrestrained children in the back seat. Corporal Matt Grinstead was present with this K-9 partner Zombie. K-9 Zombie alerted to…

Burglary Suspects Identified and Arrested

On Monday, April 29, 2013, two Baker County residents were arrested by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office detectives on charges of burglary. Green’s Marine, a Columbia County business, was burglarized during the overnight hours of April 15, 2013. The suspects stole fishing and archery equipment. The male and female suspects were captured on surveillance video. The…

Burglary Suspects Being Sought

On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary that had occurred overnight to Green’s Marine and Sporting Goods at 1613 E. Duval St. The suspects entered the business and stole archery equipment. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the communities help in identifying the suspects. The male suspect is described…

Community Fish Fry to Benefit the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch

Drug Take Back Day

On April 27, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will conduct its sixth “Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative,” a one-day collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement. The initiative will provide an opportunity for the people of Columbia County to voluntarily surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutically controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement…

Deputies Honored for Charitable Giving

On Monday, April 15, 2013, Deputies with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office were honored by the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches. The Silver Star Society Awards were presented for 15 years or more of donations and support to the Youth Ranches.   The Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches makes a real and lasting difference in the lives…

Four New Members Join CCSO

On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, four new members joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony attended by friends, family and coworkers, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in all four members, making them official members of the Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Patrick Ross was sworn-in as a Deputy Sheriff. Ms. Marcella Miller was sworn-in as a…

Two Arrested on Burglary Charges

On Monday, April 1, 2013, two Columbia County men were arrested by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives on burglary and theft charges. On March 28, 2013, the victim reported to deputies that his home was burglarized while he was out of town. Numerous items of value were stolen to include televisions, DVD players, a Go-Kart…

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, a Columbia County man was arrested on narcotics charges following a traffic stop. At approximately 11:00 pm, Deputy Sheriff Kristopher Kosko stopped a gray Honda passenger car on East Duval St. for a traffic violation. While conducting an interview with the driver, it was found that there narcotics in the…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, Mr. Murray Smith became an official member of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony attended by friends, family and coworkers, Sheriff Mark Hunter placed Mr. Smith under oath, making him an official member of the Office. We would like to congratulate Deputy Sheriff Murray Smith and we wish him…

Deputies Search for Two Drowning Victims

On Monday, March 11, 2013, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team was requested to assist the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office with the search for two men that entered the Suwannee River. At approximately 8:00pm, the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office responded to Log Landing in reference to two men that had entered the river to…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, March 6, 2013, Mr. Calvin Lee officially joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony attended by friends, family and coworkers, Mr. Lee was sworn in by Sheriff Mark Hunter. Deputy Sheriff Lee will be assigned to the Patrol Division and partake in a lengthy and comprehensive training program. We would like…

Deputy Promoted

On Friday, March 1, 2013, Deputy Sheriff Matt Grinstead was promoted to the rank of Corporal. At a ceremony attended by friends, family and coworkers, Deputy Grinstead was promoted by Sheriff Mark Hunter. Corporal Grinstead will be assigned to Patrol Division of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. We congratulate Corporal Grinstead on his promotion and…

New Member Joins CCSO

On March 1, 2013, Mr. Raymond Brown officially joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony held at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Brown was sworn-in by Sheriff Mark Hunter. Deputy Brown will be assigned to the Columbia County Detention Facility as a Detention Deputy. We would like to welcome Deputy Raymond Brown…

TRAINING EXERCISE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, the Columbia County Emergency Management will be conducting an Active Shooter Exercise at the Richardson Middle School. Please be advised that this exercise will involve law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, emergency management and other first responders. THIS IS A NOTIFICATION TO ALL COLUMBIA COUNTY RESIDENTS THAT THERE WILL BE NUMEROUS…

New member joins CCSO

On Wednesday, February 20, 2013, Mrs. Beverly Stanley officially joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremeony attended by friends, family and co-workers, Sheriff Mark Hunter provided Mrs. Stanley with the Oath of Office, making her an official member of the Sheriff’s Office. Mrs. Stanley is a civilian employee and will be assigned to…

Man Arrested after Fleeing Deputies

 On Wednesday, February 13, 2103, a Columbia County man was arrested after fleeing deputies on foot. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Brandon Lee Hodge at 727 SW Buck Ct., Ft. White, FL. When deputies arrived at approximately 8:30 am, Hodge fled the residence on foot. Columbia County Sheriff’s…

Three Arrested on Narcotics Charges

On Monday, February 11, 2013, three people were arrested by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies for possessing narcotics paraphernalia. At approximately 9:50 pm on Feb 11, Deputy Sheriff Shayne Foote conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with a license plate violation. The traffic stop was conducted at a gas station at Interstate 75 and…

Man Arrested for Fraud

On Thursday, February 7, 2013, a White Springs man was arrested for forgery.  At approximately 11:00 am, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted by bank employees that the suspect was attempting to cash a personal check drawn on the account of a deceased person. Deputies found the suspect, on bicycle in the drive thru…

New Deputy Joins CCSO

On Friday, February 1, 2013, Mr. Joshua Sampson officially joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff. In a ceremony attended by family, friends and coworker, Mr. Sampson was sworn-in by Sheriff Mark Hunter. Deputy Sampson will be assigned to the Patrol Division. We would like to welcome Joshua to the Columbia County…

Man Arrested for Multiple Burglaries

On January 27, 2013, a Columbia County man was arrested for allegedly committing a string of vehicle burglaries.  Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives began investigating several vehicle burglaries on January 2, 2013. The suspect entered unlocked vehicles in the Wise Estates subdivision off C.R. 242. The thefts occurred during the overnight hours. During…

Promotions at CCSO

On Friday, January 25, 2013, two Columbia County Sheriff’s Office employees were promoted by Sheriff Mark Hunter. In a ceremony attended by family, friends and coworkers, Sheriff Mark Hunter officially promtoed Terrance Tyler and Tocarra Gainer. Detective Corporal Terrance “Tip” Tyler was promoted to Sergeant. Sergeant Tyler is assigned to the Detective Division and will…

Two Arrested for Burglary

 On Tuesday, January 22, 2013, two men were arrested after committing a burglary in Ft. White, FL. At approximately 4:00 pm, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence off SW Weasel Ct. The homeowner reported that a burglary to her shed was in progress. The victim’s security company was able to provide…

Two New Members Join CCSO

On January 16, 2013, two new members officially joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.    In a ceremony attended by family, friends and coworkers, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore-in Mr. Charles Vaughn and Mr. Rex Nicola.   Mr. Vaughn has joined the Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff and will be assigned to the Patrol Division. Mr. Nicola is a Licensed Practical…

Deputies Discover Meth Lab

On Sunday, January 13, 2013, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory. At approximately 8:50 pm., Deputies Brian Lucas and Chad Guerry were conducting a neighborhood patrol when they observed a suspicious vehicle parked at 317 NE Double Run Rd. While investigating the vehicle, the Deputies could smell a chemical odor in…

Juveniles Arrested for Burglary

On January 9,2013, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a burglary call on NW Lake Jeffery Rd. A concerned citizen noticed a suspicious vehicle and persons at a neighbor’s home and notified the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies discovered that the home had indeed been burglarized and a television and other items had been stolen from…

Deputies Honored

On Thursday, January 10, 2013, two Columbia Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies were honored for their actions in providing life saving care. Deputy Sheriff Scott Staley and Deputy Sheriff D.J. Clay were presented the Medal of Distinction by Sheriff Mark Hunter in a ceremony attended by family, friends and coworkers. The awards citation read: “For…

Citizen Recognized for Service

On Monday, January 7, 2013, Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter recognized a local resident for his service to the Florida Sheriff’s Association. In a ceremony attended by employees of the Sheriff’s Office, Harrell B. McCrory, Jr. was presented with a Distinquished Service Award by Sheriff Hunter. Mr. McCrory was recoginized for 25 years of contributing…

Two Arrested for Burglary

”‹On January 3, 2013, several residential burglaries occurred on NW Taylor Magee Ln in northern Columbia County. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives worked diligently to solve these burglaries. Two suspects were identified as a result of this thorough and comprehensive investigation. Both suspects were located and taken into custody. Deputies located and arrested…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Friday, January 4, 2013, Mr. Kenneth Minter officially joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony attended by friends and co-workers, Mr. Minter was sworn in by Sheriff Mark Hunter. Mr. Minter is the new Property Manager for the Columbia Sheriff’s Office. We would like to welcome Kenneth Minter to the Columbia County…

Two Arrested for Robbery

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has made two arrests in a robbery that occurred on December 23, 2012. On that date, it was reported that an unknown male suspect cut off power to the Internet Café, 2240 U.S. 90 West, broke into the office and stole an undetermined amount of money. During the robbery to…

Local Business Robbed

  On Monday, December 24, 2012, a local business reported being robbed. At approximately 12:00 am, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Internet Café located at 2240 U.S. 90 West, Lake City, FL to investigate a robbery. Employees of the business told deputies that an unknown person shut off the power to the…

Man Arrested on Drug Charges

On Saturday, December 22, 2012, a Columbia County man was arrested on multiple narcotics charges. At approximately 12:50 am, Deputy Sheriff Shayne Foote conducted a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle on CR 245. Deputy Foote, while speaking with the driver, observed what he believed to be illegal narcotics plainly visible in the vehicle. Deputy…

Two Arrested at Meth Lab Bust

  On Thursday, December 20, 2012, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant at 1069 S.W. Faulkner Drive, Ft. White, FL. Detectives with the Multi Jurisdictional Task Force obtained the search warrant after a lengthy narcotics investigation. At approximately 1:00 pm, Deputies found the two suspects actively processing clandestine methamphetamine when the warrant…

Promotions at the Sheriff’s Office

On Friday, December 21, 2012, a promotions ceremony was held at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony attended by family, friends and coworkers, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted three employees of the Sheriff’s Office. Detective Sgt Katina Dicks was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lt. Dicks will transfer from the Detective Division to…

School Resource Deputies Recognized by the Attorney General

Florida’s Attorney General has recognized two Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies.  Pam Bondi recognized Deputy Steven  Khachigan and Corporal Don  Meyer for completing 130 hours of training in juvenile issues offered through the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute. The two deputies are now entitled to be conferred the designation of Florida School Resource Officer Practitioner. The…

Emergency Rules Issued for Synthetic Drugs

On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an emergency rule outlawing 22 new synthetic drugs, commonly called “bath salts,” “K2” or “Spice.” Attorney General Bondi announced the emergency rule designating new synthetic drugs as Schedule I of controlled substances, making it a third-degree felony for an individual to “sell, manufacture, or deliver,…

Man Arrested after Threatening to Run Deputies Over

On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, a Columbia County man was arrested after an altercation. Deputies were called to the Players Club on U.S. 90 West at approximately 7:00 pm to assist an investigator with the Florida Department of Children and Families. The DCF investigator had a court order to take custody of a male infant.…

Man Arrested for Shooting at Girlfriend

On Friday, December 7, 2012, a Columbia County man was arrested on multiple charges stemming from a shooting investigation. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence located on County Rd. 245 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Deputies were investigating an incident where a male subject had allegedly shot at his girlfriend. Deputies discovered the…

Lost Child Found Wandering in Neighborhood

  On 12/08/12 Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to NW Yates Loop in to investigate a lost child.   A citizen discovered a young male child, approximately 2 to 3 years of age, walking in the ditch at the corner of NW Yates Loop and NW Ash Dr. The child was unable to give…

Armed Robber Sought

  On Saturday, December 8, 2012, an armed robbery occurred to a local convenience store.   At approximately 7:15 a.m., the suspect entered the Stop and Go Food Store located on SR 47, just south of Interstate 75. The suspect was armed with a handgun. The suspect demanded money from the clerk and fled the…

Two Arrested at Meth Lab

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory. At approximately 9:00 pm, Deputies responded to 3708 NW Huntsboro St., Apt 101, Lake City, FL to investigate an anonymous complaint of alleged illegal drug activity. When deputies arrived at the residence, they immediately noticed a strong chemical odor emanating…

New Deputy Sheriff Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, Mr. Daniel Lee officially became a member of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony held at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Lee was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff by Sheriff Mark Hunter. Deputy Sheriff Lee will be assigned to the Patrol  Division of the Sheriff’s Office.…

Beware of Holiday Scams

With online holiday shopping expected to grow 12.1% in the US this year, to $96 billion, and more people than ever using social media and mobile devices to connect, the cybercriminals have a lot of opportunities. Using multiple devices provides more ways to access valuable “digital assets,” such as personal information and files. 1) Social…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, Mr. Daniel Sullivan officially joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony held at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore in Mr. Sullivan as a Detention Officer. Mr. Sullivan will be assigned to the Columbia County Detention Facility. We would like to welcome Daniel Sullivan to…

Man Arrested after Standoff

On Monday, November 12, 2012, a Columbia County man was arrested after an early morning standoff. At approximately 2:30 am, Columbia County Sheriff Office deputies responded to 338 NE Menlo Gln in reference to a domestic disturbance. When deputies arrived at the home, the suspect was armed with a shotgun and threatened to shoot the…

Lieutenant Promoted to Captain

On Friday, November 9, 2012, Lieutenant Chuck Brewington was promoted to the rank of Captain. In a promotion ceremony held at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Mark Hunter officially promoted Lt. Brewington to Captain. The promotion ceremony was attended by friends, family and co-workers. Captain Brewington joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in August…

Local Business Robbed

On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, a local convenience store was robbed at gunpoint.  Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 3828 North US HWY 441 (Chevron) to investigate an armed robbery.  At approximately 6:45 p.m., the suspect entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect was brandishing a small, silver colored handgun.…

Man Arrested for Obscene Communications

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, a Columbia County man was arrested following an undercover operation conducted by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In October of 2012, the suspect began cellular phone texting an 11 year old girl with sexually explicit messages. Detective Katina Dicks assumed the investigation and began to communicate with the suspect via…

Two Arrested on Narcotics Charges

On Thursday, November 1, 2012, two people were arrested on drug charges. At approximately 11:00 am, an off duty Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed what he believed was a drug transaction taking place.  Sgt Todd Lussier was stopped at the intersection of East Duval St. and Country Club when he observed the alleged drug…

Semi-Annual Crime Statistics for 2012

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has released the semi-annual crime statistics for the period of January 1 – June 30, 2012. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement compiles reported crime data from law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Florida. The FDLE utilizes seven (7) vital statistic crimes to compile the statistics. Those seven…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, October 17, 2012, April Hernandez joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Officer. In a ceremony attended by her new coworkers, Mrs. Hernandez was officially sworn in as a Detention Officer by Sheriff Mark Hunter. We would like to welcome April to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office family and wish her…

Fatal Workplace Accident

On Monday, October 01, 2012, an industrial accident claimed the life of a worker at the Anderson Columbia plant located at 871 N.W. Guerdon St., Lake City, FL. At approximately 5:15 AM, an employee was checking a diesel fuel tank when an explosion occurred. The worker was fatally injured as a result of the explosion.…

Double Shooting Leaves One Man Dead and One Injured

On Thursday, September 28, 2012, a double shooting left one man dead and one in the hospital.                                                                                       Shortly after midnight, a concerned citizen notified 911 that there was an injured person lying outside of a residence located at 1338 East Washington St. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived and discovered a male subject deceased…

Local Men Honored for Support of the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch

On Friday, September 28, 2012, two local men were honored for their 25 year support of the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch. Sheriff Mark Hunter presented Mr. Lester Scaff and Mr. Robin Green with a Distinquihed Service Award from the Florida Sheriff’s Association in recoginition of 25 years of Honorary Membership. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office…

Arkansas Sexual Offender Arrested for Sexual Battery

On Wednesday, September 26, 2012, an Arkansas man was arrested by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies for sexually assaulting a 17 year old Columbia County girl. Deputies were notified by the victim’s father that his daughter may have had sexual contact with the suspect. At approximately 9:45 pm, Deputies Chad Guerry and Corporal Rick Glover…

Man Arrested for Robbery

On Tuesday, September 25, 2012, a Columbia County man was arrested on robbery and other charges. At approximately 3:30 pm, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence off S.W. Diamond Ct to investigate a reported robbery. Deputies interviewed the victim whom advised them that a male subject had stolen $150.00 from her purse…

New Volunteer Joins Sheriff’s Office

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, Ms. Ana Moore joined the Citizens Service Unit at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony attended by friends and co-workers, Ms. Moore was officially welcomed and sworn-in by Sheriff Mark Hunter. The Citizens Service Unit is an all volunteer division at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. CSU members…

Man Sets Himself on Fire After Domestic Violence Attack

On Thursday, September 13, 2012, a Columbia County man set himself on fire after he attacked two people with a baseball bat. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on SE Margaret St. at approximately 11:15 p.m. When deputies arrived at the home, they found the suspect standing in the front yard engulfed…

Multi Agency Operation Seizes Synthetic Substances

On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, a multi agency law enforcement operation resulted in the seizure of synthetic marijuana and bath salts from local businesses. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Lake City Police Department, State Attorney’s Office and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for the morning operation. On March 23, 2012, Florida Governor…

Man Arrested after Shooting Incident

On Thursday, September 6, 2012, at approximately 7:40 pm, a Columbia County man was arrested on multiple charges following a shooting incident at his home. Deputies responded to a residence off N.W. Falling Creek Rd. to investigate a reported home invasion and shooting. The complainant reported to Deputies that an unknown male suspect entered his…

New Member Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, September 5, 2012, Tracey Hicks joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Ms. Hicks was officially sworn-in by Sheriff Mark Hunter in a ceremony attended by friends and co-workers. Ms. Hicks is assigned as a Receptionist at the Columbia County Detention Facility. We would like to welcome Ms. Hicks to the Sheriff’s Office family…

Deputy Promoted to Corporal

On Friday, August 31, 2012, Deputy Sheriff Rick Damon was promoted to Corporal. At a ceremony attended by family, friends and coworkers, Sheriff Mark Hunter officially recognized Deputy Damon as the newest Corporal at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Corporal Damon is a two year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and will be assigned to…

Two Arrested for Multi County Burglary Scheme

On Saturday, two men were arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and charged with multiple counts of burglary. The two suspects allegedly committed burglaries in several counties, including at least nine (9) in Columbia County. On August 25, 2012, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw a white Dodge Stratus, allegedly driven by John…

New Deputy Joins the Sheriff’s Office

On August 22, 2012, Mr. Ryan Kosko joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a swearing in ceremony, Sheriff Mark Hunter provided Mr. Kosko with the Oath of Office, officially making him a member of the Sheriff’s Office. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Kosko’s family as wel as his future co-workers. Deputy Ryan Kosko…

Man Arrested after Exhaustive Search

On Tuesday, August 21, 2012, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies captured a burglary suspect after a lengthy search. Deputies began an investigation into a burglary that occurred to a commercial business on August 20, 2012. In that burglary, several vehicle batteries were stolen. It was determined that the suspect, Cody Dover, had sold some of…

Back to School Safety Tips

August 20, 2012 marks the return of another school year in Columbia County. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office offers the following health and safety tips and encourages all to be cautious as students return to class. The beginning of the school year is a time when children are at increased risk of transportation-related injuries from…

Two Arrested after Meth Bust

On August 14, 2012, the Columbia County Multi Jurisdictional Task Force executed a search warrant at 167 S.W. Fantasy Glen. Detectives arrested the two residents on multiple charges. The detectives encountered very strong chemical odors when they entered the home. Task Force detectives believed that an active or very recent clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was in…

Three Arrested on Meth Charges

On August 12, 2012, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested three persons on drug charges. Deputies were attempting to serve an arrest warrant at 306 S.W. Sunset Way. Deputies did not locate the subject with the warrant but did however discover methamphetamine. Deputies found a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory in the master bathroom of the home.…

New Deputy Joins CCSO

On Thursday, July, 26, 2012, Archie A. Crews officially became a member of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a swearing in ceremony held at the CCSO Operations Center, Sheriff Mark Hunter provided the Oath of Office to Mr. Crews. Mr. Crews was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff. Deputy Crews will be placed into…

STORM UPDATE 7/11/12 4:30 PM

The latest update on recovery efforts from the flooding created by Tropical Storm Debby last week, includes information that the Suwannee River dropped below flood stage on Tuesday afternoon and now measures 75.38 feet as of this morning. Flood stage is 77 feet and the river reached a peak of more than 85 feet last…

County Inmate Flees Work Detail and Captured

On Tuesday, July 10, 2012, an inmate housed at the Columbia County Detention Facility escaped from a work detail and was captured a short time later. At approximately 10:15 am, John Keene was assigned to a work detail at the intersection of S.W. Pinemount Ave and S.W. Birley Rd. Keene ran from the detail and…

STORM UPDATE 7/8/2012 4:00 PM (FEMA OPEN)

The FEMA Recovery Center in Lake City is now open. It is located at 484 SW Commerce Drive, Suite 145 in the Westfield Shopping Center. The Center will be open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Representatives of FEMA, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and state agencies will be on hand…

STORM UPDATE 7/7/2012 5:30 PM (FEMA)

FEMA has announced it will be opening a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Lake City beginning Monday morning, July 9, located at 484 SW Commerce Drive, Suite 145, in the Westfield Square Shopping Center. The Center will be open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Representatives of FEMA, the Small Business…

STORM UPDATE 7/6/12 4:30 PM

The Columbia County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 9, at the Columbia County Combined Communications Center, 263 NW Lake City Avenue. The meeting will be part of a briefing on conditions accompanying the Tropical Storm Debby flooding. The County Commission will also consider a…

FL DOT STATE ROAD CLOSURE UPDATE 7/5/12 11:45 AM

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on road and bridge closures in Northeast Florida due to Tropical Storm Debby. Columbia County SR 247 at a section of roadway between County Roads 240 and 242 is closed and totally impassable. Traffic detoured to SR 47 and US 27. Nassau County US 301…

FEDERAL DISASTER AID PROGRAMS 7/4/2012 11:00 AM

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s major disaster declaration issued for Florida. Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required: Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for…

STORM UPDATE 7/3/2012 8:30 PM (Disaster Declaration)

Federal and state assistance will be soon become available to individuals and families in Columbia County due to the impact of Tropical Storm Debby. The assistance will be in the form of federal disaster funds and emergency resources to help them on their paths to recovery. According to Florida Governor Rick Scott, the funding will…

STORM UPDATE 7/3/2012 3:00 PM

There is a piece of good news in today’s afternoon update as the National Weather Service indicates the Santa Fe River has crested at Three Rivers Estates. The reading at 6:00 a.m. today showed a level of 22.93 feet, compared to 23.25 on Monday evening. According to the report, the river will recede very slowly…

STORM UPDATE 07/02/2012 7:30 PM

The Columbia County Emergency Management is asking the public’s assistance in identifying those that may need to be evacuated still from flood water and those roads that may still be under water that the county is not aware of yet, please call the Citizens Information Center 386-719-7530, the Center (CIC) remains open around the clock.…

UPDATED STATE ROAD CLOSURE 07/02/2012 11:00 AM

Tropical Storm Debby Road Closure Update – Number 8 Lake City – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on road and bridge closures in Northeast Florida due to Tropical Storm Debby Columbia County – SR 247 north and south of CR 240 is closed. North of CR 240 is totally impassable.…

STORM UPDATE 07/01/2012 7:30 PM

Columbia County Emergency Management officials moved into an extensive mosquito spraying initiative on Sunday evening between the hours of 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. with the areas of Lake Jeffrey, Rolling Oaks, CR 133, CR 245, CR 240, Three Rivers Estates, SR 47, Fairway Estates, Five Points, CR 25A and Lake City Country Club being the…

STORM UPDATE 06/30/2012 6:00 PM

Suggestions on how an individual or business can donate dollars and supplies for storm recovery efforts: In the wake of Tropical Storm Debby and the significant flooding of this week, there has been an outpouring of support, both In terms of monetary donations and  that  of supplies by a variety  of community-based charitable groups such…

STORM UPDATE 06/30/2012 4:00 PM

We remind everyone that we are expecting extremely hot and humid weather conditions for today, continuing through the July 4th holiday. According to the National Weather Service. temperatures will again hover around the 100-degree mark with a heat index approaching 110. Dehydration is a dangerous medical situation that residents are warned to pay close attention…

UPDATED ROAD CLOSURE LIST 6/30/2012 3:00P.M.

3 sink holes on Suwannee Valley Rd west of Everett 1 sink hole on Everett on the paved part sink hole Hamp Farmer/Cansa Omar/Needmore …road is washed out Gurley is closed FAMU – MLK   until repaired ( poss next week sometime) Denver is closed from paTterson- Gurley until repaired  ( poss next week sometime ) BONITA, SPARR, …

STORM UPDATE 06/30/2012 3:00 PM

Beware of scam artists Don’t become a victim twice in the aftermath of the storm. In the aftermath of extensive damage and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Debby earlier this week, many homeowners and other residents are anxious to begin the clean-up and repair the damage caused by this event. Those affected by the storm…

Two Arrested for Robbery

On Friday, June 29, 2012, two men were arrested for allegedly robbing a woman. At approximately 8:20 p.m., Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the intersection of N.E. Fryer St. and N.E. Angus Way. The victim told deputies that she was robbed by two males as she sat in a vehicle. One suspect was…

STORM UPDATE 06/29/2012 1:30 PM

Columbia County officials and the Emergency Management Department has now changed its approach to the challenges created by this week’s storm and are becoming more proactive and  less reactive to the damages created by the historical amount of flooding in our area. An extremely important issue that needs to be promoted today relates to the…

ESTIMATED flood impact for the Ft. White, Florida area

The Ft. White, Florida area is expected to be impacted by moderate to severe flooding over the next several days. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Offie is urging residents in the flood prone areas to voluntarily evacuate the area. Residents are urged to stay with relatives, friends or a local shelter. Please monitor your local media…

STORM UPDATE 06/28/2012 5:20 PM

Road repairs, damage assessment and rising flood waters are among the more important issues facing Lake City and Columbia County Emergency  Management officials as recovery efforts continue to deal with the wide array of challenges facing the county in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Debby which drenched the area with up to 31 inches of…

STORM UPDATE 06/28/2012 2:15 PM

Columbia County officials are requesting the support of all residents on two key issues that have come to light in the aftermath of Tropical Story Debby and our widespread flooding. Residents are strongly urged to avoid doing any individual pumping or trenching of water that is located on your property. Individual/private pumping or trenching of…

STORM UPDATE 06/28/2012 1:30 PM

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on STATE road and bridge closures in Northeast Florida due to Tropical Storm Debby. Baker and Columbia County I-10 east of I-75 (Exit 296) to US 90 (Exit 324) has been reopened to all eastbound and westbound traffic as of 11 a.m. today. Use caution in the…

STORM UPDATE 06/28/2012 11:00 AM

The eastbound lanes of I-10 between I-75 and US 90 (Exit 324) were reopened as of 11 a.m. today. The westbound lanes of I-10 between US 90 (Exit 324) and US 441 (Exit 303) were reopened as of 8 a.m. today.    Please continue to use caution as you travel this section of interstate as the…

STORM UPDATE 06/27/2012 8:30 PM

Road closures and damage assessments are continuing. Damage assessment teams are working throughout the evening to identify, document and provide damage estimates. They have identified 230 structures to date and are continuing to work in the county. I-10 is now open westbound between exit 303/US-441 and I-75, but remains closed from US-441 to exit 324/US-90.…

STORM UPDATE 06/27/2012 3:00 PM (STATE ROAD CLOSURES)

Lake City  – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on road and bridge closures in Northeast Florida due to Tropical Storm Debby.  Baker and Columbia County I-10 east of I-75 (Exit 296) to US 90 (Exit 324) is closed to all eastbound traffic.  Westbound traffic is allowed between US 441 (Exit…

STORM UPDATE 06/27/2012 1000 AM

Road closures and  damage assessments are a major issue today. Five damage assessment teams are working throughout the county to identify,  document and provide damage estimates. This information will be invaluable if we get a Federal Disaster Declaration. An early assessment on Tuesday had already identified and documented 100 structures with damage and that list…

STORM UPDATE 06/26/2012 9:30 PM

Debby has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression at 8:00 p.m. The storm came ashore at approximately 5:00 p.m. this afternoon near the Gulf Coast community of Steinhatchee. The storm appears to be moving northeast at this time with a path that would bring Debby across the southern portion of Columbia County as it heads…

Residents Rescue Girl

Residents worked expeditiously in rescuing a girl swept away by flood waters. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies and FWC officers responded to the call off Falling Creek Rd. The girl was swept out of her yard off NW Falling Creek Rd and was able to hang onto a tree till rescuers arrived. We are grateful…

STORM UPDATE 06/26/2012 5:30 PM

Tropical Storm Debby is expected to make landfall southwest of our area near Cedar Key either this evening or on Wednesday. Debby will continue to have an impact on our weather through Thursday when the Tropical Storm moves into the Atlantic Ocean. The Columbia County Emergency Management Department is still at a Level II activation…

STORM UPDATE 06/26/2012 4:00 PM

THE COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND OUR PUBLIC SAFETY PARTNERS ARE CONTIUNING TO ASSIST MOTORISTS AND RESIDENTS TRAPPED BY FLOOD WATERS. PLEASE TAKE CAUTION AND AVOID FLOODED AREAS. THE WATERS CAN RISE QUICKLY, WITHOUT WARNING AND HAVE SWIFT CURRENTS. Lake City  – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on road and…

STORM UPDATE 06/26/2012 12:30 PM

According to the Suwannee River Water Management District, the Suwannee River reached flood just before noon today. Flood stage at White Springs is 77.9 feet at 12:00 pm today and the river is expected to reach 81 feet on Wednesday. On Monday morning of this week the river was at 55 feet. The influx of…

STORM UPDATE 06/26/2012 11:15 AM

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is urging all local residents to remain at home today, if at all  possible. Road closings, local flooding conditions and other conditions make traveling potentially dangerous today with the potential of additional rain in the forecast.  Do not drive around barricades. They are there to warn of a road hazard. TURN…

STORM UPDATE 06/26/2012 11:00 am

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED IN COLUMBIA COUNTY COLUMBIA COUNTY COURTHOUSE IS CLOSED FLORIDA GATEWAY COLLEGE IS CLOSED *The Citizen’s Information Center at Columbia County Emergency Operations Center is open for calls. at 386-719-7530.* ROAD CLOSURES: DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES. TURN AROUND – DON’T DROWN RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO STAY HOME IF POSSIBLE Please remember…

STORM UPDATES 6/26/2012 @ 1030 a.m.

Tropical Storm Debby Road Closure Update – Number 1  Lake City  – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on state road and bridge closures in Northeast Florida due to Tropical Storm Debby. Please be advised that there is NO truth to rumors that U.S. 90 East is closed near prisons.    Baker…

Man Arrested for Trying to Stab Sons

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, a Columbia County man was arrested on multiple charges after an altercation with family members.  At approximately 5:45 am, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a residence off S.W. Santos Terrace in reference to an injured person. Deputies made contact with Christopher Gene Graham. Mr. Graham told Deputies that…

Two Arrested on Meth Charges

On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested two persons on methamphetamine charges. At approximately 1:00 pm, Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a tag violation. Deputies discovered items in the car that were consistent with the clandestine manufacture of methamphetamine. Deputies found lithium batteries, pseudoephedrine and a container…

New Deputy Sheriff Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, Mr. Ted Wooley officially joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony attended by friends, family and co-workers, Sheriff Mark Hunter provided Mr. Wooley with the Oath of Office. Mr. Wooley will be assigned the the Patrol Division. We would like to welcome Deputy Sheriff Wooley to the Sheriff’s…

Deputies Respond to Vehicle Fire

On Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at approximately 4:00 pm, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and the Columbia County Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at 351 S.W. Satellite Ln, Lake City, FL. Upon arrival, a Ford mini van was found to be fully engulfed in flames. The vehicle was located in the yard of…

Two Arrested on Narcotics Charges

On June 5, 2012 Detectives from the Columbia County Multi Jurisdictional Task Force served a search warrant at 168 SE Faye Ln. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team assisted the Task Force in the execution of the search warrant. Upon entry to the home, suspect Christopher Harper resisted when contact was made by SWAT…

New Deputies Join CCSO

On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, Mr. Eric Wilson and Mr. Kevin Bailey officially joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony attended by family, friends and co-workers, Sheriff Mark Hunter swore-in Mr. Wilson and Mr. Bailey as Deputy Sheriffs. Deputies Wilson and Bailey will be assigned to the Patrol Division of the Columbia County…

Sheriff Hunter Awards Medal of Commendation

On Tuesday, May 29, 2012, Sheriff Mark Hunter presented Corporal Jason Langston with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Medal of Commendation. Corporal Langston was recognized for actions he took following a medical incident at the Columbia County Detention Facility. On May 20, 2012, Corporal Langston discovered that an inmate in a holding cell had a…

Promotions at CCSO

On Friday, May 25, 2012, a promotions ceremony was held at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The ceremony, attended by friends, family and coworkers, saw the promotion of Cpl. Todd Lussier and Detective Jimmy Watson. Corporal Todd Lussier was promoted to the rank of Sergeant by Sheriff Mark Hunter. Sergeant Lussier will be assigned to…

Sheriff’s Office and FDLE arrest local man on Child Pornography Charges

NEWS RELEASE Correctional Officer arrested for child pornography For Immediate Release May 18, 2012 LAKE CITY – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Cyber Crime Squad and Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested Stanley Romero Johnson, 44, of Lake City , on five counts of possession of child pornography, a third degree felony. Johnson was a…

CCSO Captains Graduate from Executive Seminar

The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office announce the graduation of Captain Bennie Coleman and Captain David Wingate from the Chief Executive Seminar on May 16, 2012 at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Headquarters; located at 2331 Phillips Road, Tallahassee, Fla. The 23 seminar graduates represent criminal justice agencies…

Detectives Solve $42k Jewelry Theft

On May 10, 2012, a Columbia County woman reported the theft of several pieces of jewelry from her residence. The victim suspected that the person who stole the jewelry knew that she had it and that the suspect was probably in her home for legitimate reasons on the day of the theft. Detective Glenn Wyche…

Virginia Man Arrested for Robbery

On Sunday, May 13, 2012, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Virginia man for robbery and other charges. At approximately 2:30 p.m., a man entered the Chevron located at 3828 N. Highway 441, Lake City, FL. The suspect approached the clerk and demanded money. The clerk refused to give the suspect any money. The…

Task Force Arrests Two Local Men

On Thursday, May 10, 2012, detectives with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Columbia County men on drug charges. On May 10, 2012, at approximately 10:15 pm, CCSO detectives assigned to the Multi Jurisdictional Task Force served a search warrant at 3851 N.W. Archer Rd. Detectives discovered marijuana, prescription medications and a firearm in…

Promotion Ceremony Held at CCSO

On Friday, May 11, 2012, a promotions ceremony was held at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Operations Center. Three CCSO deputies were promoted in a ceremony attended by friends, family and coworkers. Lieutenant Joseph Lucas was promoted to the rank of Captain. Captain Lucas is a 20 year veteran of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.…

Six Arrested in Burglary Ring

On 04/13/2012 the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation of a residential burglary on S.E. Lanvale Street. While investigating this burglary, more residential burglaries occurred in the area. Detectives with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office noted similarities in the burglaries, including general area, method of entry, time of day, and items stolen. Detectives Jimmy…

Georgia Man Arrested for Robbery

On Sunday, May 6, 2012, a Georgia man was arrested for Robbery. Deputies responded to Sunoco located at 3816 U.S. 90 West to investigate a report of a robbery.  At approximately 9:10 p.m., the suspect entered the Sunoco and locked the front door of the business. The suspect produced a pocket knife and began to…

New Detention Officer Joins CCSO

On Friday, May 4, 2012, Mary Brooker offically joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony held at the Sheriff’s Office Operations Center, Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter officiated the oath of office and swore in Ms. Brooker. Deputy Brooker is assigned to the Columbia County Detention Facility. We would like to extened a…

Man Arrested for Shooting Brother

On Thursday, May 3, 2012, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a man for allegedly shooting his brother. At approximately 4:30 p.m., deputies responded to 147 S.W. Journey Court to investigate a shooting. Deputies have determined that the suspect and victim, brothers, were involved in an argument in a field on the property. The suspect,…

2011 Annual Crime Report

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has released its preliminary annual statewide crime report. The statistics represent 2011 and the numbers are compared to the previous year, 2010. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement utilizes seven (7) index crimes to develop the crime statistics. Every law enforcement agency in the State reports these offenses to…

Man Arrested for Burglarizing Church

On Sunday, April 22, 2012, a Columbia County man was arrested for burglarizing the Pentecostal Believers of the Coming of Christ Church. At approximately 8:30 a.m., church members discovered the suspect inside the church. The witnesses called the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and waited outside of the church until deputies could arrive. Corporal Don Meyer…

Man Arrested for Air Conditioner Thefts

On Friday, April 13, 2012, an Obrien man was arrested by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office for stealing residential air conditioner units. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been investigating several air conditioner thefts from residences in central Columbia County. Four of the thefts were similar in nature and deputies believed that the same suspect…

Two Arrested for Burglary

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, two Columbia County men were arrested for burglarizing a local business. Deputy Sheriff Jesse Cieslik and Deputy Sheriff Will Porter were patrolling the area of East Duval Street. They encountered a subject driving a scooter on NE James Ave. The subject (Wayne Rieley) was carrying two truck tool boxes and…

CCSO Captain Retires

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, Captain Jeff Coleman retired from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office after 25 year of service. In a ceremony held at the Sheriff’s Office, family, friends and coworkers gathered to thank Captain Coleman for his 25 years of service to the citizens of Columbia County. As is custom at the Sheriff’s…

Inmate Captured

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, an inmate that had previously walked away from the Lake City Work Release Center (FL D.O.C.) was captured.  On March, 31, 2012, Daniel L. Retherford walked away from the Lake City Work Release Center located in Lake City, FL. Detectives from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office believed that Retherford was…

New Reserve Deputy Sheriff Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Eric Wilson officially joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff (Reserve). Sheriff Mark Hunter swore Deputy Wilson in at a ceremony attended by the Wilson family and CCSO staff. We would like to welcome Deputy Sheriff Eric Wilson to the CCSO family.

Man Injured after Shooting Incident

On Saturday, March 31, 2012, a Columbia County man suffered a gunshot injury following an argument with neighbors. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 134 N.E. Sunnybrook St., Lake City, FL at approximately 12:00 am to investigate a shooting. Deputies determined that an argument had occurred between the victim and the two suspects. Deputies…

Operation Gateway 2012 Nets 20 Arrests

The Region 2 Drug Enforcement Strike Force conducted a multi county operation in a continuing effort to stem the fraudulent obtainment and transportation of prescription and other illegal narcotics in the State of Florida. Governor Scott created 7 Regional Drug Enforcement Strike Forces as part of Florida’s Pill Mill initiative to combat the growing prescription…

Two New Members Join CCSO

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, two new members joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a ceremony held at the Sheriff’s Office Operations Center, Sheriff Mark Hunter officially swore in J.C. Browning as a volunteer with the Citizens Service Unit and Mr. James Nash as a Deputy Sheriff (Reserve). The entire Columbia County Sheriff’s Office…

SWAT Team Takes Man into Custody

On Monday, March 12, 2012, a Columbia County man was arrested by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office a domestic disturbance. Deputies were called to a residence located on S.W. Itchetucknee Ave, Ft. White, FL at approximately 4:00 a.m. A resident of the home reported that Donald A. Dohrn, Jr., was acting irrational and was brandishing…

*Scam Alert*

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as DEA special agents or other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scheme. The criminals call the victims (who in most cases previously purchased drugs over the lnternet or by telephone) and identify themselves…

Physician’s Assistant Arrested for Prescription Fraud

On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, a Physician’s Assistant in Columbia County was arrested on multiple felony charges. The Columbia County Multi Jurisdictional Task Force began an in depth investigation in the fall of 2011 regarding alleged fraudulent prescriptions. Task Force detectives believed that John Windham, P.A., was illegally writing narcotics prescriptions to himself and others.…

Volunteer Firefighter Arrested for Grand Theft

On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested a Columbia County Fire Department Volunteer. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Columbia County Fire Dept on March 2, 2012 in reference to suspicious charges on a fuel card issued to a Fire Dept vehicle. Detectives and Fire Dept personnel were…

Five Arrested in Meth Lab Bust

On Monday, March 5, 2012, five Columbia County residents were arrested by deputies subsequent to a methamphetamine investigation.    Concerned citizens notified the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies of a possible clandestine methamphetamine laboratory at 3144 North U.S. 441. As the deputies approached the residence, a male subject standing at the open front door ran into…

3 Arrested for Air Conditioner Theft

On Thursday, March 1, 2012, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested three persons for stealing an air conditioning unit from a Subway restaurant.  At approximately 10:00 a.m., a concerned citizen reported to CCSO that some air conditioner parts were located in a roadside ditch on Racetrack Rd near the Columbia County Fire Dept.  Sgt Mike…

New Deputy Sheriff Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, Cody McIntyre joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. In a swearing in ceremony held at the Sheriff’s Office this morning, Cody McIntyre took the oath of office and officially became a member of the Sheriff’s Office. Cody McIntyre will be assigned to the Patrol Division. We would like to welcome…

Deputy Sheriff Receives Medal of Distinction

On Monday, February 27, 2012, Deputy Sheriff D.J. Clay was awarded the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Medal of Distinction for his actions at the scene of a fiery car crash. The Medal of Distinction is the next to highest citation one can receive at the Sheriff’s Office.  On December 29, 2011, at approximately 10:30 p.m.,…

Deputies Rescue Man from Burning Home

On 2/25/12, Deputies Corporal Todd Lussier, Deputy Scott Busby and Deputy Joshua McCardle responded to a residence on N.W. Primitive Glen in reference to residential structure fire. The resident of the home is a paraplegic and confined to a wheel chair. He advised 911 operators his home was on fire, the ceiling was starting to…

Deputies Give Back to the Community

On Saturday, February 25, 2012, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies volunteered to work with Habitat for Humanity in the construction of a new home in Columbia County. Several community groups and churches were involved in the project, which began with a vacant lot. By days end, a new home had been erected. The new homeowners…

Three Juveniles Arrested for Burglary

On February 18, 2012, three juveniles were arrested by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office for burglary. The concession stand at the South Columbia Sports Park (Ft. White) had been burglarized on 2/15/2012 and again on 2/16/2012. Soft drinks were stolen in each of the burglaries. Detective Todd Green and Deputy Randy Harrison were conducting enhanced…

Fraud Alert

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has recently received a complaint of fraud from a citizen. The suspect’s made contact with the victim via telephone and told themthat their grandson had been arrested in New York State and that they needed to send bond money to secure his release. The victim sent the funds to a…

New Detention Officer Joins CCSO

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, Beverly Vaughn joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office family. Ms. Vaughn is assigned to the Columbia County Detention Facility as a Detention Officer. Sheriff Hunter swore Ms. Vaughn in at a ceremony held at the Sheriff’s Office. We would like to welcome Beverly Vaughn to the Sheriff’s Office!

New Evidence Tech Joins CCSO

On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, Elizabeth E. Rehberg joined the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Mrs. Rehberg is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as an Evidence Techinician. Mrs. Rehberg will assist the Evidence Custodian, Kathy Shepard, with the intake and daily management of evidence at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Mark Hunter swore Mrs.…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

White Springs Man Arrested for Scrap Metals Theft

On January 25, 2012, a White Springs man was arrested for Grand Theft following an investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Sheriff Eric Peisel was investigating the theft of scrap metal from a construction site in northern Columbia County. Norfolk Southern Railroad is conducting railroad maintenance on the railroad trussels on U.S. 41…

New Deputy Sheriff Takes Oath of Office

On Thursday, January 19, 2012, Anthony G. Parnell was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Mark Hunter and all of CCSO welcome Deputy Parnell to the CCSO family. Deputy Parnell will be assigned to the Patrol Division after successfully completing the field training program.

Sheriff Promotes Deputy Rick Glover

On Friday, January 13, 2012, Sheriff Mark Hunter promoted Deputy Sheriff Rick Glover to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Glover will be assigned to the Patrol Division. All of us at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office offer our congralutations to Corporal Glover.

CCSO helps students prepare for District Science Olympiad

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is assisting two Richardson Middle School students prepare for the upcoming Science Olympiad. 8th grade students Maria D’Antoni and T.J. Price will be demonstrating crime scene investigation techniques as part of their Olympiad project. CCSO Crime Scene Investigators Ronnie Ash and James Grimes spent the morning at Richardson Middle School…

Task Force Seizes 4.5 Pounds of Marijuana

On Tuesday, January 10, 2012, an undercover operation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of two Columbia County residents and the seizure of 4.5 pounds of marijuana.  The Columbia County Multi Jurisdictional Task received information from other law enforcement sources that a package containing a large amount of marijuana was being…

CCSO Promotes Two to Corporal

On January 6, 2012, Sheriff Mark Hunter officially promoted two Deputy Sheriff’s to the rank of Corporal. Deputy Sheriff’s Caleb Douglas and Jonathon Rhodes were promoted this morning in a ceremony attended by co workers, friends and family. Corporal Douglas and Corporal Rhodes will continue to serve in the Patrol Division of the Columbia County…

Family Displaced by Fire Receives Assistance

On Tuesday, January 2, 2012, a Ft. White family’s home was damaged by a fire. Melissa King called the Ft. White High and Ft. White Middle School attendance offices to inform them that her two children would be missing a few days of school due to the fire and the resulting damage. Columbia County Sheriff’s…

Two Arrested After Vehicle Pursuit

Two Columbia County residents were arrested Wednesday evening as the result of a vehicle pursuit. At approximately 7:30 p.m., Deputy Sheriff Jesse Cieslik attempted to stop a Ford pickup truck for a traffic law violation at the intersection of S.W. Mauldin Ave and S.W. Wingate St. The driver of the pickup truck refused to yield…

Arrest made in Dirt Bike theft

On December 14, 2011, a Lake City man was arrested for Grand Theft Auto. At approximately 12:00 am on December 14th, Deputy Sheriff Joshua McCardle observed a dirt bike being driven on N.W. Brown Rd. The dirt bike did not have proper lighting or a license plate. Deputy McCardle conducted a traffic stop and soon…

Drowning Victims Recovered from Palestine Lake in Union County

For immediate release: December 13, 2011 Contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525 (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) Body of missing boater recovered at Palestine Lake The body of a missing Lake City man, who was reported overdue from a fishing trip Saturday night, has been recovered from Palestine Lake, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation…

Home Invasion Robbery Suspect Arrested

On November 27, 2011, a home invasion robbery was reported at a residence on N.W. Jupiter Ct. A resident of the home reported that she was awoken by an armed gunman at approximately 4:00 a.m. The gunman was armed with an unknown type rifle. Two other suspects, armed with knives and baseball bats, accompanied the…

Man Arrested for Aggravated Domestic Battery

On November 26, 2011, a Columbia County man was arrested for aggravated domestic violence battery. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on SW Shuck Glen in response to a 911 call. When CCSO deputies arrived at that home, they discovered one victim with an