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Marion County Sheriff's reports

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Student brings knife to school

By Jim Clark

A student who allegedly showed a knife to others on a school bus was arrested and charged with having a weapon on school property.

The Liberty Middle School youth had his backpack searched after school officials were told of the incident. A knife and a drawing of a crown with the word “Latin Kings” was also found, as was an empty plastic soda bottled which appeared to have been converted into paraphernalia for smoking marijuana.

3 A man was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, and driving while license suspended or revoked after the chase he was involved in ended when his car became airborne for more than 150 feet.

Christopher Watson, 34, refused a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s attempt to stop his 1995 Taurus. Watson was driving at a high rate of speed through an intersection - southeast along Highway 484, from the area of County Road 475-A, just before 5 p.m., Monday..

The deputy conducted a computer check of the license plate and learned Watson was the owner of the Taurus. Plus, the deputy discovered Watson’s driver’s license is suspended. That information, along with Watson’s speeding, led to the initial attempt to stop the Taurus.

Watson swerved onto the south shoulder of the road and struck a culvert. The Taurus went into the air – at least 15-20 feet – for approximately 150 feet, striking several trees, landing on the car’s roof in a cluster of trees.

Watson was flown to Orlando for treatment.

3 A golf cart left unattended by a security guard at Spruce Creek was stolen on Dec. 3. The cart was red, had a vinyl enclosure over the passenger compartment, had two yellow lights on the roof and had a “security” label on the front.

3 Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a break-in at an Oak Run residence on Southwest 115th Place in which jewelry and cash were taken.

3 Another burglary, at Southwest 79th Circle in Oak Run, is being investigated. Jewelry was taken and other items were searched.

3 Two people were arrested and charged with retail grand theft at Walmart on Dec. 1 in mid-afternoon. Misty Danielle Thompson, 24, of Pine Pass Court, and Sandra Elizabeth Nash, 26, of Juniper Road, allegedly took $394.35 worth of merchandise from the store.

3 Candace Kay Bennett, 50, of Southwest 148th Lane, Dunnellon, was given a notice to appear for retail petty theft after she allegedly failed to pay for grocery items totaling $55.74.

3 Pamela Jean Weingartner, a third-grade teacher at Romeo Elementary School, who lives on Southwest 106th Street, was arrested after being stopped for speeding, in the rain, approximately 80 mph in a 50 mph zone on West State Road 40.