Marion County Sheriff's reports 01-07-2011

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Shot fired, felon arrested

By Jim Clark

Deputies were called to Southwest 157th Lane in Florida Highlands late on New Year’s Eve, and arrested a man who was a convicted felon.

Ryan William Edwards 25, of Southwest 156th Place, was accused of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and resisting arrest without violence.

According to the report, the people at a local house complained that the suspect had approached their house, and later shots were fired toward the house. When deputies arrived, they heard the suspect in the woods behind the house, and then later heard a gunshot.

The Sheriff’s helicopter eventually spotted Edwards and he was arrested. A .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun was found where he allegedly threw it in the woods.

As of Tuesday afternoon he was being held in jail under $10,500 bond.

A deputy trying to serve a warrant at a home on Southwest 60th Avenue smelled marijuana and eventually arrested two people for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Robert Eugene Salisbury, 30, and Lisa Wambles Waters, 33 were arrested after the marijuana was found in their home. Two juveniles, ages 14 and 12, were in the home but had reportedly gone to bed.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the death of a man who apparently burglarized a home in Summerfield before jumping out a window. In doing so, the suspect, Laird Butler, 41, cut himself severely and asked a neighbor for help. The neighbor called 911 but Butler died while being transported to a local hospital.

Detectives believe Butler was under the influence of drugs but cannot confirm what drug or how much until a toxicology report is completed. The owner of the home reported she had locked her dog in a bedroom and left the house. Detectives believe Butler encountered the dog during the burglary and fled the home through a large window. The homeowner also identified Butler as someone who lived in the neighborhood.