Marion County Sheriff's Reports 03-11-2011

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Saddlewood’s bookkeeper arrested

Deputies arrested Debra Lemily, 48, the bookkeeper at Saddlewood Elementary School, for financial fraud after an auditor identified missing funds from the school's account. Auditors found four checks made payable to Lemily. School officials also discovered she had made false entries in the school's ledger and forged other documents regarding payment to vendors.

 Detectives have been working with school officials and auditors for approximately a month during this investigation.

Lemily resigned from district effective Jan. 26. An employee with the district since 1980, she will make restitution to the district through accrued sick leave, Kevin Christian, public information office for Marion County schools said.

School officials and detectives believe Lemily embezzled $5,785.75 during the 2009-2010 school year, and $5,725 during the 2010-2011 school year. Detectives requested Lemily come to the Sheriff's Office to discuss her involvement with the missing funds and she did so willingly. She said she had mostly taken cash and intended to pay it back.

Lemily was arrested and charged with Organized Fraud. Her bond was $2,000.

A South Carolina man was accused of DUI after he was seen going the wrong way on State Road 200.

Michael L. Steven, of Seneca, South Carolina, was spotted by a deputy driving eastbound in the westbound left lane on March 2 just before 11:30 p.m. When he made a turn to get  back on the proper side of the road, the deputy put on his lights and the driver stopped in the middle of the road instead of pulling over.

He said he had just come out of a local bar and mistakenly went the wrong way. He allegedly failed a field sobriety test and was taken to jail.

An Ocala man faces charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon after he was stopped on March 5 about 6 p.m. in the 9000 block of Southwest 80th Avenue. For not wearing a seat belt. The deputy located two knives on the man’s person.

A 21-year-old Summerfield woman was arrested after she led deputies on a chase.

Ashley Roe was seen swerving over the center and fog lines on South U.S. Highway 441.

The deputy turned on his lights and siren and Roe sped up from 35 mph to nearly 80. She drove through a gas station parking lot, ran a stop sign and nearly hit a Belleview Police vehicle, according to the release from the Sheriff’s Office.

“The car continued to swerve and the deputy knew the area to be a high pedestrian traffic area, so we needed to end the pursuit for public safety,” said Judge Cochran, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer.
The deputy saw an open area and attempted a P.I.T. maneuver. Roe tried to regain control, over corrected, drove off the road, hit a tree and then hit a house.
MCFR Firefighters used specialized equipment to free Roe from the car. Roe was taken to the hospital and while there, Roe fought with a MCSO deputy. Roe was medically cleared. Roe is in the Marion County Jail with a bond amount of $11,000. Roe is facing charges of:
• Battery on Officer/Firefighter EMT.
• Flee/Elude Police-Flee Elude LEO at High Speed.
• Traffic Offense – DUI Alcohol or Drugs 1st Offense.
• Marijuana-Possess-Not More Than 20 grams.