Marion County Sheriff's reports

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Father, son face pot charges

By The Staff

A father and son haven gotten themselves in trouble with the law over possession of marijuana.

Deputies went to a Bahia Oaks home on March 9 to retrieve an item in an unrelated case, but a view through the front window of the home resulted in a pair of arrests.

When deputies arrived, they saw, through a front window, a man attempting to light a cigar filled with marijuana, which officials said is commonly called a “blunt.”

After announcing themselves and being admitted to the home, they arrested the man, Justin Wayne Burkhardt, 24, and charged him with misdemeanor drug possession. In addition, the defendant’s father, Joseph Lawrence Burkhardt, 50, of Southwest 64th Street Road, was given a notice to appear for less than 20 grams of marijuana and paraphernalia.

A 24-year-old resident of Southwest 39th Avenue was arrested for driving under the influence, second offense, and driving while license suspended or revoked, second offense, after he was stopped on Southwest 38th Avenue, after he was being sought for unauthorized use of a vehicle in the aftermath of an earlier disturbance.

After being stopped, he was taken to the jail, where he allegedly failed a field sobriety test and his breath test results were .158 twice.

His license was not valid because of four incidents, including suspended for failure to pay court obligation in November 2008 and April 2009, refusing to submit to a breath test in December 2009, and it was revoked on Jan. 11 of this year for driving under the influence.

Thang Ta, 36, of Northeast 70th Street, was accused of DUI after he was discovered sleeping in the Majestic Oaks community in his vehicle, parked on the road with the engine running and headlights on. He reportedly failed the field sobriety test and his breath registered .125 twice.

A Southeast Ocala woman and two juveniles were apprehended allegedly taking items from Walmart without paying for them.

Angelica M. Torres, 19, was given a notice to appear for petit retail theft after the incident on March 12.

Terry L. Stolle, 20, of Southwest 60th Avenue, was given a notice to appear for retail petit theft after he and a friend were discovered to have allegedly taken two beers from CVS.