Third arrest brings felony charge

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Marion County Sheriff's reports

By Jim Clark

A third theft arrest meant a felony charge for a local woman recently.

Stevie Bell Gibson, 32, of Southwest 136th Lane, Ocala, was arrested at Beall’s on Southwest 114th Street on Friday, Feb. 4 at about 5 p.m.

According to the sheriff’s report, a loss prevention employee apprehended Gibson when she allegedly left the store “after concealing numerous items in her purse and not paying for them.” The stolen items totaled $286 in value.

When she was taken to the jail, a criminal history check allegedly found two prior convictions of theft, and she was therefore charged with felony retail theft. She was being held on $3,000 bond.

Deputies arrested Joseph Michael Guinto, 32, of Southwest 33rd Court, on Feb. 3 shortly after midnight and charged him with DUI.

According to the report, Guinto was stopped after he was initially spotted with an inoperable tag light, then rolled through a stop sign and started speeding. After allegedly failing roadside sobriety tests, he was taken to jail, where his breath registered at .0173 and .0171, more than twice over the legal limit.

In other county reports:

Marion County Sheriff's detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred at a home in Reddick, Monday, Feb. 7, following an argument between roommates.  The two men worked together in the horse industry and lived together in the home. They had known each other for more than 10 years.

During the argument last night, the man who was shot, Jeffrey Wayne Guess, 39, allegedly made harmful threats toward his roommate, Marc Sharp, 54, and Sharp armed himself with a rifle during the confrontation. Guess reportedly lunged at Sharp, who then fired the rifle.

Detectives will complete their investigation and present the case to the State Attorney's Office. The SAO will make the decision on filing charges. No one was taken into custody.

In another case, Julian Maynard Saunders, 49, of Southeast 148th Place in Summerfield has no bond as he sits in the Marion County Jail facing charges of felony battery (domestic). The report indicates Saunders was yelling at his 19 year-old daughter while holding her to the floor around 11:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6. At the same time, the family’s pit bull was attacking the victim. The mother of the victim tried to help, but was bitten by the pit bull.
A witness said Saunders would bring the dog into the home if he thinks there may be a fight and the dog has a history of attacking when there is an altercation. The mother and daughter both went to the hospital.
When Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home where the incident took place, Saunders was gone. He was later found at his brother’s home and arrested around 4:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 7.