Former Williston official is back behind bars


Published: Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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Jeramie Jones, 8, coils himself for the long shot while shooting hoops with his cousin Dontez Patton 14, not pictured, out at the Kirby Smith Center basketball courts Friday. The two had the day off from school because of a teacher work day.

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  • BRONSON - A former Williston City Council member was returned to the Levy County Jail on Thursday by his bail bondsman.
    Justin Landon, 21, had been free on bond awaiting trial on 18 counts of lewd and lascivious battery, one count of interfering with the custody of a minor and one count of exposing a minor to pornography.
    Gov. Jeb Bush removed Landon from his council seat following his 2004 arrest.
    On Thursday, bail bondsman Berlon Weeks returned Landon to the county jail and surrendered the $50,000 bond because Landon had not been paying.
    "In the 18 months since I bailed him out of jail, he has only paid $1,700 of the $5,000 he owed," Weeks said Friday. "When you try to help someone out, they need to do their part, too."
    After granting several continuances, Circuit Court Judge Robert Cates told the public defender's office earlier this month to have Landon's case ready to go to trial in March.
    - Karen Voyles

    Area man is arrested in rape of 22-year-old

  • A Gainesville man was released from the Alachua County jail after posting bond following his arrest for the alleged rape of a 22-year-old woman, according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
    William Bradley Tide, 37, was arrested Thursday night at his apartment, 5333 SW 75th Street in Asbury Park, on charges of sexual battery. The victim told deputies Tide raped her in his apartment at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. She then went to Shands at AGH to be evaluated. The victim also told police she had just met Tide the day before through a mutual friend, according to the Sheriff's Office.
    Tide's bond was set at $15,000, Sheriff's Office Sgt. Steve Maynard said.
    - Deborah Ball

    Rep. Katherine Harris' father dies at 71

  • LAKELAND - George W. Harris Jr., father of U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, died Friday after suffering a heart attack, his daughter's office said. He was 71.
    George W. Harris Jr. was CEO and chairman of the board of Citrus and Chemical Bank in Polk County. He joined the bank in 1958 and was elected CEO in 1963, according to a statement on the bank's Web site announcing his death.
    "Mr. Harris was dearly loved by his family and cherished by his community," said Kara Borie, spokeswoman for Katherine Harris. "He will surely be missed by us all. Congresswoman Harris appreciates the many thoughts and prayers of everyone as she and her family move through this difficult time."
    - The Associated Press
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