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The Newscaster/Nature Coast News
Missing Homosassa Man Found
DEP Searches Withlacoochee River
(Homosassa)- Early Saturday (May 2), around 1:30 a.m., a Citrus County Sheriff's Office
For Dumped Items
deputy spotted a 2002 silver Pontiac Grand Prix traveling in the vicinity of U.S. 98 and Grass
By Newscaster Correspondent Sally Price
Street near Sugarmill Woods.
Knowing that a BOLO (be on the lookout) was out for Billy Harris, 5638 W. Murphy
Thursday 4 members of the DEP dive team, under the direction of Timyn Rice, DEP
Court, he conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle to determine if the driver was the missing and
Emergency Response, surveyed the Withlacoochee River bottom behind the Richard and
Leslie Dasch home in Yankeetown. Assisting were USCG Steven Natale and Grant Smith. 4
Harris was found to be safe and sound, and told the deputy he was trying to find his
divers, diving to a maximum depth of 22 feet in the grid pattern, used a video recorder as well
way home. The man's wife was contacted, and Harris was turned over to her custody.
as writing down what was found and where on the grid it was located. The search pattern was
High School Student Arrested
the length of the dock and 40 feet out into the river.
Rice said the information would be reviewed to see if there was any further action
needed. Rice stated often times it is actually better to just leave the old batteries and some of
Chiefland - On April 30, 2009 School Resource Deputy Steve Ellis arrested Jimmy Rana, an 18
the items where they are. The Dasch home was once Yankeetown Seafood and the most active
year old student at Chiefland High School for possession of marijuana less than 20 grams.
fish house on the river. Many times the shrimp boats were tied up 3 abreast out into the river.
Canine Deputy Willie Barnes was doing a random drug search on vehicles parked at the
According to Rice, the survey was generated from a prior report of a lot of question-
Chiefland High School on April 30, 2009. K-9 Taz alerted on a blue Toyota Tundra truck that
able things being dumped into the river from the prior parked shrimp boats.
belonged to Jimmy Rana a student at Chiefland High School.
The search revealed a small amount of marijuana inside the center console and marijuana
residue known as shake on the floor board. Rana admitted that the marijuana belonged to him
and he was arrested and transported to the Levy County Jail. Defendant: Jimmy Rana,9430
NW 60 Street,Chiefland,White Male, DOB:07/26/90.
Saturday, May 9th
Sunday, May 10th
Crystal River Armory
8551 W. Venable St. and Hwy 19
DEP Emergency Response, searched the Withlacoochee River bottom behind the Richard and Leslie
Dasch home in Yankeetown. Divers were looking for waste items that may have been dumped there
when the area was used by shrimp boats. Photo by Sally Price
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