Deputy Benjamin Dupree Awarded Life Saving Medal

On Wednesday, June 5, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter awarded Deputy Benjamin Dupree, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Lifesaving Medal for his actions on February 26, 2019. Deputy Dupree responded to a call involving an adult male having a significant cardiac event and he was no…

Third Arrest Made In McGee Murder

Shortly after midnight, Monday April 15, the third suspect in the murder of Steven McGee was taken into custody outside a Lake City Motel where he was staying. After obtaining information from the U.S. Marshals, CCSO detectives responded to the Super 8 Motel off SR 47.  After a short time, the suspect, Cody James Bartosek,…

Arrests Made In McGee Murder

Arrests Made In McGee Murder In the early morning hours of Friday, April 12, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested two in the murder of Steven McGee, who was found Monday morning deceased along Old Spanish Road in the Fort White area. Arrested were Dashan Ricardo Lewis, 42 and Danielle Katherine Cianelli, 22 both of…

Body Found Near Fort White Identified

Detectives have identified the victim as Steven McGee, 29.  The victim’s last known address was in Branford, but he had connections to Columbia, Suwannee and Gilchrist Counties.  “Cases of this nature are rare in this area and cause fear in our community. “ Sheriff Mark Hunter said, “We are working around the clock to get…

Body Found Near Fort White

On Monday, April 8, Columbia County Sheriff Office Detectives began an investigation into the death of a male that was found lying in a wooded area off Old Spanish Rd near Fort White. Before noon, Deputies responded to the area due to a report from a citizen.  The citizen, who was taking a walk, discovered…