Tuesday, February 9, 2016

South Levy Sex Offender Arrested

February 9, 2016

Levy County Sheriff’s Office Investigators, with the assistance of State Probation and Parole Officers, arrested Michael Anthony Rader on an outstanding warrant and a new charge of failure to abide by the statutory regulations regarding his Sex Offender designation.  On February 8, 2016, Corporal Tom Martin made contact with Rader at his residence outside the Town of Inglis for the purpose of executing a Violation of Probation warrant on Rader. 

Prior to executing the warrant, Cpl. Martin’s investigation revealed that Rader was actively using a Facebook account which was not authorized under the Florida Sex Offender Law.  Rader was previously convicted of Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a Victim 12-15 years of age in 2009. 

In Florida, Sex Offenders and Predators are not allowed to use the internet and social media without registering their accounts.  This part of the law seeks to prevent offenders from using the internet to contact potential victims. 

Corporal Martin executed the Violation of Probation warrant and charged Rader with Failure to Register his account.  Rader was booked into the Levy County Detention Center where he is being held without bond on both charges. 



Monday, February 8, 2016

Goethe State Forest Conducting 8,525 Acre Prescribed Burn This Week

Contact: Ludie Bond
February 8, 2016
(352) 395-4943, cell (352) 258-6084
Twitter: @FFS_Waccasassa
Gainesville, FL – The Florida Forest Service will be conducting an 8,525 acre prescribed burn this week on Goethe State Forest beginning Tuesday, February 9. The prescribed burn operation should take two days to complete.  Roadclosures will be in place at northbound SR 121 at US 19 and at southbound SR 121 at CR 326.  In addition, CR 337 between SR 121 and CR 326 will also be closed due to smoky conditions and heavy equipment working in the area.  Drivers should use caution.
This prescribed burn will be conducted by a Florida Forest Service helicopter and ground crews.  Traffic control on the roads surrounding the affected area will be under the direction of the Florida Highway Patrol and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. Drivers and residents are reminded of the possibility of smoke on the road during prescribed burns. If the public encounters smoke on the highways, slow down, turn on your low beams and drive appropriately under the conditions
The Florida Forest Service is reminding citizens and landowners that the benefits of prescribed fire in Florida are plentiful, and include:
·         Providing improved forage for wildlife and livestock
·         Returning nutrients to the soil
·         Helping control certain plant diseases
·         Reducing the buildup of dry and flammable plant materials
The Florida Forest Service manages more than one million acres of public forestland while protecting 26 million acres of homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfires.  Learn more about the Florida Forest Service.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Civil Court Order Enforcement Results in Drug Arrests




February 3, 2016

Levy County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two individuals after deputies were called to 4453 NE 77th Avenue in Bronson on February 2, 2016.  Deputy Chase Gregory went to the location in response to a citizen’s request to enforce a Writ of Possession.  Deputy Gregory notified Travis James Holmes (11-7-91) that he had to leave the mobile home because of the writ.  After the notification, both Holmes and Leah Hill Wilkerson (3-23-70) returned to the mobile home and removed items that included controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.  Holmes was wearing a knife on his belt when he entered the mobile home and indicated to a witness that he would use the knife to obtain the items.  

Deputy Gregory was able to apprehend Wilkerson on scene.  Holmes evaded Gregory but was later detained by Lt. Duane Dykstra.  Deputies found a significant amount of drug paraphernalia in the area including a large number of used syringes and spoons that had been used to prepare narcotics for injection. 

Wilkerson was charged with Possession of Cocaine and Drug Paraphernalia.  She is being held on a $31,000.00 bond.  Holmes was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription and Armed Trespassing.  Holmes is being held on a $40,000.00 bond.  Both subjects are being held at the Levy County Detention Center. 



Friday, January 29, 2016


Mark Kristian Stringer    

On January 17, 2016 Levy County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Mark Kristian Stringer (10-10-56) of Williston on multiple charges including video voyeurism and 2 counts of lewd or lascivious battery of a minor child.  Investigators responded to the home and ultimately arrested Stringer based on a report initially made to the Florida Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline.

LCSO investigators determined Stringer used covertly placed video equipment inside his own home to record young girls as they exited the shower. Stringer confessed to placing the cameras. Investigators took statements from several minor children who had been inside Stringer’s home.  According to the victims, Stringer had been molesting children over a period of years.  Investigators believe Stringer used opportunities he created himself to perpetrate these crimes. 

LCSO personnel believe there could be additional victims or others who have information which could assist in this investigation.  Investigators are requesting anyone who may have information about Mark Stinger to call LCSO at 352-486-5111 and request to speak to Sgt. Mike Narayan. Should callers wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.

Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Arrest Made for Felony Battery

Eric L. Adams

January 5, 2016

Levy County Deputies responded to 344 Linda Street in Inglis on January 1, 2016 at approximately 7:20 p.m. to a reported physical altercation. The complainant, Barbara A. Brewster (9-21-63) told LCSO 911 operators she and Eric L. Adams (1-13-75) had been in a fight, and she indicated she had been punched several times in the face.

The deputies’ investigation revealed Brewster and Adams were fighting over monies owed to Adams. Brewster refused medical treatment when offered and departed the scene. Adams had fled prior to the deputies’ arrival and was not located after they searched the area.

At 4 a.m. on January 2, 2016 deputies received a call from LCSO 911 operators advising them Brewster was being transported to a local hospital. 911 operators told Deputy A. Breeding Brewster was unresponsive. Deputy Breeding responded to the hospital where he learned Brewster was suffering from a brain bleed and was on a ventilator.

LCSO Investigators M. Wilkinson and Sgt. M. Narayan responded to the hospital and learned Brewster was in critical condition. They began to investigate this incident further and learned Adams and Brewster had been in a dispute over drugs and money. Their investigation revealed the altercation between the two actually occurred at 347 Debra Street in Inglis. On the above date, witnesses report Adams struck Brewster multiple times in the face with his closed fist. After witnesses separated the two, Adams fled. Friends and Brewster’s boyfriend reported Brewster’s condition continued to worsen throughout the evening of the 2nd. Witnesses reported Brewster lost consciousness and was having difficulty breathing. They contacted EMS who transported her to the hospital.

Based on witness statements and Brewster’s medical condition, Investigator Wilkinson filed for and obtained a warrant for Felony Battery. Attempts to locate Adams were still on-going.

On January 4, 2016 at approximately 1:45 p.m. Investigator Wilkinson received information from hospital staff that all efforts to save Brewster’s life had failed. Brewster had succumbed to her injuries.

On the same day at approximately 10:15 p.m., Eric L. Adams (aka “Strawberry”) was located in Levy County and taken into custody. He is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility on the charge of Felony Battery. His bond has been set at $500,000.00.

As of this morning, LCSO Investigators are meeting with the 8th Circuit Medical Examiner’s Office and the 8th Judicial Assistant State Attorney’s Office. This investigation is still on-going. Updates will be made when they become available.


Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Levy Man Sentenced for Child Sex Offense



December 31, 2015

Donald Keith McLaughlin (4-8-67) was sentenced in Levy County Circuit Court on November 4, 2015.  McLaughlin entered a plea to one count of Engaging in Sexual Activity with a Child aged 12 to 18.  Circuit Judge William Davis thereafter sentenced McLaughlin to 18 years of prison to be followed by 15 years of Sex Offender Probation. 

Levy County Sheriff’s Office Investigators became aware of the crimes in 2014 when McLaughlin was arrested on unrelated charges in Putnam County, Florida.  Putnam SO Investigators notified Levy Investigators of documentary evidence of sex crimes they had located in their county.  The evidence was substantial and included videotapes and journals kept by McLaughlin. 

After painstakingly reviewing the evidence, LCSO Investigators identified several child victims and determined that some of the crimes occurred in Levy County.  The offenses occurred as far back as the year 2000.  The Investigators then began interviewing victims. 

In May of 2014, Sgt. Mike Narayan and Cpl. Tom Martin interviewed McLaughlin in Putnam County.  They obtained admissions from McLaughlin that he had engaged in sex crimes with a child in Levy County.  After compiling the evidence, LCSO Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for McLaughlin on May 21, 2014.  The warrant was executed on September 8, 2014. 

LCSO Investigators are pleased to be able to assist in the long-term incarceration of McLaughlin and to help bring closure to some of his victims.  Unfortunately, LCSO Investigators believe there are additional victims who have not come forward and the Sheriff’s Office would like to see McLaughlin punished for all of the crimes he has committed.  Victims or anyone who believes they may have information about crimes committed by McLaughlin are encouraged to call Sgt. Narayan or Cpl. Martin at the Sheriff’s Office.  Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Levy County at 1-877-349-8477



Monday, December 28, 2015


December 28, 2015

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in solving a home invasion robbery that occurred on December 23, 2015.  The incident occurred during the early afternoon hours at a residence on State Road 121 south of the city of Williston.    

The victim reported being alone at his residence when he heard banging on the door.  Before the victim could answer the door, two unknown black male subjects broke into the residence and detained the victim.  The perpetrators tied the victim and covered his head with something to prevent him from seeing.  The suspects demanded money from the victim and ransacked the residence.  They also threatened to kill the victim. 

After a short period of time, the unknown suspects fled on foot to a waiting vehicle.  The vehicle was described as a dark colored Chevrolet car with chrome rims and door handles.

Deputies on scene described the victim as extremely shaken by the events. The victim was not physically injured.  LCSO deputies were able to locate multiple witnesses who provided statements that corroborated the victim’s account of the incident.  Additional evidence led investigators to believe that the perpetrators were searching for specific items that belonged to a person other than the victim.   

The investigation is continuing.  Crime Stoppers of Levy County has authorized a cash award of up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons involved in this home invasion robbery.  That information can be provided anonymously at 1-877-349-8477 or 24 hours a day at 352-486-5111. 





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