Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sex Predator/Offender Compliance Checks Nets 5 Arrests


April 2, 2015

On April 1, 2015 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Parole and Probation and the United States Marshal’s Sex Offender Investigation Branch combined efforts and conducted compliance checks on registered predators/offenders in Levy County. The purpose of these checks are to ensure the registered offenders are complying with their probation conditions. Some offenders are prohibited from having internet access or even possessing a cell phone.

Six locations and 15 offenders were checked by officers. Of these, four arrests were made due to various violations of their conditions for release. A fifth subject was arrested for an outstanding warrant issued by the Parole Commission for conditions violations.

All subjects are being held on a “no bond” status at the Levy County Detention Facility.

The following subjects were arrested during this operation:

 Kenneth James Culver 5-8-85
 William Paul Griffin 4-3-86
 Leonard Levine Williams 8-11-90
 Ronnie L. Floyd 5-16-70
Detwan Lorenzo Wommock 8-17-91
 
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
"Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.
 
 


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Cooperative Effort Leads to Escapee’s Capture



April 1, 2015

On March 29, 2015 the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office issued an escaped inmate alert to surrounding law enforcement agencies. Billy Blaine Santerfeit (1-3-86); a sentenced inmate from Putnam County serving a 1 year 11 month sentence at the Bridges of Sante Fe in Alachua County, had cut is monitoring device and fled from the facility. Santerfeit was being held on charges of uttering forged instruments, a felony. A warrant had been issued charging Santerfeit with escape.

On March 31, 2015 at approximately 4:30 PM the LCSO received information that Santerfeit was in the Bronson area. Deputies from the Criminal Investigative Division and Uniformed Patrol Division responded to the location off of US Alt 27 the tipster gave. Deputies had just missed Santerfeit but were able to develop information on where he was going.

The investigation led LCSO investigators and members of the United States Marshal’s Regional Fugitive Task Force to Citrus County. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and in a combined effort, Santerfeit was taken into custody by CCSO deputies at approximately 8:40 pm in the Beverly Hills area of their county. Santerfeit was transported to their detention facility and is awaiting transport back to Alachua County where he will answer to his new escape charge.

Although Santerfeit was not classified as a violent escaped prisoner, he was still dangerous to our communities. It is unclear what drove Santerfeit to this act of desperation, but our neighborhoods are now safer. Combined common goal efforts between law enforcement agencies are always occurring to safeguard our streets and citizens. This apprehension is just a small example of the work we do.   
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
"Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Missing Inglis Man Located in Chicago, IL


March 31, 2015

Michael Wayne Floyd from Inglis has been located. Late yesterday afternoon, Richard Floyd, Michael’s father, was contacted by a hospital in Chicago, IL. Medical staff told him Michael was in their facility as a patient. Mr. Floyd contacted LCSO who was able to verify Michael was being treated for an unknown illness but is expected to make a full recovery. LCSO was told by family Michael made the decision to leave on his own and no foul play is suspected.

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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
"Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Friday, March 27, 2015

ARREST MADE FOR WHS THREATENING NOTE


This is a Joint Press Release issued by the Levy County School Board, Williston Police Department and the Levy County Sheriff's Office. 

On the afternoon of March 27, 2015, Levy County School Board personnel and LCSO Deputies became aware of a handwritten note found at Williston High School.  The writer of this note made threats to commit violent acts at WHS on Monday March 30, 2015. 

Through the combined efforts of all three agencies, a 17 year old female Williston High School Junior has been arrested.  Investigators were able to develop the juvenile as a suspect and quickly obtain a verbal confession. 

After conferring with personnel from the 8th Circuit State's Attorney Office, the suspect was taken into custody and charged with Making Threats for the purpose of Extortion.  The evidence shows that the note was delivered for the purpose of compelling the removal of a WHS teacher that the suspect did not like.  The suspect was transported to the Levy County Detention Center and released to the custody of the Florida Department  of Juvenile Justice. 

Despite the arrest, the investigation is continuing.  Anyone who has information regarding anything related to this incident is encouraged to contact LCSO at 352-486-5111 or anonymously through CrimeStoppers at 1-877-349-8477.  

THREATENING NOTE FOUND AT WILLISTON HIGH SCHOOL

 
This is a Joint Press Release issued by the Levy County School Board, Williston Police Department and the Levy County Sheriff's Office

On the afternoon of March 27, 2015, Levy County School Board personnel and LCSO Deputies became aware of a handwritten note found at Williston High School.  The writer of this note made threats to commit violent acts at WHS on Monday March 30, 2015. 

LCSO is actively investigating the incident jointly with Levy County School Board administrators and Williston Police Department.  At this time, no evidence has been uncovered to validate any threat made in the note.    

Additional updates will be provided to the public as they become available.  These will be provided through public press releases, the School Board's "Phone Home System" and the websites of both the School Board and Sheriff's Office. 

Anyone who has information regarding the note writer or anything related to this incident is encouraged to contact LCSO at 352-486-5111.  Tips can also be made anonymously through CrimeStoppers at 1-877-349-8477.  

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Missing and Endangered Person


March 26, 2015

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is seeking any information the public may have concerning the whereabouts of Michael Wayne Floyd (11-28-1987).  Floyd left his home located on Highway 40 West in Inglis, Florida on March 23, 2015 at approximately 12:00 pm to run an errand for his family.  His destination was in Clearwater, Florida. He never arrived at his destination.

Credit card records indicate Floyd stopped at the BP gas station located at 662 US 19 NE in Crystal River shortly after Noon on Monday March 23.  Floyd purchased gasoline and video surveillance shows an unknown individual was with Floyd at this location.

On 3-25-15 a parking lot attendant located Floyd’s vehicle in an open parking lot in Chicago, IL.  The vehicle is a silver colored 2006 Honda Accord 4 door with Florida tag DIHW19.   Floyd was not with the vehicle.  The vehicle keys, his cell phone and other personal items were found inside the car.

The Sheriff’s Office has not confirmed if there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding his disappearance. Any person who could assist in locating Michael Wayne Floyd is asked to contact the Levy County Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111 or you can anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.

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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
"Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Bronson Armed Robbery

March 13, 2015

On March 12, 2015 at approximately 9:30 PM, Deputies from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported armed robbery near the Post Office in the Town of Bronson.  The elderly white male victim reported that he stopped his vehicle near the outside mail box while making a phone call.  An unknown black male subject entered the Victim’s vehicle on the passenger side and immediately put a knife to the Victim’s throat. 

The robber demanded that the Victim turn over his money and threatened to kill the Victim if he did not cooperate.  The subject stole several hundred dollars in U.S. Currency from the Victim.  The robber then demanded that the Victim drive him away from the crime scene.  The Victim complied and after driving a short distance, the robber exited the vehicle with the Victim’s cash and vehicle keys. 

Deputies responded and attempted to locate the suspect. Corporal Kevin Kinik deployed his K-9 “Zombie” and was able to track the suspect approximately one mile before losing the trail near Main Street and State Road 24. 

LCSO reminds the Public to always be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.  LCSO urgently needs assistance in locating this dangerous offender before he can strike again. 

Information can be given anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Levy County at 1-800-349-8477 which may entitle the reporter to a cash reward.  Information regarding this crime can also be reported to LCSO at 352-486-5111.    

 

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