Friday, June 24, 2016

Sheriff McCallum Expresses His Appreciation




I want to take this opportunity to thank the Citizens of Levy County for the tremendous show of confidence that they have extended to me as their Sheriff.  I am honored to have served as your Sheriff the last three and a half years and look forward to serving the next term. 
I want to specifically thank my God, my family, my supporters and the more than 150 dedicated men and women who serve as employees and volunteers at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.  The sworn and non-sworn members of LCSO are the ones who do the hard work to provide protection and service to the Citizens.  They provide it 24 hours per day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.  I am grateful for their dedication and service which is reflected in my re-election as Sheriff without opposition. 

With the closing of the qualification period at Noon today, another chapter has been written in the history of Levy County.   According to those who are supposed to know, this is the first uncontested re-election of a Levy County Sheriff in modern history.  I am both honored and humbled to be re-elected in that manner. 

In closing, I pledge to continue to work to provide the best Law Enforcement, Detention, Communications, Civil and Court Services and 911 Mapping Services possible to all of the citizens of Levy County.  As your Sheriff, my door will continue to be open to provide assistance and service to our citizens in any way possible. 

THANK YOU!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

**Update – County Maintained Boat Ramps



June 9, 2016

Sheriff McCallum has consulted with County Officials and has re-opened all county maintained boat ramps within Levy County. All had previously been closed due to Tropical Storm Colin. The following boat ramps were affected:

·       Yankeetown at SR 40
·       Lake Rousseau at Kitty Lane
·       Clay Landing
·       Usher Landing
·       Fowlers Bluff
·       Shell Mound
·       Camp Azalea

All ramps are now open to the public. Sheriff McCallum would like to wish all of our boating citizens a fun and safe weekend.  
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Tropical Storm Update – SR 24 Re-opened



June 6, 2016 @ 5:30 P.M.

State Road 24 at the Number 4 Bridge in Cedar Key has been re-opened for traffic. Motorist should remain cautious while driving, as some interior roads in Cedar Key still have standing water. 

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Tropical Storm Update



June 6, 2016 @ 3:40 P.M.

Sheriff McCallum, along with Cedar Key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin and Levy County Emergency Management Director John MacDonald, has made a combined decision to close SR 24 at the Number 4 Bridge in Cedar Key. The storm surge has covered the road. And, the road will remain closed until further notice.

Law Enforcement is stationed at the road closure and will not allow anyone past this point without verification that he/she either reside in Cedar Key or work there. 

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Levy County Tropical Storm Update



June 6, 2016 @ 11:50 a.m.

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a request from the Levy County Parks and Recreation Director Matt Weldon to consider closing all County boat ramps. Sheriff McCallum, after consultation with County Commission Chairman John Meeks, has ordered all Levy County boat
ramps to be closed effective immediately and until further notice.

This action is being done as a precautionary measure for the safety of all of our citizens.
·       Yankeetown at SR 40
·       Lake Rousseau at Kitty Lane
·       Clay Landing
·       Usher Landing
·       Fowlers Bluff
·       Shell Mound
·       Camp Azalea

Please be advised that in consultation with John MacDonald, Levy County Emergency Management Director, the decision has been made to close CR40 west of CR40A to vehicular traffic, effective at 1300 today due to storm surge potential.  
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Friday, June 3, 2016

Long Term Investigation Results in Multiple Arrests in Bronson



 
 
June 3, 2016

Levy County Drug Task Force investigators and investigators from the LCSO Criminal Investigation Division (CID) concluded an investigation today that began in February of this year.  On February 22, 2016, LCSO Deputies responded to a reported suspicious child death at 755 Pennsylvania Avenue in the Town of Bronson.  During that investigation a clandestine Methamphetamine Lab was discovered and dismantled on the property. 

Based on the evidence gathered in February, Investigator Joe Barrera was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Amanda Marie Davis (9-20-78).  The warrant was issued for one count of Trafficking in Methamphetamine and one count of Manufacturing Methamphetamine.  The warrant was issued by Levy County Judge Tim Browning on June 1, 2016. 

On June 3, 2016 DTF and CID Investigators went to the residence at 755 Pennsylvania Avenue in Bronson to arrest Davis on the outstanding warrant.  As they approached the residence, Investigators discovered evidence of another methamphetamine lab at the residence.  They took Davis into custody on the outstanding warrant. 

During their search of the premises, the investigators located and detained the following additional individuals:   

          Debra D. Smith (7-6-64)
          Erica Christine McElveen (2-5-87) and
          Brian Keith Gruhler (12-9-66)

Investigators discovered an active methamphetamine lab on the premises as well as a significant amount of evidence of long term manufacturing at the location.  The evidence included 338 grams of liquid methamphetamine. 

LCSO personnel were required to put on Haz-Mat suits and make the lab safe.  They were assisted by personnel from both the Bronson and Williston Fire Departments.  Investigators also discovered that someone had bypassed the electric meter at the residence and was in fact stealing electricity. 

At the conclusion of the investigation, Davis was arrested and charged on the outstanding warrant as well as four new charges for Trafficking Methamphetamine, Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Maintaining a Drug Dwelling. 

Smith was charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine.  McElveen was charged with Violation of her Probation.  Gruhler was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Manufacturing Methamphetamine. 

All the defendants were transported to the Levy County Detention Center where they are awaiting their first court appearance. 

Methamphetamine use and production continues to put a strain on law enforcement and public safety resources.  LCSO encourages the public to contact us or Crime Stoppers of Levy County to report suspicious methamphetamine activity. 

 
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Couple Arrested for Child Neglect and Drug Charges




May 27, 2016

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division executed a search warrant on May 19, 2016 at 6653 NW 138 Place Chiefland, Fl. This home belongs to Jeffrey and Kelly Koschatzky who were not home at the time the warrant was executed. The warrant was based upon information gathered from an investigation which determined the Koschatzky’s were manufacturing methamphetamine's in the home while their children were present.

Evidence gathered by LCSO investigators and Crime Scene Technicians resulted in arrest warrants being issued for both Jeffrey Koschatzky (5-4-79) and Kelly Koschatzky (4-28-78) for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, child neglect and other charges. Kelly Koschatzky was arrested by Levy County Deputy Gulledge on May 25, 2016 and is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility on a $235,000 bond.

Jeffrey Koschatzky was located in Dixie County and arrested on local burglary charges in addition to the Levy County warrant.

The Department of Children and Family Services have taken the Koschatzky children, ages 13, 12 and 10 into protective custody and placed them in a safe environment.

Investigators at LCSO are currently seeking information on additional cases the Koschatzky’s are suspected in. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Mike Narayan at 352-486-5111 or if you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. 
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