Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Teen Driver Improvement 2015


Levy County Teen Driver Improvement Program

 


 

 

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Community Relations Division, is offering
a Teen Driver Improvement Program to all Levy County students who have a current Operators License, Learners Permit or who are about to get their Learners Permit.

The goal of this program is to educate the teenage drivers of Levy County of the dangers of aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving, and to reinforce the benefits
of seatbelt use. These four issues have been found to be major causes of teen involved crashes, injuries and fatalities.
 
This program is free of cost and is 4 hours in duration. This program consists of classroom instruction, videos, power point presentations and hands-on time during which the students will drive golf carts through a course to learn first hand the dangers of their choices they make while driving.
 
The progam is a graphic presentation that will show students the human consequences of their driving choices. Parental waivers are required due to the graphic nature of the presentation. Waivers are available and online at www.levyso.com, and then click on the Teen Driver Improvement Icon on left side of screen, and at school. All students will be required to pre-register for the class by calling Lt.Shawn Hunt or Sgt.Max Long at (352) 486-5111 or via our e-mail at shunt@levyso.com or mlong@levyso.com. This class has a minimum requirement of 4 students for each class to take place, so these dates are tentative.

ALL CLASSES BEGIN AT 9:00 A.M.

2015 Locations/Dates:

Williston H.S.           June: 25             July: 1, 6, 9, 16, 21, 27, 30   August: 6, 11

Chiefland H.S.          June: 29, 30       July: 8, 15, 20, 23, 29           August: 4, 10, 13

Bronson H.S.                                       July: 2, 13, 22, 28                  August: 3

Cedar Key School                               July: 7                                    August: 5

Yankeetown School                            July: 14                                  August: 12

Friday, June 12, 2015

Levy County Sheriff’s Office K-9 – End of Duty Notification

Deputy Jay Crooms and K-9 Czar


June 12, 2015

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office regrets to inform you of the passing of K-9 Deputy Czar, today, June 12, 2015. K-9 Deputy Czar was 12.5 years old; he was born in Holland where he began his training as a Police K-9. Czar was transferred to the United States when he was approximately 1.5 years old.

Czar met his partner Deputy Jay Crooms in 2004. Deputy Crooms and Czar began a life long partnership, strengthening their bond daily. Deputy Crooms and Czar completed 640 hours of mandatory training in 2004 and became state certified in patrol apprehension and narcotic detection. Deputy Crooms and Czar dedicated countless hours of in service training and mandatory re-certification training over the course of his career.  

One of Deputy Crooms’ most notable memories of his partnership with Czar was early in their career. He and Czar responded to a commercial burglary alarm in 2005. Upon their arrival, Deputy Crooms recognized the business had been entered after closing. It was obvious property had been stolen. Deputy Crooms and Czar secured the location and when back up deputies arrived, Czar began to track the suspects. Czar led Deputy Crooms to the exact location to which the suspects had fled resulting in two arrests and the recovery of thousands of dollars in merchandise. Deputy Crooms and Czar completed an outstanding career; making numerous drug seizures and suspect apprehensions until he retired in December 2009.

But their story does not end there. Czar was gifted to Deputy Crooms by LCSO upon his retirement. Czar made his forever home with his partner and the Crooms family. Czar was an undeniable member of the family. Czar watched his now “sister” grow up and helped train with her in their yard, guarding over her as any big brother should. Deputy Crooms’ wife, Melinda, always felt safe when she was home alone as her husband protected our community and Czar kept a constant watch at home. Czar was ever vigilant in protecting his family. His absence will be felt by the Crooms family, the LCSO and our community which he served so faithfully.

Rest in peace Czar. Gone but never forgotten.

 
 
 
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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, May 29, 2015

Anonymous Tip of Animal Abuse Spirals into Serious Felony Charges



May 29, 2015

On May 27, 2015 LCSO Investigators received an anonymous tip that Audie Jackson Stokes (7-18-58) shot five dogs on his property.  Investigators were previously aware Stokes had been convicted of a felony and was prohibited from owning a firearm.

Investigators responded to the Stokes home located in the Williston area.  Stokes met investigators in his yard, and he began to weave an implausible explanation.  When the story was challenged, Stokes granted permission to search his home. Investigators located and seized two firearms and ammunition in his bedroom. As the search continued, Investigators discovered five dogs that had been shot in the head and discarded in the back of his family owned 35 acre property.  The dogs appeared otherwise healthy.  Stokes was then taken into custody.

As the investigation continued, other potential witnesses were interviewed. Evidence was discovered of a violent history of domestic abuse perpetrated by Stokes. After hours of interviews and crime scene investigation, Investigators determined Stokes had held a female victim hostage, tying her to a bed and ultimately sexually battering her.

As a result, Investigators developed a case and filed four felony charges against Stokes.  He was booked into the Levy County Detention Facility, charged with five counts of animal abuse – causing a cruel death, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, sexual battery and false imprisonment. Stokes is being held on a 1.1 million dollar bond awaiting trial.  

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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.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Petit Theft Investigation Leads to Bigger Cases





May 22, 2015

On 5-16-15 Investigators with LCSO, in cooperation with Cedar Key Police Department, arrested Cale Brandon Barber (9-4-83) of Williston on charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

LCSO had been looking for Barber after receiving a complaint he drove away from a gas station in Williston without paying for his fuel. Cedar Key PD was also investigating Barber after receiving a complaint he stole items from a home in Cedar Key and had been selling his ill-gotten gains to unsuspecting buyers.

After being taken into custody, LCSO investigators determined Barber was suspect in many more crimes across Levy County.  During a post arrest interview, Barber confessed to investigators he had in-fact stolen multiple chain saws and guns from homes in Levy County. As this investigation continued, investigators developed information Barber committed up to 7 burglaries and sold the stolen property in multiple jurisdictions. Investigators have been able to recover 8 chain saws, two weed eaters, 5 guns, a Yeti cooler and a boat motor up to this point.  Additional charges are forthcoming.

Investigators also learned Barber had been trying to sell a four wheeler within the last month. The brand and type are unknown.  Barber has connections and access to several hunting clubs in Levy County and was known to do day labor on local farms.  We are asking our citizens to double check the location of their all terrain vehicles. 

LCSO would also like to ask our community to call us if they had any contact with Barber, either as a potential victim or if they purchased anything from him.  Investigators know Barber used fictitious names when selling his stolen property to unsuspecting buyers.  We ask that everyone take a close look at his picture.  If you were duped into buying something from Barber, LCSO and the victims of these crimes would sincerely appreciate any cooperation you could offer.  Please contact LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond at (352) 486-5111 ext 285. 

As always, information can be provided through Crime Stoppers of Levy County 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, May 22, 2015

Father and Son Fugitives from Oklahoma Arrested


 
 
May 22, 2015

Darrell Dee Faver (3-5-61) and his son John Murray Faver (7-1-83) were arrested by LCSO and members of the US Marshal’s Regional Domestic Fugitive Task Force (RDFTF) yesterday in Bronson at the Bronson Motel room 12A. Both father and son were wanted by authorities in Oklahoma for Rape in the 1st degree. Warrants had been issued by Oklahoma law enforcement, stemming from their investigation.

The younger Faver, a former correctional officer from Oklahoma, and the father known for his survival skills; fled Oklahoma shortly after the investigation began. They ultimately settled in Bronson. Investigators and members of the RDFTF began tracking the pair on Tuesday evening in Bronson after receiving information they could be in our area.

The Favers acquired a vehicle registered from Texas sometime after fleeing from Oklahoma. Oklahoma determined the Favers had been utilizing the vehicle and began to monitor law enforcement data bases. Oklahoma discovered LCSO ran the Texas tag late last month and, with a simple phone call LCSO and RDFTF began to scour the Bronson area for the vehicle. Shortly after lunch the vehicle was found parked at the Bronson Motel. Management confirmed the pair were occupying room 12A and were inside.  They surrendered when deputies confronted them and they were taken into custody.

Both are being held at the Levy County Detention Facility without bond and are awaiting extradition back to Oklahoma.


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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.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Sexual Predator


Sexual Predator
Public Address Notification
May 18, 2015

On May 18, 2015 Steven F. Holland registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Holland is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses.

Steven F. Holland was convicted in 2014 in Alachua County, Fl for Lewd and Lascivious Molestation on a child under 12; F.S. 800.04 (5) (b). Holland has registered his change in address as: 21161 NE 35 Street Williston, Fl.

For a complete listing of all registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County, or to search by zip code, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us and go to the sexual offender data base.

Sexual Predator:
Steven F. Holland
21161 NE 35 Street
Williston, Fl
White/Male
DOB: 12-30-1980
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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, May 12, 2015

Sexual Predator


Sexual Predator

Public Address Notification

 

May 12, 2015

On May 8, 2015 Billy Joe Patterson registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Patterson is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses.

Billy Joe Patterson was convicted in 2003 in Levy County, Fl for Sexual Battery by an Adult on a child under 12; F.S. 794.011. Patterson has registered his change in address as: 14750 NE Hwy 27 Alt lot 4, Williston, Fl.

For a complete listing of all registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County, or to search by zip code, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us and go to the sexual offender data base.

Sexual Predator:
Billy Joe Patterson
14750 NE Hwy 27 Alt lot 4
Williston, Fl
White/Male
DOB: 8-11-1962
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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.