Thursday, September 21, 2017

Former Cedar Key Pastor Arrested

Photo courtesy of Gilchrist County S. O.

The former pastor for the Cedar Key First Baptist Church was arrested September 19, 2017, on a warrant that stemmed from an investigation which began in late July. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division received a request from a concerned citizen asking LCSO to look into unusual charges occurring on the church’s operational expense accounts. Investigators determined former Pastor Todd Anthony Pope (10-17-62) not only utilized funds from these accounts for personal gain, but also opened charge accounts, credit card accounts and gas charge accounts. 

Investigators immediately identified a couple of unusual charges on the church’s bank account. Pope, whom had been confronted by the church in late June, resigned. The anonymous citizen did not know the extent of the unauthorized charges until a more thorough examination of bank records was conducted by LCSO investigators. Investigators discovered unauthorized ATM withdrawals and charge cards opened in the church’s name with only Pope as the authorized user.

In total, investigators determined Pope took approximately $76,267.58 dollars through various means over a period of several years. Investigators were able to secure a warrant for Pope’s arrest for scheme to defraud, forgery/uttering forged bank checks and grand theft greater than $20,000 but less than $99,999. Pope was arrested in Gilchrist County for the Levy County warrant. His bond was set at $215,000.00.

This investigation is still on-going and additional charges are expected to be filed at a later date.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sexual Predator Public Address Notification

September 18, 2017

On September 13, 2017 John Wayne Hudson registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Hudson is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses.

John Wayne Hudson was convicted in 2004 in Levy County, Florida for Sexual Battery by weapon or force - F.S. 794.011. Hudson was released from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2014 and registered a change in address to: 7632 NW 170 Street Trenton, Levy County, Florida 32696

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

Sexual Predator:
John Wayne Hudson
7632 NW 170 Street
Trenton, Levy County, Florida 32696
DOB: 05/03/1968

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Personal Message to the Citizens of Levy County from Sheriff McCallum:

Levy County citizens are our priority. We will be here to answer your calls for service. We WILL respond to your needs and to the needs of those traveling through our county as we do each and every day.
I want to take a moment to explain some recent decisions to re-route I-10 and I-75 traffic to the US 19 and US Alt 27 corridor if it becomes necessary. The historic flooding of the Santa Fe River due to Hurricane Irma may affect the bridge as the river crosses under I-75. If this occurs, I-75 will be closed at the I-10 interchange. The bridges on US 41 and US 27 at the Columbia and Alachua County line have already been closed due to flooding. If this closing occurs it will cause extreme traffic conditions in our county. The traffic diversion will even further tax our already stressed resources. As always the citizens of the county are our first priority, and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office will continue to respond to you and to your needs. 
Our deputies have been working 16 hours shifts as we assisted south Florida evacuees who are now attempting to return to their homes. We expect supply deliveries and volunteers will accompany the south Florida evacuees as they travel south. We caution our community members who intend to use US 19 and US Alt 27 to be extremely careful and to stay safe.
Our deputies will continue to work diligently to move the traffic through our area.  I am asking for our community’s patience during this trying time. I also want to personally thank every member of the LCSO for their dedication to our community and our neighbors as we continue to deal with the after effects of Irma.  I also want to thank our Citizens for their assistance to evacuees who have passed through our county.  We have received words of appreciations for the hospitality of the Citizens of Levy County.
Please stay safe and call us if you need us.
Sheriff Bobby McCallum

Levy County School Update

No student attendance on Thursday, September 14, 2017.  Thursday will be an employee workday.  All School Board employees will report to work at 8:30. 
·       Food Service workers need to check with their Managers.
·       Bus Drivers and Bus Aides do not need to report to work until Friday.
Buses are ready to run and students will return to school on Friday, September 15, 2017. 
Please note the following game updates:
·       All games for Thursday have been cancelled.
·       Bronson –vs- PKY is cancelled.
·       Chiefland –vs-Hamilton County is cancelled.
·       Williston – vs- Madison County is rescheduled for Saturday, September 16th.  It is a home game.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Curfew Update/Power Restoration

Release #9

September 11, 2017

Levy County Commissioner Chairman John Meeks in conjunction with Sheriff McCallum and the Levy County Emergency Management Division has ordered that the curfew for Levy County be lifted at 2pm. This will ensure that Levy County is no longer under any threat of tropical storm force winds and will give damage crews time to make sure that there are no major hazards that have not been identified.
Power lines are down and reports from CFEC and Duke Energy representatives indicated will take some time for trees and lines to be cleared and power restored. Everyone is cautioned as they attempt to clear downed trees that if they have entangled with a power line it would be safest to wait for the power crews to make the area safe for you. Please, if you have not had an electrician install proper wiring for generator hook-up for your home, do not plug the generator directly into your home. This creates a dangerous condition known as back feed for power crews as they work to restore power.

Levy County Shelter Update:

All shelters will begin closing today at 6 pm. Please help us spread this information. Sheltered evacuees who need transportation need to contact the shelter manager to have your name added to a list that is being compiled. Based upon the information being supplied by the National Weather Service weather conditions will be safe for our citizens to return home. Therefore, the curfew will be lifted at 2 PM today. Reports currently being sent to the Emergency Management Center are that roads are clear and no closures have been reported. We are working on plans with Emergency Management and the Red Cross for evacuees who find themselves displaced. For evacuees who know their homes have been damaged and cannot return home please contact 352-486-5155 or 352-486-5576.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Curfew Ordered – Release #8

September 10, 2017 @ 1215

Levy County Commissioner Chairman John Meeks in conjunction with Sheriff McCallum and the Levy County Emergency Management Division has ordered a curfew for Levy County beginning at 4 p.m. today. Therefore, this new information combined with the fact that no emergency services will be able to respond once sustained wind speeds exceed 39 miles per hour, we cannot stress enough to our residents; they will need to be in a safe shelter location by this time.