Thursday, July 30, 2015

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE ASSISTANCE SOUGHT


 



 

On July 5th, 2014, Deputies from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of 3571 NE 218th Avenue in Williston, Florida to the report of a deceased person.  The investigation revealed that Leo Rives (DOB 11/25/82) had been found deceased beside his vehicle. 

After following up on initial leads, the case has remained unsolved.  With the passing of the first anniversary of Mr. Rives murder, LCSO Investigators are asking the public for their assistance in closing this case for the friends and family of Mr. Rives.  Anyone wishing to provide information should contact the lead investigators, Sgt. Mike Narayan or Cpl. Tom Martin at 352-486-5111, Extension 291 or 267. 

Investigators believe that there are numerous individuals that know who is involved in the murder.  These witnesses may fear retaliation and have chosen not to become involved.  We are appealing to these witnesses to do what is right and help bring closure and justice for the family. We strongly encourage these individuals to utilize Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.
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 the murder of Mr. Rives.  That information can be provided anonymously at 1-877-349-8477.  Thank you for your assistance. 

 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

OPERATION MELTING POT


July  27, 2015

LCSO announces the conclusion of a long term drug investigation that began in September of 2014.  The investigation began when Investigators from the LCSO Criminal Investigation Division (CID) shared a confidential source of information with members of the Levy County Drug Task Force (DTF).  The Drug Task Force Investigators were able to use that source to develop intelligence that ultimately led to a significant number of undercover narcotic purchases throughout Levy County. 

Investigators chose the name “Melting Pot” for the operation because of the diversity of the locations, drug types and offenders who were caught in the net of the operation.  The investigation began in September of 2014 and concluded in May of 2015.  During that time Investigators were able to make 72 controlled purchases of illegal drugs from 67 different suspects in Levy County.  The illegal purchases were made in the Bronson, Williston, Morriston and Inglis areas of the county.  The drug types purchased included heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and MDMA (also known as “Molly”).  Various prescription medications were also purchased which included oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, morphine, oxycontin and suboxone. 

After all of the purchases, DTF investigators, led by Case Agent Rob Bowers, set about the monumental task of organizing their evidence and preparing each case for prosecution.  They prepared arrest affidavits for each case and ultimately obtained 67 arrest warrants for the suspects in this Operation.  LCSO Deputies, along with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, began arresting the suspects on July 20, 2015.  The arrest phase of the operation is continuing at this time. 

LCSO would like to acknowledge the assistance we received from the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, State Attorney Bill Cervone’s Office and others who have helped make this operation one of the most successful drug operations in Levy County history.  

 

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OPERATION MELTING POT

SIGNIFICANT ARRESTS
 

Tyree Brown (aka Lil One)

Brown was arrested for Sale of cocaine, Possession of cocaine with intent to sell and Unlawful use of a two-way communication device. Brown's criminal history includes 29 Felony charges and 4 Felony convictions. Brown has a violent history with Law Enforcement and is a member of an upper level cocaine organization in Williston, Florida.

Aaron McKnight (aka Ace)

McKnight was arrested for Sale of cocaine, Possession of cocaine with intent to sell and Unlawful use of a two-way communication device. McKnight's criminal history includes 32 Felony Charges and 24 Felony convictions.

Quentin Mitchell (aka Bill)  

Mitchell was arrested for Sale of cocaine within 1000 feet of a school (2 counts), Possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a school (2 counts) and Unlawful use of a two-way communication device (2 counts). Mitchell's criminal history includes 26 Felony charges and 7 Felony convictions. Mitchell is currently on Federal probation for narcotics offenses and a Federal Arrest Warrant has been issued charging Mitchell with Violation of Supervised Release. A Detainer has been placed on Mitchell by the U.S. Marshal's.

Gerald Ross (aka Pony Boy)  

Ross was arrested for Sale of cocaine (2 counts), Possession of cocaine with intent to sell (2 counts) and Unlawful use of a two-way communication device (2 counts). Ross was sentenced to 10 years in Federal Prison in 1998 for Conspiracy to distribute and Possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Ross's State level criminal history includes 14 Felony charges and 8 Felony convictions. Ross is a convicted Sex Offender and an upper level cocaine supplier in Williston, Florida.

Martinus Monroe (aka Poochie) 

Monroe was arrested for Sale of cocaine (2 counts), Possession of cocaine with intent to sell (2 counts) and Unlawful use of a two-way communication device (2 counts). Monroe's criminal history includes 7 Felony charges and 2 felony convictions. Monroe is also a member of an upper level cocaine organization in Williston, Florida.

Leon Snow (aka Poncho)

Snow was arrested for Sale of methamphetamine, Possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and Unlawful use of a two-way communication device. Snow's criminal history includes 24 Felony charges and 13 felony convictions.

Carlos McNeal (aka Los)

McNeal was arrested for Sale of cocaine within 1000 feet of a church, Possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a church, Unlawful use of a two-way communication device (2 counts), Sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. McNeal's criminal history includes 18 Felony charges and 1 felony conviction.

Brian Rackley

Rackley was arrested for Sale of heroin within 1000 feet of a convenience store, Possession of heroin with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a convenience store and Unlawful use of a two-way communication device. Rackley is a significant supplier of heroin in Levy County and his criminal history includes 11 Felony charges and 5 felony convictions.

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Notification of Upcoming Press Conference


 
 

July 22, 2015

Sheriff Bobby McCallum invites all interested media representatives to a press conference which will be held at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM.  The purpose of the conference will be to release details regarding the Levy County Drug Task Force’s “Operation Melting Pot”.  This is a long-term drug investigation which has resulted in a significant number of arrests. 

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is located at 9150 Northeast 80th Avenue in Bronson, Florida.  Questions regarding the conference should be directed to Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp at 352-486-5111, Extension #231. 
 

Thank you for your assistance. 

 

 

 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Follow Up Investigations Being Concluded


 
 

July 20, 2015

 

Deputies from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, are currently concluding follow up investigations (which includes arrests) on a long term operation.  This is an ongoing operation and specifics cannot be released at this time without jeopardizing the cases.  A detailed press release will be provided as soon as possible.  We appreciate your patience and understanding. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sexual Predator


Sexual Predator
Public Address Notification

 
July 9, 2015

On July 9, 2015 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, Fl 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: 11950 NE 116 Street Archer, 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:
John Wayne Hudson
11950 NE 116 Street
Archer, Fl 32618
White/Male
DOB: 05/03/1968

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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.

Williston Man Arrested for Sexual Battery on a Child


July 9, 2015

Brandon Michael McClurg (W/M–DOB: 5-2-92) of Williston was arrested by Investigator Scott Stancil in the late afternoon of July 7, after confessing to sexually abusing a 5 year old child.

The child’s father filed his complaint on June 28 after his child disclosed to him “Dude”, as the child refers to McClurg, touched her private areas with his fingers and mouth.

Investigator Stancil requested a forensic interview be conducted by the Child Protection Team (CPT) in Gainesville on June 30. CPT filed their report, verifying their findings to Investigator Stancil. Investigator Stancil reviewed the CPT reports, located and interviewed McClurg. After his confession, McClurg was arrested and booked into the Levy County Detention Facility.

McClurg was charged with Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a child under 12 and Sexual Battery of a child under 12. He is being held on a 1.25 million dollar bond awaiting trial. McClurg had not been previously arrested for any other crimes.
 

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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, 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