Tuesday, December 16, 2014

COLD CASE HOMICIDE ASSISTANCE SOUGHT


COLD CASE HOMICIDE ASSISTANCE SOUGHT
 

December 14, 2014

On December 8, 2012, Deputies from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to 10150 NE 48th Lane in Bronson to the report of a deceased person.  The investigation revealed that the resident, George Pierce (8-15-61), had been murdered in his home. 


After following up on initial leads, the investigation has gone cold.  On the second anniversary of Mr. Pierce’s murder, LCSO Investigators are asking the public for their assistance in closing this case for the friends and family of Mr. Pierce.  Anyone wishing to provide information can contact the lead investigator, Lt. Jimmy Anderson, at the Sheriff’s Office. 
 

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.  That information can be provided anonymously at 1-877-349-8477. 

 

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Monday, December 15, 2014

LCSO CONGRATULATES NEW DRUG RECOGNITION EXPERT


LCSO CONGRATULATES NEW DRUG RECOGNITION EXPERT



Levy County Deputy Sheriff Brandin Sullivan recently completed all the training requirements of the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program, also known as the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program.  Deputy Sullivan became one of approximately 240 DRE’s in the State of Florida and is the first with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. 

 
The program began in the early 1970’s when personnel from the Los Angeles Police Department developed it to combat drivers who were impaired by substances other than or in addition to alcohol.  Today the program is internationally successful and is endorsed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.   
 

Through his training, Deputy Sullivan (and all Drug Recognition Experts) are able to identify impaired drivers and then determine the cause of the impairment.  Many times the DRE’s can determine the category of drugs that is the likely cause of the impairment. 
 
Deputy Sullivan may now be qualified as an expert witness in court on a variety of topics related to impaired individuals.  He will be required to complete continuing education requirements to maintain his expert status.  LCSO will make Deputy Sullivan available to assist other law enforcement agencies throughout Levy County with drug impaired driver investigations. 


LCSO congratulates Deputy Sullivan on being selected for this prestigious program and completing the rigorous requirements.  Levy County roads will be safer due to Deputy Sullivan’s enhanced ability to detect and evaluate impaired drivers. 

  

Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Officer Honored by Army National Guard



Officer Honored by Army National Guard


December 10, 2014

LCSO wishes to recognize Corrections Officer Leslie Braswell for receiving the “Most Dedicated Soldier” award from the 868th Engineering Company of the Army National Guard.  Officer Braswell’s Platoon Sergeant, Joe Alexander, said the following about the award: 

“The award is presented to the soldier that has displayed the Army values consistently throughout the year. Braswell has proven to be an asset to 2nd Platoon and the 868th EN CO. Her dedication has resulted in the early completion of missions during the annual training period. She has also proven to be an example of "right" to the new enlisted soldiers. Braswell attacks issues without being instructed, which is a key factor when selecting Non-Commissioned Officers. She is on her way to being an excellent NCO.”
 
LCSO congratulates Officer Braswell on her award.  We thank her for her service to her country and the citizens of Levy County.   

 


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Update - Melvin Persenaire Investigation


December 4, 2014

The vehicle owned by Melvin Persenarie on the day he disappeared has been located. The car was spotted by Gainesville Police Department and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Joint Aviation Unit today at approximately 2 pm on an unimproved road south of SR 24, just outside the Town of Bronson. The vehicle was stuck in deep sand and appeared to have been abandoned by a single occupant.

Investigators have also been given the preliminary autopsy findings by the 8th Circuit Medical Examiners Office. Mr. Persenaire did succumb to death by natural causes. No foul play is suspected.

This is a truly sorrowful event for the family and our community. “Sarge” as he was known by friend and co-workers will be missed. The LCSO wishes to express our condolences to the family.

LCSO wishes to thank the Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and the combined Aviation Unit for all of their assistance in this investigation.

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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.

New Hires and Saluting Retirees

LCSO WELCOMES NEW HIRES AND SALUTES RETIREES



On December 3, 2014, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office held a ceremony to welcome new employees and congratulated others on transfers and promotions. LCSO welcomed Telecommunications Officer Sarah Moore, Detention Officer Keith Coleman (formerly with the Florida Department of Corrections) and Deputy Sheriff Kevin Shepherd (formerly with the Williston Police Department). These three new employees are pictured below giving their oath of office to Sheriff McCallum.


LCSO also said our “official goodbye” to three very dear friends (and we shed a few tears as well). We wish to thank Telecommunications Supervisor Edna Fuller, Detention Sergeant Linda Cook-Ott and Deputy Sheriff Matt King for their many years of service to the citizens. We wish them all the best in retirement. Each of them will forever be a part of the LCSO Family. The three honorees are pictured below.




Missing Person found Deceased

 (Stock Photo)

December 4, 2014

Yesterday at approximately 5 pm the Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a resident who reported he had located the remains of a person in a wooded area near his home. Deputies responded to the 9800 Block of NE 121 Street in the University Oaks Subdivision in Bronson and located the body of Melvin Andrew Persenaire (10-13-1949).  Persenaire had been reported missing by his wife on November 29th  to the Gainesville Police Department.

Persenaire was last seen at Wal-Mart at the 23rd Street location in Gainesville on November 27th.  He was an employee there and ended his shift at approximately 3:45 pm. Parking lot surveillance video was reviewed by GPD officers, and Persenaire could be seen entering his 2010 silver Hyundai Accent and leaving.  Persenaire was last been seen wearing his Wal-Mart vest, tan pants and a blue Tee shirt.  GPD issued a BOLO (be on the look out) for Persenaire and his vehicle.  Persenaire had not been seen and had not contacted any family since his disappearance on the 27th.  His wife was working closely with GPD detectives to assist in the search for her husband.

Levy County Sheriff’s Office investigators are working with GPD and family, attempting to piece together the timeline of events that occurred since Persenaire went missing. LCSO is searching specifically for Persenaire’s vehicle. The vehicle, described as a Silver 2010 Hyundai Accent 4 door with attached Florida tag: N04-0CH, has not been located.  Law enforcement officers from several agencies have focused efforts to locate the vehicle in the Bronson area, west of Archer.

LCSO is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the vehicle. LCSO needs anyone who may have information which could help investigators locate this car to contact the Sheriff’s Office.  Also, anyone who may have had any contact or information about Persenaires’ whereabouts between November 27th and December 3rd, please contact LCSO at 352-486-5111 and ask for Sgt. Mike Narayan. 

Citizens wishing to remain anonymous can always contact CrimeStoppers about any crime or suspicious activity. 

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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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Monday, December 1, 2014

***Scam Alert***




December 1, 2014

Levy County Sheriff’s Office has received several complaints in the recent days alerting our office to potential scams. This is the time of year the scammers come out in full force. Citizens are urged to beware of any phone call, email, text message or even a visit from any person they did not solicit the visit from. Sheriff McCallum said, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Several complaints about “Secret Shoppers” and winning a foreign lottery have been filed. Unfortunately, if you fall for their sales pitch, you are always the loser. Local Law Enforcement, in most cases, cannot recover any of the money you send out.

Sheriff McCallum wants our citizens to be especially cautious. Sheriff McCallum said, “Christmas is upon us. Our families and children come first. Don’t fall for the claim of a big payday expecting the Christmas of a lifetime. These people only want your money and will promise you anything.”
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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.