Saturday, March 17, 2018

Located - Missing Rosewood Child Found

Missing Child Todd Watson has been located.

Todd Watson, the 2 year old toddler who wandered from his home earlier today in Rosewood has been located. Law enforcement from the Levy County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Department of Corrections Cross City K-9, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit, Marion County Air 1, Taylor County CI and the approximately 200 volunteers searched the wooded area near the child's home located at 9730 SW 67 Street in Rosewood.

Todd was found safe and is currently being evaluated by EMS.

The LCSO and Sheriff McCallum want to offer our sincere thanks to all of the volunteers who offered their time and extraordinary efforts and neighboring agencies who helped to make this a successful community effort.

Search for Missing Rosewood Child Continues

Todd Watson, the missing toddler from Rosewood, Florida is still missing. Todd was followed by his beloved dog (pictured). Anyone having current information that would assist us in finding Todd is urged to contact the Levy County Sheriff's Office at 352-486-5111 or call 911.

There are currently several law enforcement agencies on scene and the are actively searching. Volunteers are asked to check in with law enforcement on scene. Please do not start searching on your own. Your efforts could impede current law enforcement search efforts.

Community Assistance Needed- Attention Rosewood

Levy County Deputies are currently in the area of 9730 SW 67 Street in Rosewood attempting to locate a missing 2 year old child. The mother called 911 shortly after 12:30 when she could not locate the toddler. The child wandered away from the home while the mother was doing chores.
The missing child is Todd Watson. He is 2 years old and was last seen wearing jean shorts and a red tank top with black trim. He was not wearing shoes. He is approximately 2’5” tall and weighs 24 pounds. Todd has blonde hair and has blue eyes.
The LCSO has our K-9 and other deputies in the area searching. Sheriff McCallum has requested the assistance of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit to help with this search. The CCSO Air One is currently in the area searching.  The LCSO has also requested the assistance of the Cross City Department of Corrections Blood Hound K-9 Team and they are on the way.
Any person who has information which could help us locate Todd is asked to immediately call 352-486-5111.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Bizarre Behavior Ends in Arrest

March 12, 2018

On March 11, 2018 at approximately 1:40 pm Deputies responded to a citizen compliant approximately 2 miles south of Otter Creek. A 911 caller told dispatchers they were on the side of US 19 with a woman and her 10 year old child and help was needed. The caller told dispatchers the woman was seen attempting to push the child into oncoming traffic several times.

Deputies arrived and spoke to Cherissa Latryce Drew (2-8-71) of Orlando. Mrs. Drew spun a very strange story while speaking to deputies. She initially told deputies she was kicked out of her vehicle by her husband after arguing with him. She said the husband took her and their child from their home in Orlando, ordered her to leave all of their electronic devices behind and threatened to kill her and flee with the child. She also told deputies her husband had murdered her mother in Orlando before they left.

While our deputies were speaking to Mrs. Drew, she partially disrobed and attempted to flag down other passing motorist. Deputies attempted to control her actions and she immediately appeared to faint then began complaining of chest pains. EMS arrived and began treating her inside of the ambulance.

Shortly after entering the ambulance a paramedic quickly summoned deputies and told them Mrs. Drew was suffocating the child. Deputies entered the ambulance and saw Mrs. Drew clutching the flailing child, holding her tightly around the neck and against her chest. Deputies saw Mrs. Drew had covered the child’s face with a shirt. Deputies wrestled the child from Mrs. Drew grasp. Mrs. Drew resisted violently as our deputies attempted free the child from her and arrest her.

Mrs. Drew was arrested and transported to the Levy County Detention Facility. She has been charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, attempted murder, child abuse, neglect of a child, indecent exposure in public and resisting arrest. Her bond has been set at $386,000.00.

Based upon Mrs. Drew’s claim of a domestic disturbance and her statement the husband had committed a murder, deputies continued to scour the area for hours looking for Mr. Drew. Investigators with the LCSO Criminal Investigations Division also contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to relay the information obtained. Orange County S. O. initiated an investigation in order to locate the mother who was reported to have been killed and attempt to locate Mr. Drew. The mother was found safe at her home in Orlando. Thus far, Mr. Drew has not been located.

Anyone with information that could aid this investigation is asked to contact Investigator Mike McNeil at 352-486-5111 extension 266.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Located in Levy County

Wesley Asbell
352-463-3120 x 4008

Bronson, Fla – The Florida Department of Health in Levy County today issued a mosquito-borne illness alert for Levy County. A case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been confirmed in a flock of Emus in the Bronson area and there is a heightened concern residents could become ill.

DOH-Levy continues to advise the public to remain diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts by remembering to “Drain and Cover.

DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
·        Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
·        Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
·        Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week
·        Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
·        Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER skin with clothing or repellent.
  • Clothing - Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.
  • Repellent - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
    • Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535 are effective.
    • Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

Tips on Repellent Use
  • Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children.
  • Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are generally recommended. Other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellents contain picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, or IR3535. These products are generally available at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product label.
  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing.
  • In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of three years. DEET is not recommended on children younger than two months old.
  • Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children. Adults should apply repellent first to their own hands and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothing.
  • If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer’s directions.

COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
  • Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

For more information on what repellent is right for you, consider using the Environmental Protection Agency’s search tool to help you choose skin-applied repellent products:

The Department continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, chikungunya, and dengue. Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s site - For more information, visit DOH’s website at or call your local county health department.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

That didn’t take long…..

February 23, 2018

John William Gardenier (9-28-93) isn’t a stranger to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. We arrested him December 5, 2017 for burglary, grand theft and theft of a motor vehicle. He was able to post bond on December 20, 2017 and immediately went back to his old ways. 

The LCSO responded to a burglary complaint on January 31st  in the Inglis area of Levy County. The victim reported to our responding deputy that he discovered his home was broken into and a large sum of cash had been taken. Investigators developed a lead on this investigation late Wednesday evening and were able to confirm that Gardenier was responsible for this crime.

Yesterday morning, members of the LCSO Criminal Investigations Division went looking for Mr. Gardenier to arrest him. Constant citizen tips allowed Investigators to locate Gardenier riding a motorcycle near the US Coast Guard Station in Yankeetown. The first arriving Investigator reported his observations and requested assistance from his partners to make the arrest. 

Additional Investigators responded to assist in making the arrest. This is when things got a bit sketchy for our men. Gardenier had stopped on the side of the road and had his hands inside a backpack he was carrying when our investigators approached him. Investigator Wilkinson began yelling orders to Gardenier, telling him to remove his hands from the backpack. When Gardenier did, Investigator Wilkinson was told Gardenier had a pistol. Investigator Wilkinson yelled to his fellow officers that Gardenier had a gun, but it was too late. Investigators already had their hands on Gardenier and were able to safely disarm him and place him in handcuffs. 

The contents of Gardenier’s backpack spilled out and investigators saw that he not only was he trying to hide a gun, he also had drugs. Investigators verified the drugs were methamphetamines and additionally found thirteen (13) hypodermic needles Gardenier used to inject the meth into his system. 

Gardenier was transported to the Levy County Detention Facility and has been charged with the following crimes:
1.     Burglary
2.     Grand Theft
3.     Possession of Methamphetamine
4.     Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
5.     Possession of a Concealed Firearm
6.     Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony

Gardenier appeared before the Honorable Judge Browning this morning for “First Appearance”. Judge Browning assigned Mr. Gardenier’s bond at $251,000.00.

Sexual Predator Public Address Notification

February 23, 2018

On February 21, 2018 Carl J. Aldrich registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Aldrich is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses.

Carl J. Aldrich was convicted in 2001 in Lee County, Florida for Lewd and Lascivious Molestation/Victim under 12 (two counts) FS: 800.04 (5) (b) and Providing Obscene Material to a Minor FS: 847.0133. Aldrich has registered his change in address as: 16121 East Levy Street, Williston, Levy County, Florida.

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:
Carl J. Aldrich
16121 East Levy Street         
Williston, Levy County, Florida
DOB: 5-25-74