Friday, November 2, 2018

FOLLOW UP - East Williston Block Party

November 2, 2018

After the October 23, 2018 press release regarding an East Williston Block Party planned for October 27, 2018, we are happy to report that the events of September 29th were not repeated.  Sheriff McCallum and the LCSO staff appreciate the assistance and cooperation given by the members of the community that made it a peaceful night. 

We hope that everyone was able to enjoy a safe and fun weekend.  As always, LCSO encourages everyone to enjoy their fellowship and celebrations, but we also ask that everyone does so SAFELY and LEGALLY. 





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Man Arrested for Sexual Activity with Minor

November 2, 2018

In the first week of October a mother in Alachua County discovered her 14 year old daughter was involved in a sexual relationship with a 32 year old man only known as “James” who lived in Bronson. The mother reported her discovery to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators from ACSO developed information during their investigation that led to the identity of this person as James Keeton (12-5-85) and that James had numerous meetings with the child in Alachua County. ACSO investigators contacted the Criminal Investigations Division at the LCSO and requested assistance in their case. 

LCSO investigators met with and interviewed the child victim. Investigators discovered James had also been sexually involved with the child victim in Levy County as recently as the second week of October. Based on the information the victim gave during this interview, LCSO investigators requested a search warrant for James’ home located at 265 Picnic Street in Bronson.
On October 31, 2018 LCSO assisted by the ACSO investigators executed this search warrant and seized evidence of the reported crimes. Investigators also arrested James Keeton during this time.

Keeton was transported to the Levy County Detention Facility and has been charged with Lewd and Lascivious Behavior with a Child between 12 to 16 years old. He is being held on a $250,000.00 bond. Additional charges are pending in Alachua County.  

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Man Attacked with Machete

November 1, 2018

On October 26, 2018 Levy County Deputies responded to the Marathon gas station in East Williston to a report of an injured man. Deputies arrived to find a 32 year old male lying in the parking lot. The victim was holding his left forearm covering a four inch laceration. Deputies also observed another large bleeding laceration on top of his head. The victim was drifting in and out of consciousness, but was able to identify his attacker to deputies.

The on scene investigation revealed Ralph A. Miller (4-25-50) of Citra Florida and the victim got into an argument in the 20500 block of NE 40 Street. Miller and the victim have known each other for some time and the reason of the argument was not given by the victim. However, during their argument, Miller retrieved a machete from the vehicle and struck the victim twice.

Deputies were not able to locate Miller at the time the report was filed and obtained an arrest warrant. The following day, shortly after 7 AM, deputies located Miller near where the argument occurred and arrested him. Miller was still wearing the tee shirt that was spattered with blood. Deputies also seized the truck Miller was driving the previous day, which had blood smears down the side and the machete was located in the tool box with blood still on the blade. 

Miller was transported to the Levy County Detention Facility and booked-in. He is being held on a $250,000.00 bond.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Traffic Stop Locates Drugs and a Gun

October 25, 2018

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Uniformed Patrol Division deputies conducted a traffic stop on CR 337 south of Bronson on a gray Ford truck just before 10 PM last night for unlawful speed. Deputies recently increased patrols in this area based on citizen complaints of suspicious activities and speeders. 

Deputy A. Horne and Sgt. L. Allen with her K-9 partner Phoenix spoke to the driver of the truck, identified as Daryl Dallas Jr (1-8-92) of Williston. Deputy Horne immediately smelled the odor of burned marijuana and asked Dallas if he had been smoking. Dallas, without saying a word, handed over a small package which was confirmed to be marijuana. Dallas, who is not prescribed marijuana for any medicinal reason, was removed from the vehicle and the interior was searched. 

Deputies located a loaded .38 handgun adjacent to a metal tin hidden underneath the driver’s seat. The tin contained 14 alprazolam pills, 13 oxycodone pills, 28.6 grams of powder cocaine, 11.6 grams of methamphetamine, 1.41 grams of crack cocaine and baggies commonly used to package drugs for street level sales. Dallas was arrested and transported to the Levy County Detention Facility.

Dallas has been charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (alprazolam/oxycodone), possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, possession of a concealed weapon, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in lieu of a $327,000.00 bond.

It Takes Time to Build the Case

October 24, 2018
Many of our followers often wonder why we cannot solve the case in under an hour like they do on TV (minus the commercial interruptions).  Well, we cannot, because this is not Hollywood and we don’t have the super star actors who always get the confession. We build cases the old fashioned way; we work for it, talk to witnesses, interview suspects and find the stolen property by searching for it.

Recently the eastern side of Levy County experienced a rash of car burglaries. These thieves targeted unlocked vehicles and took a whole bunch of guns along with other valuables. These cases were being investigated by the Gainesville Police Department and the LCSO Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and they took time to develop.

LCSO investigators have made considerable progress in solving these cases and have recovered many stolen guns. The investigation gained traction on October 11, 2018 when LCSO investigators made an arrest in Williston and recovered three guns. Investigators pulled on the “loose thread” and from this arrest developed enough information to secure a search warrant.

On October 12, 2018 investigators executed the search warrant and recovered two more guns and made another arrest. This case profited our investigators with more information that led to another search warrant. On October 16, 2018 investigators executed this search warrant at 21130 NE 40 Street in Williston, recovered 16 guns and made two more arrests. And, the investigation continued.
On October 18, 2018 investigators arrested Kentavious Brown (1-28-2001) of Williston for burglary and grand theft of a firearm and Davonta Pollock (7-27-2000) of Williston for burglary, grand theft of a firearm and a felon in possession of a firearm. No guns were recovered during these arrests. Brown has been released to the Department of Juvenile Justice and Pollock is being held in lieu of a $125,000.00 bond.

Again on October 23, 2018 investigators made another arrest. Jonathan Davis (7-11-99) of Gainesville was arrested for burglary and grand theft of a firearm. He was additionally charged for a violation of probation.  He is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility on a $25,000.00 bond for the burglary and theft charges and NO bond for his probation violation.

Investigators report more arrests are forthcoming as more information is being developed on a daily basis. To date, 21 guns have been recovered along with seven arrests and other stolen property seized. Of these 21 guns, nine (9) of them have been confirmed as previously being reported stolen and will be returned to their owners.

Anyone with information related to these cases or have information on any other crimes can contact the LCSO at 352-486-5111 or report what you know anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. You may be eligible for a cash reward.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

20 Minutes to Conviction

October 24, 2018

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested two men on June 21, 2017 for sexually battering a mentally delayed 12 year old child. Jason Fisher (12-1-81) of Morriston, entered into a plea agreement after his arrest with the State Attorney’s Office and is currently serving 15 years in the Florida Department of Corrections.

On October 23, 2018 Ronald Adams (9-30-58) of Morriston, the second defendant in this case, made a decision to take his case to trial and allow a Levy County jury to decide his fate. Assistant State Attorney Glenn Bryan presented the case prepared by LCSO Investigator Mike McNeil for the jury to deliberate. In approximately 20 minutes the jury had their decision – GUILTY on all charges.
Adams sentencing has been scheduled for December 19, 2018 and could potentially face up to life in prison.

Sheriff McCallum said he is extremely proud of the diligence Investigator McNeil displayed in finding the truth and his expertise in preparing this case for trial. Two men who committed a most grievous crime on a child are now off our streets and our community is safer. The victim in this case is still receiving assistance and we hope she will make a full recovery. I applaud the State Attorney’s Office in their professionalism in their presentation of this case to our jurors which led to this conviction.