Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Arson Arrests Made

 
November 25, 2014

On November 24, 2014 at approximately 6:19 AM, Deputies from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to the business known as “Rivals Bar” in the Town of Inglis to a reported fire.  Firefighters from the Levy County Department of Public Safety and investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office also responded.  The business was located at 439 Highway 40 West, Inglis, Florida. 

Deputies soon learned from the Fire Marshal Investigators that they had determined that the fire had been deliberately set.  Two firefighters from the LCDPS were injured while fighting the fire.  Investigators discovered that an unknown quantity of alcoholic beverages and the bar cash register had been stolen prior to the fire being set.  The building was a total loss. 

Investigative Sergeant Mike Narayan, Investigators Mike Wilkinson and Zeb Richburg and other responding deputies quickly located several witnesses.  Based on information provided by witnesses, the investigators interviewed Jordan Michael Cooper (3/25/93).  Cooper gave information that implicated himself along with Travis Evan Crabb (4/29/82) as the perpetrators who set the fire. 

LCSO investigators were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Crabb.  The warrant was executed in Alachua County during the morning hours of November 25, 2014 with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force.  Crabb has been charged with Arson, Burglary of a Structure, Grand Theft, and two counts of Arson Resulting in the Injury to Another.  Crabb’s bond has been set at $170,000.00. 

Shortly after Crabb’s arrest, Cooper was arrested in Levy County on identical charges. Cooper is being held at the Levy County Detention Center.  No bond has been set for Cooper at this time. 

LCSO would like to thank the Fire Marshal’s Office and the USMS for their help with the investigation.  We also wish a speedy recovery for the injured LCDPS Firefighters. 







 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sexual Predator


Sexual Predator
Public Address Notification
November 18, 2014

On November 18, 2014 Terry Owens registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Owens is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses.

Terry Owens was convicted in 2003 in Alachua County, Fl for Lewd and Lascivious Molestation on a child under 12; F.S. 800.04 (5) (b). Owens has registered his change in address as: 12351 NW 87 Court Chiefland, 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:
Terry Owens
12351 NW 87 Court  
Chiefland, Fl 32629
White/Male

DOB: 3-20-82

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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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Sexual Predator


Sexual Predator
Public Address Notification
 
November 18, 2014

On November 12, 2014 Timmy Lee Gilmore registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Gilmore is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses.

Timmy Lee Gilmore was convicted in 1994 in Hillsborough County, Fl for Sexual Battery by an Adult / victim under 12 years; F.S. 7940.11(2) (PRINCIPAL) and Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a child under 16; F.S. 800.04. Gilmore has registered his change in address as: 202 Linda Street Inglis, 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:

Timmy Lee Gilmore

202 Linda Street

Inglis, Fl 34449

White/Male

DOB: 11-8-61
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Arrest Made In Elder Abuse Investigation


 

On October 30, 2014 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Hancock (26 yoa) on one count of Aggravated Manslaughter of an Elderly Person.  Hancock is being held at the Levy County Detention Center on a five million dollar bond. 


The arrest was made after a lengthy investigation that began on July 10, 2014.  On that date Hancock called 911 to report that the 96 year old Victim, Helen Bishop, was unresponsive.  He informed responding deputies that Mrs. Bishop had died naturally at his home and she had previously signed a “Do Not Resucitate” (DNR) request.   Deputies learned that Hancock had been providing 24 hour care for the Victim, along with Katherine Bowker (24) and Katelyn Allen (23).  The Victim had been staying with Hancock, Bowker and Allen at a residence on SW 67th Place near Cedar Key. 
 

The responding deputies noticed some bruising on the Victim’s body but did not observe obvious signs of foul play.  The following day during funeral preparations, the funeral director observed other potential signs of elder abuse.  After interviewing the funeral director, LCSO Investigators requested that the Medical Examiner’s Office conduct an autopsy in order to more accurately determine the cause and manner of the Victim’s death. 
 

On October 24, 2014, LCSO Investigators were informed by personnel from the Medical Examiner’s Office that the autopsy had revealed that the Victim was found to have suffered a “bilateral fracture of the Hyoid bone,” a fracture of the calcified membrane around the thyroid gland, multiple rib fractures and a fractured collar bone.  It was the Medical Examiner’s opinion that Mrs. Bishop could have been the victim of a homicide. 

 
On October 30, 2014, Investigators from the LCSO Criminal Investigations Division re-interviewed Hancock, Bowker and Allen regarding the autopsy findings.  During the interview, Hancock admitted that on the date of the Victim’s death he had become very frustrated with her because she had soiled herself.  While Hancock and Bowker attempted to bathe the Victim in the shower, Hancock became even more frustrated when Mrs. Bishop physically resisted being bathed.  Bowker left the bathroom for a period of time. 


During Bowker’s absence, Hancock admitted grabbing the Victim by the neck to try to get her attention.  He stated that he probably squeezed her neck harder than he should have and held it for approximately 2 minutes.  After releasing his grip on the Victim’s neck, she became unresponsive.  Hancock had to physically lift Mrs. Bishop from the shower to her wheel chair. 
 

Investigators believe that Hancock broke the Victim’s hyoid bone when he grabbed and squeezed her throat.  They also believe Hancock broke the Victim’s collar bone when he lifted her out of the shower.  No charges have been filed against Allen or Bowker at this time.  The evidence indicates that Allen was not present in the home during the incident.  Investigators believe that Bowker was outside the bathroom when Hancock grabbed the Victim by the throat and played no part in causing the Victim’s death.
 

LCSO is awaiting the final autopsy report and the investigation will remain open until it is received.   

 

 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Bronson Bald Eagle Rescued

 

On October 19, 2014, LCSO Victim Advocate, Amanda Sauder, and other motorists observed a wounded Bald Eagle beside County Road 337, just north of Bronson.  Sauder reported the eagle to the Communications Center and Corporal Joe Sabbag responded to the scene along with Deputies Chase Gregory and Franco Almeida. 

 
The deputies determined that the eagle had most likely been struck by a car.  It was unable to fly but appeared to be in good condition otherwise.  They contacted the Florida Wildlife Commission but learned that FWC had no one available to immediately respond to care for the eagle.  Corporal Sabbag advised that the eagle was standing in the mid-day sun light and he became concerned about it going into heat distress. 

 
Deputy Gregory was able to retrieve a cage from his home.  The deputies then gently placed the eagle into the cage and moved it to a cooler area at the Sheriff’s Office. 

 
FWC personnel eventually responded and delivered the eagle to a proper rescue facility in the Newberry area.  At last report, the eagle was recovering well. 

 
LCSO thanks the public for their concern for this symbol of our national freedom. 

 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Stolen Guns Recovered


The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Kyle Brian Bell (DOB 1/12/95) and another male juvenile for Burglary and Grand Theft.  The crime, which occurred at a residence south of Williston on U.S. 41, was reported on October 15, 2014.  The Victim reported that unknown suspects had pried open a door of the residence.  After making entry, the thieves stole 8 firearms, a computer, a cellular phone and other personal property. 


On October 18, 2014, Deputies received information from an informant indicating that the juvenile suspect was attempting to sell guns which matched the description of those reported stolen by the victim.  Sgt. Mike Narayan and other deputies located the suspect who ultimately confessed to the crime.  The suspect was arrested on October 18, 2014. 


Through additional witness interviews, the deputies identified Kyle Bell as a co-defendant in the case.  Bell also confessed to his involvement in the crimes.  LCSO Investigators were able to recover the 8 stolen firearms.  Bell was arrested on October 23, 1014.  Both suspects were booked into the Levy County Detention Center. 

 


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014


 
Burglar Busted

 

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has arrested David Michael Smith, (DOB 7/5/88) for Burglary, Grand Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property.  The crime, which occurred at a residence in the Bronson area, was reported on October 3, 2014.  The Victim reported that an unknown suspect had removed copper wire from the walls and appliances at his home. 

 
On October 20, 2014, Deputies received additional information from the Victim and a concerned citizen that led to the identity of the Suspect.  Investigators Scott Stancil, Mike Wilkinson and Crime Scene Investigator Zeb Richburg worked the case to its conclusion. 
 

Smith ultimately confessed to the reported burglary and theft.  After the theft Smith admitted he sold the stolen wire at the Williston Recycling business.   In addition, Smith confessed to similar crimes at 8 additional residences in Levy County.  Additional charges will be filed in those cases as soon as possible. 

 
LCSO thanks the public for their assistance in solving these cases.  Citizens are reminded they can report suspicious activity to LCSO 24 hours a day at 352-486-5111.  They can also make anonymous reports to Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. 

  

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