Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Food For Florida Event – Traffic Pattern Changes/Frequent Stops

October 18, 2017

The Food for Florida Disaster Assistance Program will begin Thursday October 19, 2017 at 6:30 am until 6 pm at the Suwannee River Fairgrounds located at the intersection at US Hwy 19/98 and NW 90th Avenue in Fanning Springs. This event is expected to continue until Monday, October 23, 2017.

Major traffic congestion and frequent stops are expected on NW Hwy 19 in both north and south bound traffic lanes; and SR 26 in both east and west bound directions. Message boards will inform of lane or road closures and route information. If you are a participant in this event please follow ALL Law Enforcement directions.

The north bound outside (slow) lane of US Hwy 19/98 will be designated at the event line for participants. Participants coming west from Gilchrist County will be routed onto CR 341 south to NW 160 Street, then onto US 19/98 north.

Participants coming south from Dixie County will be routed into the outside (slow) lane of US Hwy 19/98 then south onto Old Fanning Road to NW 147 Place to merge back onto US Hwy 19/98 north event lane.

If you are not a participant of the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistant program please avoid US Hwy 19, SR 26 and Old Fanning Road. Through traffic north will be designated to the inside (fast) lane but frequent stops should be expected. Please drive safely and be prepared for unusually long traffic delays.

Business owners and residents should expect HEAVY traffic congestion in the above described areas and should be extremely cautious.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program

The Department of Children and Families will be administering the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program for the Tri-County area beginning this Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6:30 am at the Suwannee River Livestock Fairground located in Fanning Springs. The fairground facility is located at the intersection of US Hwy 19/98 and NW 90th Avenue in Levy County. This event is expected to continue until Monday, October 23, 2017.

The event is expected to create major traffic congestion issues. Citizens should avoid this area if not participating in the program. Expect traffic delays. Law enforcement will be on location to assist with traffic issues. Message boards will be posted for citizens participating in the event.

The LCSO will be closing NW 90th Avenue Thursday morning at 6:30 am to through traffic during the event. Participants will only be allowed into the fairground facility via NW 90th Avenue at the north entrance into the fairground parking area. 

Event coordinators expect it will take approximately 30-35 minutes to process each applicant. 

This will be a slow process and participants should expect long lines and excessive wait periods. We are asking for everyone’s patience as we attempt to direct participants through the event site.  
There could be additional road closures which will be dependent on traffic conditions as the day progresses.

Sexual Predator Public Address Notification

October 17, 2017

On October 16, 2017 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, Florida 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: 5950 SW 102nd Terrace, Cedar Key, Florida 23625

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:
John Wayne Hudson
5950 SW 102nd Terrace
Cedar Key, Levy County, Florida 32625
DOB: 05/03/1968

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Train Accident Investigated

October 11, 2017

At 6:30 pm last night the Levy County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received an emergency call concerning a train accident at Kirby Farms located at 19650 NE 30th Street, Williston, Florida. Kirby Farms is listed as a 501c3 Non-profit organization and museum for Children’s Outreach and Education.

Rescue and law enforcement responded to discover Anthony Lowe Osburn-Day (10-5-93) who lists a home address in Ocala, had attempted to board the privately owned train, lost his footing and fell underneath one of the cars. Mr. Osburn-Day was pronounced dead at the scene by responding rescue personnel.

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and the Florida Highway Patrol have joined efforts to investigate and reconstruct this incident. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is scheduled to arrive on scene this morning to conduct an independent investigation.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bronson Man Arrest for Sexual Battery on Juvenile

September 26, 2017

Investigators with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested Fidel Ulises Ortiz (8-15-89) Friday, September 22, 2017, after a complaint was filed by the parent of a juvenile victim. In the complaint, the parent alleges Ortiz supplied the child with alcoholic beverages to the extent the child became intoxicated. While in the intoxicated state, Ortiz, who is 28 years old, sexually battered the child.

Investigators executed a search warrant on the home where Ortiz allegedly battered the child and discovered evidence supporting the child’s statement. During the warrant execution, Ortiz became combative with law enforcement and had to be restrained. 

Ortiz was booked into the Levy County Detention Facility and was charged with sexual battery by a person over 24/victim under 18, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and resisting arrest without violence. Ortiz’s bond has been set at $270,000.00.