Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Retiring Volunteers Honored

 

On July 14, 2014, 2013 personnel from the Levy County Sheriff's Office, along with family members and fellow COPS (Citizens On Patrol) members  honored Tom and Donna Munsell on their retirement from the organiztion.  Mr. Munsell was a part of the second volunteer academy taught at LCSO in the early 1990’s.  During his many years of service Mr. Munsell donated 2,122 volunteer hours to the citizens of Levy County.  Mrs. Munsell donated an additional 751 volunteer hours. 

 

The Munsells were joined at the ceremony by their son, Richard Munsell, and daughter-in-law Amy Munsell.  Sheriff McCallum presented individual plaques to the Munsells and expressed LCSO’s appreciation for their service. 

 

We wish the Munsells the very best on their retirement! 

 

Anyone who may be interested in joining the COPS program is encouraged to contact: 

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Lt. Sean Mullins

CRD Lieutenant

Levy County Sheriff's Office



 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hodges Death Investigation




Hodges Death Investigation

 

July 8, 2014

 
On July 6, 2014 at approximately 2:15 PM, Deputies from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Rosewood area on SW 95th Avenue to the report of a Missing Person.  Chad Risker reported that Eugene “Gene” Hodges (11-23-36) went to a rock pit near his hunting camp and had not returned.  Sgt. Carl Rogers and Deputy Clint Anderson responded to the rock pit.  Deputy Anderson was able to locate the body of Mr. Hodges in the water in the rock pit. 

 
On July 7, 2014 the Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy.  They were able to determine that Mr. Hodges died of natural causes and had not drowned.  The LCSO investigation is closed.   Mr. Hodges was a former State Representative, Parole Commissioner and Cedar Key Mayor and Commissioner. 

 

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Monday, July 7, 2014

JULY 5TH MURDER INVESTIGATION


JULY 5TH MURDER INVESTIGATION   

 

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance with the investigation of a murder which occurred on July 5, 2014.  At approximately 10:20 P.M. LCSO received  a 911 call reporting a suspicious vehicle and possible shooting.  Deputies and Williston Police Officers responded to area near the intersection of NE 218th Avenue and NE 35th Street, east of Williston.   

 

The responding deputies found a white Ford Crown Victoria parked on the roadway.  The deputies discovered the victim, Leo Rives (11/25/82), on the ground beside the vehicle.  It was subsequently discovered that Rives had suffered a gunshot wound and was deceased. 

 

Evidence recovered at the scene indicated that Rives was most likely shot by someone who had also been riding in the car.  An autopsy will be conducted on July 7, 2014. 

 

LCSO is working with various other agencies including FDLE, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the Medical Examiner’s Office to identify and apprehend the unknown shooter.  Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call LCSO at 352-486-5111 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-349-8477. 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Burglary Suspects Arrested and $30,000 of Property Recovered

 Bonnie Gray
 Nathan Turner





July 3, 2014

Levy County Sheriff’s Investigators located and arrested Bonnie Gray 7-28-89 and Nathan Turner 9-17-87 for several burglaries in the Otter Creek area of Levy County. Three burglary locations have been identified and approximately $30,000 in property has been recovered.

Gray and Turner were identified after investigators received a tip from a concerned citizen who was able to only give a description of a vehicle they were driving. Investigators developed this information and were able to recover video surveillance of the two as they pawned stolen property at four pawn shops located in Levy, Gilchrist and Alachua Counties. Victims were able to identify their property from photographs taken by investigators.

Investigators found a location in Otter Creek where the couple had been “stashing” some of the stolen property. These items were recovered. Investigators then intensified their attempts to locate them and did find them the same afternoon in the Bronson area of Levy County.

LCSO subsequently served a search warrant on the vehicle owned by Turner, but was being driven by Gray at the time of their arrest. Investigators recovered one firearm and additional stolen property from the truck.

Gray is being held in the Levy County Detention Facility on a $60,000 bond. Turner is being held in the Levy County Detention Facility on a $35,000 bond. More charges are anticipated to be filed on each subject.

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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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Deadly Crack on the Streets of Williston



July 3, 2014

Levy County Department of Public Safety and LCSO Deputies responded to East Williston shortly before midnight last night. Several reports were made concerning individuals suffering from violent seizures, high blood pressure and foaming at the mouth after falling unconscious. Five people were transported to nearby medical facilities after falling ill. Two additional people refused medical aid and two more were not located at the scene when deputies/EMS arrived.

Investigators determined a subject known by the street name “Minute” had been selling crack cocaine laced with an unknown substance. The subjects transported, two black males in their 50’s, one white male in his 30’s, a male in his 60’s and one black female in her 30’s are still being monitored by emergency staff. The substance has not been identified.

LCSO and Levy County Department Public Safety are urging everyone to exercise extreme caution. Not only could you be arrested and jailed for possession of crack cocaine, citizens are taking huge life safety risks by smoking these unknown illegal substances.

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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Missing 5 Year Old Sumner Boy Located


 

A huge team effort by multiple agencies and community volunteers locates a missing 5 year old Sumner child unharmed.

The Levy County Sheriff's Office responded today at approximately 1116 hours to the Sumner area of Levy County. A frantic mother could not locate her five year old little boy.  The mother and family had been searching for almost an hour before calling for Law Enforcement assistance. He was last seen in the front yard of the home by the grandmother. He was playing with the family dog.

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Levy County Department of Public Safety, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Highway Patrol, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Air Unit and the Florida Department of Corrections K-9 teams searched the area of Shiloh Cemetery for the missing 5 year old boy for over 3 hours before he was located. The young boy was last seen wearing blue jeans, no shirt and no shoes. He was ultimately located in a large marshy pond by community volunteers approximately 3 miles away from his home.

Resident John Hanley located a small barefoot print in a muddy area near a road at the edge of the swampy pond. Law enforcement resources were being moved into the area when a second resident volunteer, Evan Phillips, located the young child. Phillips heard his yells for help and entered the swamp to rescue him. The child was found in the middle of a thick stand of cattails in the center of the shallow pond unharmed. He was treated for small scratches and reunited with his mother.

LCSO greatly appreciates the assistance received from the citizens and other agencies on this case.

 

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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Monday’s Meth Arrest Leads to 2 Additional Lab Cases

 Tipler
 Edward Garcia
 Harris Garcia



 

May 21, 2014 

Deputies from both Alpha and Bravo patrol companies began following up on lab leads over the weekend. This culminated in three arrests on Monday by Deputy Weatherford and K-9 Deputy Anderson. Tuesday, these two Deputies continued their aggressive assault on meth operations to make this second case. These deputies followed up by making three more arrests for manufacturing methamphetamines.  

Deputy Weatherford and K-9 Deputy Anderson furthered the information they gained from Monday’s case by arresting Michael Tipler 1-20-88, Harris Garcia 12-9-92 and Edward Garcia 6-30-91. These deputies discovered Tipler had active warrants and began searching for him. These warrants were issued from Gilchrist County for Violation of Probation stemming from an earlier arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; and an active warrant from Dixie County for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of listed chemicals (for meth production), fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both of these warrants had a NO BOND. 

The deputies located Tipler who was traveling in a 2003 white Pontiac van in the 3600 block of US Alt Hwy 27. Tipler was in the company of the Garcia brothers. As the deputies began their investigation they discovered this trio had mobile meth lab in the vehicle with them. They summoned the assistance of the LCSO Drug Task Force to disassemble and render this mobile operation safe.  

This investigation continued to snowball and led DTF investigators to a second lab disposal site in the Bronson area. Investigators worked additional hours making this site safe too. DTF said this site contained the used components “trash” created during the manufacturing of this dangerous and toxic drug. The site had the used mixed volatile ingredients like lithium and other solvents, which can still cause great bodily harm to any unsuspecting person not aware what they are handling. 

Tipler was arrested and charged with production of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. His bond is set at $60,000.00. Both Harris Garcia and his brother Edward Garcia have been arrested and charged with production of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Their bond has been set at $60,000.00 each. 

Harris Garcia is also facing additional charges for two counts of grand theft auto and dealing in stolen property. These charges are currently being filed by the Criminal Investigations Division of LCSO after a post arrest interview yesterday. Harris Garcia had been identified as a suspect in the theft of at least two vehicles in the Bronson area.  

 

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

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