Thursday, May 28, 2015

Petit Theft Investigation Leads to Bigger Cases





May 22, 2015

On 5-16-15 Investigators with LCSO, in cooperation with Cedar Key Police Department, arrested Cale Brandon Barber (9-4-83) of Williston on charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

LCSO had been looking for Barber after receiving a complaint he drove away from a gas station in Williston without paying for his fuel. Cedar Key PD was also investigating Barber after receiving a complaint he stole items from a home in Cedar Key and had been selling his ill-gotten gains to unsuspecting buyers.

After being taken into custody, LCSO investigators determined Barber was suspect in many more crimes across Levy County.  During a post arrest interview, Barber confessed to investigators he had in-fact stolen multiple chain saws and guns from homes in Levy County. As this investigation continued, investigators developed information Barber committed up to 7 burglaries and sold the stolen property in multiple jurisdictions. Investigators have been able to recover 8 chain saws, two weed eaters, 5 guns, a Yeti cooler and a boat motor up to this point.  Additional charges are forthcoming.

Investigators also learned Barber had been trying to sell a four wheeler within the last month. The brand and type are unknown.  Barber has connections and access to several hunting clubs in Levy County and was known to do day labor on local farms.  We are asking our citizens to double check the location of their all terrain vehicles. 

LCSO would also like to ask our community to call us if they had any contact with Barber, either as a potential victim or if they purchased anything from him.  Investigators know Barber used fictitious names when selling his stolen property to unsuspecting buyers.  We ask that everyone take a close look at his picture.  If you were duped into buying something from Barber, LCSO and the victims of these crimes would sincerely appreciate any cooperation you could offer.  Please contact LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond at (352) 486-5111 ext 285. 

As always, information can be provided through Crime Stoppers of Levy County at 1-877-349-8477.

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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
"Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Father and Son Fugitives from Oklahoma Arrested


 
 
May 22, 2015

Darrell Dee Faver (3-5-61) and his son John Murray Faver (7-1-83) were arrested by LCSO and members of the US Marshal’s Regional Domestic Fugitive Task Force (RDFTF) yesterday in Bronson at the Bronson Motel room 12A. Both father and son were wanted by authorities in Oklahoma for Rape in the 1st degree. Warrants had been issued by Oklahoma law enforcement, stemming from their investigation.

The younger Faver, a former correctional officer from Oklahoma, and the father known for his survival skills; fled Oklahoma shortly after the investigation began. They ultimately settled in Bronson. Investigators and members of the RDFTF began tracking the pair on Tuesday evening in Bronson after receiving information they could be in our area.

The Favers acquired a vehicle registered from Texas sometime after fleeing from Oklahoma. Oklahoma determined the Favers had been utilizing the vehicle and began to monitor law enforcement data bases. Oklahoma discovered LCSO ran the Texas tag late last month and, with a simple phone call LCSO and RDFTF began to scour the Bronson area for the vehicle. Shortly after lunch the vehicle was found parked at the Bronson Motel. Management confirmed the pair were occupying room 12A and were inside.  They surrendered when deputies confronted them and they were taken into custody.

Both are being held at the Levy County Detention Facility without bond and are awaiting extradition back to Oklahoma.


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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
"Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Sexual Predator


Sexual Predator
Public Address Notification
May 18, 2015

On May 18, 2015 Steven F. Holland registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Holland is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses.

Steven F. Holland was convicted in 2014 in Alachua County, Fl for Lewd and Lascivious Molestation on a child under 12; F.S. 800.04 (5) (b). Holland has registered his change in address as: 21161 NE 35 Street Williston, 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:
Steven F. Holland
21161 NE 35 Street
Williston, Fl
White/Male
DOB: 12-30-1980
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
"Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sexual Predator


Sexual Predator

Public Address Notification

 

May 12, 2015

On May 8, 2015 Billy Joe Patterson registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Patterson is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses.

Billy Joe Patterson was convicted in 2003 in Levy County, Fl for Sexual Battery by an Adult on a child under 12; F.S. 794.011. Patterson has registered his change in address as: 14750 NE Hwy 27 Alt lot 4, Williston, 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:
Billy Joe Patterson
14750 NE Hwy 27 Alt lot 4
Williston, Fl
White/Male
DOB: 8-11-1962
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
"Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Methamphetamine Lab Busted in Fanning Springs


April 30, 2015

Levy County Drug Task Force Investigators developed information from a witness who indicated that methamphetamine was being manufactured at 8841 NW 174th Street, in Fanning Springs.  The witness stated that the suspects were “cooking meth” at the location up to four times a day, depending on their ability to obtain the necessary ingredients. 

Based on the witness statements and other evidence gathered, Task Force Investigators obtained and executed a search warrant at the premises later that day.  During the search, Investigators located and seized numerous items associated with the manufacture and use of methamphetamine.  These included dismantled lithium batteries, muratic acid, drain cleaner, used hypodermic needles, smoking pipes, and electronic scales.  Investigators also seized 30 grams of liquid “meth oil.” 

The property owner was determined to be Michael Austin Jones (3-25-53).  Investigators also developed evidence that Jones had an unrelated minor female residing at the house with him.  Jones was arrested and booked at the Levy County Detention Center.  The charges against him include the following: 


          1.  Trafficking in Methamphetamine;

          2.  Manufacturing Methamphetamine;

          3.  Child Neglect;

          4.  Distribution of Methamphetamine;

          5.  Interference with Child Custody; and

          6.  Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. 


Jones was given a bond of $150,000.00 on the Interference with Child Custody and Contributing to the Delinquency of Minor charges.  Bond has not been set yet on the remaining charges. 


As always, LCSO encourages the public to contact us or Crime Stoppers of Levy County to report suspicious methamphetamine activity. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Domestic Dispute Leads to the Discovery of Child Pornography


April 28, 2015

On April 19, 2015 at approximately 0330 in the morning, John Lawson Fullbright (6-28-84) of Williston became involved in a domestic dispute with his wife. His spouse discovered several images of what she believed to be child pornographic images on his phone, which sparked the dispute. She refused to return the phone to him and contacted law enforcement. Law enforcement seized the phone but weren’t able to arrest John Fullbright, because he fled to Marion County before deputies arrived.

On April 19, 2015 at approximately 4 pm, John Fullbright, unaware law enforcement had probable cause for his arrest, responded to a request for a statement. Fullbright came to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and was arrested for domestic battery. Fullbright bonded out of the Levy County Detention Facility on April 20, 2015 after posting a $30,000 bond.

Investigator Tom Martin continued to investigate the allegation Mrs. Fullbright filed about the pornographic images she viewed on her husband’s phone. Investigator Martin secured a search warrant on April 23, 2015 to conduct a forensic analysis of the phone she surrendered to law enforcement. During his search of the phone’s internal memory, he discovered approximately 1,741 images of children between the ages of 2 to 12 in various sexually explicit poses. In addition to these images, Investigator Martin found video clips of children engaged in sexual acts both with adults and other minor children, anime images of children and images of children engaged in sexual acts with animals.

Investigator Martin then secured a warrant for the arrest of John Lawson Fullbright on April 24, 2015. Investigator Martin developed information that Fullbright was in Marion County and with the assistance of Marion County Sheriff’s Office attempted to execute the arrest warrant that night. Fullbright could not be located.

On April 27, 2015 at approximately 6 pm Fullbright was surrendered to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office by his attorney Mark Feather. Fullbright is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility on a $250,000 bond.

This investigation is still ongoing and additional charges could be filed. The identities of the victimized children depicted in these images have not been determined. Investigators are continuing to work with outside agencies, such as the National Information Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the FBI, to identify these children.

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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
"Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Arrests Made For Recent Bronson Burglaries


April 27, 2015

On Saturday night April 18, 2015 three unidentified males burglarized three businesses in the Town of Bronson. Deputies discovered two of these burglaries while conducting security checks of local businesses. A&A Restaurant and Shakers were the two businesses deputies discovered had been burglarized. Investigators were summoned to these scenes in the early morning hours of Sunday morning and began their investigation. Later Sunday morning, Sweetwater Trading, a retail gun store, was also discovered to have been burglarized.

Investigators recovered evidence leading to the identification of the three suspects. Arrest warrants for Burglary and Grand Theft were obtained for Eric Oliver 12-14-93, and two participating juveniles. On April 20, 2015 Oliver was arrested and is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility on a $400,000.00 bond. One juvenile was arrested on April 24, 2015 and was released to the Department of Juvenile Justice. The second juvenile is still at large.

In addition to these recently reported cases, a fourth burglary at the Church of God by Faith, reported in March of this year, was also cleared. A fourth juvenile identified in this case was arrested on April 24, 2015. He too, was released to the Department of Juvenile Justice. 

These recent arrests do not solve all the reported burglary cases in the Town of Bronson. Our investigators are still diligently working to solve these break-ins. Any person with knowledge of these past crimes, who could offer information which would lead to the identification of the person(s) responsible, is asked to contact Investigator Noel Ramirez at 352-486-5111 or contact Crime-Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-877-349-8477.

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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
"Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.