Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Violent Career Felon Apprehended

December 5, 2018

On Friday afternoon, November 30, 2018 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Uniformed Patrol Division, Drug Task Force (DTF) and Tactical Response Unit (TRU) executed arrest warrants on a violent career felon in the Morriston area of Levy County. DTF Commander Lt. Duane Dykstra and DTF Investigator Rob Bowers had been working for several weeks developing intelligence as they worked toward the safe execution of pending arrest warrants on Courtney Harvey (11-19-88) of Williston. 

Harvey, who has a lengthy criminal history and is designated in Florida as a violent felony offender, was wanted for Burglary with Battery, Fleeing from Law Enforcement and numerous other charges. Harvey’s history of violence coupled with recent intelligence developed in this case identified he often carried a firearm while selling drugs in Morriston.

Harvey, confronted by multiple law enforcement officers, attempted to flee. Deputies were able to surround him and he surrendered without a fight. The vehicle he attempted to flee in was seized and towed to the Sheriff’s Office impound yard. 

On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, DTF Investigator Rob Bowers executed a search warrant for the vehicle’s interior. Investigator Bowers and Lt. Dykstra searched the vehicle and found a wide array of illegal narcotics to include suspected fentanyl, the deadly tranquilizer that has flooded the streets of America and claimed many lives.

He is currently being held at the Levy County Detention Facility in lieu of a $555,580.00 bond from the pending warrants served on him this past Friday.

Sheriff McCallum who was present at the scene on Friday said, “I am extremely proud of the professionalism and expertise our members exhibited during the execution of these arrest warrants. The planning and time invested in gathering the intelligence allowed for a violent felon to be taken into custody and removed from our streets, and no one was injured. This operation was a huge success.”  

Additional charges based on the findings of the search warrant were filed on Harvey on the afternoon of December 4, 2018.  The following is a list of these charges:

1) Opium or Derivative Trafficking 4 grams or more (Fentanyl)
2) Synthetic Narcotic Possess w/intent to sell (MDMD/Molly)
3) Marijuana Possess w/intent to sell
4) Methamphetamine Possess w/intent to sell
5) Opium or derivative Possess w/intent to sell (Buprenorphine)
6) Keep shop or Vehicle for Drugs
7) Possess Drug equipment (Digital scale, and clean baggies)

Harvey was formally advised of these charges on December 5, 2018 during first appearance. The Honorable Judge Browning has assigned an additional bond in the amount of $261,000.00 for these new charges. The total combined bond for Courtney Harvey is $816,580.00.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Chiefland Man Arrested for Sexual Battery on Child

December 3, 2018

On December 1, 2018 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to a home in Chiefland after a child reported to her mother “Uncle Joel” touched her private parts. Investigator Mike McNeil took testimony from the mother and the four year old child and identified Uncle Joel as Joel Michael Crawford (11-10-89) of Chiefland.

Investigator McNeil accompanied the mother and child to the Child Protection Team at the University of Florida in Gainesville where an emergency forensic interview was conducted. The child was able to explain in detail what Crawford did to her.
Investigator McNeil located Crawford at his home in Chiefland, and he agreed to speak about the incident. Crawford volunteered to drive to Bronson and speak to Investigator McNeil at the LCSO.
Investigator McNeil wrote in his arrest affidavit Crawford admitted to sexually battering the child and stated, “I have major problems.”  

Crawford was arrested and booked into the Levy County Detention Facility. He has been charged with one count of capital sexual battery on a child under 12 and is being held on a $500,000.00 bond.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Traffic Stop Leads to Two Arrests

Devonte Foster

Vincent Williams

November 20, 2018

Levy County Deputy Ryan Sullivan stopped a vehicle in Bronson at approximately 4 AM on November 19, 2018 for an equipment violation. Deputy Sullivan discovered the driver, Vincent I. Williams (10-1-91) of Gainesville, was driving with a suspended driver’s license and had a warrant for his arrest issued from Alachua County.  Williams was taken into custody.

Deputy Sullivan then spoke to the passenger Devonte T. Foster (6-22-96) of Gainesville. Foster did not have a valid license either. The vehicle was not registered to either Williams or Foster and was towed until the owner could claim the vehicle. 

Deputy Sullivan conducted an inventory of the vehicle prior to it being towed. During the inventory he located cocaine and oxycodone in the center console and a bag in the back seat that contained credit cards, other valuables and personal identification belonging to a person from Gainesville. Deputy Sullivan then took Foster into custody and searched him. Foster had drugs, heroin and marijuana and $530.00 dollars in counterfeit bills hidden in his jacket pocket.

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) was contacted and told of the personal identification located during the traffic stop. ACSO told Deputy Sullivan the person whose identification he found had recently reported his vehicle was been broken into and the items he described were in-fact reported stolen. 

Both Williams and Foster were arrested and booked in to the Levy County Detention Facility. Williams was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and DWLSR. His bond was set at $60,000.00. Foster was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of counterfeit bills. His bond was set at $110,000.00.

This investigation is still on-going and additional charges are expected to be filed by ACSO.

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.