Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Expired Tag Leads to Multiple Arrests

Seized Methamphetamine

Mark Gonzalez

Carla Carter-Jenkins

Sidney Allen

Lindon Owens

Christopher Allen

Jake Bryant

On July 11, 2018 members of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division conducted a proactive patrol campaign in the City of Inglis. Investigators were seeking traffic offenders, unlicensed drivers and persons transporting illegal drugs. Investigators located all of the above in a single traffic stop.

A vehicle was observed leaving the parking lot of the Kangaroo gas station at the intersection of US 19 and Hwy 40. Investigators noticed the tag was not current and verified this through a computer check. Investigator Wilkinson attempted to stop the driver who fled east on Sandi Street, ultimately turning onto Jerry Street where he was blocked in by Investigator McNeil. The driver, identified as Mark G Gonzalez (7-14-91) from Dunnellon, was taken into custody. 

Investigators identified Carla Carter-Jenkins (6-12-76) of Dunnellon, Sidney Allen (5-21-98) of Inglis and Lindon Owens (10-24-93) of Dunnellon as the passengers of the vehicle. The subsequent roadside investigation revealed all three passengers were in possession of various illegal narcotics. All occupants were arrested.

Investigator Douglas conducted a traffic stop on North Inglis Avenue and identified the driver of the vehicle as Christopher Allen (10-1-75) of Inglis. A computer check identified Christopher Allen had an active warrant for his arrest issued in Citrus County. 

Investigators also located and arrested Jake Bryant (7-29-80) of Inglis who had an active warrant for violation of probation issued in Levy County.

Mark Goloweyco Gonzalez (7-14-91)
1.     Fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement
2.     Possession of a controlled substance
3.     Driving while license suspended or revoked
4.     Resist officer without violence
5.     Possession of drug paraphernalia
Bond $ 22,000.00
Carla Carter-Jenkins (6-12-76)
1.     Possession of a controlled substance
Bond $ 5,000.00
Sidney L. Allen (5-21-98)
1.     Possession of controlled substance
2.     Trafficking in methamphetamines
3.     Possession of drug paraphernalia x2
4.     Introduction of contraband into a correctional facility
5.     Tampering with evidence
Bond $ 324,000.00
Lindon Chance Owens (10-4-93)
1.     Trafficking in methamphetamine
2.     Possession of a controlled substance
3.     Possession of drug paraphernalia
Bond $ 267,000.00
Christopher Scott Allen (10-1-75)
1.     Citrus County warrant
Bond $ NONE
Jake J. Bryant
1.     Violation of probation
Bond $ NONE

Friday, July 6, 2018

Construction Site Burglar Arrested

July 6, 2018

Construction of a new home can be exciting and frustrating for the owner as well as the construction company, all within a single day. Delays caused by weather and supply shipments are always an issue. However, theft of the very tools and supplies you do have will push the frustration level to the limit. This is the case of one local man just trying to get his home built.

On June 16, 2018 deputies responded to a home under construction and met with the victim. The victim discovered approximately $860.00 in tools and supplies had been stolen from the construction site. Deputies returned to this same construction site on July 4th and on July 5th for two additional reports of theft. An additional $1380.00 in tools and construction supplies were stolen in these consecutive days.  

David Lee Runion (12-14-82), from Williston was arrested yesterday by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) for perpetrating these thefts. Investigators received information that Runion was responsible. Runion was located at a home outside of Williston and confronted. He admitted to these thefts and directed investigators to a stash of stolen property, some of which had already been sold to unsuspecting buyers. Investigators also recovered a stolen four wheeler and other items linked to additional reports. These cases are still under investigation and more charges are expected to be filed soon. Many of the stolen tools and supplies recovered yesterday have been returned to the owners.

Runion was booked in to the Levy County Detention Facility. He has been charged with two counts of burglary, three counts of grand theft and one count of dealing in stolen property. His bond has been set at $160,000.00.

Bronson 4th of July Celebration Ends in Arrest

July 6, 2018

Levy County Deputies assisting with the 4th of July celebration at the Bronson Sports Complex responded to complaints of a woman attempting to run over a group of juveniles. Deputies learned a group of teens were walking together after the fireworks display. The defendant, Kelly Geer (4-30-78), from Bronson had been involved in a verbal dispute with the group of teens. Witnesses saw Geer enter her vehicle, back up then accelerate toward the group in what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to run them over. Witnesses told deputies they saw kids diving into the ditch to avoid being hit as Geer’s vehicle slid sideways toward the group.

Eight teens were interviewed and told deputies they had been arguing with Geer and were walking away. Geer then threatened to run them all over as she got into her car, backed up then sped toward them. The teens said they had to dive into the ditch to avoid being hit.

Geer was found at the scene and arrested. She posted a $5,000.00 bond the following morning and released from jail. Her appearance in court is pending.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Interagency Cooperation Leads to Burglar Arrest

Deputies from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Gainesville Police Department combined efforts to arrest Qua’dre Tyremetris Dixon (8-26-2000) for two vehicle burglaries that occurred in Levy County on June 11, 2018.  A handgun and other miscellaneous personal property was stolen from the victims in these cases. 

The investigation came together when LCSO Investigator Justin Douglas located one of Dixon’s fingerprints at one of the crime scenes.  Deputies at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office positively matched the print to Dixon.  

On June 14, 2018, Gainesville Police Officers took Dixon into custody as part of another investigation.  Investigator Douglas was able to interview Dixon at that time and obtained additional evidence implicating Dixon in the two burglaries.  Based on the testimony of witnesses and the physical evidence, Dixon was charged with two counts of Burglary, Grand Theft of a Firearm and Petit Theft.  A juvenile pickup order was issued for Dixon and he was taken into custody and held at the juvenile detention center awaiting trial.  

On June 27, 2018 a petition was filed before the Courts in Levy County requesting these charges be upgraded, changing them from Dixon being charged as a juvenile to being charged as an adult. The request was granted and Dixon has been formally charged. Dixon is now being held on a combined bond of $110,000.00.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Seeking Public Help for the Unsolved Murder of Leo Rives

On July 5, 2014, Deputies from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of 3571 NE 218th Avenue to the report of gunshots being fired in a quiet neighborhood community east of Williston. The investigation revealed that Leo Rives (DOB 11/25/82) had been shot multiple times and was found deceased beside the white Ford Crown Victoria he borrowed from a family member. 

This July 5th marks the fourth anniversary of this violent murder, and the case remains unsolved. Leads related to this murder have been few over these past four years, and the LCSO is hopeful this year’s anniversary will bring new information which will allow us to solve the case. LCSO Investigators are asking the public for their assistance in closing this case for the friends and family of Mr. Rives.  Anyone wishing to provide information should contact the lead investigator Sgt. Mike Narayan at 352-486-5111, Extension 267. 

Investigators believe that there are numerous individuals that know who is involved in the murder. Recent leads suggest this murder was planned and intentional and Mr. Rives was specifically targeted. These witnesses may fear retaliation and have chosen not to become involved. We are appealing to these witnesses to do what is right and help bring closure and justice for the family. We strongly encourage these individuals to utilize Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.

Crime Stoppers of Levy County has authorized a cash award of up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons involved in the murder of Mr. Rives. That information can be provided anonymously at 1-877-349-8477.