Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Irresponsible Behavior


March 25, 2020

A few members of the East Williston community chose to promote a block party this past Saturday through social media that flies in the face of all of the CDC recommendations and the Governor’s Executive Orders. This party saw over 500 people jammed into a confined area in East Williston, possibly exposing those residents to the COVID-19 virus. Most party participants were not from Levy County.

Sheriff McCallum stated, “It is unfortunate that some citizens chose to ignore every recommendation of the CDC to help stop the spread of this deadly virus. I was forced to call additional Law Enforcement Officers to disperse the crowd which took over 45 minutes to clear from the area at 3:00 in the morning.” 

“I ask the citizens of this community and all citizens of Levy County to avoid these types of gatherings. Follow the CDC guidelines and please help keep Levy County HEALTHY!”

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

TO THE CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES OF LEVY COUNTY

As your Sheriff I wanted to take this opportunity to thank our citizens, businesses and civil leaders for the exceptional response and cooperation you are showing during these difficult times in regards to COVID-19.

As I moved around the county late last Friday afternoon and evening I saw a tremendous response from our restaurants and bars in immediately adhering to the Governor’s latest Executive Order (20-71).  As I continued over the weekend to check on some of our businesses I saw an even greater response in applying the requirements of the Executive Order.  I salute and thank all of our restaurant owners, managers and other business leaders in our county for making this effort to slow the spread of this pandemic.

To our citizens thank you for your willingness, to the best of your abilities, to adhere to the protective measures that we are asking you to follow.  These protective measures are so vitally important to the safety and welfare of all of us.  As we move forward in these uncertain and unprecedented times I would ask that all citizens follow all recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), our local Department of Health and mandates ordered in the Governor’s Executive Orders.  The list below will serve as a reminder of some protective steps to follow.  Additional protective steps and symptoms of COVID-19 can be found on the CDC’s website (https://www.cdc.gov).


·       Please do your best to socially distance with a distance of six (6) feet from other individuals. 
·       Please wash your hands often with soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds.
·       Use sanitizers (with at least 60% alcohol) when washing hands is not an option.
·       Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
·       Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.  Immediately wash your hands.

Most importantly please consult with your doctor and self-isolate if you have the symptoms of COVID-19 and test if your doctor or medical provider recommends the same.

I want to also thank all of our medical professionals including our Department of Public Safety EMTs, Paramedics and all of our Fire/Rescue personnel for all they are doing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are working extremely hard with the pandemic issues on top of their normal everyday emergency situations.

In addition, I want to thank my Deputies, Detention Officers, 911 Telecommunicators and all of our administrative staff as well as all of our local Police and Fire/Rescue Departments for their continuing effort to serve our citizens during these difficult and precarious times.

Once again thank you to all of our citizens for remaining vigilant and cooperative as we battle COVID-19.  To all of our citizens, families, workers and especially our restaurant servers and workers who have been laid off or hours reduced our prayers are with you that we will be able to resolve this disease as soon as possible.

We are certainly blessed to live in Levy County and can be thankful that all of our leaders are dedicated to working together to keep our citizens safe.  From our Judges, County Commissioners, Constitutional Officers, Department of Health, and our Emergency Management Department, I can assure you, our citizens that we are doing everything in our power to protect and serve you.  But, the only reason that we have no confirmed cases in Levy County at this time is not because of us, but because of you, our citizens and your willingness to follow the precautions that are being both mandated and recommended.

To all of our citizens please stay safe and call us at the Sheriff’s Office (352-486-5111) if we can help you in any way.  Also please use the Emergency Operation Center website at www.levydisaster.com for the latest updated information on COVID-19 for Levy County.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Drug arrest made after driver attempted to elude Deputy




March 18, 2020

Deputy Mike Sinclair was patrolling his assigned zone yesterday when he clocked a vehicle driving at 13 miles an hour over the posted speed limit on CR 331A just east of Williston. He turned on his lights signaling the driver to pull over when the driver made an abrupt turn into a yard then drove through an adjacent field attempting to elude him. Deputy Sinclair saw the passenger door open and a black bag was thrown out by the passenger. The driver ultimately stopped in a nearby driveway immediately exited the vehicle, laid on the ground and surrendered.

Deputy Sinclair detained the driver identified as Robert Wilson (5/10/79) of Bradenton and his passenger, Doreen Hayston (10/3/64) of Fort White. The bag thrown from the moving car was recovered and found to contain a large quantity of marijuana (202 grams) and crack cocaine (22 ½ grams). 

Wilson was arrested for fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement. Hayston was also arrested for possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia in addition to an outstanding warrant for her arrest for possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Wilson and Hayston are being held at the Levy County Detention Facility. Wilson’s bond is set at $16,000.00 and Hayston’s bond is set at $57,200.00.

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office COVID – 19 Update


March 16, 2020

Sheriff McCallum along with members of his command staff were involved in multiple briefings today as they relate to the COVID – 19 virus. Currently there are no confirmed reported cases of COVID – 19 in Levy County but all preparations to prevent the spread of this virus are being taken to ensure the public’s safety and the safety of those in custody.

Based on information obtained during these meetings Sheriff McCallum has decided, in the abundance of caution, to suspend all ON-SITE visitations with persons in the custody of the Levy County Detention Facility. Family and friends of individuals in custody are still able to contact loved ones by phone and on-line video visitation. The instruction on how to establish a Securus account to be able to receive phone calls and create an on-line visitation account can be found at www.levyso.com and follow the links in the Divisions/Detention Bureau section.

COVID – 19 has interrupted multiple public access and some criminal court processes in Levy County. The most up-to-date information on county facility operation closures can be located at www.levydisaster.com. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office works diligently alongside the Levy County Emergency Management Department to mitigate any and all disasters that affect the citizens of Levy County. Sheriff McCallum is committed to ensure the safety of all citizens of Levy County, including those who are in custody and the employees of this office.    

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Arrest Made for Aggravated Assault with Motor Vehicle

March 11, 2020

On March 8, 2020 Levy County deputies responded to a home located at 8550 NW 120 Street west of Chiefland to a 911 call reporting a person had been run over. The victim, a 39 year old Chiefland resident, was unable to give a statement to deputies before he was transported by air to Shands at UF for emergency surgery. Deputies discovered the victim was run over in his own driveway and witnesses were only able to say the vehicle that struck him was a dark colored SUV.

Detectives were contacted late on the 10th by staff members at Shands who said the victim was awake and wanted to speak. The victim told Detectives the person who ran him over was known to him by “Matt.” Additional investigation led to the identification of Matthew “Matt” Goins (3/10/91) of Chiefland as the driver of the SUV. Goins has an extensive criminal history including 8 felony arrests and two sentences in the Florida Department of Corrections. 

Goins was located at 9150 NW 127 Place in Chiefland where he was interviewed by Detectives. Goins admitted to Detectives that he was at the victim’s home and was driving the dark SUV when the victim was struck. Statements Goins made for the reason he ran over the victim were inconsistent with evidence discovered at the crime scene and Goins was arrested.

Goins was booked into the Levy County Detention Facility and has been charged with aggravated battery with a motor vehicle causing great bodily injury. His bond has been set at $200,000.00.