Thursday, October 22, 2020



On October 21, 2020, Detectives from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Luther Hodson (8-7-91) on five counts of sex crimes committed against minors in Levy County.  Hodson is being held at the Levy County Detention Center on a combined bond of two million dollars. 

The evidence in the case showed that Hodson engaged in unlawful sexual acts with multiple victims under the age of 18.  The offenses occurred in the Bronson area of the county during 2020.  The evidence also showed that Hodson had been in a custodial relationship with at least one victim.  Hodson was charged with three counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation, one count of Sexual Battery by a person in familial or custodial authority, and one count of Child Abuse. 

LCSO and other involved agencies have taken the necessary steps to provide for the safety and follow up care for the victims.  Any citizens who may have information regarding other potential victims are asked to contact LCSO at 352-486-5111 or 911.  Reports can also be made anonymously through CrimeStoppers at 1-877-349-8477.    LCSO acknowledges and appreciates the assistance of personnel from the School Board of Levy County and the Florida Department of Children and Families during this investigation. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Career Criminal Apprehended


October 13, 2020

Deputy Ryan Sullivan is assigned temporarily to the Criminal Investigations Division and showcased his investigative skills quickly by solving two open burglary cases where no suspect had been previously identified. Deputy Sullivan was assigned to investigate a September burglary where the victim reported over four thousand dollars of property had been stolen.

Deputy Sullivan spoke to the burglary victim and was told an unknown person made an unauthorized Amazon purchase on his account. The purchase was tracked to the home of Everette Warren Muth (9/28/64) on NW 113 Place in Chiefland. Deputy Sullivan was able to further identify Muth was the only suspect by locating a pawned item in Ocala that was positively identified by the victim as being stolen from his home during the burglary.

Deputy Sullivan secured a search warrant for Muth’s home. Additional stolen property from this burglary was found during the search and Muth was arrested. The search also located stolen property from a second unsolved burglary. Charges on this case are being drafted.

Muth has a multi-state felony career and is currently on parole in the State of Tennessee. Muth was booked in at the Levy County Detention Facility and his bond has been set at $30,000.00. 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to two 911 calls on October 9, 2020 at appropriately 2039 hours to 35 63rd Street in Yankeetown. The 911 callers reported a person at this address had been murdered. Deputies arrived and located Walter Alexander Dyals 10/18/94 who immediately confessed to killing his father, whom he lives with at this address. Dyals was immediately taken into custody. Detectives learned the father and son had been involved in a heated argument earlier in the evening and Walter Dyals stabbed his father in the chest. Dyals has been arrested and booked in at the Levy County Detention Facility where he will he held pending his first appearance.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Celebration of Life for Lieutenant Duane Dykstra – EOW September 26, 2020


The service celebrating Lieutenant Duane Dykstra will begin Monday at 11:00 a.m. October 5, 2020 at the Rafter Cross Cowboy Church located at 4631 NE 162 Court, Williston, Florida 32696.

Lieutenant Dykstra served the citizens of Levy County with honor and distinction for over 25 years. He led the Criminal Investigations Division and Drug Task Force until passing away unexpectedly while pursuing one of his passions, hunting.

At the conclusion of his celebration, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and family will escort Lieutenant Dykstra to Knauff’s Funeral Home in Chiefland. The procession route will begin on US – Alt. 27 turning west and traveling through the Town of Bronson. We will continue on US- Alt. 27 to the intersection of CR 345 in Chiefland. The procession will turn left onto CR 345, travel west crossing over US 19 to the intersection of CR 341 and turn right. The following right turn will be onto West Park Avenue and ending at his final destination, Knauff’s Funeral Home.

Those who wish to honor Duane and his service to the citizens of Levy County may pay their respects anywhere along this route. It is customary for motorist to pull onto the shoulder of the road out of the flow of traffic when a funeral procession passes.  Duane and his law enforcement family would be indebted for those stopping to safely exit their vehicle and place their hand over their heart as we pass.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Celebration of Life for Lt. Duane Dykstra


September 29, 2020

Lt. Duane C. Dykstra was born in Falls Church, Virginia and moved Morriston, FL 25 years ago from Inglis, FL.   He was presently employed at the Levy County Sheriff Office where he led the Criminal Investigations Division and Drug Task Force.  His passions included hunting, fishing, bee keeping and he was an avid Gator Football Fan. Above all, his top priority was his family.

Lt. Dykstra is survived by his wife of 24 years, Tina; son, Derek Dykstra; daughter, Sarah Dykstra; mother, Pamela Hart; step-father, Bill Hart; sister, Amy (Doug) Blackmon; granddaughter, Rhylee Dykstra; many nieces, nephews and a lot of other family members, including his extended family was his brothers and sisters in GREEN.

Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 5, 2020 at the Rafter Cross Cowboy Church in Williston, Florida located at 16550 US-27 ALT, Williston, FL 32696.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in honor of Duane be made to the Duane Dykstra gofundme account organized by the Florida Deputy Sheriff’s Association. This is the only official donation site for Lt. Dykstra and family.


Monday, September 28, 2020

Escort of Lt. Duane Dykstra


September 28, 2020

Lt. Duane Dykstra will be escorted from Gainesville to Knauff’s Funeral Home in Chiefland. The escort procession will depart Gainesville today at 10:30 a.m. The escort route led by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office will enter Levy County on SR 24 approximately 11:15 a.m. turning right onto CR 32, passing by the Sheriff’s Office, to SR 27 then into Chiefland. The procession will then turn left onto Park Avenue in Chiefland ending at Knauff’s Funeral Home on West Park Avenue. Friends who wish to honor may pay their respect to Lt. Dykstra along this route.

Saturday, September 26, 2020



Sheriff Bobby McCallum is sad to report the death of LCSO Lt. Duane Dykstra (47 yoa) today.  Lt. Dykstra was the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division.  Lt. Dykstra had more than 25 years of law enforcement experience.  During his long career at LCSO, he worked as a Dispatcher, a patrol deputy, a K9 handler, a Narcotics Investigator and SWAT Team member.  He had been the CID Commander since February of 2016. 

Lt. Dykstra failed to return from a deer hunting trip on Saturday morning.  He was later found deceased in Goethe State Forest near the intersection of CR 337 and SR 121.  Lt. Dykstra appears to have died from natural causes and foul play is not suspected.  The incident is being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Office of the Medical Examiner Florida District Eight. 

LCSO extends our deepest condolences to Lt. Dykstra’s family.  Funeral arrangements will be published when they become available.