Monday, August 24, 2015

Inglis Burglar Busted


 

 
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Michael John Sedor, (DOB 7/9/82) for Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure and Grand Theft.  The crime, which occurred at a storage building inside the Town of Inglis, was reported on July 15, 2015.  The Victim reported that an unknown suspect had stolen several items from the building including a generator, a hunting bow and various tools. 

Deputy C.J. Perryman and Investigator Mike Wilkinson immediately began investigating the case.  They were able to locate and interview multiple witnesses who gave information indicating that Sedor had committed the crimes.  Witnesses also provided information about a possible location in Inglis where Sedor had stashed the stolen items.  Investigator Wilkinson located some of the stolen property at that location and returned those items to the victim. 

Investigator Wilkinson made numerous attempts to locate Sedor, who goes by the street name “Gilligan.”  While Investigator Wilkinson was not able to interview Sedor, he did obtain an arrest warrant for him based on the probable cause he and Deputy Perryman developed during their investigation. 

Sedor was arrested on the warrant by Deputy Tim Rogers on August 22, 2015.  He was transported to the Levy County Detention Center and held under a $90,000.00 bond. 

LCSO thanks the public for their assistance in solving this case.  Citizens are reminded they can report suspicious activity to LCSO 24 hours a day at 352-486-5111.  They can also make anonymous reports to Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. 

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

 

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Recent Prison Releasee Facing Methamphetamine Charges

 


The Levy County Drug Task Force arrested a local repeat offender for methamphetamine related charges on Monday, August 10, 2015.  Drug Task Force investigators went to 8751 NW 125th Street in Chiefland in order to execute an arrest warrant.  The investigators located and arrested Nevina Tease (1-3-80) on an outstanding Violation of Probation warrant. 

While on the premises, the investigators developed information that Tracy James Smith (8-17-73) was preparing to manufacture methamphetamine.  The homeowner gave consent for the deputies to search the home, and they located a small amount of marijuana and methamphetamine along with Smith’s belongings.  Investigators also found Smith’s backpack which he was apparently using as a Clandestine Lab Kit.  The backpack contained the following items: 

          1. Plastic tubing;

          2.  Red Devil Lye;

          3.  Coffee filters;

          4.  Drano;

          5.  One mesh strainer;

          6.  One glass Pyrex dish;

          7.  One Charcoal Lighter;

          8.  Coleman fuel;

          9.  Several lithium batteries;

          10.  Several razor blades;

          11.  Several PH testers;

          12.  Solder iron;

          13.  Aluminum foil; and

          14.  Plastic baggies.    
 

The Certified Clandestine Laboratory Investigators on scene recognized that all of these items are regularly used in the manufacture and distribution of Methamphetamine.  Smith was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute; Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Smith was transported to the Levy County Detention Center where his total bond was set at $141,000.00. 

Smith is no stranger to law enforcement in the Tri-County area.  He has been arrested numerous times in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist Counties.  Smith was most recently released from incarceration by the Florida Department of Corrections on June 16, 2015. 

According to Sheriff Bobby McCallum, “this case shows the need for long prison sentences for repeat offenders like many of those arrested during Operation Melting Pot.  It is one of the most effective forms of crime prevention.”

The LCSO wants to again warn the public of the dangerous and volatile chemical components used to manufacture methamphetamine.  These substances create some of the most hazardous conditions in which deputies work. The LCSO is dedicated to locating and arresting all individuals who are making this deadly drug and ask our citizens to report any suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.

 
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Levy County Flooded Wells


For Immediate Release                                                                    Contact: Levy County

August 3, 2015                                                                                                Health Department

ESF 8 Levy County Emergency Management 352-486-5300

 

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN Levy COUNTY  REMINDS RESIDENTS OF DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH FLOODED Private  WELLS

 

Levy County, Florida  Recent heavy rains may have impacted your private well and made your water unsafe. If your well casing has been submerged by flood water, either use bottled water, or boil or disinfect all the water you use for drinking, making beverages, cooking, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, and washing areas of the skin that have been cut or injured.
 
Common unscented household bleach (4 to 6%) can be used effectively as a chlorine disinfectant. Add 8 drops (about 1/8 teaspoon) of unscented household bleach per gallon of water, then let stand for 30 minutes, repeating the procedure if the water is still cloudy. An alternative disinfecting method involves bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute.

If your well has been flooded, please call the Levy County Health Department for information on how to sample your water and where to bring the sample for bacteriological testing. If the test reveals bacteria, the well and water system need to be disinfected.

It is important to disinfect both well and plumbing water with unscented household bleach to ensure that all infectious agents are destroyed. If you have water treatment devices, remove all membranes, cartridges, and filters and replace them after the chlorination process is completed. The amount of chlorine determines the length of time you allow the bleach to remain in your system.

DOH recommends the following steps to disinfect a contaminated well:

  • If the water is discolored before adding the bleach, run the water until it is clear for up to 10 minutes.
  • Turn off and then drain your hot water heater— bleach is not effective in water above 105 degrees.
  • Remove and replace charcoal filters after the disinfecting process is completed.
  • To avoid adding contamination to the well during disinfection, clean the work area around the top of the well. Then remove grease and mineral deposits from accessible parts of the well head and flush the outside surfaces with 1/2 cup of unscented household bleach in 5 gallons of water.
  • Turn off the pump. Remove the cap or the well plug on the rubber seal. There are many types of well caps and plugs. If you have questions, you should contact a licensed well driller. If you have a submersible pump, you may also want to contact a licensed well driller for advice on disinfection procedures.  
  • Consult the bleach chart and pour the recommended amount of unscented bleach (4 to 6%) solution into the well.  Try to coat the sides of the casing as you pour. If you get bleach on the pump or wiring, flush it thoroughly with fresh water to prevent later corrosion.

 

BLEACH CHART                                                                                                     

 

Well Depth in Feet                Well Diameter in Inches

2”            4”           5”           6”

Amount of Bleach to Use

20’                                           1 cup      1 cup     1 cup      1 cup

30’                                           1 cup      1 cup     1 cup      2 cups

40’                                           1 cup      1 cup     2 cups    2 cups

50’                                           1 cup      2 cups   2 cups    3 cups

80’                                           1 cup      2 cups   1 qt         1 qt

100’                                         1 cup      3 cups   1 qt         1.5 qts

150’                                         2 cups                1 qt        2 qts       2.5 qts

200’                                         3 cups                1.5 qts   2.5 qts    3 qts

 

Conversions 8 oz = 1 cup /16 oz = 1 pint = 2 cups

24 oz = 3 cups / 32 oz = 1 quart / 48 oz = 1.5 quarts

64 oz = 2 quarts / 80 oz = 2.5 quarts / 96 oz = 3 quarts

                                                                                                                                   

 

  • Re-cap or plug the well opening and wait 30 minutes.
  • Turn on and, if needed, re-prime the pump. Open all of the faucets on the system one at a time. Allow the water to run until there is a noticeable smell of bleach. You may also want to flush the toilets. If you have outside faucets, you may want to direct the water away from sensitive plants. If you cannot detect a bleach odor, repeat the disinfecting process.
  • Turn off all of the faucets and allow the bleach to remain in the system for at least eight hours.
  • Backwash water softeners, sand filters, and iron removal filters with bleach water.
  • Again, open all the faucets and run the water until there is no bleach smell—for up to 15 minutes.

After disinfecting your well, the water needs to be tested to verify that it is safe to drink. Although unscented household bleach is effective against microorganisms, it will not remove chemical contamination that may have gotten into your well. Contact the Levy County Health Department at 352-486-5300 for sampling instructions to get your water tested for chemicals if you are concerned. Chemical sampling fees have not been waived at this time.


For further information, please visit www.doh.state.fl.us or www.FloridaDisaster.org.

The Florida Emergency Information Line: 1-800-342-3557

Public Information Emergency Support Function: 850-921-0384

 
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Monday, August 3, 2015

Dixie County Flooded Wells

POSTED AT THE REQUEST OF OUR FRIENDS IN DIXIE COUNTY: 
 
 
For Immediate Release                                                                    Contact: Dixie County

August 3, 2015                                                                                                Health Department

ESF 8 Dixie County Emergency Management 352-498-1240

 

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN DIXIE COUNTY  REMINDS RESIDENTS OF DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH FLOODED Private  WELLS

 

Dixie County, Florida  Recent heavy rains may have impacted your private well and made your water unsafe. If your well casing has been submerged by flood water, either use bottled water, or boil or disinfect all the water you use for drinking, making beverages, cooking, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, and washing areas of the skin that have been cut or injured.

Common unscented household bleach (4 to 6%) can be used effectively as a chlorine disinfectant. Add 8 drops (about 1/8 teaspoon) of unscented household bleach per gallon of water, then let stand for 30 minutes, repeating the procedure if the water is still cloudy. An alternative disinfecting method involves bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute.

If your well has been flooded, please call the Dixie County Health Department for information on how to sample your water and where to bring the sample for bacteriological testing. If the test reveals bacteria, the well and water system need to be disinfected.

It is important to disinfect both well and plumbing water with unscented household bleach to ensure that all infectious agents are destroyed. If you have water treatment devices, remove all membranes, cartridges, and filters and replace them after the chlorination process is completed. The amount of chlorine determines the length of time you allow the bleach to remain in your system.

DOH recommends the following steps to disinfect a contaminated well:

  • If the water is discolored before adding the bleach, run the water until it is clear for up to 10 minutes.
  • Turn off and then drain your hot water heater— bleach is not effective in water above 105 degrees.
  • Remove and replace charcoal filters after the disinfecting process is completed.
  • To avoid adding contamination to the well during disinfection, clean the work area around the top of the well. Then remove grease and mineral deposits from accessible parts of the well head and flush the outside surfaces with 1/2 cup of unscented household bleach in 5 gallons of water.
  • Turn off the pump. Remove the cap or the well plug on the rubber seal. There are many types of well caps and plugs. If you have questions, you should contact a licensed well driller. If you have a submersible pump, you may also want to contact a licensed well driller for advice on disinfection procedures.
  • Consult the bleach chart and pour the recommended amount of unscented bleach (4 to 6%) solution into the well.  Try to coat the sides of the casing as you pour. If you get bleach on the pump or wiring, flush it thoroughly with fresh water to prevent later corrosion.

 

BLEACH CHART                                                                                                     

 

Well Depth in Feet                Well Diameter in Inches

2”            4”           5”           6”

Amount of Bleach to Use

20’                                           1 cup      1 cup     1 cup      1 cup

30’                                           1 cup      1 cup     1 cup      2 cups

40’                                           1 cup      1 cup     2 cups    2 cups

50’                                           1 cup      2 cups   2 cups    3 cups

80’                                           1 cup      2 cups   1 qt         1 qt

100’                                         1 cup      3 cups   1 qt         1.5 qts

150’                                         2 cups                1 qt        2 qts       2.5 qts

200’                                         3 cups                1.5 qts   2.5 qts    3 qts

 

Conversions 8 oz = 1 cup /16 oz = 1 pint = 2 cups

24 oz = 3 cups / 32 oz = 1 quart / 48 oz = 1.5 quarts

64 oz = 2 quarts / 80 oz = 2.5 quarts / 96 oz = 3 quarts

                                                                                                                                   

 

  • Re-cap or plug the well opening and wait 30 minutes.
  • Turn on and, if needed, re-prime the pump. Open all of the faucets on the system one at a time. Allow the water to run until there is a noticeable smell of bleach. You may also want to flush the toilets. If you have outside faucets, you may want to direct the water away from sensitive plants. If you cannot detect a bleach odor, repeat the disinfecting process.
  • Turn off all of the faucets and allow the bleach to remain in the system for at least eight hours.
  • Backwash water softeners, sand filters, and iron removal filters with bleach water.
  • Again, open all the faucets and run the water until there is no bleach smell—for up to 15 minutes.

After disinfecting your well, the water needs to be tested to verify that it is safe to drink. Although unscented household bleach is effective against microorganisms, it will not remove chemical contamination that may have gotten into your well. Contact the Dixie County Health Department at 352-498-1360 for sampling instructions to get your water tested for chemicals if you are concerned. Chemical sampling fees have not been waived at this time.

For further information, please visit www.doh.state.fl.us or www.FloridaDisaster.org.

The Florida Emergency Information Line: 1-800-342-3557

Public Information Emergency Support Function: 850-921-0384
 

The mission of the Florida Department of Health is to protect and promote the health of all residents and visitors in the state through organized state and community efforts, including cooperative agreements with counties. For more information about DOH programs, visit www.doh.state.fl.us.  

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE ASSISTANCE SOUGHT


 



 

On July 5th, 2014, Deputies from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of 3571 NE 218th Avenue in Williston, Florida to the report of a deceased person.  The investigation revealed that Leo Rives (DOB 11/25/82) had been found deceased beside his vehicle. 

After following up on initial leads, the case has remained unsolved.  With the passing of the first anniversary of Mr. Rives murder, 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 investigators, Sgt. Mike Narayan or Cpl. Tom Martin at 352-486-5111, Extension 291 or 267. 

Investigators believe that there are numerous individuals that know who is involved in the murder.  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.  Thank you for your assistance. 

 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

OPERATION MELTING POT


July  27, 2015

LCSO announces the conclusion of a long term drug investigation that began in September of 2014.  The investigation began when Investigators from the LCSO Criminal Investigation Division (CID) shared a confidential source of information with members of the Levy County Drug Task Force (DTF).  The Drug Task Force Investigators were able to use that source to develop intelligence that ultimately led to a significant number of undercover narcotic purchases throughout Levy County. 

Investigators chose the name “Melting Pot” for the operation because of the diversity of the locations, drug types and offenders who were caught in the net of the operation.  The investigation began in September of 2014 and concluded in May of 2015.  During that time Investigators were able to make 72 controlled purchases of illegal drugs from 67 different suspects in Levy County.  The illegal purchases were made in the Bronson, Williston, Morriston and Inglis areas of the county.  The drug types purchased included heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and MDMA (also known as “Molly”).  Various prescription medications were also purchased which included oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, morphine, oxycontin and suboxone. 

After all of the purchases, DTF investigators, led by Case Agent Rob Bowers, set about the monumental task of organizing their evidence and preparing each case for prosecution.  They prepared arrest affidavits for each case and ultimately obtained 67 arrest warrants for the suspects in this Operation.  LCSO Deputies, along with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, began arresting the suspects on July 20, 2015.  The arrest phase of the operation is continuing at this time. 

LCSO would like to acknowledge the assistance we received from the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, State Attorney Bill Cervone’s Office and others who have helped make this operation one of the most successful drug operations in Levy County history.  

 

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OPERATION MELTING POT

SIGNIFICANT ARRESTS
 

Tyree Brown (aka Lil One)

Brown was arrested for Sale of cocaine, Possession of cocaine with intent to sell and Unlawful use of a two-way communication device. Brown's criminal history includes 29 Felony charges and 4 Felony convictions. Brown has a violent history with Law Enforcement and is a member of an upper level cocaine organization in Williston, Florida.

Aaron McKnight (aka Ace)

McKnight was arrested for Sale of cocaine, Possession of cocaine with intent to sell and Unlawful use of a two-way communication device. McKnight's criminal history includes 32 Felony Charges and 24 Felony convictions.

Quentin Mitchell (aka Bill)  

Mitchell was arrested for Sale of cocaine within 1000 feet of a school (2 counts), Possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a school (2 counts) and Unlawful use of a two-way communication device (2 counts). Mitchell's criminal history includes 26 Felony charges and 7 Felony convictions. Mitchell is currently on Federal probation for narcotics offenses and a Federal Arrest Warrant has been issued charging Mitchell with Violation of Supervised Release. A Detainer has been placed on Mitchell by the U.S. Marshal's.

Gerald Ross (aka Pony Boy)  

Ross was arrested for Sale of cocaine (2 counts), Possession of cocaine with intent to sell (2 counts) and Unlawful use of a two-way communication device (2 counts). Ross was sentenced to 10 years in Federal Prison in 1998 for Conspiracy to distribute and Possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Ross's State level criminal history includes 14 Felony charges and 8 Felony convictions. Ross is a convicted Sex Offender and an upper level cocaine supplier in Williston, Florida.

Martinus Monroe (aka Poochie) 

Monroe was arrested for Sale of cocaine (2 counts), Possession of cocaine with intent to sell (2 counts) and Unlawful use of a two-way communication device (2 counts). Monroe's criminal history includes 7 Felony charges and 2 felony convictions. Monroe is also a member of an upper level cocaine organization in Williston, Florida.

Leon Snow (aka Poncho)

Snow was arrested for Sale of methamphetamine, Possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and Unlawful use of a two-way communication device. Snow's criminal history includes 24 Felony charges and 13 felony convictions.

Carlos McNeal (aka Los)

McNeal was arrested for Sale of cocaine within 1000 feet of a church, Possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a church, Unlawful use of a two-way communication device (2 counts), Sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. McNeal's criminal history includes 18 Felony charges and 1 felony conviction.

Brian Rackley

Rackley was arrested for Sale of heroin within 1000 feet of a convenience store, Possession of heroin with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a convenience store and Unlawful use of a two-way communication device. Rackley is a significant supplier of heroin in Levy County and his criminal history includes 11 Felony charges and 5 felony convictions.

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Notification of Upcoming Press Conference


 
 

July 22, 2015

Sheriff Bobby McCallum invites all interested media representatives to a press conference which will be held at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM.  The purpose of the conference will be to release details regarding the Levy County Drug Task Force’s “Operation Melting Pot”.  This is a long-term drug investigation which has resulted in a significant number of arrests. 

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is located at 9150 Northeast 80th Avenue in Bronson, Florida.  Questions regarding the conference should be directed to Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp at 352-486-5111, Extension #231. 
 

Thank you for your assistance.