Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Fugitive On The Run


Date:                December 30, 2009

Time:                11:30 AM


The Levy County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force has received numerous complaints on Kendrick Hill for dealing in narcotics from his residence at 18530 NE 76th Street in Raleigh. The Drug Task Force did a control buy and purchased marijuana from Hill and obtained a search warrant.


On December 21, 2009, agents executed a search warrant at Hill's residence and recovered approximately ½ a pound of marijuana.  Hill was not home during the raid but his wife, Yolanda Regina Hill was present.  Yolanda Hill was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana more than 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug dwelling.


On December 30, 2009, drug agents obtained arrested warrant for Kendrick Hill for sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana.  Hill is on felony probation and he is currently on the run.  Hill is a seven time convicted felon and has a past criminal history of resisting arrest and drug charges.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kendrick Hill is asked to call the Sheriff's Office or you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.




Yolanda Regina Hill

18530 NE 76th Street

Williston, Fl

Black Female



Wanted Fugitive:


Kendrick Jermaine Hill

Black Male




Youth Arrested For Sexual Battery



Date:                December 30, 2009

Time:                10:30 AM


Archer, Florida-On December 28, 2009 Detective Roger Bell arrested Rolando Perez-Melendez, age 17 for sexual battery.


On December 18, 2009 eleven under age juveniles were having a party at 10390 NE 124th Street.  During the party the juveniles consumed alcoholic beverages and the victim went in the bedroom and lay down.  Perez-Melendez admitted to consuming ten (10) beers and he advised that he entered the bedroom and checked his MySpace account.  When Perez-Melendez was leaving the bedroom he fell down and the victim assisted him and he sat on the edge of the bed. The victim lay back down and was attempting to go to sleep when Perez-Melendez started making advances towards her.  The victim told him no and he forced himself on the victim and committed sexual battery.


On December 28, 2009 Detective Bell arrested Perez-Melendez and transported him to the Levy County Jail.


The investigation revealed that the home owner, Linda Lee Evans, age 57 was at the residence when the kids were partying and drinking alcoholic beverages.  Detective Bell is filing a sworn complaint on Linda Evans for contributing to the delinquency of children.





Rolando Perez-Melendez

6851 NE 112th Ave

Archer, Florida

Hispanic Male





Burglary In Progress Arrest



Date:                December 30, 2009

Time:                10:00 AM


Chiefland, Florida-On December 28, 2009 Detective Jimmy Anderson arrested Drew Anthony Gore for armed burglary, grand theft, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony and carrying a concealed firearm.


The Levy County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call in reference to a burglary in progress at 6151 NW 94th lane.  The victim stated that a white male just left the residence wearing a black hooded shirt.  Upon arrival in the area Detective Anderson observed Gore riding a bicycle and wearing the described hooded shirt.  Detective Anderson noticed that Gore had his hands inside his waist band and was quite evident that he was attempting to conceal something.  Detective Anderson detained Gore and a search revealed that Gore had a stolen Taurus 357 pistol concealed inside of his waist band.


The victim responded to the scene and positively identified the gun as belonging to him and his residence being burglarized and ransacked.  Gore was arrested and transported to the Levy County Jail.




Drew Anthony Gore

6130 NW 2nd Ave

Ocala, Florida

White Male






Thursday, December 24, 2009

Romance Lamar Bryant Arrested In Levy County



Date:               December 24, 2009

Time:               5:15 PM


Williston, Florida- The Levy County Sheriff's Office arrested Romance Lamar Bryant on two Alachua Count Warrants.  The charges were aggravated battery and violation of probation for fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer.


Bryant went on the run after he allegedly attacked and severely beat a Gainesville woman in Alachua County last week.  Bryant's brush with the law ended Christmas Eve when Levy County deputies arrested Bryant at 660 Country Club Drive.  When Bryant was confronted by deputies he considered running until he seen K-9 Rossi a Belgian Malinois.  Bryant was arrested and transported to the Levy County Jail.  Alachua County Detectives were notified of the arrest and Bryant was transported to Alachua County for questioning.





Romance Lamar Bryant

4627 SE 1st Place

Gainesville, Florida

Black Male






Saturday, December 19, 2009

East Williston Robbery



Date:                December 19, 2009

Time:                8:15 AM


Williston, Florida-On December 18, 2009 the Levy County Sheriff's Office investigated a robbery that occurred in east Williston.


Detective Mike Bell met the victim at the Williston Police Department.  The victim reported that he just been paid and he was robbed at gun point. The victim stated that he was at the BP gas station in east Williston and was approached by an unknown black male that needed a ride.  The victim gave the suspect a ride and upon arriving in the area of the 4500 block NE 210 Ave the suspect took the victims cell phone and made a phone call.  A short time later another black male walked out of the woods armed with a gun and robbed the victim at   gun point of an undisclosed amount of money.  During the robbery a witness saw the suspects and yelled at them and they fled the area on foot.


The Levy County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspects.  Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mike Bell or you can remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at



Suspect # 1:


Black male, 5'07-5'10", medium build, wearing dark stocking knit cap, dark shirt, grey pants and possibly white tennis shoes.  Attached is a photo of the suspect # 1.


Suspect # 2:


Black male, last seen armed with a long gun.






Captain Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session
Office: 352-486-5448
Cell:    352-577-4218

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Levy County Sheriffs Office Awards

The Levy County Sheriffs Office presented its annual Officer of the Year awards December 16, 2009 at its Christmas Luncheon. Sheriff Smith states this is always a hard time of year for him, because he has such a large pool of professional talent that its hard to focus on the highlights of just one employee. But all three of these people step up to the plate on a day in and day out basis and deserve to be recognized.

Law Enforcement Deputy of the year Cpl. Mike Narayan serves as an investigator in our Cid unit. He is always a go to officer and willing to except any assignment that comes his way. Mike constantly clears a lot of major cases while he maintains a large case load.

Correctional Deputy of the Year is Lisa Mathis. Lisa serves as a correctional officer, nurse and director of our Medical program. Lisa and her staff continue to excel in their work despite an ever shrinking budget and does this without ever reducing the quality of care to our inmates.

Administrative Employee of Year Mike West. Mike serves as our IT and 911 director. In the last 6 months he and his team have made "Mission Impossible into Mission Possible". Mike and his staff have supervised the conversion of our old 911 system to another more cost effective user friendly system. Additionally his team have installed new servers to create the first effective redundant information system in our office. They have also installed 28 new in car networked laptops in our patrol fleet replacing the antiquated units we currently had. All this at no cost to the citizens of Levy County.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Crime Prevention Tips on Identity Theft

Levy County Sheriffs Office Investigators have noticed an increase in identity theft both on andoff line this holiday season and have asked that we remind you of what you can do to protect yourself. Consider the flowing tips Courstesy of

Identity Theft
Ensure websites are secure prior to submitting your credit card number.
Do your homework to ensure the business or website is legitimate.
Attempt to obtain a physical address, rather than a P.O. box or maildrop.
Never throw away credit card or bank statements in usable form.
Be aware of missed bills which could indicate your account has been taken over.
Be cautious of scams requiring you to provide your personal information.
Never give your credit card number over the phone unless you make the call.
Monitor your credit statements monthly for any fraudulent activity.
Report unauthorized transactions to your bank or credit card company as soon as possible.
Review a copy of your credit report at least once a year.

DUI Check Point

On December 31 2009, the Levy County Sheriffs Office will be hosting a DUI, drivers license vehicle safety check point on SR 121 in the area of 250 NE 6th Blvd Williston from 10pm to
2am. This will be a part of a state wide effort to crack down on impaired driving over the holidays. Drivers are asked to have their insurance, registration and drivers license ready when entering the check point.

The Levy County Sheriff's Office would like to wish everyone a happy holidays and please do not drink and drive.

Levy County Sheriffs Office Partners with CrimeReports to Launch New iPhone Crime Map

Today The Levy County Sheriffs Office announces the availability of a new iPhone app, in partnership with CrimeReports that will provide citizens with local crime mapping and national sex offender data. LCSO already publishes their crime data on the National Crime Map at and are now making that data even easier to access through the CrimeReports iPhone app, available at the iTunes App Store starting today. The CrimeReports iPhone app is free.

“Information is Key to our citizens’ safety,” says Sheriff Smith “Providing it to the general public through a mobile device allows citizens even easier access to it than before. We’re pleased to be offering the most advanced tools available to foster communication and engagement with community members to prevent and reduce crime.” Through this and our website one can receive updates and information via email, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Sheriff Smith states citizens can get timely information when and where they want to.

Todays CrimeReports iPhone app allows anyone to:
Filter data by location or address, incident type, and customizable date range.
View recent neighborhood level crimes on the map or in a list.
View national sex offender data alongside crime in your neighborhood.
Sign-up for free, automated, email crime alerts
Request the participation of other surrounding law enforcement agencies if they’re not already on-board.

The Crime Reports team is also currently planning similar apps for other mobile platforms. You can find out more about the new CrimeReports iPhone app by visiting

Monday, December 14, 2009

Home Invasion Arrest


Date: December 14, 2009

Time: 2:45 PM

Fanning Springs, Florida- On December 14, 2009 the Levy County Sheriff's Office responded to 17769 NW 90 Court Lot # 5 in reference to a 9-1-1 hang up call. Upon arrival the victim, Nicholas Batista reported through an interpreter stated that two white males entered his residence wearing a ski mask. The suspects forcibly entered the residence armed with a pistol and entered the victim's bedroom. The suspects demanded money and the victim fearing for his life gave them his wallet and the suspects left on foot.

When K-9 Deputy Kevin Kinik and his partner, Rossi arrived on the scene they tracked the suspects to a near by residence located at 17726 NW 90 Terrace. Deputy Kinik noticed that the front door was open and several people were inside the residence. The victim's cellular phone was located in the suspect's residence.

Detective Tom Martin's investigation revealed that David Darling another suspect, which is at large, entered the victim's residence and robbed the victim. Stone participated in the home invasion robbery by obtaining ski mask for the suspects and was a lookout from across the street.

At this time Detective Martin has indentified the third suspect and an arrest will be forthcoming.


David Darling

17726 NW 90 Terrace

Fanning Springs, Fl.

White Male, 10/6/88

Charges: Home Invasion Robbery & Theft

Samantha Stone

17726 NW 90 Terrace

Fanning Springs, Fl.

White Female, 12/23/91

Charge: Home Invasion Robbery


Church Burglaries on the Rise Again

Over the last couple of weeks we have had some burglaries targeting Churches in the Williston, Bronson, Chiefland and Inglis areas. These Burglaries are part of a regional problem where houses of worship have been targeted in several jurisdictions. The Levy County Sheriffs Office is asking for your help. First we need for all Churches to revisit their security procedures to include the way they handle and store money to reduce the impact of a such a burglary at their church. Secondly we ask that you keep an eye out for suspicious activity in and around your church and report anything unusual as soon as possible to your local law enforcement agency.

If you have any information regarding any church burglaries in or around Levy County please call Lt. Scott Tummond at 352-486-5111 or you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.


Levy County Jail Gets straight A on its report card

The Levy County Jail recently underwent its required Annual inspection for the Florida Model Jail standards and received a 100 percent grade. Sheriff Smith stated Jail Director Mike Sheffield and his staff are to be commended for their hard work and dedication. I can always provide jail cells and guards said Sheriff Smith but true professionalism and success only comes with the right personnel in the right jobs administering your correctional program. The Florida Model Jail Standards is a program sponsored by the Florida Sheriffs Association where peers from surrounding regional correctional agencies come in and inspect jail facilities for cleanliness and operational safety to ensure the health and safety of our inmates. This year’s inspection team consisted of members from Alachua, Gilchrist. Putnam and Marion County Sheriffs Office.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Bronson Man Fights Deputies



Date:               December 12, 2009

Time:               7:00 PM


Bronson, Florida-On December 12, 2009 an off duty Levy County deputy received information that Anthony Leroy Thomas was at the Bronson Dollar General store.  The off duty deputy knew that Thomas was wanted since June 2009 and he notified the Communication Center.


Deputy Joey Barrera responded and made contact with Thomas inside the Dollar General store.  Thomas gave a false name and stated that he could prove his identity by retrieving his identification from his vehicle.  Thomas and Deputy Barrera walked outside to his vehicle and Thomas began fighting Deputy Barrera in the parking lot.


Upon Deputy Jimmy Anderson and Corporal Todd Houchin arriving on the scene that seen the two fighting on the ground.  Thomas was tasered on several times and he was able to pull the barbs out.  Thomas had to be physically restrained and subdued and it is believed that Thomas was under the influence of narcotics.  Thomas was treated and released at Nature Coast Hospital and transported to the Levy County Jail.


Thomas was wanted on a Levy County warrant for fleeing attempting to elude a police officer and driving with a revoked driver's license.  Thomas was arrested on a State Parole violation warrant for two counts of fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer during a high speed pursuit, driving while license suspended or revoked and carrying a concealed weapon.  Thomas was additional charged for three counts of resisting arrest with violence and one count of battery on a police officer.




Anthony Leroy Thomas

320 Glover Street





Yankeetown Fire



Date:               December 12, 2009

Time:               11:00 A.M.


Yankeetown, Florida- On December 12, 2009 the Levy County Sheriff's Office responded to the Cattail Creek RV Park located in Yankeetown in reference to a fire.  Upon arrival an older model 20' travel trailer was fully in gulfed in flames. The caretaker of the park saw the travel trailer on fire and called 9-1-1.  Several citizens attempted to enter the travel trailer but due to the intense heat and smoke were unable do so.


The Yankeetown Fire Department responded to the scene and a fire fighter was able to enter the travel trailer in an attempt to rescue the home owner 89 year old, James Edward Carnathan from the residence.  Mr. Carnathan was later pronounced dead at the scene and will be transported to the Medical Examiners Office to determine the cause of death.  Deputies do not suspect foul play and at this time it is believed that the fire started from two space heaters inside the trailer travel.  Carnathan is from Pennsylvania and he has resided in Levy County for approximately one year. 


The investigation was turned over to the State Fire Marshall for further investigation.






Saturday, December 5, 2009

Second Cates Pistol class Fundraiser a big Success

Saturday Dec 5, 2009 46 people battled the rain and elements and attended the second Levy County Sheriffs Fundraiser For the Cates Family. (Carrie Cates Was struck by a car outside of Bronson on Oct 9 and left Behind 5 children to be raised by her parents). Today 2300 dollars was raised with this Basic Handgun class that qualified people to get their concealed weapons permit. Although over 87 people had signed for todays class. We were still impressed with the turn out for this cause considering the bad weather and wish to thank everybody for attending this event says Lt Scott Finnen the event coordinator. Finnen also stated he wished to thank Lt Todd Polo of the Levy County Sheriffs Office and Officer Bill Hartman of the Veterans Affairs Police department of Gainesville for volunteering their time and assisting with this event. Finnen advised between the Nov 10 event and today that brings the total amount raised up til $4850. Please remember the Cates family struggle is not over especially with the upcoming holiday season and donations are still encouraged to a special fund set up at Capital City Bank in Bronson please make donations out to the The Cates Family Children's Fund at Capital City Bank at 140 E. Hatahway Ave., Bronson, FL 32621.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Raleigh Couple Arrested on Drug Charges


In September 2009 the Drug Task Force purchased crack cocaine from Cynturia McClendon and Stephen Pollard. The two live together as a family at 8312 NE 166 Ave in Raleigh. The Drug Task Force was unable to locate the couple and obtained a Levy County felony arrest warrant on Pollard for possession of crack cocaine and sale of crack cocaine.

On December 3, 2009 surveillance was conducted at the Pollard/McClendon's residence. Captain Scott Anderson observed a brown Buick 4-door leave the residence. Corporal Rick Rogers, Agent Burt Miller and Captain Evan Sullivan followed the vehicle and confirmed the identity of the occupants in the vehicle. A felony traffic stop was attempted in the Raleigh area on County Road 335 and McClendon attempted to flee from officers. McClendon refused to stop and drove into Marion County where she attempted to hit Corporal Rogers and Captain Sullivan's vehicle. Corporal Rogers and Capt. Sullivan were forced to use evasive actions to prevent the assault.

Upon McClendon finally stopping the vehicle Pollard immediately jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a heavily wooded area. Agent Miller apprehended Pollard and a fight ensued. Captain Sullivan assisted in the arrest and securing of Pollard. Pollard had over 9 grams of crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana in his possession when he was arrested. The investigation revealed that the couple was making a drug delivery to a person in Marion County. Upon Pollard's arrest he made a threat to Agent Miller that when he gets out of jail he would kill him. Pollard and McClendon were arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail.


Stephen Daniel Pollard

8312 NE 166 Ave

Williston, Fl

B/M, 01/31/81

Charges: Possession crack cocaine, sale of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest with violence and corruption by threat.

Cynturia Jenae McClendon

8312 NE 166 Ave

Williston, Fl.

B/F, 08/09/88

Charges: Possession of crack cocaine, sale of crack cocaine, three (3) counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, resisting arrest without violence.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fingerprint fee now in effect

Due to the unusually high volume of fingerprint requests for employment and concealed weapons applications the Levy County Sheriffs has now instituted a 5 dollar fee to cover the costs of the man power involved in taking the prints. If you desire to have your prints taken please be prepared to pay in cash or money order as no personal checks will be accepted.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Grand theft Xbox


Date: November 30, 2009
Time: 5:45 P.M.

Bronson, Florida-On November 29, 2009 655 pm Detective Tom Martin responded to 920 East Hathaway unit 3 in reference to a Home Invasion. The victim, Cheri May stated that the Sam White a family acquaintance for over 12 years attempted to gain entry into her residence through her front door as she was looking through the peep hole . Sam White then kicked in the door breaking the frame and the locks off the victims door. Ms May advised that her door struck her in the face and knocked her to the ground. Sam White then walked into the living room and yanked her Xbox out of the wall and walked towards the front door again. Sheri May then attempted to take the Xbox from White when she was again shoved against the wall. Subject left the victims residence and stole the victim's phone. Some time later Detective Martin located the Defendant at his residence and he was apprehended at 12:30 am on Nov 30, 2009. White was then arrested for Home Invasion and Grand theft and transported to the Levy County Jail.


Samuel O White

423 Marshburn Dr
Bronson, Florida
White Male


Williston Stand Off


Date: November 30, 2009

Time: 5:00 P.M.

On November 29, 2009 the Levy County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 at 2451 S.E. State Road 121 in Williston. The caller stated that six people entered his residence and attempted to kidnap him. During the incident the caller stated that he was thrown in the closet where he armed himself with a Glock 9mm pistol. The caller stated while the subjects were in the residence he exited the closet and shot a female police officer and another victim.

Upon arrival at the residence Corporal Lauree Allen heard several shots being fired from inside the residence and a perimeter was immediately set up around the residence. During the stand off State Road 121 had to be shut down for the safety of any motorist. Sergeant Danny Turner was able to speak to the reportee on the phone and he stated that he had shot several people that were still inside the residence and some of the subjects were able to escape prior to law enforcement arriving.

During the stand off a white adult male was seen exiting the residence armed with a pistol. The subject dropped the weapon and ran to deputies and stated there were injured people inside the residence. The tactical team entered the residence and did not locate anyone injured.

The investigation revealed that caller is a Vietnam Veteran and has some mental issues. Inside the residence he shot 33 times inside the residence. There were numerous firearms and over 6000 rounds of ammunition in the residence. The adult male was taken to the Veterans Hospital in Gainesville for a mental evaluation.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Jaree Stone Arrested



Date:                November 22, 2009

Time:                7:45 P.M.


Bronson, Florida-On November 21, 2009 Deputy Joseph Sabbag responded to 640 Mashburn Drive in reference to a disturbance.  The victim, Gerald Duke Jr. stated that he is friends with Jaree Stone and they got into a verbal altercation.  Stone left the residence and returned driving her vehicle off the roadway and attempting to run over the victim which was standing in driveway.


Stone was arrested for aggravated assault with a motor vehicle and transported to the Levy County Jail.


Jaree Gale Stone

3190 NE 192nd Ave.

Williston, Florida

White Female






Charles Duke Indicted First Degree Murder



Date:                November 22, 2009

Time:                7:00 P.M.


On November 6, 2009 Charles Edwin Duke, 23, from Cedar Key, was arrested for second degree murder and armed kidnapping.  Duke allegedly shot and killed his wife Felicia Fine Duke only days after returning from their honeymoon.  After the murder Duke kidnapped his friend Justin White and drove to the power lines which are a common place for people to meet and mud bog.  After a six hour standoff with Sheriff Deputies and Officers from the Florida Wildlife Commission Duke surrendered to Sheriff Johnny Smith.


On November 20, 2009 Duke was indicted on first degree murder and armed kidnapping and he is currently in the Levy County Jail with no bond.






Friday, November 20, 2009

Couple Arrested In Child Abuse Case


Date: November 20, 2009

Time: 2:45 P.M.

Williston, Florida-On November 20, 2009 Detective Roger Bell arrested Alexander Merida for lewd and lascivious molestation on a two year old child and also arrested his girlfriend, Christina Morales for neglect of a child.

The investigation revealed that a DCF Investigator responded to the residence at 11452 NE 48 Street on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 in reference to a child abuse complaint. The investigator noticed injuries to the child's face and scheduled a medical examine the following day. Upon the medical examine being performed the Levy County Sheriff's Office was notified and Detective Roger Bell responded to the DCF Office in Gainesville.

Morales began dating Merida eight months ago. Prior to Merida living at the residence, a 15 year old reported to Morales that Merida was bathing the child and she heard a noise that sounded like the child being slapped. During this incident Morales was at work but she asked Merida about the injuries when she returned home. Merida denied any involvement. Even though Morales was suspicious about this incident she allowed Merida to move into the residence and care for the children while she worked the night shift.

Detective Bell observed obvious marks on the victim's face from the nose to her right ear and questioned Morales about the injury. Morales concocted a story that her daughter was playing with her three year old brother and they were struggling over a toy and the victim fell and received the injury. Morales finally confessed and stated that about three weeks ago the child defecated on the carpet. For punishment Merida grabbed the child and rubbed her face in the carpet like you would discipline a dog for an accident.

The child had scars on her buttocks and feet and Morales was questioned about this incident. Morales stated that approximately two months ago her children were outside playing in the yard and they came in the house with dirty feet. Morales asked her three year old son to take his sister in the bathroom and take a bath. According to Morales her son turned on only hot water which comes out of the faucet immediately. Scalding hot water burned the two year old child. Morales stated that she heard the baby screaming and removed her from the bath tub. Morales stated that she neglected to provide any medical service for the two injuries because she knew that DCF would remove her children from the residence.

Upon a further medical examination the child had bruising and marks inside her inner thigh area and also a bite mark or suck type marks around the navel area. Through an interpreter Merida stated that he placed his mouth in the above areas and sucked hard enough to cause bruising. Merida was arrested for lewd and lascivious molestation on a 2 year old child and more charges will be filed at a later date. Merida is not a US citizen.


Christina Morales

14452 NE 48 Street

Williston, Florida

White Female


Alexander Merida

14452 NE 48 Street

Williston, Florida

Guatemala Male



Youth Arrested For Burglary & Arson


Date:                November 20, 2009

Time:                8:30 A.M.


Bronson, Florida-On November 18, 2009 Detective Jay Crooms arrested Duane Chartrand for burglary, arson, grand theft, petit theft and criminal mischief.


The Levy County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call from a witness stating that they had observed a young white male leaving the residence at 10239 NE 69th Place.  The caller stated that the subject had a fire extinguisher in his hand and they saw smoke bellowing from the residence.  The witness grabbed his binoculars to get a better look at the subject and stated they were able to identify the subject as Duane Chartrand.


The Levy County Sheriff's Office and the Bronson Fire Department responded to the scene.  The fire was extinguished by the Fire Department and the victim stated that the fire caused over $ 3,500 in damages to the residence.  Detectives Crooms and Mike Narayan located Chartrand at his residence and he was taken into custody.  Chartrand admitted that he has a fire problem and likes to start fires.  Chartrand stated that he entered the residence through the back door and started a fire in the bedroom.  Upon entry Chartrand stole a fire extinguisher, which is a felony, and some loose coins. 


Chartrand admitted to entering the residence two weeks prior to the above incident and stole some jewelry.  Chartrand will also be charged with another burglary and petit theft.


The Sheriff's Office has had dealings with Mr. Chartrand in the past.  On March 25, 2008 Chartrand was arrested for lewd and lascivious molestation on a child.  The 2008 charge was later pled down to a child abuse and Chartrand is currently on probation.


Chartrand was booked in the Levy County Jail and was later transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Gainesville.




Duane Chartrand

10191 NE 74 Place

Bronson, Florida

White Male





Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Spencer Davis Arrested For Grand Theft



Date:                November 17, 2009

Time:                2:45 P.M.


Inglis, Florida-On November 17, 2009 Deputy R. Cannon arrested Spencer Davis for grand theft.


On November 6, 2009 the victim, Lawrence Jennings Jr. reported that unknown person(s) stole his trolling motor and draw tight trailer hitch valued at $ 340.00 from his shop.  The victim stated that employee; Spencer Davis was cleaning out the shop at Big Bass & Trailer Park located at 10530 SE 201 Street in Inglis when the items went missing. 


On November 16, 2009 Deputy Cannon was doing a follow up on this incident.  The investigation revealed that Davis sold a trolling motor and a trailer hitch for $ 40.00 to Mark Hughes. When Davis was questioned he stated that he sold Hughes a trolling motor but did not sell the trailer hitch.  Davis was arrested and transported to the Levy County Jail.




Spencer G. Davis

10530 SE 201 Street

Inglis, Florida

White Male