Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff McCallum said he could not be more proud of his men and women who undertake the task of enforcing drug laws and seek these violators who sell illegal narcotics. These Deputies work relentlessly, enduring late nights and long hours to bring those who violate our drug laws to justice.
Recently LCSO Deputies attended additional specialized training at Bronson High School in preparation for the 2013-2014 school year. The training was designed to simulate responding to threats in a school campus setting and is part of ongoing scenario based training for all Levy County Schools. This training was done with the cooperation of School Superintendent, Bob Hastings and incorporates instructional sessions between LCSO and our teachers. The instructors were Lt. Scott Finnen and School Resource Deputy, Grant Sandlin. Deputies from the Patrol, Detention, Criminal Investigations and Community Resource Divisions all participated in the training.###
McDonald is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility and has been given a bond of $370,000.
On July 30 approximately 25 children from Bronson, Chiefland, and Williston gathered at the Bronson Youth League Park for a safety program. This program is designed to educate our local children on various safety topics. The Town of Bronson Parks and Recreation Department sponsors and hosts this summer children's program and it is under the direction of Bronson Council Member Beatrice Roberts and Director Curtis Stacy.
Sgt. Max Long spoke to the children about personal safety at school and home. Topics included drug abuse, alcohol abuse, firearm safety and bullying.
Deputy Kevin Kinik spoke to the children about his K-9 partner "Rossi" and provided demonstrations of his training and discipline. Rossi showcased his talents and ability to detect different odors and how he can take down a dangerous suspect.
Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson presents Levy County Sheriff McCallum with 4 battery operated chain saws to outfit LCSO Deputies for storm situations. This new purchase resulted from a suggestion from Deputy Jeremy Dean. Concerned with maintaining gas operated saws and the fumes associated with transporting mixed gasoline, Deputy Dean researched and located this alternative.
The Tax Payers along with LCSO, the Emergency Operations Center and the Levy County Road Department will reap the benefits of these new tools. As we move forward into the hurricane season, these new saws can be more safely transported and stored in LCSO vehicles. This allows faster utilization to assist the Road Department in rapidly clearing blocked roads during storm events.
Public Address Notification
July 18, 2013
On July 18, 2013 Robert Lewis Jr registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff's Office. By Florida law Lewis is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses.
Robert Lewis Jr was convicted in 2005 in Alachua County, Fl for Sexual Battery; F.S. 794.011 (5) (PRINCIPAL). Lewis established his address as: 21161 NE 35 Street Williston, Fl.
For a complete listing of all registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County, or to search by zip code, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us and go to the sexual data base.
Robert Lewis Jr.
21161 NE 35 Street
David Allen Christopher 8-22-55 of Inglis, Fl was arrested by LCSO Deputies on 6-25-13 in the early morning hours for Attempted First Degree Murder and Arson. Deputies responded to 14251 SE 85 Terrace in response to a 911 call from a distraught female. The caller told communications officers that her boyfriend came home from the bar intoxicated and they began to argue. While in the living room of the home, Christopher approached her from behind and poured rubbing alcohol on her and the floor next to her and attempted to light it with a lighter. Unable to get the accelerant to ignite, he went into the bedroom and began to destroy it. Christopher was able to ignite the mattress while the female hid in the bathroom. Christopher fled the home and attempted to lock the door lock preventing the victim from being able to exit. As the smoke filled the home, the victim was able to flee to safety by removing the key Christopher left in the lock. Christopher was located on the property and taken into custody. The home, owned by Christopher was not able to be saved by fire personnel and was a complete loss. Christopher is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility on a 2 million dollar bond.
Devonte Tremaine Ocasio 6-11-93 was formally arrested yesterday on the 6 count indictment delivered by the Levy County Grand Jury on Friday afternoon. The true bill delivered last Friday listed the following charges: First Degree Homicide, Attempted First Degree Murder, 3 counts of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. A total bond of 3 million dollars was assigned for all of the charges except the First Degree Homicide. NO BOND was assigned to that charge. Ocasio will be held in the Levy County Detention Facility until his trial which has not yet been scheduled.
On June 10, 2013 at approximately 10:00 a.m. Levy County K-9 Deputy Kevin Kinik arrested Johnny Lee Patterson at the Bronson Motel located at 315 E Hathaway Ave. Dep. Kinik was aware that Patterson had a warrant for his arrest for VOP stemming from an earlier arrest for Dealing in Stolen Property and Burglary. A tip had been given that Patterson was currently in room 16. Upon contacting the occupants of that room it was determined that Patterson was not there. The manager told Dep. Kinik that room 24 was being occupied by an unregistered tenant. The manager opened room 24 to allow Dep. Kinik to conduct a trespass investigation.
Dep. Kinik assisted by Dep. Noel Ramirez, discovered the room was occupied by Patterson and a female companion. As Dep. Kinik entered the room to take Patterson into custody he observed a clear plastic bag of a substance that appeared to be cocaine and cash. Dep. Kinik placed Patterson into custody along with the female companion identified as Kiara Hicks B/F 6-7-93. Dep. Kinik requested the assistance of Levy County Sheriff's Drug Task Force who prepared and executed a search warrant on room 24 and recovered 4.6 grams of crack cocaine with a street value estimated at $960 and $154 cash.