Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Teen Driver Improvement 2015

Levy County Teen Driver Improvement Program




The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Community Relations Division, is offering
a Teen Driver Improvement Program to all Levy County students who have a current Operators License, Learners Permit or who are about to get their Learners Permit.

The goal of this program is to educate the teenage drivers of Levy County of the dangers of aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving, and to reinforce the benefits
of seatbelt use. These four issues have been found to be major causes of teen involved crashes, injuries and fatalities.
This program is free of cost and is 4 hours in duration. This program consists of classroom instruction, videos, power point presentations and hands-on time during which the students will drive golf carts through a course to learn first hand the dangers of their choices they make while driving.
The progam is a graphic presentation that will show students the human consequences of their driving choices. Parental waivers are required due to the graphic nature of the presentation. Waivers are available and online at, and then click on the Teen Driver Improvement Icon on left side of screen, and at school. All students will be required to pre-register for the class by calling Lt.Shawn Hunt or Sgt.Max Long at (352) 486-5111 or via our e-mail at or This class has a minimum requirement of 4 students for each class to take place, so these dates are tentative.


2015 Locations/Dates:

Williston H.S.           June: 25             July: 1, 6, 9, 16, 21, 27, 30   August: 6, 11

Chiefland H.S.          June: 29, 30       July: 8, 15, 20, 23, 29           August: 4, 10, 13

Bronson H.S.                                       July: 2, 13, 22, 28                  August: 3

Cedar Key School                               July: 7                                    August: 5

Yankeetown School                            July: 14                                  August: 12

Friday, June 12, 2015

Levy County Sheriff’s Office K-9 – End of Duty Notification

Deputy Jay Crooms and K-9 Czar

June 12, 2015

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office regrets to inform you of the passing of K-9 Deputy Czar, today, June 12, 2015. K-9 Deputy Czar was 12.5 years old; he was born in Holland where he began his training as a Police K-9. Czar was transferred to the United States when he was approximately 1.5 years old.

Czar met his partner Deputy Jay Crooms in 2004. Deputy Crooms and Czar began a life long partnership, strengthening their bond daily. Deputy Crooms and Czar completed 640 hours of mandatory training in 2004 and became state certified in patrol apprehension and narcotic detection. Deputy Crooms and Czar dedicated countless hours of in service training and mandatory re-certification training over the course of his career.  

One of Deputy Crooms’ most notable memories of his partnership with Czar was early in their career. He and Czar responded to a commercial burglary alarm in 2005. Upon their arrival, Deputy Crooms recognized the business had been entered after closing. It was obvious property had been stolen. Deputy Crooms and Czar secured the location and when back up deputies arrived, Czar began to track the suspects. Czar led Deputy Crooms to the exact location to which the suspects had fled resulting in two arrests and the recovery of thousands of dollars in merchandise. Deputy Crooms and Czar completed an outstanding career; making numerous drug seizures and suspect apprehensions until he retired in December 2009.

But their story does not end there. Czar was gifted to Deputy Crooms by LCSO upon his retirement. Czar made his forever home with his partner and the Crooms family. Czar was an undeniable member of the family. Czar watched his now “sister” grow up and helped train with her in their yard, guarding over her as any big brother should. Deputy Crooms’ wife, Melinda, always felt safe when she was home alone as her husband protected our community and Czar kept a constant watch at home. Czar was ever vigilant in protecting his family. His absence will be felt by the Crooms family, the LCSO and our community which he served so faithfully.

Rest in peace Czar. Gone but never forgotten.


Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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