Wednesday, April 19, 2017

He Fought the LAW and the LAW Won!!

April 19, 2017

A Levy County Deputy found himself in a fight for his safety late Monday evening. A female called the LCSO Communication Division and requested help from a deputy to remove a male acquaintance from her property. When the deputy arrived, he spoke to the complainant who told him the male identified as Thomas William Ruble (7-26-86) from Indiana had overstayed his welcome. The deputy attempted to speak to Ruble and was met with threats of violence directed toward both the female and him. During this encounter Ruble spat in the complainant’s face then ran into the home.

Our deputy gave chase and apprehended Ruble in the kitchen area of the home. Ruble initially complied with commands to surrender, but immediately resisted when the deputy attempted to cuff him. Ruble initially placed his hands in his pockets and refused commands to “show his hands.” When our deputy took control of Ruble’s arm/hand Ruble lunged for kitchen knives within arm’s reach in an opened dishwasher. Our deputy was able to control Ruble and take him to the ground but the fight continued. The deputy was battle bruised, his uniform ripped, brass stripped from his vest and Taser ripped from its holster but he persevered. Deputy Ryan Park, a newcomer to the LCSO family, was able to restrain Ruble on the living-room floor until backup arrived some 10 minutes later. Deputy Park was unable to call for emergency assistance because any attempt to reach for his radio would have allowed Ruble to escape his grip and continue the fight.

Corporal Tom Martin arrived and immediately rushed to Deputy Park’s assistance. But, Ruble still was not willing to give up. He continued to fight with both deputies until he was ultimately overpowered and cuffed. But, still he fought. Ruble was eventually at the receiving end of Corporal Martin’s Taser when he refused to get into the deputy’s patrol car to be transferred to the Detention Facility. Still he fought. Shortly after being escorted into our jail, Ruble fought with Detention Staff and was Tasered again.

Because of the violent nature of Ruble’s behavior inside the facility, he was not seen at first appearance the following morning. Therefore, no bond was assigned. Ruble has been charged with battery for spitting in the complainant’s face, two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, depriving an officer a means of protection or communication and resisting arrest with violence. Ruble was first appeared this morning, April 19, 2017, and his bond was set at $675,000.00.

Investigators located items believed to be drug paraphernalia when conducting a follow up investigation. Investigators tested these items and they tested positive for PCP. This could explain Ruble’s sustained superhuman strength during the fight. Deputies never know what they will encounter during a tour of duty and this is a perfect example of why maintaining excellent physical fitness saved Deputy Park from injury.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Search for Shooting Suspects Continues

April 18, 2017

The search for the home invasion suspects involved in the shooting in Rosewood continues. Investigators and Deputies with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office aided by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit have conducted an intensive search of the wooded area in the unincorporated area of Levy County known as Rocky Hammock. Investigators report they have credible information the suspects are NO LONGER in this area and have fled. Investigators are currently following up on leads. This investigation continues and updates will be released when they become available.

Sheriff McCallum thanks all of our citizens for their patience as we continue to work this case to a resolution.  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Warrant Sweep in Inglis – Guns and Drugs Found

Jason E. Adams

Kristi Hudak

Michael Samples

April 11, 2017

On April 6, 2017 LCSO deputies working with United States Marshal’s deputies conducted a warrants sweep in the Inglis area of Levy County. Three subjects were arrested for outstanding warrants and taken to jail.

The operation began the day before as deputies gathered information on one particular wanted subject. Jason Eric Adams (10-25-94) was wanted for three outstanding warrants and was a current suspect in an ongoing robbery investigation. Deputies went to a home on Linda Street that Adams was known to frequent. Deputies did not find Adams there, but did find a stash of guns, drugs and used syringes. These items were seized, and the investigation based on this discovery is still on-going.

Adams was located a short time later at a home on Debra Street. He was hanging out with a female associate, Kristi Rose Hudak (4-21-85) who was also wanted for an outstanding Citrus County Violation of Probation warrant. Both Adams and Hudak were arrested and transported to the Levy county Detention Facility.

Later this same morning, deputies located and arrested Michael Samples (3-15-88). Samples gave deputies a false name and when his true identity was discovered, they found that he was wanted in Citrus County for a Failure to Appear warrant. Samples was additionally charged with providing false information to law enforcement and transported to the Levy County Detention Facility.

Sheriff McCallum said he is aware of the growing drug related issues in the Inglis area of our county. He has vowed to continue the fight against drug abuse and crimes associated with this nationwide affliction. “It is cooperative operations like these of which I’m proud to be a part. The men and women of this office work tirelessly in the fight against criminals that move into our community. I am honored to be your Sheriff and my top priority is to make our citizens safe. These deputies were able to take three wanted criminals off our streets and take their guns and drugs from them.”

Any citizen who has information about criminal activity in their community is urged to call our office and report your suspicions. Our communications officers are always on duty and can be reached at 352-486-5111. Anyone who wishes to report crime and remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Chiefland High School Student Arrested for Lewd Behavior

April 7, 2017
A 16 year old Chiefland High School student was arrested yesterday by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Division after an elementary age student complained of being propositioned by the suspect.
The incident occurred after school on March 30, 2017 on the school bus as the children were being transported from school. Shortly after the incident, the victim told school officials that a high school boy made inappropriate sexual advances.  During the bus ride, the high school boy moved into the seat next to the victim and continued to make advances.
The suspect did not expose himself on the bus. School Resource Deputy Gregory conducted interviews with both the victim and suspected male student before he made the arrest. Jonathon Brice (6-21-2000) of Chiefland was arrested and transported to the Levy County Detention Facility. He has been charged with Lewd and Lascivious Conduct by a Person Under 18. He was transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice then released to his parents after placing him on house arrest and fitted with an electronic ankle monitor. 
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Probationer Buys Alcohol for Minors

April 5, 2017

Billy John Douglas (1-13-58) of Williston was on probation for a variety of serious felony offenses after his release from prison in 2014. On February 25 then again on March 4, Mr. Douglas went to Big O’s Liquor store in Williston and purchased alcoholic beverages for a party. The participants of this party were between 12 and 17 years old. Supplying minors with alcohol is a crime. This crime is also a violation of the conditions of his probation. Douglas was arrested for this violation on March 23, 2017.

However, this is not where the story ends. A mother of one of the children who attended these parties contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report children had not only been provided alcohol, but had also been sexually battered by another party goer.

Investigators interviewed the 15 year old victim and were able to identify the 16 year old suspect. The victim told investigators she became inebriated on the alcohol provided by Douglas and also had been smoking marijuana. She was driven to a secluded location by the suspect identified as Jesse Dalton Fleming (4-15-2000) where she was forcibly sexually battered. She told investigators Fleming then took her back to the party and made her get out of the vehicle. Once inside, she told her friends what happened to her. Friends confirmed her account of the incident when investigators spoke to them.

Investigators went to Fleming’s home to interview him. Investigators saw Fleming drive past his home while they were parked in the driveway. Investigators followed Fleming who turned down a dead end road, but he was eventually stopped when he drove onto private property. Fleming was acting very nervous as investigators tried to speak to him about the allegation. Investigators felt Fleming was attempting to hide contraband before speaking to them. 

Later on this same day while the investigators were interviewing Fleming, they were contacted by the property owner where Fleming was stopped. He inquired if there was a problem on his land. Investigators explained the concerns they had that evidence could have been discarded there. The property owner called back after he searched his property and told investigators he located a recently discarded firearm. Investigators recovered the firearm which had an altered serial number.  
Fleming ultimately confirmed he had thrown the gun from his car prior to investigators stopping him. He also confirmed he did engage in intercourse with the female victim.

Fleming was arrested on April 4, 2017 and has been charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a person 12 or older but less than 16, possession of a weapon by a person under 18 and possession of an altered firearm. He was booked in at the Levy County Detention Facility and then released to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Douglas was booked into the Levy County Detention Facility for VOP and will be additionally charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Douglas has been released to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Detention Bureau for the VOP and will appear in Levy County Courts later for the Contributing to the Delinquency of Minors charge. 


Shared for our Partners at the School Board of Levy County

On April 4, 2017 a staff member at CES located a suspicious electronic device in a staff restroom at the school.  After contacting law enforcement authorities, the device was determined to be a miniature video camera.  Unfortunately, the camera had been concealed in a manner in which to record persons using the toilet facilities. 

School Board and law enforcement personnel from the Chiefland Police Department and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office immediately began a criminal investigation.  Investigators realized that a similar incident had been reported during the 2016 school year.  They quickly identified Robert Perez as a suspect.  The officers were able to develop probable cause to arrest Perez for two counts of Video Voyeurism.  These are felony charges and Perez remains in the Levy County Jail on a $700,000.00 bond. 

Subsequently, investigators executed a search warrant at Perez’s residence.  A number of items containing potential evidence were recovered during the search.   Those items will take a significant amount of time to review. Additionally, law enforcement officers have thoroughly searched all the restrooms at CES and did not discover any additional cameras.  Investigators determined Perez targeted staff bathrooms to set up his video equipment. No credible evidence has been uncovered that any children were targeted for videoing by Perez at this point in the investigation.
At this time we believe that Robert Perez was solely responsible for both camera incidents.  Perez has been placed on leave without pay and due process procedures are being followed for termination. Perez has no prior disciplinary issues since he began his employment with the Levy County School Board in   9-9-2010.

We do not know the identities or the number of potential victims who may have been recorded during these criminal acts.  Superintendent Edison has spoken personally to State Attorney Bill Cervone about these cases.  State Attorney Cervone assured the Superintendent that his office will take every step possible to protect the identities of all of the victims and prevent release of the videos after the completion of the prosecution.

The School Board has and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement and the State Attorney.  Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, much of the information is not available to us.  However, we have been assured by investigators that they will provide as much information to us as possible throughout the investigation.       

Any further inquiries should be made to Candy Dean, Assistant Superintendent, at the School Board of Levy County at 486-5231.