Friday, November 17, 2017

Update – Deputy Involved Shooting


November 17, 2017

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division Deputies responded to 7450 NW 110 Street in Chiefland to a domestic disturbance on November 16 at 8:40 pm. Three deputies responded to the scene and were confronted by an armed male subject.  After attempting to subdue the suspect with less lethal weapons, two deputies were forced to discharge their firearms at the suspect.  Michael Wesley Goodale (7-21-83) was transported to Shands at UF as a trauma alert but did not survive his injuries.  At this time there is no further danger to anyone in the neighborhood related to this incident. 

Two deputies were injured during the encounter.  They were treated and released from a local hospital.  Pursuant to LCSO policy, the deputies involved in the incident have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation and the State Attorney’s Office review.

Sheriff McCallum said he is saddened by these events and extends his condolences to the family affected by this incident.  He expressed his appreciation for the other agencies that assisted LCSO during the incident and commended the courage and professionalism exhibited by all of the involved personnel. 

Further media inquiries should be directed to the FDLE Public Information Officer Gretl Plessinger in the Tallahassee Regional Office. 

Deputy Involved Shooting Incident

November 17, 2017

Levy County Deputies responded to 7450 NW 110th Street in Chiefland in reference to domestic disturbance on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:40 pm. Deputies arrived and were confronted by an armed individual. Responding deputies discharged their weapons at the suspect.

The incident is currently being investigated by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).  Media inquiries should be directed to the FDLE Public Information Officer Gretl Plessinger in the Tallahassee Regional Office. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fugitive Arrested in North Carolina

November 8, 2017

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division began an investigation in August of 2017 based upon a complaint of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation where Thomas Hollifield (5-3-90) of Williston, Florida was listed as the suspect. In September investigators applied for a warrant charging Hollifield with one count of molesting a juvenile female victim and two counts of Lewd Exhibition. These two charges of Lewd Exhibition formally identify two different juvenile female victims. Levy County Judge Tim Browning assigned the bond for this warrant at $1.5 million dollars. Investigators immediately attempted to locate Hollifield after securing the warrant and found he had fled Florida.

The LCSO is a part of the United States Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF). The FRFTF assists local law enforcement when criminals flee the jurisdiction. The FRFTF began searching for Hollifield and located him today in North Carolina. Hollifield was taken into custody and will be transported back to Levy County to face his charges.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Two Day Narcotics Interdiction – 7 Arrested

Jerry Boyd

Bubba Sanders
Jessica Wasileff

Taylor O'Connor

Jonathan Macri-O'Dowd

Peggy Wasileff (photo from 2014)

Barbara Sapp (photo from 2014)

November 6, 2017

Levy County K-9 Deputies and Investigators with the LCSO Drug Task Force (DTF) conducted narcotics traffic enforcement on SR 24 in the Rosewood area of Levy County Thursday, November 2, 2017 . Deputies utilized radar to clock a vehicle traveling at 71 mph in a posted 60 mph speed zone. K-9 Deputy G. Garboski stopped the vehicle in the area of the Dollar General and spoke to the driver, identified as Jerry Boyd (9-14-68) from Bronson. K-9 Deputy Garboski noticed Boyd became very nervous when he asked him if he had any illegal narcotics in the vehicle. This is when the traffic stop became extremely deadly.

K-9 Deputy Garboski, who was being assisted on the traffic stop by K-9 Sergeant K. Kinik and DTF Investigator T. Rogers, saw Boyd reach toward the ignition switch and crank the Toyota truck he was driving. Both K-9 Deputy Garboski and Investigator Rogers attempted to stop Boyd but were unsuccessful. Boyd sped away with both deputies still attempting to stop and restrain him. 

Boyd then attempted to elude deputies by fleeing into the Cedar Haven residential subdivision. K-9 Deputy Garboski saw children playing in the area and was able to stop Boyd by blocking his vehicle at a cul-de-sac. Boyd was seen by K-9 Deputy Garboski throwing objects out of the driver’s window during his attempt to escape. These items were recovered by assisting deputies and identified as cocaine which had been packaged for street level sales.

Boyd was arrested and transported to the Levy County Detention Facility. He has been charged with fleeing and attempting to elude LEO, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, two counts of assault on a LEO and destruction of evidence. 

DTF investigators later responded to the home owned by Boyd and conducted a search. Investigators located a locked safe in a room said to contain more narcotics. A warrant to search the locked safe was obtained and investigators found cocaine, marijuana, hydrocodone, buprenorphine and clonazepam. Additional charges will be filed at a later date related to this discovery. 

Additionally, a citizen called after finding a Crown Royal bag in the ditch in the Cedar Haven subdivision where Boyd fled, after deputies had departed the area. The citizen turned over the bag that contained 22.8 grams of cocaine, baggies to package it for street level sales and a scale. Additional charges will also be filed on this discovery. A special thanks to this alert citizen as these dangerous drugs, Boyd so thoughtlessly threw away could have easily been found by a child. 

Boyd was seen at first appearance by Judge T. Browning the morning following his arrest. His bond was set at $217,000.00. 

Deputies also stopped Bubba Ronald Kenneth Sanders (9-4-86) of Cedar Key on Thursday, November 2, 2017 during the continued interdiction efforts. Sanders was found to be driving with a suspended license, was a previously convicted felon in possession of ammunition and was in possession of drug paraphernalia. Sanders was arrested and transported to the Levy County Detention Facility. His bond was assigned at $22,000.00.

On Friday, November 3rd narcotics investigations continued and DTF investigators along with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) DTF members executed a search warrant at 170 Linda Street in Inglis. This warrant was the result of a 2 week investigation where the Citrus/Levy combined drug task force developed information this location was being used to manufacture and sell narcotics.

Investigators located methamphetamines, opiates, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Five people were arrested who were inside the home at the time the warrant was served. The following are the persons arrested as a result of this search warrant:

Barbara Sapp (12-21-70) – homeowner of 170 Linda Street
Two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription
Maintaining a drug dwelling
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Bond: $120,000.00

Peggy Wasileff (5-2-68)
Possession of a controlled substance without a prescription
Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Bond: $70,000.00

Jessica Wasileff (5-15-93)
Two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription
Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Bond: $65,000.00

Taylor O’Connor (4-19-90)
Possession of harmful New Legend drug
Bond: ROR

Jonathan Macri-O’Dowd (3-14-91)
Possession of a controlled substance without a prescription
Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Bond: $25,000.00

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Return of LCSO Explorer Program

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is restarting its Law Enforcement Explorer Program. The Explorer program was established in the 1960s as a way to attract young motivated individuals with an interest for a career in Law Enforcement, Corrections or Telecommunications/Dispatch. Through Sheriffs' Explorer Association programs, young adults ages 14 to 21 can be associated with a Sheriff’s Office, train and learn about the profession to determine if it’s the right career track for them.

Explorers are introduced and receive training in the basics of law enforcement including, traffic control, report writing and radio procedures. Explorers are also given the opportunity to assist officers in controlled settings, such as parades or athletic events.

If you are interested in the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program, please contact Dep. Trish Horne or Dep. Julie Gironda at 352-486-5111 or come to the first meeting at the Sheriff’s Office, 9150 NE 80th Avenue, Bronson, Florida on November 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Disturbance Complaint Leads to Seven Arrests

Chastity Ball
Chevy Bass

Danny White

Justin Pasag

Matthew Schrader

Summer Farnsworth

Travis Willis

October 21, 2017

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Uniformed Patrol Division responded to 11252 NE 62 Place, Williston to a reported disturbance between two people. Deputies arrived and their investigation discovered Danny White (37) had been fighting with another male. Deputies took White into custody and while conducting their investigation were allowed to enter the home to speak to potential witnesses. Deputies immediately observed controlled substances and drug paraphernalia in plain view when they entered the home. The deputies secured the home and contacted investigators with the LCSO Drug Task Force (DTF).

DTF investigators reported they previously were given information that this home was occupied by numerous people who were using and/or selling drugs. Investigators were compiling information for their active investigation when they were called to respond to this location by the Uniformed Patrol Division.  

DTF investigators began interviewing several of the homes’ occupants and determined a search warrant would be needed to complete their investigation. A search warrant was obtained and investigators began their search.

DTF investigators located methamphetamines, marijuana, opiates, cocaine, an unknown substance and massive amounts of hypodermic needles. Based upon these discoveries, six (6) occupants of the home were arrested. The following people were arrested and taken into custody:

Justin Pasag (10-22-69):
Traffic in Hydrocodone
Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to distribute
Possession of Cocaine
Possession of Marijuana
Possession of controlled substance without a prescription
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Bond amount: $401,000.00

Matthew Schrader (7-1-93)
Sale of Methamphetamine
Possession of Opiates
Bond amount: $55,000.00

Summer Farnsworth (5-4-85)
Possession of Methamphetamine
Possession of Opiates
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Bond amount: $41,000.00

Chastity Ball (10-24-76)
Possession of Methamphetamine
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Bond amount: $26,000.00

Chevy Bass (6-25-87)
Possession of Methamphetamine
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Bond amount: $26,000.00

Travis Willis (7-12-84)
Possession of Methamphetamine
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Driving while license suspended or revoked (DWLSR)
Bond amount: $28,000.00

Danny White (1-15-80)
Bond amount: $5,000.00

DTF investigators say although these arrests have been made, this does not end the investigation. Additional leads were developed as a result of these arrests and future arrests could potentially be made. Anyone who has information related to these arrests or information that could assist this investigation is asked to contact the LCSO at 352-486-5111 and request to speak to a Drug Task Force investigator.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Williston Middle School Student Arrested

October 20, 2017

This information is being published to clarify the record and dispel rumors now being published on social media in Levy County.

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Division arrested a 12 year old Williston Middle School student today. The LCSO SRO was contacted by school officials today and told that at approximately 2:40 pm an altercation between students occurred. The SRO’s investigation revealed the 12 year old student was offended by another student’s question. During the disagreement between these students, one child picked up a pair of scissors and chased the other student around the room while threatening to stab him. 

A school staff member was able to intervene and separate the students. No injuries have been reported. The arrested student has been transported to the Levy County Detention Facility for processing and will be later released to the Department of Juvenile Justice.  

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Food For Florida Event – Traffic Pattern Changes/Frequent Stops

October 18, 2017

The Food for Florida Disaster Assistance Program will begin Thursday October 19, 2017 at 6:30 am until 6 pm at the Suwannee River Fairgrounds located at the intersection at US Hwy 19/98 and NW 90th Avenue in Fanning Springs. This event is expected to continue until Monday, October 23, 2017.

Major traffic congestion and frequent stops are expected on NW Hwy 19 in both north and south bound traffic lanes; and SR 26 in both east and west bound directions. Message boards will inform of lane or road closures and route information. If you are a participant in this event please follow ALL Law Enforcement directions.

The north bound outside (slow) lane of US Hwy 19/98 will be designated at the event line for participants. Participants coming west from Gilchrist County will be routed onto CR 341 south to NW 160 Street, then onto US 19/98 north.

Participants coming south from Dixie County will be routed into the outside (slow) lane of US Hwy 19/98 then south onto Old Fanning Road to NW 147 Place to merge back onto US Hwy 19/98 north event lane.

If you are not a participant of the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistant program please avoid US Hwy 19, SR 26 and Old Fanning Road. Through traffic north will be designated to the inside (fast) lane but frequent stops should be expected. Please drive safely and be prepared for unusually long traffic delays.

Business owners and residents should expect HEAVY traffic congestion in the above described areas and should be extremely cautious.