Monday, July 24, 2017

Search Warrant Discovers Drugs

July 24, 2017

On Friday July 21, 2017 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force (DTF) and Criminal Investigations Division (CID) executed a search warrant at 439 North Court Street in Bronson. The LCSO received multiple calls from concerned citizens that activity at the home owned by Frank Barnes (4-23-48) dramatically increased. Callers reported seeing what they believed was drug activity at the otherwise quiet household.

DTF and CID investigators found Barnes inside the home alone. The search of the home revealed cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Multiple people were coming to this home and buying and/or using narcotics based upon evidence gathered by DTF investigators which lead up to the search warrant.

Barnes was arrested and has been booked into the Levy County Detention Facility. His bond has been set at $50,000.00.

This investigation is still on-going and additional arrests could be made in the future.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Early Morning Robbery Reported


July 21, 2017

On July 20, 2017 Levy County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a home on NE 217 Court in East Williston. Deputies met with a subject who told them he was visiting the home when he was confronted by two armed males. These subjects pointed handguns at him and demanded his money and phone. The victim reported these men took his personal belongings and ran into a wooded area next to a home.
Investigators with the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) responded to the scene and assumed control of the investigation. Evidence developed by investigators led to the issuance of a search warrant for a home located at 3850 NE 217th Court Lot C. Investigators identified William Meeks (7-31-89) of Ocala, Florida as a potential suspect and Meeks was located during the search warrant. Meeks was arrested for outstanding warrants.

Investigators found and seized two firearms hidden inside the home along with ammunition, cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin and drug paraphernalia.
The robbery investigation is still on-going. Anyone with information which could assist investigators in solving this crime is asked to contact Investigator Justin Douglas at 352-486-5111 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. You could be eligible for a cash reward.





Sexual Battery Arrest

July 21, 2017

On July 19, 2017 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) answered a complaint of sexual battery on a disabled person. The victim, a 32 year old mentally disabled person, disclosed to a family friend she was having “sex.” The family friend immediately reported this to law enforcement.

Allen R. White (1-19-52) met with CID investigators at the LCSO and consented to an interview. During his talk with investigators, White admitted to sexual acts with the victim and acknowledged he knew the victim was mentally disabled. Investigators told White he was being arrested and White became combative.

White was escorted to the Levy County Detention Facility and was charged with two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a Disabled Person and Resisting Arrest Without Violence. His bond has been set at $1,010,000.00.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cold Case Success

July 13, 2017

On July 8, 2003 the Levy County Sheriff’s received a report of sexual abuse to a minor. The then 9 year old victim told Investigators that over a period of several weeks a person who she trusted the most did sexual things to her that were hard for her to talk about because they were “gross.” Based upon the statements this child give to LCSO Investigators and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) Child Protection Team at UF, the Sheriff’s Office filed charges of Capital Sexual Battery on Nathan Nixon (10-27-61) of Williston. The courts of Levy County immediately issued a warrant for Nixon’s arrest. However, the case went cold shortly after the warrant was issued because Nixon disappeared. No leads were developed and there were absolutely no clues to help us find where Nixon had gone.

From 2003 until 2014 investigators were unable to find any tangible information which would help us find Nixon. So, in 2014 investigators with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office submitted this warrant to the United States Marshals Service through our connection in the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force. This is a cooperative team design with the United States Marshals Service utilizing local and federal officers to bring fugitives to justice. Because of this team, law enforcement ramped up the search for Nixon.

With the assistance of the United States Marshals Service, Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, investigators spent the past two years searching for the whereabouts of Nixon. Information was developed that led them to believe he had fled the United States to the country of Mexico. The government of Mexico located and deported Nixon back to the United States on Saturday, June 24, 2017 where Nixon was held awaiting extradition back to Florida.

Nixon was transported back to Levy County on July 12, 2017 and is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility, fourteen years and four days after the issuance of the warrant. He is being held on a three million dollar bond plus an additional cash only bond of $350.00 for non-support dating back to 2003.

Sheriff Bobby McCallum expressed appreciation to his staff and our federal partners, the U.S. Marshals Service, in the apprehension of this fugitive.  As the prosecution phase of this case begins, Sheriff McCallum hopes that the victim will feel some relief and healing and that some sense of justice will prevail for her.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Frogs BBQ Pad Burglar Arrested

July 12, 2017

On Monday July 3, 2017 the owner of Frogs BBQ Pad located on US Hwy Alt 27 just outside of Williston discovered someone had broken into his business. The owner reported the thief took a laptop computer and cash.

The LCSO Criminal Investigations Division (CID) capitalized on citizen tips to identify Mitchell F. Cooper (8-4-77) as the only suspect in this reported crime. Investigators located and arrested Cooper yesterday and additionally were able to recover the owner’s stolen laptop. Investigators verified the computer belonged to the victim by history located on the computer’s web browser and have returned it.

Cooper was booked into the Levy County Detention Facility and was charged with burglary and grand theft. His bond has been set at $15,000.00.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Neighborly Team Work Results in Two Arrests

July 10, 2017
On Sunday July 9th the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force (DTF) received a tip that a subject wanted by the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) for robbery was in a vehicle and going to a gas station in Fanning Springs. The LCSO DTF as well as LCSO patrol deputies and GCSO investigators began surveillance near the gas station and identified James Waylon Cruce (9-12-84) when he arrived. Cruce was found seated in the passenger side of a silver four door Toyota driven by Kellie Ponce (11-20-90) of Cross City. Cruce was immediately taken into custody by LCSO deputies.
Deputies searched the vehicle where Cruce had been seated and found a cache of drugs and a gun. Deputies tested the illegal drugs and identified cocaine, methamphetamines, marijuana and an unidentified white powdery substance. Cruce, a convicted felon, is prohibited from being in possession of any firearm. The gun, a loaded .38 caliber pistol, had recently been reported stolen from a Gilchrist County citizen. Additionally, Cruce had credit cards belonging to a Gilchrist County resident who had also reported a theft.
Cruce was booked into the Levy County Detention Facility and has been charged with multiple felony drug possession charges, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana (a misdemeanor). His bond has been set at $ 510,000.00
Ms. Ponce was also arrested. She is a habitual traffic offender and was driving without a valid license. She was booked into the Levy County Detention Facility and released on her own recognizance at first appearance.
Charges of robbery have been filed by the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office. Cruce will later appear in the courts in Gilchrist County on these charges.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Early Morning Search Warrant – Two Arrested

July 7, 2017

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force (DTF) and Tactical Response Unit (TRU) executed a search warrant early at 2591 NW 73rd Avenue in the Whitted Estates Subdivision south of Chiefland yesterday morning. This neighborhood is known as a quiet subdivision mostly populated by retirees. DTF Investigators developed information that James Allen Funk (8-19-78) was selling narcotics from his home.

DTF Investigators and TRU members located Funk and his female associate Jennifer Ann Hemingway (4-10-84) inside the home. Investigators seized 3.4 grams of methamphetamines, 7 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia for packaging and use of these drugs during the search. Both Funk and Hemingway were arrested and transported to the Levy County Detention Facility.

Funk has been charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. His bond has been set at $52,000.00.

Hemingway has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond has been set at $51,000.00.