Monday, April 22, 2019

Sexual Predator Public Address Notification

April 22, 2019

On April 22, 2019 Tyler David Medeiros registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Medeiros is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses.

Tyler David Medeiros was convicted in 2014 in Levy County, Florida for Lewd and Lascivious Battery/Victim between 12-15 years old; FS: 800.04 (4). Medeiros has registered his change in address as: 19191 SE 3rd Street Williston, Levy County, Florida.

For a complete listing of all registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County, or to search by zip code, please visit and go to the sexual offender data base.

Sexual Predator:
Tyler David Medeiros
19191 SE 3rd Street                
Williston, Levy County, Florida
DOB: 4-3-1993

2019 Crab Fest Traffic Advisory

April 22, 2019

Citizens are reminded this coming weekend; Friday, April 26, 2019 and Saturday, April 27, 2019 is East Williston’s annual Crab Fest. Citizens and motorist are reminded traffic patterns will be altered on CR 318 during the event. Motorists should expect heavy traffic in and around CR 318 and US Hwy Alt 27.

The event will be beginning Friday evening and will continue into Saturday with the primary event starting at approximately 2 pm. Motorists not planning on attending this event should avoid the area if possible. There will be a heavy presence of law enforcement in the area and motorists are urged to use caution and follow all traffic laws. Travel safe.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Run away from the carnival? Sounds counter intuitive doesn’t it?

April 12, 2019

Career carnival worker Justin F. Benoit (12-17-78) who lists an address in Spring Hill, used his powers of influence to coerce a 16 year old to run away from the carnival life with him. Benoit created an elaborate plan that he put it into action just prior to Christmas of 2018. He convinced the under aged daughter of another carnival worker to flee from a Palm Beach County carnival location and meet with him in central Florida. From there they traveled to Levy County where they hid for approximately two weeks.

Benoit plied the young lady with alcohol and when she became intoxicated, he took advantage of her. Benoit was ousted by the child’s parent’s persistent efforts to locate their daughter they flooded social media pages Benoit frequented with flyers picturing their missing daughter. Benoit was confronted and fled, leaving the child behind. 

Osceola County Detectives contacted Levy County Detectives when their case identified the location in Levy County where Benoit had been hiding. Levy County Detectives met the child victim who had been reunited with her parents and took her statement. She described being coerced into consuming alcohol to the point of being ill, and engaging in sexual activity with the suspect.

Levy County Detectives obtained a warrant for Benoit’s arrest charging him with three counts of sexual battery on a minor, interference with child custody and contributing to the delinquency with a minor. His bond was set at $250,000.00.

Levy County Detectives learned Benoit had fled to Pasco County and contacted the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division. Their Warrants Detectives located and arrested Benoit. Benoit has since been transferred to Levy County where he will remain in custody until his trial date.

Morriston Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

April 12, 2019

On 4/10/2019 at approximately 0800 hours Levy County Detectives served a search warrant at the residence located at 14850 SE 28th Street in Morriston, Florida. This warrant was based on a tip sent to the Cyber Tipline and received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit. Jeffrey E. Lutz (5/30/1964) was located inside by Detectives and said he was the sole occupant of the home. The tip forwarded to the LCSO Criminal Investigations Division was for child pornography which was either possessed, manufactured or distributed and was associated with 16 cyber tips directly linked to the Internet Protocol address designated to this residential address.

LCSO Detectives received assistance from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Cyber Unit who were able to confirm Lutz’s personal computer contained images of child pornography. During a subsequent interview with Lutz, he confessed to seeking out, downloading and distributing sexually explicit images of children.

Lutz has been arrested and charged with nine counts of possession of obscene material. He is being held in the Levy County Detention Bureau in lieu of a $450,000.00 bond.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Williston Woman Arrested for Stabbing

April 9, 2019

Levy County Deputies responded to the home located at 16031 NE 2nd Place in Williston to a 911 call. The caller stated Anna Gonzalez (7-14-91) attacked her brother with a knife and in the caller’s attempt to intervene, she was stabbed. This victim told 911 operators that Gonzalez was going crazy and acting irrational as she was coming down after recently abusing heroin. 

Deputies arrived to find blood in the kitchen area of the home and the victim bleeding from a knife wound on her hand. Anna Gonzalez was located in the home and threatened deputies when they told her she was being arrested. Gonzalez fought with deputies, kicking and hitting them as she was being taken into custody.

Gonzalez has been charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault, two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. She was transported to the Levy County Detention Bureau and is in custody awaiting her first appearance.