Friday, May 14, 2021

GROUNDHOG DAY AND I WAS WEARING THE PANTS, BUT THEY’RE NOT MINE

 







On May 13, 2021, Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force and Criminal Investigation Detectives and the Tactical Response Unit executed a search warrant at the residence located at 91 NE 131st Terrace, Williston, Florida.  In the raid which could have been termed “Operation Groundhog Day,” LCSO arrested eight of the thirteen persons they found inside the doublewide mobile home.  The deputies were well familiar with the location as this was the third narcotics search warrant that has been executed at this residence in less than a year.  Multiple drug overdoses have occurred at the residence as well as two drug-related deaths. 

When Detectives entered the residence they once again found drugs and significant amounts of drug paraphernalia throughout.  Heroin, methamphetamine and prescription pills were seized.  The following persons were arrested in this chapter of the continuing saga: 

1.      Michael J. Harvey (12-22-1969), who is also the owner of the property, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Drug Dwelling and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  His bond was set at $100,000.00;

 

2.      Stephen J. Weintraut (7-17-84) was arrested for Possession of multiple items of Drug Paraphernalia.  Some of the paraphernalia was located in a pair of pants.  Weintraut admitted, “I was wearing the pants, but they’re not mine.”  His bond was set at $25,000.00. 

 

3.      Brittney Nicole Rosensweet (5-26-1989) was arrested for Possession of Heroin and Drug Paraphernalia.  LCSO Detention Officers also discovered additional narcotics on her person upon entering the Levy County Detention Center.  Rosensweet was also charged with Smuggling Contraband into the Detention Center.  Her bond was set at $125,000.00.

 

4.      Stephen Clark Mimbs (5-7-1960) was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.  His bond was set at $35,000.00. 

 

5.      David Wayne Morris (7-18-1964) was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.   His bond was set at $75,000.00. 

 

6.      Jacqueline Marie Holden (5-24-1967) was arrested for Possession of Heroin and Drug Paraphernalia.   Her bond was set at $75,000.00.

 

7.      Derek Kyle Abrams (4-9-1984) was arrested for Possession of Heroin, Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia.  His bond was set at $85,000.00.  He was also arrested on a Violation of Probation warrant from Marion County.  The original charge was Possession of Methamphetamine.  He is being held without bond on the warrant. 

 

8.      Daniel D. Ackley (10-17-1990) was arrested on a Marion County Capias for Failure to Appear on a Driving with Suspended License charge.  He is being held on a $5,000.00 bond. 

Sheriff McCallum stated that unfortunately this case demonstrates the problems that illegal drugs and repeat offenders continue to cause in our communities.  This one location has caused thousands of dollars to be spent for investigative and court costs.  It is a tremendous drain on taxpayer resources and the loss of human life is a real tragedy. 

Any citizens who may have information regarding illegal drug activity are asked to contact LCSO at 352-486-5111 or 911.  Reports can also be made anonymously through CrimeStoppers at 1-877-349-8477.   

  

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

PUBLIC AID ARRESTS MADE

 






On April 27, 2021, LCSO Detectives arrested Boris Lindsey (1-31-67) and Teresa Manning (9-10-72) for Engaging in Public Aid Fraud.  Based on documentation gathered by the staff of the North Central Florida Regional Housing Authority, LCSO was able to develop probable cause for the arrests. 

The LCSO investigation uncovered the fact that Lindsey and Manning had been scamming the Housing Authority for a period of more than two years.  From April 14, 2018 through approximately September 1, 2020, the couple received $21,311.00 in cash payments of rental assistance. 

According to the arrest affidavit filed by Corporal C.J. Perryman, the scam worked this way:   In 2018, Manning applied for and was granted rental assistance to enable her to rent the residence located at 13816 NE 55th Street in Williston.  The rental assistance was transferred by direct deposit to Manning’s “landlord” whom she identified as Lindsey.  In actuality, less than one month after the rental assistance was approved, Manning and Lindsey were married.  Additionally, the residence is owned exclusively by Manning.  Lindsey has no legal interest in the real property.   As a result of the scam, Manning and Lindsey were able to live together as husband and wife in a residence owned by her for a period of more than two years and receive taxpayer funded payments of $21,311.00 during that time. 

Manning and Lindsey were booked into the Levy County Detention Center.   Manning was released on a $50,000.00 bond and Lindsey posted the required $43,000.00 bond.   

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Bronson Man and Woman Arrested


April 27, 2021

An expired tag and an outstanding warrant lead to the arrest of a couple in Bronson yesterday afternoon. A Levy County Detective observed a silver Ford truck driven by Sarah Muhammad (2/11/82) who lists a Norfolk, Connecticut address pull into a gas station west of Bronson on SR 24. The Detective observed the passenger exit the vehicle and recognized him as Danny Jackson (11/9/96) of Ocala. The Detective knew Jackson had an outstanding warrant from Marion County for violation of probation and also knew Jackson has a violent history when encountered by law enforcement. And, the Detective discovered the tag attached to the vehicle driven my Ms. Muhammad was expired by several months.

The Detective called for assistance from a patrol deputy to assist before confronting Jackson. The deputy and detective devised a plan and performed a traffic stop away from the store. Ms. Muhammad refused to provide identification and told the deputy “I ain’t giving you s….!” She was immediately detained. Jackson exited the vehicle and aggressively approached deputies while hurling racial slurs at them when he saw Ms. Muhammad being detained.

Mr. Jackson’s aggressive and confrontational behavior toward our deputies prompted a radio call requesting additional deputies be sent to the scene. Apparently Mr. Jackson’s behavior was so bad a passer-by called 911to tell our telecommunicators these deputies needed more help. In all five deputies responded to this scene. Yes it took all of them to gain control of Mr. Jackson who violently resisted arrest.

Mr. Jackson was arrested for the outstanding violation of probation in Marion County. Four additional charges were also filed; resisting arrest with violence, obstruction, breach of peace and assault on a law enforcement officer. His bond was set at $225,000.00. There is a NO Bond on the violation of probation charge.

Ms. Muhammad was charged with resisting arrest without violence and disturbing the peace. Her bond has been set at $2,500.


 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

CrabFest Injunction GRANTED

 

April 22, 2021

The hearing related to Levy County’s petition for an emergency injunction to be issued to Keniuel Gates was held yesterday afternoon. Circuit Judge Craig DeThomasis heard nearly three hours of testimony in support of this application and upon careful consideration of the evidence presented, granted the injunction. This injunction effectively shut down Mr. Gates promotion of CrabFest 2021.

Mr. Gates responded to the injunction via Facebook Live late last night. In his 25 minute address he vowed to follow this order by the court and will not be promoting CrabFest 2021. Mr. Gates immediately altered his message and began calling for everyone who follows him to join in a march on the City of Williston in protest.

Mr. Gates, a Gainesville resident, has taken the organization of CrabFest upon himself. Residents of the Williston neighborhood along CR 318 where the event has historically taken place say enough is enough. They want peace this year and to guarantee peace, CrabFest must move to a safe venue. Mr. Gates organized a protest in this very neighborhood in September of 2020. The protest turned block party devolved into a senseless act of violence where six people were shot.

Sheriff McCallum, the residents of East Williston, the Ministerial Faith Alliance and the Levy County Board of County Commissioners are asking all to join together, refuse to participate in Mr. Gates or anyone else’s efforts to circumvent the injunction and help bring peace to this community. Sheriff McCallum respects everyone’s 1st Amendment Right to peacefully assemble and their right to free speech but will not tolerate violence or any other violation of law, including blocking roads, which threaten our citizen’s safety.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Crash Involving LCSO Deputy


 

April 19, 2021

On Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:17 p.m. a Levy County Deputy was conducting traffic enforcement at the intersection of NE 99 Place and NE 105 Avenue due to numerous citizen complaints of drivers running this stop sign. The Deputy parked his patrol vehicle in an area near this intersection so he would be able to see who failed to stop.  

A Nissan passenger car approached this intersection driving north on NE 105 Avenue. The Nissan car struck the parked Deputy vehicle head-on. The force of this impact totaled both vehicles.

Our Deputy was transported to a nearby trauma center where he remains currently. He sustained non-life threatening injuries but underwent surgery this morning. The driver of the Nissan sustained minor injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol was requested to investigate the crash. At the time of this release their investigation is on-going and it is anticipated criminal charges will be filed on the driver of the Nissan for DUI.  

The Deputy has two years law of enforcement experience with the LCSO and was previously with the Cedar Key Police Department. We pray for his speedy recovery and return to duty.

Traffic Advisory for Saturday, April 24, 2021


 

April 19, 2021

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the public of potential traffic delays on Saturday, April 24, 2021. The public should be aware of an anticipated traffic detour and delays on US Alt. 27 north bound near the intersection of CR 316 and on CR 318 at the intersection of CR 335. The Sheriff’s Office will have additional check points established at all county roads entering into the planned event site on CR 318 and access will be restricted to this location to residents only. These intersections are as follow:

·       CR 318 at CR 335

·       CR 335 at NE 35th Street

·       CR 331 A (NE 205th Avenue) at NE 50 Street (Mixon Road)

·       US Alt. 27 A at CR 318

·       US Alt. 27 A at NE 35th Street

Persons wishing to enter the event area are cautioned that the Sheriff’s Office will be strictly enforcing parking violations. There is NO Parking on any county right of ways. Parking violations will be cited and the owners will be subject to having their vehicle towed.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Inmate Found in Possession of Handmade Weapons


 

April 13, 2021

On March 25, 2021 Detention Officer Jarrod Horne was performing the 11:00 PM security check in the dormitory at the Levy County Detention Facility. During this check he observed inmate James Goins (2/25/86) acting suspiciously and it appeared Goins was pulling a rope like item into his cell. Officer Horne immediately seized the item and called for additional officer assistance.

Goins was removed from his cell and secured with handcuffs to be taken to a confinement area. Goins resisted officers and was told he would be sprayed with pepper spray if he continued to resist them. He complied with their orders and was escorted out of the dormitory. Officers then searched his cell and found contraband items that had been fashioned into weapons.

Seized from Goins cell was a makeshift club that measured eleven inches long and had been fashioned from cardboard and paper, a flattened piece of battery that had been sharpened razor sharp and pieces of sheets and towels cut into strips and fashioned into a rope. Each of these items could have been used as a weapon against any officer or inmate.

All seized items of contraband are in violation of the Levy County Detention Facility rules and Goins was issued a disciplinary report for possessing them. Goins could receive up to 30 days in disciplinary confinement as well as potentially facing additional criminal charges.

This is an example of the many dangers our detention officers face on a daily basis, said Sheriff McCallum. Officer Horne is an asset to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and is doing an exceptional job, we are very proud of him and all of the men and women in the Detention Bureau for their hard work. They work in a very stressful atmosphere with many violent dangers and I salute and thank each one of them.