Thursday, August 11, 2022

Student Arrested for Felony Battery

 

August 11, 2022

Levy County students opened the 2022-2023 school year yesterday by returning to campus. All staff, administrators, parents and students hoped all would go well. Unfortunately, a fight erupted at the Williston Middle High School involving multiple students. The cause of the fight has not yet been determined. However, when school faculty intervened to break up the fight, one student punched a faculty member. The faculty member sustained minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.  A second faculty member was also injured in attempting to the stop the fight.

The Williston Middle High School Resource Deputy immediately responded to the location of the fight and took a 14 year old high school student into custody for striking the faculty member. She has been charged with one felony count of battery on a school official and was booked into the Levy County Detention Center. She was later transferred into the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Sheriff McCallum and Superintendent Cowart strongly caution all students to be respectful toward each other, teachers and staff.  Sheriff McCallum said, “Actions like what happened on the first day of school at Williston Middle High School will not be tolerated.” School Resource Deputies are assigned to school campuses to ensure the safety of the students and all school personnel.  Any student who strikes a teacher or any school official and probable cause is established to support a criminal charge, that student will be arrested.  “Students involved in these types of incidents will be charged according to the letter of the law and may potentially lead to school and school district sanctions,” said Sheriff McCallum.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Additional Charges Filed on McCall


 

August 10, 2022

Levy County Detectives have secured a warrant for the arrest of Billy McCall, the former basketball coach at Bronson Middle High School. McCall became the subject of a criminal investigation last month after a report was filed with Levy County Sheriff’s Office of alleged sexual misconduct with a student. Levy County Detectives learned the sexual misconduct occurred in Alachua County and worked with detectives there. McCall was arrested by Alachua County Sheriff’s Detectives and is currently in custody at the Alachua County Jail for sexually based crimes.

Levy County Detectives continued the investigation. Additional victims came forward and based on testimony, Detectives obtained a warrant for McCall for Lewd and Lascivious Molestation for crimes that occurred in Levy County. This warrant has not yet been served on McCall and will be held until his case in Alachua County is resolved.

McCall has been a part of youth sports, specifically basketball in both Alachua and Levy County for over a decade. Detectives believe there could be more victims who have yet come forward. Anyone who has information or is a victim of McCall is asked to contact Detective Shelby Kilian at 352-468-5111 ext. 276. 

Monday, August 1, 2022

CONVENIENCE STORE RAGE


 


On July 21, 2022, the LCSO Communications Division received via 911 a report of a shooting at the Marathon Store located at 5250 NE 140 Court, Williston, Florida.  The Telecommunicator taking the call was able to hear gunshots in the background over the 911 line. 

When deputies arrived on scene, the shooters had already fled.  No one was injured during the shooting.  Fortunately for the victims, and unfortunately for the shooters, the shooters’ luck was on par with their marksmanship.  Deputies were able to obtain a significant amount of video, eyewitness and photographic (see above) evidence. 

The investigation revealed that two victims got into a verbal dispute with the two Hispanic male suspects in the store parking lot.  The argument involved who had the right of way around the gas pumps. 

After the initial verbal dispute, the (eventual) shooters left the area in a silver colored Lexus passenger car.  They returned a short time later and both were armed with handguns.  They confronted the victims and fired several rounds at the two victims but neither was injured.  One of the victims was able to take a picture of the two shooters during the second altercation. 

LCSO Deputies and Detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from the scene.  They also obtained statements from witnesses who were inside the store during the shooting and others in the neighborhood.  LCSO Criminal Analyst, Amanda Bruce, was able to use video footage of the suspect vehicle to identify the two shooters as Luis Antonio Perez Carraquillo (9-26-1979) and Luis Antonio Perez Franco (7-23-2001) who are father and son.  Detective Joe Barrera obtained arrest warrants for both suspects on July 22, 2022. 

Detectives learned the suspects had fled to Orange County, Florida.  Detectives enlisted the assistance of the U.S. Marshal Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force.  Task Force officers located and arrested both of the suspects in Orange County on July 29th, 2022.  One handgun was recovered during the arrest. 

The shooters remain in custody awaiting transport back to Levy County to face two counts of Attempted Murder each.  Sheriff McCallum expressed his appreciation to the U.S. Marshal Service and the members of the public who cooperated with LCSO to get these dangerous suspects off the streets.  He encourages citizens to pay attention to their surroundings as a simple trip to the convenience store on that day could have been deadly. 

Any citizens who may have information regarding any illegal 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, July 29, 2022

THE JUICE IS NOT ALWAYS WORTH THE SQUEEZE

 





On July 27, 2022, Levy County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Detectives and Crime Scene personnel responded to a reported burglary located at 6891 NW 138th Place.  This location is just north of the City of Chiefland. 

The owners of the business known as “The Juice Box” reported a burglary that had occurred during the previous night time hours.  Surveillance video from the business showed two male subjects wearing disguises enter the building and steal various items of merchandise.  Based on witness statements, deputies were quickly able to develop a suspect who resided in the area. 

Detectives made contact with the suspect, Dalton Elliot Wester (8-9-2003) and other witnesses for interviews.  Based on the information gathered, the Detectives developed an additional juvenile suspect.  They then were able to collect several items of evidence that placed both suspects at the crime scene. 

Using that evidence, Detectives arrested Wester and the juvenile for Burglary and Grand Theft.  The juvenile suspect was transferred to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.  Wester remains in the Levy County Detention Center with a bond of $60,000.00. 

Any citizens who may have information regarding any illegal 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.   


SHOOTING WITH A STOLEN GUN

 




 

On July 23, 2022, a victim reported to the LCSO Communications Division that they had been shot at by Steven Ransbottom (6-13-81.)  The victim and Ransbottom were acquainted with each other prior to the shooting incident.  The victim was not injured in the incident. 

Deputies and Detectives began working the case immediately.  Over the course of several days they were able to build a case against Ransbottom through the victim’s statements, witness interviews and physical evidence.   

Detectives eventually determined that on July 23rd the victim drove past Ransbottom’s residence on SE 195th Court in Morriston.  Ransbottom recognized the victim and their vehicle.  Ransbottom retrieved a .22 caliber rifle and fired at least two rounds at the victim’s vehicle. Detectives recovered evidence that one of the rounds struck the victim’s vehicle.  LCSO also recovered a .22 caliber rifle from Ransbottom’s residence.  The rifle had previously been reported stolen. 

Ransbottom was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. He is being held in the Levy County Detention Center on a $500,000.00 bond.


Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Sexual Predator Public Address Notification


 

July 12, 2022

 

On July 11, 2022 John Wayne Hudson registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Hudson is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses.

John Wayne Hudson was convicted in 2004 for Sexual Battery by Force or Weapon.  Hudson has registered his address as: 2531 NW 72 Terrace, Chiefland, Florida 32626

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

Sexual Predator:

John Wayne Hudson

2531 NW 72 Terrace

Chiefland, Florida 32626

White/Male

DOB: 5/3/68

Friday, July 8, 2022

Trenton Man Arrested for Crimes Against A Child


 

July 8, 2022

On July 4, 2022 Levy County Detectives responded to a report from a mother that her child had been abused by her boyfriend. Detectives spoke to the mother who said she located digital evidence on the boyfriend’s phone showing he acted inappropriately with her four year old child.

Detectives determined James Sapp (3/19/99) of Trenton used his own cell phone to record himself engaged in a sexual act with the child. Sapp was arrested and has been charged with Capital Sexual Battery and using a two way communication device to commit a felony. He is being held in the Levy County Detention Center on a $1,050,000.00 bond.