Friday, October 22, 2021

Bronson Drug House Shut Down

Kimberly Ausburn

Amber Russell

Jennifer Jacobs

Travis Egyed

October 22, 2021

The Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force executed a search warrant yesterday afternoon on a home located at 11291 NE 86 Lane, in a subdivision east of the Town of Bronson. Drug Task Force Detectives arrested the owner of the home, Kimberly M. Ausburn (2/2/72) for possession of methamphetamines with the intent to sell, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug dwelling.

Three additional arrests were made during this operation. Detectives arrested Amber D. Russell (9/27/86) of Bronson for possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia, Jennifer L. Jacobs (10/3/77) of Bronson for fentanyl and possession of a schedule 3 drug without a prescription and Travis T. Egyed (11/18/92) of Bronson for possession of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia.  

“This operation concludes a long investigation where documenting the illegal drug activity at this home allowed a warrant to be obtained. These arrests will hopefully give some peace to this neighborhood but the war on these deadly drugs will continue. We are thankful for the cooperation of the good citizens of this community who offered a helping hand while we worked this case. We use this case as an example of how community involvement by reporting illegal drug activity can and will lead to arrests,” said Sheriff McCallum. Anyone can make anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.  


Thursday, October 21, 2021

$4,500 REWARD Offered for Capture of Steven Stacy


October 21, 2021

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Levy County and the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit are offering a $4,500 reward for information leading to the capture of Steven Stacy. On October 11, 2021 Stacy cut his electronic ankle monitoring device and fled on foot. He has been able to elude capture since this date.

Detectives believe Stacy may have been or is currently receiving assistance to evade capture from an associate in the Williston area. Stacy is a registered SEX OFFENDER and is on probation for his role in tampering with evidence in an on-going homicide investigation.

All callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477 or the Levy County Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111 and choose the option to “Report a Crime.”

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Dangerous Drugs Seized and Multiple Arrests in Inglis


October 13, 2021

In a less than 21 days deputies with the Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Inglis area of our county have made six arrests and seized all types of drugs including the deadly drug fentanyl. Within the past four months deputies have responded to three overdose reports which required our deputies to administer two doses of Narcan in each case to save the overdosed person. These statistics do not include the same type of potential overdose calls that the Department of Public Safety (EMS) have responded to. In response to these increased calls for service, Sheriff McCallum has increased drug enforcement in this community.

On September 21, 2021 Deputy Nelson Macias conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Samuel Whitney (5/28/64) of Washington State. Deputy Macias seized methamphetamines, marijuana and drug equipment from the vehicle and arrested Whitney. Whitney is being held in the Levy County Detention Facility in lieu of a $32,000 bond.

On October 6, 2021 Deputy Nelson Macias made contact with two individuals pushing a shopping cart from Dollar General on the sidewalk away from the business. The cart was filled with personal items. During this contact Deputy Macias seized methamphetamines from April Bowers (11/26/78) of Inglis. Bowers was arrested and is being held in the Levy County Detention Bureau in lieu of a $30,000 bond.

On October 8, 2021 Deputy Dean MacIntyre stopped Curtis Carter (6/16/82) of Inglis operating a bicycle in an unsafe manner. As a result of this stop Deputy MacIntyre seized methamphetamines, Xanax, Alprazolam and marijuana. Carter was arrested and is being held in the Levy County Detention Bureau in lieu of an $86,000 bond.

On October 12, 2021 Deputy Dean MacIntyre conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Taylor O’Connor (4/19/90) of Inglis. During the traffic stop investigation K-9 Deputy Alton Horne walked his partner Behr around the vehicle and Behr detected the odor of illegal narcotics. A search of the vehicle discovered heroin laced marijuana and drug equipment with methamphetamine residue. Deputy MacIntyre noticed O’Connor acting strangely and saw her fidgeting with her bra. Deputy MacIntyre asked her to remove the item she was hiding and she surrendered a baggie of methamphetamines. O’Connor was arrested and is being held in the Levy County Detention Facility and her bond has not been set.

On October 13, 2021 Deputy Cody Weaver watched as Joshua Mortez (5/19/90) of Inglis, whom he knew had a suspended driver’s license enter a vehicle parked at the Circle K gas pump in Inglis and drive away. Deputy Weaver attempted to stop the vehicle that abruptly turned into the Palm Point subdivision. Deputy Weaver ultimately was able to stop the vehicle to discover the driver, Mortez had switched places with passenger Sydney Allen (5/21/98) of Inglis. Both Mortez and Allen were detained.

The following traffic stop investigation which was assisted by K-9 Deputy Alton Horne and his partner Behr, resulted in the following drugs being seized: cocaine, fentanyl, marijuana, marijuana wax and heroin.

Deputies experience all types of peril in their daily duties. Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous drug and unfortunately Deputy Horne experienced a severe exposure during this investigation. Deputy Horne was exposed while taking these subjects into custody. This exposure required him to be hospitalized at a local emergency center where he is being held in stable condition. Deputies believe the suspects attempted to throw these drugs out of the window of the moving vehicle causing it to blow inside the interior, covering most surfaces including the suspects.

“We are praying for Deputy Horne and his speedy recovery. Drugs are a constant danger our deputies face daily across the nation as they protect the innocent citizens in their communities. In this case these suspects are not first time offenders and must be held accountable by the criminal justice system as they are a deadly threat to our community,” said Sheriff McCallum.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Community Help Requested – Wanted Subject Steven Stacy


October 11, 2021

Deputies responded to the area of the 16900 Block of North East 55 Street west of CR 335-A attempting to locate Steven D. Stacy (38) of Williston. Steven Stacy is a registered sex offender and is on probation for obstruction of justice. The State of Florida Probation Office reported Stacy cut off his ankle monitor and fled the area on foot. Witnesses saw Stacy running through a wooded area after jumping a fence in this neighborhood. Deputies used a K-9 to track Stacy into a swampy area but lost his trail.

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is asking for public assistance in locating Stacy. Stacy was last seen wearing black pants and a black shirt. He is described as 6'-0" tall and approximately 175 pounds. If seen contact 911 immediately and do not approach him.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Subjects of Multiple Complaints Arrested


September 27, 2021

On Thursday, September 23, 2021 Deputy Gerard Williams was on patrol in the Whitted Estates subdivision between Rosewood and Chiefland. This subdivision has been a recent source of multiple resident complaints of theft and illegal drug deals. Deputy Williams saw a truck with a heavily damaged front windshield driving toward him. The driver stopped in the middle of the road then abruptly turned down a side road when he saw Deputy Williams. The truck pulled into a residential driveway and the driver exited the passenger side then ran toward the back of the home. Deputy Williams gave multiple commands to stop and ultimately used his Taser to stop the fleeing subject.

Deputies identified the driver as Waylan Campbell (11/2/91) of Cedar Key.  Campbell was found in possession of methamphetamines, fentanyl and other drug paraphernalia. Campbell also had a suspended driver’s license. He was arrested and is being held in lieu of a $277,000.00 bond.

On Friday, September 24, 2021 Detectives arrested Frank McCain (11/29/78) of Rosewood for failure to register as a sexual offender. Detectives learned McCain had been living in an unregistered location for several weeks in violation of his State of Florida requirements to register a new home address. The investigation also discovered McCain failed to report his employment location as he is also required. He is being held in lieu of a $10,000.00 bond. This is McCain’s third arrest for failure to register as a convicted sex offender.

These two subjects are persons of interest in multiple complaints of theft and burglary from the Rosewood, Cedar Key and south Chiefland communities. Anyone who has information that would aid these investigations is asked to contact the Levy County Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. You could be eligible for a cash reward.