Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Hurricane Ian Levy County– September 27, 2022 Noon Update


Hurricane Shelters will open at 4:00 PM today at the following locations:

·       Bronson Middle/High School located at 351 Ishie Avenue Bronson, Florida for general population. This is a pet friendly location but proof of vaccinations administered seven (7) day prior to today will be required before the pet will be allowed entry into this location. Unvaccinated animals will be sheltered at the Levy County Animal Control Center. A mandatory vaccination will be required for all unvaccinated animals at the time of sheltering for a fee of $10.00 (cash only) will also be required.

·       Bronson Elementary School located at 400 Ishie Avenue Bronson, Florida for special needs.

Hurricane Shelters are designed for safety purposes of last resort. Residents are urged to evacuate to locations of safety out of the way of the predicated storm path and well in advance of landfall.


Emergency Response will cease when conditions deteriorate making a response unsafe for first responders. This could come as soon as late Wednesday afternoon into the evening.


A voluntary evacuation notice has been issued for residents in mobile homes, residents in low lying areas prone to flooding and residents in RV’s.   


Access to or from the Island of Cedar Key via the Number 4 Bridge will not be obstructed. The Number 4 Bridge will NOT be closed. This bridge could be closed after the storm has passed and only upon the recommendation of the Florida Department of Transportation should the structural integrity of the bridge be compromised by Ian. Cedar Key will implement re-entry protocols after the storm has passed.


Levy County Schools will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All extracurricular sporting events have also been cancelled

Monday, September 26, 2022

Hurricane Ian 2022 Levy County Notifications



September 26, 2022




Levy County School Schedules:

ALL Levy County Schools will be OPEN on Tuesday.

ALL Levy County Schools will be CLOSED on Wednesday and Thursday.

This includes the cancellation of ALL school activities.


Special Needs Citizen Transportation:

Special needs citizens need to be prepared to move to the special needs shelter located

at Bronson Elementary School by 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. This shelter will open at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday for those planning to drive themself. There is still time to register by logging onto www.snr.flhealthresponse.com or visit www.levydisaster.com. There is a quick link on this site too.


Citizens who do not have transportation and need to evacuate to a shelter should call (352) 486-3485.




Bronson Elementary School – OPENING Tuesday, @ 4PM

400 Ishie Avenue

Bronson, Florida 32621



Bronson Middle High School – OPENING Tuesday, @ 4PM

351 Ishie Avenue

Bronson, Florida 32621



Citizens with animals that need to be sheltered MUST bring a crate, food, bottled water (1 gallon jug per animal) and any medications. Owners must provide Rabies vaccine certificate and proof of distemper parvo/ feline distemper vaccine administered a minimum of seven (7) days prior to reporting to the shelter. Levy County Animal Services will provide vaccines for addition $10.00 per vaccines CASH ONLY!

All animals will be sheltered at the Levy County Animal Control shelter if you cannot provide proof of vaccinations.

Citizens who have pet questions should call (352) 486-5138. 



Gulf Hammock Fire Station
Empty lot across from Williston Police Department
Cedar Key Community Center
Rosewood Baptist Church
Yankeetown Water Plant
Inglis Municipal Building
Bronson Town Hall
Chiefland Maintenance Yard
Fowler’s Bluff Fire Station
Morriston Fire Station 11 

Fanning Springs Fire Station



Levy County Landfill will be closed Wednesday @ 12p.m. and closed Thursday



Devils Hammock WMA will be closed at sunset Tuesday until further notice. 

Shell Mound Campground will be closed at 5p.m. Tuesday until further notice.

All County fishing piers will be closed Tuesday.

All Levy County Boat Ramps will be closed Wednesday at 8:00 AM.




All Levy County departments will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.



To be determined


KCDK – George T. Lewis, Airport Cedar Key, Fl will be closed Wednesday 8am until 12pm Saturday.



For all other questions, please call (352) 486-5155 or (352) 486-5576.



Three Convictions on Sex Offenses


September 26, 2022

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division Detectives are constantly and quietly working on cases of the most significant nature, sexually based crimes. These Detectives work tirelessly to identify and bring those who commit heinous crimes against our children and to represent these victims in the criminal justice system. Three cases have recently come to conclusion and will hopefully bring some peace to the victims of these crimes. 


Adam Robert Hillis (2/28/93) of Ingils was charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a person under 16 in 2021. His case was concluded with a plea of GUILTY on September 13, 2022. Hillis has been sentenced to 36 months in the Florida Department of Corrections and will be required to register as a sexual offender for the remainder of his life upon his release.


Robert Chilton Slone III (7/3/80) of Inglis was charged with lewd and lascivious conduct on a person under 12, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, domestic battery and tampering with a witness in 2021. His case was concluded with a plea of GUILTY on September 14, 2022. Slone was sentenced to 3.6 years in the Florida Department of Corrections and will be required to register as a sexual offender for the remainder of his life upon his release.


William Luther Hodson (8/7/91) of Archer was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a person under 12 in 2020. His case was concluded with a plea of GUILTY on September 23, 2022. Hodson was sentenced to 15 years in the Florida Department of Corrections and will be required to register as a sexual offender for the remainder of his life upon his release.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Homicide Investigation – Four Arrested

September 22, 2022

On August 14, 2022 shortly after 2:00 a.m. a black car drove into the Shands at Kanapaha Emergency Center. Two unidentified subjects were seen on video surveillance removing an injured person from the vehicle who left him near the entrance door of the ER before quickly departing. Emergency room staff immediately began treating the injured person who was identified as Anthony Brown. Brown was suffering from a gunshot wound. No other information was immediately available as Brown did not survive this injury.

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) responded to the emergency room and began their investigation. ACSO Detectives were able to gather a potential lead that led to the identity of the two individuals who dropped Brown off at the hospital and the vehicle they drove. ACSO also located information that the shooting that led to the death of Brown may have occurred in Levy County. Levy County Sheriff’s Office and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office worked diligently together and were able to discover Brown, along with several other individuals, went to a home near Cedar Key in Levy County for the purpose of committing a home invasion robbery.

Based upon the complexity of this case and the multiple jurisdictions it would encompass, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) was contacted and Agents were assigned to assist in this investigation. Levy County Detectives, ACSO Detectives and FDLE Agents interviewed numerous individuals throughout the course of this investigation. This joint investigation led to the identity of four suspects.

During this investigation numerous search warrants, court orders and subpoenas were executed. Digital and physical evidence was seized and four people have been arrested. All subjects arrested were participants in either the planning of or the actual home invasion robbery. The homeowner identified during this investigation who fired the fatal round has been cooperative with law enforcement and no charges have been filed on this individual. Inter-agency cooperation made this investigation successful and led to the capture of four individuals who were involved.

Despite the arrests, this case is far from being concluded. Additional suspects are being sought and Levy County Detectives and FDLE will continue to follow leads. Anyone who has information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Shelby Kilian at 352-486-5111 ext. 276. If you wish to remain anonymous you can submit a tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477, you could be eligible for a cash reward. The following individuals have been arrested so far.

Aonesty T Smith  (11/29/2000) Charge: Homicide Bond: 1,000,000.00



Ocean Cary Dunn (5/14/1998) Charge: Homicide Bond: 1,000,000.00

Jerry Cordel Clanton (7/23/1992) Charge: Homicide Bond 1,000,000.00


Theriyus  Leequina Banks  (9/07/1998) Charge: Homicide Warrant pending Held in Alachua County on other charges.