Friday, June 24, 2022

Which One is Real?


June 24, 2022

You have less than one second to make this decision and one of them is pointing at you. Still can’t decide? Neither could our victims and neither can we.

On June 22, 2022 the Williston High School football team was departing Blue Springs from a team building retreat. A vehicle passed by the buses loaded with the players when someone from inside an unidentified white Hyundai car thrust one of the above pictured weapons through the sunroof. Are you still undecided? So were we.

Deputies and Detectives flooded the area in an attempt to locate and stop the white Hyundai. Several of the Williston players believed the Hyundai was being driven by rival team members form Chiefland High School’s football team. This was accurate information, as it turns out.

Detectives located the occupants of the Hyundai and seized the weapon in question. The investigation determined the weapon was an “air-soft” gun. It fires a plastic projectile powered by compressed gas and is technically a “toy”. These toys can be customized to mimic the real thing. They are even used in mock battles and can be modified to precision accuracy. YouTube is full of these types of videos and the accuracy of the toy is astonishing.

This investigation is still on-going and charges are expected to be filed in the near future. One charge being considered is that of aggravated assault with a firearm, a serious felony. Florida Law allows this charge to be filed even though the weapon is technically a toy. Why? Because the victim(s) believed the weapon was real which placed them in actual fear.

Sheriff McCallum wishes to issue a strong warning to parents and to our students and youth. Consider the “toys” you are allowing your children to have and how they could be improperly used. Realize that actions have consequences. We will not tolerate this type of behavior or a violation of law at school or at school activities and that they can lead to deadly results and the real possibility of retaliation.

We are thankful this investigation determined that no real weapon was in the hands of our youth. This situation could have ended much differently. Keep a watchful eye on your children and the “toys” with which they choose to play.   


 

Monday, June 13, 2022

Convicted Felon Arrested for Firearm Possession

 





On June 11, 2022 at approximately 6:30 in the evening, Levy County Deputies responded to a physical disturbance call in Morriston. The female caller told the 911 Operator that she and a male subject at the residence were involved in an argument. During the argument, as she was attempting to leave the home, the male subject (later identified as Jeffery Minish) fired a gun in her direction. She was able to get away to a safe location where she met with Deputies.

Deputies responded to the home and attempted to establish communication with the suspect.  All efforts were unsuccessful. Knowing the man was armed and had threatened additional violence: Deputies activated the Tactical Response Unit (TRU) to assist. TRU members arrived and were able to determine the man was in the home and they were able to take Minish (3/21/64) into custody.

The investigation revealed Minish fired thirteen (13) rounds from a .40 caliber handgun at the victim as she fled the home. LCSO Detectives arrived to assist in the investigation and discovered ten firearms and a significant amount of ammunition inside the home. Minish has a prior felony conviction from the state of Georgia and is statutorily prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition. 

Minish was charged with battery, aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and other charges. He is being held in the Levy County Detention Center on a $1,020,000.00 bond.


Friday, June 10, 2022

Domestic Violence Call Leads to Arrest

 

June 10, 2022

LCSO Deputies responded to a 911 call in the Chiefland area early this afternoon. The caller, a female, told the 911 operator she was attacked by a person who lived at her home on a part time basis. She told the operator she used a knife to defend herself.

Deputies arrived on scene and found the man and the woman who called 911. The investigation determined the female, identified as Sararae M. Webb (8/4/2000) of Chiefland, was the primary aggressor during this incident. Webb used a knife to cut the victim multiple times across the chest and hands and slashed the tire on his truck when he attempted to leave. The victim was treated at the scene by EMS and released.

Webb was arrested and has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief. She will be held in the Levy County Detention Center pending her first appearance tomorrow morning.  

Intruder Held by Homeowner at Gun Point


 

June 10, 2022

On May 6, 2022 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a homeowner in the Chiefland area who reported a man forced his way into their home. The homeowner told the 911 operator the owner responded to a person who was franticly pounding on their door. When the door was opened the intruder pushed the homeowner aside and ran into their home. The caller said the intruder was being held at gunpoint by them until deputies arrive.

Deputy Kristen Gerace was first to arrive on scene. The homeowner and the next door neighbor had guns trained on an unidentified person inside the laundry room. Deputy Gerace handcuffed the male whom she was able to identify as Andre Troy McCalla (12/26/93) of Gulfport, Florida. Sheriff McCallum and a Chiefland Police Officer arrived to assist and their investigation determined that McCalla arrived in the Chiefland area to meet a local drug dealer. McCalla told Deputy Gerace he consumed meth, crack cocaine and marijuana with this person who then began chasing him through the woods and was trying to kill him. He ran to this home trying to get help.

McCalla said he had been shot in the foot by the people chasing him and was bleeding profusely. Deputy Gerace and responding EMS units did not find any gunshot wounds but McCalla did have large cuts on his feet. McCalla was treated for his injuries then arrested by Deputy Gerace. McCalla was taken to the Levy County Detention Center where he was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and battery. He is being held in lieu of a $30,000 bond.

Sheriff McCallum said, “I remind each homeowner to be prepared to protect their home and family. Residents need to take every precaution by keeping their doors and vehicle locked and their valuables secured. In this instance, the homeowner was prepared and exercised great restraint. Because of this restraint and our quick response to the scene, no one was injured and the suspect was taken to jail. Justice was swiftly served and a person who came to our quiet community to commit crimes will spend time behind bars at our Detention Center.”  

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Driver Flees Deputy-Arrested for Drugs and Guns




June 8, 2022

On June 7, 2022 Deputy Justin Arters attempted to stop a SUV driving without headlights on US Hwy 27 at approximately 1:00 a.m. The driver made an abrupt U-turn and accelerated to speeds in excess of 100 mph in an attempt to elude Deputy Arters. The driver ultimately stopped on Margaret Street in Bronson when confronted by additional deputies who arrived to assist. The driver, identified as Rebia Brown (4/19/97) of Bronson, was immediately arrested.

Deputy Arters observed the front seat passenger in the fleeing vehicle throw unidentified items out of the window during the pursuit. Some of these items were recovered by deputies and identified as crack cocaine. The passenger, Leneiall Sapp (9/3/93) of Bronson, was arrested.

Deputies found a five year old and a two year old unrestrained in the back seat of the SUV. Brown told deputies these were her biological children. Quantasia Delaine (12/5/2000) of Gainesville was also a passenger in the vehicle. Deputies found Delaine in possession of cocaine and she too was arrested. Deputies located more crack cocaine, marijuana and two firearms inside the vehicle.

Brown was charged with two counts of child endangerment, fleeing law enforcement and possession of cocaine. She is being held on a $175,000 bond. Sapp was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. He is being held on a $75,000 bond. Delaine was charged with possession of cocaine and is being held on a $30,000 bond.   


 

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Sexual Predator Public Address Notification


 

June 7, 2022

On June 1, 2022 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 for Lewd and Lascivious Battery victim 12-15 years old. Medeiros has registered his address as: 1150 SE Hwy 41, Williston, Florida 32696.

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:

Tyler David Medeiros

1150 SE Hwy 41

Williston, Florida 32696

White/Male

DOB: 4/3/93