Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Burglary Arrest In Morriston


Date: August 26, 2009

Time: 2:00 PM

Morriston, Florida-On August 25, 2009 Detective Roger Bell arrested Ricky D. Crutcher for burglary and grand theft.

On August 20, 2009 the victims reported they left their residence at 3PM. When the victims were returning home at 4PM they saw Crutcher and Michael Kerklin driving a car in the neighborhood. The victims spoke with Crutcher and ask if he would mow their yard like he had done the previous month. Crutcher agreed to mow the yard the following weekend and drove away. Upon the victims returning home they discovered the front door kicked in and their television valued at $ 660.00 stolen.

The investigation led Detectives to Crutcher and Kerklin as being possible suspects in this case. Detective Bell interviewed Crutcher on August 21, 2009 and he lied about his involvement in the burglary. On August 24, 2009 Crutcher was re-interviewed and he stated that he drove Kerklin to the residence for the purpose of stealing the television. While Kerklin was committing the burglary Crutcher stated that he drove around in the neighborhood and approximately 5 minutes later he picked up Kerklin with the stolen TV. Crutcher stated that Kerklin later sold the TV for $100.00.

Kerklin is believed to have left Levy County. Detective Bell is in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant on Kerklin for burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property.


Ricky D. Crutcher

17451 NE 2 Place

Montbrook, Florida

White Male



Michael Kerklin

449 SW 15 Street Apt #3

Pompano Beach, Florida

White Male



Loaded Gun Stolen Out Of A Morriston Home



Date:               August 26, 2009

Time:               1:45 PM


Morriston, Florida- On August 26, 2009 deputies responded to 550 SE 215 Ave in reference to an alarm call.  Upon arrival deputies discovered that unknown person(s) forcibly entered the residence and stole a loaded .357 magnum revolver, jewelry box and a pillow case. 


Deputies located foot tracks leading from the residence to a heavily wooded area.  The Levy County Sheriff's Office K-9's and the Marion County Sheriff's Office helicopter responded to assist the ground units.  Sheriff's K-9 tracked to a location where it is believed that the suspect(s) entered a vehicle and left the area.


The Sheriff's Office received the alarm call at 11:51 AM and we are asking the public to contact Detective Mike Narayan if they seen any suspicious vehicles or persons on foot in the area of the victims residence. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477 and $1,000 reward is being offered.





Monday, August 24, 2009

East BP Station Auto Theft


Date: August 24, 2009

Time: 8:00 PM

Williston, Florida-On August 23, 2009 at 8:32 AM Deputy Robertson responded to the East BP Station located at 20551 NE Alt-27 in reference to an auto theft. Upon arrival the complainant stated that he was driving a friend's 2003 green Ford Expedition, Florida tag B51-4XE. The complainant parked at the BP gas station leaving the keys in the ignition and the doors unlocked. When the complainant walked out of the store he discovered the vehicle gone. The investigation revealed the suspect walked out of the store passing the complainant and stole the vehicle and left in an unknown direction.

On August 23, 2009 at 2:50 PM, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office worked a gas drive off at the Kangaroo gas station located at 4221 NW 106 BLVD Gainesville, Florida involving the stolen green Expedition. On August 24, 2009 around 5PM the stolen Expedition was recovered behind the Napa Store in Williston. The suspect is at large and anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mike Narayan at 352-486-5111.

Suspect description:

White male, wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and black ball cap.

Follow up: On September 1, 2009 Detective Mike Narayan positively identified the above grand theft auto suspect, as William Bradley Osteen Jr. Upon locating the stolen Ford Expedition and identifying the suspect the victim decided not to prosecute the suspect. The case has been exceptionally cleared for lack of prosecution on the victim. The Levy County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for all the phones calls and leads in this case. The Sheriff's Office recognizes the importance for the partnership between law enforcement and the public in solving crimes.


Ronald Joyner Arrested For Auto Theft & Petit Theft



Date:                August 24, 2009

Time:                10:00 AM


Bronson, Florida-On August 24, 2009 Deputy Britton Drew arrested Ronald Joyner for grand theft auto and petit theft.


The victim stated that his father, Ronald Joyner was recently released from prison.  Court records show that Joyner was sentenced in Gilchrist County in February 5, 2009 for grand theft auto and he was released July 10, 2009.  The victim stated that he allowed Joyner to live with him until he could find a place of residence even though he knew he had a drug problem.  The victims stated that he woke up around 2:15 this morning and noticed that his dad and his 2002 silver Kia valued at $ 4,500 were gone.


Upon Deputy Drew investigating the grand theft auto at 728 Town Court in Bronson, Florida he started looking for the stolen vehicle.  Deputy Drew quickly located the stolen vehicle behind the Bronson Post Office which is a known drug area.  Joyner was behind the wheel and he was arrested without incident.  The victim responded to pick up his vehicle and stated that his dad also stole $ 50.00 from his son's piggy bank. 




Ronald E. Joyner

728 Town Court

Bronson, Florida

W/M, 46




Grand Theft

Petit theft




Sunday, August 23, 2009

Back To School

It seems hard to believe that another summer has come and gone and it's time to start getting the kids ready to go back to school. On August 24th Levy County will begin that timeless annual ritual: The first day of school. It is a time when parents breathe a sigh of relief and students and teachers anticipate new beginnings and new challenges.

Unfortunately, the beginning of school is also a time when children are at increased risk of transportation-related injuries from pedestrian, bicycle, school bus and motor vehicle crashes. This happens because there are more children on the road each morning and afternoon which may cause driving patterns to change. So as schools open their doors, it's time for everyone—motorists, parents, educators and students—to improve their traffic safety practices.

The familiar yellow school bus has become one of the most powerful icons in American society. Day-in and day-out, the nation's 418,000 yellow buses travel more than 4.5 billion miles a year at a cost of nearly $10 billion. They safely carry 24 million children-nearly half of all the nation's children-to and from school.

While school buses can be proud of their safety record, there are still aspects of school bus transportation that are dangerous to children. More children are hurt outside a bus than inside one. Getting on and off the bus is the most dangerous part of the bus ride. This loading and unloading area is called the "danger zone." This area extends 10 feet in front of the bus, 10 feet on each side of the bus and 10 feet behind the bus. The danger zone is where children are at greatest risk of not being seen by the bus driver. The child who bends over to retrieve a dropped school book, or who walks too close to the bus while crossing the street, is at greatest risk of becoming the next statistic in this danger zone.

Parents and other adults must also do their part. For instance, most motorist need to learn to share the road with school buses. They must stop when the bus stops to take on or let off passengers. If we all do our part—if motorists heed school bus warning lights, bus drivers drive defensively, parents help their children learn to ride safely and children learn to avoid the bus's danger zone---we can increase the safety of the yellow bus ride to and from school.

Safety precaution education is the best way to keep your child safe this school year. Get involved and get your children involved. The more you know the safer your children are.

Please be careful during your travels and the Sheriff's Office will be monitoring the school zones and school bus stops for traffic violations.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Three Men Arrested On Burglary & Grand Theft Charges

Media Release

Date: August 22, 2009

Time: 3:15 PM

Chiefland, Florida-On August 21, 2009 Detective Mike Bell arrested Bruce Romanok, Michael Romanok and Joel Anderson for burglary & grand theft.

The victims returned home at 7970 NW 147 Place and saw three white males removing furniture from the house. The victims called 9-1-1 but the suspects fled the area prior to the road deputy arriving. Detective Mike Bell responded to the scene and through the investigation arrested Bruce Romanok, Michael Romanok and Joel Anderson for burglary & grand theft.


Bruce Romanok

7991 NW 147 Place

Chiefland, Florida

White Male


Michael Romanok

7991 NW 147 Place

Chiefland, Florida

White Male


Joel Anderson

159 SE 151 Street

Old Town, Florida

White Male



Drug Raid In Bronson



Date:                       August 22, 2009

Time:                      1:30 PM


Bronson, Florida-On August 21, 2009 the Levy County Sheriff's Office executed a drug search warrant in the City of Bronson and arrested Alonzo "Zoe" Arnold, David "Tiger" Bliss and Elizabeth Parmentier.


Drug Task Force Agents received drug complaints and began an investigation in the narcotic activity at 553 East Main Street.  Through the investigation agents made control buys at the residence and obtained a search warrant.  Agents had information that Arnold/Bliss was involved in cooking and manufacturing powder cocaine and crack cocaine inside the residence in large quantities.


At 10PM drug agents and the Uniformed Patrol Division executed the search warrant and arrested Arnold for possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute a control substance, tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, resisting arrest without violence and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Bliss was arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, resisting arrest without violence and maintaining a drug dwelling.  Parmentier was charged with maintaining a drug dwelling and child endangerment.  During the raid Parmentier had her infant child inside the residence and around the drugs.


Agents recovered over $ 400.00 in cash, cocaine valued at $ 1,900 and drug paraphernalia.




Alonzo "Zoe" Arnold

381 North Street

Bronson, Fl.

Black Male



David "Tiger" Bliss

552 East Main Street

Bronson, Fl.

White Male



Elizabeth Parmentier

553 East Main Street

Bronson, Fl.

White Female




Friday, August 21, 2009

Arrest In Montbrook


Date: August 21, 2009

Time: 10:00 AM

Montbrook, Florida-On August 8, 2009 Garry Chung the owner of Garry Chung Auto Services reported that during the night someone stole a 1994 Acura car, Mercury 25 horsepower boat motor, trolling motor and various other items from the business.

The suspects entered the impound yard by climbing over a three strand barb wire fence and stole the above items. The investigation led Detectives to James Stevens and Todd Bunting Jr. as suspects in this case. Stevens and Bunting used a hammer to break the front gate hinges in order to drive the stolen car from the business. Detectives recovered the stolen Acura valued at $ 1,500, boat motor and the trolling motor. Detectives arrested Stevens on August 19, 2009 and Bunting on August 20, 2009.

Stevens stated that he did not have any knowledge about this incident. Latent prints were located inside the stolen car and has been positively identified as Stevens finger prints. Bunting has confessed to detectives.


James Bryon Stevens

2871 NE 167 Ave.

Williston, Florida

20 Years of age

Todd Aaron Bunting Jr.

1891 NE 126 Terr.

Williston, Florida

19 Years of age


Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft



Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Chris Jones Arrested On Armed Burglaries



Date:                August 18, 2009

Time:                11:30 AM


Chiefland, Florida-On August 18, 2009 Detective's Morgan & Martin arrested Christopher Wade Jones for one count of burglary, one count armed burglary, two counts of grand theft and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


On January 30, 2009 a residence was burglarized at 8030 NW 127 Place in Chiefland.  A Hobart welder was stolen valued at $ 1,000.  Through an intense investigation Detectives were able to locate the stolen welder in Gilchrist County and Detectives received their first break. 


On June 23, 2009 another residence was burglarized at 8031 NW 170 Street Fanning Springs.  During the heist numerous loaded guns were stolen.


During the eight month investigation Detective Morgan & Martin had Jones as the primary suspect in numerous crimes.  On August 18, 2009 Detectives arrested Jones and he confessed to the above burglaries and two additional burglaries.  Jones has been convicted of grand theft and felony manufacturing of cannabis and was not allowed to posses a firearm.


The investigation continues and Jones will be charged with additional charges.  If anyone has any information on Jones' or his related criminal activity is asked to contact Detectives Morgan and Martin.




Christopher Wade Jones

8131 NW 127 Place

Chiefland, Florida

White Male






Armed Burglary

2 Counts Grand Theft

Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon


Friday, August 14, 2009

Undercover Drug Agent Arrest Prostitue In Bronson



Date:                August 14, 2009

Time:                1:00 PM


Bronson, Florida- The Levy County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force Agent Rob Bowers arrested Holly Maravolo from Summerfield, Florida for prostitution.  An undercover agent seen Maravolo on foot approaching and also flagging down motorist on Alt 27 in the city of Bronson.  The undercover agent maintained surveillance on Maravolo and suspected that she was prostituting.


Agent Bowers parked his undercover vehicle at the Lil Champ convenience store at the corner of Alt 27 and State Road 24.  Agent Bowers was immediately approached by Maravolo. She stated that she was working attempting to make some money.  Maravolo advised Bowers for $ 50.00 he could have anything he wanted, referring to sex.  Bowers advised Maravolo he only had a $20.00 dollar bill and she agreed. They drove to a predetermined location with back up following.  While in route Maravolo asked Bowers if he was the police and he said no.  When Maravolo was asked the same question she pulled up her shirt exposing herself and stated "Does this look like I'm the Police?"  When they arrived at the location Agent Rogers pulled up and the two drug agents identified themselves as Sheriff's deputies and Maravolo was arrested without incident.


This is the second arrest the Levy County Sheriff's Office has made for prostitution this year.  Citizens are encouraged to contact the Drug Task Force Commander Lt. Duane Dykstra if they suspect any criminal activity in vice and narcotic complaints.




Holly Maravolo

4720 SE 145 Place

Summerfield, Florida

White Female

46 Years of Age





Saturday, August 8, 2009

Toddler Drowns In Pool



Date:                August 8, 2009

Time:                9:30 PM


Bronson, Florida-On August 8, 2009 a 2 year old toddler was found at the bottom of an above ground pool.  The home owners at 10551 NE 85th Street were having a large family party and the toddler was located by another child which called an adult for help.  The Levy County Sheriff's Office received the 9-1-1 call at 7:13 PM.


Deputies and EMS personnel called Shands Cair helicopter and set up a landing zone at the Bronson Elementary School.  The child was transported by air to Shands at the University of Florida.  The child was pronounced dead at the hospital.




Monday, August 3, 2009

Occupied Armed Burglary & Theft Of A Firearm


Date: August 3, 2009
Time: 8:15 PM
Case #: 09-08588 Armed Burglary & Grand Theft Of A Firearm

Inglis, Florida-The Levy County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed burglary at 19650 SE Vicki Street in Inglis, Florida. During the night of August 2, 2009 an unknown person(s) entered the residence and stole a firearm. The victim did not discover the burglary until he located an item left at the scene by the suspect(s), which will not be disclosed at this time.

The Levy County Sheriff's Office would like to remind you to lock your doors, leave an exterior security light on and call 9-1-1 if you see or hear any suspicious activity.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Levy County Sheriff's Office or you can remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.


Bronson Man Arrested On Drug & Gun Charges


Date: August 3, 2009

Time: 4:00 PM

Bronson, Florida-On July 31, 2009 drug agents from the Levy County Drug Task Force arrested James John Taylor for two counts of sale of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Drug agents received information that Taylor was selling oxycontin from his residence at 10530 NE 75 Street Bronson, Florida. Under the direction of the Drug Task Force a confidential informant purchased oxycontin from Taylor on October 2, 2008 and on November 19, 2008.

During the investigation agents received information that Taylor had several handguns inside the residence. In 2000 Taylor was convicted in Levy County for felony marijuana cultivation. On July 31, 2009 agents arrested Taylor for the drug transactions and also located a 9mm pistol, .22 caliber rifle and a .50 caliber black powder rifle and he was arrested for possession of firearms by a convicted felon.


James John Taylor

10530 NE 75 Street

Bronson, Florida

White Male



Sexual Predator Terry Owens


Date: August 3, 2009
Time: 1:30 PM

Sexual Predator Address Change:

In accordance with Florida Statue 775.21, this is a mandatory notification of the changing of address of a registered sexual predator in Levy County.

Terry Owens was convicted in Alachua County in 2000 for lewd and lascivious child less than 12 years of age.

Owens was living at 1120 SW 6 Ave Trenton and now residing at the below address in Levy County. For a complete listing of all registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County, or to search by zip code, please visit and go to the sexual data base.

Sexual Predator:

Terry Owens
7271 NW 170 Street
Trenton, Florida
White Male