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Levy County School Bus Art  HardisonInk.com
This artwork is visible in Levy County and captures the moment with a school bus that has a face mask on its front and Germ-X hand sanitizer available, as well as more common school items like Elmer’s School Glue, Crayola crayons, a Number 2 pencil and a ruler. School starts in Levy County on Monday (Aug. 17) and it started in both Gilchrist County and Dixie County on Aug. 10.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 13, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.

 

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LCSO uncovers 'Chop Shop'
By Levy County Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp
Published Aug. 13, 2020 at 11:10 a.m.
     BRONSON --
A week ago Tuesday, (on Aug. 4), Levy County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Oscar Gomez Guerra, 51, at 21030 S.E. 71st Place in Morriston.
     That arrest was noted in an Aug. 5 LCSO press release (which has been moved on the Police Page to be just below this press release).
     On Tuesday (Aug. 11), LCSO detectives arrested Guerra again. Guerra was charged this time with two counts of Grand Theft of a Vehicle and one count of Operating a Chop Shop. Guerra is being held at the Levy County Detention Center on a $75,000 bond.
    The most recent arrest was made based on the fact that members of the LCSO located a “Skid Steer” on the property valued at $39,000. The Skid Steer was reported stolen in Pasco County on July 30.
     The LCSO team also located a van which was reported stolen from Dade County. This vehicle was being used by Guerra regularly and it had been modified to conceal the actual Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Detectives also located the “shell” of another van with no visible VIN.
     LCSO detectives are continuing their investigation. Members of the public who have conducted business with Guerra are encouraged to contact Det. Scott Stancil of the LCSO Criminal Investigations Division. Anyone can report suspicious activity to LCSO 24 hours a day at 352-486-5111. They can also make anonymous reports to Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.
     Also, in regard to other crimes in Levy County, "Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.


LCSO arrests
Morriston man
as suspected thief

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Oscar Gomez Guerra
Mug Shot By LCSO

By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Published Aug. 5, 2020 at 7:10 p.m.
     BRONSON --
Tuesday (Aug. 4), the Levy County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip that property located at 21030 S.E. 71st Place in Morriston was being used to hide stolen property.

 

 

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This is a picture of the pistol that was recovered.
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     Detectives from the LCSO Criminal Investigation Division responded to this location and made contact with Oscar Gomez Guerra, 51, and several of his associates.
     Detectives obtained consent to search the property and found the following stolen items:
     · A 2012 white utility car carrier trailer that reported stolen to the Miami Dade Police Department. 
     · A blue CFMOTO C Force 600 4 wheeler reported stolen to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
     · A .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver reported stolen to the Ocala Police Department.
     Detectives also located a Kubota skid steer on the property. The vehicle identification number (VIN) plates were removed from the vehicle and detectives believe piece of equipment is also stolen. 
     Guerra was arrested for two counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle and possession of firearm by convicted felon. Combined bonds were set at $100,000.
     Guerra has a criminal history containing 39 felony charges and three convictions. 
     This investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has information about Guerra or has seen suspicious activity at this property is asked to contact Levy County Sheriff’s Office Detective Justin Douglas.

 


Another arrest
made in murder case

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Kesia Mundo Munoz
Mug Shot By HCSO

 

 


By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 12, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
     HERNANDO COUNTY --
On Friday (Aug. 7), Hernando County Sheriff’s Office deputies, special agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and members of the United States Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Kesia Mundo Munoz, 32, in Hernando County as a part of a murder investigation, Levy County Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp noted in an Aug. 11 press release sent by email.
     Jafet Padin Rodriguez, 33, of Ocala, had his life violently taken in August of 2019, according to information in previous press releases from the LCSO.
     Munoz was charged with solicitation to commit first degree murder, accessory after the fact and tampering with physical evidence, Levy County Undersheriff Beauchamp said.
     The FDLE obtained an arrest warrant for Munoz and she was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center (also known as the Hernando County Jail), according to records. The tampering charge carries a $10,000 bond, Beauchamp said. Munoz is being held without bond on the other two charges, Beauchamp added.
     Munoz’s charges stem from her role in the murder, reported in a July 22 story published below. Investigating deputies and agents put together evidence which showed that Munoz acted to lure the victim to a residence in Marion County where he was abducted and beaten, Beauchamp said.
     Murder victim Rodriguez was transported to Levy County where the murder took place, Beauchamp said. Munoz then assisted the perpetrators as they cleaned up the Marion County crime scene (and thereby destroyed evidence) after the murder took place, Beauchamp said.

     This arrest is just a small part of a long-term investigation that involved multiple agencies, Beauchamp said. Personnel from all of these agencies are continuing to work together to bring justice for the victim’s family at trial, Beauchamp said.
     Below is the previous published story about three other suspects arrested in this case.


LCSO arrests three
in connection with murder

By Jeff M. Hardison © July 22, 2020 at 8:10 p.m.
     BRONSON –
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three men suspected in connection with the discovery of a body almost one year ago, according to information in a Wednesday (July 22) press release from LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond, public information officer.
     On Aug. 11, 2019, the remains of a man were found dumped along a remote section of Levy County Road 464 in southeastern Levy County, Tummond said.
     To get an idea of where this is, Levy County Road 464-B is a suffixed alternate route of state and county roads both named 464, but is disconnected from both segments of the route. It begins in Levy County at State Road 121 signed as Levy CR 464, and terminates at U.S. Highway 27 in Fellowship, northwest of Ocala and southeast of Williston.
     Detectives arrived on that scene in Southeastern Levy County on Aug. 11, 2019, Tummond said, and quickly identified the victim as Jafet Padin Rodriguez, 33, of Ocala. His life was violently taken, Tummond said.
     LCSO detectives immediately joined forces with the Ocala Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fire Marshal’s Office, Tummond said. The car belonging to Rodriguez was discovered burned in Marion County, Tummond said.
     Detectives sought investigative assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) due to language barriers and jurisdictional boundaries.
     Detectives established a theory as to why Rodriguez was murdered, Tummond said. They tracked the victim’s movements from a night club in Ocala to a private residence in Ocala on the night he was killed, Tummond said.
     The victim is believed to have been attacked as the result of a misunderstanding related to text messages related to a love triangle, Tummond said.
     The victim did not send the text messages and was not involved in the love triangle, however, Tummond said detectives determined. Detectives identified the home where the victim was attacked, which ultimately led to the identification of three men who are suspected of having violently attacked and killed Rodriguez, Tummond said.
     Christian Cardona Cirilo, 27, Omar Rodriguez Ortiz, 38, and Jesse Torres, 32, all of Ocala are all connected to this murder, Tummond said detectives determined. LCSO Detective Mike McNeil secured warrants for the arrest of these three men for the crime of premeditated first degree murder on Monday (July 13).
     LCSO detectives, along with FDLE agents, the United States Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Ocala Police Department executed all three arrest warrants yesterday (July 21) and were concluded this case.
     All three men were booked into the Marion County Jail where they are being held with no bond.
     “Murder cases where the victim has no ties to Levy County are some of the most difficult to solve,” Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum said. “I am extremely proud of the hard work these dedicated detectives put into this case. Their ability to work with other agencies to solve this crime and offer closure to this family is unrivaled. The men responsible for the senseless murder of Jafet Padin Rodriguez will ultimately be transferred to the Levy County Detention Facility (also known as the Levy County Jail) where they will be held awaiting trial.”

 


DTF arrests eight drug suspects
after yearlong investigation

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Mug Shots By LCSO

By Levy County Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp
Published Aug. 10, 2020 at 9:10 p.m.
     BRONSON –
Last Monday (Aug. 3), 2020 the Levy County Drug Task Force (DTF) executed a search warrant at 91 N.E. 131st Terrace concluding the major portion of a one-year long drug investigation.
     DTF detectives coordinated the execution of this warrant with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Unit early on the morning of Aug. 3 and took eight people into custody.
     This investigation identified a pattern of illegal drug sales occurring at all hours of the day and night that prompted multiple complaints from neighboring homes. LCSO has previously responded to what are believed to be two drug-related deaths at this home. One drug overdose occurred on July 24, 2020 at the residence.
     Detectives located a trafficking quantity of methamphetamine and an extraordinary amount of drug paraphernalia on the premises. A significant sum of cash was seized on site. Detectives arrested six of the eight detained individuals:
     Following are the names, ages, cities of residence, bonds and charges of these suspects.
• Larry Dean Baze, 34, of Williston was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, trafficking methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $305,000.
• Christina Marie Ferranti, 38, of Williston was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $265,000.
• Janean M. McEwan, 41, of Dunnellon was charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $20,000.
• Franklin Lee Barber, 38, of Williston was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and was given an identical bond of $20,000.
• Rainy Lynn Arrowood, 32, of Dunnellon was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $20,000.
• James “Toes” Uhlig, 55, of Williston was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $10,000.
     The LCSO DTF will continue to aggressively investigate those individuals who are supplying the drugs causing the overdoses in Levy County. Anyone wishing to provide information is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 352-486-5111 ext. 270, or make an anonymous report to Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.
     You can remain anonymous and still collect a reward for the information provided to Crime Stoppers.

 


Suspect wanted by the FBI
surrenders in Orlando

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Sharodd Solomon Favors
Mug Shot Provided By The FBI
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By Amanda Warford Videll
Public Affairs Officer
FBI Jacksonville Division
Published Aug. 5, 2020 at 7:10 p.m.
* Updated Aug. 10, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
     JACKSONVILLE --
Sharodd Solomon Favors was wanted by FBI Jacksonville for his alleged involvement in narcotics trafficking in Florida from April 3 to July 29. Favors had ties to Daytona Beach.

     * Favors is now in custody.  He turned himself into the United States Marshals in Orlando this morning (Aug. 10).
     Favors was one of nine individuals charged with conspiring to distribute fentanyl, heroin and cocaine in the Daytona Beach area, as announced by the United States Attorney's Office on July 31. Favors was the only named associate in this case who had not yet been taken into custody.
     On July 31, the United States Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida issued the following press release related to this fugitive and cohorts.
     United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of two indictments charging nine individuals involved with drug trafficking organizations operating in Daytona Beach.
     The first indictment charges Matthew Zachariah Humphrey 25, and Janee Reve Najee Kelly, 31, both of Daytona Beach with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and with possessing firearms in furtherance of that offense.
     The second indictment charges Maxwell Garvice Johnson, 29, of Ormond Beach, Jeremy Rashan Tarrand, 39, of Mascotte, Robert Lee Hamilton Jr., 36, of Daytona Beach, Dawnte Dequite Benjamin Davis, 22, of Daytona Beach, Felicia Mae Riley, 35, of Edgewater, Jeniver Sebastian Scott Jr., 32, of Daytona Beach, and Sharrod Solomon Favors, 29, of Daytona Beach with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin.
     If convicted, each faces a mandatory minimum federal prison term of five years, and up to 40 years, for each count. Humphrey and Kelly each face an additional five years’ imprisonment for possessing firearms in furtherance of the offense. The indictment also notifies each defendant that the United States intends to forfeit traceable proceeds of the offense.
     According to the first indictment, beginning on an unknown date, but no later than Dec. 6, 2019, and continuing through July 29, 2020, Humphrey and Kelly conspired with each other and others to distribute controlled substances, including 40 grams or more of a substance containing fentanyl.
     According to the second indictment, beginning on an unknown date, but no later than April 3, 2020, and continuing through July 29, 2020, Johnson, Tarrand, Hamilton, Davis, Riley, Scott and Favors conspired to distribute controlled substances, including 40 grams or more of fentanyl, 100 grams or more of heroin, and 500 grams of cocaine.
     An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
     This case was investigated by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the Daytona Beach Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dana Hill.

 


Burglary suspect
nabbed on golf cart


Mary Vogel Suspected Burglar and Thief  HardisonInk.com

 

 

Mary Vogel
Mug Shot By DCSO


 

 

By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published Aug. 10, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
A female suspected of battery, burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief went to jail Sunday night (Aug. 9) not long after she is alleged to have committed the crimes.
     On Sunday evening, deputies with the Dixie County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence on Northeast 123rd Avenue regarding a disturbance. When deputies arrived, they were met by the complainant and victim who said she was in a physical altercation with the suspect Mary Vogel.
     According to the alleged victim, she was physically assaulted by Vogel in her yard and retreated inside her residence. Once inside, Vogel was reported to have kicked the door in and again physically attacked her.
     While inside the home, Vogel was reported to have broken several items and strew the victim’s personal effects in the residence. After Vogel left the residence, the victim noticed that her wallet was missing.
     Deputies went to Vogel’s residence, where they found her sitting on a golf cart.
     After deputies spoke with Vogel and obtained a statement from her, Vogel, 56, of Cross City, was arrested for burglary of a dwelling with battery, grand theft and criminal mischief less than $200. When Vogel got up from the golf cart, deputies saw the alleged victim’s wallet where Vogel had been seated.

 


Suspected Meth Seller Arrested
Bobby Ellis suspected of selling Meth  HardisonInk.com

 

 


On Saturday (Aug. 8), deputies with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office received information on the whereabouts of Bobby Ellis, 42, of Old Town. Ellis was wanted for the sale of methamphetamine in connection with a drug investigation from December of 2019. When deputies arrived at the residence located on Northeast 595th Street, they found Ellis sitting in a truck behind the residence. Ellis was arrested without incident on the two warrants for the Sale of Methamphetamine, and he was booked into the Dixie County Jail.
Published Aug. 10, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.

Information and Photo Provided By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
 

 

 


LCSO phone lines attacked again
By LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond
Published Aug. 7, 2020 at 11:10 p.m.
     BRONSON --
The phone attack on the Levy County Sheriff's Office non-emergency telephone lines was renewed tonight (Friday, Aug. 7) by the same foreign terrorist as before.
     All administrative phone lines have been turned off.
     Levy County residents and visitors who need non-emergency assistance can contact the LCSO through the web page by clicking HERE.
     Another method to contact the LCSO is by text to 9-1-1 and the active LCSO 9-1-1 lines. Please attempt contact with this office by email, messenger or text before calling 9-1-1 for non-emergency calls.
     The LCSO is sorry for this inconvenience caused by a terrorist.

 


Operation Coin Toss
nets 55 arrests in fourth quarter

By Jodi Sanders
CCSO Community Relations Specialist
Published Aug. 8, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY --
The fourth and final quarter of Operation Coin Toss has concluded, resulting in the seizure of more fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine off the streets of Citrus County.
     Originally started in June of 2019, the first quarter of Operation Coin Toss targeted those responsible for drug trafficking and those who sell illegal narcotics. Throughout the operation, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) partnered with the United States Marshals, the Florida Department of Correction's Probation Services, Citrus County Code Enforcement, and many other community partners.
     In the fourth quarter, TIU focused on reported drug overdoses and intelligence collected through these investigations. By obtaining information on suppliers tied to fatal drug overdoses, TIU was able to conduct covert surveillance and undercover drug purchases resulting in the combined seizure of 40 grams of deadly fentanyl (1.4 ounces), 143 grams of methamphetamine (five ounces), 87 grams of heroin (three ounces), and 30 grams (one ounce) of cocaine.
     The fourth quarter resulted in nine individual residential search warrants and 23 individuals arrested. During the process of conducting covert surveillance and gathering intelligence, an additional 32 individuals were arrested. The final quarter resulted in 55 arrests, 122 felony charges and 43 misdemeanor charges.
     "The focus of Operation Coin Toss is to dismantle the drug supply chains plaguing the vulnerable population of Citrus County," Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. "We continue to focus our attention on the dealers who are making a profit by exploiting addicts and their loved ones."
     In addition to seizing illegal narcotics, detectives were able to recover several stolen items and seize firearms from convicted felons. The fourth quarter yielded the recovery of a stolen Honda dirt bike, a stolen Suzuki four-wheeler, counterfeit currency making devices, and stolen firearms. There were several firearms that had been illegally modified or had their serial numbers removed. All firearms were seized and resulted in 12 felony firearm charges.
     "There is a direct correlation between the illegal sale of narcotics and the dealing in stolen property and other property-related crimes," Maj. Justin Ferrara said. "Focusing on the suppliers of deadly narcotics also allows us to recover stolen property and reduce the indirect crimes associated with drug sales."
     These investigations were made possible by information gathered through the agency's Intelligence-Led Policing methods and with the community's support. If you have any information about the illegal sale of narcotics or any other crime in the community, please call 352-726-1121 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY-TIPS.
     The individuals arrested during the 4th quarter of this operation, and their charges, are
     Issac Edwards - trafficking in methamphetamine; trafficking in fentanyl; trafficking in heroin;
possession of cocaine with intent to sell; possession hydrocodone with intent to sell; possession of marijuana over 20 grams; possession of paraphernalia; and rent, lease of own a drug dwelling
     Timothy Wilson - trafficking in methamphetamine; possession with intent to sell heroin; possession with intent to sell cocaine; possession with intent to sell oxycodone; possession of morphine; and possession of paraphernalia.
     Laura Kellogg - possession with intent to sell methamphetamine; possession with intent to sell fentanyl; possession with intent to sell oxycodone; possession with intent to sell suboxone; possession with intent to sell LSD; possession with intent to sell psilocybin; possession with intent to sell carisoprodol; possession of marijuana under 20 grams; and possession of paraphernalia.
     Theodore Sharp - possession with intent to sell methamphetamine; possession with intent to sell alprazolam; possession of marijuana under 20 grams; and possession of paraphernalia.
     Brandon Cofield - manufacturing methamphetamine; rent, lease of own a nuisance drug dwelling; possession of methamphetamine and possession paraphernalia.
     Peter Luther - possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of a concealed firearm; possession of a short-barreled shotgun; possession of cocaine; possession of fentanyl; possession of heroin; possession of suboxone; operating a nuisance drug house and possession of drug paraphernalia.
     Scott Graver - possession with intent to sell methamphetamine; possession with intent to sell heroin; possession of morphine; possession of clonazepam; possession marijuana under 20 grams and possession paraphernalia.
     Ronald Mesick - possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell; possession firearm in commission of felony; sell, lease or rent a drug dwelling; possession paraphernalia and a Citrus County warrant for driving on an expired license.
     Nicole Cash - trafficking in methamphetamine; trafficking in fentanyl; unlawful use of a two-way communication device; possession of fentanyl; possession of paraphernalia and five active Citrus County warrants.
     Eric Sputa - possession of a firearm by convicted felon; fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer while the LEO is in a vehicle with the agency insignia, as well as having lights with siren activated; possession of a controlled substance; DWLSR as a habitual traffic offender; resist officer without violence; criminal mischief; and no motor vehicle registration/vehicle not registered.
     Matthew Jefferson - manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of listed chemical; possession controlled substance with intent to sell; possession of paraphernalia; manufacturing/possession of instrumentalities utilized in producing counterfeit United States currency.
     Kevin Kasten - trafficking in methamphetamine; domestic battery; failure to register as a convicted felon and violation of conditional release.
     Katie Egbert - possession of methamphetamine; manufacturing/possession of instrumentalities utilized in producing counterfeit United States currency and possession paraphernalia.
     Kaleb Rosenka - Two counts of sale of a LSD.
     Johnny Johnson - possession of firearm by convicted felon; possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell; possession of methamphetamine and possession paraphernalia.
     Sean Lane - possession of cocaine; possession of heroin; possession of paraphernalia; and DWLSR.
     Brandon Barnes - possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of a short-barreled shotgun; possession of firearm with altered or removed serial number and possession of drug paraphernalia.
     Holly Hockenberry - possession with intent to sell methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
     Victoria Jones - possession of cocaine; possession of fentanyl and possession of drug paraphernalia.
     Brandon Barnes - operating a nuisance drug house and possession of drug paraphernalia.
     Jennifer Winner - possession of alprazolam; possession of  fentanyl; child neglect and possession paraphernalia.
     Mariah Jouvert - possession fentanyl; possession marijuana under 20 grams and possession  paraphernalia.
     Tammy Bryant - possession of fentanyl; sell, lease or rent a drug dwelling and possession paraphernalia.
     Jessica Skaggs - possession control substance and possession paraphernalia.
     James Bailey - possession of methamphetamine; fleeing and eluding; and DWLSR habitual traffic offender.
     David Sinclair - possession of ammunition by a convicted felon;
and rent, lease, own a drug dwelling
     Brandon Marshall - possession of fentanyl and possession of paraphernalia.
     Kitty Collins - possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
     Chelsea Dominey - possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
     Dana R. Doss - possession of drug paraphernalia and DWLSR.
     Michael Autenrieth - possession of drug paraphernalia and DWLSR.
     Tobie Parham - possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
     Jonathan Disanza - possession of methamphetamine and possession of fentanyl.
     Kimberly Gilbert - possession methamphetamine and possession paraphernalia.
     Frank Hoffmeister - possession of fentanyl and possession of methamphetamine.
     Everett Dicks - possession controlled substance and possession paraphernalia.
     Candice Shade - possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia and possession of marijuana under 20 grams
     Travis Mason - possession of methamphetamine.
     Shauna Carpenter - possession of methamphetamine.
     Brian Legros - two counts possession of a controlled substance.
     Alexander Fleischmann - possession of methamphetamine.
     Tammy Walker - possession of paraphernalia.
     Surleta McMahon - possession paraphernalia.
     James Edwards Jr. - writ of bodily attachment.
     David Miller - possession paraphernalia.
     Quadry Sweeney – DWLSR
     Megan Blackmon - VOP Warrant
     Adrian Williams - warrant for DWLSR
     Darryl Belcher - VOP Warrant
     James Wall - VOP Warrant
     Rose Justen - VOP Warrant
     Kayla Ann Dehart - VOP Warrant
     Joseph Martin - VOP Warrant
     Aurthus Silvia - Active Citrus County warrant reference possession of cocaine.

 


Inverness man arrested for
possession of child pornography

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John Warner
Mug Shot By CCSO

 

 


By Sgt. Lee Carey
CCSO Community Relations
Published Aug. 6, 2020 at 7:10 p.m.
     CITRUS COUNTY --
After receiving cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Inverness resident John Warner was taken into custody for 10 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of promoting the sexual performance of a child.
     Detectives with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office High Tech Crimes Unit received tips from NCMEC on Feb. 20, detailing the transfer of child pornography through an email account. Following up with the investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for the suspected email account, confirming the child pornography.
     This email account contained information identifying Warner, including family pictures, vacation videos, and legal documents.
     Today (Thursday, Aug. 6), detectives executed a search warrant at Warner's home address of 9809 E. Monica Court, Inverness. Once inside the residence, detectives seized all electronic and computer equipment.
     In an interview, Warner admitted to owning the email account and stated he would be in prison for the rest of his life.
     "Having highly trained detectives working in coordination with national organizations such as NCMEC continues to benefit the citizens of Citrus County," Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. "Leveraging partnerships with local, state, and federal organizations is another way we are keeping Citrus County the safest community in Florida."
     Warner was transported to the Citrus County Jail where his bond was set at $25,000.

 


Another sheriff joins
McCallum and Schultz
as a COVID-19 victim

By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 5, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.
     VOLUSIA COUNTY –
Another high sheriff of a Florida county who attended the recent three-day conference of the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) tested positive for COVID-19.
     Joining Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum and Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz as COVID-19 victims is Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood, according to him.
     According to what Sheriff Chitwood wrote on his Facebook page one day ago, he would have loved to be asymptomatic – not showing symptoms. Both McCallum and Schultz reported suffering only mild symptoms as of yesterday (Tuesday, Aug. 4)
     “For anyone wondering about my experience with COVID-19,” Sheriff Chitwood wrote yesterday, “I have been experiencing a massive headache that won't go away, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills and lack of sleep. Sunday night was the first decent sleep I got since getting sick.”
     This COVID-19 victim recommends seeing a doctor as soon as possible once a person knows they have contracted the virus. While there were some people who may have contracted or spread COVID-19 in Bonita Springs at this event, the FSA convention does not appear to be a "super spreader" event, like some other events where many attendees are believed to have contracted the disease.
     “Take care and stay healthy,” Sheriff Chitwood noted as he ended his Facebook message about this matter yesterday.
     The FSA held its meeting at the Hyatt Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs, which reportedly took precautions recommended by national and state government health officials. The FSA took precautions as well to keep attendees safe from COVID-19.
     Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody attended the conference, as shown in a picture where she is seen with sheriffs McCallum and Schultz. Moody’s attendance at the FSA meeting was expected, because she is the top prosecutor in Florida and there are statewide matters involving law enforcement where the FSA shares resources with the state’s 67 high sheriffs.
     Moody immediately was tested for COVID-19 and tested negative as soon as the Florida Sheriffs Association told her of the potential exposure, her office staff has noted.
     COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus and if is exceedingly dangerous, even to the point of having been symptoms that proved to be lethal for more than 7,600 Floridians in 2020 – and that number is growing daily still.
     Among the easiest guidelines to reduce its spread are noted in a Florida Department of Health PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY -- wear masks in public and to socially distance. Avoid crowds, closed spaces and close contact.

 


Sheriff Bobby Schultz and
Sheriff Bobby McCallum accept
leadership roles in FSA

Bobby Schultz and Bobby McCallum
Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz (left) and Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum

Photos Provided By Florida Sheriffs Association

By Jeff M. Hardison © July 30, 2020 at 12:10 p.m.
     TALLAHASSEE –
Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert D. “Bobby” Schultz III and Levy County Sheriff Robert B. “Bobby” McCallum Jr. are now the top two leaders in the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA), according to a Thursday (July 29) press release from the FSA.

 

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(from left) Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz pause for a photo opportunity shortly after the ceremony where Schultz was named as the man elected by fellow Florida Sheriffs as the president of the Florida Sheriffs Association and Sheriff McCallum was elected by the Florida sheriffs as the vice president of the FSA. All 67 Florida counties have sheriffs that are members of the FSA.

Photo Provided By Office Of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
as a professional courtesy


     The FSA, one of the largest and most successful law enforcement associations in the nation, is announced its leadership for the 2020-2021 year. The men were elected July 28, the FSA noted.
     Sheriff Schultz is scheduled to preside over the association and work with the staff and board of directors to guide the efforts and direction of FSA and its 67 Sheriffs, the FSA noted.
     Sheriff Schultz started his career in 1992 as a correctional officer and dispatcher in Gilchrist County. Soon after, he decided to obtain his law enforcement credentials and crossed over to a neighboring county where he earned work experience. Over the next several years, Sheriff Schultz worked at Lancaster Correctional Institution, the Chiefland Police Department, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, and as an investigator for the State Attorney’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office. In 2012, he was elected the Sheriff of Gilchrist County, the FSA noted in its press release.
     Schultz was reelected in 2016 and has earned several awards and honors for his exceptional leadership. Schultz received the “Outstanding Service, Beyond the Call of Duty” Award from the Chiefland Police Department in 1997, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Levy County Sheriff’s Office in 2000, and served as the Florida Sheriffs Association Board of Directors treasurer. This past year, he served as FSA’s Vice President under Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the FSA noted.
     No candidate qualified to run against Schultz in 2020, and he therefore was reelected without opposition for another four years.
     “I am honored to step into the role of President for this next year,” Sheriff Schultz said. “Our community and our country are facing a difficult time, but I feel confident in our ability to serve the state of Florida while prioritizing the safety of our citizens and our officers.”

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(from left) Sheriff Bobby McCallum, his wife Kandy McCallum and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody pause for a photo opportunity after the ceremony on July 28.
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     Contacted on Thursday (June 30), Sheriff McCallum said he feels it is quite an honor to be the FSA vice president.
     “I was honored that my fellow sheriffs voted for me to serve as vice president,” McCallum said. “I feel it is an extreme privilege to serve with my fellow officers on the board of the Florida Sheriff’s Association.”
     Sheriff McCallum said he is very happy to serve with his friend Sheriff Schultz, and his other board members who are all honorable members of the professional law enforcement leadership in Florida.
     “It is an honor and a privilege to represent Levy County in that capacity (as vice president of the Florida Sheriff’s Association),” Sheriff McCallum added.
     No candidate qualified to run against Levy County Sheriff McCallum in 2020, and he therefore was reelected without opposition for another four years.
     Other FSA board appointments noted by the FSA are Secretary Sheriff Al Nienhuis of Hernando County; Treasurer Sheriff Bill Leeper of Nassau County; Immediate Past President Sheriff Bob Gualtieri of Pinellas County; Chair Sheriff Bill Prummell of Charlotte County; and Vice-Chair Sheriff Dennis Lemma of Seminole County.
     “One of the Florida Sheriff Association’s top priorities each year is electing a new board of directors to lead our initiatives,” said FSA Executive Director Steve Casey. “The sheriffs are elected by their peers and represent the very best in the entire state. These men and women are comprised of true leadership skills and integrity and we know they will lead according to the ideals our association was founded upon 127 years ago.”

 


Business owner
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Cody G. Morgan
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By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published July 28, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
At approximately 4:45 a.m. on July 23, the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an alarm company that showed a burglary alarm was activated at a business on Northeast 349 Highway.
     When the deputy arrived, he found the glass to the front door of the business shattered and a fence post protruding through the door. Moments later, the owner of the business arrived followed by a male subject identified as Cody G. Morgan, 29, of Old Town. 
     The owner said he was notified of the alarm’s activation and while responding to the business, he saw Morgan walking along the roadway carrying a drink. The owner approached Morgan and asked his name, and while talking with Morgan, Morgan told him that someone had broken the door to the man’s business door with a post.
     At this point, the owner asked Morgan to accompany him back to the business. Once they were back at the business, the owner replayed the video footage for the deputy.
     The video showed Morgan breaking the front glass out of the door and entering the store. Once inside, Morgan stole several items of tobacco products along with alcoholic beverages.
     Morgan was arrested and charged with burglary to a structure while armed, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief (less than $1,000), petit theft and trespassing in an unoccupied structure.

 


Canine deputy captures
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By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published July 28, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
On the afternoon of July 22, deputies were provided information that subject Craig A. Walker, 42, of Brooksville, possibly was at an address in Old Town.
     Walker was wanted in Citrus and Hernando counties on multiple charges - including grand theft (vehicle), felony fleeing and eluding, driving on a suspended license and aggravated assault on law enforcement.
     When deputies arrived at the address, they saw Walker exit a camper and appear to head toward a swampy wooded area near the camper. Then, a K-9 deputy removed his K-9 from the patrol vehicle and told Walker to stop or he would deploy the K-9.
     Walker stopped and complied with deputies’ commands and was taken into custody on the out-of-county warrants.
     A search subsequent to arrest revealed Walker had a .22 caliber pistol in his possession. This led to Walker being additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 


Williston man
arrested in Old Town

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Roy L. McDaniel
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By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published July 28, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
Shortly before noon on July 21, a Dixie County Sheriff’s office deputy noticed a man at the end of an Old Town business building.
     When the deputy saw the subject, the man was doubled over and was holding his stomach. Thinking that the man might need some medical attention, the deputy approached him and asked if he needed help.
     The man refused any medical help and as the deputy continued to speak with him, the deputy realized that the subject was apparently under the influence of one or more illegal substances.
     At this point, the deputy asked if he could search the subject’s personal belongings and the subject agreed. As the deputy searched, he found a small baggie that contained methamphetamine. Roy L. McDaniel, 56 of Williston, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

 


Observant deputy
brings about arrest

Jason D. Branch  suspected criminal arrested in Dixie County

 

 

 

Jason D. Branch
Mug Shot By DCSO

 


By DCSO Maj. Scott Harden
Published July 28, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
On Sunday morning (July 26), a Dixie County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw Jason D. Branch enter a camper on Southeast 914th Street in Old Town.
     The deputy knew that the DCSO had active warrants on Branch for the sale of methamphetamine from an ongoing drug investigation.
     The deputy summoned two more deputies to respond to the residence, where they staged outside and repeatedly ordered Branch to exit the camper. After Branch failed to comply with the command, the deputies started to enter the camper, when they realized the door was tied shut from the inside.
     They cut the rope and entered the camper, where they found Branch and a female in the bedroom. The female was ordered to leave from the camper, and she complied by exiting.
     Branch continued to fail to follow the deputies’ commands, and he failed to get on the floor. A deputy deployed his electronic stun device (Taser). After the deputy deployed the Taser, Branch complied and was taken into custody.
     Branch, 36, of Old Town, was arrested on the three warrants for the sale of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and resisting an officer for his failure to follow deputies’ commands at the time of arrest.

 


FDACS asking Floridians
to report suspicious
seed packets from China

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Story By FDACS Communication Office
Published July 27, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
     TALLAHASSEE --
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is warning Floridians about unsolicited packages of seeds received through the mail.
     The seed packets, which may arrive unexpectedly in packages bearing Chinese characters, may bear the name China Post, and may be labeled as jewelry, have been reported in multiple states including Virginia, Kansas, Washington, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and other states.
     As of Monday (July 27), FDACS has received at least 160 reports from Florida residents reporting having received suspicious seed packages. The content of the seed packages is unknown at this time.
     The introduction of plant seeds into the United States is tightly regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Seeds of unknown origin may constitute agricultural smuggling, may be invasive, may introduce pathogens, toxins, or plant and animal diseases, may pose a risk of foodborne illness, and may pose a threat to plant, animal, and human health. FDACS is working closely to receive guidance from the USDA and its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the lead regulatory body on this issue, in consultation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
      “Plant seeds from unknown sources may introduce dangerous pathogens, diseases, or invasive species into Florida, putting agriculture and our state’s plant, animal, and human health at risk,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. “Anyone receiving these suspicious seed packets should not open them, should not plant them, should limit contact with them, and should report them immediately to both our department and USDA officials.”
     What To Do: Anyone receiving unsolicited seed packages from other countries should follow these directions:
     ● Do not open the seed packet and avoid opening outer packaging or mailing materials, if possible
     ● Do not plant the seeds or discard them in trash that will be landfilled
     ● Limit contact with the seed package until further guidance on handling, disposal, or collection is available from the USDA
     ● Report the seed package to the FDACS Division of Plant Industry at 1-888-397-1517 or DPIhelpline@FDACS.gov
     ● Report the seed package to the USDA APHIS Anti-Smuggling Hotline at 1-800-877-3835 or SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov
     When reporting the seed package to FDACS and USDA/APHIS, please be prepared to provide one’s name, physical address, phone number, and email address for contact purposes.

 


Newberry man dies in crash
By Jeff M. Hardison © July 24, 2020 at 7:10 a.m.
     ALACHUA COUNTY --
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that a 26-year-old Newberry man died in a single-vehicle crash late Thursday night (July 23).
     As of May of 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol stopped providing names of people, or the make, model and year of vehicles involved in crashes as part of its press releases. The FHP used to provide those public records.
     The FHP and other law enforcement agencies in Florida are abiding by a version of something known as “Marcy’s Law” allegedly to protect victims of crimes. The Florida version of “Marcy’s Law” was adopted after Florida voters chose to change the state constitution to exempt more public records from view.
     Although not every vehicle crash involves crime victims, as is the legislative intent of the law approved by voters, the FHP adopted the blanket exclusion of some information as part of its process in sending press releases.
     The man was driving a pickup truck, the FHP said, southbound on Alachua County Road 337 approaching a left curve at Southwest 282nd Street at 11:45 p.m. on July 23.
    The vehicle ran off the roadway to the right, the FHP said. The driver of overcorrected, which caused the pickup truck to overturn
several times, the FHP said.
     The man was pronounced dead on the scene by personnel with Alachua County Fire Rescue.

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LCSO arrests three
in connection with murder

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Mug Shots By Marion County Sheriff’s Office

By Jeff M. Hardison © July 22, 2020 at 8:10 p.m.
     BRONSON –
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three men suspected in connection with the discovery of a body almost one year ago, according to information in a Wednesday (July 22) press release from LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond, public information officer.
     On Aug. 11, 2019 the remains of a man were found dumped along a remote section of Levy County Road 464 in southeastern Levy County, Tummond said.
     To get an idea of where this is, Levy County Road 464-B is a suffixed alternate route of state and county roads both named 464, but is disconnected from both segments of the route. It begins in Levy County at State Road 121 signed as Levy CR 464, and terminates at U.S. Highway 27 in Fellowship, northwest of Ocala and southeast of Williston.
     Detectives arrived on that scene in Southeastern Levy County on Aug. 11, 2019, Tummond said, and quickly identified the victim as Jafet Padin Rodriguez, 33, of Ocala. His life was violently taken, Tummond said.
     LCSO detectives immediately joined forces with the Ocala Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fire Marshal’s Office, Tummond said. The car belonging to Rodriguez was discovered burned in Marion County, Tummond said.
     Detectives sought investigative assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) due to language barriers and jurisdictional boundaries.
     Detectives established a theory as to why Rodriguez was murdered, Tummond said. They tracked the victim’s movements from a night club in Ocala to a private residence in Ocala on the night he was killed, Tummond said.
     The victim is believed to have been attacked as the result of a misunderstanding related to text messages related to a love triangle, Tummond said.
     The victim did not send the text messages and was not involved in the love triangle, however, Tummond said detectives determined. Detectives identified the home where the victim was attacked, which ultimately led to the identification of three men who are suspected of having violently attacked and killed Rodriguez, Tummond said.
     Christian Cardona Cirilo, 27, Omar Rodriguez Ortiz, 38, and Jesse Torres, 32, all of Ocala are all connected to this murder, Tummond said detectives determined. LCSO Detective Mike McNeil secured warrants for the arrest of these three men for the crime of premeditated first degree murder on Monday (July 13).
     LCSO detectives, along with FDLE agents, the United States Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Ocala Police Department executed all three arrest warrants yesterday (July 21) and were concluded this case.
     All three men were booked into the Marion County Jail where they are being held with no bond.
     “Murder cases where the victim has no ties to Levy County are some of the most difficult to solve,” Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum said. “I am extremely proud of the hard work these dedicated detectives put into this case. Their ability to work with other agencies to solve this crime and offer closure to this family is unrivaled. The men responsible for the senseless murder of Jafet Padin Rodriguez will ultimately be transferred to the Levy County Detention Facility (also known as the Levy County Jail) where they will be held awaiting trial.”

 

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DUI - Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Some Other Drug
DWLSR - Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
RWOV - Resisting Arrest Without Violence
Poss. - Possession
VOP - Violation of Probation
FTA - Failure to Appear
ROR - Released on their Own Recognizance
LEO - Law Enforcement Officer
YOA - Years Of Age



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Following are some common abbreviations:

DUI - Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Some Other Drug
DWLSR - Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
RWOV - Resisting Arrest Without Violence
Poss. - Possession
VOP - Violation of Probation
FTA - Failure to Appear
ROR -  Release on their Own Recognizance

LEO - Law Enforcement Officer
YOA - Years Of Age



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BUI - Boating While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Some Other Drug
DWLSR - Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
RWOV - Resisting Arrest Without Violence
Poss. - Possession
VOP - Violation of Probation
FTA - Failure to Appear
ROR - Released On their Own Recognizance
LEO - Law Enforcement Officer
YOA - Years Of Age



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