Month: April 2009

Levy County Sheriff’s Office Special Needs Registration Program

MEDIA RELEASE

Levy County Sheriff’s Office Special Needs Registration Program

Date: April 20, 2009
Time: 8:30 AM

Bronson, Florida- In January of 2009 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office implemented a new program designed to assist citizens of Levy County who have special needs. The program includes information on special needs citizens of all ages such as Alzheimer’s patients, autistic persons and others with special needs.

This database is accessible from the Communication Center and includes individual specific information on each entered person such as type of special need, contact person, home address, emergency numbers and specific instructions for first responders on how to best assist that person. The program also includes a photograph of the special needs citizen that can be distributed immediately to first responders if need be. The database is integrated with the 911 and computer aid dispatching systems so that the special needs citizen’s residence is flagged within the 911 mapping system. This allows dispatchers to immediately notify first responders that they are responding to a special needs residence and will also help first responders in returning special needs citizens to their residences if they are located away from home and require assistance.

If you would like more information about this program or if you would like to register a special needs family member please contact Lt. Sean Mullins at 352-486-5111 ext. 278.

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Boil Water Notice Chiefland Country Club Area

MEDIA RELEASE

Date: April 18, 2009
Time: 11:00 AM MEDIA RELEASE

Date: April 18, 2009
Time: 11:00 AM

Chiefland, Florida- The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous phone calls from the Chiefland Country Club area with reports of yellow discoloration in the water. As a precaution we are asking the citizens in the area to boil water until further notice or drink bottle water.

It is recommended to bring the water to a full rolling boil for at least one minute to kill most infectious germs.

Flooding In Fowlers Bluff

The flood warning is still in effect and the Suwanee river is expected to crest on April 22, 2009. Flood stage in Fowlers Bluff is 5.5 feet and as of April 18, 2009 the water level is at 6.8 feet. We asking the citizens to monitor the latest forecast and be prepared to take the necessary precautions to protect life and property. Please remember the State of Florida motto if you see water over the road “Turn Around And Don’t Drown”.

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office continues extra patrol in the Fowlers Bluff, Camp Azalea and Manatee Springs area. Our Marine patrol will continue to patrol the waterways and has a zero tolerance for looters and also boaters creating a wake on the Suwanee river. Due to the flooding in the Fowlers Bluff the Sheriff’s Office is only allowing local residents to travel in the affective areas.

Attached to the blog is a video that is narrated by Captain Evan Sullivan and the video was taken on April 16, 2009 in Fowlers Bluff.

Levy County Sheriff’s Office Jail Gets Reaccredited

MEDIA RELEASEDate: April 15, 2009Time: 11:30 AMBronson, Florida- On February 24, 2009 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office was reaccredited by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission. This is a prestigious honor and only 32 jails are accredited through Florida Corrections Accreditation. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Correction Division was initially accredited in February 4, 2003. Every three years an accreditation team closely scrutinizes the jail’s policies and procedures to ensure that we are meeting the mandatory standards. After days of investigating the standards the accreditation team reported that we are in 100 percent compliance. By being accredited with Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission this will benefit the Sheriff’s Office:. Strengthen the Sheriff’s Office defense against law suit and complaints.. Reduce insurance liability premiums and law suits settlements.. Review of agency status and readiness.. Process for discovering redundancies. Benefits to the Community:. Having a transparent agency operations.. Better access to agency/facility operation and administrative staff.. Less tax dollars being used for litigation.. Standardized quality of service delivery.Sheriff Smith is very proud of the Correction Bureau and the efforts that are taken to prepare for the accreditation team. Smith states “I’m very proud of this prestigious accomplishment and the employee’s hard work and professionalism does not go unnoticed”. Photos courtesy of Thurgaland Marketing & Consulting, Inc.

Arrest Jonathon Mitchem

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                April 14, 2009 Time:                4:15 PM   Williston, Florida- On April 13, 2009 Deputy Joseph Sabbag arrested Jonathon Mitchem for aggravated assault and he was transported to the Levy County Jail.   Deputies responded to the BP Station at 5250 NE 140 Court in reference to a man waving a gun in the parking lot.  Prior to Deputy Sabbag’s arrival the suspect fled south on Alt 27 in a silver Buick.  Williston Police Department stopped the suspect, Jonathon Mitchem and detained him until Deputies arrived.        The investigation revealed that Mitchem and the victim has had problems since the Crab Fest in 2008.  The victim and Mitchem had a verbal altercation at the Dollar General Store in Williston earlier in the evening.  The confrontation resulted in no physical confrontation and both parties dispersed.  Approximately three hours later the victim and Mitchem were in an altercation at the BP Station.  During the argument Mitchem pulled and pointed a pistol at the victim and placed the victim in fear of his life.  There were several witnesses that observed this incident and called 9-1-1.    The suspect stated that he had a 22 caliber pistol behind his back for protection, but stated that he never pointed the gun at anyone.   Defendant:   Jonathon Mitchem 4590 NE 142 Ave Williston, Florida Black Male 09/01/90    ###