Month: May 2009

Attempted Homicide on a Police Officer


Date: May 21, 2009
Time: 4.19 AM
Lt. Scott Finnen

Yankeetown, Florida- At approximately 4:19 AM an Inglis Police Officer Tim Swiggett was conducting an investigation on a suspicious vehicle. The truck was backed into the woods on County Road 40 West in the neighborhood near Riverside Drive in Yankeetown. The vehicle was described as an older model Blue GMC pickup with no tag. The Officer approached the subject and initiated the investigation and it was determined that the subject was Chad Floyd Jeter from the Atmore, Alabama.

The investigation revealed that Jeter was wanted in connection to a bank robbery of the National Bank and Trust in Atmore, Alabama on 5/19/09. Jeter then assaulted the Officer and managed to cut the Officer in neck before running into the woods. Ofc Swiggett was transported to Seven Rivers Hospital for minor injuries and released.

At this time a manhunt is being conducted by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Inglis Police Department, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Cross City Correctional K-9 team and the US Coast Guard.

Jeter was located hiding in the marsh by the Cross City Correctional bloodhounds at 7:15 AM. Jeter is charged with attempted homicide on a Police Officer and booked in the Levy County Jail.


Chad Floyd Jeter
Atmore, Alabama
White Male


Fema Disaster Recovery Center Fowlers Bluff

May 15, 2009
FEMA Media Contact: 866-993-0143
State Media Contact: 850-413-9883
News Release


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) operated by the state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open at noon on Friday, May 15, in Levy County. Those who suffered uninsured and underinsured losses due to storms and flooding between March 26 and May 5 are urged to visit the center where they may meet disaster recovery specialists to help in their recovery. DRCs are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.


Fowler Bluff Volunteer Fire Rescue
4591 Northwest County Road 347
Fowler Bluff, FL 32629

It is not mandatory to go to a DRC, but storm survivors who visit the centers may apply for assistance, check the status of an existing FEMA application and get additional information about resources available to eligible applicants. The centers are staffed with specialists from FEMA, the State Emergency Response Team (SERT), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and a variety of disaster-recovery representatives from local and volunteer agencies. They have access to important resources and can help individuals on the road to recovery.


Arrest Gregory Provett

MEDIA RELEASEDate: May 15, 2009Time: 3:15 PM Bronson, Florida-On May 14, 2009 Detective Mike Bell arrested Gregory Provett from Chiefland for grand theft and scheme to defraud.The owner of Bubba Que’s restaurant noticed money missing from the cash register and reported the theft to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office on March 22, 2009. Detective Mike Bell began the theft investigation and arrested the restaurant manger, Wister Reid Whitesides for grand theft on April 3, 2009. Detective Bell continued investigating leads and Gregory Provett was arrested on May 14, 2009 for grand theft and scheme to defraud. Provett was an employee at Bubba Que’s and he confessed to stealing from the Bronson and Chiefland restaurants. Provett stated that he used the stolen money ($2,700) to buy drugs. Provett was arrested and transported to jail where he has a $ 5, 000 bond. Defendant:Gregory Connell Provett4451 NW 155 StreetChiefland, FloridaWhite Male12/15/82###

Arrest Courtney Harvey

MEDIA RELEASE Date:                May 14, 2009 Time:                9:00 AM   Williston, Florida-On May 13, 2009 Courtney Harvey was arrested for two Levy County warrants at 341 S.E. 10 Street Williston and was transported to the Levy County Jail.   Sergeant Matt Fortney with Williston Police Department contacted the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and requested the Sheriff’s K-9 to assist in the arrest of Courtney Harvey.  K-9 Deputy Kevin Kinik with his partner K-9 Rossi and Deputy Joseph Sabbag responded to assist in the arrest.   Sergeant Fortney advised the Deputies that Harvey is known to run and resist law enforcement.  Harvey had two outstanding Levy County warrants for possession of cocaine and resisting arrest without violence and the second warrant was for possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and resisting arrest without violence.   When Deputies and Officers from Williston Police Department arrived at 341 S.E. 10 Street Harvey immediately ran on foot in a heavily wooded area. Deputies quickly set up a perimeter and Officer Kevin Osborn with Williston Police Department observed Harvey running in the woods and ordered him to stop running and he was under arrest.  Officer Osborn deployed his taser when Harvey continued to run but only one probe struck Harvey and he was able to run away.   Harvey was spotted running across the intersection at S.E. 3 Ave. at 9 Terrace and Deputy Kinik gave four K-9 announcements “Sheriff’s Office K-9 stop or I will release the dog and he will bite you” but Harvey refused to stop.  K-9 Rossi was released and before Harvey was apprehended by Rossi he stopped running and K-9 Rossi was recalled back to his handler.  Before Harvey could be handcuffed he ran again and another K-9 announcement was given to Harvey to stop but he again refused to stop running.  Harvey was apprehended by K-9 Rossi and he fought K-9 and Deputies and had to be physically subdued.  K-9 Rossi or Deputies were not injured during this incident.  Harvey was transported to Nature Coast Hospital where he was treated and released for K-9 bites.  Harvey has been convicted three times for felony drug charges.   Defendant:   Courtney Cordelroe Harvey 4031 N.E. 208 Terrace Williston, Florida Black Male 11-19-88   ###

Child Abduction


Date: May 12, 2009
Time: 2:10 PM
Location: Joyce M. Bullock Elementary School
130 S.W. 3 Street

Williston, Florida- At approximately 12:30 two students were approached on the playground by what students described as a white or Hispanic male. The suspect possible had black hair possibly wearing a brown shirt, blue pants, and black boots, possibly with a silver tooth and a dark spot or mole on his face.

The students were lured from the playground and placed in a red and white truck. They were transported approximately 100 yards across the front entrance of the campus where the suspect had them exit the vehicle and remain by the road side. At that time a school employee observed the boys and contacted them and brought them back to campus.

The school immediately was placed on lock down for the safety and security of students and staff. A head count of all students was immediately initiated and they are all accounted for at this time. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and Williston Police Department are jointly conducting an investigation into the incident. The School Board and School officials are taking measures to insure the safety and security of all students.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact the Levy County Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111 or you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.