Month: July 2009

Missing Person Fannings Springs


MEDIA RELEASE Date: July 21, 2009Time: 11:00 PM Fanning Springs, Florida-The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for a missing adult near the Fanning Springs State Park. The adult is identified as Kerry D. Boisson from Cocoa. Mr. Boisson’s fiancé reported that they rented a house boat and anchored the boat in the middle of the Suwannee River near the Fanning Springs State Park. The couple swam to shore and entered the park and enjoyed the crystal clear springs. The Fiancé stated that Boisson was cold from swimming in the 72 degree springs and said he was going to return back to the house boat. The fiancé and the children continued to swim in the springs and later returned to the boat and Boisson was no where to be found. Boisson was last seen walking in the park on July 21, 2009 around 4:30 PM. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office dive team has searched the immediate area and at this time has not located Boisson. Law Enforcement Officers will remain on the river during the night and continue the search by boat. The dive team was forced to postpone their search and will resume the search first thing tomorrow.
Follow-Up: On July 22, 2009 the Levy and Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Dive team resumed the search for Mr. Boisson. Within two hours of the search a Dixie County deputy located Mr. Boisson 150 feet down river from the house boat. At this time Detectives do not suspect foul play but Mr. Boisson will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy for cause of death.

Deceased:

Kerry D. Boisson
344 Dryden Circle
Cocoa, Florida
Black Male
09/10/74

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Clifford Holton Arrested Near Church

MEDIA RELEASEDate: July 21, 2009Time: 1:00 PMChiefland, Florida-On July 20, 2009 Clifford Holton was arrested on three counts of criminal mischief and disorderly intoxication. Deputies responded to the Pine Grove Baptist church located at 16655 NE County Road 339. Upon arrival Deputy Horne located Holton on foot yelling profanities at the church and had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his person. The investigation revealed that Holton with the use of his vehicle ran over a stop sign, mailbox and rammed the church marquee sign. Holton stated that he had been drinking and he was mad at the church because the church does not do anything to help people. Holton was arrested and transported to the Levy County Jail. Defendant: Clifford Edwin Holton7361 NW 160 StreetFanning SpringsWhite Male 07/31/70###

Local Fugitve Arrested In North Carolina


MEDIA RELEASEDate: July 20, 2009Time: 9:00 PMLocal Fugitive Arrested In North CarolinaBronson, Florida Fugitive on the run captured in North Carolina for marijuana indoor grow house in Levy County. The U.S. Marshals Service and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office working together as part of the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) tracked down and arrested major case federal fugitive, John Roger Sager at a campground in Canton North Carolina on Friday, July 17, 2009. The search for Sager began a little over a one year ago when Sager went on the run. On April 22, 2008 a federal arrest warrant was issued for Sager in the Gainesville Division of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida on an indictment charging Sager with conspiracy to manufacture and to posses with the intent to distribute more than 1000 marijuana plants. The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) during which DEA and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office seized a total of more than 1000 marijuana plants from the searches of three separate properties in the Williston area. Investigators directed the search for Sager to several locations throughout the Country as well as areas outside the United States before focusing on North Carolina as a possible location for him. Investigators ultimately narrowed the search to an area in Canton, North Carolina between Asheville and Waynesville, where Sager was found living in a travel trailer. Deputy Marshals and Levy County Sheriff’s Deputies Rick Rogers and Rob Bowers, specially deputized by the U.S. Marshals Service, traveled to Asheville on 07/14/2009 for the search of Sager. Two days into their search investigators learned about a person fitting Sager’s description living in a trailer at an area campground. Deputies went to the Riverside Campground, 6 Happy Camper Drive and established surveillance where Sager was identified and arrested after being lured to the front office. He had been renting a lot since April 2009 and paying in cash under the alias, Art Desrouches. A search warrant was obtained for the trailer after the arrest by DEA agents who discovered among other things $12,135.00 cash, seven separate cellular telephones and two sets of aircraft communication equipment. Sager was transported to the U.S. Marshals Office in Asheville and is scheduled to have an initial appearance and be arraigned in federal court on Monday 07/20/2009 before being returned to the Northern District of Florida to face his charges. The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Gainesville is sponsored by the U.S. Marshals Service and is comprised of investigators from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Chiefland Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals Service. ###

Reward Offered in Burglaries


MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                July 20, 2009 Time:                10:30 AM   Chiefland, Florida-On July 1, 2009 unknown person(s) forcibly entered the residence at 1350 NW 132 Lane.  Upon entry the suspect(s) stole seven rifles, two shotguns and a gun safe valued at $ 10,300.  During the time frame of this incident two independent witnesses observed a white Ford Explorer in the victim’s driveway.   On July 9, 2009 Donald Bernier was arrested for shoplifting by Chiefland Police Department and he was driving a white Ford Explorer.  The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has since seized the Explorer and the investigation continues in this case.   Donald Bernier is the primary suspect in this armed burglary and other burglaries in Levy and surrounding Counties.  The victim has offered a $ 1,000 dollar reward for the arrest and recovery of the stolen firearms.    Citizens are asked to call Detective Mark Morgan with any information concerning this case or Donald Bernier.  Also you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477 and a reward is being offered up to $ 1,000 for the arrest.         ###

Detectives Arrest Donald Bernier For Levy Burglary


MEDIA RELEASE

Date: July 19, 2009

Time: 9:45 AM Chiefland, Florida- On July 10, 2009 a press release was released in the arrest of Donald Bernier. Bernier was arrested by Officer DJ Macy with the Chiefland Police Department on July 9, 2009 for stealing dremel tool at Wal-Mart. Bernier is suspected of committing numerous burglaries in Levy, Lafayette, and Alachua and possibly in Gilchrist Counties. On July 17, 2009 Detective Mark Morgan arrested Bernier for burglary and grand theft. Bernier entered the residence at 10691 NW 70 Ave through a garage window on July 3, 2009. Upon entry in the residence Bernier stole a 47″ big screen television valued at $ 3,000 and jewelry valued at $ 550.00 dollars. Forensic detectives responded to the burglary and were able to locate vehicle tire tracks and shoe impressions that did not belong to the victims. The investigation revealed that the vehicle tire tracks and shoe impressions were a positive match to Bernier’s 2003 Ford Explorer and his shoes that were obtained through a search warrant. A concerned citizen after seeing the news release on Bernier made contact with the Sheriff’s Office and advised Detectives that they seen a white Ford Explorer with no tag leaving the victims house the day of the burglary. Detective Morgan has recovered the stolen big screen television in Cross City and the stolen television will be returned to the victims. We believe that Bernier has committed numerous more burglaries in Levy and surrounding Counties. Citizens are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office if you have seen a suspicious white Ford Explorer or a white male in your neighborhood. Bernier is currently in the Levy County Jail. Defendant: Donald A. Bernier1059 NE 206 AveOld Town, FloridaWhite Male12/17/68###