Month: September 2009

Williston Peanut Man Arrested On Drug Charges

MEDIA RELEASE

Date: September 14, 2009
Time: 8:40 AM

Williston, Florida-On September 1, 2009 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force arrested James W. Scott for sale of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of marijuana.

Agent Rob Bowers with the Drug Task Force received information that Scott was selling pills and marijuana from his peanut stand located between Williston and Bronson on highway Alt-27. Bowers made contact with Scott on May 7, 2009 to discuss the sale of narcotics.

On May 8, 2009 Scott told Bowers to return to the peanut stand and he would sell pills and marijuana. Bowers returned to the peanut stand and Scott sold him 9.5 grams of marijuana for $45.00.

On September 1, 2009 Agent Joey Barrera with the Drug Task Force arrested Scott and he was transported to the Levy County Jail.

Defendant:

James W. Scott
17851 NE Hwy 27
Williston, Florida
White Male
02/04/58

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Home Invasion Two Men From Inglis Arrested

MEDIA RELEASE

Date: September 10, 2009
Time: 11:00 AM

On September 9, 2009 two intruders armed with knives entered the residence at 10050 SE CR 40 lot #53 in Inglis, Florida. The burglars entered the residence through a locked door around 7:24 AM. Upon the suspects entry inside the residence an eyewitness observed the break in and started yelling for the home owner to wake up. The eyewitness entered the victim’s screened in porch and confronted the two suspects that were inside the victim’s home and told them that she has called 9-1-1.

The eyewitness stated that the suspects ran out of the house and fled the scene at a high rate of speed in a white Jeep. A bolo was immediately issued and Corporal Kerry Runnels saw the Jeep traveling on CR-40 entering Marion County. Corporal Runnels followed the Jeep and requested additional assistance for a felony traffic stop. Dunnellon Police Department responded and assisted in the traffic stop in the city of Dunnellon.

Through the investigation Lt. Scott Tummond arrested Brandon Hunter and James Hodson for occupied armed burglary and grand theft. Hunter and Hodson stole collectible coins valued over $ 300.00 from the victim.

Jerry McKay was a passenger in the Jeep and he was not charged with the burglary. McKay was arrested by Dunnellon Police Officer for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All suspects were transported to the Marion County Jail.

Defendants:

Brandon Hunter
438 Sharer Street
Inglis, Fl
White, Male, 20

James Hodson
19650 Vicki Street
Inglis, Fl.
White, Male, 32

Jerry McKay
141 SE Deborah Street
Inglis, Fl.
White, Male 27

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Burglar Receives 212 Months In Federal Prison

Media Release
Date: September 9, 2009
Time: 7:15 PM

On September 24, 2008 Gregory Day committed several burglaries in Levy County. Day was located at 4627 S.E. 1 Place Gainesville, Florida and was arrested for two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of burglary tools and dealing in stolen property.

Levy County has been experiencing an increase in residential burglaries and thefts and Sheriff Smith decided to form a new unit called “Street Crimes Unit”. This Unit was formed on September 22, 2008 and was commanded by Lt. Evan Sullivan. Within two days of the newly formed Street Crimes Unit was averaging one burglary arrest a day. The Street Crimes Unit is designed to assist the Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigation Division in stakeouts, surveillance and is trained in high tech electronic equipment.

On September 24, 2008 a witness reported to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office a suspicious vehicle at 14631 N.E. 10 Ave. The witness reported that the suspect was a black male and he was driving a black Kia 4-door sedan car. Upon arrival at the residence it was discovered that the suspect forcibly entered the residence and stole a laptop computer and a 12 gauge shotgun. During the crime spree the suspect also committed another residential burglary at 13451 North Bronson Ave and stole a laptop computer and a computer projector.

The investigation revealed that the suspect was driving a 1999 KIA sedan and the tag was registered to a deceased relative. Members of the Street Crimes Unit and the Criminal Investigation Division responded to Gainesville to search for Day and his vehicle. Detective Lauree Allen was the case agent and remained at the scene to interview the victims and supervise the crime scene. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Levy County Sheriff’s Office by conducting a traffic stop and inside of Day’s car were the stolen computer laptops, stolen gun and computer projector, burglary tools and numerous amounts of jewelry from the Levy County burglaries.

Day is a 32 time convicted felon and is currently on probation for burglary. Probation and Parole was contacted and retrieved a rifle from Day’s residence and he was charged for the violation of probation charge and transported to the Alachua County Jail.

With Day’s extensive criminal history he was federally indicted in Gainesville on February 24, 2009. On September 9, 2009 Day was sentenced to 212 months in federal prison.

Defendant:

Gregory Day
4627 S.E. 1 Place
Gainesville, Florida
Black Male 06/02/51

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Morriston Man Arrested For Sexual Battery Charges

MEDIA RELEASEDate: September 8, 2009Time: 8:30 AMMorriston, Florida-On September 4, 2009 Detective Roger Bell arrested Ruben Sanchez-Perez for sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 12 years of age.On September 3, 2009 the victim reported to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office that Sanchez-Perez has sexual assaulted her since she was 6 years of age. The victim is known to Sanchez-Perez and would often stay with the suspect at 2990 SE 199 Terrace Morriston, Florida. Sanchez-Perez is from Mexico but recently acquired a legal resident card.Sanchez-Perez was arrested and transported to the Levy County Jail with a $ 200,000 bond. Defendant: Ruben Sanchez-Perez2990 SE 199 TerraceMorriston, FloridaWhite Male03/06/59###

Chiefland Man Arrested for Firearm Charges

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                September 7, 2009 Time:                11:00 AM   Chiefland, Florida-On September 6, 2009 Corporal Lauree Allen arrested RandyThurlby for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.   Corporal Allen responded to the area of Buck Bay subdivision in reference to persons shooting in the area.  Upon arrival Corporal Allen located Thurlby at 10630 NW 72 Court shooting a 30-30 rifle and also in possession of .22 caliber rifle.  The firearms were confiscated and place in evidence.  Thurlby is a five time convicted felon and has past criminal history of selling marijuana and receiving stolen property.  Thurlby was arrested and transported to the Levy County Jail and his bail has been set at $ 10,000.   Defendant:   Randy Thurlby 10630 NW 72nd Court Chiefland, Florida White Male 09/19/61     ###