Month: December 2009

Levy County Sheriffs Office Awards

The Levy County Sheriffs Office presented its annual Officer of the Year awards December 16, 2009 at its Christmas Luncheon. Sheriff Smith states this is always a hard time of year for him, because he has such a large pool of professional talent that its hard to focus on the highlights of just one employee. But all three of these people step up to the plate on a day in and day out basis and deserve to be recognized.

Law Enforcement Deputy of the year Cpl. Mike Narayan serves as an investigator in our Cid unit. He is always a go to officer and willing to except any assignment that comes his way. Mike constantly clears a lot of major cases while he maintains a large case load.

Correctional Deputy of the Year is Lisa Mathis. Lisa serves as a correctional officer, nurse and director of our Medical program. Lisa and her staff continue to excel in their work despite an ever shrinking budget and does this without ever reducing the quality of care to our inmates.

Administrative Employee of Year Mike West. Mike serves as our IT and 911 director. In the last 6 months he and his team have made “Mission Impossible into Mission Possible”. Mike and his staff have supervised the conversion of our old 911 system to another more cost effective user friendly system. Additionally his team have installed new servers to create the first effective redundant information system in our office. They have also installed 28 new in car networked laptops in our patrol fleet replacing the antiquated units we currently had. All this at no cost to the citizens of Levy County.

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Crime Prevention Tips on Identity Theft

Levy County Sheriffs Office Investigators have noticed an increase in identity theft both on andoff line this holiday season and have asked that we remind you of what you can do to protect yourself. Consider the flowing tips Courstesy of http://www.ic3.gov/.

Identity Theft
Ensure websites are secure prior to submitting your credit card number.
Do your homework to ensure the business or website is legitimate.
Attempt to obtain a physical address, rather than a P.O. box or maildrop.
Never throw away credit card or bank statements in usable form.
Be aware of missed bills which could indicate your account has been taken over.
Be cautious of scams requiring you to provide your personal information.
Never give your credit card number over the phone unless you make the call.
Monitor your credit statements monthly for any fraudulent activity.
Report unauthorized transactions to your bank or credit card company as soon as possible.
Review a copy of your credit report at least once a year.

DUI Check Point

On December 31 2009, the Levy County Sheriffs Office will be hosting a DUI, drivers license vehicle safety check point on SR 121 in the area of 250 NE 6th Blvd Williston from 10pm to
2am. This will be a part of a state wide effort to crack down on impaired driving over the holidays. Drivers are asked to have their insurance, registration and drivers license ready when entering the check point.

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office would like to wish everyone a happy holidays and please do not drink and drive.

Levy County Sheriffs Office Partners with CrimeReports to Launch New iPhone Crime Map

Today The Levy County Sheriffs Office announces the availability of a new iPhone app, in partnership with CrimeReports that will provide citizens with local crime mapping and national sex offender data. LCSO already publishes their crime data on the National Crime Map at www.CrimeReports.com and are now making that data even easier to access through the CrimeReports iPhone app, available at the iTunes App Store starting today. The CrimeReports iPhone app is free.

“Information is Key to our citizens’ safety,” says Sheriff Smith “Providing it to the general public through a mobile device allows citizens even easier access to it than before. We’re pleased to be offering the most advanced tools available to foster communication and engagement with community members to prevent and reduce crime.” Through this and our Levysostar.com website one can receive updates and information via email, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Sheriff Smith states citizens can get timely information when and where they want to.

Todays CrimeReports iPhone app allows anyone to:
Filter data by location or address, incident type, and customizable date range.
View recent neighborhood level crimes on the map or in a list.
View national sex offender data alongside crime in your neighborhood.
Sign-up for free, automated, email crime alerts
Request the participation of other surrounding law enforcement agencies if they’re not already on-board.

The Crime Reports team is also currently planning similar apps for other mobile platforms. You can find out more about the new CrimeReports iPhone app by visiting www.CrimeReports.com/iphone.

Home Invasion Arrest

MEDIA RELEASEDate: December 14, 2009Time: 2:45 PMFanning Springs, Florida- On December 14, 2009 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to 17769 NW 90 Court Lot # 5 in reference to a 9-1-1 hang up call. Upon arrival the victim, Nicholas Batista reported through an interpreter stated that two white males entered his residence wearing a ski mask. The suspects forcibly entered the residence armed with a pistol and entered the victim’s bedroom. The suspects demanded money and the victim fearing for his life gave them his wallet and the suspects left on foot.When K-9 Deputy Kevin Kinik and his partner, Rossi arrived on the scene they tracked the suspects to a near by residence located at 17726 NW 90 Terrace. Deputy Kinik noticed that the front door was open and several people were inside the residence. The victim’s cellular phone was located in the suspect’s residence.Detective Tom Martin’s investigation revealed that David Darling another suspect, which is at large, entered the victim’s residence and robbed the victim. Stone participated in the home invasion robbery by obtaining ski mask for the suspects and was a lookout from across the street. At this time Detective Martin has indentified the third suspect and an arrest will be forthcoming.Defendants:David Darling17726 NW 90 TerraceFanning Springs, Fl.White Male, 10/6/88Charges: Home Invasion Robbery & Theft Samantha Stone17726 NW 90 TerraceFanning Springs, Fl.White Female, 12/23/91Charge: Home Invasion Robbery###