LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
ROBERT B. McCALLUM, JR., SHERIFF
Alexander Matthew Shiver
2551 SE 160th Ave
Moriston fl 32621
Raymond s Shiver
1670 NE 5th St
Williston Fl 32696
White male 10/20/85
Media Release Date: February 21, 2010 Time: 2:45 PM Williston, Florida-The Levy County Sheriff’s Office investigated a small airplane crash in the Williston area. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Levy County EMS and the Williston Fire Department responded to the scene. The investigation revealed that pilot, Phillip Seay Sr. 65 and his son Phillip Seay Jr. 40 were in a 1974 experimental airplane. Prior to the crash the two flew out of the Williston Airport and were enjoying a clear Sunday morning flight. While flying back to the Williston Airport the airplane experienced an unknown type of engine malfunction. The pilot, Seay Sr. realizing that his aircraft was in trouble made an emergency landing in a field near the area of 16930 NE 10th Street in Williston, Fl. It is believed that when the airplane touched down in the soft sand, the front of the plane took a nose dive and landed up side down. The two were transported to Shands Hospital and listed in stable condition. The Federal Aviation Administration investigators are responding to the scene to further investigate the crash. ###
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The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has some new weapons in their war on crime.
The Sheriff’s Office recently traded some of their evidence guns and surplus weapons for 17 DPMS semi-automatic .223 rifles. Sheriff Smith pointed out that all 17 rifles will be made available for use by deputies in patrol. Each rifle will be tailored to an individual officer increasing their ability to defend themselves and others more diligently.
“These rifles need to be zeroed to each individual officer,” Smith said. “With the right ammunition these weapons are more effective and safer in certain circumstances than a normal duty handgun.”
Every deputy in the Sheriff’s Office will receive training on these weapons although only 17 will be issued. Currently, Smith states he will acquire additional through a government surplus program until each of his officers have the weapons they need for their safety. Training started Monday and the troops have been looking forward to this for a long time.
Smith states, “These rifles are gaining popularity with the law enforcement community because more and more criminals are better armed and in some rare instances, are wearing body armor that handgun ammo will not defeat. Example is the North Hollywood bank robbery. Don’t get me wrong, the shotgun has a place in our arsenal but the rifle is becoming a necessary part of the law enforcement inventory because shotgun buckshot loads fire a more indiscriminate pattern where the rifle is more exact in the hands of a trained user.”
“Our rifles will be capable of defeating body armor but with the correct ammunition will not over penetrate as much in homes if officers miss their targets in comparison to handgun rounds which was of great concern to me.”
Sheriff Smith also said that these rifles will only be used in certain situations where there is a greater likelihood of violence and officer safety is at a premium. Officer deaths related to gunfire are already up 600 percent nationwide this year thats only 6 weeks into 2010 then all of last year combined (http://www.nleomf.org/facts/officer-fatalities-data/)
“The only time an officer would use this rifle is if they have reason to believe there is some type of deadly-force threat out there,” Smith said.Sheriff Smith stated that his officers’ safety is his top concern and after the armed stand- off north of our jail by a homicide subject just a few months ago, and Dixie County Capt. Chad Reed’s death, he felt had to act because it was the right thing to do.
On February 6, 2010, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Basic Pistol Class as a fundraiser for the family of Dixie County Sheriffs Office Capt. Chad Reed, who was killed in the line of duty on January 14, 2010. Lt. Scott Finnen of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office started the ball rolling but was quick to mention that once the idea took off, it took on a life of its’ own. Lt. Finnen stated that people were calling him to assist and attend the class. The class had over 130 people registered at 65 dollars each. However, on the day of the event with overcast weather, 96 people attended and over 22 people assisted. “It really was a healing process for our local agencies”, said Lt. Finnen. We had instructors and volunteers from our Sheriff’s Office, Chiefland Police Department, Williston Police Department, Gainesville Veterans Affairs Police Department, Dixie County Sheriff’s Office, Williston Shooters Club, Ross Tactical Training Services, Williston High School JROTC and the Florida Army National Guard.Our local merchants and businesses also assisted. Bronson Hungry Howie’sRestaurant provided free lunch to all attendees and staff. Pickett’s Weaponry came to the event and sold firearms and supplies to the attendees with all profits over costs going to the fundraising event. Central Florida Community College Criminal Justice Academy even helped out by providing range supplies.
So how successful was this event? Finnen advised we have funds and pledges totaling $7,708 dollars with more coming in daily. Sheriff Johnny Smith stated, “We have been truly blessed by this event. I think it has done more to confirm our officers’ faith in the community in which they serve. Our community is truly special and they always seem to step up and take care of their own and fill any need asked of them.”