Month: April 2010

Five arrested in Cedar Key

MEDIA RELEASE   Cedar Key, Florida-On April 28, 2010 the Levy County Sheriff’s and the US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Anthony Lee Ralph for a felony Levy County warrant. The wanted fugitive led agents to the Fine residence and subsequently Brian Fine, Kathryn Fine, Frank McCain and Jerry Rains were arrested.   Anthony Lee Ralph has been a wanted fugitive since May 26, 2009 and has a violent criminal history.  The Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshals have had knowledge that Brian Fine has been involved in the criminal activity of manufacturing and selling methamphetamine from his residence located at 10930 SW 60 Street.    While Agents were arresting Ralph they observed a heavy fog of smoke and a strong chemical odor.  Agents recognized the odor as a meth lab coming from a shed.  Upon Kathryn & Brian Fine walking outside from the residence there was marijuana smoke bellowing from the residence.  Kathryn Fine had her 14 month old daughter in her arms when she was taken into custody.  Frank McCain and Jerry Rains were in the shed and there was active a meth lab in full operation.  The Drug Task Force secured everyone and the Honorable Judge Tim Browning signed a drug search warrant for the residence and the shed.  Drug Agents seized 14 guns, hundred of rounds of ammunition, 13 mature marijuana plants, lithium strips, anhydrous ammonia, and pseudoephedrine pills.   Brian Fine called his property the “Compound” which is in a very remote area in Cedar Key.  Fine would brag that law enforcement could not penetrate the Compound and he would have look outs along the roadway and in the woods.  Drug Agents not only penetrated the Compound but arrested five individuals that were involved and supplying meth users in the area.   Sheriff Smith said that “I have a zero tolerance for any criminal activity and especially the narcotic business”.  “I am very pleased with the Drug Task Force and the assistance that the US Marshals gave in this investigation” Smith contributes this operation being successful and no one getting injured in a highly volatile situation to training, experienced officers that are willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.   Defendant:   Anthony Lee Ralph, White Male, 01/03/80.  Arrested for Violation of probation felony warrant, possession of listed chemicals, manufacturing methamphetamine, and resisting arrest with violence, possession of methamphetamine and sale of methamphetamine.   Brian Nathan Fine, White Male, 02/12/75.  Arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of listed chemicals, possession of methamphetamine, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, child neglect, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition buy a convicted felon, maintaining a drug dwelling and possession of counterfeit bills.   Kathryn Leigh Fine, white female, 01/26/82.  Arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of listed chemicals, cultivation of marijuana, child neglect, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining drug dwelling and possession of counterfeit bills.   Frank Lester McCain Jr., white male, 11/29/78.  Manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of listed chemical.   Jerry Lee Rains, White Male, 08/18/59.  Arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of listed chemicals.         ###

Sexual Predator Change of Address

Date: April 26, 2010
Time: 3:30 PM
Sexual Predator Address Change:
In accordance with Florida Statue 775.21, this is a mandatory notification of the changing of address of a registered sexual predator in Levy County.
Reedus Bell was convicted in Levy County in 2008 for lewd and Lascivious on a victim under 12 years old and another charge in 2008 for lewd, Lascivious battery sex with victim 12-15.
Reedus Bell was serving time at WALTON C.I. until his release 04/25/2010 and now residing at the below address in Levy County. For a complete listing of all registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County, or to search by zip code, please visit and go to the sexual Predator Offender data base.
Sexual Predator:
Reedus Bell
2590 SE 145th Ter
Morriston fl 32668
White Male

Williston Crab Fest

Date: April 23, 2010
Time: 8:00 PM
Williston, Fl.-On April 24, 2010 the annual Williston Crab Fest will be held at 3PM-12AM. The event will be in the area of Lincoln Heights on CR-318 in East Williston. Please expect traffic delays and heavy pedestrian traffic in the area. From 4PM County Road 318 will be one lane traffic and vehicles will only be allowed to travel east bound until the event ends. Vehicle traffic traveling west bound on County Road 318 will be detoured either north or south bound on County Road 335.
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing all traffic laws. Please remember to buckle up, be safe and don’t drink and drive.

PIstol Class For Charity

Fund raiser for Countryside Christian School in Gainesville Florida basic pistol class hosted by Levy County Sheriffs Office will qualify for Florida concealed weapons permit May 15, 2010 8am at the Levy County Sheriffs Office Classroom 9150 NE 80th Ave Bronson Fl 32621. Cost will be $50 dollars and you can sign by calling 352-486-5111 or email or register at Lunch will be provided and additional donations will be appreciated and accepted.


Chiefland Man Arrested On Drug Charges

                                                                                                     MEDIA RELEASE
Date:                April 12, 2010
Time:                12:00 PM
Fanning Springs, Florida-On April 10, 2010 K-9 Deputy Kevin Kinik arrested Mario Antonio Watkins for a Dixie County warrant at 8731 NW 174th Street.  Upon arresting Watkins for the violation of probation warrant for habitual driving without a license and sale of contraband into a county facility, Watkins attempted to pull away and he was taken to the ground and secured in handcuffs. 
Search incident to arrest Deputy Kinik located 13 pieces of rock crack cocaine in a Newport cigarette pack and baggie of 17 individual baggies of powder cocaine weighing a total amount of 14 grams of cocaine.  Watkins was charged with the Dixie County warrant and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and resisting arrest with out violence.
Mario Antonio Watkins
4 NW 13th Ave Chiefland, Fl.
Black Male, 32