LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
ROBERT B. McCALLUM, JR., SHERIFF
MEDIA RELEASE Date: May 22, 2010 Time: 8:30 PM Bronson, Florida-On May 22, 2010 Deputy Joseph Sabbag arrested Sean Thomas Wheeler from Pinellas Park for habitual traffic offender, trafficking in oxycodone, concealed weapon by a convicted felon and possession of counterfeit money. Saturday around 2 PM Wheeler was stopped for a minor traffic infraction just outside of Bronson. The investigation revealed that Wheeler is a habitual traffic offender and was driving with a suspended driver license. Wheeler was arrested and he had $900.00 in cash in his right front pocket which was seized as evidence. Wheeler told deputies that he was visiting his girlfriend at the Levy Forestry Correctional Institute and he was enroute back to his residence in Pinellas Park. During the search of the vehicle Deputy King and Sabbag recovered an expandable baton used by law enforcement officers for protection and trafficking amount of oxycodone a schedule II narcotic inside the vehicle. Additional deputies located in a hidden compartment $2,500 dollars in cash that was determined to be counterfeit bills. Wheeler has a lengthy history with law enforcement in Pinellas County and has been arrested in 2008 for counterfeit bills. Secret Service was contacted and an Agent from Jacksonville responded and recovered the counterfeit bills. The investigation in the counterfeiting bills is continuing by Secret Service. Defendant: Sean Thomas Wheeler 5711 64 Ave. Pinellas Park, Florida White Male 11/04/79 ###
AT APPROXIMATELY 1935 HOURS ON 5/7/2010, DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO THE RESIDENCE LOCATED AT 7291 NE 110 AVENUE IN BRONSON, REFERENCE TO A VIOLENT DISTURBANCE.
UPON ARRIVAL, THEY OBSERVED A SKINNY, YOUNGER WHITE MALE JUVENILE OUTSIDE THE FRONT FENCE. THE JUVENILE HAD DIRT ON THE LEFT SIDE OF HIS FACE, AND WHAT APPEARED TO BE A BLEEDING LOWER LIP. JUVENILE ADVISED THAT JAMES POWELL (DEFENDANT) WAS INTOXICATED AND TALKING ON THE HIS CELLULAR TELEPHONE, TELLING THE CALLER THAT HE HAD JUST BEAT THE JUVENILE REFERRING TO A PAST FIGHT. THE JUVENILE TOLD POWELL “I WAS PROTECTING MY FAMILY” AND WAS THEN TOLD TO SHUT UP BY THE DEFENDANT. POWELL THEN GOT OUT OF HIS CHAIR, PINNED HIM AGAINST THE REFRIGERATOR AND PUNCHED HIM MULTIPLE TIMES IN THE RIBS AND HEAD. THE JUVENILE STATED THAT HE TRIED TO DEFEND HIMSELF, BY PUSHING POWELL OFF OF HIM AND STATED POWELL CAME AT HIM ANGRIER. POWELL THEN THREW HIM TO THE GROUND AND PUNCHED HIM MORE. THE JUVENILE THEN RAN OUTSIDE AND DEFENDED HIMSELF AGAINST POWELL WITH A PIECE OF REBAR. IT WAS THEN THAT POWELL STOPPED CHASING THE JUVENILE AND WENT BACK INSIDE. POWELL WAS ARRESTED AND HAD TO MEDICALLY CLEARED AT NATURE COAST HOSPITAL PRIOR TO BOOKING INTO LEVY COUNTY JAIL FOR AN APPARENT SEIZURE.
National Police Week May 9-15, 2010 Date: May 10, 2010Time: 10:00 AM National Police Week was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. National Police Week pays special tribute to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Ceremonies are held in Washington, DC, and in communities across the country.In May the nation reflects and pauses to recognize the service and sacrifice of United States law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who continue to serve. Today, in United States, some 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. They serve with valor and distinction and with great success. That protection comes at a price. Each year, there are approximately 16,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in nearly 60,000 injuries. Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 160 officers a year has been killed in the line of duty. Throughout U.S. history, nearly 19,000 law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. In 2009 Florida eight law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. In 1945 Levy County Deputy Sheriff A. Hagood Ellzey was shot and killed after being lured in the woods by a man that wanted to show him something. When he entered the bushes the man’s accomplice shot and killed him. In 1988 Corporal David Wayne Moss with the Williston Police Department answered a disabled vehicle call and he surprised a suspect who shot and killed him. Moss was able to return fire and kill the suspect.The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to honoring all of America’s law enforcement heroes. Sheriff Smith prays every day for the safety for his deputies, employees and families. ###
Date: May 7, 2010
Time: 2:30 PM
Chiefland, Florida-On May 6, 2010 Deputy Clint Anderson arrested Randy David Applegate for possession of marijuana more than 20 grams. Around 7:30 PM Applegate was traveling in a grey KIA and was clocked on radar at 73 mph in a 65 mph speed zone.
Upon Applegate being stopped for the traffic infraction he advised that he was returning from Texas in a rental vehicle enroute to Madeira Beach. Deputy Anderson’s K-9 partner “Robiek” alerted on the driver, passenger door and trunk for the odor of narcotics.
Upon searching the vehicle Applegate had approximately eight (8) pounds of marijuana inside a black suitcase in the trunk. Applegate attempted to mask the marijuana scent by putting lotion and air fresheners around the narcotics. The marijuana has a street value of $ 10,000.
Randy David Applegate
13415 Gulf Lane
Madeira Beach, Florida
White Male, 06/23/76
Media Release Date: May 5, 2010 Time: 10:00 PM Fanning Springs, Florida-On May 5, 2010 Detective Mike Bell arrested Seth Leon Foster and Amy Lynn Combs for robbery, burglary and host of felony charges. The victim reported that Foster and Combs went to his residence located at 7571 NW 168th Lane. Upon arriving at the residence Foster demanded money and threatened to kill two adult victims. The victim’s seven year old daughter heard the altercation and came to the front door and stated that she had some money. The child had $11.00 dollars in her hand and Foster entered the residence and forcibly snatched the money from the child. Foster also threatened to kill the victim’s girlfriend and demanded that she give him money and pills. During the struggle, Foster lost his Florida Department of Correction ID card and fled the area in 1997 Dodge truck. Foster is a convicted felon and has been to prison for aggravated assault with a weapon. Combs were present and drove the get away vehicle. Combs knew that Foster was going to rob the victims and participated in the crimes. The suspects were located in the suspect vehicle and a felony traffic stop was conducted at Suwannee Motel. Foster resisted arrest with violence and kicked Detective Bell in his right leg. The two were taken into custody and transported to the Levy County Jail. Defendants: Seth Leon Foster 8191 NW 81ST Ave. Fanning Springs, Fl White Male, 04/09/88 Charges: Burglary, robbery, resisting arrest with violence, battery law enforcement and assault. Amy Lynn Combs 8191 NW 81st Ave. Fanning Springs, Fl. White Female, 12/31/81 Charges: Burglary, robbery and resist arrest without violence. ###