Month: June 2010

Mike Narayan Promoted to Sergeant

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:     June 29, 2010 Time:    7:45 PM   On June 29, 2010 Sheriff Smith promoted Corporal Mike Narayan to the rank of Sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division (CID).   Mike began his career with the Sheriff's Office in 1999 and has done an excellent job in CID.  Mike's hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed by his peers and the executive staff.  Mike has worked undercover in the Drug Unit, Patrol Division and currently working in Investigations.   We are very proud that Mike has advanced his law enforcement career to the rank of Sergeant and we expect great things from him.   Congratulations and best wishes in you new position.         ###


Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session
Office: 352-486-5446
Cell:    352-577-4218

Stephen Walther Arrested

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                June 29, 2010 Time:                5:30 PM   Fanning Springs, Florida-On June 28, 2010 Deputy Kevin Kinik stopped a blue Oldsmobile for the occupants not wearing the safety belts.  During the traffic stop in Fanning Springs the driver; Stephen Walther advised that he does not have a driver’s license because they are suspended.  Walther was arrested for driving while license suspended and search incident to arrest Deputy Kinik seized drug paraphernalia, needles, scales and spoons.   The passenger, Jennifer Sims was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (pills).  Deputy Kinik seized a clear plastic bag containing blue pills in the glove box.  Sims stated that the pills were ibuprofen and Kinik contacted poison control and discovered the narcotics were sulfamethoxavole trimethoprim which is a prescription for antibiotics.  During the arrest Sims had in her purse green pills and the pills were identified as cephalexin.  The narcotics require a prescription and Sims was unable to provide doctors prescription.  Sims and Walther was arrested and transported to the Levy County Jail.   The Walther family is very familiar with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.  On June 16, 2010 Investigator Tom Martin arrested Stephen Walther’s father Scott Walther, his brother Lukas Walther and Marc Walther for numerous burglaries, theft and drug charges.   Defendant:   Stephen M. Walther 16590 NW 80 Ave. Trenton, Fl W/m, 29   Jennifer Sims 6800 W Burke Way Homosassa, Fl W/F, 36   ###


Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session
Office: 352-486-5446
Cell:    352-577-4218

Bronson Man Arrested for Filing a False Report

MEDIA RELEASEDate: June 29, 2010Time: 4:45 PMBronson, Florida-On June 24, 2010 Investigator Jay Crooms arrested Thomas Rutkowski for filing a false report. On June 5, 2010 Rutkowski reported to the Sheriff’s Office that unknown person(s) broke into his shed and stole a flat screen 42″ television valued at $ 1,297. The investigation revealed that Rutkowski was renting to own the TV from Farmers Furniture and he was behind on his payments. Rutkowski fabricated a lie that his TV was stolen in an endeavor to defraud his insurance company. Rutkowski was arrested and transported to the Levy County Jail.Defendant:Thomas Rutkowski6930 NE 100 CourtBronson, Fl.W/m, 52###


Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session
Office: 352-486-5446
Cell: 352-577-4218

Bronson Man Arrested For Sexual Battery

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                June 29, 2010 Time:                4:45 PM   Bronson, Florida-On June 24, 2010 Deputy Mike Wilkinson arrested Leon Wiggins for battery on an inmate at the Levy County Jail. Wiggins and inmate Samuel Haines were involved in a verbal argument in “F” dorm.  The verbal argument continued from the dorm to the cell and Wiggins struck Haines in the right cheek, upper lip and above his left eye.  Wiggins was currently in jail for the Four Corners Bar burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.   The owner of the Four Corners Bar reported a burglary on September 4, 2009.  During the burglary the subject apparently cut himself and DNA evidence was collected at the scene.  Crime Scene Investigator sent the DNA to the Florida Department Law Enforcement lab and received a hit that the DNA belonged to Wiggins.  During the DNA search FDLE also received a positive match that Wiggins DNA was involved in a sexual assault that was reported on January 24, 2004.  Wiggins is accused of placing a date rape drug in the victim’s drink at a party and then sexually assaulted the victim.  On June 29, 2010 a warrant issued for the arrest of Wiggins for sexual battery.  The Sheriff’s Office is very familiar with Wiggins.  He has been charged with 55 felony/misdemeanor charges and has a total of 20 convictions.   Defendant:   Leon Bernard Wiggins 550 Hurst Street Bronson, Fl. B/M, 44     ###


Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session
Office: 352-486-5446
Cell:    352-577-4218

Airplane Crash In South Levy County

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:               June 25, 2010 Time:              6:30 PM   Inglis, Florida- The Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call at 3:09 PM in reference to a plane crash in the Inglis area.  Upon arrival Deputy Allen Breeding observed a 2008 Luscombe single engine airplane upside down obstructing the east bound lane of highway 40 near the Peaceful Acres area.    The pilot John Kuniyoshi, 36 from Lake Worth and two passengers Malcolm Ford, 53 from Sanford and Jordan Astrin, 25 Oviedo left the Sanford airport this morning and flew to Cedar Key for lunch.  During the flight back to Sanford the plane developed engine problems and Kuniyoshi made an emergency landing in a field.  During the landing the wings struck a small tree and the plane went through a fence and down the ditch and landed upside down on Highway 40.  This is the fourth airplane crash the Levy County Sheriff’s Office has worked this year.   Kuniyoshi has been a pilot since 2007 and the three men walked away with minor scratches.  The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and Agents are enroute to continue the investigation in the plane crash.                 ###


Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session
Office: 352-486-5446
Cell:    352-577-4218