Month: August 2010

DUI Check Point Inglis

On Sept. 3, 2010 from 10pm-2:00 AM the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Inglis Police Department will be conducting a DUI, driver license and a vehicle safety check point on Highway 40 in front of the Inglis Town Hall. Drivers are asked to have their drivers license, registration and insurance card ready at the check point.

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Bronson Man Arrested In Domestic Dispute

MEDIA RELEASE Date:                August 30, 2010 Time:                10:00 am   On August 30, 2010 around 2:30 in the morning Deputy Joseph Sabbag & Deputy Matthew King responded to 559 East Thrasher Drive in Bronson.  A female caller was screaming on 9-1-1 that her husband was beating & choking her and then the phone was disconnected.   Upon arrival they knocked on the door and announced Sheriff’s Office open the door. After a considerable amount of time they could see a male moving in the residence but he would not open the front door.  King stated that if he did not come to the door he was going to kick the door in.    Joseph Williams finally came to the door and was very aggressive to the two deputies.  Williams was held at gun point and instructed to get on the ground but he refused their orders.  Williams used some obscenities towards the deputies stating he would not comply and Dep. Sabbag shot him with his department taser.  Williams went to the ground and complied with the deputies orders and Williams was taken into custody without further incident.   The altercation began when Williams asked the victim where the money order was and she replied in her wallet.  After Williams could not find the money order he threw the victim’s wallet striking her in the back and then threw her down on the couch and began choking her.  The victim was able to retrieve a phone and call 9-1-1 but never had a chance to speak to a 9-1-1 operator. The 9-1-1 operator attempted to contact the caller but Williams would not allow her to answer the phone.   Williams was charged with felony battery with strangulation, domestic batter and depriving a victim to call 9-1-1.   Defendant:   Joseph Williams 559 East Thrasher Drive Bronson, Fl. Joseph Williams 10/22/81   ###


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

Flooding in Rosewood

MEDIA RELEASE Date:                August 28, 2010 Time:                6:00 am   According to the National Weather Center Levy County has received over 15 inches of rain in the past week.  Levy County Citizens in the Rosewood area has seen there share of water.  Businesses in the Rosewood area had to close there doors due to the flooding. The photo attached to this press release was taken Friday, August 27, 2010.  The business is the Viertel U-haul located at 7150 SW SR-24 and it is owned by Mr. & Mrs. Viertel.   The Levy County Sheriff’s Office would caution motorist to be careful in their travel and watch for flooded roads.  At this time with have no reports of any major roads that are flooded.  If you need assistance and it is not an emergency please contact our office at 352-486-5111.           ###


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

David Knutson Sr Arrested For Grand Theft

MEDIA RELEASE  Date:                August 26, 2010 Time:                700 pm   On August 26, 2010 Detective Tom Martin and Jay Crooms assisted Code Enforcement & the Health Department in condemning the residence at 7871 NE 134 Terrace Bronson.  On August 16, 2010 Martin was at the residence in reference to a child abuse investigation.  The result of the child abuse investigation, David Knutson and Cathy Speer were arrested and charged with child abuse.  Inside the residence were soiled diapers, trash and living conditions were deplorable.    While detectives were on the property the defendant, David Leroy Knutson Sr., the father of Knutson Jr. was at the property.  Knutson Sr. stated he was there to help his son clean up the yard.  While at the residence detectives observed a trailer behind the residence with an air compressor and a Miller Bobcat welder.  Detectives went to the jail and asked Knutson Jr. if he owned the above equipment.  Knutson Jr. stated that the trailer belonged to his father and he believed that the items inside the trailer were stolen.   Detectives recovered a Kellogg air compressor and a Miller Bobcat welder that were reported stolen on April 17, 2008.  Knutson Sr. confessed that he had been on a stealing spree since 2005.  Inside a semi tractor cargo trailer detectives located a trailer load of stolen property.  During the interview Knutson Sr. admitted to stealing the items and showed detectives various locations where he had stolen the property.   Knutson Sr. now shares something in common with his son. They are both currently in the Levy County Jail.     Defendant:   David Leroy Knutson 6839 NE 96 Terrace Bronson, Fl. W/m, 05/12/56   Charge: Grand Theft   ###

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

88 Year Old Missing But Found Alive & Well

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                August 25, 2010 Time:                9:45 pm   Dozen deputies responded to the area of 12430 NE 80 Street Bronson in reference to 88 year old missing person.  The investigation revealed that relatives left the home around 7 AM and discovered her mother missing around 5 PM.  The Sheriff’s bloodhound and a helicopter was enroute to assist in a ground and air search.   The daughter stated that her mother has dementia, but has never walked away from the home.  Shortly before night fall the missing person was located in the woods.  Deputies reported that she was very tired and thirsty.    We would like to remind all Levy County citizens that we have a Special Needs program.  If you like more information about the program you are encourage to contact Lt.  Sean Mullins.         ###


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