Month: August 2010

Bronson Parents Arrested For Child Abuse

MEDIA RELEASE Date:                       August 23, 2010   Time:                      2:00 PM   Friday August 20, 2010 Sheriff Deputies responded to 11330 NE 83rd Terrace Bronson in reference to a missing ten year old boy.  Upon arrival deputies and Investigators spoke to James Saucedo, the step father and the child’s mother, Donna Scott.  Saucedo and Scott stated that the child was mowing the grass and they believed that he ran away.  A search party of over 15 deputies began searching for the young child.  The child was located on foot at the Sheriff’s Office parking lot five hours after he disappeared.  The child stated that he left the home because his step father (Saucedo) did not want him at the house and he does not perform his chores in a timely manner.    Detective Tom Martin interviewed the child, Saucedo and Scott at the Sheriff’s Office and questioned them about the youth’s knuckles being raw.  The explanation given was the boy does bare knuckle push ups and that is how he received the injuries.  There was no other evidence observed that would indicate the child was being abused and he was released back to his mother.  Later that evening Saucedo used a wooden back scrubber and struck the victim on the buttocks and over his entire body.   The following morning the child told his mother about the beating and stated that his bottom hurts if he sits down.  The mother Donna Scott looked at the injuries but failed to call authorities.   Saturday morning August 21, 2010 the victim called his grandmother who lives out of state.  The child stated to his grandmother that Saucedo punched him in the mouth and told her about the beatings.  The victim’s grandmother called the Sheriff’s Office to do a well being check and Sgt. Danny Turner responded to the residence.  Upon arrival Sgt. Turner made contact with the mother Donna Scott and she advised that her son was not at home.  Deputies returned back to the residence Saturday evening and made contact with the victim and the parents.  During the interview Saucedo stated that he used a wooden back scrubber and struck the victim multiple times over his entire body. During the interview with Scott, she told Detective Jimmy Anderson that the victim has received this type of punishment in the past.  The two were arrested for child abuse and transported to the Levy County Jail.  The following day the suspects went to first appearance and Saucedo received a $ 10,000 bond and Scott was released on her own recognizance.

 
Detective Jimmy Anderson stated that in his seventeen year career this is the worst child abuse case he has worked.

  Defendant: James Saucedo 11330 NE 83RD Terrace Bronson, Fl W/M, 08/08/71 Charge:  Child Abuse   Donna Angelina Scott 11330 NE 83rd Terrace Bronson, Fl W/F, 02/25/75 Charge:  Child Neglect


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

Parents Arrested For Child Abuse

MEDIA RELEASE

Date: August 23, 2010 Time: 2:15 PM
On August 16, 2010 Detective Tom Martin responded to 7871 NE 134 Terrace Bronson in reference to an allegation of child neglect. Upon his arrival he met with Department of Children & Families Investigator James Ledford and discovered that the residence was unsafe and also unsanitary. There was a four month old baby and three year old child living in the residence. Detectives discovered garbage inside the residence, rotten food, soiled clothes, and an infestation of flies and cockroaches throughout the residence and in the children’s crib. In the master bedroom there were pornographic pictures and trash littered to the point that the bathroom was inaccessible due to the trash and soiled linens on the floor. Profanity was spray painted on the walls and a large open knife was lying on the dresser. The investigation resulted in the arrest of David Knutson and Cathy Speer for child abuse and they were transported to the Levy County Jail. The two are the children’s biological parents. Bonds were set at $ 50,000.
Defendant:David Knutson7871 NE 134 TerraceBronson, FlW/M, 10/18/81
Cathy Speer7871 NE 134 TerraceBronson, FlW/F, 12/16/86

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

Operation Safe School

MEDIA RELEASE OPERATION SAFE SCHOOL Date:                       August 23, 2010 Time:                      8:30 AM   It seems hard to believe that another summer has come and gone and it’s time to start getting the kids ready to go back to school.  On August 23rd Levy County will begin that timeless annual ritual:  the first day of school. It is a time when parents breathe a sigh of relief and students and teachers anticipate new beginnings and new challenges.   Unfortunately, the beginning of school is also a time when children are at increased risk of transportation-related injuries from pedestrian, bicycle, school bus and motor vehicle crashes.  This happens because there are more children on the road each morning and afternoon which may cause driving patterns to change.  So as schools open their doors, it’s time for everyone—motorists, parents, educators and students—to improve their traffic safety practices.   The familiar yellow school bus has become one of the most powerful icons in American society.  Day-in and day-out, the nation’s 418,000 yellow buses travel more than 4.5 billion miles a year at a cost of nearly $10 billion.  They safely carry 24 million children-nearly half of all the nation’s children-to and from school.    While school buses can be proud of their safety record, there are still aspects of school bus transportation that are dangerous to children.  More children are hurt outside a bus than inside one.  Getting on and off the bus is the most dangerous part of the bus ride.  This loading and unloading area is called the “danger zone.”  This area extends 10 feet in front of the bus, 10 feet on each side of the bus and 10 feet behind the bus.  The danger zone is where children are at greatest risk of not being seen by the bus driver.  The child who bends over to retrieve a dropped school paper, or who walks too close to the bus while crossing the street, is at greatest risk of becoming the next statistic in this danger zone.   Parents and other adults must also do their part.  For instance, most motorist need to learn to share the road with school buses.  They must stop when the bus stops to take on or let off passengers.  If we all do our part—if motorists heed school bus warning lights, bus drivers drive defensively, parents help their children learn to ride safely and children learn to avoid the bus’s danger zone—we can increase the safety of the yellow bus ride to and from school.   Safety precaution education is the best way to keep your child safe this school year.  Get involved and get your children involved. The more you know the safer your children are.   Please be careful during your travels and the Sheriff’s Office has kicked off a new program called “Operation Safe School”.  This program is to ensure the safety of the kids.  The School Resource Officers, Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (COPS) and the Sheriff’s Executive Staff will be monitoring the school zones and school bus stops for traffic violations in marked and unmarked cars.  Additionally the Executive Staff and the teachers will be welcoming the students and parents at the drop off line.     ###


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

Two Arrested For Shooting Up Meth

MEDIA RELEASEDate: August 16, 2010Time: 5:00 PM On August 16, 2010 shortly after midnight Deputy Patricia Horne responded to 7300 NE 112 terrace in reference to a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival Horne observed a Chevrolet Blazer parked on the side of the road and a syringe on the ground by the driver’s door. Horne saw a lot movement inside the vehicle and two individuals in the back seat. The two were later identified as Warren Seekell and Veronica Sorenson. The investigation revealed that Seekell and Sorenson admitted to shooting up meth and having sex in the back seat. Upon searching the vehicle a bag of crystal meth was located inside the blazer. Seekell was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sorenson is on felony probation for possession of marijuana more than 20 grams and she lied about her identity. Sorenson was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest without violence. The suspects were transported to the Levy County Jail. Defendant:Warren Seekell11928 SW 35 DriveWebster, Fl.W/M, 04/07/70Veronica Sorenson8145 Cr-624ABushnell, FlW/f, 04/07/84###


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

K-9 Taz Apprehends Auto Thief

MEDIA RELEASE Date:                August 14, 2010 Time:                4:00 pm   On August 14, 2010 around 1:30 in the morning Deputy Matt King was patrolling in the area of the Dawg House bar, in Fanning Springs.  King observed a white 2004 Toyota SUV leaving the bar and proceeded on US Hwy 19.  The vehicle made a U-turn spinning the tires and accelerated to a high rate of speed.  King attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver made another U-turn on US Hwy 19 and drove on the property of the Suwannee River Fair grounds.  The suspect turned around abruptly and drove towards King’s patrol car causing him to slam on his brakes to prevent a vehicle crash.  The driver lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree disabling the SUV.  The suspect immediately jumped out of the passenger side door and ran on foot.    A perimeter was cordon off with law enforcement officers with the Florida Highway Patrol and a deputy with Gilchrist County.  K-9 Deputy Willie Barnes & his partner Taz (Belgian Malinois) responded to the area and tracked the suspect to the Bears Den Bar parking lot where he was apprehended without incident.   The driver was identified as Victor Vanderlinde and he has lengthy criminal history.  Vanderlinde has been arrested over a dozen times on felony charges and some of the convictions are robbery, cocaine charges and auto theft.  The investigation revealed the Toyota was reported stolen on August 8, 2010 in Cedar Key.  Vanderlinde was arrested for grand theft auto, driving on a revoked driver’s license for a habitual traffic offender and resisting arrest without violence.   Defendant: Victor A. Vanderlinde 7731 NW 168th Lane Fanning Springs, Florida W/M, 05/15/73   Charges: Grand Theft auto Driving with a license revoked for habitual traffic offender Resisting arrest without violence     ###


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