Month: August 2010

Sheriff Purchases New Vehicles

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                August 10, 2010 Time:                9:00 AM   Sheriff Smith announces the purchase of 6 vehicles as part of the Sheriff’s Office Fleet replacement plan. The vehicles being replaced range in mileage from 100,000 to 150,000 miles.  Sheriff Smith says, “The replacement of these vehicles is vital for our deputies’ safety, which is paramount to me. One of these cars is down with a failed transmission.”   The K-9 replacements will be Chevrolet Tahoe’s that will be purchased through a State contract price.  The K-9 vehicles are four- wheeled drive and they will be equipped with an alarm system that will warn the deputy if the vehicle overheats, which could be fatal to the K-9 dogs. These vehicles will also have automatic door openers, which give the officer the added safety ability to release the K-9 with a remote. The current K-9 vehicles do not allow for the transport of prisoners.  The new K-9 vehicles will have that ability.  This will eliminate the need for another officer to respond and transport.   The other two vehicles being replaced will go to the Criminal Investigation Division. In April 2010 Investigator Tom Martin was responding to a burglary in progress in Fanning Springs, when someone pulled out in front of him causing him to crash and totaled his car that had only 29,000 miles. The driver of the other car was cited for the crash and also found guilty in traffic court.  The Sheriff’s Office has not received any money from the driver’s insurance company, and is currently in arbitration. Martin’s replacement vehicle is being purchased at a cost to the taxpayers of only $700.  The majority of funding for this replacement is from seized and auction vehicles that were sold at a public auction.   The second replacement is in the Criminal Investigation Division.  This vehicle was a four wheel drive that had over 150,000 miles.  It is being replaced with a four wheel drive truck.   Sheriff Smith say’s “that in strategically planning for future needs of our fleet, consideration was given to the geographical lay out of our county in addition to the threats facing us as a coastal county and it only makes sense to move toward vehicle replacement with four wheel drive capabilities.     ###


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

Wanted Fugitive Arrested

MEDIA RELEASE Date: August 7, 2010Time: 8:30 PM The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force arrested Derrick Bowers on Levy County warrants. Bowers has been on the run for the past three weeks as a wanted fugitive and he was located at 3155 NW 120th Street in Chiefland. The Task Force agents are sworn US Marshals and members of the US Marshals Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force. Bowers had nine warrants for five counts sale of a controlled substance, four counts of sale of cocaine within 1000 feet from a place of worship, eight counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Bowers was lodged in the Levy County Jail on a $ 430,000 bond. Defendant: Derrick D. Bowers3155 NW 120th StreetChiefland, FlB/M, 07/22/80 ###


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

Valery Zboralski Arrested


MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                August 7, 2010 Time:                8:00 PM   Chiefland, Fl.-On August 5, 2010 Detective Jimmy Anderson arrested Valery John Zboralski for lewd and lascivious battery on a child. On July 12, 2010 the victim’s mother went out of state to work and had a relative keep her 7 year old daughter.  Zboralski is allegedly touched the victim inappropriately over a three week period.  Zboralski told the victim not to tell anyone because it is there secret.  Detective Anderson interviewed Zboralski and he advised that he may have tickled the victim in her private area a couple of times but if he did touch the victim it was an accident.   Zboralski was arrested for lewd and lascivious battery on a child and currently in the Levy County Jail on a $ 200,000 bond.       Defendant:   Valery John Zboralski 5950 NW 76 Ave. Chiefland, Fl W/m, 05/31/43       ###

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