Month: April 2011

Pistol class to support Haiti Mission trip

This Fund raiser is for First Baptist Church of Bronsons Youth mission trip to Haiti in summer 2011. This class hosted by Levy County Sheriffs Office will qualify for Florida concealed weapons permit and the date is May 28, 2011 8am till 1pm at the Levy County Sheriffs Office Classroom 9150 NE 80th Ave Bronson Fl 32621. Cost will be $55 dollars in advance or 60 dollars day of class you can register at www.levysostar.com in the information center section. Lunch will be provided and additional donations will be appreciated and accepted. please email any questions to sfinnen@levyso.com or contact the sheriffs office at 3524865111.

Crab Fest 2011


MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                April 25, 2011 Time:                1:30 PM   On April 30, 2011 the annual Crab Fest will begin in the Williston area.  The event usually begins mid afternoon and last during the late evening hours.  There will be an increase in vehicle & pedestrian traffic in the area of County Road 318 in East Williston.    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office will have extra deputies in the area enforcing the state laws and traffic enforcement.  There will be a detour on County Road 318. The road will be open only to one way traffic (Eastbound).  Anyone traveling west bound from Marion County into Levy County is asked to avoid this event by  turning south on County Road 335 and following it to County Road 316 then turn right or west and follow to  Hwy 27.   We want to remind everyone traveling this area to have patience and obey the traffic laws.  We hope everyone has a fun and safe day and please wear your seat belt.         ###

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

Auto Thief Suspect Arrested In Bronson


MEDIA RELEASE

Date: April 22, 2011
Time: 3:30 PM

On Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Cody Thatcher, 15 years of age, from Clay County, was arrested for grand theft auto. Thatcher stole a vehicle in Clay County on April 18, 2011 and drove the vehicle to Levy County. Thatcher abandoned the stolen vehicle in the parking lot at Bronson High School and left on foot.

For two days, Thatcher terrorized Bronson residents by stealing another vehicle parked in the driveway in Bronson. The victim reported that the stolen car had minimum gas, because the low gas light has been on for over two days. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, a citizen caught Thatcher attempting to steal gas from their vehicle. The victim chased Thatcher in their vehicle and they were unaware they were chasing an auto thief suspect. A deputy patrolling the area was unaware of what just occurred and seen the vehicles approaching him at a high rate of speed. Thatcher traveling over 70 MPH almost struck the deputy head on. The deputy had to run off the road to avoid a traffic crash and immediately turned around and gave chase. Thatcher ran several stop signs and jumped out of the stolen car leaving it unattended. Deputies set up a perimeter but Thatcher was able to escape.

The Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call at 7:08 AM from a Bronson resident off Town Court. The caller stated that a white male was beating on the windows and attempting to enter the house. Deputies arrived within minutes of the call, but Thatcher entered the front door and ran out the back door. Thatcher fled on foot in the woods and a perimeter was set up. Several deputies were on foot searching for Thatcher, when Major Evan Sullivan located Thatcher walking in the area of Pine Street/Hwy 27. A foot pursuit ensued and Deputy Jason Gallup and Sullivan apprehended Thatcher in Bronson Villas. Thatcher has a past criminal history and he is currently on probation.

Defendant:

Cody Thatcher
W/M, 07/19/95



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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

Morriston Drug Bust

MEDIA RELEASE

Date: April 21, 2011

Time: 12:30 PM

Agents of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted a criminal investigation at 12151 SE 80th Street, Morriston. Upon arrival, they made contact with an unknown female and smelled the odor of marijuana emitting from the residence. Agents requested to enter the residence which is also known a “knock and talk”, but the female claimed she could not speak English. Agents utilized an interpreter and the female still claimed that she did not understand.

Agents secured the female and the residence and obtained a drug search warrant. After executing the search warrant, Agents recovered cocaine, marijuana, handguns, a Mini-14 high powered rifle, shotguns and over 5000 rounds of ammunition. Also, inside the house there were numerous credit cards that Agents believe to be fictitious names.

Agents seized a Ford Mustang and over 100,000 dollars in cash. The female was booked in the Levy County Jail as Jane Doe and she is believed to be an illegal alien. Her identity is unknown and she was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and possession of a fictitious driver’s license. Agents expect more arrests and the investigation continues in this organized crime and money laundering.

On April 21, 2011 Agent Jay Bolton obtained an arrest warrant for Alberto Mora. The warrant is for six counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, two counts of possession of a electric weapon by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine, possession of a driver’s forged or stolen fictitious driver’s license with a $ 975,000 bond. Alberto Mora is also known as Carlos Diaz and his true identity is being investigated. Mora is from Cuba and his location is unknown at this time. Agents expect more arrest in this investigation.

Suspect:

Alberto Mora Aka: Carlos Diaz

W/M, 11/11/63

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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

Andy Sullivan Arrested For Murder

MEDIA RELEASE Date:                April 19, 2011 Time:                2:15 PM   On April 8, 2011 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Gary “Andy” Andrew Sullivan at 6430 N.W. 170th Street Trenton, Fl.  Sullivan stated that his girlfriend, Summer Lynn Keller allegedly got into an argument with a relative on the phone earlier in the day.  Sullivan stated that he and Keller then argued over the contents of the conversation with Sullivan’s relative.   Sullivan alleges that after his argument with Keller he spoke to a friend on the phone.  After Sullivan’s phone call with the friend he allegedly started looking for Keller and he is unable to locate her.  Sullivan states that he looks throughout the residence and then goes outside to look for Keller to no avail.   Sullivan said that when he turned the porch light on, he saw Keller standing by a tree.  Sullivan advised that when Keller did not respond he walked to Keller & found her hanging from the tree.  Sullivan claimed that he ran back to the residence and retrieved a knife and cut Keller down and called 9-1-1.   Through the testimony of witnesses, Sullivan’s inconsistent statements, Medical Examiner’s Office reports and the forensic evidence; the crime scene does not support Sullivan’s statements.  According to forensic evidence, the alleged instrument used to hang Ms Keller was not the cause of her death.  The Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death a homicide.   Sullivan is well known by law enforcement and has a violent history.  On April 16, 2008 Sullivan was sentenced to the State of Florida Department of Corrections for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.    On April 19, 2011 Investigator Jimmy Anderson arrested Sullivan for second degree murder and he was transported to the Levy County Jail.   Defendant:   Gary Andrew Sullivan 6430 N.W. 170th Street Trenton, FL. W/M, 07/01/1976 ###

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