Month: January 2012

Juvenile Arrested For Stealing SKS Rifle

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                January 31, 2012 Time:                3:30 PM   On January 30, 2012 a Williston home owner reported that unknown person(s) broke into his home.  The subject entered the residence through a back window and upon entry stole a loaded SKS rifle.  The victim’s home was equipped with a home security system and the video captured a white male walking out the front door with a blanket over a long object consistent to a rifle.    The investigation revealed that School Resource Officer Sgt Max Long and Deputy Scott Stancil reviewed the video and positively identified the suspect as Brandon Cole Pickel, 17, from Williston.  Sgt. Narayan was able to seize the stolen rifle and return the rifle to the owner.   A criminal history background check on Pickel shows that he is a three time convicted felon with a past of burglary and theft.   Defendant:   Brandon Cole Pickel 12550 NE 18th Street Williston, Fl. W/M, 11/15/1994       ###  

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

Williston Fire

MEDIA RELEASE         Date:               January 30, 2012 Time:               3:15 PM   On January 30, 2012 Deputy Scott Stancil responded to a house fire at 19990 NE 17 Place in Williston, Fl.  Upon arrival Williston Fire Department and Levy County Fire Rescue were attempting to extinguish the fire.  The homeowner, Sandra Adame stated that she was outside feeding the horses when she noticed smoke coming from her residence.  Ms. Adame advised that her five-year-old son was inside the residence playing and she feared for his safety.  Ms Adame and her son were not harmed and she ran down the lane and flagged a motorist to call 9-1-1.    Due to drought conditions the fire quickly spread from the house to other horse paddocks and the fire personnel were attempting to save the house and the horses.  The fire was extinguished and the horses were not harmed but the mobile home was not so lucky.   At this time it is unknown the cause of the fire but the State Fire Marshall has been notified and the investigation continues.                                                                                    ###

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

Morriston Man Leads Deputies on a Pursuit

MEDIA RELEASE Date:                January 19, 2012 Time:                10:45 AM   On January 18, 2012 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a subject driving a gray truck left the scene of a hit and run accident.  The caller stated that the subject was last seen traveling west on County Road 316 and he was driving erratic.    Major Sullivan and Lt Mullins were in the area and began looking for the subject at the intersection of SR-121 and Highway 41.  The subject was seen driving a gray Nissan Titan truck with front end damage from the crash and he made an illegal U-turn in front of deputies.  The subject proceeded south on SR-121 from Williston and when the subject saw Sgt. Wells he made another U-turn at Williston Airport road. I activated my emergency lights in an attempt to stop him.  The subject refused to pull over and sped up to speeds of 75mph with Sgt Wells directly behind the subject with his emergency lights and siren activated.  The subject continued southbound on SR-121 and was weaving all over the road and we feared that the driver may possibly cause a head on collision.    The subject prior to reaching the intersection of SR-121/41 came to an abrupt stop and shot deputies a “Bird”.  The subject continued to reach in the seat with his right hand and he was ordered at gun point to show his hands and get out of the truck.  The subject refused to exit the truck but finally reach out the driver’s window and shoot us the bird with both hands.  The subject is a very large man (6’02”, 300lbs) and he had to be physically removed from the vehicle and he resisted arrest with violence.  The subject had to be restrained with two pair of handcuffs and he was arrested for fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer and resisting arrest with violence.  The Florida Highway Patrol investigated the traffic crash and there were no reports of any injuries.    The subject was later identified as Roy Thomas Willard, 62 from Morriston.  Upon arriving at the jail Willard apologized to Sgt. Wells for his actions.   Defendant:   Roy Thomas Willard 13750 SE 54th Street Morriston, Fl. W/M, 12/9/1949   ###



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

Operation One Eye Jack

MEDIA RELEASE   OPERATION ONE EYE JACK Date:                January 17, 2012 Time:                4:00 PM   The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Williston Police Department and the Chiefland Police Department executed a search warrant at 241 NE 11th Street in Williston and arrested eight people.  Community leaders have complained about the criminal activity at this location which is a known as the “Gambling House”.    The investigation revealed that the Drug Task Force Agents made undercover drug buys in December 2011.  Agents purchased marijuana and powder cocaine from Darryl James at the Gambling House.  James was using the house for illegal gambling, selling and using drugs, selling alcohol and cigarettes without a license and renting the back bedroom for prostitution.    The Gambling House is known to have as many as 40-50 people on the premises on any given night and in the past have become very combative towards Williston Police Officers during a traffic stop.  Agents decided that on Friday the 13th Operation “One Eye Jack” would commence after dark and shut down the illegal business.   Upon arriving at the location the entry team was confronted with 9 people gambling and had assorted drugs (cocaine-marijuana) and cash on the table.  Inside the residence James was selling alcohol, cigarettes, cigars, chips, candy, beer and condoms without a license.   Upon Agents arriving on the scene there were numerous people on foot that attempted to run and one vehicle that was parked in the front yard that attempted to escape the drag net.  The occupants in the vehicle were later identified as a driver, Quinton Harris, front passenger, Daniel Joiner and in the back seat, Manuel Terrell.  The driver drove the car in reverse and attempted to flee the scene.  Detective Roger Bell, Detective Jay Crooms, Police Officer Justin Douglas and Major Sullivan stopped the vehicle and the subjects were taken out of the car at gun point.  Inside the car was a pistol and Daniel Joiner had 30 individually packaged baggies of cocaine and 2 bags of marijuana in his pocket.    Operation One Eye Jack netted a total of eight people being arrested and seized drugs, money and guns.  The Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor this location and we have a zero tolerance for illegal activity.       Defendant:   Darryl Sherod James 111 NE 41ST Lane Williston, Fl. B/M, 10/26/1961 Charges:  2 Counts possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1000’of a school.                 2 Counts sale of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1000′ of a school.                 2 Counts possession of cocaine with intent to distribute within a 1000′ of a school.                 2 Counts Sale of cocaine with intent to distribute within a 1000′ of a school.                 1 Count selling alcohol without a beverage license                 1 Count of Gambling   Quinton Lamar Harris 3563 NE 212TH Court Williston, Fl B/M, 03/16/1983 Charges:  Possession of marijuana less than 20 grams                 Resisting arrest without violence   Daniel Joiner 21298 NE 41st Street Williston, Fl. B/M, 05/10/1990 Charges:  Possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1000′ from a school                 Possession of marijuana less than 20 grams   Manuel Lynn Terrell 332 SE 10th Street Williston, Fl. B/M, 04/11/1989 Charges:  Possession of marijuana less than 20 grams     Jermaine Levon Harris 1032 NE 1st Ave. Williston, Fl. B/M, 10/03/1977 Charges:  Possession of drug paraphernalia   Kelvin Hill 21391 NE 40th Street Williston, Fl. B/M, 08/29/1982 Charges:  Possession of cocaine with intent to sell                 Possession of marijuana less than 20 grams                 Possession of drug paraphernalia   Jerrell Lashaw Hopkins 21190 NE 37th Place Williston, Fl. B/M, 12/05/1987 Charges:  Possession of marijuana less than 20 grams                 Resist arrest without violence   Marrio Kentrell Monroe 3850 NE 217th Court Williston, Fl. B/M, 11/15/1980 Charges:  Possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute                 Possession of powder cocaine with intent to distribute                 Possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 1000′ of a school       ###

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

Raymond Shiver

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                January 12, 2012 Time:                2:30 PM   On January 11, 2012 Deputy Scott Stancil arrested Raymond Shiver for grand theft and resisting arrest without violence.  Deputy Stancil attempted to stop a blue S-10 truck in the Williston area.  Deputy Stancil had knowledge that Shiver is associated with the above truck and he stopped the truck for a traffic infraction.    Upon stopping the truck the passenger, Raymond Shiver jumped out and ran on foot and refused to stop.  Deputy Stancil chased Shiver on foot and he was apprehended approximately ¼ of a mile in the woods.    Raymond Shiver and his brother Alexander Shiver stole a 3.5 ton air conditioner from a residence.  Alexander Shiver was arrested within days of the report and Raymond went on the run.  Yesterday, Raymond Shiver’s luck ended when he was stopped and arrested for the above charges.  Raymond Shiver was transported to the Levy County jail and he has a $ 60,000 bond.   Defendant:   Raymond S. Shiver 2350 SE 138th Terrace Morriston, Fl W/M, 10/20/1985     ###    


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