Month: April 2012

K-9 Taz Apprehends Burglar

Media Release Date:                April 23, 2012 Time:                1:15 PM   On Saturday, April 21, 2012 Deputy Willie Barnes arrested Kurt Leonard Phrampus for burglary, petit theft, criminal mischief and resisting arrest without violence.      The witness stated that they saw a light inside the residence around 10PM and called the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputy Willie Barnes and K-9 deputy “Taz” responded to 6990 NW 135th Lane in reference to the burglary in progress call.  Upon arrival the back door had been pried open and it was unknown if the subject was still inside the house.   Deputy Barnes announced two times his presence and that the K-9 would enter the residence.  K-9 Taz cleared the residence and began tracking from the back door where he located Phrampus hiding behind a shed.  K-9 Taz apprehended Phrampus and he started fighting the Sheriff’s K-9.  Phrampus was bit in the chest and hands when Phrampus attempted to choke K-9 Taz.    Phrampus was arrested and he had in his possession stolen jewelry.  Phrampus was transported to Tri County Hospital where he was treated and released.  Phrampus is currently in the Levy County Jail with a $130,000 dollar bond.     Defendant:   Kurt Leonard Phrampus 6751 NW Highway 345 Chiefland, Fl. W/M, 08/08/1968     ###    


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

Fanning Springs Man floods Motel

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:                April 23, 2012 Time:                1:30 PM   On April 21, 2012 Deputy Willie Barnes arrested Dale Harvey Derber for felony criminal mischief.    Deputy Barnes and K-9 Taz responded to the Suwannee River Motel in reference to a disturbance.  Upon arrival Deputy Barnes made contact with the owner of the motel.  The victim stated that Derber has been renting from her for approximately five months.  The victim stated that tonight she heard a loud noise in room 11. Derber left room 11 and began banging on doors at 2:30 in the morning waking up other tenants.   The investigation revealed that the loud noise the victim heard was Derber ripping the plumbing from the sink and flooding the entire room causing over $1,000 dollars in damage.  Derber was located by Dep. Barnes on highway 19 and he was arrested for felony criminal mischief.   Defendant:   Dale Harvey Derber 17210 NW US Highway 19 Fanning Springs, Fl. W/M, 09/11/1953     ###    


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

Disabled Motorist Arrested for Drugs

MEDIA RELEASE Date:                April 23, 2012 Time:                1:45 PM   On April 21, 2012 Deputy Matthew King arrested Manuel Alejandro Marmolejos for possession of drug paraphernalia.   Deputy King observed a white Honda CRV disabled on the side of the road in the Chiefland area.  Deputy King stopped to assist the motorist and when he made contact with Marmolejos he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. King questioned Marmolejos if he had anything in the car that was illegal and he replied no.  King explained that he could smell the odor of marijuana and Marmolejos produced a gas mask with a pipe attached to the mask.  Marmolejos stated that he used the gas mask and pipe to smoke marijuana and the gas mask had residue that tested positive for marijuana.   Marmolejos was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and transported to the Levy County Jail.   Defendant:   Manuel Alejandro Marmolejos 6801 Rosemary Drive Tampa, Fl. H/M, 05/01/1991     ###

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

Two Arrested in Inglis

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:               April 23, 2012 Time:               1:30 PM

 
On Saturday, April 21, 2012 Deputy Jason Gallup arrested Tammy Herndon and Rodney Garris for trespassing after warning and disorderly intoxication. 

  Deputy Gallup responded to the Kangaroo gas station in the City of Inglis in reference to a disturbance at the store.  Upon arriving at the gas station Gallup saw Herndon & Garris running from the store and they were detained.  Gallup knew earlier in the day that a police officer with Inglis Police Department issued a trespass warning on the two.    Through the investigation it was determined that the defendants were very intoxicated. They were screaming obscenities and threw their personal belongings in the parking lot.  The two refused to calm down and Gallup arrested them for trespassing after warning and disorderly intoxication.     Defendants:   Tammy Herndon Transient W/F, 06/13/1969   Rodney Garris Transient W/M, 08/26/1967     ###


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

Suspect Arrested In Commercial Burglaries

MEDIA RELEASE Date:                April 16, 2012 Time:                10:30 AM   On Saturday, April 14, 2012 Detectives arrested David J. Morin, 31, from Dunnellon for several commercial burglaries.  The investigation began on March 7, 2012 when unknown subjects forcibly entered the Kwik King in Morriston.  Upon entry the suspects stole several thousands dollars worth of cigarettes, lottery tickets and did several thousand dollars worth of damage.  The group of thugs continued there crime spree and broke into the Morriston Kwik King a total of three times and forcibly entered the Morris Junction BP Station.    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office organized a Task Force and started conducting stakeouts throughout Levy County.  Levy Detectives noticed that the suspects would strike, Sunday-Thursday, between the hours of 9:30PM-5:00AM.  The subjects continued there crime spree and committed three more burglaries in Marion County. They are suspected of committing one burglary in Citrus County.    The investigations revealed the Levy/Marion/Citrus burglaries had the same similarities and were believed to have been committed by the same individuals working in the three county areas.   Levy County Sheriff’s Office organized a Task Force and deputies began conducting stakeouts in Levy County.  Through the hard work of Detectives in the three counties they developed a suspect vehicle, 2011 Ford F-250.  On Saturday, April 14, 2012 Deputy Adam Parker with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office located the suspect’s truck in the Lake Tropicana subdivision.  Upon stopping the truck Parker located stolen cigarettes inside the truck and the suspects were detained for questioning.  Sgt. Mike Narayan, Detective Jay Crooms and Deputy Scott Stancil responded to Marion County and conducted the interview with David Morin from Dunnellon.  The interrogation resulted in Morin confessing to the three burglaries in Levy County and three burglaries in Marion County which resulted in a search warrant executed in Marion County.  The search warrant resulted in seizing stolen cigarettes, sledge hammer, yellow crow bar and clothing from the residence.    The investigation continues in all three counties and more arrests are expected.  Major Evan Sullivan stated “This was a great team effort working & exchanging information across county lines”.  I’m very proud that Levy County Detectives/Deputies took the lead in the Task Force and another bad guy is apprehended.   Defendant:   David J. Morin 52 North Hwy 41 Dunnellon, Fl. W/M, 07/07/1980   ###

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