Month: May 2012

“Click It or Ticket” Campaign


This weekend the Levy County Sheriff's Office will be particpating in the National Memorial Holiday "Click It or Ticket" campaign for traffic safety. Extra patrols will be out this weekend in an effort to ensure compliance with state traffic laws and be on the alert for impaired driving . Remember to wear your seat belt and always use a designated driver.


Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111

Pete Barnes Promoted to Corporal

 From Sheriff Smith:       


Effective this date, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office takes great pride in promoting Deputy Willie Pete Barnes, to the rank of Corporal in the Patrol Division.  This decision was based on his distinguished service to our office and his unwavering commitment to excellence in the field of law enforcement.  We look forward to great things from him in his career at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

Corporal Barnes began his career in the United States Military and served our Army with honor for 13 years. He then dedicated 16 years to the Florida Department of Corrections before transferring to the Levy County Sheriff's Office as a patrol deputy in July of 2000. Since his assignment in the patrol division, Corporal Barnes has excelled in all facets of Law Enforcement. Corporal Barnes currently is assigned as a K-9 officer within the Patrol Division. 

Major Evan Sullivan stated, "with his drive and determination; his dedication to Law Enforcement and the citizens of Levy County, Corporal Barnes is an example for all to follow."


Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111

Second Suspect Arrested in Home Invasion

Second Suspect Arrested in Home Invasion   The second suspect from the home invasion robbery reported to Levy County Deputies on 5-10-12 has been arrested. Patrick Shawn McLaughlin 9-13-66 was tracked down last night in Columbia County. He was arrested for the outstanding warrant issued by a Levy County Judge from the information submitted by LCSO Deputy Matt King.   McLaughlin thought he could pull stakes and move to avoid capture for his crimes. He was wrong. The long arm of the law and always-vigilant law officers of Florida are watching. Deputies from Columbia County and Levy County located McLaughlin as he was trying to enjoy a quiet dinner at the Barnyard Junction Restaurant located at 7629 Hwy 27 in Fort White.  Dinner interrupted and breakfast guaranteed courtesy of Columbia County Detention Facility.   ###


Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111

Final Suspect Captured

Suspect Captured   The final suspect has been apprehended in the extensive investigation conducted by the Levy County Drug Task Force. Ted Alja Williams 11/14/81 was arrested by Levy County Deputies on 5/15/12 and booked into the Levy County Jail on the following charges: Possession of weapon/ammo by a convicted felon Possession of more than 10 grams of phenethylamines Possession of cocaine Possession of marijuana Maintaining a drug dwelling Possession of drug paraphernalia Total bond for the charged crimes is $320,000.00   Williams was the owner of the home located at 3711 NE 212 Court in Williston, Fl where Levy County Deputies executed a search warrant on the evening of May 4, 2012. Narcotics and money were seized that evening and multiple suspects were arrested. This is a prime example of the hard work the Deputies of Levy County are doing in efforts to stem the sale of narcotics on OUR streets. Works like these will continue and the drug dealers need to take warning. Even though Williams ran that evening, he did not evade capture.   ###


Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111

Partnership Formed

Partnership   The Levy County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) is proud to announce its’ new partnership with the Levy County Quilt Museum. Recently the newly formed Board of Directors for the Quilt Museum began conversation with LCSO and has agreed to begin the new partnership in conjunction with LCSO’s community outreach program. The Board of Directors of the Quilt Museum has agreed to donate space in the museum to the Deputies of LCSO. The new office space will allow LCSO Deputies faster access to their area’s of responsibility without having to drive to Bronson to complete tasks such as; report submissions, copying documents for active investigations, victim interviews or making phone calls for their cases. This location will provide a “base” of operation for the Deputies. In return LCSO Deputies will provide additional security for the Quilt Museum.  Major Sullivan says “this will be community policing at its’ finest” and “is honored to be partnered with the Levy County Quilt Museum.”   The Quilt Museum will be hosting an Open House announcing the new partnership on Saturday May 19, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live Bluegrass music will be played to entertain the guests and finger food will be available. They will also be having a yard sale of items donated by supporters, with proceeds benefiting the Museum.   The Quilt Museum was the dream of Miss Winnelle Horne. She began construction of the museum she called her home in 1991. Construction was completed in 1998. Her passion for this art will be on display Saturday. Miss Winnelle passed on to be with our Lord on January 30, 2012.   Please come and join us this Saturday at the Museum located at 11050 NW 10th Ave in Chiefland, Fl 32626. The Museum directors can be reached a 352-493-2801.   ###


Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111