Month: March 2013

Sexual Predator

Sexual Predator Public Address Notification March 22, 2013   On March 21, 2013 Johnny Jerome King registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law King is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses.   Johnny Jerome King was convicted in 2004 in Alachua County, Fl for Lewd or lascivious molestation victim under 12 years offender 18 or older; F.S. 800.04(5)(b) (PRINCIPAL). King was just released from a treatment facility and has registered his address as: 21161 NE 35 Street Williston, Fl.   For a complete listing of all registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County, or to search by zip code, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us and go to the sexual data base.   Sexual Predator: Johnny Jerome King 21161 NE 35 Street Williston, Fl Black/Male DOB: 11-8-1942

Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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Joint Operation Deemed a Success

Officers Recognized   Levy County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Duane Dykstra was recognized with a certificate of commendation by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office for his efforts in dismantling a methamphetamine manufacturing ring in Inglis, Fl. The effects of this ring impacted the City of Inglis, Levy County and Citrus County communities.   Lt. Dykstra, Detective Steve Smith (CCSO) and Officer Tim Rogers (IPD) identified an increase of methamphetamine on the streets of Inglis. They combined forces for a lengthy investigation. After months of surveillance and reams of intelligence, their work ultimately supplied the information needed to obtain search warrants.   The combined resources of these three agencies resulted in 12 arrests, the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen property and plugged the main artery of illegal methamphetamine productions that was plaguing our communities.   When crimes cross jurisdictional lines, perpetrators of these crimes feel their chances of getting away with it are higher. This operation proves that LCSO and their neighboring agencies will diligently work together to accomplish our common goal to make our streets safer.

Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
"Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Marijuana Grow Operation Discovered – 2 Arrested

On March 19, 2013 Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Deputies from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office received information of an indoor marijuana grow operation at 10150 NE 103 Lane in Bronson, Fl. Officers from both agencies approached and interviewed the occupants of the home, Eduardo Alvarez-Carillo 3-16-69 and Clara Isis Exposito 4-16-74 and discovered a hidden room within the home. The officers report that inside the home they seized marijuana plants in various stages of development. Some were harvested and ready for sale while others were in the beginning stages of growth. A total of 58 plants were seized with a street value of $58,000.00. As a result of this investigation, it was discovered that the homeowner had been stealing power to support their drug growing operation. It is estimated that thousands of dollars of electrical power has been taken. Additional charges may stem from this discovery.     Both Exposito and Alvarez-Carillo were arrested and booked into the Levy County Detention Facility charged with Possession of Cannabis and Cultivation of Cannabis over 20 pounds. Bond has been set at $600,000.00 for each defendant. 

Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
"Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

3 Arrested for Manufacturing Methamphetamine

A search warrant executed by Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force (DTF) Deputies on March 6, 2013 nets 3 arrests. DTF Deputies conducted an investigation of reported methamphetamine production and sales at the Bronson Motel. As the investigation gained momentum, DTF Deputies requested a search warrant for rooms 20 and 21. At approximately 9:15 p.m., Deputies made entry into both rooms simultaneously and discovered the equipment and supplies to manufacture methamphetamine. During the arrests, suspect Russell Girdler had custody of his 5 month old infant child, who was also present in the room where the drugs were being manufactured.   Arrested were: Russell A. Girdler W/M 12-7-85 charged with manufacture of methamphetamine in the presence of a child. Bond amount $100,000.00. Sean D. Franzius W/M 12-7-86 charged with manufacture of methamphetamine in the presence of a child and keeping a drug dwelling. Bond amount $200,000.00. Judith A. Gazdun W/F 6-7-88 charged with child abuse, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond amount $125,000.00.

Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
"Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Sheriff McCallum receives Safe Driver Award

On March 7, 2013, Sheriff Bobby McCallum Jr. was awarded an honorary plaque by Executive Director David Harvey, Sheriff (Ret.) who represents the Florida Sheriff’s Risk Management Fund, for having no “at-fault” accidents for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. This is an achievement our Sheriff is proud to accept on behalf of each employee of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. As an agency with Deputies and volunteers that occupy the roadways of Levy County 24 hours a day-7 days a week -365 days a year, this is an exceptional accomplishment. Traffic crashes are a constant reminder of the hazards of every day life as we commute to and from our respective jobs. This plaque is one of only four that were awarded in the State and represents OUR pledge to the community to work to guarantee their safety.

Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
"Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.