Month: April 2014

2 Arrested in Active Meth Lab Investigation

April 28, 2014
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office
Uniformed Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Division stumbled across
an active “meth lab” operation early Sunday afternoon at 3 NE 12th Ave. in the City of Chiefland. Calah Crandall 6-30-89
and co-habitant Klayton Adams 6-19-79 were both arrested after Deputies located
the active “cook” operation.
Deputies were conducting follow
up investigations into recent vehicle burglaries and contacted suspect Calah
Crandall. Crandall gave consent to search the home she was living at and while
looking for stolen property, Deputies recognized numerous chemical components
used to manufacture Methamphetamines. Containers which contained the combined
ingredients to manufacture methamphetamines were found inside the home after a
more extensive search. This discovery required an activation of the Chiefland
Fire Department Haz-Mat unit. Deputies specially trained in the dismantling of methamphetamine
laboratories responded to safely collect this evidence.
Crandall
is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility on a $115,000 bond and Adams is being held on a $180,000 bond.
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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.

DEBIT CARD PHONE SCAM

LCSO has received several reports
from citizens saying they are receiving an automated phone call from an unknown
party. Complainants are Drummond Bank customers and are being told during the
message their card has been stolen. The call center at Drummond Bank is
checking each member’s account, and has not reported any fraudulent
transactions. Drummond Bank assures LCSO they are not making these calls and
will not contact customers in this manner. Each customer is urged to NOT
respond to this automated message. If customers have responded, please contact
Drummond Bank to secure their account information. Customers may also contact
LCSO to make a formal report of any fraudulent account activity.
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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

Child Abuse Investigation Results in Sex Offender’s Arrest

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office
responded to a child abuse complaint on April 22, 2014. The subsequent
investigation led to the identification of registered sex offender, Reggie
Kearney, as the suspect.  Bobbie Jo
Gibbs, the child’s mother, was also identified as a suspect.
Kearney and Gibbs co-habited at a home
located in Chiefland.  Kearney
was a registered sex offender who was supposed to be residing in Gainesville. The child, a
6 year old boy, was with his biological father who discovered severe bruising
on the child’s legs. The father reported his findings to law enforcement. The
investigation revealed Kearney
spanked the child with a belt for disobeying him and playing a video game. The
child had injuries more severe and inconsistent with normal discipline.
Investigators arrested Kearney and charged him
with one count of felony child abuse and failure to register an address as a
convicted sex offender. Gibbs, who had witnessed the abuse and did not
intervene, was charged with one count of child neglect. Kearney is being held at the Levy County
Detention Facility on a $150,000 bond and Gibbs is being held on a $50,000
bond.
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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.

Bronson Power-Lines Arrest

April 22, 2014
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office
has been working toward a solution to issues which continue to arise at the
“Power-Lines” in Bronson. The “Power-Lines”, as they are known locally, is an
area of unimproved properties north of the Town of Bronson and west of County Road 337. Youth
and young adults trespass and congregate on these privately owned properties.  While on the property they drink, use drugs
and mud bog. The LCSO has seen a surge in reports of violent crimes resulting
from these Friday and Saturday night gatherings.
Patricia L. Miller W/F 3-11-96
was arrested April 21, 2014 after an extensive investigation was concluded.
Miller attacked a 16 year old Gainesville
youth on April 7, 2014. The attack was so brutal the victim had to undergo
surgery to repair her nose, which had been broken in three places.  Miller is being held in the Levy County
Detention Facility on a $100,000.00 bond. 
LCSO will continue to seek to
stop illegal activities in this area.  We
ask that the public report any suspicious persons or activity to LCSO or anonymously
to Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-TIPS. 
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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.

Levy County Boat Ramp Closures

April 17, 2014
The Levy County Board of County Commissioners
and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office announced a combined decision to close all
boat ramps on the Suwannee
River.  Due to rising river conditions and hazardous
navigation, the ramps at Clay Landing, Fowler’s Bluff and Camp Azalea
are closed until further notice.  For
vessels navigating the area of Fowlers Bluff, a no wake zone has been
established by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  The Suwannee River will be patrolled by FWC.  All agencies are asking citizens who will be
on the water to be respectful of the no wake provision which will reduce damage
to homes on waterfront properties.
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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.