Month: May 2014

Monday’s Meth Arrest Leads to 2 Additional Lab Cases

 Tipler
 Edward Garcia
 Harris Garcia

 

May 21, 2014 

Deputies from both Alpha and
Bravo patrol companies began following up on lab leads over the weekend. This
culminated in three arrests on Monday by Deputy
Weatherford and K-9 Deputy Anderson. Tuesday, these two Deputies continued
their aggressive assault on meth operations to make this second case. These
deputies followed up by making three more arrests for manufacturing
methamphetamines.  

Deputy Weatherford and K-9 Deputy
Anderson furthered the information they gained from Monday’s case by arresting
Michael Tipler 1-20-88, Harris Garcia 12-9-92 and Edward Garcia 6-30-91. These
deputies discovered Tipler had active warrants and began searching for him.
These warrants were issued from Gilchrist County for Violation of Probation
stemming from an earlier arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon;
and an active warrant from Dixie County for aggravated battery on a law
enforcement officer, possession of listed chemicals (for meth production),
fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement and possession of drug
paraphernalia. Both of these warrants had a NO BOND. 

The deputies located Tipler who
was traveling in a 2003 white Pontiac
van in the 3600 block of US Alt Hwy 27. Tipler was in the company of the Garcia
brothers. As the deputies began their investigation they discovered this trio
had mobile meth lab in the vehicle with them. They summoned the assistance of
the LCSO Drug Task Force to disassemble and render this mobile operation safe.  

This investigation continued to
snowball and led DTF investigators to a second lab disposal site in the Bronson
area. Investigators worked additional hours making this site safe too. DTF said
this site contained the used components “trash” created during the
manufacturing of this dangerous and toxic drug. The site had the used mixed
volatile ingredients like lithium and other solvents, which can still cause
great bodily harm to any unsuspecting person not aware what they are handling. 

Tipler was arrested and charged
with production of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with the
intent to distribute. His bond is set at $60,000.00. Both Harris Garcia and his
brother Edward Garcia have been arrested and charged with production of methamphetamine
and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Their bond has
been set at $60,000.00 each. 

Harris Garcia is also facing
additional charges for two counts of grand theft auto and dealing in stolen
property. These charges are currently being filed by the Criminal
Investigations Division of LCSO after a post arrest interview yesterday. Harris
Garcia had been identified as a suspect in the theft of at least two vehicles
in the Bronson area.  

 

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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.


Methamphetamine Cook Operation Interrupted

 Daniel Larkins
 Richard Sanders
Ronald Kingsley
May 19, 2014
Levy County
Deputies responded to 10450 NE 85 Street in Bronson last night following a tip.
Deputies were told the occupants of this home were possibly involved in the
manufacturing of Methamphetamines.  
Deputies arrived to find Daniel
Larkins 4-17-85, the home owner; Richard Sanders 4-20-89 and Ronald Kingsley
1-13-90 were preparing to “cook” up a batch of meth. Deputies observed all the
precursor materials had been obtained with the exception of one ingredient. The
three were waiting on this last ingredient to be delivered.  Deputies also discovered a shotgun in the
residence.   
Larkins was arrested and charged
with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamines and is being held on a
$25,000.00 bond. Sanders was arrested and charged with conspiracy to
manufacture methamphetamines, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and
tampering with a witness. He is being held on a $175,000.00 bond. Kingsley was
arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamines and
possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held on a $125,000.00
bond. The fourth individual has been identified and a warrant for his arrest
has been applied for with the State Attorney’s Office.  
This investigation was helped
tremendously by the tip provided by a concerned citizen.  LCSO encourages the public to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111 or
Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477 to report suspicious 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.

 



Juvenile Crime Spree Halted

 

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office
has responded to multiple complaints in the last 5 weeks in the South Eastern
part of Levy County of 4 wheeled ATV’s being stolen. 

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Deputies
again responded to this area after receiving reports of an ATV stolen from one
home and a boat stolen from another. Utilizing some new investigative
techniques as well as some very old ones, and after putting a few miles under
their boots, Investigators determined the general direction of travel taken by
the suspects.  On a hunch, they located
the stolen boat hidden at a home approximately 5 miles away.  

Many hours and miles later,
Investigators identified three local juveniles, one 16 years old and two 17
year olds, that are responsible for all of these crimes. Four ATV’s, a boat and
one gun (with a combined value of $25,500) were recovered. Most of the items
have been returned to the rightful owners. 

Charges for grand theft and
burglary have been forwarded to the State Attorney on all three youths. 

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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.


Mother’s Day Weekend – A Weekend of Violence

May 13, 2014

 

Levy County
Deputies were busy on Mother’s Day weekend. A day set aside for all moms to
relax and enjoy kept the LCSO hopping.

 
Ronald Bouchard
At approximately 0941 hours on
Mother’s Day, Deputies responded to 21201 NE 35 Street in Williston. Deputies
conducted an investigation into a domestic battery complaint filed against
Ronald Bouchard 10-7-82, a registered sex offender. The investigation
determined Bouchard did commit a domestic battery by strangulation against his
live in girlfriend. Bouchard is being held at the Levy County Detention
Facility on a $100,000 bond. This charge also violated his probation for the prior
sex offense conviction. 

Jennetta Lissimore

 
At approximately 1649 hours,  Deputies responded to 5951 NE 90 Avenue,
Williston to a reported stabbing. Jennetta Lissimore 10-14-71 was arrested
after an investigation determined she had stabbed and cut her live in boyfriend
several times. The boyfriend was transported to a local hospital and treated
for non life threatening injuries. Lissimore is being held at the Levy County
Detention Facility on a $100,000.00 bond.



 

 

Craig Langenburg
 

At 1918 hours Deputies responded to 49 63rd Street in Yankeetown to a report of domestic battery. The Deputies investigation determined Craig Langenburg 11-13-78 battered his wife and child after a day of drinking. Langenburg locked himself in his bedroom after his wife and child fled the home.  Langenburg  had to be physically removed from his bed after passing out. Langenburg is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility on a $75,000.00 bond.
 
Shortly after 9 pm Mother’s Day, investigators responded to Seven Rivers Hospital in Citrus County to a report of a pregnant female checking herself in for treatment after a domestic battery. Investigators determined the 16 week pregnant female had been attacked by her live in boyfriend Johnnie Arnett 9-8-83. Deputies responded to his home located at 5791 SE 195 Place, Inglis to arrest him. Arnett fled prior to their arrival and is currently at large. Deputies are actively seeking him. Any person who has information on his current whereabouts is asked to contact the LCSO at 352-486-5111. 
 
 

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.

 



Burglary Investigation Recovers $10,400 in Stolen Property

May 13, 2014

Investigators with Levy County
Sheriff’s Office took advantage of a break in a recent string of residential
burglaries in the Chiefland area. Investigators developed Brad Michael Shipley
– DOB 9-2-77 as a primary suspect in these cases. Shipley was stealing guns,
knives, fishing poles and other outdoor/hunting equipment and using
neighborhood kids to help him commit these crimes. Shipley threatened the kids
telling them if they told – they would go to jail with him.

Shipley’s plan unraveled when one
of the kids told his mother what he had been made to do. The mother contacted
LCSO and investigators seized the moment. Investigators were able recover
property from six residential burglaries in Levy
County, one burglary in Gilchrist County
and a storage shed burglary in Alachua
County.

Shipley is being held in the Levy
County Detention Facility on an $810,000.00 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