Month: August 2014

Club 212 – Hard Work Pays Off

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office
partnered with 8th Judicial State Attorney’s Office Lead Prosecutor Bill
Ezzell, and won a major case in the eyes of the East
Williston community. Eugene Donald was convicted by a jury of his peers
on August 27, 2014 in Levy
County for keeping or
maintaining a public nuisance where drugs are sold (a felony) and maintaining a
dwelling where alcohol is sold without a license (a misdemeanor). 

Club 212, as it was named by some
East Williston residents, was a thorn in the
side of local law enforcement, and the neighborhood it was located in. LCSO and
Sheriff McCallum himself began receiving complaints from the East
Williston community members and surrounding areas in April of 2013.
These complaints varied from loud music, excessive crowds, and traffic problems
to gunfire heard in the area. Because of the club, LCSO was forced to dedicate
significant resources to the area each weekend.

The LCSO began to monitor and
document these complaints. LCSO enlisted the assistance of the Florida Division
of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) and the Gainesville Police Department.
As the investigation gained traction, it was obvious to law enforcement many
violations were occurring. Open sales of alcoholic beverages without proper
licensing and drug violations were being seen. LCSO also conducted an
investigation during which one person was shot in the parking lot patrons were
using across the street from the club.

Undercover operations began in
August 2013 in efforts to strengthen the now building criminal case.
Investigators were able to gain access to the interior of the building through
undercover operations and discovered the double wide mobile home had been
gutted to accommodate the large crowds gathering there.  

On November 15, 2013 LCSO, ABT
and the Levy County Code Enforcement executed a search warrant at Club 212
located at 3711 NE 212 Court and arrested Eugene and Chrissi Donald, husband
and wife.

LCSO wishes to thank all of the
support we received from the Williston community and the agencies who assisted
in the investigation. Charges are still pending in case against Chrissi Donald
and she is awaiting her day in court.

Sheriff McCallum added, “I hope
the efforts made by my office and our deputies have assisted the community and
the residents feel more secure in their homes. Now that we have returned it to
the peaceful neighborhood they had before Club 212.”
 
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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.

 



UPDATE : Missing/Endangered Adult – James Bailey

***SUBJECT LOCATED***

Mr. James Bailey has been located
in another jurisdiction by law enforcement. He is healthy and in good care. He
did not wish to disclose his location to the public. Based on the assessment
conducted by Law Enforcement in the jurisdiction he was found, we will honor
his wishes.

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office
would like to thank all of the volunteers from the Yankeetown Fire Department,
the U. S. Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, the Levy County SERT Team, Citrus
County Sheriff’s Office and all the citizens in the Yankeetown/Inglis area who
helped with this search. 

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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.


Missing/Endangered Person – Public Help Needed

 
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office
is seeking the public’s assistance in locating James Bailey. Mr. Bailey is
described as a white male, 63 years old, 5’-8”, 155 pounds. He is currently
clean shaven. Mr. Bailey was last seen at his son’s home where he was living.
The home is located at 32 Knotts
Way in Yankee
Town, Fl. at 0800 this
morning. This is in the area of Cattail Creek RV Park.

Mr. Bailey has only been living
in the Florida
area for a few months and had very few contacts here. He left the home
accompanied by his dog, described as a gray and white shih-tzu. He does not
have the animal on a leash and the animal could have wandered away from him. Family
reports he left the home on foot and does not have access to any vehicles.

Mr. Bailey has a history of
violent seizures and was due for his medication at 1800 hours this evening. He
walks with a noticeable limp and has to frequently rest. Family also reports he
is exhibiting early signs of dementia and has recently questioned them why he
was in Florida,
and where his wife is. Family reports she passed away approximately 4 months
ago in Indiana.

If anyone has
any information about Mr. Bailey’s whereabouts, or locates a lost dog as
described above, please contact LCSO at 1-800-538-9767 or 352-486-5111.

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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.

 

***Update – Fatal Fire Investigation***

August 20, 2014 – 0930 Hours

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office
has confirmed two people perished in the fire reported early this morning in
the University Oaks Subdivision. Elizabeth Fredrick, 78 and Rhiannon Rickmyer,
10 have been located inside the home that was totally consumed by the fire.
There is no evidence of any foul play. The family of the victims has been
notified. The local school where Rhiannon attended is arranging grief
counseling for the students and facility that may be affected by this tragic
incident.

Fire personnel, Deputies, the
State Fire Marshal’s Office and the 8th District Medical Examiner’s
Office are still actively working on scene. A portion of NE 105 Avenue in the
12200 block is still closed to traffic as emergency personnel work. 

 

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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.

Fatal Fire Investigation

 

August 20, 2014

 
On August 20, 2014 at
approximately 2:15 AM, Deputies from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded
to the University Oaks area of Levy
County to the report of a
fire.  Deputies and Bronson Fire
Department units found a mobile home fully engulfed in flames.  The home was located at 12331 NE 105 Avenue, Archer, Florida.   

 
The scene is being actively
investigated at this time.  Units from
Williston Fire Department, Chiefland Fire Department, Archer Fire Department
and the Levy County Department of Public Safety also responded.  LCSO Deputies and the Victim Advocate are
assisting investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office with the
investigation. 

 
LCSO can confirm that two
deceased persons have been discovered at the scene.  No identifications have been made. 

 
A small portion of NE 105 Avenue
is currently blocked to facilitate the investigation.  LCSO asks that all citizens avoid using that
portion of the roadway if possible. 
Additional details will be released as soon as possible. 

 

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“Know Something We
Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477
remain anonymous.