Month: October 2014

Arrest Made In Elder Abuse Investigation

 

On October 30, 2014 the Levy
County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Hancock (26 yoa) on one count of
Aggravated Manslaughter of an Elderly Person. 
Hancock is being held at the Levy
County Detention
Center on a five million
dollar bond. 
The arrest was made after a
lengthy investigation that began on July 10, 2014.  On that date Hancock called 911 to report
that the 96 year old Victim, Helen Bishop, was unresponsive.  He informed responding deputies that Mrs. Bishop
had died naturally at his home and she had previously signed a “Do Not
Resucitate” (DNR) request.   Deputies learned that Hancock had been
providing 24 hour care for the Victim, along with Katherine Bowker (24) and Katelyn
Allen (23).  The Victim had been staying
with Hancock, Bowker and Allen at a residence on SW 67th Place near Cedar
Key. 

 

The responding deputies noticed
some bruising on the Victim’s body but did not observe obvious signs of foul
play.  The following day during funeral
preparations, the funeral director observed other potential signs of elder
abuse.  After interviewing the funeral
director, LCSO Investigators requested that the Medical Examiner’s Office
conduct an autopsy in order to more accurately determine the cause and manner of
the Victim’s death. 

 

On October 24, 2014, LCSO
Investigators were informed by personnel from the Medical Examiner’s Office
that the autopsy had revealed that the Victim was found to have suffered a
“bilateral fracture of the Hyoid bone,” a fracture of the calcified membrane
around the thyroid gland, multiple rib fractures and a fractured collar
bone.  It was the Medical Examiner’s
opinion that Mrs. Bishop could have been the victim of a homicide. 

 
On October 30, 2014,
Investigators from the LCSO Criminal Investigations Division re-interviewed
Hancock, Bowker and Allen regarding the autopsy findings.  During the interview, Hancock admitted that
on the date of the Victim’s death he had become very frustrated with her
because she had soiled herself.  While
Hancock and Bowker attempted to bathe the Victim in the shower, Hancock became
even more frustrated when Mrs. Bishop physically resisted being bathed.  Bowker left the bathroom for a period of
time. 
During Bowker’s absence, Hancock
admitted grabbing the Victim by the neck to try to get her attention.  He stated that he probably squeezed her neck
harder than he should have and held it for approximately 2 minutes.  After releasing his grip on the Victim’s
neck, she became unresponsive.  Hancock
had to physically lift Mrs. Bishop from the shower to her wheel chair. 

 

Investigators believe that
Hancock broke the Victim’s hyoid bone when he grabbed and squeezed her
throat.  They also believe Hancock broke
the Victim’s collar bone when he lifted her out of the shower.  No charges have been filed against Allen or
Bowker at this time.  The evidence
indicates that Allen was not present in the home during the incident.  Investigators believe that Bowker was outside
the bathroom when Hancock grabbed the Victim by the throat and played no part
in causing the Victim’s death.

 

LCSO is awaiting the final
autopsy report and the investigation will remain open until it is
received.   

 

 

Bronson Bald Eagle Rescued

 

On
October 19, 2014, LCSO Victim Advocate, Amanda Sauder, and other motorists
observed a wounded Bald Eagle beside County Road 337, just north of
Bronson.  Sauder reported the eagle to
the Communications
Center and Corporal Joe Sabbag
responded to the scene along with Deputies Chase Gregory and Franco
Almeida. 

 
The
deputies determined that the eagle had most likely been struck by a car.  It was unable to fly but appeared to be in
good condition otherwise.  They contacted
the Florida Wildlife Commission but learned that FWC had no one available to immediately
respond to care for the eagle.  Corporal
Sabbag advised that the eagle was standing in the mid-day sun light and he
became concerned about it going into heat distress. 

 
Deputy
Gregory was able to retrieve a cage from his home.  The deputies then gently placed the eagle
into the cage and moved it to a cooler area at the Sheriff’s Office. 

 
FWC
personnel eventually responded and delivered the eagle to a proper rescue
facility in the Newberry area.  At last
report, the eagle was recovering well. 

 
LCSO
thanks the public for their concern for this symbol of our national
freedom. 

 

Levy County Sheriff’s
Office
(352) 486-5111
“Know Something We Don’t”
Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477
remain anonymous.

 

 

Stolen Guns Recovered
The
Levy County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Kyle Brian Bell (DOB 1/12/95) and
another male juvenile for Burglary and Grand Theft.  The crime, which occurred at a residence south
of Williston on U.S. 41, was reported on October 15, 2014.  The Victim reported that unknown suspects had
pried open a door of the residence. 
After making entry, the thieves stole 8 firearms, a computer, a cellular
phone and other personal property. 

On
October 18, 2014, Deputies received information from an informant indicating
that the juvenile suspect was attempting to sell guns which matched the
description of those reported stolen by the victim.  Sgt. Mike Narayan and other deputies located
the suspect who ultimately confessed to the crime.  The suspect was arrested on October 18,
2014. 

Through
additional witness interviews, the deputies identified Kyle Bell as a
co-defendant in the case.  Bell also confessed to
his involvement in the crimes.  LCSO
Investigators were able to recover the 8 stolen firearms.  Bell
was arrested on October 23, 1014.  Both
suspects were booked into the Levy
County Detention
Center. 

 

Levy County Sheriff’s
Office
(352) 486-5111

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

 

 

 

Burglar Busted

 

The
Levy County Sheriff’s Office has arrested David Michael Smith, (DOB 7/5/88) for
Burglary, Grand Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property.  The crime, which occurred at a residence in
the Bronson area, was reported on October 3, 2014.  The Victim reported that an unknown suspect
had removed copper wire from the walls and appliances at his home. 

 
On
October 20, 2014, Deputies received additional information from the Victim and
a concerned citizen that led to the identity of the Suspect.  Investigators Scott Stancil, Mike Wilkinson
and Crime Scene Investigator Zeb Richburg worked the case to its
conclusion. 

 

Smith
ultimately confessed to the reported burglary and theft.  After the theft Smith admitted he sold the
stolen wire at the Williston Recycling business.   In
addition, Smith confessed to similar crimes at 8 additional residences in Levy County.  Additional charges will be filed in those
cases as soon as possible. 

 
LCSO
thanks the public for their assistance in solving these cases.  Citizens are reminded they can report
suspicious activity to LCSO 24 hours a day at 352-486-5111.  They can also make anonymous reports to Crime
Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. 

  

Levy County Sheriff’s
Office
(352) 486-5111

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

 

 

 

 

Levy County Sheriffs Office Hosts Fundraiser


Basic Pistol Class
Hosted By Levy County Sheriffs Office
will qualify for Florida Concealed weapons permit
Nov 8, 8am Levy County Sheriffs Office Classroom
9150 NE 80th Ave Bronson Fl 32621
Cost $60 dollars on line price
Cost $65 dollars day of event
Fundraiser for
Bronson FFA Alumni
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bronson-ffa-alumni-pistol-class-tickets-13691717295
Any questions contact Lt. Scott Finnen at sfinnen@levyso.com or 3525774211