Month: December 2014

Officer Honored by Army National Guard

Officer Honored by Army National Guard
December 10, 2014

LCSO wishes to recognize Corrections Officer Leslie Braswell
for receiving the “Most Dedicated Soldier” award from the 868th
Engineering Company of the Army National Guard. 
Officer Braswell’s Platoon Sergeant, Joe Alexander, said the following
about the award: 

“The award is presented to the soldier that has displayed
the Army values consistently throughout the year. Braswell has proven to be an
asset to 2nd Platoon and the 868th EN
CO. Her dedication has resulted
in the early completion of missions during the annual training period. She has
also proven to be an example of “right” to the new enlisted soldiers.
Braswell attacks issues without being instructed, which is a key factor when
selecting Non-Commissioned Officers. She is on her way to being an excellent

LCSO congratulates Officer Braswell on her award.  We thank her for her service to her country
and the citizens of Levy


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Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477
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Update – Melvin Persenaire Investigation

December 4, 2014

The vehicle owned by Melvin
Persenarie on the day he disappeared has been located. The car was spotted by
Gainesville Police Department and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Joint
Aviation Unit today at approximately 2 pm on an unimproved road south of SR 24,
just outside the Town of Bronson.
The vehicle was stuck in deep sand and appeared to have been abandoned by a
single occupant.

Investigators have also been
given the preliminary autopsy findings by the 8th Circuit Medical
Examiners Office. Mr. Persenaire did succumb to death by natural causes. No
foul play is suspected.

This is a truly sorrowful event
for the family and our community. “Sarge” as he was known by friend and
co-workers will be missed. The LCSO wishes to express our condolences to the

LCSO wishes to thank the
Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and the combined Aviation Unit for
all of their assistance in this investigation.


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.

New Hires and Saluting Retirees


On December 3, 2014, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office held a ceremony to welcome new employees and congratulated others on transfers and promotions. LCSO welcomed Telecommunications Officer Sarah Moore, Detention Officer Keith Coleman (formerly with the Florida Department of Corrections) and Deputy Sheriff Kevin Shepherd (formerly with the Williston Police Department). These three new employees are pictured below giving their oath of office to Sheriff McCallum.

LCSO also said our “official goodbye” to three very dear friends (and we shed a few tears as well). We wish to thank Telecommunications Supervisor Edna Fuller, Detention Sergeant Linda Cook-Ott and Deputy Sheriff Matt King for their many years of service to the citizens. We wish them all the best in retirement. Each of them will forever be a part of the LCSO Family. The three honorees are pictured below.

Missing Person found Deceased

 (Stock Photo)

December 4, 2014

Yesterday at approximately 5 pm the Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a
resident who reported he had located the remains of a person in a wooded area
near his home. Deputies responded to the 9800 Block of NE 121 Street in the
University Oaks Subdivision in Bronson and located the body of Melvin Andrew
Persenaire (10-13-1949).  Persenaire had
been reported missing by his wife on November 29th  to the Gainesville Police Department.

Persenaire was last seen at
Wal-Mart at the 23rd
Street location in Gainesville on November 27th.  He was an employee there and ended his shift
at approximately 3:45 pm. Parking lot surveillance video
was reviewed by GPD officers, and Persenaire could be seen entering his 2010
silver Hyundai Accent and leaving.  Persenaire
was last been seen wearing his Wal-Mart vest, tan pants and a blue Tee
shirt.  GPD issued a BOLO (be on the look
out) for Persenaire and his vehicle. 
Persenaire had not been seen and had not contacted any family since his
disappearance on the 27th. 
His wife was working closely with GPD detectives to assist in the search
for her husband.

Levy County
Sheriff’s Office investigators are working with GPD and family, attempting to
piece together the timeline of events that occurred since Persenaire went
missing. LCSO is searching specifically for Persenaire’s vehicle. The vehicle,
described as a Silver 2010 Hyundai Accent 4 door with attached Florida tag: N04-0CH,
has not
been located.  Law enforcement officers from
several agencies have focused efforts to locate the vehicle in the Bronson
area, west of Archer.

LCSO is asking for the public’s
assistance in locating the vehicle. LCSO needs anyone who may have information
which could help investigators locate this car to contact the Sheriff’s
Office.  Also, anyone who may have had
any contact or information about Persenaires’ whereabouts between November 27th
and December 3rd, please contact LCSO at 352-486-5111 and ask for Sgt. Mike Narayan. 

Citizens wishing to remain
anonymous can always contact CrimeStoppers about any crime or suspicious


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.

***Scam Alert***

December 1, 2014
Levy County
Sheriff’s Office has received several complaints in the recent days alerting
our office to potential scams. This is the time of year the scammers come out in
full force. Citizens are urged to beware of any phone call, email, text message
or even a visit from any person they did not solicit the visit from. Sheriff
McCallum said, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
Several complaints about “Secret
Shoppers” and winning a foreign lottery have been filed. Unfortunately, if you
fall for their sales pitch, you are always the loser. Local Law Enforcement, in
most cases, cannot recover any of the money you send out.
Sheriff McCallum wants our
citizens to be especially cautious. Sheriff McCallum said, “Christmas is upon
us. Our families and children come first. Don’t fall for the claim of a big
payday expecting the Christmas of a lifetime. These people only want your money
and will promise you anything.”
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.