Month: January 2015

Deputy Sheriff Honored by Navy Reserve

January 30, 2015
LCSO wishes to recognize Deputy Sheriff Ryan Sullivan for
receiving the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal from the U.S. Navy
Reserve.  As part of his Reserve duty, Deputy
Sullivan is assigned to Naval Air Station Jacksonville and attached to Base Police
/ Maritime Security.    
Deputy Sullivan was presented the Medal after he and two
crew members rescued three swimmers in distress in October of 2014.  Deputy Sullivan was the operator of the patrol
boat used in the rescue.  Chief Warrant
Officer Frederick Eisler, Deputy Sullivan’s commanding officer, presented the
Medal to Deputy Sullivan in December of 2014. 
LCSO congratulates Deputy Sullivan on his award.  We thank him for his service to our country
and the citizens of Levy
County.   
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
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Drug Arrest in Bronson

January 20, 2015
On January 17, 2015 K-9 Deputy
Clint Anderson was on patrol in the Town of Bronson. Dep. Anderson received information
that Jermey Jamal Mayes (8-20-90) was operating a vehicle while his license was
suspended. Dep. Anderson confirmed through a license check Mayes’ license had
been suspended in November of 2014 for failure to pay traffic fines. Dep.
Anderson located Mayes operating a 1993 Lincoln
on Court Street in Bronson and conducted a traffic stop.
During Dep. Anderson’s stop,
Mayes confessed to having possession of a firearm in the vehicle. Dep. Anderson
went to retrieve the firearm and upon entering the vehicle with the owner’s
permission, smelled a strong odor of marijuana. Dep. Anderson located a Beretta
.25 caliber firearm in the center console along with 1.1 grams of marijuana.
Continuing his search, Dep. Anderson also located 10 pieces of crack cocaine
packaged for street level sales and 17.9 grams of powder cocaine and $910.00 in
cash.
Mayes was arrested and booked
into the Levy County Detention Facility for possession of cocaine with the
intent to sell, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony,
driving while license suspended or revoked and possession of marijuana. His
bond has been set at $87,500.00.
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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.

Ohio Sex Offender Captured in Bronson

January 20, 2015
On January 16, 2015 LCSO Corporal
Mike Bell of the Patrol Division responded to a verbal disturbance at 11150 NE
110 Terrace in the University Oaks subdivision. While conducting his
investigation, Corporal Bell learned John H. Whitfield (4-20-79) was residing
at this home.  He also learned that
Whitfield had fled the residence on foot when he arrived.
Cpl. Bell requested a wanted
persons’ check on Whitfield.  Corporal
Bell determined Whitfield was wanted in Ohio
for trafficking in marijuana and was listed as having violent tendencies.
Whitfield was also convicted of rape in Ohio.
Whitfield was released from custody in 2006 from the Ohio Department of
Corrections. Cpl. Bell conducted further investigation and determined Whitfield
had not registered as a sex offender in the State of Florida. Cpl. Bell learned Whitfield had
been residing at this home in Levy
County since December 11th
of 2014.
At approximately 1600 hours Cpl.
Bell received information Whitfield had returned to the home. Just prior to his
arrival, Whitfield fled again.  Deputy
Clint Anderson and his K-9 partner Nero responded to the scene.  After receiving a tip from concerned citizen
Carrie Brown, Whitfield was apprehended in a nearby wooded lot.
Whitfield is being held in the
Levy County Detention Facility after being charged with resisting arrest
without violence and failure to register as a sex offender. His bond has been
set at $165,000.00. Whitfield will be taken back to face his charges in Ohio when his charges in Florida have been heard by the courts.
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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.

Students Help Ronald McDonald House Charities

 
Williston High School students recently donated more than 100 pounds of
aluminum can tabs to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central
Florida.  The students collected the tabs
over a period of approximately 14 months. 
Also adding to the donations were employees of the Levy County Sheriff’s
Office and “The Junction” in Williston. 
The
project was coordinated by Community Resource Deputy, Grant Sandlin.  Deputy Sandlin collected the tabs and credited
the students with community service hours based on the number of tabs they
turned in.  Once Deputy Sandlin’s barrel
was full of tabs, he delivered it to the Ronald McDonald House in Gainesville. 
Deputy
Sandlin is pictured below delivering the barrel of tabs to Executive Director, Sherry Houston. 
The Ronald McDonald House in turn sells the tabs to a recycling
company.  With the funds from the sale,
the Ronald McDonald House helps families care for children with critical health
needs.
LCSO
thanks the Ronald McDonald House for their good work.  We commend Deputy Sandlin, the WHS students
and others who helped with this significant donation. 
This
is an ongoing project.  Anyone who would
like to help can contact Deputy Sandlin at the Sheriff’s Office.  
Levy County Sheriff’s
Office
(352) 486-5111

“Know Something We Don’t” Call Crime
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Update on Bronson Burglary Ring Investigations

Update on Bronson Burglary Ring Investigations

 

The
Levy County Sheriff’s Office has made one additional arrest in connection with the
burglaries described in our previous press release dated December 29, 2014.  Philip Andrew Moseley (11-16-94) was arrested
on January 6, 2015 and is being held at the Levy County
Detention Center
on a $60,000.00 bond.  Moseley was
charged with burglarizing the Bronson Public Library in 2014.  He was also charged with Criminal Mischief
and Petit Theft during the same incident. 

Also
on January 6, Investigator Scott Stancil filed additional charges against the
previously arrested Jordan Price (1-13-94).   Currently, Price faces 17 felony burglary
charges, 2 Counts of Grand Theft, 3 Counts of Felony Criminal Mischief, 8 Misdemeanor
Counts of Criminal Mischief, 10 Counts of Petit Theft and 1 Count of Trespass
on School Grounds.  Price remains
incarcerated at the Levy
County Detention
Center.  His total bond is $1,306,500.00. 

Both
Moseley and Price were part of a ring that broke into various businesses as
well as schools in the Town of Bronson
during the past 14 months. 
Unfortunately, since the cases against Moseley and Price were broken. a
total of 8 additional break-ins have been reported in the Town of Bronson. These burglaries
occurred primarily at businesses during the night time hours.   LCSO
is actively investigating these new burglaries.

Investigators
request that the public report any suspicious activity they observe near closed
businesses.  As always, citizens 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.