Month: April 2015

Domestic Dispute Leads to the Discovery of Child Pornography

April 28, 2015

On April 19, 2015 at
approximately 0330 in the morning, John Lawson Fullbright (6-28-84) of
Williston became involved in a domestic dispute with his wife. His spouse
discovered several images of what she believed to be child pornographic images
on his phone, which sparked the dispute. She refused to return the
phone to him and contacted law enforcement. Law enforcement seized the phone
but weren’t able to arrest John Fullbright, because he fled to Marion County
before deputies arrived.

On April 19, 2015 at
approximately 4 pm, John Fullbright, unaware law enforcement had probable cause
for his arrest, responded to a request for a statement. Fullbright came to the
Levy County Sheriff’s Office and was arrested for domestic battery. Fullbright
bonded out of the Levy County Detention Facility on April 20, 2015 after
posting a $30,000 bond.

Investigator Tom Martin continued
to investigate the allegation Mrs. Fullbright filed about the pornographic
images she viewed on her husband’s phone. Investigator Martin secured a search
warrant on April 23, 2015 to conduct a forensic analysis of the phone she
surrendered to law enforcement. During his search of the phone’s internal
memory, he discovered approximately 1,741 images of children between the ages
of 2 to 12 in various sexually explicit poses. In addition to these images,
Investigator Martin found video clips of children engaged in sexual acts both
with adults and other minor children, anime images of children and images of
children engaged in sexual acts with animals.

Investigator Martin then secured
a warrant for the arrest of John Lawson Fullbright on April 24, 2015.
Investigator Martin developed information that Fullbright was in Marion County
and with the assistance of Marion County Sheriff’s Office attempted to execute
the arrest warrant that night. Fullbright could not be located.

On April 27, 2015 at
approximately 6 pm Fullbright was surrendered to the Levy County Sheriff’s
Office by his attorney Mark Feather. Fullbright is being held at the Levy
County Detention Facility on a $250,000 bond.

This investigation is still
ongoing and additional charges could be filed. The identities of the victimized
children depicted in these images have not been determined. Investigators are
continuing to work with outside agencies, such as the National Information
Center for Missing and
Exploited Children and the FBI, to identify these children.

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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.

Arrests Made For Recent Bronson Burglaries

April 27, 2015

On Saturday night April 18, 2015
three unidentified males burglarized three businesses in the Town of Bronson. Deputies
discovered two of these burglaries while conducting security checks of local
businesses. A&A Restaurant and Shakers were the two businesses deputies
discovered had been burglarized. Investigators were summoned to these scenes in
the early morning hours of Sunday morning and began their investigation. Later
Sunday morning, Sweetwater Trading, a retail gun store, was also discovered to
have been burglarized.

Investigators recovered evidence
leading to the identification of the three suspects. Arrest warrants for
Burglary and Grand Theft were obtained for Eric Oliver 12-14-93, and two
participating juveniles. On April 20, 2015 Oliver was arrested and is being
held at the Levy County Detention Facility on a $400,000.00 bond. One juvenile
was arrested on April 24, 2015 and was released to the Department of Juvenile
Justice. The second juvenile is still at large.

In addition to these recently
reported cases, a fourth burglary at the Church of God
by Faith, reported in March of this year, was also cleared. A fourth juvenile
identified in this case was arrested on April 24, 2015. He too, was released to
the Department of Juvenile Justice. 

These recent arrests do not solve
all the reported burglary cases in the Town of Bronson. Our investigators are still
diligently working to solve these break-ins. Any person with knowledge of these
past crimes, who could offer information which would lead to the identification
of the person(s) responsible, is asked to contact Investigator Noel Ramirez at
352-486-5111 or contact Crime-Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-877-349-8477.

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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.

Bronson Methamphetamine Lab Taken Down

April
22, 2015

Levy
County Drug Task Force Investigators responded to 9590 NE 78 Lane in Bronson to
investigate a possible clandestine Methamphetamine Lab.  Investigators made contact with the home owner,
Joseph Heath Morgan (4-22-76) who agreed to speak with the investigators. 

During
the interview, investigators observed several indicators of recent
methamphetamine manufacturing in plain view outside the residence.  These indicators included:  stripped lithium batteries, pseudoephedrine
blister packs, aluminum foil and coffee filters.  Morgan subsequently admitted that there was
an active methamphetamine lab on the property at the time. 

Investigators
also located and interviewed Taylor James Bryant (w/m 10-26-92) on the property.  Bryant admitted that he had been present at
the location for several hours. 

Morgan
gave the investigators consent to search the property.  They located two active methamphetamine labs
inside a shed behind the residence.  The
labs were dismantled by Clandestine Laboratory Certified Deputies and with the
assistance of the Bronson Fire Department. 
Investigators seized 254 grams of Methamphetamine oil from the two labs.  The evidence on scene indicated that site had
been used as a lab over a long period of time. 

LCSO
Investigators arrested Morgan and Bryant and charged both with Trafficking in
Methamphetamine and Manufacturing Methamphetamine.  Both are being held at the Levy County
Detention Center
on $200,000.00 bond. 

LCSO
encourages the public to contact us or Crime Stoppers of Levy County to report
suspicious methamphetamine activity. 

 
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Sex Predator/Offender Compliance Checks Nets 5 Arrests

April 2, 2015

On April 1, 2015 the Levy County
Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Parole and Probation and the United
States Marshal’s Sex Offender Investigation Branch combined efforts and
conducted compliance checks on registered predators/offenders in Levy County.
The purpose of these checks are to ensure the registered offenders are
complying with their probation conditions. Some offenders are prohibited from
having internet access or even possessing a cell phone.

Six locations and 15 offenders
were checked by officers. Of these, four arrests were made due to various
violations of their conditions for release. A fifth subject was arrested for an
outstanding warrant issued by the Parole Commission for conditions violations.

All subjects are being held on a “no
bond” status at the Levy County Detention Facility.

The following subjects were
arrested during this operation:

 Kenneth James Culver 5-8-85
 William Paul Griffin 4-3-86
 Leonard Levine Williams 8-11-90
 Ronnie L. Floyd 5-16-70
Detwan Lorenzo Wommock 8-17-91
 
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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.
 

 



Cooperative Effort Leads to Escapee’s Capture

April 1, 2015
On March 29, 2015 the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office issued
an escaped inmate alert to surrounding law enforcement agencies. Billy Blaine
Santerfeit (1-3-86); a sentenced inmate from Putnam County serving a 1 year 11
month sentence at the Bridges of Sante Fe in Alachua County, had cut is
monitoring device and fled from the facility. Santerfeit was being held on
charges of uttering forged instruments, a felony. A warrant had been issued
charging Santerfeit with escape.
On March 31, 2015 at
approximately 4:30 PM the LCSO received information that Santerfeit was in the
Bronson area. Deputies from the Criminal Investigative Division and Uniformed Patrol
Division responded to the location off of US Alt 27 the tipster gave. Deputies
had just missed Santerfeit but were able to develop information on where he was
going.
The investigation led LCSO
investigators and members of the United States Marshal’s Regional Fugitive Task
Force to Citrus County. The Citrus County Sheriff’s
Office was contacted and in a combined effort, Santerfeit was taken into
custody by CCSO deputies at approximately 8:40 pm in the Beverly Hills area of their county.
Santerfeit was transported to their detention facility and is awaiting
transport back to Alachua
County where he will
answer to his new escape charge.
Although Santerfeit was not
classified as a violent escaped prisoner, he was still dangerous to our
communities. It is unclear what drove Santerfeit to this act of desperation,
but our neighborhoods are now safer. Combined common goal efforts between law
enforcement agencies are always occurring to safeguard our streets and
citizens. This apprehension is just a small example of the work we do.   

                                                                               

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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.