Month: May 2015

Anonymous Tip of Animal Abuse Spirals into Serious Felony Charges

May 29, 2015

On May 27, 2015 LCSO
Investigators received an anonymous tip that Audie Jackson Stokes (7-18-58)
shot five dogs on his property.  Investigators
were previously aware Stokes had been convicted of a felony and was prohibited
from owning a firearm.

Investigators responded to the
Stokes home located in the Williston area. 
Stokes met investigators in his yard, and he began to weave an implausible
explanation.  When the story was
challenged, Stokes granted permission to search his home. Investigators located
and seized two firearms and ammunition in his bedroom. As the search continued,
Investigators discovered five dogs that had been shot in the head and discarded
in the back of his family owned 35 acre property.  The dogs appeared otherwise healthy.  Stokes was then taken into custody.

As the investigation continued, other
potential witnesses were interviewed. Evidence was discovered of a violent
history of domestic abuse perpetrated by Stokes. After hours of interviews and
crime scene investigation, Investigators determined Stokes had held a female victim
hostage, tying her to a bed and ultimately sexually battering her.

As a result, Investigators
developed a case and filed four felony charges against Stokes.  He was booked into the Levy County Detention
Facility, charged with five counts of animal abuse – causing a cruel death, two
counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, sexual battery and
false imprisonment. Stokes is being held on a 1.1 million dollar bond awaiting
trial.  

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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.


Petit Theft Investigation Leads to Bigger Cases



May 22, 2015

On 5-16-15 Investigators with
LCSO, in cooperation with Cedar Key Police Department, arrested Cale Brandon
Barber (9-4-83) of Williston on charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen
property.

LCSO had been looking for Barber
after receiving a complaint he drove away from a gas station in Williston
without paying for his fuel. Cedar Key PD was also investigating Barber after
receiving a complaint he stole items from a home in Cedar Key and had been
selling his ill-gotten gains to unsuspecting buyers.

After being taken into custody,
LCSO investigators determined Barber was suspect in many more crimes across Levy County.
 During a post arrest interview, Barber
confessed to investigators he had in-fact stolen multiple chain saws and guns
from homes in Levy
County. As this
investigation continued, investigators developed information Barber committed
up to 7 burglaries and sold the stolen property in multiple jurisdictions.
Investigators have been able to recover 8 chain saws, two weed eaters, 5 guns,
a Yeti cooler and a boat motor up to this point.  Additional charges are forthcoming.

Investigators also learned Barber
had been trying to sell a four wheeler within the last month. The brand and
type are unknown.  Barber has connections
and access to several hunting clubs in Levy County
and was known to do day labor on local farms.  We are asking our citizens to double check the
location of their all terrain vehicles. 

LCSO would also like to ask our
community to call us if they had any contact with Barber, either as a potential
victim or if they purchased anything from him.  Investigators know Barber used fictitious
names when selling his stolen property to unsuspecting buyers.  We ask that everyone take a close look at his
picture.  If you were duped into buying
something from Barber, LCSO and the victims of these crimes would sincerely
appreciate any cooperation you could offer.  Please contact LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond at (352)
486-5111 ext 285. 

As always, information can be
provided through Crime Stoppers of Levy County 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.

Father and Son Fugitives from Oklahoma Arrested

 
 
May 22, 2015

Darrell Dee Faver (3-5-61) and
his son John Murray Faver (7-1-83) were arrested by LCSO and members of the US
Marshal’s Regional Domestic Fugitive Task Force (RDFTF) yesterday in Bronson at
the Bronson Motel room 12A. Both father and son were wanted by authorities in Oklahoma for Rape in the
1st degree. Warrants had been issued by Oklahoma law enforcement, stemming from their
investigation.

The younger Faver, a former
correctional officer from Oklahoma, and the
father known for his survival skills; fled Oklahoma shortly after the investigation
began. They ultimately settled in Bronson. Investigators and members of the
RDFTF began tracking the pair on Tuesday evening in Bronson after receiving information
they could be in our area.

The Favers acquired a vehicle
registered from Texas sometime after fleeing
from Oklahoma.
Oklahoma
determined the Favers had been utilizing the vehicle and began to monitor law
enforcement data bases. Oklahoma discovered
LCSO ran the Texas
tag late last month and, with a simple phone call LCSO and RDFTF began to scour
the Bronson area for the vehicle. Shortly after lunch the vehicle was found
parked at the Bronson Motel. Management confirmed the pair were occupying room
12A and were inside.  They surrendered
when deputies confronted them and they were taken into custody.

Both are being held at the Levy
County Detention Facility without bond and are awaiting extradition back to Oklahoma.
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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.


Sexual Predator

Sexual Predator
Public Address Notification

May 18, 2015

On May 18, 2015 Steven F. Holland registered as a
Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida
law Holland is required to notify law
enforcement whenever he changes addresses.

Steven F. Holland was convicted in 2014 in Alachua County, Fl for Lewd
and Lascivious Molestation on a child under 12; F.S. 800.04 (5) (b). Holland
has registered his change in address as: 21161 NE 35 Street Williston, Fl.

For a complete listing of all
registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County,
or to search by zip code, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us and go to the sexual
offender data base.

Sexual Predator:

Steven F. Holland

21161 NE 35 Street

Williston, Fl

White/Male

DOB: 12-30-1980

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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.

Sexual Predator

Sexual Predator

Public Address Notification

 

May 12, 2015

On May 8, 2015 Billy Joe Patterson registered as a
Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Patterson is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes
addresses.

Billy Joe Patterson was convicted in 2003 in Levy County,
Fl for Sexual Battery by an Adult on a child under 12; F.S. 794.011. Patterson has registered his change in
address as: 14750 NE Hwy 27 Alt lot 4, Williston, Fl.

For a complete listing of all
registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County,
or to search by zip code, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us and go to the sexual
offender data base.

Sexual Predator:

Billy Joe Patterson

14750 NE Hwy 27 Alt lot 4

Williston, Fl

White/Male

DOB: 8-11-1962

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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.