Month: June 2015

Teen Driver Improvement 2015

Levy County Teen Driver Improvement Program




The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Community Relations
Division, is offering
a Teen Driver Improvement Program to all Levy County
students who have a current Operators License, Learners Permit or who are about
to get their Learners Permit.

The goal of this program is to educate the teenage drivers
of Levy County of the dangers of aggressive
driving, distracted driving, impaired driving, and to reinforce the benefits
of seatbelt use. These four issues have been found to be
major causes of teen involved crashes, injuries and fatalities.
This program is
free of cost and is 4 hours in
duration. This program consists of classroom instruction, videos, power point
presentations and hands-on time during which the students will drive golf carts
through a course to learn first hand the dangers of their choices they make
while driving.
The progam is a graphic presentation that will show students the
human consequences of their driving choices. Parental waivers are required due
to the graphic nature of the presentation. Waivers are available and online at, and then click on the Teen
Driver Improvement Icon on left side of screen, and at school. All students
will be required to pre-register for the class by calling Lt.Shawn Hunt or
Sgt.Max Long at (352) 486-5111 or via our e-mail at or This class has a minimum requirement
of 4 students for each class to take place, so these dates are tentative.


2015 Locations/Dates:

Williston H.S.           June: 25             July: 1, 6, 9, 16, 21, 27, 30   August:
6, 11

Chiefland H.S.          June: 29, 30       July:
8, 15, 20, 23, 29           August: 4, 10, 13

Bronson H.S.                                       July: 2, 13, 22, 28                  August:

Cedar Key
                               July: 7                                    August: 5

Yankeetown School                            July: 14                                  August: 12

Levy County Sheriff’s Office K-9 – End of Duty Notification

Deputy Jay Crooms and K-9 Czar

June 12, 2015

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office
regrets to inform you of the passing of K-9 Deputy Czar, today, June 12, 2015.
K-9 Deputy Czar was 12.5 years old; he was born in Holland where he began his training as a
Police K-9. Czar was transferred to the United States when he was
approximately 1.5 years old.

Czar met his partner Deputy Jay
Crooms in 2004. Deputy Crooms and Czar began a life long partnership,
strengthening their bond daily. Deputy Crooms and Czar completed 640 hours of
mandatory training in 2004 and became state certified in patrol apprehension
and narcotic detection. Deputy Crooms and Czar dedicated countless hours of in
service training and mandatory re-certification training over the course of his

One of Deputy Crooms’ most notable
memories of his partnership with Czar was early in their career. He and Czar
responded to a commercial burglary alarm in 2005. Upon their arrival, Deputy
Crooms recognized the business had been entered after closing. It was obvious
property had been stolen. Deputy Crooms and Czar secured the location and when
back up deputies arrived, Czar began to track the suspects. Czar led Deputy
Crooms to the exact location to which the suspects had fled resulting in two
arrests and the recovery of thousands of dollars in merchandise. Deputy Crooms and
Czar completed an outstanding career; making numerous drug seizures and suspect
apprehensions until he retired in December 2009.

But their story does not end
there. Czar was gifted to Deputy Crooms by LCSO upon his retirement. Czar made
his forever home with his partner and the Crooms family. Czar was an undeniable
member of the family. Czar watched his now “sister” grow up and helped train
with her in their yard, guarding over her as any big brother should. Deputy
Crooms’ wife, Melinda, always felt safe when she was home alone as her husband
protected our community and Czar kept a constant watch at home. Czar was ever
vigilant in protecting his family. His absence will be felt by the Crooms
family, the LCSO and our community which he served so faithfully.

Rest in peace Czar. Gone but
never forgotten.



Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111

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