Month: September 2015

Joseph Moscato Accepts 6 Year Plea for Sex Crime

September 25, 2015
Joseph Moscato Jr. (6-21-47), who
was arrested by LCSO investigators on February 7, 2015 for sexual battery on a
child between the ages of 12-18 years old, accepted a plea today. The victim
reported the attack occurred while attending church located at 16750 NW 60
Avenue in Fanning Springs on November 17, 2014. Moscato was sentenced to six
(6) years in the Florida Department of Corrections to be followed by nine (9)
years of sex offender probation upon his release. Moscato will also be required
to register as a sex offender.
Moscato, as a condition of this plea, had to make an
allocution to the crime. Basically, he admitted he attacked the child against
her will. This plea spared the child victim the trauma of having to testify to
the attack Moscato perpetrated.
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.

Burglary Investigation Leads to Five Arrests and Meth Lab

Mack Anthony Miller
Danny Lee Kincaid
Lester Hamilton Piersall
September 25, 2015
On September 11, 2015 a Chiefland
resident reported his shed located on his property had been broken into within
the last 18 hours. LCSO deputies and investigators responded to the
complainant’s home and discovered guns, ammunition and tools had been taken.
The burglars cut locks and forced the door off the tracks to gain entry. The
initial investigation did not produce any leads or potential suspects.
A second burglary was reported
from the same location on September 18th. Tools, ammunition and other
miscellaneous items were stolen. Investigators developed leads with the
assistance of observant community members which aided in the identification of
the suspects.
Investigators were able to catch
up to the primary suspect; Mack Anthony Miller W/M (8-20-74) on September 21st
at a home located 8291 NW 130th
Street in Chiefland. Investigators subsequently
identified and arrested the second suspect of these burglaries, Danny Lee Kincaid
W/M (8-24-86).  Both men were charged
with armed burglary and grand theft. As this investigation continued at this
address, property was found and identified as belonging to the victim of both the
But, investigators didn’t stop
there. Evidence was found near this home indicating methamphetamines were being
manufactured at the location.  LCSO Drug
Task Force investigators identified Lester Hamilton Piersall W/M (5-19-61), a
registered sex offender and also resident of this home as the methamphetamine
“cook.”  He was taken into custody for manufacture
of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and transported to the LCSO
Detention Facility.
And, investigators still weren’t
done. Keith Martin Davis W/M (8-21-80) then drove to the home and became
verbally combative with investigators who were still actively working this
crime scene.  Davis’ actions drew more attention to him
than he probably wanted.  Investigators
discovered Davis
drove there after his driver’s license had been permanently revoked for failure
to pay traffic fines.  He too was
arrested and taken to the Levy County Detention Facility.  Kerry Bush W/F (9-16-80), a passenger in the
vehicle, was found to have a warrant for her arrest.  She was taken into custody and booked into the
Levy County Detention Facility.
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office
encourages all citizens who may have information about burglaries, drug
activities or other crimes to contact the Sheriff’s Office at
352-486-5111.  The information can also
be given anonymously to CrimeStoppers of Levy County at 1-800-349-8477 and you
may be entitled to a cash reward.

Keith Martin Davis
  Kerry Bush        

Levy Man Arrested for Multiple Child Sex Offenses


September 23, 2015

Corporal Jay Crooms, of the Levy
County Sheriff’s Office, arrested James Lambert (10/14/1949) on September 21,
2015 for multiple sex offenses.  Lambert
resided in the Fanning Springs area of the county.  In August of 2015, LCSO was contacted by a
concerned parent of two victims who reside outside the county. 

Corporal Crooms of the Criminal
Investigations Division was assigned the case. 
His investigation revealed that the victims’ family was acquainted with
Lambert and had regularly visited him. 
The victims, who were both under the age of 12 when the crimes occurred,
stated that they were sexually molested on multiple occasions during these
visits.  During their interviews, the victims
were able to give specific details of the abusive incidents which were beyond
the normal knowledge of victims this age. 
Lambert allegedly would force himself upon the children when no other
adults were present at the residence. 

Lambert agreed to be interviewed
by Corporal Crooms.  He denied committing any illegal acts against the
victims.  Lambert did admit to being alone with them on multiple occasions. 

After the interview, Corporal
Crooms arrested Lambert for 2 counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation and 2
counts of Sexual Battery upon a child. 
Lambert is being held at the Levy County Detention Center where he is
awaiting trial.  His bond was set at 4
million dollars.  



Alcohol Sales Compliance Checks Results in Arrests

 Kartik Kisho Bose
Parimalkumar Rambhai Patel
September 23, 2015
A concerned citizen contacted a
LCSO deputy and filed a complaint stating local businesses were selling
alcoholic beverages to under aged kids. To support their claim, the citizen
told our deputy they recently discovered their child was purchasing beer. The
child told them they had purchased it from a local convenience store.
LCSO contacted the State Division
of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) and explained the complaint. ABT licenses
and governs the local sales of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. ABT,
familiar with these types of complaints offered to partner with LCSO and the
Williston Police Department to address the problem.
The partnered agencies conducted
compliance operations at 10 stores in the Williston area of Levy County
and inside the City of Williston.
Of these checks, six (6) stores were found to be in compliance by verifying the
purchasers age with proper identification prior to the sale.  Two store clerks, who were found not to be in
compliance by selling alcoholic beverages to an underage buyer, were issued a Notice
to Appear in court for the violation.
In addition to these violations,
two arrests were made. Kartik Kisho Bose (1-9-57), clerk at the Lil Food Ranch
on SR 121 and Parimalkumar Rambhai Patel (8-27-79), clerk at the Kwik King in
Morriston, were arrested for sale of alcohol to a person under 21. Neither of
these men had identification to confirm their identity and appearance notices
could not be issued. Both men were transported to the Levy County Detention
Facility where the Rapid ID fingerprint system is located and were properly
identified. Bose posted a $2,000 bond the following morning and was released.
Patel was released on his own recognizance.

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.


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