Month: March 2016

Sheriff McCallum Honors Retiree and Member Awards

Lieutenant Perry Ott

Investigator Robert Bowers

Telecommunicator Sarah Moore

Corrections Officer Betty Watson

Administrative Employee Patty Galyean
March 18, 2016
On March 15, 2016 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office held
their semi-annual staff meeting. During this meeting Sheriff McCallum honored
recent retiree Lieutenant Perry Ott. Lt. Ott served the citizens of Levy County
and became a member of the LCSO family in 1988. Lt. Ott began his career with
LCSO in the Jail and transferred to the Patrol Division in November of 1989. He
served in our Patrol Division and advanced through the ranks being promoted to
Lieutenant in February of 2012.  His
responsibilities include Watch Commander of the Alpha shift and as a Field
Training Officer he is responsible for training and supervising the majority of
our current Patrol Deputies. Lt. Ott joins his wife Linda in retirement and is
looking forward to traveling the country and riding his motorcycle. His “can
do” attitude and positive influence will truly be missed.  
Sheriff McCallum recognized and conducted the official
swearing in of our newest members. Samantha Gilliard (Telecommunicator),
Heather Lindsey (Telecommunicator), Raquel Alfonso (Victim Advocate), Paula
Kennedy (Human Resource Director), Gloria Kilian (Professional Standards
Assistant), Gary Garboski (Patrol Division), Amanda Lugo (Detention Bureau),
Tonya Gainey (Detention Bureau) and Lee Dunn (Fleet Manager) took their Oath of
Office and were welcomed into the LCSO family.
Sheriff McCallum recognized recent promotions and transfers and
also congratulated Sergeant Joey Gore (Detention Bureau), Sergeant Anne Stacey
(Detention Bureau) and Corporal Mayra Carroll (Detention Bureau) for their
continued exceptional service. Lt. Jimmy Anderson is now assigned the
responsibility of supervision of both the Alpha and Bravo Patrol units. Lt.
Duane Dykstra is now assigned the responsibility of supervision of the Drug
Task Force and Criminal Investigations Division. Lt. Scott Tummond is now
assigned the responsibility of supervision of the Professional Standards
Five Lifesaving awards were presented by Sheriff McCallum.
He honored the fast action of Detention Bureau members Nurse Jinean English,
Sergeant Joey Gore, Corporal Mayra Carroll and Officer Hubert Capps in their
successful efforts which saved the life of a detainee. Additionally, Sheriff
McCallum honored Telecommunicator Ashley Dean after successfully instructing a citizen in proper CPR
techniques which saved the life of a citizen in distress. Sheriff McCallum honored Telecommuicator Supervisor Nicki Burbach-Knight
with the Sheriff’s Award as she was able to calmly and
clearly give a father instruction which allowed him to successfully deliver his
Sheriff McCallum concluded the meeting by honoring the LCSO
member selected as Employees of the Year. This award exemplifies the hard work
and dedication of the member who exceeds expectations going above and beyond
their regularly assigned duties. Investigator Robert Bowers was awarded the Law
Enforcement Officer of the Year award. Telecommunicator Sarah Moore was awarded
the Officer of the Year award for the Communications Division. Corrections
Officer Betty Watson was awarded the Detention Bureau Officer of the Year
award. Civilian Employee Patty Galyean was awarded the Administration Division
Employee of the Year award. 
Lt. Scott Tummond
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Multiple Residential Burglaries Solved

March 18, 2016
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations
Division arrested Matthew John Bennett (4-25-83) on March 15, 2016, who was a
suspect in multiple residential burglaries in the Chiefland area just west of
the City Limits. Victims reported jewelry and other valuables were taken.
Bennett was developed as a person of interest after deputies
responded to a residential burglary scene at a home located on NW 64 Terrace on
March 9th. Crime Scene Investigators located unique foot print
impressions near the home and collected blood from a broken window at the point
of entry. Investigators learned Bennett had recently been released from the
Florida Department of Corrections and had registered an address with his
probation officer which is near the victim’s home. Bennett wears a prosthetic
leg which gave explanation to the unique foot print impressions discovered at
this scene.
Before investigators could positively link Bennett to this
crime, he struck again. LCSO responded to a burglary report on NW 115 Street,
which is within walking distance of Bennett’s home. This homeowner discovered
his house had been burglarized when he returned home for lunch. The victim
reported jewelry and other valuables had been taken.
Local business cooperation led to these cases being solved.
Bennett and a female accomplice sold the recently stolen jewelry to a local
business. The business owner contacted LCSO to report this transaction.
Investigators located Bennett and the female walking away from the business, and
were able to follow them back to his home.
Investigators Tom Martin and Zeb Richburg contacted Bennett
and arrested him. They were able to recover jewelry and other merchandise
positively linking Bennett to three recently reported burglaries. The majority
of the recovered property has been identified by the owners and returned.
However, this investigation is still ongoing and Bennett is suspect in other local
Bennett is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility where
he is charged with burglary and grand theft. His bond has been set at
Lt. Scott Tummond
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LCSO Arrests Brothers for Burglarizing Church

Melvin Anderson

Jacoby Anderson
March 18, 2016
LCSO deputies responded to a reported burglary at the
Restoration of Faith Outreach Ministry Church located at 3891 NE 212 Court in
Williston on March 13, 2016. Minister Callie Mae Peterson arrived at her church
to discover someone had pried open the front door and attempted to steal all of
the church’s musical equipment. For reasons unknown, no property was taken but
over $100 in damage was done to the door. 
The LCSO Criminal Investigations Division was contacted by
the responding deputy and investigators assumed responsibility for this
investigation. CID Investigators placed surveillance equipment inside the
church in expectations the criminals may return. Their wait wasn’t long; on
March 15, Minister Peterson discovered the burglars had returned having pried
open a back door. Investigators reviewed surveillance footage and with the
assistance of Patrol Deputy Douglas, identified the suspects.
Brothers Melvin William Anderson (7-12-85) and Jacoby Uriah
Anderson (6-22-92) were located by investigators at the Mack Apartments in
Williston. Both brothers confessed to these burglaries. All of the musical
equipment taken during the March 15 burglary was recovered from the apartment
they shared. Approximately $1,000 in musical equipment was seized and returned
to Minister Peterson, just in time for her Wednesday services.
The Anderson’s were booked into the Levy County Detention
Facility charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. Their bond
has been set at $135,000 each.

Lt. Scott Tummond
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Missing and Endangered Elderly Person

March 8, 2016
The Levy
County Sheriff’s Office is asking for public assistance in locating Thomas
Joseph Ferguson 4-10-1928. Mr. Ferguson was last seen at his home at 9:00 a.m.
this morning located at 2231 SE 138 Lane in Morriston, Levy County, Florida. The
family has no vehicle, and it is believed he left on foot. He is described as 5’
3” and weighs approximately 99 lbs. He is described to law enforcement as
Mr. Ferguson was
last seen wearing a black button down style shirt with an emblem of the
American Flag and an eagle, brown pants and cowboy style boots. Mr. Ferguson
has several known medical conditions and is oxygen dependent. He uses a walker
for mobility assistance. Both his oxygen supply and walker were left at home.
He does not have his identification or his cell phone with him. Mr. Ferguson appeared
despondent last night and this morning prior to him departing the home.
The Sheriff’s
Office asks anyone who has seen or been in contact with Mr. Ferguson to immediately
call the Levy County Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111 or should any emergency
exist, call 911.



Lt. Scott Tummond
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Sexual Predator Public Address Notification

March 3, 2016
On March 3, 2016 William R Hickman registered as a
Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Hickman is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes
William R Hickman was convicted in 2013 in Gilchrist County, Fl for
Lewd and Lascivious Molestation on a child 12-15 yrs of age; F.S. 800.04 (5) (c).
Hickman has registered his change in
address as: 3650 NW 105 Street Chiefland, Fl.
For a complete listing of all
registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County,
or to search by zip code, please visit and go to the sexual
offender data base.
Sexual Predator:
William R. Hickman
3650 NW 105 Street  
Chiefland, Fl 32629
DOB: 10-8-50