Month: April 2016

Pillow Case Burglars Arrested

April 26, 2016
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) participated in a
joint investigation with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), the Citrus
County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO), the
Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion. Months of
intense cooperative investigation and hundreds of pieces of evidence have been
collected.  
Arrested were Darren Decker (41) and Jessica Baker (44) of
Ocala. They have been linked to ten burglaries in Levy County and the LCSO
investigators expect this number to climb. This husband and wife team is
suspected of committing over 60 residential burglaries in the North Central
Florida area. They targeted homes in rural areas of the above mentioned
counties and stole guns, jewelry, electronics and prescription medication.
LCSO investigators and Crime Scene deputies worked long
hours gathering forensic evidence and following leads. Some of the evidence
collected from the crime scenes in Levy County was used to link this pair to
other crimes from other counties. Sheriff McCallum praised the cooperation of
all agencies involved in this investigation.
Decker and Baker are being held in the Sumter County
Detention Facility on a No Bond status. They also have been linked to a recent
murder investigation in Citrus County and charges are expected to be filed
later.
Sheriff McCallum said, “We will do whatever it takes to
ensure the job gets done and our citizens are safe in their homes.  It is a great relief knowing these two are in
custody and the fear our community was feeling is now over.”
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Lt. Scott Tummond
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Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
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Bomb Threat at Levy County Court House

April 26, 2016
The LCSO 911 Center received a call this morning at 0816
hours. The caller made a vague threat that a bomb was at the Levy County Court
House and could explode. Deputies responded and immediately evacuated court
house administrative services and judicial services staff. LCSO deputies have
conducted an exterior sweep of the court house complex.  
Sheriff McCallum has requested mutual aid from the Alachua
County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad who are responding to complete an interior
search of the building.
Further details will be updated when they become available.

***UPDATE***
LCSO has been given the all clear. K-9 Units from Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the University of
Florida Police Department searched the interior and exterior of the Levy County
Court House, and no explosive devices were found.
Court house employees and citizens who arrived for
scheduled appointments have been allowed re-entry into the complex and all
services are now back in operation.
LCSO investigators are currently following leads and expect
to have a suspect in custody soon.

 

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Lt. Scott Tummond
Public Information
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
“Know Something We Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Crab Festival 2016

 

April 25, 2016

The time for Williston’s annual Crab Festival Event is upon
us.  LCSO has learned that this event is
scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 30 and will continue into the evening.

Sheriff McCallum anticipates the usual large crowd and
wanted to issue a few words of caution for all participants:

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Traffic is expected to become congested near the
event area of County Road 318, U.S. Alternate 27, and the Marion County line from
approximately 3 PM until the event ends.  Please drive defensively and reduce speeds.  Citizens who do not plan to attend the
Festival should avoid the area if possible. 

·       
Temperatures are expected to be near 90 degrees and
participants are cautioned to stay  well hydrated.

·       
Establish a recognizable meeting location and
time with family members if you become separated inside the event.

·      
Parents bringing children to the Festival should
use extra care to avoid being separated from them.

Participants are encouraged to report any suspicious or
criminal behavior that they observe at the Festival.  Concerned citizens can report anonymously to
Crime Stoppers at:  1-877-349-8477 or to
the Sheriff’s Office directly at 352-486-5111. 

LCSO Deputies will be stationed inside the event area to
assist participants in the event of an emergency.  As always, the deputies’ response time and
ability to assist will depend on the size and actions of the crowd.  Festival participants are urged to be
courteous, patient and obey all laws.  
LCSO thanks the public for their cooperation. 
 
 

County Ag Extension Employee Arrested for Fraud

April 22, 2016
In February of 2016 Fred Moody, Levy County Administrator and
Danny Shipp, Levy County Clerk of Courts, discovered employee Lacy Shae Harris
(1-16-90) was responsible for numerous credit card charges on the Levy County
Ag Extension Office credit card. Investigators determined Harris made over
$7,700 in charges to companies such as Wal-Mart, Amazon, Vivid Seats LTD and
ticketsatwork.com. None of these charges had been authorized by supervisors and
were deemed fraudulent.
LCSO investigators determined the charges made to the credit
card were for Harris’ own personal use. Investigators filed for and were
granted a warrant for Harris’ arrest. Harris was arrested on this warrant at her
home in Marion County on April 14, 2016 and booked into the Marion County Jail.
Harris has since posted a $20,000 bond and been released.
Additional investigation has determined Harris could be
responsible for additional thefts as they relate to the Ag Extension Office and
additional charges could be filed.

 

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Lt. Scott Tummond
Public Information
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
“Know Something We Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Bronson Middle/High Student Charged with BB-Gun at School

April 19, 2016
On April 18, 2016 Bronson Middle/High School officials
became aware a 14 year old student was in possession of some type of gun on
school property. This student had bragged and shown another student, what was
believed to be an air soft pistol hidden in his back pack. The item was never
removed from the back pack or displayed to others.
School officials and the Sheriff’s School Resource Deputy
immediately located and removed the student from the school clinic. The student
had not entered any classrooms. Officials searched the student’s back pack and
located a CO2 powered BB gun and a small amount of marijuana. These items were
seized by the LCSO Resource Deputy and the child was immediately suspended.
This child’s father was contacted to take custody of him and remove him from
school property.
The LCSO has filed charges of possession of a weapon on school
property, possession of approximately 2 grams of marijuana and possession of
drug paraphernalia by sworn affidavit to the State Attorney’s Office.
Sheriff McCallum said, “I am very proud of student who
immediately reported seeing this. I know how much courage this took. He set a
true example for all of his classmates to follow.” And, I would also like to
emphasize the phrase “if you see something, say something”.
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Public Information
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
“Know Something We Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.