Month: April 2016

Bronson Man Arrested for Child Neglect

April 5, 2016
On April 4, 2016 at approximately 4 pm Deputy Shelby Kilian
was flagged down by a citizen at the Bronson Laundromat. The citizen told
Deputy Kilian she found a screaming infant locked inside a vehicle with the
windows rolled up, parked in a parking space in front of the Laundromat. The
citizen was unable to immediately locate a parent nearby.
Deputy Kilian located the owner of the vehicle, identified
as Nelson Santo Perez (12-13-84) who was inside the Laundromat with three other
small children. Deputy Kilian ordered Perez to open the locked vehicle and to
remove the infant. Deputy Kilian reported Perez appeared to be unconcerned and was
prompted numerous times to react faster to unlock and remove the baby from the
hot vehicle parked in direct sunlight. Deputy Kilian found the infant was
drenched in sweat and her breathing was labored. Perez stood by as Deputy
Kilian undressed the child in efforts to cool her. Perez’s main concern was he
would be fined by Deputy Kilian. EMS responded and recommended transporting the
baby to the hospital for further treatment. Perez initially refused to allow
the baby to be transported. 
Ultimately Perez agreed to allow EMS to transport the baby
to Shands at UF to be evaluated. Doctors recommended the child be kept
overnight for observation. The Department of Children and Family Services
responded and have opened their own investigation. 
LCSO Investigators were able to retrieve the video
surveillance footage from the Laundromat and determined Perez entered the
Laundromat with three small children and was inside for approximately 20
minutes before Deputy Kilian arrived. 
Perez was located at his home later this same evening and Deputies
arrested him for felony neglect of a child. Perez is being held at the Levy
County Detention Facility. His bond has been set at $100,000.00. 
The infant is expected to make a full recovery.
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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.

Multi-County Burglaries

April 4, 2016
Levy County and surrounding counties
have been experiencing a trend in daytime burglaries. Homes in our rural areas
are being forced into
and ransacked by
unknown suspect(s). The burglars
are taking guns,
jewelry and cash as well as other valuables.

These burglaries began in mid-January and are
continuing. Levy County has experienced eight of these incidents in several
different areas of the county
. Burglaries
with similarities are also being reported in surrounding counties including Citrus.
In addition, Citrus County is investigating a homicide that
was discovered on
Friday
at 6662 W. Candier Ct., Dunnellon. The Citrus County
Sheriff’s Office found this homicide scene has similarities to the burglaries
that have occurred in Levy County.

The Sheriff’s Criminal
Investigation Division (CID) considers these burglaries top priority and is
asking for our citizens to remain vigilant. The Sheriff’s CID is working
closely with these other agencies as they develop and follow up on all leads. 
Sheriff McCallum urges our
public to lock their doors, turn on alarms and report suspicious activities
immediately to 9-1-1. Sheriff McCallum says, “Any suspicious activity observed
by the citizens we protect, if reported immediately, could help solve these
cases. If you see something that just doesn’t seem right, call 9-1-1.” Try to
gather as much information as possible such as the make, model, tag number and
color of any vehicles seen and descriptions of any people to include what they
are wearing.  In order to maintain their
safety, LCSO recommends that citizens avoid any potential confrontation with
suspicious persons. 
 
If you have any information
regarding these incidents, you can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a
reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.
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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.

Fleeing Suspect Arrested

April 1, 2016
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received
several calls from citizens reporting a reckless driver on SR 121 at
approximately 11:30 pm last night. Deputy Ryan Sullivan located the green
Mustang described by the 911 callers as it turned on to US 19 in Lebanon
Station driving south in the north bound lane. 
Deputy Sullivan paralleled the Mustang driving south
in the north bound lane with his emergency lights and siren on attempting to
gain the driver’s attention and get him stopped. However, the driver identified
as Shane Steven Sparks (12-17-72) accelerated to speeds in excess of 100 mph
into on-coming traffic. Deputy Justin T. Mashburn, who assisted Deputy
Sullivan, blocked the north bound traffic just north of the Town of Inglis
in an attempt to protect other motorists.  
Deputy Sullivan’s attempts to stop Sparks were
unsuccessful. Sparks continued to flee from Deputy Sullivan and when he approached
Deputy Mashburn’s roadblock, he intentionally swerved to strike Deputy Mashburn’s
patrol vehicle. Deputy Sullivan was authorized to utilize the PIT maneuver and was
able to successfully stop Sparks before he caused injury to other motorists.
Upon being taken into custody, Deputies suspected
Sparks was under the influence of unknown substances. He was transported to
Seven Rivers Hospital and was cleared medically before being transported to the
Levy County Detention Facility for booking. Sparks has been charged with
fleeing and attempt to elude Law Enforcement, reckless driving, assault on a
Law Enforcement Officer and possession of narcotics. This investigation is
still on-going and additional charges could be filed. He is currently being
held on a $250,000 bond.

                                                                       

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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.