Month: May 2016

Couple Arrested for Child Neglect and Drug Charges

May 27, 2016
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations
Division executed a search warrant on May 19, 2016 at 6653 NW 138 Place
Chiefland, Fl. This home belongs to Jeffrey and Kelly Koschatzky who were not
home at the time the warrant was executed. The warrant was based upon
information gathered from an investigation which determined the Koschatzky’s
were manufacturing methamphetamine’s in the home while their children were
present.
Evidence gathered by LCSO investigators and Crime Scene
Technicians resulted in arrest warrants being issued for both Jeffrey
Koschatzky (5-4-79) and Kelly Koschatzky (4-28-78) for manufacturing
methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, child neglect and other
charges. Kelly Koschatzky was arrested by Levy County Deputy Gulledge on May
25, 2016 and is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility on a $235,000
bond.
Jeffrey Koschatzky was located in Dixie County and arrested
on local burglary charges in addition to the Levy County warrant.
The Department of Children and Family Services have taken
the Koschatzky children, ages 13, 12 and 10 into protective custody and placed
them in a safe environment.
Investigators at LCSO are currently seeking information on
additional cases the Koschatzky’s are suspected in. Anyone with information is
asked to contact Sergeant Mike Narayan at 352-486-5111 or if you wish to remain
anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. 
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Lt. Scott Tummond
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Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
“Know Something We Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Melting Pot Defendant Found Guilty at Trial

May 26, 2016
Operation Melting Pot was a Levy County Sheriff’s Office drug
operation which began in September 2014 and concluded in July 2015. A total of
68 arrest warrants were issued as a result. The operation name “Melting Pot”
was selected by lead investigator Robert Bowers because of the diversity of
drugs purchased through undercover operations during this investigation.
On Tuesday May 24, 2016 the only Melting Pot defendant to
take his case to trial thus far was found guilty. Quentin Koron Mitchell  (8-29-1976) was charged with two counts each
of; Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School, Possession of Cocaine with
the Intent to Distribute and Unlawful Use of a 2 Way Communication Device to
Commit a Felony. Mitchell was sentenced by Judge Joseph E. Smith to 10 years in
the Florida Department of Corrections Prison System. However, this does not end
Mitchell’s issues. He was on supervised probation by the Federal Department of
Corrections for prior drug related offenses when he committed these crimes. His
probation was violated because of this arrest and he could face additional time
in Federal Prison.
To date, of the 68 defendants in this operation, 57 cases
have been brought to resolution through the courts and the defendants have pled
guilty. One defendant is currently being held in Federal Custody and one
defendant died as a result of an automobile crash prior to his arrest. The
remaining 9 unresolved cases should now move quicker through the justice
system.
Sheriff McCallum was very pleased with the outcome of this
trial. He said this should set the tone for the remainder of the pending cases
from the Melting Pot operation. The case against Mitchell was probably the most
difficult of all other Melting Pot arrests, and he applauds the dedication and
hard work of Investigator Robert Bowers, other LCSO personnel who participated
in the trial and the Assistant State Attorney team. Sheriff McCallum said ASA’s
Frank Slavichak and Lenora Floyd’s attention to detail and flawless presentation
to the jurors led to this successful verdict. 
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Lt. Scott Tummond
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Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
“Know Something We Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Missing and Endangered Person – Trevor McNair

May 16, 2016
Trevor McNair has been missing for approximately 14 hours.
Trevor suffers from a mental disorder and has expressed suicidal thoughts in
the past. He was last seen at his home located 10070 NE SR 24 at midnight. He
left his home without identification or his cell phone. He is described as a 20
year old dark complexion male, DOB 2-10-96, 5-9” tall and 140 lbs. Trevor
currently has short to no hair and a thin mustache. Trevor wears hearing aids,
but will not have them on when located. 

LCSO has contacted two Florida based organizations to help
locate Trevor. The charitable organization “Find – M Friends” from Citrus
County is on scene with blood hounds actively searching for Trevor. Linda
Bowles, owner, shared her contact with the FSU emergency manager drone
department. They have been contacted and will be on scene in a few hours.
Citizens who see drones flying in the area are asked to be patient as we attempt
to locate Trevor. 

Any person(s) coming in contact with Trevor McNair are asked
to immediately contact 911 or their local Law Enforcement. He is not considered
dangerous but could be in crisis and in need of immediate medical
attention.  
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Lt. Scott Tummond
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Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
“Know Something We Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Arrest Made for Theft

May 11, 2016
Harris Thomas Garcia (12-7-92) was arrested by LCSO
investigators on May 7, 2016 for the theft of tools and jewelry. When she
returned home, she found tools and jewelry missing from both her shed and home.
The victim reported Garcia, who had resided with her briefly, was suspected.
Investigators found Garcia pawned items locally and he confirmed these items
did belong to the victim.
Investigators located Garcia in the Bronson area and during
an interview, he confessed. Garcia attempted to justify his actions and told
investigators he took the items because the victim owed him money. Garcia was
taken into custody by investigators and a search of the backpack he was
carrying revealed more of the victim’s property.
Garcia was booked into the Levy County Detention Facility
and charged with grand theft, dealing in stolen property and false statements
to a pawn broker. He is being held on a $40,000.00 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.

Man Arrested for Stabbing

May 11, 2016
Mario Areaga Barrios (9-18-52) was arrested by LCSO
Investigator Scott Stancil on May 7, 2016 after stabbing a man during a
dispute. Investigator Stancil reported the victim and Barrios were having a
cook out and drinking beer. Something was said about Barrios’ family and a
fight erupted. Barrios had a 10 inch butcher knife he was using to cut meat and
used it to stab the victim in the sternum area. The victim was transported to
Shands at UF for treatment.
Barrios had fled the scene prior to Law Enforcement’s
arrival, but was found a short distance away and arrested. He has been booked
into to the Levy County Detention Facility, charged with aggravated battery
with a deadly weapon, and is being held on a $100,000.00 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.