Month: August 2016

Boat Ramp Closures

August 30, 2016
Sheriff McCallum, in preparation of incoming tropical depression
9, has ordered the closing of all boat ramps in Levy County beginning tomorrow
morning. All boat ramps along the Suwannee River and south to the
Inglis/Yankeetown area will be posted closed by tomorrow afternoon. Crews with Levy
County Parks and Recreation will be placing signage and barricades at all county
boat ramps. Residents who own watercraft and need to remove them from the water
are asked to complete this as quickly and safely as possible.
Sheriff McCallum will announce the re-opening of the ramps
as soon as conditions on our waterways are safe for navigation.
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Trap Door Escape Attempt Fails – Couple Arrested

August 30, 2016
John Smith (no we didn’t make up his name) 2-19-84 was
arrested on August 18, 2016 at a mobile home located at 13750 NW 88 Terrace in
Chiefland. Smith caught the attention of the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation
Division several weeks prior based upon a tip. Investigators learned Smith had
traveled to the Chiefland area from Lee County and was wanted by Lee County
Sheriff’s Office for burglary and grand theft. It was also rumored Smith had
transported illegal weapons from Lee County to Chiefland. Investigators noticed
a spike in residential burglaries in this same general area, but were uncertain
of Smith’s exact location until August 18th.
LCSO Investigators arrived at the home on 88th
Terrace and contacted the home owner who was not related to Smith. Investigators
established a perimeter around the home and the owner allowed investigators to
search for Smith. Smith was not immediately located. Investigators interviewed
Megan Wilk (6-17-86), later determined to be Smith’s girlfriend, who gave
conflicting stories as to Smith’s current whereabouts.
Investigators thoroughly searched the room Smith and Wilk
were living in and found a trap door in the floor. The trap door had been
covered by a piece of furniture. Investigators broadened their search and did
locate Smith hiding in the crawl space underneath the mobile home. He was taken
into custody without incident. Investigators arrested Wilk for obstruction/resisting
arrest without violence, as it was impossible for Smith to place the piece of
furniture back on top of the trap door after he exited.
Numerous firearms were found loaded and unsecured inside the
home and drug paraphernalia was found in the room Smith and Wilk shared with
their small child. The firearms were determined to belong to the home owner and
had not been previously reported stolen.
Smith was booked into the Levy County Detention Facility. He
was charged with the outstanding Lee County warrant and resisting arrest
without violence. His bond has been set at $135,000. Wilk was booked into the
Detention Facility and charged with obstruction and child neglect, which is
based upon the discovery of the drug paraphernalia found within easy reach of
her child. Her bond has been set at $30,000.
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Lt. Scott Tummond
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Sexual Predator Public Address Notification

August 29, 2016
On August 25, 2016 Jose Saul Bruno registered as a Sexual
Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Bruno is required to notify law
enforcement whenever he changes addresses.
Jose Saul Bruno was convicted in 1998 in Putnam County, Florida for
Sexual Battery/Coerce Child by Adult; F.S. 794.011 (8) (b). Bruno has registered his change in
address as: 6850 NW 73 Lane Chiefland, Levy County, Florida.
For a complete listing of all
registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County,
or to search by zip code, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us and go to the sexual
offender data base.
Sexual Predator:
Jose Saul Bruno
6850 NW 73 Lane     
Chiefland, Levy County, Florida
White/Male
DOB: 12-15-68
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Lt. Scott Tummond
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Sexual Predator Public Address Notification

 
 
 
 
 
 
August 18, 2016
On August 17, 2016 Billy Joe Patterson registered as a
Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Patterson is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes
addresses.
Billy Joe Patterson was convicted in 2003 in Levy County,
Fl for Sexual Battery by an Adult on a child under 12; F.S. 794.011. Patterson has registered his temporary change
in address as: 11090 NE 107 Terrace, Bronson, Florida 32621.
For a complete listing of all registered
sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County,
or to search by zip code, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us and go to the sexual
offender data base.
Sexual Predator:
Billy Joe Patterson
11090 NE 107 Terrace
Bronson, Florida 32621
White/Male
DOB: 8-11-1962
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Lt. Scott Tummond
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Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
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Seized Horse Donated to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch

August 15, 2016
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Federal
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), recently finalized the last remaining
seized asset from an old case. Both the LCSO and the DEA joined efforts to shut
down a large marijuana growing operation several months back. During the
seizure, a 2 year old Paso Fino colt was discovered and his fate had not yet
been decided. LCSO Corporal Brandin Sullivan, Agricultural Deputy, petitioned
the Levy County Court (on behalf of LCSO) for ownership, and the colt was
awarded to the LCSO. The court determined the colt’s owner abandoned it when he
fled in his attempt to avoid prosecution.
Sheriff McCallum decided to donate the colt to the Florida
Sheriffs Youth Ranch (FSYR). The FSYR established programs to aid communities’
at risk youth by giving them a foundation for success upon completing the
program. The FSYR challenges youth, both physically and mentally and often uses
large animals to teach responsibilities to the youth. Haley Eatman, the
Assistant Farm Manager for the FSYR Live Oak location came to one of the LCSO
animal recovery sites to pick up the colt. 
She has not decided on a name for their newest addition; however, Ms.
Eatman said he will be trained and assigned to future youth ranchers.
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Lt. Scott Tummond
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