Month: October 2016

Man Arrested at Fanning Springs for Lewdness

October 10, 2016
LCSO Deputies arrested Edward William Hopwood (8-6-52) of
Gainesville at the Fanning Springs State Park yesterday for Lewd and Lascivious
Exhibition. Four children, between the ages of 7 to 11, told their grandparent
they saw Hopwood exposing his genitals to them underwater. The grandparent, who
was on the dock watching his grandchildren play reported observing Hopwood
following children who were swimming nearby. The children’s grandparent also
saw Hopwood exposing his genitals underwater when the children told him what
they had seen.
Hopwood was arrested and booked into the Levy County
Detention Facility. Hopwood appeared at first appearance this morning and has
been assigned a bond of $850,000.00.

Lt. Scott Tummond
Public Information
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
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Hurricane Matthew – Levy County Update Thursday at 11 A.M.

The Levy County Emergency Operations Center combined with
the Levy County Board of County Commissioners and the LCSO are issuing this
combined message. Hurricane Matthew is a very large and destructive storm.
Citizens should remain vigilant and continuously monitor the storm. These are
our current conditions:
    Schools are closed on Friday, October 7, 2016
  • ·       
    The Levy County Court House will be closed October
    7, 2016
  • ·       
    No tidal surge is expected to affect Levy County
    based on the current storm track
  • ·       
    No fuel shortages have been reported in Levy
  • ·       
    No storm evacuation shelters have been opened
  • ·       
    No evacuation orders have been issued
Based upon the current track of this storm our EOC reports
Levy County will begin to experience tropical storm force winds (25-35 MPH)
midafternoon on Friday. Gusts between 40-50 MPH could be experienced as rain
bands move through our area.
This storm continues to evolve and the track could change. Should
the storm track move westward, it will radically change the effects Levy County
will experience. Citizens should closely monitor this storm and continue their
storm preparedness efforts.

Levy County School Closure Announcement

October 6, 2016
Levy County School Board Assistant Superintendent John Lott
has announced the closure of Levy County Schools on Friday October 7, 2016.
Current storm forecasts which will affect Levy County will make conditions
unsafe for transporting students.

Fugitive Flees from Law Enforcement and Incurs Additional Charges

September 30, 2016

The United States Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive Task
Force and the Criminal Investigations Division of the Levy County Sheriff’s
Office executed an arrest warrant on Theophilus Lee earlier today in Williston.
Theophilus Lee, most recently released from the Florida Department of
Corrections in 2014, was identified by the Gainesville Police Department as a
suspect in a recent Armed Home Invasion Robbery in Alachua County.

Lee was also identified as a suspect in a recent
investigation conducted by the LCSO. This investigation was related to a report
of shots being fired into a home located in the east Williston area of Levy County.
Lee refused to answer investigator’s questions and was escorted to the Levy
County Detention Facility. Lee, still
handcuffed, decided to run and fled from law enforcement.

Lee’s escape attempt was short lived. He made it
approximately 300 yards before he was captured and returned to custody. Lee is
currently being held on a $1,000,000 bond. He faces an additional charge of
escape and will appear before an 8th Judicial Circuit Judge tomorrow
morning at first appearance.


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.