Month: November 2016

Couple Arrested for Illegal Use of Credit Card

November 22, 2016
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations
Division arrested Robert Carl Koppenhafer (6-10-68) on November 14, 2016 and
his paramour Brandy Lee Seale (10-14-80) on November 21, 2016. A victim
reported to the LCSO on November 7, 2016 that her phone, cash and debit card
had been stolen. The investigation revealed Koppenhafer and Seale had been living
with the victim and took these items from her purse one night after she had
gone to bed. Koppenhafer and Seale went to multiple ATM’s and withdrew a total
of $1,420 over a period of several days.
Investigators located and arrested Koppenhafer and Seale.
Both admit the money taken from the ATM’s was used to pay off drug debts and to
purchase more narcotics. Both are being held at the Levy County Detention
Facility. Koppenhafer has been charged with multiple counts of fraudulent use
of a credit/debit card and his bond has been set at $125,000. 00. Seale has
been charged with scheme to defraud and her bond has been set at $45,000.00.

Burglary Investigation – Information Needed

November 15, 2016
The LCSO responded to 3361 NE 167 Terrace in Williston Sunday
morning at approximately 11:30 a.m. to a report of a burglary. Deputies arrived
to find a very shaken homeowner. The homeowner told deputies he was working in
his back yard when he heard a crash in the front yard of his home. He went to
investigate the sound and found a car parked in his driveway and his front door
open. The homeowner discovered the front door had been forced open and walked
inside to investigate.
The homeowner told deputies when he walked inside, he
announced his presence. This is when a man bolted out of his master bedroom
area and ran to the awaiting car. The homeowner, who was carrying a concealed
firearm, fired one round at the fleeing vehicle. The round entered the back
passenger window of the car breaking the glass.
The vehicle is described as a dark in color four door sedan
with dark tinted windows. The suspect was described as a white male,
approximately 6’-0” tall with medium length dark hair.
Anyone who has information is asked to contact Investigator
C.J. Perryman at 352-486-5111 ext. 276. You may be eligible for a reward. If
you wish to remain anonymous you can also call Crime Stoppers at

Suspicious Death Investigation

November 11, 2016
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant
at 9830 NE 105th Avenue in Bronson, Fl late yesterday afternoon based
upon a tip there were buried human remains on the property. Investigators from
the LCSO, the District Eight Medical Examiner’s Office, specially trained K-9
Cadaver dogs and a team from the C. A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory at
the University of Florida began searching in an unimproved area of this lot.
The search continues today as these teams continue to dig in efforts to unearth
the remains. 

Anonymous Tip Leads to Burglary Arrests


                                                                   Hunter Gaston

                                                                 Annie Harknett

                                                                   Wesley Rizer

November 9, 2016
On November 3rd Levy County Investigators
received an anonymous tip of a burglary that occurred at a vacant home in
Morriston, Fl. The tipster told investigators at least four people broke into
the home and took valuables and firearms. The following investigation verified
that three adults and one juvenile entered a home located at 21530 SE 67th
Place in Morriston several times and took tools, jewelry, a TV and guns.
Investigators located and arrested Hunter Gaston (3-3-94),
Wesley Rizer (9-19-89) and Annie Harknett (10-6-97) on November 4th for
burglary of a structure and grand theft of a firearm. Charges are still pending
on the juvenile involved in this incident and the investigation is continuing.
Investigators recovered two guns, a .22 caliber rifle and a .38 special
handgun, as well as tools, the TV and jewelry at an estimated value of
approximately $1,000.00.
The arrestees are being held at the Levy County Detention
Facility. Hunter Gaston’s bond has been set at $225,000.00. Wesley Rizer’s bond
has been set at $50,000.00 and Annie Harknett’s bond has been set at
The LCSO and the home owner with our deepest gratitude say “Thank
You” to the tipster in this case. Had it not been for your watchful eye and the
civic duty you performed for your neighbors, this crime may have gone
undetected for some time.

House Party Turns Violent with Multiple Stabbings and Exchanges of Gun Fire

November 7, 2016
Multiple LCSO Deputies responded to a home located on NE 212
Court near the intersection of CR 318 in East Williston to reports of a large
party around midnight on Saturday. As deputies were being dispatched, reports
of a shooting were reported to 911 operators. Arriving deputies, reinforced by
Williston Police Department Officers, found approximately 800 to 1000 people in
attendance. The party, hosted by a home owner near this intersection, had
spilled into the road and was blocking traffic. Deputies were able to disperse
the unruly crowd but were unable to identify who shot or from where the
shooting came. A majority of the party goers relocated to a local hang out
known as Melvin and Alice’s at the intersection of CR 318 and CR 331A.
Deputies, along with Williston Police Officers and additional
LCSO back up units were called to respond to Melvin and Alice’s at
approximately 2 a.m. The large crowd had reorganized and Deputies found traffic
was being blocked and loud music was disturbing local residents.
Deputies were attempting to disperse the crowd once again
when shots rang out. Deputies were unable to determine the exact location of
where the shots were coming from and took cover. The deputies reported the
crowd panicked and began to run in all directions.
When the crowd cleared, deputies located approximately 35
spent shell casings in two different locations. This scene appeared to be a gun
battle between multiple individuals. One vehicle parked nearby was struck
multiple times. A home owner whose home is within the City Limits of Williston
reported a stray bullet entered her bedroom window where her teenaged child was
sleeping.  No report of any person being
shot has been received by the LCSO or the Williston Police Department. Deputies
spent the remainder of the night processing this scene, gathering evidence and
attempting to identify the gunmen. The Williston Police Department
investigators are working closely with the LCSO investigators as this
investigation continues.
The LCSO received a call from the University of Florida
Police Department (UPD) shortly after the crowd from the house party had been
dispersed. UPD officer had been called to Shands at UF when two people arrived
who were suffering from stab wounds. UPD was able to determine from victim’s
statements that they had been stabbed at a party in East Williston. LCSO
investigators responded to Shands and interviewed one of the victims. The other
victim, admitted for treatment, was in critical condition and was being prepped
for surgery. Investigators learned the identity of the stabbing suspect who
lived in a group home near where the house party had been hosted.
Investigators and LCSO patrol units responded to the group
home located at 21161 NE 35 Street at approximately 5 a.m. and located Martin
W. Ward (3-3-92), the stabbing suspect. Ward was taken into custody and the
knife used in the attack was recovered. Ward was booked into the Levy County
Detention Facility and charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery with a
Deadly Weapon. He is being held on a $200,000.00 bond.
The LCSO is requesting any person in attendance at either
party location that may have information to please contact us. Sergeant Mike Narayan
is the investigator in charge of both these investigations and can be reached
at 352-486-5111 extension 267. A reward is being offered for information
leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in these potentially
deadly incidents. Or, if a person wishes to remain anonymous he/she can call
Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.