Month: February 2017

Man Swims River to Evade Capture

February 27, 2017
Ronald A. Working (12-19-88) of Old Town temporarily evaded
capture by swimming the Suwannee River this past Friday afternoon. Working was
wanted by Dixie County for two counts of oystering in a closed area. Working
was able to evade Dixie County Sheriff’s deputies by jumping into the Suwannee
River and swimming across into the wooded area of Andrews Management Area in
Levy County. LCSO deputies responded to assist and captured Working near the
intersection of US 19 and NW 155 Avenue.
Working was booked into the Levy County Detention Facility
and is being held on a $3,000 bond for the warrants issued in Dixie County.
Working was additionally charged with resisting arrest without violence in Levy
County. The bond on this charge was set at $25,000.

Injured Horse Investigation Update

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting a horse named Emma.
“It takes a truly callous person to shoot a gentle horse with a gun,” said Kate MacFall, The HSUS’ Florida state director. “We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime.”
The National Sheriffs’ Association and The HSUS launched ICE BlackBox, a free smartphone tool, to allow users to record video of illegal animal cruelty and share it securely with law enforcement for possible investigation and prosecution.
The HSUS doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories.
The reward now exceeds $6,200.00. Please call the Levy County Sheriff’s Office (352-486-5111) if you have any information that could lead to
the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons involved in this incident.

Career Felon Arrested

February 15, 2017
An alert, diligent and crafty Levy County citizen breaks
unsolved burglary cases for the LCSO. Our citizen and your neighbor saw
something, photographed it and reported it which solved a string of burglaries
in the Williston area.
Career criminal Paul Lesley Urquhart (12-6-69) of Williston
was arrested yesterday by the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division
Investigators based upon the information supplied by our citizen. Urquhart has amassed
21 felony arrests and is currently on Federal Probation for weapons charges. But
Urquhart could not help himself and reverted back to his old habits of breaking
into homes stealing jewelry and other valuables. He would trade your hard
earned valuables for drugs. However, this time he was stopped cold in his
Investigators recovered approximately $2,500 of property
Urquhart had stolen from multiple homes in the Williston area. Urquhart has
been arrested and charged with one count of burglary and grand theft. His bond
has been set at $145,000.
The investigation continues and additional charges are
expected to filed in the near future. Investigators are combing through the
recovered evidence and matching it to previously reported crimes.  Anyone who has information on Urquhart is
asked to contact Sergeant Mike Narayan at 352-486-5111.

Fleeing Suspect Crashes

February 15, 2017
At approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning Deputy John Finkell
attempted to stop a red pickup in Bronson because it did not have tail lights.
Deputy Finkell pulled in behind the truck and activated his emergency lights
signaling the driver to stop. However, the driver accelerated and made abrupt
turns attempting to evade Deputy Finkell.
Deputy Finkell lost sight of the fleeing vehicle on back
roads in the Town of Bronson and radioed this information to his communications
center. He turned off his emergency equipment and began to search the area for
the truck. At the intersection of NE 80 Street and NE 95 Avenue Deputy Finkell
saw a female staggering in the road. As he approached her, he saw the red truck
had crashed into a tree. The female, identified as Victoria Muro (22 years old),
told Deputy Finkell she was begging the driver, identified as Fransisco Calvillo
(8-6-94) of Bronson, to stop.
Deputy Finkell found Calvillo crumpled in the floor board of
the truck suffering from a head injury. He went to render aid and the truck
burst into flames. Deputy Finkell had to force open the passenger door of the
truck to remove Calvillo and drag him to safety. Deputy Finkell applied
pressure bandages to Calvillo’s injuries and attempted to extinguish the fire
which now fully engulfed the truck. EMS and Fire were contacted and responded
to assist.
Muro told Deputy Finkell both she and Calvillo had been
drinking and Calvillo had no intentions of stopping for law enforcement. The
Florida Highway Patrol was contacted and will be completing the accident and
DUI investigation.
Calvillo was taken by EMS to a local hospital for treatment
of injuries he sustained in the crash. Charges have been filed by Deputy Finkell
for fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement. Calvillo was released from
jail on 12-7-16 on a $12,000 bond and has pending charges for domestic battery
and tampering with a witness. The FHP investigation is still on-going.

Fleeing Felon Arrested

February 15, 2017
Ontez Ellison (10-23-93) of Bronson has a lengthy history
with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and has tallied 4 felony arrests to his
lists of accomplishments. Ellison had been placed on supervised probation based
upon his most recent felony charge, but failed to comply with his probation
conditions. As a result of this a warrant for his arrest for violating his
probation was issued.
On February 12, 2017 Deputy Sinclair received a radio call
issuing a BOLO (be on the lookout) for car reported stolen in Alachua County.
Deputy Sinclair spotted a car matching the description of the vehicle issued in
the BOLO near NE 105 Avenue and turned around to conduct a traffic stop.
Instead of stopping, the driver of the vehicle sped away. Deputy Sinclair was
able to read the tag number of the fleeing car and confirmed it was in-fact the
stolen vehicle. But, the driver still did not stop and made evasive turns and
accelerated away from Deputy Sinclair. Deputy Sinclair was able to clearly see
the driver on several occasions during the pursuit and positively identified
Ellison as the driver.
Ellison fled from Deputy Sinclair into Alachua County.
Ellison ultimately abandoned the car in the area of SW 95 Avenue in Archer and
fled on foot. Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisting in the pursuit
deployed their K-9 units to the area. However, Ellison could not be located.
His passenger, Julius Wright, was not as lucky and was arrested by ACSO.
On February 14, 2017 based upon Ellison’s reckless
indifference and consistent attempts to flee and elude law enforcement, he was
talked into surrendering. Investigator Barrera with the LCSO Drug Task Force
was able to negotiate Ellison’s peaceful surrender when prior attempts had
failed. Ellison was taken into custody in Bronson and booked into the Levy
County Detention Facility. He has been charged with three counts of violation
of probation, one count of fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement with
disregard of safety to persons or property and driving with no valid license. He
is being held without bond.