LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
ROBERT B. McCALLUM, JR., SHERIFF
5530 SE 194th Lane in Inglis. A 22 year old Tampa man reported
accidentally shooting his father while inside the home. Responding deputies
found Manuel Castro (61) of Tampa on the floor in the living room. First
responders from Inglis Fire Rescue who had arrived at the same time deputies
had began administering first aid. Deputies secured the scene and requested
investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and Crimes Scene
the son of Manuel. Matthew told investigators he was in the kitchen area of the
home and was “playing” with a .22 rifle. He said his father had given him
permission to play with the gun and told him the gun was unloaded. While trying
to take the clip out of the gun, it fired. The bullet struck Manuel Castro in
the temple. Manuel Castro did not survive his injuries.
reconstructed the crime scene and determined the incident had not occurred as
Matthew first reported. The evidence did not match Matthew’s statement.
County Sheriff’s Office and discovered Matthew had a violent history. The
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office shared multiple incidents where they had
contact with the Castro family because Matthew had battered his father or
destroyed family property.
both reside in Tampa, Florida and that Manuel Castro also owns the home in
Inglis. He and his son came to Inglis for the weekend. Other family members who
reside in Tampa have been contacted by investigators.
Degree Murder and is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility with “no
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all law enforcement agencies are asking of our citizens to do to help combat
crime. And below is an excellent example of how this worked.
behaving in what she deemed was an inappropriate manner at a local State Park.
The citizen gave a statement of what was seen to the responding deputy. The
deputy was able to identify the adult and child and determined the adult male
was Kenneth A. Brooks (8-10-41) of Old Town. The child was under his
supervision at the time. Brooks was initially interviewed and denied ever
acting inappropriately. But this did not end the investigation.
investigators from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations
Division (CID) requested a forensic interview be conducted. The University of
Florida Child Protection Team (CPT) did conduct this interview and during which
the child disclosed that Brooks had been sexually inappropriate with her on
several occasions while at a home in the Chiefland area.
for the property of Kenneth Brooks and for his person. CID investigators met
with Dixie County Sheriff’s Office deputies who executed the warrants.
Investigators discovered evidence precisely as the child victim had described. Further
interview with Mr. Brooks left him no option but to admit to his wrong doings. The
Dixie County Sheriff’s Office established through Brooks confession that he had
also abused the same child at his home in Old Town and he was arrested.
Brooks. He has been charged with four counts of sexual battery by a custodial
and lewd and lascivious molestation. His bond has been set at 4.5 million
dollars. Brooks is currently being held in the Dixie County Jail on a “no
and we rely on them for tips such as these to help us protect those whose voice
cannot be heard. I am grateful this person took notice of this situation and
made the report. Her actions have allowed us to protect this child from future
harm and make this arrest. I also want to thank Sheriff Hatcher and his men and
women for their cooperation in this case. Their cooperation has allowed us to
put an end to this child’s suffering.”
Drug Task Force (DTF) and Criminal Investigations Division (CID) executed a
search warrant at 439 North Court Street in Bronson. The LCSO received multiple
calls from concerned citizens that activity at the home owned by Frank Barnes
(4-23-48) dramatically increased. Callers reported seeing what they believed
was drug activity at the otherwise quiet household.
alone. The search of the home revealed cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Multiple
people were coming to this home and buying and/or using narcotics based upon
evidence gathered by DTF investigators which lead up to the search warrant.
Detention Facility. His bond has been set at $50,000.00.
could be made in the future.
responded to a home on NE 217 Court in East Williston. Deputies met with a
subject who told them he was visiting the home when he was confronted by two armed
males. These subjects pointed handguns at him and demanded his money and phone.
The victim reported these men took his personal belongings and ran into a
wooded area next to a home.
Investigators with the Criminal Investigations Division
(CID) responded to the scene and assumed control of the investigation. Evidence
developed by investigators led to the issuance of a search warrant for a home
located at 3850 NE 217th Court Lot C. Investigators identified
William Meeks (7-31-89) of Ocala, Florida as a potential suspect and Meeks was
located during the search warrant. Meeks was arrested for outstanding warrants.
the home along with ammunition, cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin and drug
The robbery investigation is still on-going. Anyone with
information which could assist investigators in solving this crime is asked to
contact Investigator Justin Douglas at 352-486-5111 or if you wish to remain
anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. You could be eligible for a
Investigations Division (CID) answered a complaint of sexual battery on a
disabled person. The victim, a 32 year old mentally disabled person, disclosed to
a family friend she was having “sex.” The family friend immediately reported
this to law enforcement.
LCSO and consented to an interview. During his talk with investigators, White admitted
to sexual acts with the victim and acknowledged he knew the victim was mentally
disabled. Investigators told White he was being arrested and White became
was charged with two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a Disabled Person
and Resisting Arrest Without Violence. His bond has been set at $1,010,000.00.