Month: August 2017

Facing Facts

August 29, 2017
Deputies never know what they may encounter during their
shift and the early morning hours of August 26th were no different. LCSO
uniformed patrol deputies responded to 9151 NE 68th Street in
Bronson at 5:20 a.m. to a reported disturbance. Upon their arrival they met with
the complainant who told them her son was destroying the home. Deputies located
the son, identified as Andrew Phillips (10-28-78), urinating in the front yard.
Phillips was extremely intoxicated but had yet violated any laws. In their attempts
to quell the disturbance, Phillips said he would “go to bed” if the deputies
helped him find his backpack.
Phillips then led deputies to his bedroom so they could help
him look for the misplaced backpack. Upon entering the room, deputies found
Phillips was quite the gardener, observing 21 potted marijuana plants growing
in the room. He told deputies that was his “pot”. Phillips was placed under
arrest and was being escorted from the home when he stated “I’m not going to
jail” and pulled away from and began fighting with the deputies. One deputy was
injured while attempting to control him.
Phillips had not yet been searched so deputies led him to an
awaiting patrol car after gaining control of him. While searching Phillips’
pockets, he very deliberately and intentionally head-butted the rear window of
the patrol car causing it to shatter. Phillips fell backwards onto the ground
bleeding profusely from facial lacerations. In his intoxicated state, Phillips
then began spitting blood and saliva onto deputies and EMS staff before he
could again be controlled and taken to the hospital.
Phillips was treated at a local hospital and released to
awaiting deputies. He was transported to the Levy County Detention Facility and
was charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana, resisting
an officer with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and criminal
mischief. His bond was set at $112,000.00, which we are sure didn’t help the
headache.

UPDATE: Additional Charges Filed Against Suspect Already Jailed for Child-Sex Crimes

August 28, 2017
On August 2, 2017 LCSO reported
the arrest of Richard Irving Avis for three counts of sexual battery on a 10
year old child.  Since his original
arrest, an additional victim has come forward. 
After speaking with the 13 year old victim and gathering additional
evidence, Investigator Justin Van Duren was able to arrest Avis on three
additional counts of Sexual Battery on an underage victim. 
This new case is made even more
heartbreaking because Avis had been acting as a caretaker for the victim at the
time of the crimes.  LCSO encourages all
parents to carefully investigate and monitor everyone who provides
childcare. 
Avis remains incarcerated at the
Levy County Detention Center.  His
combined bond on both cases is 3.75 million dollars. 
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Additional Arrest Made in Williston Home Invasion Homicide

August 14, 2017
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations
Division (CID) made a third arrest in connection to the home invasion homicide
in Williston Friday, August 11, 2017. Investigators learned Steven Demar Stacy
(7-12-83) of Williston aided Jalen Days and Andrew Robinson in disposing of the
weapons used in the crime to include the murder weapon. Mr. Stacy aided the
defendants in the early morning hours of 8/4/2017. To date the firearms have
not been recovered.
Investigators are actively working this investigation and
still need the publics’ help. Many questions are still unanswered and the
community could provide much needed information. Any person who has information
is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at
352-486-5111.
Stacy was booked into the Levy County Detention Facility and
has been charged with accessory after the fact to a capital felony. His bond
has been set at “no bond.”

Williston Drug Search Warrant

August 10, 2017
The Levy County Drug Task Force (DTF) executed a drug search
warrant at 16151 NE 50 Street in Williston on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 5 pm.
In April of this year DTF investigators received an anonymous tip and began their
investigation of drug related activities. Based upon this tip, investigators
learned that Chad Williams (4-24-75) was selling cocaine and marijuana from his
home at this address. DTF investigators secured a search warrant for the home
and upon execution of the warrant found Williams home with his wife, Toinette
Williams (3-20-71), where they discovered cocaine and marijuana inside. 
DTF investigators said information gathered during this
investigation revealed Williams was selling quantities of cocaine.
Investigators said although Williams has been arrested, the investigation is
not complete. They will continue to work to identify not only the supplier for
Williams, but the people who were purchasing from him. Additional charges are
likely to be filed at a later date. Investigators have filed charges against
William’s wife, Toinette, for her participation in the drug operation.
Williams was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine
with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to
distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.
Williams bond was set at $76,000.00.

Williston Home Invasion Homicide UPDATE

Jalen Days

Andrew Robinson
August 8, 2017
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations
Division (CID) has made two arrests in connection with the home invasion
homicide that occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, August 4, 2017 in
Williston. Homicide victim James Patterson and shooting victim Ramon Patterson
were confronted by armed suspects who opened fire inside the home that night. 
Today CID investigators executed two simultaneous search
warrants in the Lincoln Heights subdivision off of CR 318 in east Williston. As
a result of these search warrants multiple people were interviewed and two
juveniles have been arrested. Jalen Keyshawn Days (10-8-99) and Andrew Lee
Robinson (6-29-2000) were taken into custody and have been charged with first
degree murder, home invasion robbery with a firearm and aggravated battery with
a firearm. Both have been booked into the Levy County Detention Facility and
will be transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Gainesville later
today.
CID investigators are far from complete with this case.
Sheriff McCallum has been told community members have more information that
will solidify this case and ensure these two remain in custody.  He is calling our citizens to action and asks
that anyone who has information related to this case to contact our office at
352-486-5111 and help us keep the community safe.