Month: August 2017

Narcotics Interdiction Continued

Shaune Cherry

Robert Cherry

Charles Haven

Matthew Tysinger

Zachary Hall

Michael Barcinas
August 7, 2017
On Saturday evening and into Sunday the Levy County Sheriff’s
Office K-9 Unit and Uniformed Patrol Division continued high intensity narcotic
interdiction in the Cedar Key/Rosewood area of our county. K-9 Supervisor
Sergeant Kevin Kinik with his partner Zombie and Deputy Gary Garboski with his
partner Molly along with multiple patrol deputies made six additional arrests Saturday
and Sunday in our continued drug interdiction efforts.
Shaune Cherry (10/08/81) of Cedar Key was arrested for Possession of cocaine and possession
of drug paraphernalia.
Sgt. Kinik conducted a traffic stop at
the Dollar General in Rosewood and found Cherry to be in possession of 3 grams
of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. His bond was been set at $15,000.00.
Robert Cherry (01/09/99) of North Carolina was arrested for possession
of less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Sgt. Kinik conducted a traffic stop in front of Robinson’s Seafood.  Deputy
Garboski with his K-9 partner Molly discovered marijuana in the vehicle. His
bond was set at $1,000.00. 
Charles Haven (5/6/92) of Cedar Key was arrested for possession
of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
Sgt.
Kinik conducted a traffic stop on SW 69th Street in Rosewood. Deputy
Garboski with his K-9 partner Molly discovered approximately 1/2g of methamphetamine
(ICE) and a pipe used to smoke it.  His bond was set at $12,500.00.
Cassandra Brettel (1/3/95) of Bronson was issued a notice to
appear (NTA) for possession
of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputy Garboski with his K-9 partner Molly discovered the drugs during a
traffic stop in the City of Cedar Key.
Matthew Tysinger
(9/24/92) was arrested for possession
of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Deputy
F. Almeida of the Uniformed Patrol Division conducted a traffic stop in the
parking lot of the Cedar Key General Store in Rosewood. Tysinger was found to be
in possession of approximately 6 grams of marijuana and numerous items of drug
paraphernalia. Tysinger was released on his own recognizance at first
appearance.
Zachary Hall (6/5/83) of Dunnellon was arrested for possession
of cocaine and carrying a concealed weapon.
Deputy Garboski
observed a suspicious vehicle parked on NE 205
th Ave near SR 121. Deputy
Garboski made contact with the vehicle’s occupants and during a search
discovered a baggie containing cocaine. Hall also had a small loaded pistol in
his pocket. His bond was set at $11,000.00. Michael Barcinas (12/27/81) of
Williston, who was a passenger in the vehicle with Hall, was also arrested for possession
of cocaine. His bond was set at $26,000.00.

Donation Purchases K-9 Molly

August 4, 2017
Sheriff McCallum is proud to announce the addition of Molly,
the newest member the K-9 Unit at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. The
addition of Molly to the Unit was made possible through a generous donation of
$5,500.00 made by Mrs. Barbara Snow on behalf of the US War Dogs Association,
Southern Chapter 2. Ms. Snow, Executive Director of the Southern Chapter, is not
only a concerned citizen of Levy County, but also an active participant in the
Levy County Sheriff’s Office K-9 program. She believes that the K-9 Unit is an essential
component to the safety and wellbeing
of the community. Ms. Snow presented the donation to Sheriff McCallum on July 28,
2017. Sheriff McCallum accepted the donation and expressed his sincere
appreciation on behalf of the Agency, but more importantly on behalf of the
citizens of Levy County. 
Molly has been partnered with Deputy Gary Garboski. The team
recently graduated from Narcotics Detection and Interdiction Training with
great success. Molly and Deputy Garboski are actively on the roads of Levy
County pursuing those who choose to transport drugs. Several drug arrests have
been made by Deputy Garboski due to Molly’s successful identification of the
presence of narcotics during recent traffic stops. Molly’s addition to the LCSO
augments the already active K-9 Drug Interdiction and Apprehension program.

Deadly Home Invasion in Williston

James Patterson

Ramon Patterson
August 4, 2017
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and
Criminal Investigations Division responded to 4091 NE 212 Court in Williston
shortly after midnight to a reported home invasion robbery and shooting.
Deputies arrived and found James Patterson (10-4-89) and his brother Ramon
Patterson (9-12-93) inside their home suffering from gunshot wounds. James
Patterson did not survive his injuries and died while enroute to the hospital.
Ramon Patterson is currently in surgery and is expected to recover from his
wounds.
Investigators have few leads and are asking for the public’s
assistance. If you have any information please contact the Sheriff’s Office at
352-486-5111, or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at
1-877-349-8477.

18 Hours of Targeted Drug Enforcement

Hammock

Woods

Whyte

August 3, 2017
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force (DTF) and
Uniformed Patrol Division conducted a targeted drug enforcement operation in
the Rosewood/Cedar Key area of Levy County which began yesterday evening and continued
into this morning. Citizens who reside in these areas of the county have filed
complaints of recent drug activity in their neighborhoods and Sheriff McCallum
answered their call.
Early yesterday afternoon, K-9 Sergeant K. Kinik conducted a
traffic stop in Rosewood and with the assistance of his K-9 partner Zombie
located marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. The driver was issued
a notice to appear in court for both of these misdemeanor violations and
released at the scene.
Shortly afterwards, DTF investigators made a traffic stop on
SR 24. DTF investigators arrested Chad Hammock (2-21-78) of Cedar Key for
possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug
paraphernalia, and Heather Woods (8-13-91) of Cedar Key for possession of
marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Investigators also seized 4
grams of methamphetamine (ICE) and 10.5 grams of marijuana during the stop. The
investigation related to these narcotics is still on-going and additional
charges could be filed.
This morning Matthew Whyte (5-14-91) was discovered by
Deputy K. Davis parked in the Cedar Key State Preserve on SR 24. Deputy Davis
spoke to Whyte and during this conversation found Whyte to be in possession of
methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Whyte, who claimed to be homeless and
listed no address, was arrested and transported to the Levy County Detention
Facility. Additionally, DTF investigators located homemade objects in Whyte’s
car that were obviously made to conceal and transport narcotics. This investigation
is still on-going and additional charges could be filed.
Sheriff McCallum has allocated additional units to continue
these drug enforcement operations in this and other communities in Levy County.
Sheriff McCallum said, “I will continue efforts to rid our neighborhoods of the
drug dealers and drug users as we strive to provide a safer environment for our
children and families.”

Bronson Man Arrested for Capital Sexual Battery

August 2, 2017
Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division
investigators responded to Williston’s Regional General Hospital yesterday
afternoon to a report of sexual abuse. The mother of a 10 year old girl said
her child told her she had been forced to perform sexual acts. The mother
brought the child to the hospital to be checked for injuries and make a report
to law enforcement. The mother identified Richard Irving Avis (7-3-79) as the
person who had abused her child. Investigators also spoke to the child who
identified Avis and described various sexual acts she was forced to perform
with him.
Investigators located and spoke to Avis. During their
discussion, Avis admitted to performing inappropriate sexual acts with the 10
year old child. Avis further admitted these acts occurred at a home located on
NE 92nd Court in Bronson over a period of several years.
Avis has been arrested and charged with three counts of
Capital Sexual Battery on a child under 12. He is being held at the Levy County
Detention Facility and his bond has been set at $3 million dollars.