Month: September 2017

Bronson Man Arrest for Sexual Battery on Juvenile

September 26, 2017
Investigators with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal
Investigations Division arrested Fidel Ulises Ortiz (8-15-89) Friday, September
22, 2017, after a complaint was filed by the parent of a juvenile victim. In
the complaint, the parent alleges Ortiz supplied the child with alcoholic
beverages to the extent the child became intoxicated. While in the intoxicated
state, Ortiz, who is 28 years old, sexually battered the child.
Investigators executed a search warrant on the home where
Ortiz allegedly battered the child and discovered evidence supporting the
child’s statement. During the warrant execution, Ortiz became combative with
law enforcement and had to be restrained. 
Ortiz was booked into the Levy County Detention Facility and
was charged with sexual battery by a person over 24/victim under 18,
contributing to the delinquency of a minor and resisting arrest without
violence. Ortiz’s bond has been set at $270,000.00.

Former Cedar Key Pastor Arrested

Photo courtesy of Gilchrist County S. O.
The former pastor for the Cedar Key First Baptist Church was
arrested September 19, 2017, on a warrant that stemmed from an
investigation which began in late July. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office
Criminal Investigations Division received a request from a concerned citizen asking
LCSO to look into unusual charges occurring on the church’s operational expense
accounts. Investigators determined former Pastor Todd Anthony Pope (10-17-62)
not only utilized funds from these accounts for personal gain, but also opened
charge accounts, credit card accounts and gas charge accounts. 
Investigators immediately identified a couple of unusual
charges on the church’s bank account. Pope, whom had been confronted by the
church in late June, resigned. The anonymous citizen did not know the extent of
the unauthorized charges until a more thorough examination of bank records was
conducted by LCSO investigators. Investigators discovered unauthorized ATM
withdrawals and charge cards opened in the church’s name with only Pope as the
authorized user.
In total, investigators determined Pope took approximately
$76,267.58 dollars through various means over a period of several years.
Investigators were able to secure a warrant for Pope’s arrest for scheme to
defraud, forgery/uttering forged bank checks and grand theft greater than
$20,000 but less than $99,999. Pope was arrested in Gilchrist County for the
Levy County warrant. His bond was set at $215,000.00.
This investigation is still on-going and additional charges
are expected to be filed at a later date.

Sexual Predator Public Address Notification

September 18, 2017
On September 13, 2017 John Wayne Hudson registered as a
Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida
law Hudson is required to notify law
enforcement whenever he changes addresses.
John Wayne Hudson was convicted in 2004 in Levy County, Florida for
Sexual Battery by weapon or force – F.S. 794.011. Hudson was released from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2014 and
registered a change in address to: 7632
NW 170 Street Trenton, Levy County, Florida 32696
For a complete listing of all
registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County,
or to search by zip code, please visit and go to the sexual
offender data base.
Sexual Predator:
John Wayne Hudson
7632 NW 170 Street
Trenton, Levy County, Florida
DOB: 05/03/1968

A Personal Message to the Citizens of Levy County from Sheriff McCallum:

Levy County citizens are our priority. We will be here
to answer your calls for service. We WILL respond to your needs and to the
needs of those traveling through our county as we do each and every day.
I want to take a moment to explain some recent
decisions to re-route I-10 and I-75 traffic to the US 19 and US Alt 27 corridor
if it becomes necessary. The historic flooding of the Santa Fe River due to
Hurricane Irma may affect the bridge as the river crosses under I-75. If
this occurs
, I-75 will be closed at the I-10 interchange. The bridges on US
41 and US 27 at the Columbia and Alachua County line have already been closed
due to flooding. If this closing occurs it will cause extreme traffic conditions
in our county. The traffic diversion will even further tax our already stressed
resources. As always the citizens of the county are our first priority, and the
Levy County Sheriff’s Office will continue to respond to you and to your needs. 
Our deputies have been working 16 hours shifts as we
assisted south Florida evacuees who are now attempting to return to their
homes. We expect supply deliveries and volunteers will accompany the south
Florida evacuees as they travel south. We caution our community members who
intend to use US 19 and US Alt 27 to be extremely careful and to stay safe.
Our deputies will continue to work diligently to
move the traffic through our area.  I am
asking for our community’s patience during this trying time. I also want to
personally thank every member of the LCSO for their dedication to our community
and our neighbors as we continue to deal with the after effects of Irma.  I also want to thank our Citizens for their
assistance to evacuees who have passed through our county.  We have received words of appreciations for
the hospitality of the Citizens of Levy County.
Please stay safe and call us if you need us.
Sheriff Bobby McCallum

Levy County School Update

No student attendance on Thursday, September 14,
2017.  Thursday will be an employee workday.  All School Board
employees will report to work at 8:30. 
·       Food Service workers need to check with their
·       Bus Drivers and Bus Aides do not need to report to
work until Friday.
Buses are ready to run and students will return to
school on Friday, September 15, 2017. 
Please note the following game updates:
·       All games for Thursday have been cancelled.
·       Bronson –vs- PKY is cancelled.
·       Chiefland –vs-Hamilton County is cancelled.
·       Williston – vs- Madison County is rescheduled for
Saturday, September 16th.  It is a home game.