Month: October 2017

Return of LCSO Explorer Program



The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is restarting its Law Enforcement Explorer
Program. The Explorer program was established in the 1960s as a way to attract
young motivated individuals with an interest for a career in Law Enforcement,
Corrections or Telecommunications/Dispatch. Through Sheriffs’ Explorer Association programs,
young adults ages 14 to 21 can be associated with a Sheriff’s Office, train and
learn about the profession to determine if it’s the right career track for
them.

Explorers are introduced and receive training in the basics of law
enforcement including, traffic control, report writing and radio procedures.
Explorers are also given the opportunity to assist officers in controlled
settings, such as parades or athletic events.

If you are interested in the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program,
please contact Dep. Trish Horne or Dep. Julie Gironda at 352-486-5111 or come
to the first meeting at the Sheriff’s Office, 9150 NE 80th Avenue,
Bronson, Florida on November 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Disturbance Complaint Leads to Seven Arrests

Chastity Ball
Chevy Bass

Danny White

Justin Pasag

Matthew Schrader

Summer Farnsworth

Travis Willis
October 21, 2017
On Tuesday, October 17, 2017 the Levy County Sheriff’s
Office Uniformed Patrol Division responded to 11252 NE 62 Place, Williston to a
reported disturbance between two people. Deputies arrived and their
investigation discovered Danny White (37) had been fighting with another male.
Deputies took White into custody and while conducting their investigation were
allowed to enter the home to speak to potential witnesses. Deputies immediately
observed controlled substances and drug paraphernalia in plain view when they
entered the home. The deputies secured the home and contacted investigators
with the LCSO Drug Task Force (DTF).
DTF investigators reported they previously were given information
that this home was occupied by numerous people who were using and/or selling
drugs. Investigators were compiling information for their active investigation
when they were called to respond to this location by the Uniformed Patrol
Division.  
DTF investigators began interviewing several of the homes’
occupants and determined a search warrant would be needed to complete their
investigation. A search warrant was obtained and investigators began their
search.
DTF investigators located methamphetamines, marijuana, opiates,
cocaine, an unknown substance and massive amounts of hypodermic needles. Based
upon these discoveries, six (6) occupants of the home were arrested. The
following people were arrested and taken into custody:
Justin Pasag
(10-22-69):
Traffic in
Hydrocodone
Possession
of Methamphetamine with intent to distribute
Possession
of Cocaine
Possession
of Marijuana
Possession
of controlled substance without a prescription
Possession
of drug paraphernalia
Bond amount:
$401,000.00
Matthew
Schrader (7-1-93)
Sale of
Methamphetamine
Possession
of Opiates
Bond amount:
$55,000.00
Summer
Farnsworth (5-4-85)
Possession
of Methamphetamine
Possession
of Opiates
Possession
of drug paraphernalia
Bond amount:
$41,000.00
Chastity
Ball (10-24-76)
Possession of
Methamphetamine
Possession
of drug paraphernalia
Bond amount:
$26,000.00
Chevy Bass (6-25-87)
Possession
of Methamphetamine
Possession
of drug paraphernalia
Bond amount:
$26,000.00
Travis
Willis (7-12-84)
Possession
of Methamphetamine
Possession
of drug paraphernalia
Driving
while license suspended or revoked (DWLSR)
Bond amount:
$28,000.00
Danny White
(1-15-80)
Battery
Bond amount:
$5,000.00
DTF
investigators say although these arrests have been made, this does not end the
investigation. Additional leads were developed as a result of these arrests and
future arrests could potentially be made. Anyone who has information related to
these arrests or information that could assist this investigation is asked to
contact the LCSO at 352-486-5111 and request to speak to a Drug Task Force
investigator.

Williston Middle School Student Arrested

October 20, 2017

This information is being published to clarify the record and dispel rumors now being published on social media in Levy County.

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Division arrested a 12 year old Williston Middle School student today. The LCSO SRO was contacted by school officials today and told that at approximately 2:40 pm an altercation between students occurred. The SRO’s investigation revealed the 12 year old student was offended by another student’s question. During the disagreement between these students, one child picked up a pair of scissors and chased the other student around the room while threatening to stab him. 
A school staff member was able to intervene and separate the students. No injuries have been reported. The arrested student has been transported to the Levy County Detention Facility for processing and will be later released to the Department of Juvenile Justice.  

Food For Florida Event – Traffic Pattern Changes/Frequent Stops

October 18, 2017
The Food for Florida Disaster Assistance Program will begin
Thursday October 19, 2017 at 6:30 am until 6 pm at the Suwannee River
Fairgrounds located at the intersection at US Hwy 19/98 and NW 90th
Avenue in Fanning Springs. This event is expected to continue until Monday,
October 23, 2017.
Major traffic congestion and frequent stops are expected on
NW Hwy 19 in both north and south bound traffic lanes; and SR 26 in both east
and west bound directions. Message boards will inform of lane or road closures
and route information. If you are a participant in this event please follow ALL
Law Enforcement directions.
The north bound outside (slow) lane of US Hwy 19/98 will be
designated at the event line for participants. Participants coming west from Gilchrist
County will be routed onto CR 341 south to NW 160 Street, then onto US 19/98
north.
Participants coming south from Dixie County will be routed
into the outside (slow) lane of US Hwy 19/98 then south onto Old Fanning Road
to NW 147 Place to merge back onto US Hwy 19/98 north event lane.
If you are not a participant of the Food for Florida
Disaster Food Assistant program please avoid US Hwy 19, SR 26 and Old Fanning
Road. Through traffic north will be designated to the inside (fast) lane but frequent
stops should be expected. Please drive safely and be prepared for unusually
long traffic delays.
Business owners and residents should expect HEAVY traffic
congestion in the above described areas and should be extremely cautious.

Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program

The Department of Children and Families will be
administering the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program for the
Tri-County area beginning this Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6:30 am at the Suwannee
River Livestock Fairground located in Fanning Springs. The fairground facility
is located at the intersection of US Hwy 19/98 and NW 90th Avenue in
Levy County. This event is expected to continue until Monday, October 23, 2017.
The event is expected to create major traffic congestion issues.
Citizens should avoid this area if not participating in the program. Expect
traffic delays. Law enforcement will be on location to assist with traffic
issues. Message boards will be posted for citizens participating in the event.
The LCSO will be closing NW 90th Avenue Thursday
morning at 6:30 am to through traffic during the event. Participants will only
be allowed into the fairground facility via NW 90th Avenue at the
north entrance into the fairground parking area. 
Event coordinators expect it will take approximately 30-35
minutes to process each applicant. 
This will be a slow process and participants should expect
long lines and excessive wait periods. We are asking for everyone’s patience as
we attempt to direct participants through the event site.  
  
There could be additional road closures which will be dependent
on traffic conditions as the day progresses.