Month: November 2017

Thanksgiving Dispute Turns Violent

On
Friday, November 24
th, 2017, at approximately 11:15 pm Levy County Deputies responded to 4011 NE 205th Avenue in
Williston to Melvin and Alice’s BBQ in reference a shooting incident.  Deputies
arrived and discovered two individuals with gunshot wounds. One victim was
driven by a bystander to a local hospital before being flown by ShandsCair with
life threatening injuries. The second victim was transported by ambulance to a
local trauma center. One victim is currently listed in critical condition; the
other is listed in critical but stable condition.
Levy
County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division responded and began
their investigation. Investigators were able to identify a person of interest
in the shooting. Investigators believe victims and suspect may have known each
other. The shooting is believed to be in retaliation of prior altercation
between the suspect and one of the victims.
Investigators
say multiple eye witnesses were at Melvin and Alice’s restaurant at the time
this shooting occurred. Law Enforcement depends on our community member’s
cooperation to build solid cases which help keep our neighborhoods safe. 
Anyone who was present and/or has information that would help in the
investigation is being asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111
and request Investigator Justin Douglas at extension 291 or Investigator Justin
Vanduren at extension 270.

Update – Deputy Involved Shooting

 

November 17,
2017

The Levy
County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division Deputies responded to 7450 NW 110
Street in Chiefland to a domestic disturbance on November 16 at 8:40 pm. Three
deputies responded to the scene and were confronted by an armed male subject.  After attempting to subdue the suspect with
less lethal weapons, two deputies were forced to discharge their firearms at
the suspect.  Michael Wesley Goodale
(7-21-83) was transported to Shands at UF as a trauma alert but did not survive
his injuries.  At this time there is no
further danger to anyone in the neighborhood related to this incident. 

Two deputies
were injured during the encounter.  They
were treated and released from a local hospital.  Pursuant to LCSO policy, the deputies involved in the incident have
been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement investigation and the State Attorney’s Office
review.

Sheriff
McCallum said he is saddened by these events and extends his condolences to the
family affected by this incident.  He
expressed his appreciation for the other agencies that assisted LCSO during the
incident and commended the courage and professionalism exhibited by all of the involved
personnel. 

Further media
inquiries should be directed to the FDLE Public Information Officer Gretl
Plessinger in the Tallahassee Regional Office. 

Deputy Involved Shooting Incident

November 17, 2017

Levy County Deputies responded to 7450 NW
110th Street in Chiefland in reference to domestic disturbance on Thursday,
November 16, 2017 at 8:40 pm. Deputies arrived and were confronted by an armed individual.
Responding deputies discharged their weapons at the suspect.

The incident is currently being
investigated by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).  Media inquiries should be directed to the FDLE
Public Information Officer Gretl Plessinger in the Tallahassee Regional
Office. 

Fugitive Arrested in North Carolina

November 8, 2017
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations
Division began an investigation in August of 2017 based upon a complaint of
Lewd and Lascivious Molestation where Thomas Hollifield (5-3-90) of Williston,
Florida was listed as the suspect. In September investigators applied for a
warrant charging Hollifield with one count of molesting a juvenile female
victim and two counts of Lewd Exhibition. These two charges of Lewd Exhibition formally
identify two different juvenile female victims. Levy County Judge Tim Browning
assigned the bond for this warrant at $1.5 million dollars. Investigators immediately
attempted to locate Hollifield after securing the warrant and found he had fled
Florida.
The LCSO is a part of the United States Marshals Florida
Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF). The FRFTF assists local law enforcement
when criminals flee the jurisdiction. The FRFTF began searching for Hollifield
and located him today in North Carolina. Hollifield was taken into custody and
will be transported back to Levy County to face his charges.

Two Day Narcotics Interdiction – 7 Arrested

Jerry Boyd

Bubba Sanders
Jessica Wasileff

Taylor O’Connor

Jonathan Macri-O’Dowd

Peggy Wasileff (photo from 2014)

Barbara Sapp (photo from 2014)
November 6, 2017
Levy County K-9 Deputies and Investigators with the LCSO
Drug Task Force (DTF) conducted narcotics traffic enforcement on SR 24 in the
Rosewood area of Levy County Thursday, November 2, 2017 . Deputies utilized
radar to clock a vehicle traveling at 71 mph in a posted 60 mph speed zone. K-9
Deputy G. Garboski stopped the vehicle in the area of the Dollar General and
spoke to the driver, identified as Jerry Boyd (9-14-68) from Bronson. K-9
Deputy Garboski noticed Boyd became very nervous when he asked him if he had
any illegal narcotics in the vehicle. This is when the traffic stop became
extremely deadly.
K-9 Deputy Garboski, who was being assisted on the traffic
stop by K-9 Sergeant K. Kinik and DTF Investigator T. Rogers, saw Boyd reach
toward the ignition switch and crank the Toyota truck he was driving. Both K-9
Deputy Garboski and Investigator Rogers attempted to stop Boyd but were
unsuccessful. Boyd sped away with both deputies still attempting to stop and
restrain him. 
Boyd then attempted to elude deputies by fleeing into the
Cedar Haven residential subdivision. K-9 Deputy Garboski saw children playing
in the area and was able to stop Boyd by blocking his vehicle at a cul-de-sac.
Boyd was seen by K-9 Deputy Garboski throwing objects out of the driver’s
window during his attempt to escape. These items were recovered by assisting
deputies and identified as cocaine which had been packaged for street level
sales.
Boyd was arrested and transported to the Levy County
Detention Facility. He has been charged with fleeing and attempting to elude
LEO, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, two counts of assault
on a LEO and destruction of evidence. 
DTF investigators later responded to the home owned by Boyd
and conducted a search. Investigators located a locked safe in a room said to
contain more narcotics. A warrant to search the locked safe was obtained and
investigators found cocaine, marijuana, hydrocodone, buprenorphine and
clonazepam. Additional charges will be filed at a later date related to this
discovery. 
Additionally, a citizen called after finding a Crown Royal
bag in the ditch in the Cedar Haven subdivision where Boyd fled, after deputies
had departed the area. The citizen turned over the bag that contained 22.8
grams of cocaine, baggies to package it for street level sales and a scale.
Additional charges will also be filed on this discovery. A special thanks to
this alert citizen as these dangerous drugs, Boyd so thoughtlessly threw away
could have easily been found by a child. 
Boyd was seen at first appearance by Judge T. Browning the
morning following his arrest. His bond was set at $217,000.00. 
Deputies also stopped Bubba Ronald Kenneth Sanders (9-4-86)
of Cedar Key on Thursday, November 2, 2017 during the continued interdiction
efforts. Sanders was found to be driving with a suspended license, was a
previously convicted felon in possession of ammunition and was in possession of
drug paraphernalia. Sanders was arrested and transported to the Levy County
Detention Facility. His bond was assigned at $22,000.00.
On Friday, November 3rd narcotics investigations
continued and DTF investigators along with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office
(CCSO) DTF members executed a search warrant at 170 Linda Street in Inglis.
This warrant was the result of a 2 week investigation where the Citrus/Levy combined
drug task force developed information this location was being used to
manufacture and sell narcotics.
Investigators located methamphetamines, opiates, marijuana, and
drug paraphernalia. Five people were arrested who were inside the home at the
time the warrant was served. The following are the persons arrested as a result
of this search warrant:
Barbara Sapp
(12-21-70) – homeowner of 170 Linda Street
Two counts
of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription
Maintaining
a drug dwelling
Possession
of drug paraphernalia
Bond:
$120,000.00
Peggy
Wasileff (5-2-68)
Possession
of a controlled substance without a prescription
Possession
of less than 20 grams of marijuana
Possession
of drug paraphernalia
Bond:
$70,000.00
Jessica
Wasileff (5-15-93)
Two counts
of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription
Possession
of less than 20 grams of marijuana
Possession
of drug paraphernalia
Bond:
$65,000.00
Taylor
O’Connor (4-19-90)
Possession
of harmful New Legend drug
Bond: ROR
Jonathan
Macri-O’Dowd (3-14-91)
Possession
of a controlled substance without a prescription
Possession
of less than 20 grams of marijuana
Possession
of drug paraphernalia
Bond:
$25,000.00