Month: February 2018

That didn’t take long…..

February 23, 2018
John William Gardenier (9-28-93) isn’t a stranger to the
Levy County Sheriff’s Office. We arrested him December 5, 2017 for burglary,
grand theft and theft of a motor vehicle. He was able to post bond on December
20, 2017 and immediately went back to his old ways. 
The LCSO responded to a burglary complaint on January 31st  in the Inglis area of Levy County. The
victim reported to our responding deputy that he discovered his home was broken
into and a large sum of cash had been taken. Investigators developed a lead on
this investigation late Wednesday evening and were able to confirm that Gardenier
was responsible for this crime.
Yesterday morning, members of the LCSO Criminal
Investigations Division went looking for Mr. Gardenier to arrest him. Constant
citizen tips allowed Investigators to locate Gardenier riding a motorcycle near
the US Coast Guard Station in Yankeetown. The first arriving Investigator reported
his observations and requested assistance from his partners to make the arrest. 
Additional Investigators responded to assist in making the
arrest. This is when things got a bit sketchy for our men. Gardenier had
stopped on the side of the road and had his hands inside a backpack he was
carrying when our investigators approached him. Investigator Wilkinson began
yelling orders to Gardenier, telling him to remove his hands from the backpack.
When Gardenier did, Investigator Wilkinson was told Gardenier had a pistol.
Investigator Wilkinson yelled to his fellow officers that Gardenier had a gun,
but it was too late. Investigators already had their hands on Gardenier and
were able to safely disarm him and place him in handcuffs. 
The contents of Gardenier’s backpack spilled out and
investigators saw that he not only was he trying to hide a gun, he also had
drugs. Investigators verified the drugs were methamphetamines and additionally
found thirteen (13) hypodermic needles Gardenier used to inject the meth into
his system. 
Gardenier was transported to the Levy County Detention
Facility and has been charged with the following crimes:
1.    
Burglary
2.    
Grand Theft
3.    
Possession of Methamphetamine
4.    
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
5.    
Possession of a Concealed Firearm
6.    
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of
a Felony

Gardenier appeared before
the Honorable Judge Browning this morning for “First Appearance”. Judge
Browning assigned Mr. Gardenier’s bond at $251,000.00.

Sexual Predator Public Address Notification

February 23, 2018
On February 21, 2018 Carl J. Aldrich registered as a Sexual
Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Aldrich is required to notify law
enforcement whenever he changes addresses.
Carl J. Aldrich was convicted in 2001 in Lee County, Florida for
Lewd and Lascivious Molestation/Victim under 12 (two counts) FS: 800.04 (5) (b)
and Providing Obscene Material to a Minor FS: 847.0133. Aldrich has registered his change in address as: 16121 East Levy
Street, Williston, Levy County, Florida.
For a complete listing of all
registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County,
or to search by zip code, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us and go to the sexual
offender data base.
Sexual Predator:
Carl J. Aldrich
16121 East Levy Street         
Williston, Levy County, Florida
White/Male
DOB: 5-25-74

                                                                         

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Homeowner Confronts Burglar in Home

February 18, 2018
At approximately 4:40 am February 18, 2018 Levy County
Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a home in the Manatee Farms Subdivision
off of CR 320 in Chiefland. A homeowner made an emergency 911 call to the Levy
County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center to report a burglary to their home.
The homeowner told 911 operators she was awakened by an unusual noise and was confronted
by a burglar inside her home. The burglar grabbed her, which caused her to
scream.  Her screams awoke her husband
who chased the suspect out of the home.
The husband, who had armed himself with a shotgun as he gave
chase, reported seeing the suspect enter the family car parked in their driveway.
The suspect then attempted to flee and in doing so, struck a tree on the
property. The husband said the suspect exited their vehicle and began running.
At one point the suspect turned toward him; and being fearful for his safety
and the safety of his family inside the home, fired his shotgun at him.
The victims told deputies the suspect entered the home,
stepping over their three children who were sleeping in the living room, to take
household valuables. They also discovered the keys to the family vehicle had
been removed from the husband’s truck parked outside. The suspect also took a
jacket and other valuables from the husband’s truck.
Arriving deputies established a perimeter and deployed K-9’s
from both the Sheriff’s Office and the Chiefland Police Department (CPD) to
track the suspect.  Shortly after establishing
the perimeter, Lt. James Anderson heard a commotion in the woods near his
location and saw the suspect attempting to escape. Lt. Anderson gave chase and
apprehended the suspect after a brief foot pursuit.
The suspect, identified as John David Bogan (11-8-90) from
Chiefland, was wearing clothing taken from the victims. Bogan, who was not
injured by the victim, was transported to the Levy County Detention Facility
and has been charged with the following crimes:
Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling
Grand Theft
Burglary of a Conveyance (a truck)
Burglary of a Conveyance (a car)
Grand Theft Auto
Petit Theft
Battery
Resisting Arrest without Violence
 
The cooperative efforts between deputies and the CPD
allowed this suspect to be apprehended quickly. Bogan will appear before a
local judge tomorrow morning for these charges. Until this time, he is being held
without bond.

Update on School Threats

Update:

The following message is being sent as a combined notification with our partners in the Levy County School Board. Please know that both the Sheriff’s Office and the Levy County School Board take the safety and security of “OUR” children when both on and off our campuses very serious. WE will react quickly and appropriately to any and all real or perceived threats.

Good Afternoon Parents,    
       
This evening Gilchrist County and other school districts in Florida received a threat that they could not verify and Gilchrist closed schools.  The School Board of Levy County has not received this threat.  The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is monitoring social media and investigating any suspicious activity concerning Levy County schools.

Currently a viral photo is being passed around through Snapchat.  This photo has been reported to the LCSO as well as other Florida law enforcement agencies. The photo has been addressed by authorities in South Carolina and an arrest was made. We want to thank our parents for helping us keep our vigil and ensure the safety of all our children.

The LCSO and the Levy County School Board sends this strong message to anyone who makes a threat of violence directed toward our children and our schools. “We will seek you out, arrest you and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent the law will allow us to.“

Parents, students and concerned citizens. Please, if you see something, say something. Report suspicious activity to the LCSO at 352-486-5111 or if it is an emergency call 911.

Sheriff Bobby McCallum
Superintendent Jeff Edison

Sexual Predator Public Address Notification

February 13, 2018
On February 11, 2018 Lamont Lewis Nelson registered as a
Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Nelson is required to notify law
enforcement whenever he changes addresses.
Lamont Lewis Nelson was convicted in 1999 in Highlands County, Florida
for Sexual Battery on a Child under 12; F.S. 794.011 (2). Nelson has registered his change in address as: 12451 NE 108
Terrace, Archer, Levy County, Florida.
For a complete listing of all
registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County,
or to search by zip code, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us and go to the sexual
offender data base.
Sexual Predator:
Lamont Lewis Nelson
12451 NE 108 Terrace          
Archer, Levy County, Florida White/Male
DOB: 3-1-1980

                                                                           

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