Month: May 2018

Reported Williston School Threat Under Investigation

 
May 31, 2018

 

Levy County School Board and LCSO
deputies are currently investigating a reported school threat at the Williston
Middle High School.  Because this is an
active investigation, details cannot be released at this time.  However, school and LCSO personnel are NOT aware of any evidence that
indicates a credible threat to anyone on the final day of classes on June 1,
2018.  LCSO will have a presence at WMHS
tomorrow and will continue to work the case to conclusion. 

 

Students and citizens are
encouraged to report any information that may be related to this or other
potential school threats.  Tips can be
reported anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 1-877-349-8477.  These tips can result in a financial reward
that is also paid anonymously.  Callers
can also report tips directly to LCSO at 352-486-5111.    
 

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“Know Something We
Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477
remain anonymous.

 

 

Man Flees from Deputy-Causes Crash

May 22, 2018
In the early morning hours Saturday, May 19, 2018, Levy
County Deputy M. Adams observed a conversion van on US Highway 19 traveling
south at 20 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. Deputy Adams attempted
to stop the vehicle by activating his overhead lights. But, the driver circled
through a parking lot then sped away crossing over the median of US Highway 19
in his attempts to elude Deputy Adams.
Deputy Adams radioed for assistance as he continued his
attempts to stop the driver who was now fleeing at speeds in excess of 80 miles
an hour. The Chiefland Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol
responded to Deputy Adam’s calls for assistance as the driver of the fleeing
vehicle approached the City of Chiefland. Deputy Adams reduced his speed as the
pursuit neared the intersection of US Highway 19 and CR 320. Deputy Adams
observed the driver of the fleeing vehicle run this red light, nearly causing a
collision with vehicle that was stopped at the light and another that was
entering the intersection. As Deputy Adams entered this intersection he
collided with a vehicle in the intersection. The driver of the vehicle Deputy
Adams struck sustained minor injuries and was transported to a nearby medical
facility for treatment. Deputy Adams was not injured. 
The vehicle Deputy Adams was pursing continued to flee,
ultimately crashing at the intersection of US Highway 19 and CR 129. No other vehicle
was involved in this crash. The driver, identified as Charles H. Roosa (10-2-79)
who lists a St. Petersburg address, was taken into custody by additional
responding Chiefland Police Officers. Roosa was transported to the Levy County
Detention Facility and was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude law
enforcement. His bond was assigned at $100,000.00.
However, this doesn’t end here. On May 20, 2018, Detention Officers
responded to the cell Roosa was confined in because he was irate and cursing at
staff members. Roosa refused to calm down and charged at a Detention Officer who
was attempting to assist him. Roosa threw a punch at the Detention Officer then
tackled him, pushing his way out of the confinement cell. 
Patrol Deputies responded to the Levy County Detention
Facility to assist detention staff. After reviewing the video surveillance, Roosa
was additionally charged with battery on a Detention Officer (a felony).

Amateur MMA Fighter Arrested in Bar Fight

May 15, 2018
Levy County Deputies and EMS responded to Bubba’s Place on
US 19 in Fanning Springs on May 5, 2018 to a reported bar fight. Arriving
deputies found the victim unconscious on the sidewalk outside the bar with very
few witnesses in the area. The suspect fled prior to our deputies arrival.
The unconscious victim suffered a laceration to the top of
his head and was bleeding from the mouth. He was transported by helicopter to a
nearby hospital where he remains in critical condition. 
The on-scene investigation revealed the victim approached
the suspect standing outside the bar and was able to positively identify him as
Hank Williams (9-8-90) from Fanning Springs. A witness described a brief verbal
altercation between the two men. Williams, unprovoked, struck the victim in the
face with two closed fist blows. The initial strike immediately rendered the
victim unconscious and as he was falling the second strike was thrown. The victim
had his hands in his pockets the entire time. 
The LCSO Criminal Investigations Division discovered
Williams has a history as an MMA fighter and is registered as an amateur.
Investigators did request a warrant for his arrest after gathering additional
evidence. A warrant was issued for one count of felony battery with a bond of
$100,000.00.
Earlier this morning Investigators located Williams on CR
341 in Chiefland near the Chiefland Elementary School. Williams was arrested
and taken into custody without difficulty. Based on Williams’s history as a
fighter, multiple units were involved in this arrest. 
The LCSO wants to ensure our public that they were safe, as
we were using the utmost caution. We WILL continue to make our community safer
for everyone. We regret this person had to be arrested in the same general area
where our children go to school, but again the safety of our children and
citizens are of our utmost concern.  In
addition, for the few students who saw the arrest, they may now want to be law enforcement
officers.

Family Disturbance Ends in Arrest

May 14, 2018
On May 5, 2018 Levy County Deputies responded to a family
disturbance at a home in Inglis. Deputies spoke to family members who described
Kenneth A. Everts (12-2-75) as brandishing a firearm and making non-specific
threats. Family members said Everts took several firearms and placed them
inside of his truck then fled the home prior to the deputy’s arrival.
Everts returned to the home shortly after deputies began
their investigation and was taken into custody. Deputies discovered a bullet
proof vest inside his vehicle. Everts was questioned about the firearms family
members said he had, and he denied ever possessing a gun. He told deputies he
was a convicted felon and was prohibited from owning one.
These statements did not deter deputies, and eventually
Everts confessed to dropping several guns off at a friend’s home before
returning to his home. Everts told deputies how to find the friend’s home and
deputies recovered two AK 47’s, a shotgun, and two pistols. In addition to
these guns, Everts also dropped off ammunition, large knives, smoke grenades,
brass knuckles, holsters and a mask at the residence.
Everts was arrested for possession of a firearm by a
convicted felon and transported to the Levy County Detention Facility. He is
currently being held on a $200,000.00 bond.   

“I’m smarter than the av-er-age bear!” Or is he?

May 11, 2018
Tommie D. Neal (4-29-85), aka “Yogi” is a
lifelong Bronson native. Neal is known to us at the Levy County Sheriff’s
Office as a person we frequently encounter when he makes poor life choices.
Neal has been arrested and booked into the Levy County Detention Bureau 16
times, beginning in 2003, with charges ranging from driving without a license,
resisting arrest and drug possession. Yesterday was no different.
Deputy Mike Sinclair saw Neal standing
next to a red car parked at a gas pump at a local filling station. Deputy
Sinclair knows Neal does not have a valid driver’s license but at the moment, Neal
wasn’t driving. However, knowing Neal makes poor decisions, Deputy Sinclair
checked to verify Neal’s license was still suspended. It was, and has been
since 2005.
Deputy Sinclair saw the red car depart
the gas station and there was only one person in the vehicle, Neal. Deputy
Sinclair followed the vehicle and as required requested information on the tag
that was attached to the car. This tag was reported stolen in December of 2017. 
After being stopped, Neal told Deputy
Sinclair he didn’t have a driver’s license. Because we put safety first, Deputy
Sinclair searched Neal and discovered drug paraphernalia in his pockets. And as
we most often do when we arrest someone who is driving illegally, we tow the
car. But first, make sure there aren’t illegal substances in the vehicle and we
must inventory the contents of the vehicle. 
Deputy Sinclair found approximately 4
grams of heroin, prescription Dilaudid and prescription Suboxone; all which are
illegal to possess without a prescription. And additionally, possession of four
grams or more of heroin equates to a trafficking amount. 
Neal has been booked into the Levy County
Detention Facility and was charged with trafficking in heroin, two counts of
possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug
paraphernalia, driving while license suspended or revoked (habitual offender)
and the odd moving traffic violation. His bond has been assigned and is
$87,000.00.