Month: June 2018

Old Habits

June 6, 2018
On June 6, 2018, just after midnight, the Levy County
Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Tactical Response Unit (TRU) executed a search warrant
at 329 South Main Street in Chiefland. Members of the LCSO Drug Task Force
working in cooperation with the Chiefland Police Department and the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) developed information during surveillance that
Kevin “Chilly K” Edwards (9-21-76) was in possession of a substantial amount of
illegal narcotics. 
TRU members experienced minor difficulties during the
execution of the search warrant. During their attempts to breach the front
door, TRU members found Edwards was seated on the floor bracing the door with
his feet while his back was against the wall in to hinder them from gaining
entry into the home. Entry was made and investigators located more than
Edwards, his live-in girlfriend, Tafanesha Markman
(12-12-81) along with 3 children, who were determined to be nieces/nephews to
Edwards, were immediately detained. The search of the home by investigators
discovered Edwards and Markman were in possession of 77.8 grams of crack
cocaine, 27.4 grams of powder cocaine, 7.2 grams of MDMA (molly), 25 grams of
marijuana, 12 Oxycodone pills without a prescription, a .22 caliber handgun, a
.380 caliber handgun, ammunition for both weapons and a bullet proof vest. Some
of these items were found lying in plain view and within easy reach of the
Kevin Edwards has a lengthy history of violent felony and
narcotic arrests, amassing over 52 charges beginning in 1995. Edwards has been
convicted of eight felonies and incarcerated in the Florida Department of
Corrections three times.
Edwards and Markman were arrested and transported to the
Levy County Detention Facility. The children were released to their parents at
the scene.
Edwards has been charged with:
Possession of cocaine with the intent to sell
Possession of marijuana with the intent to sell
Possession of a weapon/ammo by a convicted felon
Possession of a controlled substance without a
Maintaining a drug dwelling
Trafficking in cocaine
Resisting law enforcement without violence
Possession of a synthetic narcotic with the
intent to sell
Cruelty toward a child
Possession of a bullet proof vest during the
commission of a felony
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Markman has been charged with:
Cruelty toward a child
Possession of cocaine with the intent to sell
Possession of marijuana with the intent to sell
Possession of a controlled substance without a
Maintaining a drug dwelling
Trafficking in cocaine
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Possession of a synthetic narcotic with the
intent to sell
Both Edwards and Markman are awaiting first appearance and
bonds have not yet been set. Investigators are also contacting the Department
of Children and Family services to follow up on the children found in the home
during the search warrant to ensure their safety.

Drug Arrest made during Infant Homicide Investigation

June 6, 2018
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Criminal
Investigations Division, in cooperation with the Alachua County Sheriff’s
Office (ASO) and the Dothan Alabama Police Department, secured a warrant for
the home of Otis Randolph Johnson (9-6-77) located at 745 Town Court in Bronson
on Monday, June 4, 2018. Information was developed by investigators during the
shooting investigation where an ASO SWAT operator discharged his weapon at
Carlton Mathis; that Mathis and his girlfriend, Amanda Oakes, left property
inside of Johnson’s home. Dothan PD was hopeful Mathis and Oakes left evidence
in Johnson’s home which would assist them in solving a pending murder
investigation of an infant in Alabama.
During the search of the Johnson home, deputies discovered
more than just the property left by Mathis and Oakes. Investigators found 29.1
grams of methamphetamines locked inside of a locked box in the bedroom of Otis
Johnson. Possession of more than 14 grams of methamphetamine considered to be a
trafficking amount and is an enhanced crime. Investigators additionally found a
loaded .38 caliber Derringer pistol, .32 caliber and .40 caliber ammunition
amongst drug pipes used for smoking methamphetamines and other drug
paraphernalia. Investigators also found Alprazolam (Xanax), a schedule four
controlled prescription narcotic, which Johnson did not have a prescription to
possess. Johnson was convicted of felony charges in 2011 and prohibited from
possessing any firearm or ammunition.
Dothan PD has interviewed Oakes who was arrested for a
pending Alabama warrant for abuse of a corpse. Investigators with Dothan PD are
awaiting Mathis’ release from the hospital so they may interview him. 
Otis Johnson was arrested for possession of a weapon and
ammunition by a convicted felon, trafficking in methamphetamines, possession of
a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug
paraphernalia. His bond has been set at 100,000.00.    

UPDATE– WMHS Threat Case Solved

June 1, 2018

LCSO and the School Board of Levy County are happy to report that the Williston Middle High School threat case reported yesterday has been solved.  School Resource Deputy Grant Sandlin, with the assistance of school personnel, was able to locate the suspect, gather evidence and ultimately obtain a confession.  The 12 year old student admitted to writing the threatening message on the wall. 

The student was suspended and will face other administrative discipline.  The investigation will be reviewed by the State Attorney’s Office for appropriate criminal charges. 


Day 2, Second Search Warrant, Two More Arrests

Ashley Tomlin

Harris Garcia

June 1, 2018
This morning the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task
Force (DTF) executed a search warrant on apartment #2 at the Bronson Villas
located at 920 East Hathaway Avenue. DTF investigators began an investigation
based on numerous citizen complaints of suspicious activity seen at apartment
#2. The investigation identified Ashley Tomlin (5/7/85) as the primary tenant
of this apartment.
DTF investigators found Tomlin and Harris Garcia (12/7/92)
inside the apartment when they made entry. The following investigation revealed
both subjects were in possession of illegal narcotics. Tomlin was found to be
in possession of methamphetamines, oxycodone, Xanax and marijuana. Garcia was
found in possession of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. 
Tomlin was arrested and has been charged with possession of
methamphetamines, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription
(two counts) and possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. Garcia was
arrested and has been charged with possession of methamphetamines and
possession of drug paraphernalia. 
Both await first appearance tomorrow morning before bonds
will be assigned. 
It was the diligent observations and complaints filed by our
citizens that allowed us to solve this case and take these two into custody.
This is an excellent example of our community following the principal “If you
see something, say something.” Citizen tips can be called in to the Levy County
Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crime
Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.  (2018051743)

Argument Ends in Shooting

June 1, 2018
On May 26, 2018 the Levy County Sheriff’s Uniformed Office
Patrol Division Deputies responded to 7155 NW 60 Street to a reported
disturbance. Upon their arrival deputies discovered the argument turned violent
and a man had been shot. The victim was transported to a local emergency medical
facility with non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation revealed Edwin Deleon Henry (12/28/81) became
involved in an argument with the victim for unknown reasons. Henry attacked the
victim, described as a 38 year old Bronson native, who was punching him. The
fight escalated when Henry pulled a gun from his waist band and attempted to
shoot the victim in the chest. The victim was able to deflect the gun before being
fired at his chest, but sustained a bullet injury to his leg. Henry fled prior
to law enforcement arrival.
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations
Division responded to the scene and developed additional information that led
to the issuance of an arrest warrant for Henry. Henry was located 1402 N. Young
Blvd in Chiefland yesterday and arrested for the outstanding warrant. Henry has
been charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and possession of a firearm
by a convicted felon. Henry has nine (9) prior felony convictions. The bond has
been set at $350,000.00.
This investigation has not concluded and is currently
on-going. Anyone who has information related to this case is asked to contact
Investigator Justin Douglas at 352-486-5111 ext. 291. Please reference offense