Month: September 2018

Probation Search Turns Violent

September 4, 2018
On August 31, 2018 members of the Levy County Sheriff’s
Office Criminal Investigations Division assisted the Florida Department of
Probation and Parole in a probationary search of a home located at 8031 NW 168
Lane in Fanning Springs. Probation and Parole requested the Sheriff’s Office
assistance due to the past violent nature of the defendant, Bradsman Lamont
Williams (8-6-84).
Two probation officers and four investigators arrived at the
home and met with Williams who was verbally combative with officers during the
initial encounter. Probations officers gave Williams instructions to remain
seated on his couch inside the living room area under the watch of LCSO Investigator
Justin VanDuren while the residential search was conducted. 
Investigator VanDuren noticed Williams was acting suspicious
and paying a lot of attention to a coffee table covered with a blanket near the
couch. Investigator VanDuren saw lumps under the blanket and while lifting it
was struck by Williams. Investigator VanDuren saw Williams attempting to bite
at a plastic baggie. A fight ensued between Williams and on-scene officers
during which Williams kicked over the table, scattering its contents. Williams
was able to shove a package of what was suspected to be illegal drugs into his
mouth before he was able to be controlled and cuffed. 
The blanket concealed quantities of cocaine and
methamphetamine already packaged for sale. The packages of suspected drugs
Williams attempted to swallow was recovered and confirmed to be cocaine.  
Investigators and Probation Officers escorted Williams from
his home and into the front yard. Williams had been handcuffed and shackled and
was seated on a chair while investigators applied for a search warrant for the
home and a marked patrol unit was summoned to transport him to jail. However,
Williams was not finished fighting, he sprung from the chair and attempted to
get back inside of his home. He was met at the door by a probation officer and investigator.
A second fight ensued and Williams was again controlled.
Three officers sustained minor injuries during these
altercations with Williams. A total of 9.79 grams of methamphetamine, of which 8
baggies had been pre-packaged for sale, was seized. Five baggies of cocaine totaling
2.6 grams were also seized. Digital scales, empty baggies, spoons and measuring
devices were also seized.
Williams was charged with possession of cocaine with the
intent to sell, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell,
possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of battery on a law enforcement
officer, destroying/tampering with evidence and two counts of resisting arrest
with violence. Williams is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility and
his bond has been set at $1,775,000.00. His probation was also revoked and a “No
Bond” is assigned to that violation.

Brothers Arrested for Grand Theft

James Goins

Matthew Goins

September 4, 2018
Levy County deputies responded to 11421 NW 112 Place, the
Springside Retirement Community, on August 20, 2018 to a report of the theft of
an enclosed trailer. The complainant, a friend of the owner, discovered the
trailer missing and reported the theft in the absence of the owner. The
complainant was able to provide deputies with the owner’s information who when
contacted, gave a description of what was inside the trailer. The owner told
deputies he stored two kayaks, a mower and recumbent bicycles and other tools
in the trailer which had a combined value of over $5,000.00.
Investigators discovered two kayaks matching the description
of the stolen ones had been pawned at a local pawn shop in Gainesville. Investigators
were able to confirm these were the stolen kayaks and learned James Goins
(2-25-86) of Chiefland had pawned them.  
Additional investigation revealed witnesses who observed the
trailer parked at Goins’ home testified to seeing Samantha Gath riding a lawn mower
matching the stolen mower description. Investigators learned Gath was in
custody in Dixie County on unrelated charges and interviewed her there. She identified
her boyfriend, James Goins and his brother Matthew Goins (3-10-91), as
participating in the theft of the trailer. She provided information on where
other stolen items could be located.
Investigators located both James and Matthew Goins and
placed them under arrest for grand theft. Both James and Matthew cooperated
with investigators and additional stolen property was recovered. 
James Goins is being held at the Levy County Detention
Facility. His bond was set at $20,000 for the grand theft and he has been
additionally charged with violation of probation. Matthew Goins is being held
on a $20,000 bond. Charges on Gath are pending. Additional charges are expected
to be filed in both Alachua and Gilchrist counties as a result of this investigation.