Month: December 2018

COASTAL FLOODING WARNING CONTINUES FOR LEVY COUNTY FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR ALL OF LEVY COUNTY

The following information is a joint release from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Levy County Department of Emergency Management:

Several watches and warnings
are currently in effect for Levy County with many areas expected to experience
some type of flooding.
River Flooding:
Areas along the Suwannee River from Fanning Springs to Fowlers Bluff can expect
a continued river rise that has the potential of flooding some homes and
causing some roads to become impassable. 
Residents and visitors along the Suwannee River should monitor river
levels closely and take necessary protective actions to protect their property.  Real time river levels can be viewed by
visiting https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/forecasts.php?wfo=tbw
Coastal Flooding:  Our biggest area of concern for
the next couple of days is the elevated chance of coastal flooding in Cedar Key
and Yankeetown.  The National Weather
Service has issued a 1 in 10 chance of experiencing a 5.3ft MSL influx of water
at high tide with a 1 in 2 chance of experiencing 4.8ft MSL overnight Thursday
into Friday morning in Cedar Key and up to 6.5ft MSL in Yankeetown.  It is absolutely vital that residents and
visitors monitor coastal flooding closely and be prepared to take action should
the flood levels threaten your property. 
Tide levels can be viewed by visiting https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/
Inland Flooding:  Inland areas of Levy County should
expect up to 4 inches of additional rain. 
Continued rainfall for the next 24 hours will cause additional flooding
issues in areas that are prone to flooding or are already saturated.  Areas that are already saturated or are prone
to flooding should make sure that their property is protected now.  You can monitor your local weather stations
by visiting www.LevyWeather.com  
Boat Ramp Closures:  All boat ramps along the
Suwannee River are currently closed until river levels return to a safe level.
SR 24 at the Number 4 Bridge will be
closed
to traffic at 10 PM tonight and will remain closed until flood
waters recede.
Public Information:  Public Information Lines are
open by calling 352-486-5155

Clay Landing Boat Ramp Closed – More Anticipated

December 19, 2018
Sheriff McCallum has closed the Clay Landing boat ramp at
the request of the Levy County Emergency Management Director John McDonald. As
anticipated, flood waters due to recent rains has caused the Suwannee River to
rise out of its’ banks. The public boat ramp at Clay Landing is underwater and it
is unsafe to launch a vessel at this location. The Emergency Management team
will be monitoring other public access boat ramps along the Suwannee River and
will close these ramps when the rising waters makes these locations unsafe.
Citizens who reside or own homes along the Suwannee River
are asked to make early preparations to safeguard personal belongings ahead of
the rising waters. Travel along this waterway will become more hazardous due to
floating debris and could cause unnecessary damage to homes from wave actions
created by passing boats. Please use caution and be courteous to homeowners by traveling
at idle speed to keep your wake to a minimum.     

Stabbing Suspect Wanted

December 15, 2018

UPDATE: Suspect has been taken into custody by the Palmetto Police Department as of 2:45 PM.

Levy County Deputies are currently at the scene of a
reported stabbing. Deputies responded to 1850 NW Hwy 27, between Chiefland and
Bronson, after receiving a 911 call from the victim’s family member. The victim
was stabbed multiple times and has been rushed to a local hospital where she is
currently being treated for her injuries.

The suspect has been identified as Antonio
Delossantos (11-26-58) of Chiefland. Delossantos fled prior to deputy’s arrival
in a red 2018 Hyundai 4 door passenger car with Florid Tag  JQA-N35. Delossantos is considered to be
armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Citizens should contact 911
if he is seen. Deputies have been told he has family members in Manatee County,
Florida as well as Texas. His direction of travel is unknown.

Updates will be published when they become available.

SR 41 – Road Closure

December 14, 2018 @4 PM
The Florida Highway Patrol closed a section of SR 41 South
of Morriston at the intersection of SE 47th Place because water has
covered the road. Driving conditions at this intersection are too dangerous and
motorist should avoid this area. Please find an alternate route.  Detour signs and marked units are on scene to
warn motorists of the closure.

Violent Career Felon Apprehended

December 5, 2018
On Friday afternoon, November 30, 2018 the Levy County
Sheriff’s Office Uniformed Patrol Division, Drug Task Force (DTF) and Tactical
Response Unit (TRU) executed arrest warrants on a violent career felon in the
Morriston area of Levy County. DTF Commander Lt. Duane Dykstra and DTF
Investigator Rob Bowers had been working for several weeks developing
intelligence as they worked toward the safe execution of pending arrest
warrants on Courtney Harvey (11-19-88) of Williston. 
Harvey, who has a lengthy criminal history and is designated
in Florida as a violent felony offender, was wanted for Burglary with Battery,
Fleeing from Law Enforcement and numerous other charges. Harvey’s history of
violence coupled with recent intelligence developed in this case identified he
often carried a firearm while selling drugs in Morriston.
Harvey, confronted by multiple law enforcement officers, attempted
to flee. Deputies were able to surround him and he surrendered without a fight.
The vehicle he attempted to flee in was seized and towed to the Sheriff’s
Office impound yard. 
On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, DTF Investigator Rob Bowers
executed a search warrant for the vehicle’s interior. Investigator Bowers and
Lt. Dykstra searched the vehicle and found a wide array of illegal narcotics to
include suspected fentanyl, the deadly tranquilizer that has flooded the
streets of America and claimed many lives.
He is currently being held at the Levy County Detention
Facility in lieu of a $555,580.00 bond from the pending warrants served on him
this past Friday.
Sheriff McCallum who was present at the scene on Friday
said, “I am extremely proud of the professionalism and expertise our members
exhibited during the execution of these arrest warrants. The planning and time
invested in gathering the intelligence allowed for a violent felon to be taken into
custody and removed from our streets, and no one was injured. This operation
was a huge success.”  
Additional charges based on the findings of the search
warrant were filed on Harvey on the afternoon of December 4, 2018.  The following is a list of these charges:
1) Opium or Derivative Trafficking 4 grams or more
(Fentanyl)
2) Synthetic Narcotic Possess w/intent to sell
(MDMD/Molly)
3) Marijuana Possess w/intent to sell
4) Methamphetamine Possess w/intent to sell
5) Opium or derivative Possess w/intent to sell
(Buprenorphine)
6) Keep shop or Vehicle for Drugs
7) Possess Drug equipment (Digital scale, and clean
baggies)

Harvey was formally
advised
of these charges on December 5, 2018 during first
appearance. The Honorable Judge Browning has assigned an additional bond in the
amount of $261,000.00 for these new charges. The total combined bond for
Courtney Harvey is $816,580.00.