Month: October 2019

Wrong Tag Leads to Drug Arrest

October 8, 2019

Levy County Deputy Blake Murphy was on patrol in the Bronson area on October 3, 2019 and noticed a suspicious vehicle. He requested a check of the tag and discovered the tag attached to the suspicious vehicle was a cancelled tag. He then stopped the car and spoke to the driver.

The driver, Melissa Ellis (12/13/80) of Gainesville did not have a valid driver’s license. In-fact her license was suspended and she told Deputy Murphy she knew the tag was not assigned to this vehicle. Ellis was arrested and placed in the backseat of his patrol car.

Deputy Murphy spoke to the three passengers still in the vehicle. During this conversation Deputy Murphy located a pink lunchbox that contained several different types of illegal narcotics. The passengers told Deputy Murphy the lunchbox belonged to Ellis. Inside the lunchbox was MDMA, heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana along with loaded syringes filled with methamphetamines and pipes used to smoke these various types of drugs. The front seat passenger, Jon Secreto (8/3/79) was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and he too was arrested.

Ellis was charged with multiple counts of possession of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and attaching a tag not assigned to a vehicle. Her bond was set at $475,000.000 and she is still in custody. Secreto was assigned a $2,500 bond for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputy Stabbed Responding to Domestic Dispute

October 2, 2019

Levy County Deputies responded to a home in Williston shortly after midnight this morning to a report of a domestic dispute between siblings. The complainant reported 19 year old Daniel Gelormino of Williston destroyed the interior of the home, burned clothing in the yard and broke all the windows in the home.

Deputies arrived and found Gelormino passed out and unresponsive in the complainant’s car that was parked in the driveway. Deputies attempted to wake Gelormino but were unable to. EMS was summoned to the scene to evaluate Gelormino and while waiting for their arrival, Gelormino regained consciousness. He immediately became combative with deputies who attempted several times to keep him calm and seated in the car until he could be medically evaluated.

Gelormino shoved one deputy who was attempting to calm him. Gelormino then pulled a steak knife from his pocket and attacked the deputy, stabbing him in the forearm. The deputies were able to disarm Gelormino and handcuff him before he was able to use the knife to cause other injuries to these deputies. Thankfully our deputy was able to protect himself and the stab wound was minor and not life threatening. This deputy was treated on scene by EMS.

Gelormino was evaluated by EMS prior to being transported to the Levy County Detention Facility. He has been charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. Gelormino was not present at first appearance this morning because his behavior at the detention facility prevented Detention Officers from processing him. He will have his first appearance tomorrow and a bond will be assigned by a judge then.

Sheriff McCallum said, “I am very thankful our Deputy was not seriously injured but this is an example of the dangers our personnel face each and every day. We respond to many physical and domestic disturbance calls every day and the inherent danger is always there. I am very proud of the men and women of this office that serve our citizens with professionalism and compassion every day. The professionalism of these two Deputies involved in this call for assistance resulted in the victims and defendant being protected from injury even after our Deputy was not so fortunate!”