Month: November 2019

Dive Accident at Manatee Springs State Park

November 25, 2019

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 5 PM Manatee Springs State Park officials were notified to contact 911 because a diver was trapped in the main spring outflow area inside of the cave system. Levy County Sheriff’s Office Dive Rescue team members responded to discover the diver, Zhou Min (5-8-91), a certified cave diver from Foshan City, China became lodged in a narrow space while exiting the main spring. Zhou was accompanied on this dive by her husband and two other friends, also from China, who came to the United States on a vacation visa specifically to dive sites like Manatee Springs.

Manatee Springs officials say the outflow from the main boil area has increased over the past few days due to recent rains in this region. This increased outflow hampered the diver’s ability to remove Zhou from the small space where her body had become lodged.  Two attempts to remove Zhou were made Sunday evening that were unsuccessful. Today at approximately 3 PM the International Underwater Cave Rescue Recovery Team (IUCRR) non-profit team locally based in Lake City, comprised of expert cave divers were able to successfully recover her.

This is an extremely sad situation, Sheriff McCallum said. Our hearts and prays are with this family at this time.

A Simple Tip Cascades into Three Arrests

Noah Bevins

November 25, 2019

On Friday, November 22, 2019 while on duty in Inglis Deputy Nelson Macias was informed about the possible location of a stolen motorcycle. Deputy Macias contacted Detectives and all went to a home located on Debra Avenue in Inglis to investigate the tip.

Deputy Macias and Detectives located and spoke to Noah Bevins (2/4/81) of Inglis and asked about the stolen motorcycle. Bevins cooperated and led deputies to a 1999 Harley Davidson Super Glide hidden behind the home. Bevins confessed to purchasing the motorcycle he knew was “hot” from another person and altering the ignition so he could crank it and ride it. Bevins had the keys in his pocket and was arrested for grand theft auto. His bond was set at $5,000.00.

Detectives identified the owner of this motorcycle by running the VIN number through a local database. The owner, who was currently out of town, told Detectives he had not authorized anyone to use his motorcycle and was returning home the following day.

Detectives met with the owner of the motorcycle on Saturday. Not only had his motorcycle been stolen, someone had also broken into his storage container and stolen many other items. This just so happened to be the same day Mark Boatwright (12/4/75) and Briana Crowder (6/27/94) decided to set up a road side yard sale where they were proudly displaying the victim’s property for sale. The victim immediately reported his observations to Detectives.

Detectives met with Boatwright and Crowder and not only were able to recover the victim’s property, but also gained Boatwright and Crowder’s confessions. Both were arrested and transported to the Levy County Detention Facility where they have been charged with burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property.  Boatwright’s bond has been set at $25,000.00 and Crowder’s bond is set at $25,000.00.

This investigation is still on-going as Detectives learned other people were also involved and there are other reported thefts from the Inglis area. Detectives are asking anyone who has information to please contact our office at 352-486-5111 and request Detective Mike McNeil. Or if you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

19 Year Old Inglis Woman Arrested after Pursuit

LCSO Chase

 

November 19, 2019

On November 17th the Ocala Police Department responded to a report of a stolen vehicle. The car, described as a red Mitsubishi Lancer, was entered into the state wide computer system used by law enforcement and BOLO (be on the lookout) notice was issued. It did not take long for the car to be spotted.

Deputy Mike Sinclair was patrolling in Inglis when he spotted the vehicle at the stop light at CR 40 and US 19. He confirmed quickly that this was in-fact the stolen vehicle reported to Ocala PD. He activated his emergency equipment signaling the driver to stop, but instead the car sped away. A short pursuit ensued as the driver made multiple attempts to elude Deputy Sinclair, spinning out of control twice before crashing into an embankment and becoming stuck.

Two juvenile females immediately exited the vehicle screaming at Deputy Sinclair for help. The driver, ultimately identified as 19 year old Chloe Allen of Inglis, crawled out from behind the driver’s wheel and began yelling profanities at Deputy Sinclair as he took her into custody.

Deputy Sinclair transported Allen to the Levy County Detention Facility intent on charging her with a multitude of crimes. However, when they entered the facility, Allen told Deputy Sinclair she swallowed methamphetamines and heroin as he was arresting her. She at that time was not showing any symptoms of an overdose, but was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Allen did not end her bid for freedom just because she was hospitalized. While being treated she feigned an urgent need to go into the restroom. Once inside she removed her IV and decided to attempt her second escape by crawling into the ceiling. Her efforts to escape did not go unnoticed and she was quickly removed from crawl space. She was released from the hospital soon after and returned to the Levy County Detention Facility.

Deputy Sinclair has filed the charges of grand theft motor vehicle, fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement, no valid driver’s license, child neglect (endangerment) and obstructing/resisting arrest without violence. Her bond has been set at $86,000 on these charges. The additional charge of escape is being filed in Alachua County and no bond has been assigned on this charge.

Convicted Serial Burglar Confesses to More Break-in’s

 

November 4, 2019

Some may remember the picture we posted in March of this year that was captured on the surveillance system installed in Ryan Bell’s new business location on NW 140 Street, the old Deke’s Restaurant. This local business owner made a simple decision to safeguard his own property and installed a state of the art video surveillance system. His photographs flooded local social media and with our citizen’s help, it led to the arrest of Harold William Santry, Jr (8-19-64) of Chiefland.

As a result of Santry’s arrest, the LCSO Criminal Investigations Division was able to secure and serve a search warrant on Santry’s home back in March, which allowed the recovery of a trailer full of stolen property. Detectives knew this wasn’t the full scope of crimes Santry committed and continued to work on this investigation. Months of investigative work combined with cooperative agreements forged between the LCSO, the State Attorney’s Office and Santry’s own defense attorney led to more victims having some of their stolen property returned.

 

William Santry agreed to a negotiated plea offer to a prison term. A condition of this plea offer was a proffer, or cooperative agreement to assist law enforcement to solve previously unsolved crimes for which he was responsible. Santry went with Detectives to his home and identified another trailer load of property as things he himself had stolen. Over the past 10 years, William Santry perfected his craft and was able to elude detection until photographed by Mr. Bell’s surveillance cameras. Santry did not steal to support a drug habit or to make a profit on his ill-gotten gains. He did it specifically for the thrill.

 

Detectives worked with Santry for several days before his departure to State Prison. Santry identified property from at least 30 different residential burglaries and thefts which will allow Detectives to return items to their rightful owners. Detectives commented that Santy’s ability to recall what he had stolen and from which homes was astonishing, but they are grateful he was able to do this.

 

Sheriff McCallum said he is proud of the determination of our Detectives in resolving this case. Closure is most often what victims wish for and this case will give them just that. The hard work of the Detectives and cooperation between the judicial counterparts combined with our community’s willingness to offer tips and other information led to this successful conclusion.