Bronson Man Arrested for Sexual Misconduct

May 30, 2023

On May 24, 2023 Levy County Sheriff’s Office Detectives responded to a complaint of sexual misconduct involving a 12 year old female. Detectives interviewed the victim and determined inappropriate sexual conduct occurred between the victim and suspect, Khalid E. Brown (8/25/87) of Bronson, over a period of several months.

Detectives, in cooperation with the Child Protection Team of UF, were able to establish that Brown committed several sexual acts with the child and Detectives arrested him. He has been charged accordingly and is being held on a four (4) million dollar bond at the Levy County Detention Center.     

We encourage parents and guardians to continue to make every effort to protect our children from those that would do them harm. Monitor their social media activity, their choice in friends and their behavior. Many times early intervention can prevent a child from falling prey to those with bad intentions. We applaud the bravery of this child who can now rest somewhat easier knowing her abuser will be held responsible for his own actions.   

Warrant Arrest with a Bonus

May 19, 2023

Travis I. Henry (7/6/91) of Chiefland was the subject of an undercover drug investigation during which he sold narcotics to informants. Detectives were granted warrants for his arrest based on these street level narcotics transactions.

On May 18, 2023 Drug Task Force Detectives conducted a traffic stop on Henry in the City of Chiefland and executed the warrants. He has been charged with two counts of sale of methamphetamines and use of a two way communication device to commit a felony. Bond was set at $44,000.00.

The traffic stop investigation also netted a second arrest. Henry was in the company of Macquez L. Williams (5/2/02) of Chiefland. Williams had an active warrant for his arrest from Polk County for failure to appear for pretrial related to a possession of synthetic cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. During his arrest he voluntarily surrendered a baggie of methamphetamines he had concealed in his crotch. He told Detectives he was afraid the drugs would be found the jail and he would be charged with the higher degree felony, introduction of contraband into a detention facility.

He was charged with possession of the meth, possession of fentanyl and possession of MDMA. His bond was set at $68,000.00.

Arrest Made in Theft of Portable Sawmill From Inglis

May 19, 2023
Earlier this week a post was made to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Face Book page requesting the public’s assistance in locating a stolen portable sawmill valued at $20,000.00. The large piece of equipment was taken during the night from a fenced piece of property in Inglis off of US 19. A citizen tip led Detectives to the suspect resulting in his arrest and the recovery of only a part of the sawmill.

Detectives arrested Rodney A. Morris (9/9/82) of Inglis on May 17 for the theft. Morris initially cooperated with Detectives and led them to a wooded area where he said the sawmill was hidden. Morris’s cooperation with Detectives ended with he claimed someone had stolen the sawmill from this location.

Morris is charged with grand theft and felony criminal mischief. His bond has been set at $60,000.00.

Detectives continued to work on this investigation to locate the sawmill, even after Morris was arrested. The main component, the motor and blade were located by Detectives yesterday. Unfortunately, they had both been burned by the suspect in his efforts to conceal his crime.

Drug Dealer Arrested and New Charges Added

May 17, 2023

On May 16, 2023 Detectives received a tip that wanted person Joseph A. Collins (1/7/80) of Chiefland was at the Manatee Jiffy. Detectives did not have anyone nearby to apprehend Collins and called for the assistance of the Chiefland Police Department. CPD Officers responded to the Jiffy, located and detained Collins until LCSO Detectives arrived.

Detectives searched Collins during the arrest and located illegal drugs in his pocket. Collins had 21 ½ grams of meth and 1 ½ grams of fentanyl both on his person and in his vehicle resulting in new charges being levied against him.

Collins was wanted for the sale of methamphetamines and the warrant was derived from an investigation launched by the LCSO Drug Task Force in January. Drug investigations continue across the county and are frequently opened based on tips from our community. We want to ensure everyone that each tip we receive is thoroughly investigated and just because you do not see an immediate arrest, doesn’t mean we aren’t working on the case. Drug investigations take time and often lead to multiple arrests.

Collins is being held in the Levy County Detention Center and has been charged with the January sale of methamphetamines as well as possession of a trafficking amount of methamphetamines, possession of fentanyl and possession of drug paraphernalia. His total bond has been set at $150,000.00. We also want to thank the Officers from the Chiefland Police Department for their continued assistance for without their help, Collins could still be selling his poison.

Law Enforcement Memorial Service 2023

Today survivors, family, friends and the brave men and women of law enforcement gathered at Heritage Park in Williston to honor the memories of our own that made the ultimate sacrifice to the community of Williston and Levy County. Sheriff McCallum and Chief Rolls hosted the memorial service with special guest speakers Deputy Chief Clay Connelly (Ret.) and Gussie Boatwright.

Today was a day of remembrance, an opportunity to share stories and pay our respect to those who went before us and will NEVER be forgotten:

Levy County Deputy Atticus H. Ellzey                     EOW: January 28, 1945

Williston Police Corporal Davis W. Moss                EOW: July 30, 1988

Levy County Lieutenant Duane Dykstra                   EOW: September 26, 2020

Levy County Deputy Allen Breeding                         EOW: October 27, 2021

Former Levy County Sergeant Noel Ramirez            EOW: April 19, 2018

Chiefland Man Arrested for Sexual Misconduct

On May 2, 2023 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct which occurred between John H. Jordan (2/20/63) of Chiefland and a 13 year old child. Detectives began their investigation conducting multiple interviews. In cooperation with the Florida Department of Children and Family Services Child Protection Team, Detectives obtained evidence of multiple sexual encounters Jordan had with the child which began in December of 2022.

On May 5, 2023 Detectives confronted Jordan at his home and obtained his statement. Jordan made statements to Detectives which corroborate details obtained from the victim and witnesses. Detectives took Jordan into custody at the conclusion of his statements.

A search warrant was also executed at Jordan’s home. Detectives collected multiple items from inside the home that will be forensically reviewed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Forensic Laboratory for DNA. Detectives also seized electronic devices which will also be examined.

Jordan was booked into the Levy County Detention Facility. He has been charged with two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Battery and two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation. He is being held on and $1,300,000.00 bond. 

This investigation is still on-going and Detectives are requesting assistance from anyone who may have information to contact Detective Ryan Sullivan at 352-486-5111 ext. 360. Anyone who wishes to make an anonymous tip can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.


Missing Children Located in Colorado

April 25, 2023

Yesterday, April 24, 2023 the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in cooperation with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office issued a nationwide missing child alert. Levy County Sheriff’s Office Detectives were working with the Florida Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) to execute an order of protective custody for two children, Raiden Phoenix (1 year old) and Ember Willoughby (11 months). The children were temporarily placed in the custody of Raymond Otero (48) of Williston when the children’s mother, Hailey Palmer (21) of Williston was arrested for an outstanding warrant issued from the State of Indiana. Palmer was extradited to Indiana where she is being held and her release date is unknown.

Raymond Otero refused to cooperate with DCF Agents during the investigation and fled the State of Florida with the children. Shortly before midnight last night the Levy County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the children had been located in Colorado. Law Enforcement at the Rocky Ford Police Department in Otero County Colorado reported Raymond Otero dropped the children off at their station and left. Both children are in good health and are being cared for until they can be picked up by representatives of DCF. Raymond Otero did not want to speak to law enforcement and his current location is unknown.

Levy County Sheriff’s Office is still working on this investigation. Detectives are seeking a warrant for Raymond Otero for interference of custody. Anyone who has information related to this investigation is asked to contact Lieutenant Mike Narayan at 352-486-5111. You can make an anonymous tip by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.