101 Year Old Levy County Icon Honored


June 28, 2023

Yesterday Sheriff McCallum and representatives from Haven Hospice had the unique pleasure of recognizing and expressing gratitude for the service and sacrifice of one of our own local heroes. Kenneth Carpenter, of Chiefland, surrounded by family and friends humbly accepted recognition for his lifelong achievements serving our country and this community.

Mr. Carpenter, born November 24, 1921, faithfully served this great county in the U.S. Army during WWII from January 1941 until June of 1945. He achieved the rank of Sergeant during his tenure. This spry, soft spoken 101 ½ year-old veteran continued his service to community after WWII by working in utilities in West Virginia. He ultimately made his home in Chiefland in 1974 where he worked for the Central Florida Electric Co-Op until retirement.

Haven provides a veteran recognition ceremony for every veteran under their care. These ceremonies are typically facilitated by a Haven veteran volunteer or staff member and include the presentation of a certificate of appreciation and items like a patriotic lap quilt, American flag pin and more. Haven RN case manager Scott Knudsen and volunteer coordinator Vondla Sullivan along with the Trenton Marine Corps Ladies Auxiliary representative Arlene Lang presented these gifts on behalf of Haven. Sheriff McCallum presented Mr. Carpenter a certificate of appreciation and the coveted LCSO challenge coin.

Mr. Carpenter is looking forward to celebrating his 102nd birthday in November by surrounding himself with family. His wife Lucille, son, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren ask that you help us celebrate Kenneth and all of these life-long achievements.  

Cannabis Odor Leads to Discovery of Meth

June 12, 2023


On Saturday, June 10, 2023 at approximately 8:40 p.m. Deputy Joe Wilber and Deputy Nelson Macias were on patrol in Inglis when they observed a Kia SUV being operated without headlights. They conducted a traffic stop. Both deputies could smell the odor of recently burned marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Neither the driver nor her passenger had medical marijuana cards.

A search of the SUV was conducted. Deputies located a pill bottle containing 1.7 grams of marijuana and one oxycodone pill in the driver’s door panel. Deputies also found 28 grams of methamphetamines hidden in the center console. The driver, identified as Carrie Esiel (11/23/70) of Inglis, was taken into custody. No charges were filed on the passenger who was released at the scene.

Esiel was booked into the Levy County Detention Center and charged with trafficking in methamphetamines. Her bond has been set at $50,000.00.

Fleeing Suspect Apprehended with Trafficking Amount of Meth

June 12, 2023

On Saturday, June 10, 2023 Deputy Cody Weaver was on patrol in Inglis when he spotted a vehicle known to be driven by a subject designated in the State of Florida as a habitual traffic offender. As the vehicle passed, Deputy Weaver identified the individual driving was the habitual offender and turned around to conduct a traffic stop. The driver accelerated and outdistanced Deputy Weaver by turning into a private residence and stopping abruptly. Both the driver and the passenger fled from the vehicle on foot.

Deputy Weaver was able to apprehend the fleeing passenger who was identified a Kitty Collins (7/11/78) of Inglis. As Collins was being escorted back to Deputy Weaver’s patrol car, he found a recently discarded black zippered bag. He collected the bag as evidence. Examination of the contents of the bag discovered a baggie that contained 84.5 grams of methamphetamines. Possession of more than 14 grams of amphetamines is considered a trafficking amount and could be punishable by a minimum seven (7) year prison sentence, if convicted. She is being held in the Levy County Detention Facility on a $120,000.00 bond.

The driver was able to elude Deputy Weaver. His identity is known and deputies are currently looking for him. When apprehended he will be facing several felony charges.

Anyone who wishes to provide an anonymous tip in this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

Fleeing Suspect Crashes

June 12, 2023

On Friday, June 9, 2023 Deputy Gerard Williams was on patrol in Fanning Springs and saw a male subject in a blue SUV pass by. The driver was not wearing his seatbelt and Deputy Williams stopped him. The driver pulled into a residential driveway off of NW 168 Lane and when approached by Deputy Williams the driver fled the scene.

Deputy Williams gave chase and called for back-up. The driver made multiple turns, drove the wrong way on US 19 and accelerated to speeds of over 100 mph in his attempt to elude Deputy Williams. The chase lasted more than five minutes and ended when the driver flipped his SUV in front of Ken Dogs, located at the intersection of NW 160 Street and US-19.
The driver, identified as Jay Thomas Working (12/5/91) of Old Town, was taken into custody. The on-scene investigation discovered that Working has a history of fleeing from law enforcement and at the time of this incident, he was also in possession of methamphetamines.

Working was transported to a local hospital where he was evaluated and released into law enforcement custody. Working was transported to the Levy County Detention Facility where he was booked in for possession of methamphetamines, fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement and driving while license suspended or revoked. His bond has been set at $102,500.00.

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.